The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School

BVNWnews

The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School

BVNWnews

The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School

BVNWnews

Junior HarAnsh Singh Gugnani moved to Kansas at the age of two, and has had a positive experience living here. “Being a 1st generation immigrant you usually hear a lot of bad stories about how people treat you, but I find the community here in Blue Valley to be very accepting and inclusive,” Gugani said.

The next generation

Ashley Adams and Jeny Jithesh September 29, 2022

Senior Alicia Pham was born in America to newly immigrated parents from Vietnam. As a second-generation immigrant, Pham said her family faced struggles with the language difference between the two countries.  “My...

Junior football player Lovie Pulliam said he feels held to a higher standard when on the field. “Every game is like if I don’t complete right, I’m gonna be off the field forever,” Pulliam said. “I do everything to be the best of the best.”

Stereotyped?

Harper Latta and Saraphina Wambi September 28, 2022

Junior football player Lovie Pulliam said one of the most well-known sports myths of all time is that Black people possess natural physical talent, which helps them excel in sports.  “[The stereotype]...

Junior Hannah Hatton quit dance to focus on her passion of theater. “Even though its scary to change your whole life to pursue something new, it can be so worth it,” Hatton said.

Finding the right fit

Lindsay Maresh and Reagan King August 20, 2022

Insecurity and the fear of failing can be enough for someone to quit doing something they love, sophomore Addison Novak said she experienced this with basketball. “I’ve always been getting down...

Junior Dyani Anand is pictured at the local Hindu temple wearing a traditional lehenga. She said she feels the Indian community impacted her by “participating in different traditions and celebrating [their] culture together,” Anand said.

Unity in diversity

Alex Cowdrey and Sydney Barnett August 20, 2022

Although senior Nithya Mamalayan has practiced singing Carnatic music for 11 years, a traditional style of Indian music, she is hesitant to share this skill with her non-South Asian friends, as they are...

Senior Lexi Liess holds up a photo of her mother, Linda Liess, who passed away from colorectal cancer when Lexi was eight years old, April 18. “You will never really move on, but you will become stronger.” Liess said.

Legacy of a loved one

Julia Moser and Lucy Halverson May 12, 2022

The Reaction  After the first varsity football game of the 2021 season, senior Caroline Mall’s mom, Jacque Reynolds, shared news that drastically changed her family’s life.  “Hannah is dead,”...

Many teens find it hard when comparing themselves to others, and when summer brings the time for less clothing, it can be even harder to work through these thoughts.

Fitting the mold

Alyssa Gagnon and Quinn Brown May 12, 2022

In eighth grade, sophomore Katy Olson spent two weeks in the hospital with a heart rate of only 20 beats per minute, compared to the average 60 to 100 bpm for a teenage girl.  “I was severely underweight....

Senior J Hadleigh Fallon (center) and the cheer squad lead a chant at halftime of a boys basketball game, March 2. “I think a lot of people think high school cheer is just cheering on the sidelines at football games and basketball games,” Fallon said. “We also do competitions and harder things.”

Like a girl

Reagan King and Alyssa Gagnon April 7, 2022

Every day after school, the varsity girls softball team hauls their gear to the Blue Valley Rec Center to practice, while the varsity boys baseball team practices on their reserved BVNW fields, according...

Senior Aniela Cabrera enjoys the creative freedom she gets with ceramics that allow her to make the pieces her own. “Having the chance in ceramics to create my own unique pieces from start to finish always leaves me in astonishment,” Cabrera said. “[It’s] a very fulfilling form of art that Ive never really been able to experience before.”

Creative escape

Lindsay Maresh and Hannah Rakolta April 7, 2022

The art program at Northwest effectively teaches life skills as well as artistic techniques, according to junior Gabbie Troutner. She said the art program at Northwest offers a variety of classes so that...

More teens are choosing to hook up with one another rather than dating in the traditional sense.

The hookup hype

Ashley Adams, Alex Cowdrey and Reagan King, Writers February 18, 2022

Julia Masterson, 2020 graduate, said she experienced how hookup culture captivates teenagers. “I had some friends that fully transformed. They went from wanting to save themselves until marriage and...

Senior Kimberly Gibson discusses how having ADHD has affected her outside of the learning environment. “It also affects your self confidence too,” Gibson said. “Because you cant really control how hyper you are.”

Neurodivergent

Lindsay Maresh and Elizabeth Caine February 18, 2022

Although she was diagnosed in November, senior Kimberly Gibson said she always knew she had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as she said she was always more talkative and hyperactive than...

Junior Landon Braun discusses what it’s like to attend school after his brothers have graduated and the influence they have had on him. “My brothers are the reason I love [basketball]. If it wasn’t for their dedication, I wouldn’t have ever become a student of the game,” Braun said.

Sibling shadows

Lucy Halverson and Reagan Kauth February 18, 2022

While junior Landon Braun never played high school basketball at the same time as his older brothers, he explained the effect their high school athletic careers have had on him. Christian and Parker Braun...

Sophomore Harper Latta poses with her parents and siblings Waverly and Everett Latta, Oct. 11. “I’ve known them my whole life, so yeah they’re my parents there’s nothing different about it,” Latta said.

Bonded by more than blood

Reagan King and Alyssa Gagnon November 6, 2021

Senior Jennifer Clarkson was three years old when she was adopted from China.  As a single mother in her forties, Clarkson’s mom, Jan Clarkson, started looking into adoption after a divorce. She...

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