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ELA Night of Honors

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

May 8, 2018


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This past Tuesday, May 1, our English Language Arts Department put on its second annual Night of Honors. The event was a time to give credit to students and faculty who participate in all of the language arts areas including English classes, Speech and Debate, Theater, and Journalism. “About two years ago Mr...

Never Again

Never Again

Tony Madden, Editor in Chief

May 8, 2018


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187,000 students, more than 100 times the student population of Kickapoo High School, have experienced a school shooting in the last 19 years, according to a March analysis by the Washington Post. Since then, over 130 students from teachers and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to young...

Graduation Speakers

Lilli Flanigan, Reporter

May 8, 2018


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As graduation approaches, the question arises... who will be speaking at our graduation? After a long process of practice and auditions in front of administrators, the two speakers have been selected. Seniors Heather Chaffin and Destinee King will be doing the commencement speeches this year at the class...

Tobacco Tax Fails Proposed Rise, Outcome Disappoints Schools

Tobacco Tax Fails Proposed Rise, Outcome Disappoints Schools

Diana Dudenhoeffer and Jack Patrick, News Editor

May 7, 2018


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Missouri’s tobacco tax is less than one tenth of the nation’s average, and that tax doesn’t even include E-cigs

Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Kody Kershner, Sports Reporter

May 7, 2018


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For centuries marijuana has been a large problem in the world causing a lot of crime and leading to drug trafficking across the world resulting in people being arrested. Marijuana, also known as many other street names including cannabis, pot, mary jane, weed, THC, and many others is found in all 50 st...

Me Too: How two words revolutionized the conversation on sexual misconduct, and what it looks like in high school.

Me Too: How two words revolutionized the conversation on sexual misconduct, and what it looks like in high school.

Tony Madden, Editor in Chief

March 20, 2018


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Me Too. In mid-October, all corners of the internet saw this rallying cry from sexual assault and harassment victims of all classes, colors and creeds. The phrase was popularized by Brooklyn activist Tarana Burke and actress Alyssa Milano, who urged the public to come forward with their stori...

#Pray4Josh

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

March 7, 2018


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“Josh is a very loving boy, he is so active and loves to play,” said freshman Michele Robertson. Robertson has gone to The Road Church with Josh for nearly three years and has seen the love he exudes. She is sharing his story here at Kickapoo to help bring awareness in any way she can to get a...

Important Senior Dates

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

March 7, 2018


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Epsilon Beta’s Teen Tech Week Set to Begin After the Break

Epsilon Beta’s Teen Tech Week Set to Begin After the Break

Diana Dudenhoeffer, News Editor

March 7, 2018


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The big initiative for the last several years among librarians is to offer activities that aren’t oriented around school in order to give students a brain break and make the library a more appealing environment.  This initiative is coming to Kickapoo with the help of Epsilon Beta (formerly book ...

Advanced Drama Draws A Crowd

Advanced Drama Draws A Crowd

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

February 26, 2018


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Advanced drama, otherwise known as Drama II, is a class taken at Kickapoo but goes beyond just a classroom. One of the main parts of advanced drama are the readers theater and one act plays. Students rehearse and perform these different pieces within several different groups and take them to perform...

In Need Of A Prom Dress?

In Need Of A Prom Dress?

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

February 26, 2018


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Kickapoo provides several services for students and one of those includes the Kare Team Pantry. During the school year students can come to the pantry any sort of food or supply needs such as clothing items that some students or their families cannot provide for themselves. When it comes to danc...

Neosho Youth Baseball Selling Raffle Tickets for AR-15

Neosho Youth Baseball Selling Raffle Tickets for AR-15

Aaron Sawchak, Reporter

February 26, 2018


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A youth baseball team in Neosho is raffling off a AR-15 to raise money throughout the year just weeks after a 19 year old kid went into a Florida High School and killed 17 people with an AR-15. The coach of the team, Levi Patterson told the Kansas City Star they planned the fundraiser before the shoot...

Why Is There A New Field?

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

February 23, 2018


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The boys soccer team from the fall of 2017 season are some of the last who got to play on the old field. Construction of a new field has begun to replace what these players have called home. The reason for a new field was not solely because of the need for it to be updated, but because of the e...

What is P.O.D.?

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

February 23, 2018


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Students have been passing by a new pop-up station in the commons for months, wondering what it is, when it will open, what it’s going to have. “Provisions On Demand (POD) by Aramark is traditionally installed on college campuses across the country. Aramark has a handful of PODs at high sch...

Birch Pointe Rehabilitation Center Opens

Gabrianna Schmidt, Reporter

February 22, 2018


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As of January 24, 2018, Kickapoos’ new neighbor, Birch Pointe Rehabilitation Center, has announced their grand opening to the public. This 17 million-dollar project has been in motion since late June of 2017 and is now open for business seven months later.      Reliance Health Care collaborated wit...

Prom Committee Begins Preparations for the Big Night

Diana Dudenhoeffer, News Editor

February 22, 2018


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   “It’s a little hard to host at White River again because there’s animal prints on the carpet and a nature theme already exists, but it’ll be fun and interesting at the same time.  We’re going to make sure our theme compliments what’s already there, and our theme will stand out more ...

The End of Net Neutrality

The End of Net Neutrality

Jack Stobbe, Sports Editor

February 21, 2018


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  In mid-December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its chairman, Ajit Pai, made a decision that could change the way the internet is used forever. The FCC made the decision to repeal the “open internet”, or what is referred to as net neutrality. Net n...

Prom Dresses Continue to be a Staple of High School Culture

Prom Dresses Continue to be a Staple of High School Culture

Diana Dudenhoeffer, News Editor

February 16, 2018


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  KARE team typically has between 20 and  30 dresses available to anybody who needs one this prom season.    Amy Moran, KARE Team sponsor, said that the team relies on donations from former and current students to keep the dress drive stocked.  The gowns are cleaned, prepared and arranged in r...

Academies Pilot Program Set to Launch in New School Year

Academies Pilot Program Set to Launch in New School Year

Diana Dudenhoeffer and Kelli Volonte

February 16, 2018


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The Springfield Public Schools (SPS) district released an  official statement in late December regarding the academy pilot program.  Plans for the program’s launch are at Hillcrest and Glendale in the  2018-19 school year.   The main goal of the release  was to explain the new pilot course as...

Touchy Subjects

Cassidy Littlewood, Business Manager

January 10, 2018


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Kate Buckley “I know that you’re supposed to respect everyone’s political views, but I find that very difficult to do when everyone around me is wrong.” Bryce Cole “I’m tired of people catergorizing others based on their political affiliation. This creates a disconnect between ...

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