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Story by Katie Langle – Junior Editor If you want college credit at an affordable price, Innovation Track might be the right fit for you. The Innovation Track gives students a way to earn up to 30 hours of college credit at Longview Community College. These courses count for both high school and college credit. All credits transfer directly to any public two and four-year university. “[I joined the Innovation Track because] it was a way for me to only attend high school part-time as a junior. It also allows me to complete college credits for a lot lower price than if I were to take them at a university,” Sophie Richardson, junior, said. The Innovation Track has a variety of benefits that come with it. One of the major benefits of the Innovation Track is the cost. Innovation Track allows students to take classes for $53.50 per credit hour. The regular tuition rate is $107 per credit hour. Qualifying students also receive free textbooks and tuition. If Transportation is a problem, students have the option to ride the bus from Lee’s Summit North to Longview. There are a few requirements to join this program. Students must be a junior or senior and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. A qualifying ACT or Accuplacer score is also required. Students must submit an application to be considered. “I believe LSN set a deadline for Feb. 24th. However, I will take applications later. I would like students to apply early so we can meet during enrollment conferences (March 9-11) to discuss classes. MCC class enrollment for Fall 2021 opens the first week of April. I want students to get first choice of classes,” Erin Barnett, LSR7 Innovation Track Coordinator, said. If you are interested but missed the open house on February 9, an informational video can be found on the LSN enrollment page. More information about the Innovation Track can also be found on the Innovation Track’s website.
Story by Maria Smith – C0-Editor-in-Chief The Lee’s Summit North Theater department not only puts on plays and musicals they are also a club with a ton of activities and people who support one another. The club is getting a bit of a makeover this year. With a new teacher and a mission to recruit some new members, they are using this time to their advantage to change up how they work. “Currently, one of our main focuses is preparing for next year’s season/activities. While we are also working hard on our Spring show, we’re trying to make our department bigger, more self-aware, more diverse/inclusive, and even more of a home environment,” Elaine Watson, senior, said. They are still finding creative ways to meet and do some of their annual traditions despite the pandemic. “It has been an adventure this year depending on if we’ve been virtual or in-person. We’ve had virtual events, such as our Tea Time social and Kahoot Party tri-social that we hosted with LSH and LSW. We’ve done a no-contact White Elephant gift exchange. We also completed our community service project, TOTSeat, in October where we collected canned goods for Lee’s Summit Social Services while still maintaining limited in-person contact,” William Palmer, theater teacher said. There is one thing that the club wants you to know. That you are welcome no matter your experience level or the time of year. “We accept anyone and everyone. There is truly a place for everyone here. Whether you want to be on stage or not. Boss people around or not. Have previous theatre knowledge or not. Our differences are what bring us together the most. Even if you can’t be a part of our family, we could use all that support we can get,” Watson said. They meet the first Tuesday of every month and more information about the club is available on the theater website which is accessible from the LSN homepage. It is never too late in the year to meet a new group of friends so get out there and find your place.
Story by Prajukta Ghosh – Copy Editor Education is a weapon that can lead to a battle of progression and ultimate defeat of ignorance in one’s lifetime. It could be ideal for kids to rant about the struggles of being a student, however, it is even more challenging to be a teacher and not let personal frustration and annoyance take over their student’s time to learn. Mrs. Tracy Wrisinger, Math teacher at North is celebrating this unique profession of tutoring students and being a part of their daily struggles with a positive aura and radiance. She is constantly striving to make sure students make the best out of her classroom and find new ways to resolve consequential problems. “I loved teaching, but my first job was not in an ideal scenario. I left teaching to work on my MBA and my law degree. However, I continued to find an outlet for my teaching. I taught at a number of community colleges and at my alma mater, William Jewell College,” Wrisinger said. She had attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she planned to study journalism, for two years before she made her decision to transfer to William Jewell. She had earned her bachelor’s degree in both Mathematics and Education along with a master’s in business education and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University. She has come to love teaching more than ever and every day in her classroom she tries to ensure that students develop and master skills that will be best for them once they graduate from high school. “I have always had the mantra that no matter what I’m facing, someone is facing something worse. I also try to assess whether it will matter in five years. If not, it’s not worth worrying about now,” Wrisinger said. She is also the head coach for Avid. She tackles seniors for the avid classes. Her actual journey to learn how to study in college began when she learned several skills from one of her peers that now she teaches students in her avid class. “I actually didn’t learn how to study until college. I had a friend who taught me a lot of the skills we learn in AVID. My grades improved dramatically,” Wrisinger said. Her motive is to help students earn full credit for their accomplishments and enjoy their high school and college experiences the best possible way they can.
Story by Lily Temple – Staff Reporter This year, the LSR7 school district, along with others, has been having no school on Wednesdays. It has been a time for students to catch up on assignments or to get tutoring from their teachers. Teachers have been able to use the time to plan and to talk with other teachers about the upcoming days and work with online students. Several students and teachers rave about this alternate schedule and hope it continues next year. “Personally, from a teacher’s perspective, I have really enjoyed Wednesdays as asynchronous school days this year. In previous school years, I would work on weekends or stay late after school to finish grading and preparing lessons for the future units in my classes. But now I’m able to do a lot of that work on my Wednesdays. I think students have also benefited because Wednesday has become the built-in day each week to do any individual or small group tutoring. In a way, those days have made up for the missed Bronco Time,” Kevin Krumrey, Science Teacher, said. Having the extra time on Wednesdays allows students and teachers to get more done. With the constant changes this year students and teachers have appreciated having Wednesdays as a constant. “It has been very helpful because with all of the changes Wednesdays have stayed the same and allowed students time to get help and get caught up on school,” Ellie Stafford, sophomore, said. Wednesdays have been a day for students and teachers to relieve their stress. Whether that means, catching up on assignments, or getting ahead, students have shared that Wednesdays take a lot of stress off their shoulders. “It is helpful to have an extra day to not stress out and just get caught up on all work no matter what the class structure is like,” Sarah Green, junior, said. People seem to love Wednesdays and would be very happy if a four-day week was the new normal. “I would LOVE to continue having no school on Wednesdays! Even though we have experienced a lot of shifts this year, I feel like having a whole day each week dedicated to lesson planning and collaboration has helped me improve my teaching this year. In turn, this also improves learning experiences for my students. I think students wouldn’t mind having a day off to catch up on school work. I think we all need a breather sometimes,” Abby Fossey, English teacher, said. Students and teachers alike have expressed how much they love having extra time on Wednesdays. It is clear that no one would be opposed to making the four-day week permanent.
Story by Morgan Hubert – Staff Reporter Throughout last year and this year, students and teachers have been doing the most to figure out how to keep moving through school and keep teaching students while the students are able to learn. With Covid-19, it has been hard but they found a solution. The solution being, virtual learning, otherwise known as AMI days. Along with starting the school year fully virtual, they also made a new rule about snow days. The rule being, if the district has made an announcement for a snow day, we have virtual learning. We can have up to five virtual learning snow days before we do not have required work and they will start adding school days to the end of the year. “I personally like the new virtual snow day rule. Last year I enjoyed all the snow days but since they turned into AMI days I like that we will only have five,” Ashley Farmer, freshman, said. In the past, there had been many days added to the end of the school year and even though some students liked the snow day, they did not like making the days up at the end of the year. There are times when teachers have planned to do something in person that can not be done online. Therefore, they have to give alternate work or no work at all. “I feel like it is much less work compared to being in school,” said Famer. Even though school will be online through the AMI days, teachers might now give as much work as they usually would. This causes teachers to have to fit more things into their schedule since no more school days are added at the end of the year. This school year has brought many new ideas including virtual snow days, and it looks like it will be sticking around for a while.
Opinion story by Mia Gatti – Staff Reporter Now that the Covid-19 vaccine has been released, how is it actually affecting people from a variety of age groups? Coming from a family that has been vaccinated, this vaccine has affected every single one of my family members differently. As we know there are two different vaccines that you can receive if you choose to. My family started off very hesitant about getting the vaccine not knowing how it would affect them but knew in the long run that it could prevent them from being carriers of the virus and would allow us to not spread it more. My mom and my grandma both received the Pfizer vaccine a couple of weeks ago and had very similar reactions to it. They both felt a little weak and tired with a mild headache not feeling their best and knowing the vaccine had an effect on these slim symptoms. On the other hand, my grandpa and dad had been set up to receive the Moderna vaccine, and this one had a little different outcome. The first shot for my grandpa had zero symptoms and felt fine but after having his second shot he did not feel very good at all. The chills and slight fever did not last long but they were definitely worse for him than his first shot. My dad ended up having chills and fever for his first shot and feeling fine for his second shot. This Covid-19 vaccine will certainly not affect everyone that chooses to take it the same, but if it is chosen to receive then it could also help to keep our family and friends safe and healthy.
Story by Katie Langle – Junior Editor Blake Horner-Ogle has been working toward becoming a candidate for the United States Air Force Academy since the sixth grade. He joined JROTC his freshman year and has stood out since. His hard work has paid off as he is one of 230 cadets worldwide picked to receive a scholarship to the Flight Academy. “I won a scholarship to the Flight Academy, which is a group of colleges being paid by the Air Force to teach students to fly. The scholarship gives me an opportunity to earn my private pilot license over the summer,” Blake Horner-Ogle, sophomore, said. With 1,340 other applicants, Blake had to stand out from the rest. He worked to have a well-rounded resume. He has a commitment to not only his physical fitness but also his academics and community service. “I have had many conversations outside of school hours with Blake. He is absolutely dedicated to the personal goals he’s set. His work ethic is beyond reproach! He participates in several co-curricular activities in the Corps, and has already begun preparing to apply for leadership positions in next year’s Corps,” Jim Woods, Aerospace Science Instructor, said. With this scholarship, Blake will earn his private pilot’s license, this is a major step in the right direction as he eventually applies to join the highly competitive Air Force Academy.
Story by Robert Hurst – Staff Reporter Transferring to a different high school is a difficult experience for anyone. When a student is moving to a new school, they are leaving many cherishable people and places behind. They have to say goodbye to their school, their friends, and their favorite places. Joining a new school and environment creates a lot of pain for the student. The anxiety of starting a new school and seeing new faces while also being a teenager, which is already difficult enough, can be frightening. Finding new friends is by far the most difficult task. Regular students at the school have probably already found their group of friends which they are comfortable with. Talking to another student who has never seen your face before is tough, trying to joke around or talk about something takes time and effort, the other student already has other friends with their own inside jokes and experiences they have shared. It could be a lonely few months at the start. Patience is key and soon enough everything will return to normal. Ms. Durnell, the broadcasting teacher, moved three times during her high school career. “It was a major cultural shift, I moved from small to big schools. Every time it brought a new experience with its struggles, but with patience, I found friends and made lifelong connections,” Durnell said. It took Ms. Durnell time to settle. “ It usually took two to three months until I could routinely talk to other students and have good laughs,” she said. These experiences have a positive side as well. You learn to adapt to new environments and create connections faster. Having connections in many different places may be important in the future. A person who lived in the same city or town may feel comfortable and at ease, but they might find it more challenging to make new friends from different places simply because they had the same connections their whole lives. Transferring is difficult and is terrifying, but in due time it has its perks. A lesson to teach to veteran students is please be nice and talk to the new kid.
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.
Maria is Co-Editor-in-Chief and has been on the staff for four years. She also does freelance writing for an online radio station. In her free time, Maria likes to crochet.
Tiyah is Co-Editor-in-Chief and has been on staff for four years. She is passionate about reading. Tiyah has been known to read two or three books in one week.
Katie is Junior Editor and has been on staff for three years. She was on the broadcasting staff in middle school. Something unique about Katie is that she loves to sew.
Prajukta is Copy Editor and has been on staff for three years. She moved here from New Dehli, India where she wrote for her school magazine. She loves reading and writing and is fluent in three languages, and she is currently learning a fourth language, Spanish.
Abby is Assistant Junior Editor and has been on staff for two years. In middle school, she was a member of the broadcasting staff. She is a member of the LSN tennis team and she teaches gymnastics at Dave's Gymnastics Factory here in Lee's Summit.
Mia is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. In middle school, she was a member of the broadcasting staff. She plays competitive volleyball, she has a Bernese Mountain Dog, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Morgan is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. Morgan really enjoys math and science, and she loves to explore. She also enjoys writing and playing soccer.
Robert is a staff reporter and this is his first year on staff. Robert is half Panamanian and half American.
Kaia is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. She was on the publication staff at her former high school, Shawnee Mission East. She enjoys painting and she has an unhealthy obsession with The Devil Wears Prada.
Lily is a staff reporter and this is her first year on staff. She was on the yearbook staff in middle school. She enjoys playing tennis and has been playing since the 4th grade.
Mrs. Haesemeyer (Adviser):
Mrs. Haesemeyer was on the yearbook staff when she was in high school. In college, she wrote for the newspaper at The University of Central Missouri, The Muleskinner. She has been a Language Arts teacher and the newspaper adviser at LSN for the last 20 years.