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Congratulations to the August/September 2022 monthly contest winners!

The August/September monthly contest had 151 entries submitted. The school earning the most awards is Shawnee Mission East High School with a total of seven awards. Wow, a four-way tie between Blue Valley Northwest High School, Lawrence High School, Maize Career Academy and Olathe South High School with six awards each.

Video News

Video Production

News Page Design

  • 1st Place: Sabrina San Agustin from Blue Valley Northwest High School

  • 2nd Place:Peyton Moore from Shawnee Mission East High School

  • 3rd Place: Ava Poland from Blue Valley High School

Academics Photography

  • 1st Place: Lauren Myers from Bishop Miege High School

Testing a set of DNA, senior A’myrah Cheadle uses gel electrophoresis to identify the mystery sample in Biomedical class. The class was a recent addition to the Bishop Miege courses, as this is the first year it has been an option for students. “The class is off to a great start,” science teacher Mary Beth Summers said. “The Biomed students are gaining experience in so many forensic science industry techniques.”

  • 2nd Place: Owen Musser from Lawrence High School

Screaming with excitement, sophomore Cadence Scholz watches a roaring plume of fire erupt from her hand in Clara Duncan’s fourth hour chemistry class on September 7. The lab involved pumping natural gas into soapy water.

  • 3rd Place: Zara Thomas from Derby High School

Sophomores Kade McCombs and Alan Hanna working on their math assignment together. The two were practicing finding area and perimeter of figures on their coordinate grid using distance formula.

News Writing

Photo Illustration

  • 1st Place: Devon Kueser from Chanute High School

  • 2nd Place: Lydia Coe  from Shawnee Mission East High School

  • 3rd Place:  No award given

Sports Writing

Sports Photography

  • 1st Place: Sierra Tinsley from Maize Career Academy

Maize High senior running back Daeshaun Carter breaks his way through Newton High’s defensive line on his way to score his first rushing touchdown of the night. “The best part about being on this team is the coaching staff and good teammates and all the support,” said Carter. The Eagles defeat the Railers 49-0.

  • 2nd Place: Jackie Chang from Blue Valley High School

Make a Splash. Senior Ayden Beck cools off in the middle of a cross country race. The Varsity team hosted its first and only home meet of the season on Thursday, Sept. 15, during which the JV runners showered competitors with hose water. “Our team environment is like no other,” Beck said. “JV or Varsity doesn’t matter — we’re all Blue Valley tigers.”

  • Third Place: Megan Proberts from Olathe South High School

Varsity soccer player Bennett Williams and JV player Kaden Slaven celebrate with the Varsity soccer team on Sept. 13 at Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex. Williams scored the first goal of the game against Shawnee Mission West. “It was the first goal the JV team got to celebrate with Varsity watching, so it was pretty hype,” Williams said. After Williams’ goal, the JV team went on to score 3 more goals ending the game with a huge 4-0 win.


  • 1st Place: Peyton Moore and Paige Zadoo from Shawnee Mission East High School

  • 2nd Place: Andrei Lefort from Lawrence High School

  • 3rd Place: Chloe Miller, Luci Guess from Mill Valley High School

Multimedia Storytelling

Yearbook Layout

  • 1st Place: Joselyn Steele from Derby High School

  • 2nd Place: Audrey Snider, Andie Rau from Olathe West High School

  • 3rd Place: Aleeza Saeed from Blue Valley West High School

Yearbook Copy


  • 1st Place: Zara Thomas from Derby High School

Senior Marina Loera smiles as she is given a bouquet of flowers after being crowned Homecoming queen on Sept. 23. Loera was the first Hispanic homecoming queen. “I felt like I had received the gift of being the one to honor my ethnicity and culture,” she said. “Seeing all the little girls come up to me and ask me about it, and tell me I’m pretty, it made me feel like I had to tell them that they were pretty so that they would know that they had the same opportunity as anyone else to also be in (my) position 10 years from now.”

  • 2nd Place: Madison Glaser from DeSoto High School

Junior Kamdyn Wedel hits her mark during the cheer team’s Homecoming halftime performance on September 16. “You don’t really think about much; it’s really an in the moment feeling. Everything else kinda disappears,” Wedel said.

  • 3rd Place: Maria Nino-Elliot from DeSoto High School

Senior Chino Calderon emerges from the tunnel as his name is announced at the start of the Homecoming game. De Soto High School played Topeka West on September 16, claiming victory over the Chargers with a final score of 63-20. “Running through the tunnel you feel proud that you’re playing for a culture that supports the team and you feel proud wearing Wildcat across your chest,” Calderon said.

Feature Writing

Student Life Photography

  • 1st Place: Owen Musser from Lawrence High School

Light refracting through the artificial smoke, freshman Hailey Bills smiles wide and dances at the LHS Homecoming dance on Sept. 24.

  • 2nd Place: Coral Netten from Olathe South High School

After much anticipation for the first home football game of the season, the student section throws powder before the game against ONW on Sept. 16. The Falcon Flight Crew led the students in chants throughout the game and the tradition of throwing powder during the “I Believe” chant is one that students looked forward to. “I was so excited to lead the student section, everyone had a lot of energy — you could really feel it,” senior Kacie Karsak said.

  • 3rd Place: Andie Rau from Olathe West High School

SUNSHINE, SPLASHES, AND STYLE GUIDES To kick off the start of a new school year, the yearbook staff held its annual bootcamp where Maxine Campbell (11), Austin Sturdivan (10), and Kate Self (11) got a bucket of water splashed over their heads by their adviser, Julia Walker. Yearbook bootcamp was a way for the staff to learn the yearbook basics and bond with each other. Campbell was not thrilled about her part in this staff activity though. “I wasn’t planning on doing it at first…my friends Kate and Austin were like peer pressuring me into it, and I didn’t want to be boring so I just decided to do it. I kind of regretted it in the end because I was wet and my socks were wet,” Campbell said. “In general, yearbook boot camp was beneficial because I got to touch up on my skills and learn more about photography and writing captions and things like that.” Photo by: Andie Rau

Opinion Writing

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