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Park Hill High School

7701 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153

May 2018 Vol. 49 Issue 6


Senior Newsmagazine Edition

Letter from The Editor

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The Newspaper Staff Editor-In-Chief: Judiann McMahon Copy Editor: Mia Tyler Section Editor: Derek Dillard Design Editor: Kamryn O’Dell Business Director: Maddie Roberts Social Media Director: Zoe Cain


Dear Readers, I have spent almost 14 years in school. In other words: that’s 2,520 days. Or 60,480 hours. Or 3,628,800 minutes. Some of those three million minutes were full of raging anger, horrific fear and puddles of tears. But plenty of those minutes were full of stomach aching laughter, jealousy free joy and tender peace. Through the variety of emotions I have been privileged to learn. Not just the “privilege” of learning AP statistics, but the privilege of learning from experience. As we continue to file out of Park Hill, I want to share some truths I’ve learned through my 14 years of school. I hope you can hold tight to these truths and avoid the mistakes I made to learn them. 1. You have to tell people what you need. You can’t expect them to know exactly what to do, exactly when you need it. 2. No one cares that you won Sadie Hawkins queen two days after it happened, so don’t put your identity in that sort of title. 3. Don’t dismiss the cafeterias chicken pot pie. It looks intimidating, but I promise it will leave you satisfied. 4. Who you are is more important than who you’re with. 5. Bring a friend. Not because there is shame in coming alone but because there is power in coming together. 6. Let’s be honest, you may think you and your ex are cool, but do yourself a favor and unfollow them on social media before you get caught watching them on a date with someone else. 7. Put your phone down. It’s a source of communication and connection, which is beautiful, but the best conversations I had were ones where someone’s heart wasn’t only painted by the words they typed but by the expression on their face. 8. We are all working through something. Before you graduate do your best to understand where your enemies are coming from and how you can forgive them. Don’t forget to apologize as well. News flash: you’re not perfect. 9. Don’t forget what happened in your car. Whether it was your first kiss or last heart break, these are the moments that mold us. Also purchase a new radio and speakers because there are only a few things that can top being absorbed by your favorite song in your car. 10. People will like you better if you dance at prom. Actually people will like you better if you dance during any function or task. But most importantly you will like yourself better if you choose to dance. 11.When you’re 18, you’re beautiful. So wake up and choose to live in the light of that. 12. Pay attention to all the awards, artwork, certificates, papers and more that decorate your room. These aren’t the things that matter, but the memories and stories behind them that do. 13. Despite your mama holding it together when you closed your dorm room door, she’s gonna go home and cry on your cold, empty bed. So call your mom even when you have nothing to talk about.

“Accept your responsibility for our collective well-being.” - Dr. Brad Kincheloe

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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 here are that of the student journalists and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the faculty, administration, and the Park Hill School District. The Newspaper is free of charge to all students but it also available for subscription. The Trojan welcomes letters to the editors. All letters must be signed to b 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


Sophomores Azalea Calderon and Amie Lewis partake in a game at the annual International Day.



- Getting Schooled/ page 4

- “Not Just a Trend”/ page 12-13

- The Buzz Around School/ page 5


- The Night of Nights/ page 8

- Tid Bits - Interactive/ page 23

- Club Goin’ Up/ page 10-11


Community - Summer Calendar/ page 21

- Tips from Seniors/ page 14


- Senior Memories/ page 15

- Spring Sports/ page 6-7

- Best Of’s/ page 16-17 - Out of State - Senior Map/ page 18-19


A small Trojan head is hidden in the pages of this issue. Be the first to find it and come see Megan Carnes in R350 from 7:15-7:25 a.m. for a $10 gift card.

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- Show me Seniors - MO Map/ page 20

4 Campus


Getting Schooled

Student and faculty share advice, their fears, and their stories regarding college and life after high school.

ollege. Some people would say it’s their worst nightmare. Others are excited for a new chapter of their lives. There are even students who don’t attend at all. With an infinite array of options, it is easy to get overwhelmed. “When I think of college I think of money because colleges are so expensive,” said Freshman Vivian Noda,“A lot of freshman are scared, some of us as freshman don’t really know what they plan to do or what college they’re planning to go to or any of that.” Counselor David Cantwell has a few guidelines for students deciding their future school. “When the whole thing boils down, you have to ask yourself, ‘can you afford to go?’” Said Cantwell. However, it’s not all money. “Even with that, you can’t neglect that you have to go somewhere with your major. It also has to be a good match for you socially or sizewise,” said Cantwell. Many students agree. “A college has to have a good program, a good location, and a good tuition,” said Senior Lexi Reneau. “I’m going to San Diego State University. The fact that it’s in San Diego is really appealing. It’s not as expensive as you would think it would be.” While Reneau is able to attend out of state for a limited cost, many choose to remain in Missouri because in-state tuition is far cheaper than going out of state. “It wasn’t until about the end of my sophomore year that I thought about going to school in Missouri. Before I wanted to go to Iowa University. I want to be a teacher therefore I don’t want to spend a lot of money,” said Senior Riley Fitzmorris. She will be attending Missouri State in the fall. “I like the idea of a public school because I wanted to get a lot of diversity. At private schools, any sort of diversity, whether it be class,

race, any type of diversity would be minimized compared to public. I want to teach kids who are struggling and make a difference in their life, and diversity will allow me to be exposed to those kinds of people,” said Fitzmorris. While many students at Park Hill choose to stay in Missouri and attend a public school, many aspire to go out of state. Senior Lawrence Suba will be attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois--just outside of Chicago. “I chose Northwestern because I’ve always wanted to go into radio or television and that’s always been the best place. It’s in Chicago which has a ton of connections. I met a professor there who was really nice who told me about their screenwriting program,” said Suba. “They do have 21 acapella groups, and that means I’m going to be one of them.” “Even though I love the school, I’m nickel and dime with them to get more money,” said Suba. “Cost is a major factor in determining where most people go.” Senior Taylor Hartley will also be attending school in the Chicago area. “I applied to a lot of prestigious schools like Georgetown, but I ended up on the waitlist for a few of them. I ended up choosing DePaul because they’re a good school and they accepted me right away. It felt like ‘ah!” you know, they really want me,” said Hartley. “I always felt like many private schools were more prestigious. Not all of them, but a lot of them. DePaul has a good academic program, great teachers. To me, they have a program where you can basically get a master’s in five years or a law degree in six years. The ability to get access to that is great. They also have a wonderful study abroad program and since I want to major in international relations that really sounds great,” said Hartley. Cost plays a huge part in where students attend. Many choose to attend community college for free at Maple Woods and then finish their degree at another school.

“I want to take classes at community college before UMKC to get those courses out of the way. I’m a part of the A+ program as well so it’s free,” said Emily Hardy, a sophomore. “It gives you a taste of college before you go to the real thing. Knowing what the classes are like is very helpful,” said Hardy. “Being on my own without my parents is scary too. I like the idea of being close.” A typical college plan isn’t for everyone. Some students have other paths in mind. Sophomore twins Anna and Chloe Hughlett have been taking ballet lessons for about ten years. Both plan on turning their hobby into a career. “I would notice myself thinking, ‘oh, I would totally do that once I join a company.’ Then I’d step back and think ‘wow, do I want to do that as a career?’ Eventually, I decided yes,” said Chloe Hughlett. “It’s lots of hours and lots of training,” said Anna Hughlett. “I do programs over the summer and take my fourth block online so I can leave for lessons early. That way, I can join a company as a trainee. It’s sort of like an internship.” “After being a trainee, you can work your way up the ladder,” said Chloe Hughlett. “That’s my goal for sure.” “I don’t want to not go to college, though. I might take night classes or something. I still want to get my degree,” said Anna Hughlett. For students planning on attending college, they have many options to choose from. Whether it be cost, location, or programs provided, finding the school of one’s dreams can take a lot of filtration.

By: Alex Kalisz Photo: Students share their school of choice at the first ever college signing day.

The Buzz Around School

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By: Lily Cota he end of the school year holds a constant “buzz”. There’s AP tests, finals, graduation, and most likely a lot of stress. Opposite of the worries, struggles and lack of motivation comes the enjoyment, fulfillment and success of taking part in the more fun sides of school. There are an abundance of student organizations and clubs for those seeking a little more from their time here and here’s what they’ve been up to.


International Day


Senior Sarah Noori and Senior Salah Sheik help students write their names in other


Juniors Hifza Zain and Asraa Noori take a moment to pose with their displays.

ith a substantially large student body it isn’t hard to see that Park Hill is a culturally diverse school. To celebrate International Day was held on Friday, April 20 and offered students food, activities and artifacts from over 15 different cultures. ELL teacher and International Day sponsor Caitlin Fudge said the mission of the day is “to help bring everyone together community wise to see how similar everyone is but to also celebrate all of our differences.” Fudge would like to see the celebration of International Day expand beyond just the ELL students. “A big proportion of the students that put on International Day are the ELL students at Park Hill High School. We’re trying to make it bigger so that it’s not just them to help everybody recognize and celebrate their own personal cultures and the things that they are interested in,” said Fudge. International Day features displays from countries like Micronesia, Ethiopia, South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and many more. Freshman Yordanos Tarik represented the country of Ethiopia. “My favorite part about International Day is showing people what our culture is and explaining to them what the meaning behind it


ECA has been all over Park Hill’s news these past few weeks from districts to state and all of the way to Internationals. DECA can seem slightly mysterious as a club as not many students really know what it’s all about. “Typically when I think about DECA I think about it as a marketing club. You can do roleplays, projects. If you do a roleplay you get a scenario and you have to come up with different marketing plans on the spot. If you do a project you have to write an 11 or 40 page paper in which you create a marketing plan.” said Senior Noah Harris. Students involved in DECA create marketing concepts and models to compete against other schools and groups around not only Kansas City but even other countries. “Before going to Atlanta recently we had Districts and State. Atlanta was our International competition. There were schools from all around the U.S. as well as from five other countries.” says Harris. Harris has been a part of DECA for the past 2 years and recently rankes in the top 30 out of 150 teams at Internationals in Atlanta, Georiga along with his partner Richley West.

Seniors Richley West, Noah Harris and Junior Josie Phillips in Atlanta, Georgia for Internationals.

6 Sports

Coaching Change Up


new leader is on the mound. Coach Blaine Lewis is taking over Trojan baseball as the new head coach. “This is my first year at Park Hill. I’ve been coaching overall for 13 years. I played baseball in college. I’ve played baseball pretty much my whole life and I’ve always loved it, but I really, really love to coach and be out there and teach, instruct and let them know how everything kind of relates to different life principles,” said Lewis. The baseball boys have been playing well this season and are adapting to the new coaching. “Coach Lewis is great! He’s one of the most honest and real coaches I’ve ever had. He really cares for his players and knows what he’s talking about,” said senior Liam Henry. Coach Lewis has created a strong team that stays positive and works hard to overcome challenges. “Recently, we’ve had kind of a team goal of making sure that we can just control the things that we can control to win every inning, rather than focusing on winning multiple games,” said Lewis. The baseball team is continuing to work on winning games and getting stronger as a team. “My favorite part about baseball has to be the team atmosphere. Everybody is picking each other up and having fun. We love to give each other a hard time, but we always keep it light and fun and just enjoy the game,” said senior Grant Mertz.

Finding a Weapon


he Trojan men’s tennis team has their work cut out for them as their top seven players from last year graduated. The new varsity team must strive to play at the same level and are working hard to accomplish their goals. “We’re trying to win the district and we’re trying to win conference. It’s going to be tough this year compared to last year because we’ve lost so many guys, but I told the guys at the beginning our goal is the same. Our goal still is to win districts, and I think that can be done,” said coach Rustin Reys. During practices the guys have been working on becoming more aggressive players. “Lately we’ve been trying to develop a weapon and have guys be dangerous. So, whether that’s attacking the net, whether that’s a big first serve or keeping the ball out of the middle or keeping the ball deep,” said Reys. Senior Gabe Rau is the top player on varsity this year. He’s played his whole high school career, but this is his first year on varsity. “It’s kind of pressuring, I suppose. But it’s really a team sport and no matter what happens on the ladder as far as that goes, we’re all a team. We’re all working toward the same thing,” said Rau. To maintain the same level of play, it will take a lot of discipline and hard work, but the boys are determined to get there. “The level of competition is a big jump from last year. All of us are playing much harder competitions so we have to adapt and get better. I think all of us just want to become as good as we can this year and we have a lot of people returning next year so whatever we do this year, keep building on it through next year,” said junior Blake Harris.

Current Record: 14-12 Pitching Statistics: Ayden Mertz- 2 win and 2 losses Chandler Ashby- 4 wins and 1 loss Liam Henry- 3 wins and 4 losses Batting Statistics: Corey Bradford- 18 hits, 17 RBI’s, and a 0.247 batting average Grant Mertz- 21 hits, 22 RBI’s, and a .273 batting average Liam Henry- 23 hits, 2 home-runs, 24 RBI’s, and a .303 batting average Tavien Josenberger- 19 hits, 9 RBI’s, and a .306 batting average

Junior Joe Daneff prepares to hit the ball during a game against Blue Springs on May 2, 2018. The baseball boys lost to Blue Springs 5-2.

Varsity Results vs. Blue Springs (5/1/18) #1 singles: Gabe Rau lost 6-10 #2 singles: Blake Harris won 10-5 #3 singles: Griffin Koski lost 6-10 #4 singles: Evan Eriksen won 10-6 #5 singles: Carl Laude won 10-4 #6 singles: Vince Gelbolinga won 10-3 #1 doubles: Rau/Harris lost 7-9 #2 doubles: Koski/Eriksen won 8-4 #3 doubles: Gelbolinga/ Safford won 8-2

Junior Vince Gelbolinga swings the racket during a tennis practice. The men’s Trojan tennis team won their first conference match on May 1, 2018 making them the #6 seed. Their current record as of May 6, 2018 is 3-12.

Battling the Weather

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Men’s Golf Team: 4th at Conference and 3rd at Districts Ryan Graves: 1st Team All Conference and 1st Team all Districts Grant Schumer: Honorable mention all conference and 2nd Team All Districts. Davin Dorrell: Sectional Qualifier Joey Keeth: Sectional Qualifier Randen Plattner: Sectional Qualifier

Junior Jarred Reys concentrates on getting the right stroke during a golf practice. All five varsity golf guys have qualified for sectionals.

Statistics Current Record: 13-3 with 3 games left (Park Hill, St. Theresa’s and Ray-Pec) Conference Record: 9-2 with one game left against Ray-Pec 2nd place in Conference behind Lee Summit West Kelbey Emerson: 10 shut outs Alison Walls: 21 goals

Sophomore Payton Watson kicks the soccer ball during a game against Blue Springs on April 24, 2018. The Lady Trojans ended up defeating Blue Springs 2-0. Taiya Shelby’s Personal Records: 200 M- 25:45a 200M (relay split)- 24:00 400M (relay split)- 58:70 800M- 2:15:87a 800M (relay split)- 2:19:00

Senior Taiya Shelby rests after running in the KU relays on April 21, 2018. Shelby was awarded the Golden Spike Award for scoring the most points at the Conference Meet. She scored a total of 24.5 points.

he rainy and cold weather has been a huge hindrance to the Trojan golf team. “The biggest hurdle so far to overcome this season has been the weather. The weather has been awful. It’s been cold and there’s been a lack of being able to get outside on a consistent basis and practice,” said coach Zach Dorrell. Despite the weather, the boys are still determined to get to sectionals at the end of their season. Junior Ryan Graves is the top varsity player and he is confident in the teamwork the boys have displayed this season. “We are all out there with the same mindset and goals so nobody really needs any extra motivation. Everyone does their part to make us the best team we can be. I try to take it one hole at a time and do my part to put the team in the best position to win,” said Graves.

Keep the Victories Coming


he Trojan girls soccer team is ready to make it to state this season. The past three years, the soccer team has made it to quarterfinals but fallen short of state. “My hope is to have another solid season. Our conference is really strong. We want to show well in our conference. We want to set ourselves up well for play offs in terms of district seeding, and hopefully, we can make it out of our district. We’ve had some success there the last couple years and we want to continue that,” said coach Brandt Bell. Senior Alison Walls is a returning starter and is leading the team in hopes of accomplishing their goals. “The biggest challenge we’ll have to overcome this season is not cutting ourselves short. We haven’t been able to get past the quarterfinals three years in a row, and we can’t let that get in the way mentally by stopping us,” said Walls.

Senior Season


he Trojan’s track and field team are full of seniors trying to get the most out of their last season of high school track. Seniors Mike Baker and Lexi Reneau share what it’s like to be participating in their last ever track season. “I am sad that this is my last year especially since basically all of my friends run track. I’m just soaking up all the track meet nights and jump practices I can get,” said Reneau. At every meet, the seniors are running their hardest and trying to beat their personal best. “I’m just trying to go out with a bang. Just trying to give everything I’ve got. I’m trying not to scare myself at all. Even if it hurts a little bit, I’m just trying to power through and do my best,” said Baker. Senior Taiya Shelby recently beat the school record for the 800m dash. “It feels really good actually. It’s kind of surprising and unexpected. I’ve helped beat school records for a couple relays before, but this is my first individual record. It’s definitely an exciting accomplishment,” said Shelby.

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The Night Of Nights S G :P R tarlit

The Guys



Senior Damaney Johnson turned heads as he and his gorgeous date, Taiya Shelby walked through the door. Johnson outshined everyone with a Louis Vuitton belt, a white and gold sequin blazer and a matching tie to top it off. The guys also brought their shoe game to prom: Seniors Richley West and Randen Platner styled their suits with tuxedo style dress shoes that caught everyone’s eye. Students also agreed that senior Sebastiano Raya took all by surprise with a stunning red and black dress; he definitely rocked the look.


Senior DJ Johnson shows off

his sequiin filled prom tux Of course the beautiful women of Park Hill looked ravishing, from seniors Mary Connolly and Lauren McBride’s killer suits to the vibrant yellow dresses of junior Aleece Noble and Maddie Clayburn.The ladies came through with some show stopping looks. Senior Lilli Brockman shocked us all with her Ariana Grande inspired, fuzzy open toed heels along with senior Emily Jones’s royal blue fringe earrings that stole the show. “All the ladies’ dresses were beautiful and they all looked very elegant,” said Senior Exec. sponsor Leza Palguta.

By: Chandeh Doe

The shoes of seniors Richley West, Liam Henry, and Randen Plattner

The Gals

Freshman Caroline Connolly soft smiles as she shows off her glamorous prom makeup


Per usual, prom attendees were presented with a buffet style line of food that consisted of ratatouille, a creamy chicken, various veggies, a tossed salad, and a not-so-popular, but “pleasantly undercooked” pork tenderloin as stated by senior Angelo J. Pacheco. There was also butter molded in the shape of golf balls that many confused with cheese balls and ultimately lead to the infamous “spit into your napkin so no one sees” move, but everyone agreed with junior Tori Hipper, “The rolls were hands down the best part of this meal. You can’t go wrong with bread,” said Hipper. Prom goers were also faced with two choices for dessert: an off putting orange colored lemon cake and a scrumptious nutty chocolate mousse cheesecake. All attendees agreed that the dessert was amazing and outstanding compared to prior years.


Students strictly into what the kids call these days “trap music” most likely loved the music at prom more than most. Senior Josh Nuttall said, “I think we needed more country music. This rap is not me, but I still had a good time.” Whether they like rap music or not, everyone was out on the insanely hot dance floor showing off their killer dance moves.

Overall Experience

“It was the best night of my life,” said junior Kori Smith. This prom was definitely one for the books, the junior class did amazing with the DIY selfie stations, rustic decorations and fresh flowers that made for great centerpieces. “10 out of 10, would recommend!” said junior Rachel Pella. From the insane double backflip senior Cole Carter and Devon Dickson attempted, and eventually succeeded, in the middle of the dance floor to the adorable tumbler cups gifted at the end of the night, everyone can agree Prom 2018 was no doubt an amazing night!

Senior Emily Jones and juniors Jawan Grant and Tessa Poolman cheesing through dinner.




You spend four years walking the halls with the same people, but do you know anything about them outside of these walls? From the person you sit next to in Chemistry to “that one girl” that sits alone at lunch, we all have stories, so make an effort to learn something new about someone today. We Are Humans of Park Hill.

Calvin Templer Junior

Templer feels he is seen as an outcast but expresses his feelings in a special way. “Sometimes people think they know a person just by looking at them. Most of the time it’s like everyone treats me like I’m a ghost. Whenever they look at me it’s like I’m not even there. Popularity doesn’t matter that much to me. A lot of people think I’m creative, I’m a novelist and a poet. Usually they’re [his poems] about different types of things, stories of people, feelings of greatness that can be brought in your life. I believe if I didn’t write my ideas down on paper I’d be more emotional. It’s my outlet,” said Templer.

Eric Sobbe

Campus Supervisor Sobbe has traveled far and wide sharing his talent. “I’m an actor, I’m a singer and I’m a dancer; it’s what I really love to do. It feeds my soul and it’s what I went to school to do to. I’m pretty much living the dream as they would say. I was on cruise ships for three years, like a lot of things that you would dream about and you never think you are going to be able to see. It was incredible,” said Sobbe.

Sebastian Zheng Senior

Zheng has worked at his family restaurant Rainbow Chinese for most of his life and has experienced many things. “I lived in China from when I was a baby until five or six, so I didn’t know any English. ELL definitely helped me learn the language,” said Zheng. Zheng is a critical part of Rainbow Chinese. “I’m happy to help out my family any way they need. If they need me to do something I’m willing to do it for them,” said Zheng.

Marcus Fryatt Assistant Principal

Mr. Fryatt is more than ready to take on an assistant principal position next year. “I love being that person who is willing to help in any possible way and provide resources for not only the students’ success, but also the teachers’ success. I feel like our administrative team does a really good job and all we want is to be able to provide what every one else needs in the school. If we do that we will continue to achieve high levels and be happy,” said Fryatt.

Collin Hsu Sophomore

Hsu works at his family’s restauruant Pho Cafe off of Barry Road. Hsu continues to work hard balancing school and work. “I’m taking AP Psych and excelled Chemistry. If you’re taking harder classes try to work less. Instead of trying to take more hours to get more money because you are going to need the time to get your schoolwork done,” said Hsu.

Morgan Corten Teacher

Corten supports the baseball team tremendously. “I help keep book and I help [the baseball managers] make sure they know what is going on. I’m basically a third set of eyes. I love it is because I played softball all of high school and I was a baseball manager, and besides teaching, baseball is my one true love--it’s something I’m really passionate about,” said Corten.



Club Goin’ Up A quick brief on the clubs of Park Hill


By: Alex Kalisz

Park Hill students direct, write and star in a series of plays

DRUMROLL PLEASE! Drumline performs their annual show in the auditorium

Junior Jesse Berlin shows off a tee shirt he made for the One Act, “Harry Potter and the Bronies: Part 3.” “I like it [One Acts] because it is student directed and stu-

Drumline joins together as they celebrate their accomplishments:



dent written. An outlet for creative talent at Park Hill,” said Berlin. In the skit, which has run for three years, two rival student groups, the Bronies and the Harry Potter Club, fight each other and an evil villain named Dark Horse. The final part of the trilogy was written and directed by senior Lawrence Suba.

or the 12th year in a row, students at Park Hill hosted An Evening of One Act plays on April 28 in the auditorium. Thirteen students directed shows put on by students. They included “The Stars are Wrong” a modern depiction of Lovecraftian Gods in everyday life written by junior Cooper Stern and directed by Stern and junior Caitlin Crosby, “Surprise” a show in which a psychic can only tell the future two minutes ahead of time, written and directed by junior Zach Palmer and sophomore Shania Oberman and “Olive’s Diary” the story of a middle school mean girl going through a tough time, written and directed by senior Megan Webb, as well as a number of others. “People get to show off just what they do best. Because One Acts is done in such a short time, it’s really impressive and cool to see how much you can do in a month. There’s a lot of talent here. It’s really, really cool to see people direct their own shows with their own blocking and stage writing, etc.” said sophomore Trinity Christofferson. Christofferson was in a number of shows. She also directed an adaptation of the movie Clue. “I directed Clue with my friend Ashley Gilland because when we found it we just started laughing really hard because there’s a bunch of really funny lines in there. Even from the start we thought a lot of people would be good in those roles. It was amazing,” said Christofferson. One Acts has provided Christofferson with a medium for her work. “It’s important to be able to express yourself in a way that you might have not before. One Acts gives you that opportunity,” said Christofferson.

Junior Zack Howard explains his experience from the show “Conundrum” by stating, “I felt pretty nervous leading up to the show, but the show came together and was a lot of fun.” This year to create hype for the show, large portraits of the Drumline seniors were posted outside of room 350.

atrons of football games and assemblies are likely familiar with the Drumline. The Drumline is often seen performing outside of the band for crowds of students in the bleachers. However, on May 4, they were playing in a different venue--the school auditorium. The annual Drumshow this year was titled Conundrum. “It’s important because we put a lot of time, hours and it’s really student lead. The opener and the closer are both arranged by students. This year it’s Alec Lamb and Zach Howard. They both put a ton of time in it,” said sophomore Kieran Fane. The drumshow doesn’t exist just for fun. It’s the primary fundraiser for the group. “It gives us funding for the marching season. Next year we want to get fan shirts and we need money for that,” said Fane. The show featured a number of elements involving audience interaction. “They did a great job of getting the audience involved. They picked an audience member for a magic trick, asked for song requests and even made a conga line,” said sophomore Kylie George. The show broke out of a standard mold for band performances. “The pieces they played were different from what I expected and there was a lot of variety. I don’t think anyone that went was disappointed,” said George. While the show was a hit for George, it was also significant for the members of the Drumline as well. “We have a lot of fun. We’re all one big ol’ family,” said Fane.


DITCHING DISTRACTED DRIVING SADD and Sophomore Exec team up for the Arrive Alive event

Sophomore Executive Council and SADD team up to work Arrive Alive: The tape on their shirts represents the pledge to wear a seatbelt whenever they are in

a car. Students who attended and worked the event were able to put them on after swearing to always drive safely. “Thr seatbelt means that when you’re in the car it’s your choice to put it on or not. By making that choice you’re making everyone around you safe,” said sophomore Avyon Barnes. Barnes is a member of Sophomore Executive Council who helped with hospitality for vendors.


very two years, SADD hosts a national event called Arrive Alive. The purpose is quite simple--to reduce driving dangerously to help save student lives. This year, Sophomore Executive Council joined in to help plan and operate the event. “Arrive Alive is important because teen safety is the most important thing a student should push forward. Sure education is incredibly important, but when it comes to it, if students aren’t safe, they aren’t learning. I think we really need to have Arrive Alive to educate students about how serious driving really is,” said Sophomore Exec. President Elizabeth Appel. Those who attended witnessed firsthand what happens when someone drives drunk. “We saw a demonstration of a car crash as well as seeing a video of car crashes and watched a lot of people talk. It really made me reevaluate how I pay attention when I drive and how much attention I put on the road. It was really kind of shocking,” said junior Lily Graham. The effectiveness of the event is already showing. “We did [a seatbelt check] before and after the event and we saw a drastic drop in the amount of people not wearing their seatbelts,” said Appel. It wasn’t all shock value. There were a number of more lighthearted activities available. “There were a number of activities at each booth. There were a lot of fun games. One I remember is plinko. I won a ring pop which was amazing,” said Graham. Ensuring that students drive safely was the goal of Arrive Alive. Only time will tell if it has been met. “I think Arrive Alive has done a lot of good for the student body,” said Appel.




The Conservation Club uses hydroponics to grow produce for school lunches

he hydroponics system was implemented in the cafeteria earlier this year, but only recently has plants begun to grow there. In the first issue of the Trojan, the work and planning behind hydroponics system was covered. Now, students are planting and harvesting herbs for school meals. “It is an alternative way of growing plants. We grow all the plants in a coconut substrate instead of soil. The water has the nutrients that would otherwise be in the soil,” said sophomore Wesley Hall. Hall and fellow sophomore Alicia Stout share the position of vice president. The two of them spend much of their time harvesting and working on the system. “We are cleaning it, we harvest it and we check on it; it’s like our baby. Its name is Herb,” said Stout. However, not everything has gone to plan. “Unfortunately, mold has taken our first crop but this is very experimental. We’re the pioneers in the area so we’re just trying to figure things our ourselves,” said Hall. Next year, the system will have dill, pea sprouts and other plants available for school consumption. Right now, everything is still in the works.


Choir singers celebrate a year of wins and host a dinner theater


very year, the elite choirs of Park Hill host a dinner theater. At the event, singers from Voices perform solo songs from musicals while Concert Chorale, the second highest level of chorus, serves a three course meal to patrons. It serves as an end-of-the-year event for the singers of the school. “Dinner theater is sort of a chaotic experience but it’s enjoyable because you get to perform things and display your talent in a Broadway song,” said junior Cooper Stern, a member of Voices. To Stern, the event is separate from normal choral activities. “Dinner theater is different from a normal concert in that the genre is a lot more varied for your actual tastes and whatnot. That way it’s like a lot more engaging for the audience especially. It’s more of an actual event in that you get served food. It’s more exciting.” While the event might be different from a normal concert, it still presents the same challenges for singers. “If I could describe choir in three words, it would be rewarding, hectic and fun,” said sophomore Jerra Creason. Creason, who was a member of Chorale at the time of the event and is now a member of Voices spent the night serving food to guests. “It was fun but it was definitely stressful,” said Creason.

Choir Recognition Several weeks ago, four choirs participated in the MSHSAA Large Group Festival and received the following ratings. VOICES - 1 Exemplary Concert Chorale - 1 Exemplary Treble Chorale - 1 Exemplary Tenor- Bass Chorale 2 Outstanding Congrats to all students who participated and received awards in the MSHSAA State Solo and Ensemble.

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Not Just a “Trend” The LGBTQ+ students at Park Hill share their experiences they’ve had within the school and community.


uman rights is, “a right that is believed to belong justifiably to every person.” Take note: EVERY person. Every person meaning gay, straight, transgender, or any form one identifies by has the right to happiness. Yet how come when one comes out some assume that they’ve become a different person? “Forty two percent of LGBT youth say the community in which they live is not accepting,” according to the Human Rights Campaign. Seniors Shay Wiemer and Aidan Wiley couldn’t agree any less. Weimer identifies themself as “agender which means I don’t identify as a boy or girl,” they said. “I’ve had two separate incidents at work. One where I had to call security because someone was screaming at me, and another one where someone thought it was okay to ask me and some other people what kind of underwear we wore since we were trans,” said Weimer. Wiley, identifying himself as transgender, also faced a similar incident at his workplace. “We get some really ridiculous questions. Some are very inappropriate. You have some people who would go so far as to even ask or give you inappropriate offers thinking you would accept it,” he said. Furthermore, when it came to “coming out” to their parents, Weimer found that expressing themself to their friends was far easier than to their parents. Weimer said, “with friends, I was able to come out really easily because most of my friends are already queer. So the second I felt I was questioning, I told them. With family, it was a big thing that happened my freshman year.” Wiley experienced a similar reaction when he “came out” to his parents. “I came out to my friends in middle school and they were all fine and cool with it. I didn’t come out to my parents until freshman year because I knew they would have a bad reaction,” said Wiley. Sophomore Benji Brown, however, found his parents just as accepting as his friends when he shared that he was transgender. “My friends have been really nice and accepting and kinda went along with it as time has gone on, which is nice because that stuff is confusing. My family calls me by the name I prefer which is really nice, too,” Brown said. Coming out is not the only topic of conversation those part of the community are asked about, they’re also asked about their experience in public places. “Almost 60 percent of transgender Americans have avoided using public restrooms for fear of confrontation, saying they have been harassed and assaulted,” according to the largest survey

taken of transgender people in the United States. Wiley said, “The bathroom is one of the most dangerous experiences that every trans person has to go through. There’s constant anxiety of being in the bathroom while there’s another person there.” As far as the school conditions, Weimer said, “Most others just try to ignore that we’re real. But students are starting to act a bit better towards trans kids.” At the beginning of every school year or semester, both Weimer and Wiley, “email our teachers our pronouns and names and stuff, and most of the time they are okay with it and if they mess up they correct themselves immediately or we correct them and they’re fine with it. We’ve only had problems with one teacher in the past, but all the other staff have been pretty good,” said Weimer. There are numerous misconceptions of those who are part of the community. According to Weimer, “Since I’m non binary, I get a lot of questions about my genitals and the misconceptions of that. But the big thing is that people on social media say that nonbinary is just one thing.” However, Wiley said, “the biggest thing I get is people telling me I’m selfish for being trans. Which doesn’t make any sense to me.” For those questioning their identities, Wiley’s advice would be, “try to find another queer person whether it’s just that their gay, trans, whatever it is that makes them queer. Just find someone that you can connect with and you can share your experiences and your own problems with.” Brown said, “Don’t be scared to try things out. I think a lot of people have this idea that if you think you’re trans you will change your mind. It’s okay to change your mind. It doesn’t mean you’re any less valid.” And when it comes to the overall LGBTQ+ community the best thing to do or know is. “Realize that we are humans. We are not some new trend. We’re just like everyone else. The best thing to do is to just give us respect,” said Weimer. Wiley said, “Treat them like any other person. Just respect someone else’s wishes.” Furthermore its important to acknowledge that, “life is always changing and adapting. You can’t just sit back and not allow for change. We can’t just think about only progressing in some areas and not all of them,” Wiley said.



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Tips from


“Be respectful of your surroundings.” -Ben jones

By: Zoe Cain

days of 0 4 s is m ’t n “Do year.” r io n e s r u o y l schoo ett - Sutton Bass

“The best way to experience highschool is to become involved outside of the classroom.” -Eli phillips

“Stay on your grades. Don’t have any regrets. Live in the moment.” -Davin Dorrell

“High sc hool ca n miss it one day suck, but you’ ll . It goes fast. I’m b y g e s t o ting uate an d I swe ready to gradar I jus in thos t e doors as a fre walked shman -Molly M .” ccoy

“Do all your work and stay focused.” -Davione Blaise

“Don’t let the drama around you get to your head. It’s a waste of your time. just keep it movin’.” -Jordan Murphy

r o i memories n Se

pino s E n a h t Jona The most specific memories that I have are with my friends Donovan and TJ. After our senior year we are all going in separate directions and different schools. But all the silly moments and the amount of laughter between us will be memories that I will always remember. Of course I will also remember TONS of moments with my girlfriend Hannah, who I have been dating since freshman year!


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By: Kamryn O’Dell

My favorite part of senior year was having the opportunity to take part in an internship for the Park Hill Professional Studies Program. I had the chance to go and intern at Keller Williams with the Edie Waters team. I got to learn a lot about what I want to do in the future and gained a lot of knowledge

Ariana Rose Honestly, I’m going to miss the atmosphere, just knowing that we are teenagers in high school, but now we are becoming adults and actually having to grow up and move on with our lives. This might sound sappy, but honestly my best memory would have to be meeting Salvador. When I moved here from California he became my best friend. We talked every single day and told each other everything and eventually we just stuck together and wanted to be more than that :)

Courtney Caron My favorite part of senior year is getting ready for prom because it’s super fun to get ready and get dolled up and you only have a few chances to go. I also like preparing for college because I like growing up and moving on with my life.

My favorite part about senior year is being at the top. Being the oldest. I like the fact everyone at the school looks up to you. As a senior, I get to look back from when I was a freshman to now and see how much I’ve grown and see what I’ve become.

from it.

Emily Jones

My favorite part of senior year was senior skip day! It was so fun to be around everyone in our class because we don’t normally do things with everyone involved. I think that is what I will also miss most: seeing all of the people I have grown up with and have been going to school with for my whole life. It’s crazy to know that we have spent so much of our time together in these past 13 years.

My favorite part of senior year was probably swim season and going to state with my girls! I made my state cup in the 50 freestyle at conference. I was unbelievably happy about because I worked so hard to get that state cup. We beat the school record in the 200 medley relay consisting of Emma Will, Emily Fickenscher, Nani Welsh and me. I went to state the past two years and it was probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had because I moved here from California my sophomore year. I really had to work hard to get there.

Ronnie Bell

The best thing is definitely the friendships and bonds I’ve created with all my friends. The most fun times were always when like ten of us guys would get together and all go to the movies.

Kayla Sanders

What I’m going to miss most is the people I’ve met over the years. Most of us have been together since we were in kindergarten. We’ve all gotten to watch each other grow over the years from playing tag at recess to walking across the stage to get our diplomas. In less than a month, we are going to go our own ways and start the new chapter of our lives. I’m going to miss the people I grew up with the most. The people I’ve made memories with the past 13 years of my life. But it’s almost time to make new memories in the future, and that’s what every senior is looking forward to.

Class of 2018’s BEST


Best Spirit Judiann McMahon Randen Plattner

Class Clowns Gabe Bruce Emily Jones

Most Likely to Become President Angelo Pacheco Kathryn Lehmann

Best Smile Alison Walls Mitchell Baack

Most Likely to be Mistaken for a Freshman Eisa Vasquez Noah Harris

Best Dressed Ben Zahand Grace Fink

Special 17 Most Huggable Ben Tui Lauren McCollum

Born in the Wrong Decade Lily Cota Derek Dillard

Most likely to be Famous Hannah Cox Ronnie Bell

Best Hair Sam Carter Deja Thorton (Deja was having a bad hair day)

Best Person to be Stuck on an Island with Kelbey Emerson Eli Phillips

Most likely to be a Talk Show Host Lauren Bunton Jackson Elder

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OUT-OF-STATE By: Derek Dillard


Check page 20 for the Missouri map!

*Disclaimer- The senior maps only reflect the college choices of those who provided information to the The Trojan Staff or the school. These may not be accurate reflections of college attendance.

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Senior College Map 2018 Alabama

University of Alabama Ashley Blumenthal


Grand Canyon University

Southern Illinois University Deja Thornton Demaney Johnson


Indiana University Lily Cota

Judiann McMahon Lillian Muller

Purdue University

Alexis Gasca


University of Arizona


University of Arkansas

Alex Schrankel

Drake University

Alison Walls Kathryn Lehmann

Ben Jones Liam Henry

Iowa State University


University of Northern Iowa

San Diego State University Alexandra Reneau

University of California- San Diego M.E. McPhee


Colorado University Jenna Warren Regis University Brent Balusek


University of Florida Omar Sosa


Morehouse College Jonathan Russ


Benedictine College Addison Devers

DePaul University Taylor Hartley

Loyola University Mia Tyler

Northwestern University Lawrence Suba

Roosevelt University Selena Bryant-Borja

Gabriel Rau Hannah Scott

Deanna Ray Eberhart

Wartburg College Emma Bermond


Benedictine College Jarrett Ross Tj Ross

Johnson County Community College Nick Betts Sutton Bassett

Kansas State University Devon Hendry Randen Plattner Reece Buster Shannon Iverson

Pittsburg State

Emily Koelliker Madison Michaelis

University of Kansas Allison Lee Billy Maples Cameron Zoraghchi Chandeh Doe Hanad Hirad Izabel Alleman Lam Le Taylor Gaughan


Colby College Sophia Guwn


University of Michigan Ronald Bell


Gustavus Adolphus College Kai Welsh


University Of Nebraska- Lincoln Anthony Alfieri Lauren McBride

New York

United States Military Academy Jackson Turner


Oklahoma State University Bret Marckx Michael Baker


University of Texas at San Antonio Carly Saunders Sean Duong


Utah State University Kelbey Emerson


Tecnologico de Monterrey Mariana Ortiz-Fierro


Chandler Siscoe Brian Eskran


Patrick Smith Trisha Tanner Spencer Proctor


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Senior College Map 2018

Drury University Ashley Gilland Nani Welsh

Lindenwood University Lindsay Nelson Maple Woods Abby Spencer Aireanna Barnes Allison Strong Baylee Benien Belle Colvin Courtney Caron Jona Roberts Molly Foster Rachael Watson Savana Voss Taylor Bourne Wendy Pham MCC Addie Eber Chassidy Giarraputo Grace Cannon Jocelin Hendrix Peyton Cridlebaugh Tavion Phiffer Missouri S&T Cass Gradinger Jessica Mast Michael Engelbert Riley Putnam Missouri State University Adelita Matthews Alexandra Gorman Bryce Prohaska Cami Forret Cole Carter Emily Jones Emma Montgomery Kayti Monahan Lian Huff Molly McCoy Riley Fitzmorris Tara Jones

Missouri Western Camryn Galvin Claire Loyd Delvion Boyd Emily Wagner Kaitlyn Barnett Kory Heustis Lindsey Lewis Mariah Engle

Northwest Missouri State Abby Hostick Abigail Nguyen Amiere McNeal Ben Kutz Jessica Tillman Kaitlyn Pennington Kayley Pak Melody Willemsen Tiffany Imperiale Tori Hascall Wesley Nelson Park University Brian Askren Codi Blankenship Cullin Renk Jena Hahlbeck Jonathan Burns Lilli Brockman Mikayla Pham Nainon Koudou Penn Valley Riley Peak Rockhurst University Alexandra Tetu Brooke Elliot Emily Goldsbury Maya Kincheloe Southwest Baptist University Erin Koelliker St. Louis College of Pharmacy Jessica Kennedy Truman State University Alec Lamb Elena Pelaez

By: Derek Dillard

Jackson Elder Korrin Comley Lauren McCollum Mary Connolly Maia Anderson

University of Central Missouri Austin Shields Eli Phillips Noah Bruce Tyler Jenkins University of Missouri Autumn Nachbar Danielle Roberson Derek Dillard Gabriel Bruce Grace Fink Grant Mertz Jayme Balachowski Josiah Dycus Kayla Stites Kyle Downes Lauren Bunten Madison Harman Mitchell Baack Noah Harris Nora Akers Richley West Ryan Lack Sofonyas Woldekidan Tori Trammell Weston DiBlasi Zachary Mikuls UMKC Abby Thompson Eisa Vasquez Hannah Carlson Jane Thuringer Jillian Fives Kiran Eiken Louis ‘Dean’ Ward Madison Labart Nicole Booton Sophia Lane William Jewell College Alexis Beard Ben Zahnd Lacy Wright


By: Chandeh Doe

An activity guide and ultimate summer bucket list all wrapped up in one. From Sporting KC games to yoga in the park, if you are looking for something to do, follow this calendar to ensure your summer won’t be a bummer!

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Summer Songs


t’s almost summer. Some people choose to spend their time going to parties and pools. Other people stay home and binge-watch their favorite shows while scrolling through their instagram feeds. We at the Trojan know that this summer, you’ll be travelling somewhere exotic, learning something new, going on an adventure, or doing something cooler than we can even imagine. After pooling our playlists, surveying you for your favorite songs, and searching the internet, we’ve curated a few playlists to be your summer soundtrack these next few months. Discover new music, listen to old favorites, or jam out to a few hits with us.


A collection of songs dedicated to those car rides with your friends where you all sing along to the lyrics at the top of your lungs. Full of old hits and undiscovered gems, we hope you find something you love with this playlist. Featuring artists such as the Cure, Oh Wonder and the Spice Girls, we hope this playlist makes you jump up and dance.


Sometimes, life sucks. Other times, you just feel like listening to some chill angsty music to decompress. Turn on this playlist for some melancholic favorites. Featuring artists like The Shins, Frankie Cosmos and boy pablo, this playlist could be the background in a blue-toned indie movie.


the 90s are coming back: chokers, crop tops and now music are all the rage. Pop this mixtape in if you’re feeling like a throwback. whether you prefer rock like the smashing pumpkins or pop like the spice girls, we’re prepared to make you dance.


There’s always that guy who pulls out a guitar when you sit around a campfire. Whether he sings Wonderwall or an old folk song, chances are there’s a fun, warm mood to whatever he’s singing. This playlist is composed of those sorts of songs. Featuring artists such as Vance Joy, Neutral Milk Hotel and George Ezra, this playlist is made for lying out under the stars.


These are the songs you drive around Kansas City listening too. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful drive home or a dance party session with your friends, this playlist has got you. These songs sound best at 9 p.m. with your windows down and someone in the passenger seat. Enjoy some of my favorite jams, you deserve to know them.

Tid Bits


1. What does the abreviation SPF stand for? a. Super protection fighter b. Sun protection Factor c. Skin poluting factor d. Skin Preservation Facilitator 2. The summer solstice is the... a. hottest day b. brightest day c. the longest day d. the shortest day 3. What is the hottest country in the world? a. Libya b. Iraq c. Mexico d. Saudi Arabia 4. What causes seasons? a. earth’s distance from the sun b. the tilt of the earth c. the rotation of the earth d. the sun changes temperture

By: Derek Dillard

Pet of the Month

Tessa Poolmans Dog Blu!

Student Submission

Meme of the Month When people are arguing if A or B was the right answer on the final but you put false

Editorial cartoon created by Bere Fuentes from Sara Hantzis’s AP Lang Class. Trivia Answers 1. b 2. c 3. a 4. b

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Letter From the Editor continued... 14. Remember what song kept you up at night. Remember the smell of the first day of school and your favorite Park Hill T-shirt. Remember the spirit day you waited all year for and the 10 minute drive to and from school. Remember the moments you shared with your elementary school friends, don’t ever lose gratitude for how they treated you. Remember the underclassman who always tried to talk to you. People look up to you and will the rest of your life, keep that in mind. Remember to skip practice for Mr. Park Hill, the play and YoungLife because those are the things you wished you would have gone to more. Remember the mundane days that for some reason were perfectly what you needed. Remember what it feels like to fight back tears in the middle of lunch, but don’t forget what it feels like to hold back ferocious laughter during a teacher’s lecture. Remember the days where it felt like everyone was fighting for the same thing.

Remember how freshman you dressed and how you’re still packing the same jeans for college. Remember all these things because soon enough everything will be different. To the class of 2018, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for encouraging me and telling me you liked the outfit I was terrified of taking out of the house. Thank you for giving me perspective and making me laugh at times I probably shouldn’t have. Shortly, I will be sitting in a room twinning with all 400 something of you. It will be the last moment we all have together, and I hope we can each experience it with great appreciation. To The Trojan, it has been an honor to lead this newspaper. I loved having the opportunity to share my thoughts with the school. I am proud to be a part of something greater than myself and grateful for all 14 years of FREE education. Cheers to debt, amiright seniors? Till next time Park Hill, I will miss you dearly. H.A.G.S Judiann McMahon

May 5 & 6 Park Hill High School hosted the school district’s annual art fair. Here is just a few pieces featured from the collection.

Senior Jona Roberts photograph that pictures Jane Thuringer.

Senior Izabel Alleman’s painted pomegrante

Senior Parker Duran’s painting that won a 3rd place ribbon from Albrecht Kemper Museum of art.

Senior Nikki Neighbors’ paper collage that reads “I am climbing up this mountain so I can ride my skateboard right back down it”.

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Save the Date

Attention Juniors Congratulations

Last day of school for seniors: May 16 Graduation: May 20 5 p.m.

Park Hill Theatre Department was nominated for several Blue Star Awards.

Last day of school: May 30 10:30 a.m. No school memorial Day: Monday May 28

A menengitis shot is required to enter into your senior year of high school.

Counseling Dialetical Behavior Therapy Group Forming in Kansas City. Scan code for more details.

Health Free sports physicals for un-insured students! Call 816-587-5998 to set up an appointment


NO PLANET B By: Alex Kalisz

gathering of environmentally-conscious students took place on April 21 to celebrate Earth Day. The Conservation Club met at English Landing Park for pizza, games and community. “The reason [we had the picnic] was to raise awareness about what our club is, what our club does and to raise awareness for our environmental issues,” said club sponsor Hawar Khalandi. The picnic took place on the first clear day after a week of rain. “It was nice out, so I played volleyball and ate pizza,” said sophomore Katie Wood. However, there was more to the picnic than just fun and games. “Earth Day is important because it’s sadly the one day we really talk about the issues facing our environment,” said Khalandi.

The meaning was not lost on the students who attended. “There’s nowhere else we can go. This is the only perfectly habitable planet we have right now,” said Wood. One to solution to environmental challenges that Khalandi suggests is quite simple--a small change in diet. “Believe it or not, one of the biggest things that every individual can start doing today is to reduce the amount of red meat that you consume. It’s just the amount of land, water, the amount of waste those cows produce--the amount of methane, the greenhouse gas they produce. By consuming less red meat you’re helping the environment drastically,” said Khalandi. “Spending time outside and enjoying the Earth was sublime,” said Wood.

Sophomores Olivia Von Behren and Alicia Stout pose for a picture at the picnic. Stout shares the positon of vice president and Von Behren is the treasurer of Conservation Club. “It was really fun to celebrate Earth Day with Mrs. Khalandi and the rest of the club,” said Stout. The two of them ate pizza and played volleyball for much of the picnic.

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Baby Us

Alex Kalisz


Chandeh Doe

Being a part of the Trojan has helped me find a community of people that makes me feel supported and accepted. I know that even though I’m insane when it comes to creating fonts and I drink my bodyweight in coffee when there are K-Cups in the newspaper room, Carnes, Anna, Mia and everyone else in the paper have made my experience this year amazing. Here’s to two more!

I am so grateful for everything that I’ve gained from this class. I’ve grown immensely from everything from Ms. Carnes’s hilarious rants about eating her way through KC to the goofy moments with my fellow staff members. After only being on staff for a year, I’ve gained some life changing friendships and experienced things I will possibly never experience again. I can’t express my love for newspaper but all I can say is thank you for everything. I’m going to miss this class and everything it offered me.

Derek Dillard

Mia Tyler

The best thing about being a part of The Trojan is by far the relationship I have formed with the other staff members. The experience I have gained has made me a better reporter and writer, but going through it with these people has made my time here 1000 times more important to me. Spending a year with a small class creates a close-knit group that can last a lifetime. I will miss you people.

By: Kamryn O’Dell

Kamryn O'Dell

I’ve been in Newspaper since my sophomore year. I first joined it because I enjoyed writing. That changed over time and now I love designing spreads! I was chosen as the design editor and it has been my favorite thing. I continue to learn new skills and increase my knowledge in writing and designing. The best thing about this class is the relationships and the bonds formed between everyone. I’ve gotten close with everyone in the class and love getting to work with them. I can’t wait to see what senior year will bring.

Maddie Roberts

I’ve always loved to write, but to be honest,

I joined Newspaper because it was an easy I first joined Newspaper because I loved A. I soon realized that it was far from easy to write. That was two years ago, the and I would need to put forth a lot more beginning of my sophomore year. Now, at the end of my senior year, I realize that was effort than I anticipated. Through all the one of the best decisions of my life. I have stress though, came a fantastic newspaper with an even more fantastic staff. Our met my second family and wouldn’t be the unbreakable bond pushed us to finish our same without all these wonderful people deadlines with the help of our supervisor: in my life. I have become a better writer, Ms. Carnes (and the food she brought us, reporter, photographer and overall a better of course). I wouldn’t trade this team for person. So thank you, Trojan Magazine. the world and I am beyond excited to be You will be missed. part of the staff next year!

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Baby Us 2017-2018

Lily Cota

Being a part of The Trojan has given me a place to do what I enjoy doing surrounded by a tight knit group of people that have grown to be my closest friends. Having the opportunity to express myself through words while also learning new ways to do so has been an experience I will never forget and I will always cherish these memories.

Zoe Cain

Anna Turnbull

Newspaper has not only strengthened my writing skills but also strengthened many friendships. I walked into the class knowing no one except Judiann, because she’s my neighbor, and we are all ending the class closer than ever. I am so thankful for all of the help I received from our adviser, Ms. Carnes, and my peers. I have learned so much and can’t wait to continue the rest of my years in high school as a member of The Trojan.

Ms. Carnes

Words cannot do justice to this staff, the support from various colleagues and administration that I received as the new adviser to The Trojan. These kiddos accepted change and worked tirelessly to improve the newspaper and our methods of news gathering with each issue. Even though it isn’t easy to have all your work published for an entire community to read and critique, it is the process that is most rewarding as I get to see students work to be a voice for their classmates and inspire to make changes in our world. I wouldn’t have survived without the acceptance, patience and love from Judiann and the entire staff ! Good times!

Sooooooo, at first I only joined Newspaper because Kamryn and Judiann told me to and I kind of go along with anything. But after this year with this group of people, I have an awesome second family and a newfound love for journalism.

Judiann McMann: Editor in Chief

Editor-in-chief: a title I feel so undeserving in owning. I don’t know the difference between affect/effect and honestly what is a comma. Yet in this position I have been able to learn and lead in ways I never felt worthy of. The Trojan has been an a amazing platform for me to share light into a school that sometimes feels dim. I will be forever grateful for Megan Carnes, our advisor, my incredible staff and our more amazing readers. I’m going to miss room 350 and the many people who passed through it.

Drew Page Realtor 2850 NE Kendallwood Pkwy Gladestone, MO 64119 Cell: 816-352-1882 Office: 816-455-8600 Fax: 816-455-8612

Publications Chipotle Night

Come out to the Boardwalk Chipotle to support The Park Hill Publications staff!

When: May 21st; 4-8 p.m.

Where: 8600 N Boardwalk Ave, Kansas City, MO 64154 Who: Anyone! How: Tell your cashier you are there to support The Trojan Publication Staff

How well do you know The Trojan Staff? 1. What is Chandeh’s instagram handle? A. Chendang B. Chenduh C. Chenduhhh D. Chandeh has an instagram? 2. How many times has Derek dyed his hair? A. 3 B. Too many C. 23 D. He’s always been all-natural! 3. Who does Mia dance for? A. KC ballet B. All About Dance C. Diane’s School of Dance D. I thought she wrestled. 4. How many clubs does Alex participate in? A. 2 B. 8 C. 13 D. All of them except young republicans. 5. Who has the best Britney Spears impression on staff ? A. Kamryn B. Maddie C. Judiann D. I thought Britney was on Staff. 6. What feature of Kamryn’s is she most proud of ? A. Eyes B. Toes C. Brows D. She should be proud of the all! 7. Zoe prefers which makeup brand over the others? A. MAC B. Urban Decay C. Morphe D. Dolor General is the place! 8. What artist does Lily worship the ground they walk on? A. Billy Joel B. Paul McCartney C. Hall and Oats D. Psh, all of the above duhhhh. 9. What is the name of Judiann’s blog? A. 12 Months of Missing B. Fries before Guys C. The Little Things D. Can we stop talking about this blog.... 10 Anna is certified in or as a what? A. CPR B. Black Belt C. A & B D. Probably all because she can do anything. 11. Carnes was kicked out of what class in high school? A. Newspaper B. Statistics C. Yearbook D. None, she’s perfect

Answers: 1. C, 2. B, 3. A, 4. B, 5. B, 6. C, 7. C, 8. D, 9. A, 10. C, 11. C

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The Trojan Issue 6