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Star Spotlight: Sam Amey

Junior Sam Amey hits a resting position Nov. 1. Amey works with her choreographers to experiment with unconventional movement, creating a unique routine. photo by Amy Schaffer

by Anna Ronan, Design Editor

November 22, 2019

Junior Sam Amey discusses her history and future in dance and how she balances her rigorous school and dance schedules, both at STA and outside of school.

Combating the stigma: teens address mental health

Senior Janey Stevenson reacts to the negative impact of mental health issues in the community Nov. 12. Steveson has been open when talking about her struggles with mental health and advocates for others who are struggling. photo illustration by Becca Speier

by Aspen Cherrito and Sophia Durone

November 22, 2019

To address widespread mental health struggle, Kansas City high schoolers created organizations and facilitated open discussions surrounding the topic, aiming to destigmatizing emotional struggle.

KCYA: Allowing Space for Growth

KCYA displays a wall of decorated tiles Sept. 30. The tiles were made by members of the KCYA community. photo by Beatrice Curry

by Beatrice Curry, Writer

October 23, 2019

“The ceilings are really high and it has an industrial feeling but now that KCYA and HASF are there it has kind of a reclaimed feeling, like it feels like art is reclaiming the industrial building.”

Vape users face unknown dangers

This is a visual representation of 'popcorn lung' after vaping.

by Cara Barone, Writer

October 17, 2019

Illegal THC cartridges may be to blame for recent vaping-related lung injuries and deaths.

Innovating inclusion: Affinity groups educate STA

Freshman Isabel Reyes creates a paper window for a Puerto-Rican flag display in the Hispanic Affinity group Sept. 25. Students create a display for Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, to be displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. photo by Olivia Powell

by Mary Massman, News Editor

October 16, 2019

The Black Student Coalition, Asian Affinity Group and Hispanic Affinity Group work to eradicate cultural misconceptions and build cultural pride.

Star Spotlight: Ellie Hatley

Junior Ellie Hatley coos at her dog, Clyde, while waiting for her turn in showing practice, Oct 1. Banksy is a Nova Scotia Duck Toy Retriever, which is known to be a hyper-active breed. photo by Claire Smith

by Iris Roddy, Writer

October 15, 2019

Junior Ellie Hatley first began showing dogs at age nine and now it is something she hopes to continue doing through college.

Learning through a different lens

Catera Combs as EM, from left,  Jay Love as Ty, Jordan Luty as CJ, and Khrystal L. Coppage as Dayz in The Coterie’s production of “Rise Up: The Struggle of the Freedom Riders.” The play is written by Lisa Evans and directed by Jeff Church, and runs from  Sept. 17 through Oct. 20. photo by Erin Stricker and courtesy of The Coterie Theatre

by Ella Norton, Editor-in-chief

October 14, 2019

The junior class saw the play "Rise Up" at the Coterie Theatre and students in AP Literature course saw "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Branching out: different classroom styles cultivate new experiences

Sophomore Nina Burke works on her computer during geometry class Sept. 23. This is a collaborative class where groups of two people can work on problems together, and gather into a group of four when needed. photo by Lily Sage

by Carmon Baker and Lily Hart

October 14, 2019

High schools and colleges, including KC highschools, are switching away from traditional lecture-based classes and toward unconventional teaching methods in increasingly large numbers.

KC companies embrace sustainability

Sophomore Ellie Bolch smells the variety of scents Wild Wash Soap offers Aug. 31. The soap bars are organic, natural and do not cause harm to the environment. photo by Lauren Brackney

by Sophia Rall, Writer

September 19, 2019

Many local companies are not only moving away from plastic, but using sustainable materials for every aspect of their company.

Finding faith

Junior Kelly Ann Greene, left, and Temple Buddhist Center director Victor Dougherty talk about the topics discussed during the service Sept. 8. Dougherty spoke about what emotions mean and how to handle them. photo by Cara Barone

by Iris Roddy, Writer

September 18, 2019

Religion is about finding ultimate reality.

Nelson-Atkins teens: creating a safe space for expression

Nelson-Atkins teen council member Mariel Pepitone shares ideas with fellow teen council member Drake Potts during a meeting Sept. 4. Pepitone and Potts are both seniors at Pembroke Hill. photo by Beatrice Curry

by Beatrice Curry, Writer

September 17, 2019

Musicians are not the only ones given a supportive space at these events, everyone who attends has an opportunity to express themselves. “It’s a great creative outlet because everyone has the chance to pitch in and there’s no hierarchy, everyone has an equal place,” said Skinner.

Weighing the risk: a change in diet culture

A student holds up a phone with an image of a shake on it. Social media is credited as an influence on diet culture. photo illustration by Anna Ronan

by Ella Norton and Anna Ronan

September 16, 2019

Social media had a great impact on diet culture which is the idea that people should diet.