Campus Crier The Student News Site of Blue Springs High School Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:58:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Swadley goes green with Earth Club Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:55:33 +0000 BSHS Earth Club members want to make BSHS a greener place. The senior group, led by Jillian Swadley, includes Conner Burgess, Mariah Pratt and Halie Engler; they meet every third Wednesday of the month to make a plan of action.

“Currently, we are trying to bring awareness to the global climate issues and try to educate others on what is happening and what we can do to help,” Swadley said. 

The club isn’t just here for fun either, as they make an effort to raise money to fund their environmental projects. 

“We wanted to have a bake sale to raise money for the school garden and other environmental organizations,” Swadley said. 

With Earth Week coming up in April, Swadley and her green team have approached senate about hosting a spirit week to raise both awareness and funds. For Swadley, the natural world and human impact is an important topic that all should pay attention to. 

“We started the club because we thought it was a huge topic that affects all of us drastically,” Swadley said. “No one is really doing anything about it.”

Swadley hopes students and staff will support the Earth Club not only at the local level, but for a broader purpose as well. The lasting effect human activity has on the environment should be one that helps make the world a safer, more environmentally friendlier place.

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PLTW’s computer science pathway preps students for technological world Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:54:01 +0000 In an age of increasing technological presence, the ability for individuals to develop and utilize computers to their fullest capability is a growing need in society. Project Lead The Way’s computer science pathway prepares students for the age of technology.

Computer literacy is a skill that is rapidly increasing in importance. While anyone can use Word to type a document or make a spreadsheet using Excel, it takes a deeper level of understanding to use a computer to its full potential. Project Lead the Way’s computer science course prepares students for both practical everyday applications for computers and career opportunities.

“It’s a field that continues to grow; there’s tons of openings available. (Students) will be well prepared to pursue a computer science degree or internship,” PLTW computer science teacher Kevin Cleavanger said.

PLTW offers a benefit not commonly found in high school: a jumpstart into future occupations and opportunities with bountiful opportunity.

Computer sciences isn’t limited to solitary interaction; having solid working relationships will help technicians get their work done effectively. In addition to the core content of computer science, students also learn the value of working on a team and effective communication in the workplace.

“We also work on soft skills such as communication… because in the real world you’ll always be working on a team, you have to communicate to make things work,” Cleavanger said.

Despite PLTW being an optional high school class, it provides benefits that will last a lifetime. For many students, facing the future is one of the most daring challenges they must face. Thankfully, PLTW provides students with the skills and insight required to start life off right.

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Winter Sports State Update Thu, 12 Mar 2020 14:53:16 +0000  With the arrival of spring weather returning back to Missouri, the spring sports season has done the same. All spring sports at BSHS have officially begun, which means that winter sports have started making their departure for the 2019-2020 season. A recap of the end of each winter sports season is to follow:

Wrestling finished their season in Columbia at State on February 22. The team had five wrestlers qualify for the meet: junior Cayden Dotson, junior Korbin Shepherd, sophomore Jaxson McIntyre, junior DeAndre Thomas and freshman Brock Sullivan. Shepherd placed 2nd in his weight class and Dotson placed 4th in his. Along with placing at State, the two also earned first team all-conference along with sophomore Corbin Katamura. Several other wrestlers earned second team all-conference honors: Sullivan, McIntyre, sophomore Jase Mansfield, junior Jason Gross, sophomore Rhian Kempf, and freshman Mady Banker.

Girls swim and dive finished off their season at the state championship meet on February 22, claiming a spot in the top 10 thanks to a strong finish by the 400 free relay team consisting of senior Sydney Franklin, senior Jenna Wright, junior Annemarie Rehbin, and freshman I’yana Foster. Divers senior Katie Garten, junior Mackenzie Loudermilk, and junior Shayla Aten qualified, with Garten finishing fourth and Aten placing 12th. At the meet, the team was led by Rehbin and Garten who both earned individual First Team All-State honors. Franklin, Wright, Rehbin, and Foster competed in both the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 free relay, where they went on to earn First Team All-State, and Honorable Mention All-State.

Boys basketball competed on March 7 in the District Title game against cross-town rival Blue Springs South. The Cats were down throughout most of the game until they came back in the fourth, with seniors Cooper Willich and Isaac Harkness each scoring two three-pointers late in the game to put the Wildcats in the position to advance. Three sophomores were named First Team Suburban Big 6 All-Conference: Braden Appelhans, Ikenna Ezeogu, and Kyle Bruce. Willich earned Honorable mention along with sophomore Mike Harrison. The team finished their season on March 11 against Ray-Pec at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, narrowly losing to the Panthers by two points. 

Girls basketball celebrates a winning postseason so far. Starting on March 2, the girls competed in the District Semifinal game against Raytown. After defeating the Bluejays in a tight matchup, the team faced Truman on the 7th for the District Championship title. The Cats were victorious earning the title beating Truman 45-36. Senior Aliyah Bello led all scorers with 12 points and eight rebounds, and freshman Jada Williams added seven points and four rebounds. In last night’s thriller, the Wildcats beat a Lee’s Summit West team that had defeated them twice; freshman Jada Williams led all scorers with 32 points.  Their state journey continues on Saturday at 1:00 when they face Liberty at the Silverstein Events Center in the state quarterfinals. 

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Stressed for the big test? Some helpful study tips to help stay on track Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:29:21 +0000 For the first part of your life, school is the largest part of you whether you like it or not. Every weekday, 7 hours a day, for 40 hours a week is dedicated to advancing your education towards the next big test or exam. Your performance and workload in school can often times directly cause stress in your life.

For those struggling with confidence in the academic department, one of the most effective measures you can take is organizing your assignments and getting a clear view of what you actually have to do. Being unorganized makes your mind wander, asking questions like “When are my assignments due?” and “How much work do I have to complete tonight?” Staying organized will allow you to set and maintain goals throughout your semester. Try utilizing 1 folder for each of your classes to separate out homework instead of one pile for all classes.

In addition to staying organized, taking control of your academic experience can also help boost confidence in the classroom. Going in for additional help before or after class, raising your hand and asking questions, and having healthy study habits will allow you to grab your academic career by the reigns and have a feeling of security knowing you are in control. Teachers are here to help you be the best you can be, but sometimes they don’t know when you’re struggling as a student.

If you’re not feeling confident as a student, there are a plethora of methods and support you can utilize to get your mind back on track. High school is filled with advantageous services students can use to assist them in their academic career, so use them while you can!

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Reviving classics Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:52 +0000 Howdy! Shoppers can find tons of deals this week. With up to 50% off on sale jeans, top, and pants, Old Navy revives the classics. Jean lovers can snag those adult jeans starting at just $15, while kids jeans will run you just  $10 

At White Barn, things sure look good, or should I say smell good. Single wick candles sell for just $5.95, while $6 room sprays will surely help all teenagers, hygienic or not. Customers can buy 5 for $24 wallflower scent refills, or 3 for $9 car scent refills. Refresh your home and car with lovely White Barn scents at low prices.

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Sports Spotlight: Spring Training Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:35 +0000 Spring is quickly approaching and that means that baseball season is upon us! The Royals are in Surprise, Arizona for spring training currently and have been seeing daily highs in the 60s and 70s. Pitchers and catchers reported on February 12th and the rest of the team joined them on the 17th. 

The team played their first spring training game on February 21st and will continue to play nearly everyday up until March 24th. Their first regular season game is March 26th against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Following the series in Chicago, the Royals will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Tigers. The team’s home opener will be on April 2nd facing the Seattle Mariners. 

Spring training is a time for teams to evaluate their players and see who will earn a spot on the starting lineup for the beginning of the season. With the Royals being under new management due to the retirement of Ned Yost, there is even more that needs to be figured out during this month long pre-season period. Manager Mike Matheny has brought in a lot of new faces to the Royals bullpen in an attempt to solve their pitching woes. 

Several familiar faces return as well: Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, and Jorge Soler . This will most likely be a very transitional season for the Royals and will be interesting to watch the changes that are starting now, take place during the regular season. The sports complex will be back and alive very soon, and die hard KC sports fans cannot wait!

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Entertainment Explorer Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:19 +0000 This weekend Kansas City will host the Annual Irish WinterFest, a celebration of Irish music and dance. WinterFest will once again feature local and regional musicians mixed with good food and drink, all taking place in Drexel Hall, the Irish Center’s event space. Concert goers can catch the Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones Concert Friday evening, and the Parade Committee will concurrently announce the 2020 Parade Honorees. Tickets are $10 for WinterFest General Admission and free for children under 12 when ordered in advance, tickets will be $15 at the door.

For those looking for something a little more action oriented, the WCRA’s Royal City Roundup will showcase nine athletes on Friday. Fans can see different rodeo disciplines: bareback riding, women’s breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. A collective $1 million will be on the line, with $111,000 being paid out in each discipline and each champion leaving Sprint Center with a $50,000 check. If you’re looking for a thrill this weekend, this is the way to go.

For all of the animal lovers out there, don’t forget to visit the KC Zoo. This Saturday you can stop by the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at 11 a.m. to see the Penguin March. These cold weather birds will march from the back of the exhibit, outside for guests to see and then back inside the building, weather permitting. See king and gentoo penguins up close at the Penguin March from 11:00 to 11:15 am. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a look at these exceptional creatures up close!

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Archery inspires Butcher to persevere Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:09:15 +0000 Senior Lauren Butcher strives to exemplify the two traits that archery i focuses on: precision and patients.. Butcher began her archery journey in the wake of a serious accident to expedite her recovery. 

“I broke my back in seventh grade while I was in gymnastics and archery is a back strengthening sport because it works your low trapezius and your triceps,” Butcher said.

Butcher never went back to gymnastics, instead focusing her time and energy on the sport she had grown so fond of. Beginning archery changed her life for the better and gave her the opportunity to broaden the horizons of many others.

“I compete and I teach,” Butcher said, “My job is to teach archery to kids and adults and I’ve been working for over a year.”

Butcher believes that anyone can become a great archer; all it takes is determination and dedication.

 “We have people from all walks of life; I’ve taught a three year old and a ninety-two year old,” Butcher said,.“People just need to be willing to learn.”

Archery is in some ways unique from other sports, as it is generally considered an individual activity. There are many misconceptions about archery, and Butcher was glad to clear some of them up.

“A lot of people have the misconception that archery is a dangerous sport, which I guess it can be when it comes to hunting, but there’s a lot you can do with archery,” Butcher said.

Archery is an incredibly versatile and varied sport that can be tailored to anyone’s personal preference. Another common draw of archery is its relatively low price tag.

“You can hunt, you can compete, you can do it for recreational purposes,” Butcher said. “It’s actually an inexpensive sport since you can choose to buy cheap or expensive equipment.” 

Butcher’s ideas about archery and what she wants out of it have changed over the years.

“My goal in the beginning was hunting, but I began teaching and really loved it,” Butcher said,“It’s something I’m really passionate about and really enjoy doing. It opened me up to an entirely new community.”

Archery taught Butcher focus, a trait that will help her immensely in school and beyond. Butcher’s greatest accident led to the discovery of her passion. Her’s is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles.

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Family connects Echols to horses Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:06:50 +0000 Sophomore Abbie Echols plans to saddle up and ride into summer with her horse Sophie. Although busy with marching band during the fall, Echols competes in showmanship, pony haltering, and western horseback riding during the summer months. 

Starting at around age seven, Echols wasn’t exactly born ready to ride. 

“When I was learning how to ride, I got bucked off the horse and it stepped on my thigh, which hurt, and the step stool to get on the horse wasn’t tall enough because I was like three foot when I was younger,” Echols said. 

Practice makes perfect of course, but you have to start somewhere. For Echols, a family connection led her to horses. 

“My aunt owns a barn with a whole bunch of horses, and my dad used to ride horses when he was younger, so he would take me to the barn and teach me how to ride,” Echols said. 

This exposure eventually led Echols to enter competitions. She has come a long way since getting bucked off that first horse; in fact, her favorite experiences involve speed and risk. 

“My favorite event is western horseback riding mostly because it is different. You get to jump over little obstacles and you go fast,” Echols said. “Showmanship you just guide a horse around, and is pretty easy, and pony haltering is basically the same thing.”

While marching band has its own tough aspects, Echols says riding is harder. She views horseback riding as a challenging sport that pushes her in different directions than her other hobbies.

“It is the only time I deal with animals that aren’t house pets like dogs, but I think if anything it is harder than marching band. It is more tiring, and you get dirty way more,” Echols said. 

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PLTW biomed allows students to pursue their own path Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:05:11 +0000 Since its creation, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) has granted students the gift of first-hand experience in professional environments. The Biomedical pathway, one of the three available courses, takes students on an adventure through the lives of those who wish to make the world a healthier place.

From analyzing a crime scene to determining cancer risk via genetic analysis, Biomedical participants are tasked with completing labs, experiencing the daily lives of medical professionals, and gaining a sense of what occupation they would like to go into. For many students, the thought of choosing a career is one of the most daunting tasks on their plate. Thankfully, PLTW allows students to determine which careers that would (or wouldn’t) like to pursue.

“If I didn’t have this class and I was just guessing what I wanted to do I’d be starting college off without any specific goals in my head,” Lisa Tarantola, a senior taking Biomedical Innovations, said.

Many students wish to be doctors, but they often don’t know the scope of the word doctor. PLTW aims to not only educate students on the most common types of doctors, but also introduce them to other medical professions as well. Forensic analysts, chiropractors, general practitioners, and radiologists are just a few of the many occupations students are exposed to.

“(It’s the number one thing people comment on) when we travel, people say ‘Wow, you actually do ELISA? You’re actually using the BLAST database?’ (PLTW) is truly a transformative experience. It’s engaging, it’s applying to the real world, and it’s opening someone’s eyes to what could be,” Joy Klotz, a PLTW Biomedical teacher, said.

In addition to gaining a wealth of knowledge, the Biomedical program is a fun experience. The hands-on approach provided by PLTW is unrivaled by any other class. Students don’t just learn about jobs, they perform the tasks demanded by the profession in a classroom setting. Actually performing microarrays, utilizing micropipettes, and swabbing streak plates presents students with opportunities not found elsewhere in highschool.

“In freshman year we got to analyze a crime scene with “Anna” (the name of a mannequin) and you got to determine how she died and that was really awesome. There were so many different options and things to do,” Tarantola said.

PLTW is an excellent way to meet new people and network with those who are interested in the same career cluster. In addition to bonding with those within the same school, there’s also HOSA competitions between the participating schools. Students will compete against other schools in a variety of different events ranging from written tests and exams to taping up an athletes joints before they go into a game.

“There is literally something for everyone, I’ve got some students doing photography… bookwork, skits and things like that, we’ve got HOSA bowl going, students taking tests of medical terminology. Students get to find something they love and they get to compete in it,” said Dr. Klotz.

The PLTW Biomedical pathway is an excellent tool for success for anyone interested in practicing medicine. Students not only obtain a great deal of information on their future careers, but also make lasting bonds with those who are interested in the same passion for helping others. To participate within the Biomedical pathways, students must sign up for principles of biomedical sciences freshman year.

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