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


Sophomore Will Gertner does a drill during practice. “I think practice is big in helping perform in games,” Gertner said. “I have the freedom to try things and see what works so I can execute them in games.”(Photo courtesy of Sporting Kansas City).

Kickstarting dreams

Danielle Croom, Writer May 2, 2024

Sophomore Kyan Detmer moved more than 1,300 miles from Las Vegas to pursue his dream with the Sporting Kansas City Academy.  At five years old, Detmer began his soccer journey, starting with a recreation...

Players on the soccer team celebrate with senior Kate Rooney after she scores the first goal during their game against Olathe South on March 21. “I think we were all waiting for the first goal to realize we can score and we can do this,” Rooney said. The Huskies went on to win against the Falcons, 3-0.

Praj’s Plays: April

Prajwal Adhikari, Sports Design Editor April 23, 2024

GIRLS SOCCER The girls varsity soccer team defeated the Olathe South Falcons on March 21, 3-0. The Huskies struggled early, having difficulties with ball movement and executing plays offensively. After...

President of the Environmental Club junior Juliet Nguyen pulls weeds from the prairie on the side of the school on March 27. “The wastewater trails down to the prairie basically, and all the native plants there, absorb it,” Nguyen said. “Also, its really good for pollinators.”

One planet, one chance

Lindsay Maresh and Reagan Wald April 23, 2024

Every other week during the school year, a group of students at Northwest meet up and spend their Wednesday afternoons pulling weeds, planting seeds, and planning for the future of their outdoor project....

Senior Jordan Ouyang said he has gambled in classes when he was bored. (Photo illustration).

Risk and ruin

Sri Trikona and Addie Aadland April 23, 2024

Anxiously pulling out his hair, senior Jordan Ouyang loses a blackjack hand while playing during his ELA class. The anticipation was rising, but suddenly he won a hand. Ouyang slams his hands on the table...

The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics says by the time students are in high school, at least 62 percent will have abused alcohol.

Striving for sobriety

Sydney Barnett and Reagan Wald March 20, 2024

Twice a week, roughly 40 individuals in the Kansas City area attend a sobriety support group run through the FullCircle program, and 30 of them are still in high school. FullCircle is a youth-based nonprofit...

There were 82 school shootings in 2023 according to CNN. (Photo Illustration)

Nowhere is safe

Alyssa Gagnon and Inaya Zaman March 20, 2024

Senior Liam Shetterly said he heard gunshots 100 feet away from where he and his friends were standing at the Chiefs rally outside of Union Station on Feb. 14. “We started leaving and all of a sudden...

Sophomore Luke Barthol puts his music on Soundcloud under the name “Lil Skurb”. “I use SoundCloud, Spotify and most distributors for music.” Barthol said.

Behind the beats

Adria Heinauer and Maggie Dahl March 7, 2024

Sophomore Luke Barthol said constantly having his AirPods in and messing around with friends turned into producing his own songs and finding a passion for music.  Barthol started experimenting with...

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The downfall of Disney

Danielle Croom, Writer January 19, 2024

Through recent years, the magical realm of Disney appears to be losing its unique charm. What was once a creative powerhouse for storytelling has now declined to a repetitive cycle from being the so-called...

According to senior Wania Munir, respect should be something thats a given and an act of disrespect should not be so easily forgiven. Its not that hard to respect peoples identities and respect peoples race and culture. You dont have to be making derogatory comments, Munir said.

From clicks to consequences

Harper Latta and Nafsiya Hafiz January 19, 2024

Living in an era where social media and the internet can serve as platforms for self-expression, high schoolers often find themselves navigating between showcasing their authentic selves and maintaining...

Connections teacher Cindy Campbell-Barnes receiving a grant.

Cash to connections

Blen Belachew and Adria Heinauer January 18, 2024

The perspective of others, talking to peers and having a self-awareness of one’s surroundings are all things that occur in everyday life. For most students, these are seen as basic social skills that...

Soccer coach and teacher Michelle Pothoven snacking on both healthy and unhealthy food. Until I was in my 30s it was hard to see food as fuel, Pothoven said.

Diving deep into diet culture

Alyssa Gagnon and Adria Heinauer January 18, 2024

​​For eight weeks straight, junior Carter Hughes said he stuck to a strict diet, which consisted of eating five times his body weight in kilograms of carbs and one gram of protein for each pound. He...

Senior Elena Santelli said she has a positive relationship with her host family. “When I met them they were super nice and I was instantly comfortable with them.” Santelli said.

Home away from home

Sara Scheibel and Inaya Zaman December 4, 2023

As senior Elena Santelli entered BVNW for the first time, she felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment. Not only was it a new building, but it was in a new country—one that was across the world...

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