The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


Digital illustration of a graduation cap and diploma.

New graduation requirements beginning with the class of 2028

Sydney Barnett, Chief Writer February 15, 2024

The Blue Valley School District has defined new graduation requirements beginning with current eighth graders, or the graduating class of 2028.  According to Kelly Ott, Blue Valley Executive Director...

Confetti falls in front of the stage at the Chiefs celebration at Union Station minutes before shots were fired, killing at least one person and injuring numerous others.

Shooting at Chiefs’ celebration

Hannah Rakolta, Copy Editor February 14, 2024

​​Shots were fired today near the stage at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Parade at Union Station. One fatality was confirmed by Kansas City, Mo. Police. Reports of 15-20 gunshots were heard at...

New principal Leah Vomhof (center) with previous principal David Sharp (right) and Blue Valley Executive Director of School Administration Shelly Nielsen (left).

Leah Vomhof named new principal

Hannah Rakolta, Copy Editor February 12, 2024

Associate principal for curriculum and instruction Leah Vomhof has been named the new principal of Blue Valley Northwest for the 2024-2025 school year.  Vomhof said her first reaction to the announcement...

Understanding Kansas voting in 2024

Understanding Kansas voting in 2024

Jeny Jithesh, Online Editor January 10, 2024

For Kansas voters, 2024 is a packed year with multiple elections coming up, including the presidential primary, the primary election and the general election. To register to vote in these elections, you...

Dr. David Sharp speaking to students at school assembly, November 30.

Sharp announces retirement

Lexi Jones, Editor-in-Chief January 5, 2024

Principal David Sharp announced his retirement to the Northwest community in an email Wednesday. Sharp served as principal for Northwest for two years and has worked in public education for 30 years....

Blue Valley School Board Election will be Nov. 7

Blue Valley School Board Election will be Nov. 7

Reagan Wald, Writer October 29, 2023

Editors’ note: The Express staff reached out to all eight candidates for commentary on the election and responses to a list of questions compiled. Mike Huebner did not reply to our request for comment...

Steve Harms and his wife, Connie, in Molokai, Hawaii in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan Harms.

First football coach and cornerstone of BVNW culture dies

Sydney Barnett, Chief Writer October 9, 2023

Former head football coach and athletic director Steve Harms was a crucial part of the development of BVNW, according to the school’s first principal, Russell Kokoruda.  “[Northwest] is a solid...

The Kids Online Safety Act claims to [empower] kids and parents to take control over kids’
online experiences to better protect their health and well-being, according to Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Marsha Blackburn.

When safety becomes censorship

Nafsiya Hafiz, Writer October 9, 2023

In recent years, kids' safety on social media has become a hot topic. At the forefront of the attempts to promote safety is the Kids Online Safety Act, also known as KOSA. The bill was introduced in the...

Writers and actors in Hollywood have been striking for months in hopes of fair compensation for their work.

Hollywood writers and actors strike explained

Inaya Zaman and Madison Kraft September 30, 2023

The Writers Guild of America has been on strike over labor disputes since May 2. Since July 13, the Screen Actors Guild has joined them in solidarity in striving for increased rights for those in the entertainment...

Beginning Friday, the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited every morning.

Blue Valley high schools align with Kansas Board of Education policy requiring “patriotic exercises”

Jeny Jithesh and Lexi Jones September 20, 2023

BVNW students will begin reciting the Pledge of Allegiance beginning Friday.  Kansas Statute 72-5308 requires public schools to provide a program for “patriotic exercises.” The statute lists the...

The boys soccer team practices indoors during a heat wave.

Heat hardships

Sydney Barnett, Chief Writer August 25, 2023

The Kansas City area has been dealing with a heat wave that began Saturday, Aug. 19, and will be over by Saturday, Aug. 26, according to KMBC News First Alert Meteorologist Nick Bender.  The wave will...

2023 Women’s World Cup

2023 Women’s World Cup

Adria Heinauer and Maggie Dahl August 23, 2023

This past Sunday, Spain’s Women’s National Football Team won their first World Cup title after defeating England in the final. An outcome many fans of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT)...

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