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


Kansas is offering a free ACT for all juniors Feb. 26.

Northwest’s reaction to using the ACT’s online format

Izze Lentfer, A&E Editor February 26, 2020

An online format was used for juniors taking the free ACT Tuesday, which was a decision made by the district. Last year when the opportunity arose for high school juniors to take the standardized test...

Above is a global map, with all the shaded countries having a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Johnson County has first confirmed case of the Coronavirus; BVNW reacts

Ethan Knauth, Editor in Chief February 25, 2020
Johnson County has first confirmed case of the Coronavirus; BVNW reacts
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.

What’s Under the Ink

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...

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.

Cash-strapped in the valley

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...

Drama teacher Steve Landes during practice for the winter musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It.

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

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,...

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

Controversy hits Pro-life Club at Blue Valley Northwest

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...

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

New tardy system causes frustration for several students

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...

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

Increased police presence due to shots being fired Wednesday night

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...

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

We the People wins eighth state championship in 10 years

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,...

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...

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.
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.

Braun Bros to square off in renewed Border War

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...

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