The Mission

Shawnee Mission College Clinic

Abbey Scott, Editorial Editor

October 15, 2019

For more than 50 years, the Shawnee Mission College Clinic has helped high school students and their parents by giving them the chance to speak with college representatives across the country. This helps students in all grades get a better look on what pathway they will be able to take when it comes...

Junior Karen Rosales wins SevenDays artwork button competition

Junior Karen Rosales wins SevenDays artwork button competition

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2019

Junior Karen Rosales won Day Six of the SevenDays artwork competition. The SevenDays program was an event that took place April 9-15, which was designed to promote inclusion in the Kansas City area. Each day featured a different button, and students competed to design artwork for each button. ...

Junior Citlalic Gomez to compete at annual FCCLA national competition

Junior Citlalic Gomez to compete at annual FCCLA national competition

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019

Junior Citlalic Gomez will be going to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national competition after qualifying at the state level. Gomez earned a silver medal in the Fashion Construction and Design Challenge at the state level. Senior Savannah Denton also earned silver at state...

Special education students earn awards at Job Olympics event

Special education students earn awards at Job Olympics event

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 28, 2019

Two SM North students earned awards at the annual special education Job Olympics event at Johnson County Community College March 28. Junior Seth Dujakovich placed second in coin recognition and senior Marco Diaz placed second in advanced job applications in their respective grade levels. "I think...

Sophomore Hananeel Morinville wins Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2019

SM North sophomore Hananeel Morinville has been awarded a Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Morinville, who serves as the president of the Black Student Union, applied for the award on the recommendation of English teacher and Black Student Union sponsor Natalie Johnson-Berry. “Actually, Dr...

Matchmaker results now up for sale

Matchmaker results now up for sale

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2019

'Matches' from the Matchmaker questionnaire students completed during their seminar classes are now available for purchase during lunch. The answers are being sold for $2 and will remain on sale Jan. 22, 23 and 25.

Poetry Slam gives students the chance for self-expression

Anna Miesner, Writer

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 5, SM North freshmen participated in the Slam Poetry event held by Honors English 9 teacher Natalie Johnson-Berry. The students worked alone or in a group to write a poem, which they performed in front of their English class. Johnson-Berry invited anyone in the North community to come to ...

SM North junior places second in PTA Reflections Contest

SM North junior places second in PTA Reflections Contest

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2018

SM North junior Maggie Cooper placed second in the annual PTA Reflections Contest in the category of Visual Art. Her entry, entitled ‘The Women Around Me’, featured photos of people she considers to be ‘strong women’. “When I saw the topic, I just automatically thought about another series I did ca...

SM North holds ‘Grim Reaper’ simulation as part of Red Ribbon Week

SM North holds ‘Grim Reaper’ simulation as part of Red Ribbon Week

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

October 24, 2018

SM North’s annual Red Ribbon Week was held from Oct. 22-26. The weeklong event, which takes place at schools across the US, aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with drugs and alcohol and prevent students from abusing those substances in the future. “It’s a national movem...

National Honor Society Induction

National Honor Society Induction

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2018

SM North National Honor Society held its 2018-19 induction ceremony on Sep. 12. The initiation, which marked the 88th anniversary of the North NHS, included 34 returning and 37 new members. "I wanted to join NHS because I enjoy volunteering," junior Logan Setzkorn said. "It also looks good on college...

Spanish Book Club

Rilee Morrow, Writer

April 24, 2018

Spanish teacher Stephanie Wixon started meeting with a group of students in the learning commons in January to read a book called Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. “The book focuses on a young man that makes the journey illegally, but he’s grown up without his mom because she left to find wo...

Schools and Lockers: A Bad Combination?

Rilee Morrow, Writer

April 24, 2018

When you walk around Olathe West High School, something makes it feel like it isn’t really a high school. It could be the incredible, campus-like design, or the large screens on the wall that display what room the students are having class in that day. But the one thing that might pop out to people...

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