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trojan Newsmagazine

september 2019

Park hill high school

vol. 51 issue 1

Letter from the editor 2

By: Anna Turnbull

Dear trojans, Welcome Back. Welcome back to the days that you are going to remember for the rest of your life. I’ve started to really think about it, more than before, that in May I will be leaving my school, my home, my life here in KC, and completely starting over. It’s hard to think about my long term plans when I am so caught up in the crazy nine months of senior year. If you are feeling the same, make sure to check out Daniel’s story on pages 10 and 11 with all of the information you need this year, for all grade levels. Welcome to the freshmen. I hope that you all can settle in easy. I hope that you feel appreciated and at home. You are welcome and you are an important asset to the school. Just like freshman, there are also many new changes to the district. Make sure to check out my story on the new Hopewell Elementary on page 4. I have a challenge for you this year: show off your uniqueness. Don’t feel like you have to fit in with the status-quo this year. If you think that all high schoolers act the same, be the stand-out this year. Be the person to sit with the students that are alone in the lunchroom, be the student that shouts out the right answer every time you know it, be the person that shows off their unique talent in the talent show, and simply, be you. Speaking of being unique, check out Caroline and Reiden’s story on teen’s tattoos on page 5. Another way to show off your uniqueness

is to have a great taste in music! Check out Reiden’s story on five albums that you missed over the summer on page 15. Want another way to be unique throughout the school year? Join a club! There are tons of clubs that you can get involved in here. As a senior, looking back, clubs and sports were my saving grace for finding friends and finding a place. Check out Bella’s story about the cross country team on page 13. Remember, no matter who you are, you have a place in this school. There are ways for you to get involved all over, you just have to want to be involved. Let’s make this school year great and remember to be unique, and most of all, feel at home within our school. It’s what high school is all about. With love,

Anna Turnbull

Meet The Staff Adviser Megan Carnes

Editor-In-Chief Anna Turnbull

Copy Editor Haylee Harrell

Design Editor Daniel Brinkmeyer

Reporters Elisha Holliman Olivia Rezen Bella Holland


Reiden Ogden Caroline Connolly Olivia Noble Jordan West Joseph Wharton-Walker

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The Trojan

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Lettuce Introduce: Greta Jones Hopewell Elementary School

Homecoming Preview



The Ultimate Back-ToSchool Guide

Inked: Students with Tattoos

An Analysis of the Landscape of Film

06 Drastic Plastic: Recycling

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Outfitting Football

Humans of Park Hill Photo by Saba Daniel



Running for the Gold Make Mary Poppins Fly


New Season Brings High Hopes


Netflix and Hulu Five Albums You Missed Over the Summer Be sure to scan the QR code to the left for our digital issue. You can use Snapchat, the camera on your smartphone or a QR code reader to view the QR code. Check out our QR codes throughout the issue for more information.


The Trojan, published six times throughout the regular school year, is the official publication of Park Hill High School and is printed by Osage Graphics in Olathe, KS. Opinions expressed are that of student journalists and do not neccessarily reflect the opinions of the faculty, administration and the Park Hill School District. The newspaper is free of charge to all students. The Trojan welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed to be published, but may remain anonymous if the author chooses. Letters may be no more than 350 words and must be delivered to room 350 ten days prior to publications. The Trojan staff welcomes comments, questions and opinions. Send comments to

Photo by Saba Daniel

Where is the Trojan? A small Trojan head is hidden in the pages of this issue. Be sure to be the first to find it and come to room 350 from 7:15-7:25 a.m. Good Luck!


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Photo by Elissa Woods

Vol. 51 Issue 1

By: Jordan West

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Lettuce Introduce: Greta Jones In 2015, a Harris Poll National Survey on The Vegetarian Resource Group found that around one million Americans lead a vegan lifestyle. Junior Greta Jones is part of the percentage of vegan Americans. Jones leads a vegan lifestyle because she researched articles and watched documentaries, like Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives, which is about what goes on behind the food that’s consumed. “Once you learn what’s actually going on behind the food that you’re eating it’s hard to eat it without being revolted,” said Jones. The benefits of leading a vegan lifestyle are large, in comparison to small disadvantages. It’s More Than Salads the“My body feels better, my hair feels Breakfast: A warm bowl of oatmeal! You can add softer, my nails feel your favorite fruits and nuts for some texture. Especially easy if you’re on the go! stronger. I don’t feel as bloated anymore, and Lunch: A yummy peanut butter and banana sandwich! my digestive system You can switch up peanut butter with your favorite nut butter, and mix and match fruits with it. Good for picky eaters! feels healthier,” said Jones. “The only thing Dinner: Leftovers are always an option! If you’re looking for something fresh, noodles and veggies are especially I do differently is I good! You can even mix it up with some “cheese” sauce! take a multivitamin so I can get B12, which Snack: Smoothies are super fun! Just throw in some fruits, maybe some veggies, some seeds and blend it all is important to avoid together with your preference of plant milk. Good for a warm the risk of anemia and and sunny day! nervous system damage, By: anna turnbull

and other minerals that are important.” Some may think that becoming vegan means you have to change the way you live entirely, which isn’t true. Before she went vegan, Jones didn’t eat a lot of dairy or eggs. The only big change she made was cutting out meat, which was not difficult. On the other hand, a small obstacle she had to overcome was her family. “My family is huge consumers of meat, my dad’s a hunter, and they eat meat at almost every meal,” said Jones. One might wonder what kinds of things vegans can eat. According to Jones, many everyday meals can be converted to vegan. “I do all of my own cooking,” said Jones. “It takes seven minutes to make pasta and you can add a bunch of vegetables, it’s not that hard.” Her favorite go-to meal is a box of Uncle Ben’s wild rice and a bunch of whatever veggies she has around. Going out to eat, however, is a lot different. There aren’t many vegan options when going out to eat. Jones said that, of the few places she can eat, her favorites are Cafe Gratitude, in downtown KC, Granite City, in Zona Rosa, and Shawarmar in Midtown. Another plus to being vegan is that it’s more cost friendly. Not focusing your meals on meat and dairy substitutes can make it cheap. The only substitute Jones buys is oat milk and occasionally vegan cheese. She says that plant milk is better because it lasts longer in the fridge, cow milk spoils in almost two weeks. “All of those things are relatively cheap compared to buying a slab of ribs, a pound of meat, or eggs that are really expensive,” said Jones. One of the biggest impacts veganism has is on the environment. The less meat eaten, the less land people have to clear to farm and feed these animals, the more forests you’re saving. Not to mention, the waste from animals and farms pollutes the world’s waters, rivers, and lakes. Jones said the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon is animal agriculture. “I would recommend literally everyone that has the means to go vegan, to go vegan,” said Jones. “There are huge benefits, you’re gonna have more energy, your body is going to feel better, and you’re going to be participating in cruelty free lifestyle.”

hopewell elementary:

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The Innovation of Education

Hopewell Elementary was built in response to the enrollment demands of the district. Although, Hopewell has become more than just another school to its students and staff. “Students are really excited about opening up the new school. They’re making new friends and it’s been really exciting for me to watch students and teachers start new traditions together throughout the building,” said Assistant Principal Megan Brethower. Besides the students’ social needs, the school also assists in their educational needs. “Our architects worked with teachers, staff, and community members to ensure Hopewell is meeting our students’ needs. For example, we have flex spaces, project spaces and collaborative huddle rooms for students to work and record audio without classroom noise. We have spaces that empower students as learners,” said Brethower. Through the struggle of the new developments, but with the help of the staff, the school is excited about the change. “We had a lot of snow days last year, and that affected construction. Everyone, all teachers and staff, did an amazing job stepping up, getting into the building when they could and making the start of the 4

school year amazing for our students,” said Brethower. Help by the community has been a driving force throughout the development. “There is a lot of excitement with staff, students and parents. Our PTA has been amazing. Me, personally, I am so honored to work with such an amazing group of people who really think of the studentsfirst and want the best for our students each and every day,” said Brethower. Hopewell is also looking for help from the high school level in building the school. “An important part of education is mentorship. I hope that high school students will take the opportunity to volunteer through A+ hours at Hopewell and provide those positive role models for our students,” said Brethower. Brethower speaks for the staff as she reflects on the school year so far. “I have been really honored to be a part of this. It has been an amazing experience and exciting to watch our students and teachers build relationships and start the year.” Vol. 51 Issue 1

By: By: caroline connolly Senior Cameron Stucker has one tattoo of the Peanuts character Pigpen on his ankle. “When I was younger, my mom used to always called me Pigpen because I would always leave a trail of trash and make messes everywhere,” he said. He had it done at Revelation Tattoo, a parlor in Gladstone. The location of the tattoo itself is fairly subtle. “If I want to cover it up, all I have to do is wear long socks,” he said. For those considering to get a tattoo of their own, “Don’t take it too seriously,” Stucker said. “I love it… I’m gonna think it’s cool when I’m eighty.”

Cameron Stucker’s tattoo of Peanut’s character Pigpen located on the ankle. Photo by Reiden Ogden.

Senior Elissa Woods currently has one tattoo. “It’s the coordinates of where I was born,” Woods said. She was adopted at the age of four and moved from Chisinau, Moldova to Kansas City, Missouri. She sees it as a way of “tying myself to my hometown,” Woods said. “I’d been thinking about it for a long time.” Her family, though all supportive, differed in viewpoints. “My grandma hates it,” Woods said. In contrast, Woods said, “My dad has many tattoos. He does not care.” Woods’ father even recommended her an artist. “He wants us (Woods and siblings) to express ourselves,” she said. Woods’ family inspired her second tattoo, which she’ll be getting, “Probably, like next week.” She plans to get a tattoo of the roman numeral six, as she is the sixth grandchild of her family. “We’re going to tie each other together,” Woods said. “We’re the next generation.” She wanted it to be, “Something meaningful for all of us.” “Right now I’m just keeping them small to be professional,” Woods said. “The generation coming up now doesn’t mind having tattoos; it’s not gonna stop you from having a job.”

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inked. Molly McGlynn, a graduate of Kansas City Academy, currently has eight tattoos. Seven of which are stick and pokes, either self-made or done by a friend. “There’s really only one meaningful one,” McGlynn said, referring to a solid red circle on the back of her shoulder. The reasons are three-fold. “The highschool that I went to had a big effect on my life… The logo of the school is a red-ish orange circle.” Kansas City Academy is a high school centered around art. “I also have two art pieces in which there’s a big red circle in it that symbolizes burden and also hope and struggle,” McGlynn said. The circle is also said to symbolize “the rising sun.” Most of McGlynn’s tattoos were done in her early teens. “I was angry,” she said. Tattoos were almost a form of rebellion. “I got to make my own decisions in a way that people my age were not getting to make.” McGlynn defends the compulsion that is often judged in the permanent decision of a tattoo. “Tattoos can be meaningful because of the meaning the imagery holds. Tattoos can also be meaningful in other ways… They can be meaningful for the moment that they held when you did them.” McGlynn plans to get additional tattoos in the future. She’d like to design some of them herself given her artistic background. Inversely, she plans to get tattoos that aren’t as determined by her as they are by the artist. “I’m collecting art… I want to get tattoos from artists I respect,” McGlynn said.

Elissa Woods’s meangingful tattoo located on her forearm. Photo by Anna Turnbull.


Molly McGlynn’s tattoo located on her left shoulder and back of her neck. Photo donated by Molly McGlynn.

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By: haylee harrell

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow. Don’t trash our future: Recycle. When you refuse to reuse it’s our Earth you abuse. These slogans are painted on blue bins, on the back of the city bus and on a poster at school. Recycling is second nature for most today, but are we all actually saving tomorrow by recycling today?


“There are all kinds of different things you can do to help the earth other than recycling. Reducing waste. Avoiding animal products. Carpooling. Buying sustainable. Really everything has an impact, it’s a matter of choice,” said Conservation Club President and senior Wesley Hall. AP Environmental Science teacher and Conservation Colub Advisor Hawar Khalandi agrees. “I think the best thing we can do is just reduce the amount of waste that we are creating... I see so many plastic water bottles in our recycle bins every single day. And there’s no need for that,” said Khalandi . Conservation Club Vice Presedent and senior Alicia Stout actively practices trash reduction strategies every day. “I’ve also made a habit of picking plastic bottles and cardboard out of trash cans and recycling them myself. I try to encourage sustainable practices at home. My family no longer purchases plastic one-use water bottles, and we try to be less wasteful as a whole,” said Stout.

Unnecessary Plastic? Try this.... Plastic Water Bottles?

Reusable Water Bottle

Plastic Baggies for Snacks?

Reusable Tupperware

Plastic Grocery Bags?

Reusable Store Bags

Plastic Drink Straws?

Reusable Metal Straws


“Most aspects of our lives could be made to be more environmentally friendly. The tissue you use can easily be a cloth, and you can easily buy your flour from bulk instead. There is an infinite list of things we can do to help in our own lives,” said Hall. You can reuse more than plastic, paper or glass; food can be reused too. “I feel like there is a lot of food waste every single day after breakfast and after lunch” said Khalandi. “If we compost that, then it’s just less waste making it to our landfills. That compost can then be used as a fertilizer.”


“It is important to recycle, the trash we produce is not going to go away. Would you rather have nice new bottles made from old ones, or a landscape filled with discarded plastic?” said Hall. Other than reducing trash, why recycle? “Recycling reduces the resources we have to use in finding and making new materials. Recycling saves energy and reduces pollution. At the end of the day there is less waste going to the landfill,” said Stout. To make a true difference, Khalandi believes awareness is the first step. “I’ve been seeing more students become aware of these environmental issues we’re facing, and I think they want to do more about it… to do more to help with the issues,” said Khalandi, “And I think for me, that is the beginning.”


“Recycling does have a large impact on the earth, however, if we’re going to turn things around as fast as we need to, we need to be doing much more than just recycling,” said Stout. Khalandi suggests a solution. “We need to revert back to the way it was for our grandparents and great-grandparents,” said Khalandi. Hall goes further in depth. “Wastefulness has become almost ingrained in our society, we need large scale reform, and fast. We need to stop the disposable consumer mentality,” said Hall.


Vol. 51 Issue 1

By: elisha holliman

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Outfitting Football Ever since the new football uniforms and gear were purchased and the new turf was installed, they have both been a topic of discussion. “The reality is that the new turf put a huge stressor on our offseason that we had to deal with all spring and summer,” said Head Football Coach Joshua Hood. The field took a while to be put in, causing the team to not be able to practice on it while doing weights and conditioning over the summer. Despite this, some of the players and coaches believe it is a big improvement from the last field. “The new turf is more durable and gives the players more traction, so they don’t slip and fall as much. When you get down to it, we had the budget and the means to get these improvements, so that’s exactly what we did,” said Hood It was decided to put money towards these changes, in order to make things easier on all teams that perform on the field. “The field impacted the players in lots of ways, but the most important way was that they didn’t know how this season was gonna go. It left a lot of uncertainty, but we’re all looking forward to this season,” said Hood. Some players prefer the new field over the old one. “The new field is way softer than the old one! You can definitely tell the difference on it. The old turf would heat up really easily and that made it even harder when we would practice or play games on it,” said senior Jarien Montgomery, a varsity offensive lineman. Another addition has been the new uniforms and gear. “The boys were very excited when we announced the new uniforms we were getting. I think it really helped their confidence after not having such


a great season last year. We only get new uniforms every once in a few years, if that, so it was a nice surprise for the players,” said Hood Some of the players noticed that the uniforms are an improvement over the last ones, mainly because they are new and made by Adidas, making them ideal for play. “The new uniforms get more air through them, so we aren’t sweating as much as we did with the old ones,” said Junior Chris Bizzle, a varsity linebacker. Some of the players think the new gear was a good idea to get for the team. “The new gear definitely boosted our confidence, going into this season and the first game we played. It was the first time wearing our new uniform during a game, first time wearing our helmets and playing on the new field, so it just boosted our confidence even more,” said Bizzle. The new uniforms helped the players in more ways than one. “The new uniforms are stretchier than the old ones. They’re definitely more breathable, so they really help to cool us down when we’re playing... The helmets have more protection in the front. So if you get hit in the head, there’s padding that will make it softer and it’s not in the older helmets,” said Montgomery. Safety is a big concern when it comes to the student athletes. “We always make safety a first concern when getting anything concerning our students. The athletes seem to be happy so far with the changes that have been made. The new field and uniforms are certainly safer for the players,” said Athletics Director Adrian Singleteary.

Strutting their Stuff: This picture was taken at the first football game of the season with the new uniforms. The game was a victory for the Trojans. Picture taken by Saba Daniel.

New Field: After being worked on over summer, the new field is done in time for the new season. Photo by the Park Hill School District.

Smiling in Style: junior Tait Smith and senior Tanner Nelson show off their uniforms with pride. Photo by Saba Daniels.

Feeling the Difference: The boys are enjoying the new feel of the field this year. It is softer and you can tell a difference from the old one, reported senior Jarien Montgomery. Photo by Saba Daniel.

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Interview by: Olivia Noble, Design by: anna turnbull

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Humans of Park Hill

Math teacher Brian Hrabe and English teacher Micheal Brinkmeyer share their experiences as new teachers at Park Hill.


My old school I taught at had four people in the math department including me, here at Park Hill there’s like 20 people. Most of the admin at Park Hill also have some previous backgrounds in math. Park Hill is one of the best school districts in the area it is a very wellknown and respected district.

Math Teacher

Brian Hrabe

I was surprised at the number of clubs and sports there were and how involved the student body is.

Michael Brinkmeyer

English Teacher

Michael Brinkmeyer


English Teacher

My biggest fear is honestly standing in front of the class every day and having to do math in front of high schoolers. I also fear that the kids won’t laugh at my jokes; that’s definitely my biggest fear.

Math Teacher

Brian Hrabe

You have the whole school year to build trust. Students won’t remember the mistakes you made on the first day of school, but they will remember the things you do throughout the year.

English Teacher

Michael Brinkmeyer

how has the staff helped you through the transition?

What makes park Hill Unique?

The population of students is way more diverse than any school I have been to. The combination of academic expectations, extracurricular activities and diversity is what makes Park Hill so unique.


What is your biggest fear?

what was your first impression of the school?

Brian Hrabe

Michael Brinkmeyer

The staff has been extremely helpful in my transition. I had a master’s class with Mr. Reys awhile back. I had no idea that I knew him until I got here. So, starting out with a friend the first day was also a nice adjustment.

Math Teacher

Brian Hrabe

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By: olivia rezen

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homecoming ‘and Beyond’

spirit days


Junior Bella Grau

ordered her homecoming dress from an online store, Lulu’s. Lulu’s has a variety of dress options along with a variety of prices ranging from around $40-$120.

Sophomore Elizabeth Richardson

got her dress (in store) from Dillards. “It (the dress) was an easy find for me!” said Richardson.


Tuesday -Total Eclipse -All black

Thursday -Cowboys v.s Aliens

Friday -Mars and Stars -Toga day (seniors) and red out!

Monday - Space Jam -Wear your jammies!

Wednesday -Nasa Day -Red, white, and blue

Sophomore Grace Hagner





went to Windsor to get her dress. Their prices range from $40-$180. “I really just liked all the different choices I had.” said Grace.

Junior Molly Fink got her dress from francescas. “Francescas is more of a boutiquie style place, with fun dresses,” said Molly


Nate Walls Kayla Friend

Brian Sweeney Sydney Connely

Peter Serrone Capri Runyan

Amira Roberts Caroline Arensberg Elizabeth Appel Kylie Minardi Josie Larson

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By: daniel brinkmeyer

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the very ultimate guide to

park hill high school

li sten up, freshmen:

you grown?

a love letter from daniel brinko


- if not done already, begin writing Common App Essay - plan college visits or do virtual tours online for schools on your list - request letters of recommendation to necessary teachers/leaders

- Oct. 1st: FAFSA opens (deadline in June 2020) - apply for one scholarship a week - finish A+ hours!


or at least through senior year.

- finalize list of colleges to apply to


a timeline to last a lifetime,

love, daniel brinko

- the month of applying to your colleges! - complete earlyaction applications if applicable


hill of the rollercoaster that’s been high school, there’s this feeling of pure achievement that’s rendering itself unshakeable. The things you accomplish in high school, no matter the amount of impact, high or low, are things you’ll remember. And not just remember when you’re sat in front of a college application, listing everything that makes you amazing (which is a lot of things, I promise), or when your parents are having a hard time realizing all the beautiful things you do away from home. Every good thing you do is for the sake of you. Every good thing you put into the universe is a good thing you’ll get back. Every good thing that comes your way is something you made happen. You can make this high school experience everything you want it to be, you just have to reach out and grab it.


“The best years of your life,” they said. Lord, I sure hope not. I don’t know about you, but if I was living one of the best years of my life looking like how I did at age 14, I’d have some major concerns. Nevertheless, my extreme lack of style and grace, both of which I undoubtedlypossessnow,didn’tmean freshman year wasn’t an amazing start to the wild four-year long ride that’s been high school. It’s begun with a bang for you, I’m sure. Attempting to balance the piling homework, the back-to-back assessments, and nagging parents is some of the most humbling work in existence. Trust me, I’ve been there; and I def’ haven’t left. With its hairripping levels of frustration though, comes countless chances to learn the good habits, and begone with the bad ones. As I’m starting to go up this last

After three back-to-back-toback years of gruesome testing, late-night studying, and tireless work put towards earning a high school diploma, the idea of ‘senior-itis’ striking right as students get nearer to the end is overwhelmingly justified. And at a school like Park Hill, one of the most accredited high schools in Kansas City, saying that this pressure is even heavier than it would be otherwise could be considered an understatement. “Coaches get on me about keeping my grades up,” said senior Dexter Curry III, the football team’s 2019 defensive end. “If you want to go to college for football…the grades matter.” But the way school fits into a tight football schedule, while stressful, is a double-sided coin. “It’s pushing from adults that

- keep polishing and finish Common App Essay

- follow up with teachers about rec letters

- ACT: October 26th

- no November ACT

- start wrapping up applications - ensure all rec letters are sent to schools by teachers - submit last applications before winter break! - ACT: December 14th

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The Trojan

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the parking map.

“ Uh ... a bout three i nc hes . ” - s e n i o r Jac k son S c hi l l i ng

With every challenge that a busy schedule presents, every sleepless night, and every second spent catching up on schoolwork instead of doing something fun, comes the opportunity to refine the life skills that would otherwise be a chore to go out of your way to learn: time management, prioritization, and simple social skills like how to meet and introduce yourself to new people. Senior Jackson Schilling, has actually grown “about three inches,” as a person since freshman year, and has also grown out of his awkward phase to a point where he can “actually make friends now.” High school presents the opportunity for teenagers to come out of their shells everyday, and quite potentially make friends with people who understand every bit of stress and confusion that some students swear no one can comprehend. That’s not a gift worth throwing away.


how to start a clu 1 2

every club find a sponsor!


- No January ACT

- keep applying for scholarships! (try one a week all second semester) - ACT: February 8th

inistration! check with adm

- you’ll likely start getting acceptance letters! - start comparing schools and the financial aid they’re offering you - start planning for graduation! - No March ACT

they’ll probably

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- ensure all desired applications are submitted, and that all schools on application list are done

- submit any new test scores to colleges (any new scores through May)




- celebrate being in your second-semester of senior year!

- keep ahead of classes! (you’re almost there!)

ember to sponsor.

needs a faculty m

love it! read word!

pick a day and sp

- should have all acceptance letters received by beginning of April

- take AP Tests and finals

- keep grades up! - send all schools your plan on attending or not by May 1st

- send final high school transcript from Naviance and send it to your school. Find instructions here: how-to-send-transcripts.html

- ACT: April 4th

- No May ACT




keep it school ap

just get an idea!


- send last late applications to non-priority colleges

*this map is for reference of students only; faculty and parent/guest parking definitely differs.

Remember: Please do not park near the yellow curbs (no parking zones) and PTA reserved parking spots.

help me to become a better man,” said Curry. He plans on studying sports management and business while playing for his future college’s football team.


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By: Caroline Connolly

An Analysis of the Landscape of Film It’s no secret that the landscape of film is under dramatic reconstruction. Streaming services are now churning out original movies at a rapid pace. It seems the only thing that can be found in theaters are multi-milliondollar blockbusters in relation to smaller-budget, indie films. According to IMDB, there have been 37 Marvel movies released in the last ten years. “Any examination of film should start with how people are watching movies,” said Park Hill Debate Coach and film enthusiast Tyler Unsell. The consumption of entertainment has altered within American households. “I cut cable like a decade ago,” Unsell said. Streaming based television has been adopted across the current landscape. According to Forbes, “The average American subscriber watches 3.4 services.” Despite this, big-budget blockbusters still draw people from their homes and into the theaters. Marvel has become something of a spectacle. Avengers: Endgame accumulated $854.3 billion at the box office. Audiences feel that they’re bearing witness to something impactful and large in scope. “The Marvel cinematic universe has become a thing that I was alive to see happen,” Unsell said, having watched Avengers: Endgame three times. Senior Jade Louden also supports these films. “If you’re gonna reference something, Marvel’s one that everyone’s gonna know,” she said. “It stands out more on its own.” Marvel has created a self-titled ‘cinematic 12

universe’ encapsulating all of their collective movies that the entire world is aware of. Still, these movies bring out large-scale attendence. “I think those are the movies that continue to do well in big movie theaters and I think you should see them that way,” Unsell said. Junior Chloe Shields disagrees. “They’re killing the variety. It’s going to destroy the business.” Looking at Kansas City, blockbusters alone may not be enough to keep theaters running. Locations such as the Tivoli, an independent theater in Westport or the Cinemark on the Plaza have permanently closed their doors. “The future of movie theaters is in these special events,” Unsell says in reference to still standing theaters such as the Alamo Drafthouse, which screens period pieces while serving tea and baked goods. Screenland Armour, which will be screening a Shocktober lineup of classic horror movies, finds ways to attract audiences back to the big screen. These events can be used to, “develop a niche, cult following,” to keep the establishment afloat. “Very clearly, less people are seeing movies,” Unsell said. It seems that streaming services may also be at risk. “Pretty much everybody that’s a big swinger now has their own streaming service and are producing their own content,” Unsell said. “We’ve seen the future. It’s less in the movie theater and more on your small screen.”

The Cinemark location on the Plaza. Message reads: “Theater closed. Thank you for letting us entertain you for 20 years. Please visit Cinemark 20 and XD Merriam.” Photo from Caroline Connolly.

Screenland Armour Shocktober lineup via @armourtheater on twitter

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By: bella holland

Running for the Gold

Cross country’s girls have been running hard this summer preparing for the season. “All the time and effort that the girls invested in the summer made them a better athlete, but it also makes us a stronger team,” said cross country assistant coach Micheal Sweney. The hard work from this summer is paying off. “I just got through my first 5k and I got my first medal from cross country. This season is really starting off great and I can’t wait to see how I do in my next race,” said freshman Tatum Vazquez. The summer runs makes a big impact on how the runners are feeling as they get through the season. “We’ve been training really hard all summer long and it’s finally meet season and you know everyone is pushing themselves really hard, I’m expecting a great season,” said Averie Medley.

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After their win against Platte Ridge, the team gathers to celebrate their victory. From left: Seniors Lelise Mekonnin, Abbie Fette, Avery Blakley, Kayla Thomas, Molly Collins, Frances Swayne, Brooklyn Niebaum.

By: bella holland

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The upcoming play Mary Poppins is already keeping people on the edge of their seats waiting to see how she flies on to the stage. “People expect Mary Poppins to fly, so we thought it would be best and better for the show and make it an amazing production. The audience would appreciate seeing the movie and what they expect to see in mary poppins to actually happen on our stage,” said drama teacher Jennifer Jarman Sandau. When working on a play it takes hard work behind the scenes. “It takes a lot of people and commitment from the students. Everyone working backstage, designing the scenery and building it takes lots of time from all of the actors, performers, and dancers. It takes a lot of money, many things have to come together to make a show happen,” said Sandau. Everyone working on the play is hoping that they will get the flying machine that will tie

everything together. “It’s important to hire a company to do this, to do rigging, because flying effects are really an art form I guess and you really need to make sure it is safe so it’s not something that we can just hook some ropes up and do, we need to have this special equipment to do it,” said Sandau. Students are coming together and are excited to make Mary Poppins fly. “I’m just expecting good things from everybody like tech wise. I think we have a very strong management team this year I think we are all very passionate,” said senior Amy Goldsbury. As the show comes together it creates something magical for the opening night. “It’s going to be very fun and exciting and very engaging with the highschool audience, especially one that grew up with Mary Poppins. It’s just such an iconic story that I really think we will do it justice,” said senior Trinity Christofferson.


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By: Reiden Ogden

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With a new season comes a renewed hope for Chiefs fans that this will be the year we finally win the Superbowl. Whether they’re 15 or 55, for many Chiefs fans, they’ve been waiting their whole lives for this prophecy to be fulfilled. Will Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid be the ones to take them to the Promised Land? Either way, Chiefs fans truly are in for a ride this season. Photo by Jack Kerzenknabe via Flickr

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Chiefs new season brings high hopes I If the first few weeks are any indication, the Chiefs were no fluke last season. With a high powered offense backed by the Patrick Mahomes-Andy Reid tandem and a new defense under recently hired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnelo, the future looks bright; but there are always obstacles to bypass with any team. “I think our main obstacle [in the way of a Superbowl] is our defense,” said math teacher and avid Chiefs fan, Zackary Praiswater. “..If they were better, I think you would have a pretty clear path.” The good news is there is no chance our defense can get any worse after being ranked worst in the league last year. Defense will still be a struggle, but the new additions of Tyrann Mathieu (pictured) and Frank Clark will certainly help. The hopes of a superbowl rest squarely on getting timely stops on defense. Last year, the Chiefs surrendered a game-winning touchdown in the first possesion of overtime against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. “I think as long as Mahomes is playing as well as he is, our window will be open,” said Praiswater. Not everyone at Parkhill shares the same opinion. “I have no doubt the Patriots will win the AFC Championship,” said the notoriously anti-Chiefs, proPatriots senior Juan Muniz. While this may be a passionate and biased statement, the New England Patriots are considered by many to be a main hindrance in the way of an AFC title for KC. New England is 100% aware of this truth. The addition of wide reciever Antonio Brown was a direct result of the Pats wanting to add more offense to keep up with the Chiefs. Sammy Watkins, who’s been primed for a career year, had a monster game one, putting up career highs in touchdowns and yardage in a blowout against the Jaguars. The injury to superstar wide out Tyreek Hill in week one is the reason of this increase in targets for Watkins. Although, this performance shouldn’t come as a surprise. 14

“His whole career has been kind of underwhelming from what his potential is, so I think if he can contribute, the offense is gonna be unstoppable,” said English teacher Michael Brinkmeyer. Other players reveling in the extra targets from Mahomes are rookie Mecole Hardman and fourth year man, Demarcus Robinson. These players performances not only show the talents of both Patrick Mahomes and the receivers themselves, but also raise the question of if Tyreek Hill is really worth the large contract extension and new deal he was awarded early in the season. Fans hope Tyreek will be back soon this season and will not be hindered by the injury for the playoff push. Safe to say there’s a lot to look forward to this season, but the question remains; will this year be another disappointment or will the Chiefs Kingdom finally live up to the high hopes? Photo by Jeffery Beall

Safety Tyrann Mathieu looks to excel on his new team after being acquired from the Texans during the offseason.

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By: Joseph wharton-walker

what’s new to and


Streaming services are common things in our lives in today’s world, with Netflix and Hulu being the juggernauts in the industry. Countless movies and TV shows are added to both of these services on a weekly basis. And that includes the next couple weeks! These are some of the movies and TV shows that are coming to Netflix and Hulu that you should watch out for! The first thing I recommend you watch out for is coming to Hulu on October 1, and it is seasons 1-10 of Smallville: an early 2000s DC Comics live action show about a young Clark Kent struggling with his super powers and eventually paving the way to him becoming Superman. Also debuting on October 1, is the 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, which is a scary tale of a couple of college kids

filming their encounter with the Blair Witch! It’s a great Halloween flick that is cleverly timed to release during October. The last one I recommend is a Netflix Original anime series called Pacific Rim. It is based on the two big-budget blockbuster movies Pacific Rim and its sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising. The plot follows two siblings on a quest to find their parents while using a giant mech to traverse the dangerous, monster-ridden world. The series will serve as a sequel to Pacific Rim: Uprising and will release sometime in 2019, but the release date has not been announced yet. And, yes, for those of you who don’t like watching shows in another language, there will be an English Dub.

By: Reiden Ogden


On Jamila Woods’ third album she stretches the confines of traditional pop music with her own style of afro-beat inspired instrumentals and wonderfully unique vocals. This album is drenched with one catchy hook after another, littered with mysterious genre bending instrumentals throughout and is sprawling with excellent production that creates a vibe unlike any other pop album this year. The song GIOVANNI is easily Woods’ best song. 15

Jachary is a relatively unknown artist from New York City that creates lush, brain-melting grooves that are R&b inspired but have indie rock overtones. There’s songs that are funky, songs that are slow, fast, wild, and tame. Jachary very much steps out into his own with Loops of Life. The title track is a funky, three and a half minute ride that shows influences of Marvin Gaye and other classic R&B legends such as Al Green; it’s one Legendary hip hop producer of several great tracks off this album. Madlib and his newly found cohort Freddie Gibbs team up once again Groovy hip-hop bangers can be found for the first time since 2014 with from head to toe on this album. Featuring Pinada. The duo feed off each other’s the likes of Khalid, Tyler the Creator, skills and abilities, you’ll think it’s a Pusha T, and more; Goldlink uses his match made in hip hop heaven. The trademark flow on top of bouncy beats deep fervulent flows from Freddie to create an excellent collection of songs Gibbs are tightly stacked on top of that any rap fan will surely enjoy. Some sampled instrumentals from Madlib highlights include the tracks Joke Ting to create a jointly contrasting project and Days Like This feat. Khalid. that is so hard-hitting, yet smooth and evocative at the same time. Highlights from this record include Faye Webster is an indie folk rock artist Giannis feat. Anderson Paak., an hailing from Atlanta. Faye uses folk and western absolute banger that lets Paak. influences to create a sound that is uniquely shines in the choruses while Freddie her own. Elements of alternative and pop also dominates each show up on this project. Hit single ‘Kingston’ is verse. It can be a perfect blend of these genres and is the best considered one of track on the project. Her soft vocals pair well the best singles of with the somber yet powerful instrumental to the summer no create a catchy and complex song. If you enjoy doubt. female singer-songwriters in the indie genre, you should give this one a listen. Vol. 51 Issue 1

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