Social media breeds biased information

AP U.S. government teacher Mike Egner lectures his class on the current state of the executive branch Jan. 28. Egner is the moderator of the Current Events club because he wanted to expose members of different grades to the news he talks about every day with his government classes. photo by Katie Massman

by Lily Hart, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2020

With an increasing amount of Americans choosing social media to consume their news, many in the STA community emphasize the importance of finding reliable sources.

Learning through observing

Sophomores Rachel Pryor, on the left, and Jessie Borchert watch the movie “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality”  in Windmoor, Jan. 31. This is the fourth year STA has shown a movie to the entire school. photo by Ella Norton

by Ella Norton, Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2020

STA watched the film “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality” Jan. 31, so the Dart explores the efficiency of teaching through films.

Students prioritize acting development

- Junior Gracie Swanson laughs as she practices her lines Jan. 27. Swanson will
appear in STA's upcoming production of

February 6, 2020

New and experienced student actresses appreciate the acting-focused feature of plays.

The financial “draft”: the U.S. military’s presence in high school

Mary Cox stands next to fellow nurses in a demilitarized zone in 1978. photo courtesy of Mary Cox

by Claire Smith and Rachel Robinson

February 6, 2020

Jan. 3, a day after the U.S. issued a drone strike on an Iranian general in Baghdad, Iraq, junior Lilly Stafford opened TikTok. As she swiped through videos, she saw one overwhelming trend on her “For You” page: jokes about “the draft.” At first these jokes were funny, but she soon began to see comments expressing fear about the possibility of a draft becoming a reality.

‘Tis the Season: how relationships work at STA

Juniors Mady Mudd and Maggie Dodderidge hold hands and look inside a shop on the Country Club Plaza Dec. 8. Couples can shop for festive items and food during the season. photo by Lilly Frisch

by Faith Andrews-O'Neal, Opinion Editor

December 23, 2019

Late fall and early winter is a season that is connoted with relationships, and STA students handle this in various ways in their different relationship statuses.

Star Spotlight: Emma Marsh

Senior Emma Marsh smiles during her skating practice Nov. 19. Marsh practices with friends and team members five days a week after school. photo by Claudia Benge

by Becca Speier, Photo Editor and Writer

December 19, 2019

Senior Emma Marsh has been ice skating competitively since she was 4 years old and discussed why she still finds herself on the ice.

Christmas puppies: planning for responsibility

Natasha, a American Pit Bull Terrier mix, sits forlornly in her kennel at Kansas City Pet Project on Dec. 9. Natasha is marked as a “shy/scared” dog, but it is unknown what she’s afraid of. photo by Claire Smith

by Carmon Baker, Web Editor

December 17, 2019

Despite noticing a negative public opinion on adopting animals as holiday presents in the past, local animal shelters such as KC Pet Project and Wayside Waifs encourage adopting pets as gifts under certain circumstances.

Giving the gift of heritage

Freshman Alaina Durone’s DNA is reported through the 23andMe website. Durone is mostly Southern European. photo courtesy of Alaina Durone.

by Cara Barone, Writer

December 13, 2019

At-home DNA testing has given millions the opportunity to learn about their ancestry for their own reasons.

Talent over gender

Junior Grace Patenaude smiles during the finale Nov. 5. Patenaude played King Sextimus, a character who did not have lines until the last number. photo by Katie Massman

by Rachel Robinson, Opinion Editor

December 2, 2019

By giving roles to the actor best suited to them without regard to gender, Prentiss hopes to shed light on the trivial nature of gender as a social construct.

Food Served from the Heart

Katrin Hueser, co-owner of German restaurant Affäre, reads order tickets under the window on Nov. 11. Heuser co-owns Affäre with her husband, Martin Heuser. photo by Beatrice Curry

by Claire Smith, Design Editor

November 26, 2019

The “family owned” restaurant trend is seen throughout the downtown Kansas City and plaza area, but some of these restaurants are more successful than others.

Journaling Club revitalizes reflection

Freshman Rosemary Porto has taken up the hobby of bullet journaling in her free time Nov. 13. Filled with holiday countdowns, mood trackers and little doodles, it helps express creativity. photo by Becca Speier

by Mary Massman, News Editor

November 26, 2019

New Journaling Club helps students factor reflection into their routines.

The price of standardized testing

Junior Adie Zahner flips through an SAT practice test Nov. 6. Zahner participated in SAT math and English prep courses through STA. photo illustration by Lily Hart

by Katie Massman, Twitter editor

November 25, 2019

There is evidence that standardized tests may not be very good predictors of how well students will do in college, but are good measures of accumulated opportunity.