Team Sports Quiz Changes

Team Sports Quiz Changes

Kody Kershner, Sports columnist

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The team sports curriculum has been changed starting this year. Instead of tests being on paper, they are now on Canvas for students to take before midnight on Thursday. There are pros and cons to this experiment and the change has some differing opinions on the subject. The are some pros of the online quizzes. Th...

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

Kelli Volonte, Business Manager

October 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The New York Times wrote an article about how to detect if you are beginning to burn out. If only I had read that article a year ago. After a long, hard junior year I learned a lot about myself. At the time, it felt like I was never going to heal from the mistakes I had made, and over the summer a...

Senate Bill 98 Ignores Minority Rights

Senate Bill 98 Ignores Minority Rights

Diana Dudenhoeffer, News Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Springfield Public Schools’ policy on transgender bathroom use is the lack of policy.  Republican State Senator Ed Emery plans to change that.  He oversees Senate Bill 98, commonly known as the “bathroom bill.”       The bill would make transgender students legally obligated to use the bathro...

Chromebook Pros and Cons

Chromebook Pros and Cons

Kody Kershner, Sports Columist

October 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

SPS has introduced Chromebooks to their curriculum for all students to use this year. This gives every student the opportunity to have Internet access on a computer and can use Google Docs to store and save all their work.  This feature limits the use of paper and pencil from schools that are now be...

As a Journalist: My Experience at the Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

As a Journalist: My Experience at the Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

Tony Madden, Editor in Chief

October 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Journalism first became a part of my life in mid-August of my sophomore year. I walked into room 201 as a timid 15-year- old with none of my own opinions or ambitions, terrified of the adviser. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid that I had made a terrible mistake i...

I Believe That We Are (Still) Gross

I Believe That We Are (Still) Gross

Tony Madden, Editor in Chief

October 12, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Before I begin, I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I absolutely love sitting in the student section at football games. The camaraderie, the school spirit and the cool fall weather have all made sitting in those bleachers on Friday nights one of the most enjoyable parts of the past four years.    I...

Hotel of Terror Review

Hotel of Terror Review

Jack Stobbe and Garrett Peck

October 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

  Since 1978, Springfield’s own Hotel of Terror has been scaring people of all ages. We decided to investigate just how terrifying it actually was.   We went on a Saturday night at 8:30 and we only had to wait in line for ten minutes. So either we went early enough to beat the crowd or the...

Public Displays of Affection in the Hallways

Public Displays of Affection in the Hallways

Diana Dudenhoeffer, News Editor

October 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

  At the risk of sounding like a prude, I must make it known that I do not appreciate public displays of affection in the halls of our great school.     Don’t get me wrong—I think it’s wonderful that students are finding people with whom they can be happy.  High school is the perfect pla...

My Days are Numbered

My Days are Numbered

Meredith Murphree, Opinion Editor

May 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Meredith lists some things that make Kickapoo particularly special, does not get sentimental at all.

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HBCCC: Nugs

Brooke Effland and Heather West, Editors

May 3, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

For our final review, chicken nuggets were on our minds. We couldn’t think of a better way to go out in style than by going to Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and McDonald’s for a head to head challenge.   To start, we went to McDonald’s and ordered a ten piece nugget meal. Our meal came with fries and a dr...

“I saw Goody New York Times with the Fake News”: The Fake News Problem

“I saw Goody New York Times with the Fake News”: The Fake News Problem

Meredith Murphree, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Fake news gives Meredith some real blues.

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TV Review: 13 Reasons Why

Rebecca Danley, Reporter

April 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The Netflix series that shocked the nation a couple weeks ago has a very wide variety of feedback. I however am in between I loved it but also hated it. 13 Reasons Why brought a lot of attention to how people feel about suicide. To me it feels as if no one really cared about suicide before this Netflix seri...

Missouri and the Benign Tumor of Worthless Laws

Missouri and the Benign Tumor of Worthless Laws

Meredith Murphree, Opinion Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

It's not entirely evident in this column, but Meredith likes America. No, seriously!

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Netflix and Binge.

Kody Kershner, reporter

March 9, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Binge watching Netflix  is a hobby that most teenaagers have come to appreciate, but finding that next new great show can be difficult and stressful. There are a variety of shows to choose from such as Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother and Shameless. These did not quite make the list, but are ...

Teachers Take Advantage of Conference Blocks

Teachers Take Advantage of Conference Blocks

Isabel Halweg

March 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Administration is always a stickler for the rules. However when they break the rules we look the other way. It seems like no one questions adults when they do things wrong because “they’re older” and “I’m sure they know what they’re doing”. Just because a person is older or in a place of...

Standardized Testing

Mario Hackney and Garrett Peck

March 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

PROS      Standardized testing is a necessary evil. It is the most efficient way to guarantee a fair evaluation of all people’s intelligence. Tests like the ACT and SAT are designed to measure intelligence. They are not supposed to measure your creativity or other abstract concepts.   ...

Does High School Prepare You for College?

Madeline Guccione and Mario Hackney

March 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Most high school students complain about schools not preparing us for the “real world” but is that the teachers fault or your own? Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed that most students don’t know how to write a check, or do basic household chores. Most high school students don’t...

Where’s the College Prep in High School?

Mario Hackney, Reporter

March 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Throughout my high school career teachers always told me how high school is in preparation for college. Last time I checked we didn’t need to know how to pass a high school test for college. Teachers stress how we need to know this to pass a class. How is passing that one test going to help me ...

The Poo Reviews: Soup Edition

The Poo Reviews: Soup Edition

Meredith Murphree and Tony Madden

February 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Tomato Soup: For our soup review, I decided to taste and review Campbell’s infamous tomato soup. I’m used to my grandmother’s homemade tomato soup in all of it’s parmesean-y glory, so straight from the can was a bit of a nerve-racking experience. As I expected, I wasn’t all that impresse...

Fresh, New, Original Dance Themes

Fresh, New, Original Dance Themes

Meredith Murphree, Opinion Editor

February 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

"Enchantment Under the Sea"? I think not!

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