What’s Under the Ink

Senior Watchman Whitworth displays his tattoo on his forearm. “I wanted the ‘love you’ sign on my
left tricep because that’s where my sister has it, and my sister and my mom both have that tattoo,” Whitworth said.

Kathryn Case, Writer

February 25, 2020

As an 18th birthday present from his parents, senior Watchman Whitworth said he got two tattoos that allow him to remind himself who he is and feel closer to his family.  Whitworth said he got “I love you” in sign language on his left tricep since his sister and mother both have the same ta...

Cash-strapped in the valley

Despite the Blue Valley district’s reputation as an affluent district, roughly one out of every 10 of its students are economically disadvantaged and have the choice of participating in the various aid programs provided by the district.

Jenna Weyforth and Raabia Qureshi

February 20, 2020

Look around. Within the halls of BVNW, a considerable number of students sport $98 Lululemon leggings, $180 Adidas Ultra Boosts or simply drown out their surroundings with $165 Apple AirPods. This image fuels the stereotype that paints those at BVNW as well-off. However, not all of its students are endowed...

Northwest Drama teacher retires after over forty-three years of teaching

Drama teacher Steve Landes during practice for the winter musical,

Tessa Regan, Writer

February 10, 2020

After teaching at Northwest for nineteen years, theater teacher Steve Landes plans on retiring at the end of this school year. His final musical director position at Northwest was for the winter musical, “The mystery of Edwin Drood.”  “It is my time,” Landes said. “I am old enough to retire a...

Controversy hits Pro-life Club at Blue Valley Northwest

Laura Benteman (Left) and Emily Yohon (Right) hold up signs at the Rally for Life event in Topeka Kan. Jan. 22.

Megan Yates and Emma Johnson

January 31, 2020

As a result of the BVNW pro-life club posting about their attendance at the Topeka Rally for Life on their Instagram, students took to social media to voice their opinions about the club.  Despite the club forming in September, it wasn’t until they created an Instagram and posted photos from the...

New tardy system causes frustration for several students

Junior Liam Alon takes a tardy tracker slip from the machine on Jan. 22.

Tessa Regan, Writer

January 30, 2020

After going all first semester with no system in place for tracking student tardies and HHT assignments, Blue Valley Northwest introduced Student Conductor to the student body at the start of the second semester. BVNW’s old system, Tardy Tracker, had stopped working at the end of the last school year ...

Increased police presence due to shots being fired Wednesday night

OP Police Officers and SRO Officer Anthony Garcia stand outside the school Thursday morning during arrival.

Ethan Knauth, Editor in Chief

January 30, 2020

Due to an non-injury shooting in the DAC parking lot around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, there was an increased police presence at the school Thursday, according to an email sent to the BVNW community by Principal Amy Pressly. There were reports of shots being fired, according to the email, and the Overland...

We the People wins eighth state championship in 10 years

Ken Thomas, the advisor of We the People, poses with the state championship plaque.

Jack Bensing, Writer

January 29, 2020

The We the People team secured their eighth state championship in 10 years at the competition at Kansas State University Jan. 27.  The We the People team participates in an annual competition, in the form of a congressional hearing. In this contest, the students have to present papers they ha...

Northwest introduces club boys volleyball

Northwest introduces club boys volleyball

Jack Nitz, Writer

January 16, 2020

Last spring, Heart of America Volleyball formed the Kansas City High School Boys Volleyball League after gaining more interest in boys volleyball at the club level. Twenty-seven teams throughout the KC Metro area played in the league last year. Girls varsity volleyball coach Molly Haggerty said BVNW...

A new way of exploring enrollment options

A new way of exploring enrollment options

Megan Yates, Writer

January 7, 2020

For the first time, Blue Valley Northwest is taking a more digital approach to the enrollment process.

Braun Bros to square off in renewed Border War

BVNW alumni Parker Braun (23) and Christian Braun (0) watch the action from the bench after checking out in the fourth quarter of the Huskies matchup against Lawrence High at Charles Koch Arena March 8. The Huskies defeated the Lions, 65-37.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

January 6, 2020

Committing to play basketball for the University of Kansas on Sept. 17, 2018, BVNW alum Christian Braun officially split the Braun household. With his older brother, Parker Braun already committed and redshirting at the University of Missouri, the Brauns had an athlete at each rival school. Upon...

StuGo and We the People collaborate to host Town Hall

Kansas State Senator John Skubal talks as fellow Senator Jim Denning looks on at the Pre-Legislative Town Hall held at BVNW, Dec. 7.

Ethan Knauth, Editor in Chief

December 7, 2019

For the first time in Blue Valley Northwest’s 27 year history, a Town Hall was held at the school according to We the People teacher Ken Thomas. The event was put on for educational purposes, Thomas said.  “[We organized the Town Hall] to get these representatives and senators here and talk abo...

SnapChat video at the heart of school threat

BVNW SRO Anthony Garcia stands outside the main entrance for dismissal Monday. There was an increased police protection at BVNW in reaction to a threat against the school.

Ethan Knauth, Editor in Chief

November 25, 2019

Due to a threat made against Blue Valley Northwest Sunday night, there was an increased police presence on campus Monday morning. School Resource Officer Anthony Garcia said although not explicitly visible throughout the day, it doesn't mean that there was no added protection on school grounds. Garcia...

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