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Coming new to Disney Plus

Story by Kaia Monac0- Staff Reporter

 

With everybody staying home a majority of 2020 and possibly 2021, it seems a lot of people have turned to watch Netflix, Disney Plus, or whatever streaming service they may have to pass the time. Since so many of us are spending our time watching tv, many streaming services are pushing out an extra amount of entertainment in 2021, especially Disney Plus.

Just this past month, Disney Plus released two new series: Marvel’s WandaVision on January 15 and Marvel’s Legends on January 8. Marvel’s WandaVision is about superheroes Wanda Maximoff and Vision living an idealized life that is not quite what it seems. Marvel’s Legends gives refreshers on each superhero, as more series are scheduled to come out later in the year.

Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is coming out March 19 and will feature the title superheroes going on a global adventure to test their skills and patience. Next up from Marvel is the series Loki, taking place after Avengers: Endgame and following Loki as he travels through time. This series is set to premiere in May. Additional series set to come out sometime this year include Monsters At Work, following the events of Monsters Inc., and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season two.

Disney Plus is set to release an array of movies over the next few months as well. First is Flora and Ulysses on February 19, a children’s comedy about a little girl named Flora who befriends a squirrel with superpowers. Next is Raya and the Last Dragon, an animated movie about a warrior princess named Raya from the land of Kumandra, where humans and dragons once coexisted. The movie is set to release March 5 on Disney Plus Premier Access, so it costs extra money to watch it. 

Disney is also releasing a number of movies about characters’ backstories this year, starting with Marvel’s Black Widow, about the superheroine’s backstory, on May 7. Then Cruella, about the infamous villain’s backstory, on May 28. 

Disney Plus has shown it is committed to keeping customers entertained. In a year where everything is so messed up, it is nice to have something as normal as a movie to look forward to. 

Celebrating the Super Bowl

Story by Abby Langle- Assistant Junior Editor

 

 Last Sunday Super Bowl 55 was played. For many football fans, the Super Bowl is the most important day of the year. For some local fans, this year it made it even more special because the Chiefs were playing in it. 

   Some people had big Super Bowl parties to watch and celebrate the big game.  With Covid, this could have changed many people’s plans.

   “I watched the game with friends, covid did not affect it at all really,” Cameron Lillard, senior, said.

   Snacks can also be more important than even watching a big football game. For the big game, people usually have a lot of food that they would not normally make for a regular-season football game.

   “When I was in college my little sister gave me a football crockpot. So I break that out every year with something in it. This year I did Pulled Pork Chili,” Chris Walker, science teacher, said

   For the Super Bowl, people make predictions about all parts of the game and the festivities surrounding it by what they think will happen and what the outcome will be.

   “I predict the Over on the National Anthem.  First score will be a TD, The Weekend will channel some inner Michael Jackson at halftime, If it storms like they say, take the under, and Chiefs win by 8,” Walker said.

   This Super Bowl was very special for people in Kansas City. Even though the outcome was not what a lot of people wanted, there is always next year. 

There is a first for everything

Story by Morgan Hubert – Staff Reporter

 

This year has gone down in history for so many reasons, one of the biggest, electing a new Vice President. Electing a new President and Vice President is always a big deal but this year is extra special.  We are bringing Kamala Harris into office as she is not only the first woman to serve as Vice President but also the first African American and South Asian to hold the office.

   “This is another opportunity to discuss matters of race and gender in the USA, and hopefully Kamala Harris is able to provide the voice of a woman and a person of color to the millions of Americans. It feels like we are living in different realities depending on our race, gender, economic status and I hope this is an opportunity to have conversations with people across these multiple groupings and focus on progress,” Josh Keeney, Geometry teacher, said.

   Kamala Harris is someone that can represent people in ways previous Vice Presidents could not. Harris can understand and fight for things that should change like racial equality and gender equality. She is also able to understand others because she can relate to their struggles. Harris is fighting to make these changes to make the future better for everyone. 

   “Even though Joe Biden’s cabinet and choices for the house have led this to the most diverse government yet, there are still lots of men and women who will treat Kamala with less respect because of her race,” Lucia Bresette, freshman, said. 

   Harris will be going through many obstacles to gain people’s respect that some are not giving her. She is not getting what she deserves because of her race and gender. 

   “Should it [gender] matter? No. Does it matter?… I would guess yes, unfortunately. I don’t think that we have the first VP of the USA in 2020 if it doesn’t matter. When you look at the history of Women’s Rights and Women’s Suffrage, you realize that it is still a pretty recent development in the history of our country. I believe that there are still barriers that women have to overcome that their male colleagues do not. I do not think this is unique to high institutions of government, and I think it’s something women have to deal with no matter the career/occupation,” Keeney said. 

   “I was very excited and happy for all of my female students and students of color. They now can look at the highest level of the US Government and feel represented,” Keeney said. 

   Kamala Harris is changing the future and creating history in the present. She is impacting so many people with what she is doing and inspiring so many people to follow their dreams no matter their race or gender. 

The loss of high school dances due to Covid

Story by Prajukta Ghosh – Copy Editor

 

We have yet again approached the school building with the masks on, maintaining a six feet gap with one another and following the directions of one-way hallways. The LSR-7 school district made a decision once more to bring everyone back in school for two weeks through a hybrid model of learning and then head back on track with being present in the classrooms full time for four days. However, there were no modifications made to the decision of having any school dances amidst the pandemic for students. After the cancellation of the homecoming dance, seniors now have to mourn the loss of the courtwarming dance too. Even though the decision was made keeping the safety of everyone in mind, it undoubtedly broke a few senior hearts.  

   “I am not surprised that the dances have been canceled, and I think it was a good decision, but it is a bummer that we don’t get to have a last hurrah as a senior class,” Sadie Creemer, senior said. 

   It has been a disappointing year in every aspect for the class of 2021 from the beginning of 2020. But it is important to remember whatever choices are being made by the district in terms of calling off senior activities/dances, are being done keeping the best interest of the student body in mind. It is truly unfortunate to not have a normal last year of high school this year and not able to enjoy the senior activities the way former senior classes have but it is also factual that situations are not really that favorable for us to experience that bit of normalcy. 

   “It is unfortunate that we haven’t gotten normal activities, but I would rather miss out on activities now for my senior year than activities and experiences my freshman year of college,” Grace Tohill, senior said.  

   The only hope now left in terms of attending a dance this year is probably prom, even though that was officially called off last year as well. But if things pan out once everyone gets back in the building full-time, there are still hopes for seniors to enjoy their last prom enthusiastically. 

   “I genuinely have no idea. I am not an epidemiologist, nor an event planner who has been planning events in the current situation. I will work closely with administrators, our health department, and our venue (John Knox) to provide whatever safety restrictions are possible and necessary,” Jessica Benus, FACS teacher, said. 

   The teachers have not heard anything of that sort that talks about taking prom into account this year so far, but fingers crossed and hope for the best that could happen. 

   

Second semester moves to in person learning February 8

Story by Mia Gatti – Staff Reporter

 

Starting the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year it will finally start to feel more normal. Students are starting off hybrid for two weeks and then straight to four days a week on February 8th. Mentoring will be during the four day weeks, but still no bronco time. There are some changes being made for this transition to work properly and hopefully stick for the rest of the semester.

Some changes to keep every student and staff member safe this semester start out with an extra lunch shift.

“We are going to spread our lunchroom availability out into the Events lobby (currently doing this in hybrid), multipurpose gym (plan to do this in 4 days/week), and outside is always available if it is a nice day in our picnic area.  We also do rolling dismissal to lunches that teachers manage and send their classrooms at different times to the lunchroom based on groupings within their specific lunch shift,” Tim Collins, Assistant Principal, said. 

In response to lunch shifts changing. Mentoring is coming back every Monday between 3rd and 4th hours. This will allow students to reconnect with their mentoring teacher and class. We will still stick to one-way hallways keeping students away from the face to face contact they can encounter in the halls. The biggest struggle for this new transition will be keeping everyone socially distanced especially with the larger sized classes.

I am going to do my best to keep my students and myself as safe as possible. I will distance the desks as much as I can, and make sure they are sanitized after each hour. Also, teachers and staff are very concerned with stuffing 1800 students in a building and possibly being exposed. I hope we are able to transition safely from Hybrid to all in-person without having to change our schedule back to Hybrid again after a month or so,” Ty Kohl, social studies teacher, said.

With the precautions being made to keep everyone safe during this transition, this will hopefully allow us to stay with an in-person schedule for the remainder of the school year.

KC Chiefs are AFC champions

By Robert Hurst – Staff Reporter

The Kansas City Chiefs have beaten the Buffalo Bills 38-24 during the AFC championship game. It was an all-around great game for the Chiefs offense and defense. They are going to back to back Superbowl appearances to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida on February 7th. For the first time in NFL history, a team will be hosting the Superbowl on their home field.

When will we get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Story by Kaia Monaco – Staff Reporter

It seems ever since the Coronavirus pandemic began, the entire world has been asking for a vaccine. Now that the vaccine is here, there are even more questions to answer —  what is in it and when people can get it? 

The vaccine is made using the messenger RNA of a COVID cell, so the body can identify the cell and create antibodies to quickly destroy it. This is just how any other vaccine is made. The vaccine will be given in two doses, 21 days apart, in order to be fully efficient. So far, the only reported side effects are headache and fatigue.

“I believe the vaccine to be safe and intend to get it when it becomes more readily available to the public,” Syrena Saxon, school nurse, said. 

The plan to get the vaccine distributed in Jackson County has started with frontline healthcare workers, long-term care facilities, and EMS/EMT paramedics, according to the Jackson County Health Department website. 

As of right now, there is not much information on how the vaccine affects teenagers and children as the youngest test subjects for the vaccine trials were 16. Until there is more information on how the vaccine affects children, it is unclear whether they will need the vaccine or not. 

“When the vaccine has been approved for teens and children, I support students getting the vaccine with the goal of achieving community immunity,” Saxon said. 

Teenagers and children are currently included in the third and final phase of distribution labeled “All Missouri Residents”. Considering the state is still in the first phase, it will most likely be months until teenagers and children are receiving vaccines. 

 

Culver’s: “It’s all about the people”

Column by Tiyah Gipson – Co-Editor-in-Chief  

 

If you always have a taste for good food and want it fast and fresh, you should go to Culver’s. If you almost always have a taste for a good burger and fries you should go to Culver’s. Lastly, if after your meals you are always craving something sweet, you should really go to Culver’s. Culver’s is not only known for its good food made fresh right after you order it, but they are also known for their custard, which is also made fresh every two hours. 

   There is always going to be a long line coming from the lobby and the drive-thru of the Culver’s located on Douglas, but now, things started looking up for the Culver’s franchise. On December 29th, 2020, a new Culver’s opened up on the street of Oldham Parkway in Lee’s Summit. There will now be two Culver’s in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. You can say people are excited about this one. It took people a while to realize there was a new one in town, but this Culver’s has had a great start since opening in December and every day it feels as though more people come in. 

   Not only is Culver’s an amazing place to eat and enjoy custard, but it is also an awesome place for employment. The staff at Culver’s are always so nice and friendly and the managers are even better. Everyone is so cool and they make you feel welcomed. You never have to worry about messing up or doing anything wrong because someone is always around to help you out. If you need a job, Culver’s is a really good place.

   According to Forbes.com, “Culver’s is one of the best high-investment franchises based on criteria evaluated by Forbes.”

   Since 1984, Culver’s has been thriving as one of the best fast-food chains all around the world. It is now 2021 and it seems nothing has changed. Culver’s has roughly 600 restaurants around the world and between all of them, none seem to have business that is close to slowing down. If burgers, fries and frozen custard is your thing, then you should choose Culver’s.

New semester, new schedule: LSR7 high schools go in person

Story by Maria Smith – Co-Editor-in-Chief

   Beginning January 25th, the first day of the second semester, Lee’s Summit high schools will be back in person. Starting with two weeks of hybrid, but quickly moving to four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This change comes after a semester monopolized by online learning. 

   Online learning implemented to protect the safety of students and teachers during the pandemic. Yet while covid numbers continue to rise students are heading back to in-person learning. 

   “I’m not that excited about going back 4 days a week. It sounds good out of context, but it’s a bit frightening that it’s a plan when we’re in this point in a pandemic. I think it’s dangerous and irresponsible for teachers and students,” Kailynn Byrne, senior, said. 

   Students are required to wear masks when in the building per the norm nowadays, and they must quarantine for two weeks if someone who they sit less than six feet from in any of their classes test positive with Covid. With the switch from hybrid, which splits the students into two groups based on last name, to all in-person four days a week it brings up a concern for the ability to social distance in classrooms. It is possible that this schedule will not last very long because of that. 

  “I don’t believe this change is going to last because the cases in Missouri keep rising due to lack of social distancing and responsible practicing,” Byrne said. 

   It is very easy to be pessimistic, especially during a global pandemic, but the four day in-person week is a gleaming beam of normalcy after almost a year of warped life due to this pandemic. One can only hope that it will work, and students will get a full semester of seemingly normal life.

Chiefs season review

Sports Review by Robert Hurst – Staff Reporter

 

This season for the Kansas City Chiefs was one to remember. With everything in the world being different, the Chiefs still showed up strong every game in the 2020 season. Their offense was off the charts this season, and their defense played exceptional in big moments. The team won multiple nail-biting endings to games and entertained its fans to the fullest. Mick Cronk, social studies teacher, is also a huge Chiefs fan.

 

“This season was one of the best and strongest teams they’ve ever had. Pure entertainment watching this team, “ Cronk said. 

 

Cronk believes the 14-2 regular-season record is evidence Kansas City will be rewarded with another Super Bowl victory.

 

“The way Patrick Mahomes and the offense have played this season, it’s difficult to not see us lifting the Lombardi trophy again, I’m excited for these playoffs,” he said. 

 

Patrick Mahomes has had yet another possible MVP season. He was efficient and intelligent with every play, becoming a more mature quarterback in his 4th season in the NFL. He finished with 4,740 passing yards, 38 total touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. MVP definitely is in the question. The Chiefs played and beat the Cleveland Browns on 1/17 in the AFC divisional championship. They now move on to the AFC Championship to play the Buffalo Bills on 1/24.