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


Some Northwest students hold opposing viewpoint on whether or not TikTok should be subjected to restrictions or bans.

Tick tock, TikTok

Lexi Jones, Writer May 13, 2023

TikTok is currently the most popular app in the United States, with 150 million Americans – almost half the population – using it every month. The app allows users to view and create short videos,...

Written by Elizabeth Scott, Living Dead Girl deals with troubling and possibly triggering topics.

Northwest book challenge revoked

Lucy Halverson, Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2023

In the school’s library’s collection of 5,050 diverse books, one book was recently challenged, according to BVNW Librarian Craig Odle. The book, “Living Dead Girl” by Elizabeth Scott, was brought...

Senior Teayom Karimpourian said she struggles when filling out racial identifiers because of the limited options available to Middle Easterners and other MENA groups.

Proposed update to racial identifiers sparks positive student response

Saraphina Wambi, Writer March 27, 2023

Currently, on the U.S. census, two questions are asked: “Is this person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?” and “What is this person’s race?,” offering “White,” “Black or African American,”...

Though still considered illegal for recreational use in the state of Kansas, the recent legalization of marijuana in Missouri may cause issue for suburbs of Kansas City, on both sides of the border.

Recreational marijuana has come to Missouri

Thomas Rose, Writer March 18, 2023

When School Resource Officer (SRO) Jonathan Batley came to Blue Valley Northwest three years ago, drugs making their way into the school was not an unfamiliar occurrence.  ”We usually have several...

Following the approval of Blue Valleys last bond in 2020, a new main gymnasium was constructed at Northwest, with the former space being converted to a secondary auxilary gym.

Upcoming vote to determine approval of $251 million district bond

Lucy Halverson, Editor-in-Chief January 20, 2023

The Blue Valley School District is seeking approval for a $251.25 million bond fund to improve facilities, technology and safety measures. Mail-in ballots have been sent to all registered voters within...

During lunch, some students choose not to purchase a full meal to save money.

The Universal School Meals Program has expired

Nafsiya Hafiz, Writer November 11, 2022

For a majority of students, lunch is often the only meal they have during school, making it an important source of energy to get them through the day. When COVID-19 first began, it became increasingly...

Digital illustration depicting a group of protesters urging people to vote.

Registering to vote: a how-to guide

Liz LaHood, Online Editor October 16, 2022

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8., with registration closing in two days, Oct. 18. Kansas' general election will determine eleven positions: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, Secretary of...

Once the alert system is implemented, CENTEGIX badges will be given to all Blue Valley staff members.

New crisis alert system to be implemented in Blue Valley schools

Lucy Halverson, Editor-in-Chief September 20, 2022

The Blue Valley Board of Education unanimously approved a new crisis alert system to be implemented, decided at the Sept. 14 board meeting. The District plans to have the new security measure go into effect...

The former main gym was closed Aug. 29 after finding a mold infestation during a routine maintenance check.

Main gym closed for 10 days due to mold

Julia Moser, Editor-in-Chief September 2, 2022

During a routine maintenance check, Cladosporium mold was identified in the main gym at BVNW, Aug. 21.  According to Jake Slobodnik, the Executive Director of Operations of Blue Valley, Cladosporium...

Following the lockdown, members of the Overland Park Police Department and Blue Valley’s Safety and Security Department arrived on site to assist in the investigation, Aug. 30.

Armed suspect in the area initiates immediate lockdown at BVNW

Julia Moser and Lucy Halverson September 2, 2022

Shortly after school was released on Aug. 30, BVNW went into a building-wide lockdown. According to BVNW Principal David Sharp, these protective measures were taken after an armed suspect and accomplice...

Side-by-side photo of a pro-choice (left) and pro-life (right) campaign sign for the Value them Both Amendment, June 28. The voting for the Amendment is apart of the 2022 Kansas Primary Election and will end on Aug. 2, with voter registration open until July 12. Photo editing by Liz LaHood.

Recent Roe v. Wade court decision adds gravity to upcoming Kansas vote

Julia Moser and Lucy Halverson July 10, 2022

The 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark decision was overruled on Friday, June 24, meaning the constitutional right to an abortion was eliminated by the Supreme Court. This now leaves the legality of abortions up...

KSHSAA has proposed a Rule 5 change, which would cause some high schools to face division changes. If approved, BVNW will potentially compete against St. Thomas Aquinas and other new schools on the regional and state levels.

New KSHSAA rule change could make competition in high school sports more equal

Alyssa Gagnon, Sports Editor July 3, 2022

KSHSAA is one step closer to changing the classification of some high schools, in order to make the competition level more equal. So far, this bill, proposing a change in Rule 5: Classification of Senior...

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