Onto the Final Four


The Lady Chiefs softball team faced off against Lee’s Summit West Thursday night in the Class 5 Quarterfinal game. The Lady Chiefs beat the Titans 11-1 and celebrated as they knew they were headed to the Class 5 final four.

The Lady Chiefs are set to face Lee’s Summit North, Saturday, October 24th, at 2 p.m. The Chiefs will travel to Lee’s Summit North and play to advance to the Championship game, October 29th, in Springfield.

The Lady Chiefs come in with a record of 24 wins and 3 losses. The Lady Broncos come into the game with 27 wins and 3 losses. They will face off Saturday for the first time this year and the Chiefs are ready to put up a fight.

“I’m very excited to see what we can do Saturday. It’s going to be good competition but I know we can do it,” Junior, Megan Dancey said.

Once in A Blue Moon

This Halloween, we will have the pleasure of viewing A blue moon. All thought seeing a blue moon in 2020 may sound like bad Omen, I can guarantee you it’s gonna be a good luck charm for the night, depending on your zodiac sign. Stay tuned to find out how your astrological chart will be affected by the blue moon this October 1st!
Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd):
The Cancer sign is ruled by the moon, so for you this is great news. This will allow you to channel out your more sociable side. This is also a time to remind your family and friends of how much you appreciate them.
Aries (March 21st-April 19th):
Aries are naturally social butterflies, they say what they say and mean it, but sometimes your bluntness can overwhelm others. This Blue moon, remind yourself to relax and settle into the Halloween spirit. By calming down you’ll let others see the more caring side of yourself.
Taurus (April 20th-May 20th):
The Blue Moon in halloween will be fully placed in Taurus this year. Use this to your advantage. This month will most likely be a power trip for you so if there’s anything you’re looking to find in your life, now is the time to manifest and go after it. It’s all about you this Halloween.
Gemini (May 21st- June 20th):
During this Blue Moon you may not feel sociable as you usually do to your ruling planet Mercury being in retrograde. This will affect your busy mind though, this month tell people how you really feel and drop the antics. Being completely honest with others will be very beneficial to you this month.
Leo (July 23rd- August 22nd):
For the Leo, this Blue Moon is a good time for you to level up career wise. Go after what you want in the workplace and give other room to realize what you bring to the table.
Virgo (August 23rd- September 22nd):
An intense earth sign like Virgo will be more relaxed this halloween. Your senses will be sharpened so this Halloween will be a good night for you to watch a scary movie or enjoy a board game with friends.
Libra (September 23rd- October 22nd):
As a libra, your most comfortable with small talk but with the upcoming Blue Moon, you will be able to tap into your sensitive side. Try to dive into deep conversation with the people you’re close with, they have been looking for clarity in you.
Scorpio (October 23rd- November 21st):
Scorpios! This lunatation will allow you to bring more realness into your love life. If you’re going through a rough patch in your relationship, take this opportunity to level with your partner and work things out, your patience will be high this Halloween.
Sagittarius (November 22nd-December 21st):
This Full Moon will be about self care for you, It’s time to finally rest from the work you overload yourself with. Plan a nice night inside this Halloween and get to know yourself more.
Capricorn (December 22nd- January 19th):
For a capricorn this Halloween will be a time to have fun, it’s normally strictly work oriented for an earth sign like you but it’s time to relax and focus on yourself this month. The moon will bring out your festive spirit.
Aquarius (January 20th- February 18th):
Aquarius, this is a good time to connect with your family and friends. Being an earth sign, you are quick on your feet and you typically have your guard up. Allow this lunatation to give you a touch of open mindedness.
Pisces (February 19th-March 20th):
This Blue Moon will light up your social life Pisces. If you have been pursuing anyone lately, now is the time to make your move. This month is a time to embrace your more soft and talkative side.
Enjoy the beautiful moon this October 31st! Regardless of your zodiac sign, remind yourself to keep positive energy, especially in our current state. Remember to stay safe, social distance yourself and wear a mask!

Kickapoo Homecoming Game and Parade!


This Friday Kickapoo had a parade in the parking lot to display clubs and homecoming court. The seniors on court were; Ava Araujo-Tice, Kate McCarville, and Helen Ashley Bodenhamer. Following the parade Kickapoo played Hillcrest High School and won 39-20. During half time the homecoming queen was announced and the winner was Kate McCarville. Congrats Kate McCarville on being the 2020 Homecoming queen!

21 Chiefs on Pause

Covid-19 has caused the cancellation of many club activities, including 21 Chiefs. In fear of spreading the virus, the club has had to hold off on their first quarter activities.

“We are actually kind of on pause with 21 Chiefs. Many of our activities revolve around volunteering with social events for students and individuals with disabilities – in many cases Down syndrome; however, as of right now, all of our usual events have either been canceled or postponed until further notice, due to Covid-19,” club sponsor, Ms. Constantine, said.

There are not any anticipated activities or news for 21 Chiefs for the first quarter and possibly through the end of the year. This is disappointing news for the students and volunteers in the club but unfortunately, activities are not safe right now.

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Taking Home the Ozark Conference Plaque


Photo by: Cayden Danzer

Kickapoo Girls’ Tennis hold the Ozark Conference Championship plaque.

Just another plaque that’s going to be added to the shelf.

The Lady Chiefs took the Ozark Conference championship October 1st, as they beat one of the inner-city rivals, Springfield Catholic. Going into the conference tournament, Kickapoo was 7-2 and came out 11-2.

The Lady Chiefs got the victory 5-1 against Central in round one of the tournament and advanced to the next round against Glendale in which they won 5-0. Heading into the third round against Waynesville, the Lady Chiefs came ready to rally and won 5-0. As the Chiefs advanced they ended up playing the Irish of Springfield Catholic in the championship. The hard fought battle between both schools fell in the favor of the Chiefs.

“I’m glad we could face Catholic because they always are really competitive. It’s also really exciting that we were able to win conference because I feel like we deserve it. We have put in so much time and work to get to this point,” sophomore, Brynley Brotherton said.

Changes to Kare Team

Kare Team changes the way they distribute food pantry items amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the current circumstances regarding COVID-19, Kare Team has had to make some changes this 2020-2021 school year. To keep things more sanitary, food pantry items are individually packaged. People can stop by the food pantry to pick up these pre-packed items as opposed to choosing from a variety in the pantry. This new system was put in place to follow COVID-19 guidelines, and reduce the amount of contact with each item.

Beverage Breakdown

   Starbucks. We all know it, most of us have had it, and the majority knows how popular it is. From the trends of posting each of your favorite drinks on Instagram, to visiting the mall just to get a caffeinated fix with your friends, Starbucks has become a major cultural influence. 

  However, it’s time that we all had a new perspective of this mermaid mascotted café. 

  Now that it’s the midst of pumpkin-spice everything season, here are some widely popular fall drinks that Starbucks has to offer. 

  These well-known autumn beverages consist of pumpkin-spice lattes, pumpkin cream cold brews, pumpkin-spice caramel macchiatos, and pumpkin-spice cremes. 

  One 16 ounce (medium) pumpkin-spice latte with whipped cream contains 280 calories.  

  A grande (medium) pumpkin-spice cold brew contains 380 calories. A medium pumpkin-spice caramel macchiato is 370 calories. Finally, a pumpkin creme has 310 calories. 

  If you’re not interested in these fall drinks, then maybe the foods and their fall flavors might be more appealing.

  Starbucks ’ seasonal menu offers pumpkin scones, pumpkin cream cheese muffins, and pumpkin bread. 

  Their pumpkin scone topped with sugary icing. The pumpkin cream cheese muffin is topped with pumpkin seeds. 

  However, the pumpkin bread is not a seasonal item and is available all year round.

  If pumpkin spice just isn’t your cup of tea but you are still craving that fall feeling, then here are some alternative drinks. A few examples are the cinnamon dolce latte, caramel apple spice, a salted caramel mocha, and a toasted graham latte. 

  One 16 ounce sized cinnamon dolce latte holds 170 calories. A medium-sized caramel apple spice and the salted caramel mocha are both 290 calories.

  Now the cost of a few drinks. The prices for all drinks will be based on a grande (medium) size. 

  A pumpkin-spice latte and the salted caramel mocha are $4.95, a cinnamon dolce latte is $4.25, and a caramel apple spice is $3.45.

  If you’re not interested in leaving the comfort of your own home for a Starbucks coffee, there are recipes that can use to make your favorite coffee in your kitchen. 

  If you want to make your own pumpkin-spice latte, then follow this recipe:


  ½ tablespoons of sugar

  2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree

  ½ tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

  ½ cup of brewed coffee

  ½ cups of your choice of milk


  Combine all of the ingredients to a pan and mix together

  Turn the stove on medium heat and bring to a simmer

  Turn the stove off and add your beverage to your favorite mug 

  Top it with whipped cream, leftover pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon



If you’re craving the popular iced caramel macchiato, follow these instructions:


  1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla syrup

  1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce

  1 cup of ice

  1 cup of milk or milk substitute

  2 shots of espresso (or 80 ml of strongly brewed coffee)


  Combine the ice, vanilla syrup, milk, and espresso

  Mix together until it’s fully blended

  Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top



  Then, there is this caramel apple spice recipe:


  64 ounces of apple juice

  ½ cup of white sugar

  ½ cup of packed brown sugar

  2 tablespoons of flour

  ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon

  1 cup of water

  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  1 cup of heavy whipping cream

  5 tablespoons of powdered sugar

  ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

  Dash of cinnamon 

  Caramel sauce 


  Add the apple juice to a large pot to warm over medium heat, but do not bring to a boil

  In a smaller pot mix the sugars, flour, and cinnamon together

  Stir in the water and bring to a light boil for 2 minutes

  Remove from heat and allow syrup to thicken

  Add in the vanilla extract

  Pour the syrup into the steamed apple juice 

  Serve immediately and top with whipped cream

  Homemade whipped cream:

  Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in a cold bowl

  Beat together with a cool mixer for 2-3 minutes on high speed until it is light and fluffy

  Be careful not to overmix

  *If desired then top the whipped cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce



  Starbucks seems like it’s always been super popular. Whether it’s the wrongly spelled names on the cups to the trendy seasonal drinks, these cafés sell just over 8,000,000 cups a day. 

  Some think that Starbucks is overpriced or it just doesn’t taste good. To others, Starbucks is a passion and they couldn’t imagine life without their morning cup of joe. 

  Now that nutrition facts, prices, and some DIY recipes are being revealed, it’s up to the people to decide if they want to outgrow this cultural trend of Starbucks.

How To Survive the ACT

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to prep and execute the ACT!

Senior year. For many of us, use to mean fun activities such as homecoming, senior breakfast, spirit days, football games, hanging out with friends and going to prom and finally graduating from four years of hard work and dedication.
On the other hand, senior year will also come with hard classes, college applications and the dreaded ACT. Unfortunately as students we are all required to take this ungodly test but here are a few tips on how to survive your first ACT test!
Unfortunately, the pandemic has scrambled many things but giving yourself strict windows to study for the ACT is the first step to ACT prep and success.
For students, time management is one of the hardest steps to execute. Here is how I try to view it, if you have time in your day to sit down for a solid 40 mins and watch an episode of you favorite TV shows, then you have time to study. Convert your TV time to study time. Even if you only have 5 to 10 minutes, it helps. Studying for any amount of time for days in a row will significantly help you retain knowledge.
When it comes to actually testing for the ACT, remember to breath pace yourself and be efficient. Within the reading portion the english portion of the test, students start to sweat because it can be quite overwhelming. Always choose the most efficient answer. Keep it short and sweet. Your best choice is probably the shortest one.
The biggest thing you have to keep in mind is that you’re capable of doing this, and you will crush it, in the good way! The ACT is a mental jog and in order to keep up you have to take care of yourself.
Make sure to destress yourself a couple of days before the test, the day before study for a moderate amount rather than cramming. Get at least 7 hours of sleep and have a protein rich breakfast, this will allow you to sustain your energy throughout the testing period.
Lastly, you have to understand that the ACT does not define you, it’s just an exam that tests how well you work under pressure. The ACT is not an indicator of your intelligence. You are brilliant, high ACT score or not! Good luck to you all taking the test this Tuesday, stay positive.

Homecoming Week 2020

With a whole year full of surprises and cancellations, our Kickapoo Cabinet has pulled together to make this year’s homecoming one for the books. While we are not allowed to hold a dance, however, the homecoming court will still walk the field at the game against Hillcrest this Friday. Starting the Monday prior to the football game; a spirit week will still be held. Monday, October 19 will be Marvel Monday, where students can dress like their favorite superhero. Tuesday will then be Tackle Tuesday, giving students the opportunity to represent their favorite sports team. Wednesday’s virtual spirit day will be Wear your Ribbon Wednesday, where students can post a selfie wearing a ribbon and tag @kpoocabinet on Instagram for a chance for their picture to be featured on the cabinets stories. Thursday is Throwback Thursday, or decades day, where students will show off styles from a different decade. Lastly, Friday will be Fight Against Cancer Friday or Pink Out, where students will wear pink in support of the ongoing fight against breast cancer.

Friday evening is when homecoming really begins. Starting at 5:30 pm Kickapoo Cabinet will be holding a homecoming parade featuring floats from multiple different clubs around the school, all students and parents attending the game must be there by 5:30 otherwise they will not be allowed entrance. Spectators are also required to stay by their cars during the parade. Then after the 15-minute parade through the parking lot, a tailgate will be held starting at 6:00, where the student council will be handing out hotdogs to all students attending the game. This will also be in the parking lot. Then at 7:00 will be our 2020 homecoming game’s kickoff. While this homecoming is very different from those past our Cabinet has pulled together to make it truly great. Our homecoming court will still walk the fields at half time and our varsity football team will still have the support of our student body, even if it is through masks.

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Safe Ways to Celebrate Halloween

The Coronavirus wants to take away our good times so let’s show it who’s boss by celebrating Halloween safely this year with these three ways to do so.

Easiest out of all, buy candy. It might not be the same thrill of getting it for free but it’s still a good safe way to celebrate. Enjoy the candy while watching scary Halloween movies with family members. 

Another way to safely celebrate is to dress up and do a photoshoot in your Halloween costume. Since you can’t go to a party to show off your amazing costume, get creative with some angles and props to show your friends your costume online. 

One thing that hasn’t changed is the chance to carve Jack o lanterns. It’s easy to find pumpkins and fun to let your imagination fly free. It’s a safe way to be festive and to still have fun. 

Use these three ways to have fun while still being safe this Halloween.

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Welcome To The Jungle!

Photo by: Josie Eiffert
Sophomores Bella Molea and Claire Linton twinning for Mondays theme of monkey see, monkey do!
Photo by: Josie Eiffert
Junior Zach McKinnis dresses in his tourist gear for Tuesdays theme of explore the jungle.
Photo by: Josie Eiffert
Freshmen from Mr. Arredondo’s fourth block class show off their band tees for Wednesdays theme of welcome to the Jungle!
Photo by: Josie Eiffert
Seniors Joey Morris and Jordan Taylor dressed in their workout clothes for Thursdays theme of Jungle Gym!
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Sophomore Foster Barron wearing his PJ onesie for Fridays theme of The Lion Sleeps Tonight!

Choir Contests

 The voices that sing the National Anthem every Monday morning have been working hard. 

   Choir is currently preparing for competitions. At the district competition on March 28th, choir will compete with solos and ensembles. Ensembles are small groups.

   Each group, solo and ensemble, will prepare a song that they will sing in front of judges. They can be rated one to three, one being the best score. If they score one, then they get to move onto state.

   Concert choir is competing at Willard on April 26th. They will compete against other large groups and schools.

   On April 30th, choir will travel to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. At Worlds of Fun, they will compete and also spend the day at the park. 

   Choir is constantly working and improving. They are looking forward to what competitions have in store this season.

The King of Kings

Senior Austin Blecha, is our first openly gay courtwarming king, and he’s changing the game.

   “I was astonished when I found out I was nominated, I know how conservative and constricted Kickapoo is so I was even more surprised when I won,” Blecha said.

   When it comes to courtwarming, homecoming and prom, there’s a consistent pattern amongst the kings and queens of every dance. They are normally blond,  straight but possibly gay, white people. 

  “ I mean I can’t believe they voted for the gay guy, but let’s go us,” Blecha said.

   Blecha has officially changed courtwarming history. Potential winners that are different from the usual candidates can feel encouraged to become a nominee.

   “I have the greatest friend in the world, they nominated me and took me all the way to a king,” Blecha said.

Nationally Recognized


Mrs. Fink is the sponsor of NHS.

National Honors Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization that only select students get to be apart of.

The sponsor of NHS is Mrs. Fink and Mr. Wilbur is also an co-sponsor. 

NHS has many different focuses but here on campus, they focus more on volunteering.
“The students that are in NHS focus on service projects which are pretty much volunteering here at Kickapoo,” Sponsor and Teacher Jill Fink said.
In order to be part of NHS, you must meet the qualifications that are set in place.

“The qualifications are that you have to have a cumulative 4.0 GPA or above, you have to be a sophomore or older and you have to apply,” Mrs. Fink said.
NHS has many goals and they do their best to try to include all their members.
“The goal of our club is to mostly we’ve already got really good scholars and students our push is to try to get them to understand the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community,” Mrs. Fink said.

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Less Problems, More Proposals

   With dance season, comes proposal season, and students always come up with the sweetest ways to ask their friends to the dance. Courtwarming is just around the corner and we want to feature these creative students.

Courtwarming ask
Senior Mia Thompson, asked junior Will Nichols. “I like you a ‘latte’ and ‘donut’ want to go with anyone else.”
Senior Ellie Miller asked Nick Reid. “You have my heart, now will you ‘COMME (des Garcons)’ to Courtwarming with me?”
Junior Elizabeth Kennedy asked junior Ian Greene. “LPA without you would make me ‘berry’ happy!”
Madeline Thompson, sophomore, asked Cav Klein, sophomore. “Courtwarming would be ‘MIZ’erable without ‘ZOU.’

Cheering For The Squad


The cheer team practices a stunt commonly done at tryouts.

   Cheer tryout applications are available in the main office but just signing a paper isn’t all that goes into the cheer applications. Cheer tryout forms are due March 11th and tryouts are on March 23rd through the 26th for Freshman through Juniors.  Tryouts consist of four consecutive days where each day is a new challenge.

   On day one of tryouts, they go over a mixture of different types of stunts. 

    “On the first day they learn a cheer a chant and a dance and then we go over motions jumps tumbling things like that, Cheer coach Audrey Larson said. 

   On the second day of tryouts, they demonstrate there jumping ability.

    “They show us their jumps and there graded on there technique of there jumps and they demonstrate the level of tumbling they have so the harder the skill the more points you get, Coach Larson said. 

   The final two days they wrap the tryouts up with group stunts. 

   “Wednesday and Thursday they do group stunts and that’s when they practice learning the lifts, Coach Larson said. 

   Cheer does not need a set number of people to form a cheer team. It is based on a point system. They don’t always look for the skill they also look for personality. 

    “We really look for the potential we look for really good attitudes and if your willing to work you don’t have to be the best of the best you just have to want to be,” Coach Larson said.

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