Shawnee Mission East

Review: Three new Hallmark must-see Christmas movies

Review: Three new Hallmark must-see Christmas movies

It’s that time of year when it’s acceptable to put on my candy cane fuzzy socks, make myself a steamy cup of hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie. If the jokes from “Elf” are finally getting old and “Love Actually” just isn’t going to cut it, Hallmark has you...

Home away from home: Ecuador

Home away from home: Ecuador

When I first saw the dirt house, I was horrified. And the no shower situation? I had a terrible cold for a week after taking a bucket bath in freezing, mountain weather. Not to mention my hair didn’t dry afterward for a full 24 hours. I suffered a superiority complex...

Hey, Listen Up: Trailer

Hey, Listen Up: Trailer

Introducing "Hey, Listen Up," the first podcast that invites teens to join the conversation. Every word that is spoken will be as honest, raw and authentic as the way we all speak when we’re passionate about something in the world we live in, and each second of every...

Unsung Hero: Librarian Bill Hiles

Unsung Hero: Librarian Bill Hiles

It’s 6:45 a.m. and the sun hasn’t risen yet over Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kan., but Bill Hiles is already hard at work in the library-- one of the greatest resources for students, and students are very appreciative of his commitment. One by...

Participating in Past, Present and Prevention

Participating in Past, Present and Prevention

Junior Laura Martasin has heard "Jew" jokes since she was in the second grade. She’s been asked if a gold necklace she used to wear was a pot of gold because she was Jewish. She’s heard Holocaust jokes on the bus, and she’s still attempting to ignore a "Heil Hitler"...

A city divided

A city divided

There is a certain beauty in the symmetry of suburbia. I personally saw it as a child growing up in Fairway, Kan., maybe around 9 years old. I would ride my bike under the crystal green leaves of the oak trees that lined my street precisely, two in each lawn. I...

Seniors continue friendship through bowling

Seniors continue friendship through bowling

Reporting from Prairie Village, Kan. Shawnee Mission East seniors Brena Levy and Sydney Stancer started off their bowling career as freshman a bit clumsily. Levy bowled her first two weeks on the team with the wrong fingers – instead of her ring and middle finger in...

My message: Strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

My message: Strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

Dear Future President, As a student journalist, I would like to ensure that the strength of the Freedom of Information Act – which allows for the release of federal documents – and the attempt President Obama has made at a “transparent administration” be continued. In...