The perfect storm: pandemic, winter weather create mental health challenges

Between the COVID-19 pandemic, circadian rhythms being disrupted by winter and general mental health issues, depression and other mental disorders are predicted to rise this winter.
November 21, 2020
With being on campus, some students may still feel isolated or alone. Whitcomb thinks it’s essential to reinforce the importance of connection.    “The reality is that no one is alone in this pandemic piece, right?” Whitcomb said. “We are all in the pandemic together.”

To Test or Not to Test

To Test or Not to Test
As seniors head into the midst of sending their college application materials, many have decided to go test optional due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. But, will this choice benefit or harm seniors in their admissions process?
October 30, 2020
St. Teresa’s Academy offered seniors one more chance to take the ACT on Oct. 6, to submit scores before the Nov. 1 application deadline. But a major question still looms in the air: to take or not to take?

Thrift Shopping: Trend or Necessity

Junior Annie Niemuth continues shopping while scanning over this novelty watermelon sculpture at Savers Sept. 27. Thrift shopping has been a trend amongst teenagers looking for new and different outfits. photo by Lily Sage
With the recent popularity surrounding thrift shopping, students are asked their opinions on this necessity becoming a trend.
October 27, 2020
I've seen a lot of stuff, both for it and not for it and so that's why I spent a lot of time going back and forth on whether it's something I should really be doing.” Malone said. That’s the question that many teenagers find themselves contemplating—is thrift shopping ok if you have the option to buy nicer clothes.

Star Spotlight: Bailey Bright and Riyan Jones

Sophomore and Black Student Coalition Vice President Riyan Jones, left, with senior and BSC president Bailey Bright Sept. 29. Both Bailey and Riyan planned and lead BSC’s March on Windmoor at St. Teresa’s. photo by Josie Fox 
Senior Bailey Bright has been in the Black Student Coalition since her freshman year, was vice president her junior year and is now the president. Sophomore Riyan Jones has also been in BSC since her freshman year and is currently vice president.
October 26, 2020
The Black Student Coalition says “We’re here and we’re gonna stay here”

Youth in politics: students influence election

Senior Abby Farmer holds up a decorated envelope containing a letter to prospective voters Oct. 7. Farmer writes letters to important swing states to try and get more people to vote democratic. photo by Katie Massman
With the upcoming presidential election, students are becoming increasingly involved in politics. Although many of them cannot vote, the election is still being shaped by youth opinion.
October 23, 2020
Students are becoming influential in the upcoming presidential election.

A Fresh Freshman Year

Freshmen Julia Chartier (from left), Taylor Atwood, Alice Coates and Josephine Britt discuss their freshmen year experience in the quad Sept. 3. There has been a lot to discuss because of all the changes made for the COVID- 19 pandemic. photo by Lucy Doerflinger
September 22, 2020
COVID-19 rules and restrictions have caused a shift in the freshman year like never before.

The Education Experiment: Reopening Schools in a Pandemic

Junior Lissette Sessler sits working on her computer during her history class Aug. 28. During class, students are divided by plastic shields that separate each student. photo by Becca Speier
Students and teachers across Kansas City are going back to school and administrators are trying to make sure they can do it safely. However, the plans for doing so differ from school to school significantly.
September 18, 2020
“It was exhausting,” Liz Baker said. “I will not lie. It was like, I mean, if you turn to the calendar, it’s the six month into this pandemic, and for six months that's all I've thought about is COVID-19 and how to keep kids safe.”

Isolated Athletics

During the pandemic, school spirit has changed drastically, as safety precautions prevent spectators from attending events.
September 17, 2020
Spirit Club is continuing to support athletes virtually during the pandemic.

USPS financial decline brings agency’s future, mail-in ballots into question

Junior Audrey Flavin overlooks one of many post office centers in Kansas City, Missouri Aug. 27. The USPS has bound our nation together by maintaining the national mail delivery. photo by Becca Speier
The United States Postal Office’s financial losses and mail delays have forced Americans to consider a future without the mail and package delivery system.
September 15, 2020

The United States Post Office has its roots in the very beginning of our nation, as Benjamin Franklin was declared the first Postmaster General in 1775. It evolved from a mail service between the American...

Uncertainty for college athletes

Uncertainty for college athletes
Seniors Kristen Ford, Carlie Duus, and Mollie Plas are preparing to play sports at the collegiate level, while facing the cancellations and delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2020

     Throughout the spring, high school seniors preparing for collegiate sports would normally be playing club or high school sports and working out with teammates. However, these activities have...

Seniors’ college decisions are impacted by COVID-19

Senior Charlotte McKee will be attending University of Kansas - Lawrence Apr.20. McKee will be majoring in marketing and communications. photo courtesy of @seniorstars_2020.
The pandemic has altered the traditional process of college selection for many seniors nationally and may affect rising seniors as well.
May 12, 2020
For seniors, springtime means finalizing decisions about where to go to college, but for the class of 2020, this process has coincided with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Star Spotlight: Faith Andrews-O’Neal

Senior Faith Andrews-O'Neal poses for one of her senior pictures at Wonder Wonder, a photography studio in Oak Park Mall Sept.28. Andrews-O'Neal is motivated  to do great things in her school community because of how much support she has received these past years. photo courtesy of Amy Schaffer
Senior Faith Andrews-O’Neal discusses her favorite STA memories and what motivated her to get so involved in the school community.
May 11, 2020
Senior Faith Andrews-O’Neal talks about her time at STA.
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