At 8:18 p.m. February 13, there was an active shooter at Michigan State University in Berkley Hall. Three students were killed and five were left in critical condition. 2022 WHS graduate Lauren Schutter, who plays volleyball at Michigan State was on campus when the shooting happened.
Thought Bubble | Misuse of Accelerated Reader could kill love of reading
After being absent for a few years, USD 329 is bringing back the Accelerated Reader program for grades K-5. This program is good both for the reading incentive for younger grades and for the STAR exams that evaluate the students’ reading and math levels. Although the program’s return won’t affect high school students, even the best readers greeted the news with a sort of PTSD.
Thought Bubble | Student panel an opportunity to share small-school perspective
Senior AJ Grutsch attends a student-lead panel discussing student issues on a variety of topics for the Safe and Supportive Schools Conference in Manhattan.
Thought Bubble | Girls wrestling deserves fair treatment at tournaments
Girls wrestling is a new program to WHS, and it’s only existed in Kansas for a few years. Despite the local support and enthusiasm our team has enjoyed, there are some glaring differences in fairness between boys and girls at tournaments.
Thought Bubble | Snowpocalypse or dusting: district should set us free
I think we can all agree that snow days are our favorite part of “school” in the winter. However, with a new superintendent, the real question is will we get as many snow days as we deserve, or will he force us to walk to school through the snow... uphill... both ways.
Thought Bubble | Christmas season starts when I say it does
Finally, Christmas is here! Or is it? Payton Wurtz gets to the bottom of the official start of the season.
Thought Bubble | Tattoos an opportunity for self-expression
Tattoos are a great way for people to express themselves. Tatted up members of WHS show off and explain the meaning behind their ink.
Thought Bubble | Panel discusses district culture, achievements
Last week, students, community members, several district teachers and one school board member joined reporter Patrick Richardson from the online publication the Sentinel for a roundtable discussion about USD 329’s academic successes.
Thought Bubble | The injustice of candy corn scorn
Candy corn has been a staple of All Hallows Eve since the first tree was ever TP’ed. However, the scrumptious treat candy corn has gotten a bad rap over the years.
Thought Bubble | Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read
This week was Banned Books Week, an annual event since 1982. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read. Every year, it spotlights current and historical attempts to ban books in schools and libraries.