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Park Hill High School

7701 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153

March 2018 Vol. 49 Issue 5

THE TRoJAN Advocating for Adoption pg. 4

Mass Media Guest Writers! pg. 10 and 14

Clandestine Culture pgs. 8-9

Letter from The Editor

Judiann McMahon

About the Cover: Junior Evan Ericksen takes a firm stance as he prepares to volley back to his opponent during tennis practice.

Photo by: Mia Tyler

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, “No matter how long the winter, the spring is sure to come.” This proverb is very timely this issue. Winter is on its way out the door and spring is arriving, but I think the ultimate relevance of this quote lies beyond its denotation. What season are you in? I’m not referring to fall, winter, spring, summer yet asking about where your heart is. Are you struggling with comparison and can’t seem to get out of that cycle? Are you in a year you thought would be the best months of your life, but you are left feeling empty? Maybe you’re in a season of tranquility and contentment or living the wonderful aftermath of a great sporting season. However, seasons are temporary, whether they are good or bad. But you’re in luck because we have the ability to change our season. Although you cannot change your situation you can alter your response. I will say it again, “spring is sure to come.” Do you see it? Where can you find joy and peace in the midst of the struggle? And where can you express more gratitude in the middle of your joy? I want to encourage you Park Hill. No matter what season you’re in, or however long you’ve been in that season, there is hope. In fact, it IS a phase, Mom. And if you are in a great season, cherish it and be grateful for it because these will be a part of “the good ole days.” As a staff we are welcoming spring with open arms. We’ve had enough winter. Yes, we are ready to spring clean (Is that your Grandma’s Coat? p.11), but most importantly we are ready for spring break (Staycation p.12). Can I get a Holla?! We have only one quarter of the 2017-2018 school year left. Let’s live it from a place of perseverance, kindness (Does it get better? p.10) and understanding (Advocating for Adoption p.4). April showers are about to bring May flowers. Let’s sow our last bits of energy into this season so we can reap the benefits of the next.

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

Reporters: Alex Kalisz Anna Turnbull Lily Cota Chandeh Doe Adviser: Megan Carnes Look for QR codes like this throughout the magazine! You can use Snapchat or a QR code reader to scan for more information and pictures on stories

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


Senior Bingham's 3rd block Spanish class enjoys their food day created to celebrate each student's families' food traditions. Photo by: Judiann McMahon



- Advocating for Adoption/ page 4

- Clandestine Culture/ pages 8-9

- Does it get better?/ page 10



- In the Loop/ page 5

- Staycation/ page 12

- Is that your Grandma’s Coat?/ page 11

- Tid Bits- Interactive/ page 13

Sports - #Grind-Time/ page 6 Check out the additional Trojan Scavenger Hunt on page 13!


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Advocating for Adoption By: Mia Tyler


here are two possible outcomes to several situations: succeeding or failing, living or dying, loving or hating, having biological parents or adopted parents. Counselor Janie Smith was adopted at just 12 days old. Born in KC, Smith was adopted through Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph. “I don’t ever remember not knowing that I was adopted. I feel like I’ve always known that, and I never went through that period where it bothered me or I felt a hole. I know some people experience kind of feeling like a missing piece, you know not knowing. I was good with it,” said Smith. A question often surrounding adoptions is whether or not the adopted child wishes to meet their birth parents. “I have met my biological mother. She sought me out for medical reasons. She had breast cancer and died and so prior to that she sought me out. Probably for closure as well as you know to pass on that valuable piece of information. Because in those days, adoptions were closed. You didn’t know anything about them; you weren’t allowed to know anything about them or anything like that. So, I wouldn’t have had that medical information, and that is good to have, not only for myself but to pass along to my daughter,” said Smith. The relationship that a person develops with their adopted parents is at times remarkable. Sophomore Alyssa Woods was adopted from Moldova at the age of four, and has developed a great relationship with her adopted parents. “It’s good. I have two sisters, and well, my parents are now divorced but I live with my mom and I have fun and make good memories with them,” said Woods. Children may question why they were put up for adoption and may feel they weren’t wanted. However, others have learned to accept it and even come to appreciate the blessings they have been given. “My favorite part is that I know that my parents wanted me. It’s really nice to know that they were the ones who decided to have me. I was born to be adopted by them,” said senior Melody Williamsen. Williamsen was adopted from Le Ping, China when she was 18 months. According to, 26% of children adopted each year are from foreign countries. Williamsen has also had the opportunity to travel back to her hometown to visit. “I have been back to visit. The summer of my sixth grade I got to visit my hometown and it was pretty awesome,” said Williamsen. Williamsen and her family also have learned to embrace the Chinese culture. As she grew up, their home was full of Chinese culture and traditions.

“My house has a very Asian aesthetic with different dishes, hats, rugs, photos, and other things collected over the years from China. We also have stir fry and hot pot every now and then or learn how to cook an Asian dish from a book,” said Williamsen. Being an adopted child can have a huge impact on one’s life. It completely changes the child’s life, often for the better. “It’s changed my perspective a lot, in a lot of ways. I see people differently, and then I also learned that it’s okay to have a family that loves you and then to have a family that loves you but doesn’t know how to love you. So I don’t get to talk to my birth family as much, but I get an awesome family that I can talk to,” said Tanner.

In the Loop

Community 5

By: Madison Roberts

O’Neal Bridge Cut for Reconstruction The recontruction of the widely used Buck O’Neal Bridge is creating a longer commute across the metro area for Kansas Citians


tarting mid-June of 2018, over 50,000 Kansas Citians will be forced to take alternative routes for up to six months. The Buck O’Neal Bridge, previously known as the Broadway Bridge, is undergoing construction due to its aged infrastructure. Opened since 1956, countless citizens are moving downtown causing there to be a, “full occupancy with more apartments under construction,” surrounding the River Market area and downtown. Because of the growth, “the bridge and supporting highways now run through a thriving and growing set of neighborhoods,” said the Mid America Council of Kansas City, thus creating a greater demand for reconstruction. Due to the reconstruction, trips to downtown are going to take a possible 35 minutes versus the convenient 20 minutes it once was. In addition to those living South of the River, commuting to their full time jobs may become a potential stress factor. English teacher Chris Jacquin commutes from Brookside to Park Hill High School on a daily basis. Due to the current crowdedness of the Buck O’Neal Bridge, Jacquin has consistently used the Christopher S. Bond Bridge when driving up North. “It won’t directly affect my commute as far as I know, other than more traffic volume on my route. Or worse case, if there ever is a crash, there is one way to get across the river now,” said Jacquin. If the traffic progresses toward the Bond Bridge, Jacquin said, “Worst case, I will have to take 635 through Kansas.” This could potentially add

an additional ten minutes to Park Hill without including traffic interferences. While Jacquin finds himself making changes to his schedule, junior Max Pitts said, “It probably won’t affect me a lot. I’ll just go a different way.” Furthermore, Junior Sabrina Smith commutes every other weekend. QR code for the most While initially being unaware of the recent contruction timeline! reconstruction, Smith said, “It’s probably going to incentivise my family from going down there only because of how long it takes, but obviously if there’s something we really want to go to, we’re going to find another way. But other times we don’t find the commute as rewarding, and if it’s going to be super long, that will stop us from doing things down there.”

The Buck O’Neal Bridge prior to reconstruction

Parkland Shooting Leaves Nation Desperate for Change

The aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has pushed for greater change from the nation’s youth. hopefully, I’ll never have to experience.”


n February 14, former student Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School with an AR-15 and shot and killed 17 teachers and students. The 19 year old was later found walking on a nearby street and immediately taken in for questioning. The suspect later confessed to the murders. Following this catastrophic event, students attending the high school posted their videos on social media sites like Snapchat and Twitter. The videos left many bothered and shocked. Junior Jasmine Brown said, “In a society that’s desensitized to violence from films and real life, these videos are an eye opener to something that, To the right is a map of the United States from that shows every school shooting since 2013

The videos made students rethink their safety within their own schools as well. Junior Karsyn Chambers said, “It kinda made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Just that something like that can occur in any school and you never know.” The tragedy also created a strong demand for change from the nation’s youth. A nationwide school walkout was organized by students as a way in which all could publicly express their opinion. A recorded number of 2,545 schools across the country participated in this protest by simply walking out of their classes at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes (a minute for each victim). Brown said, “At first, I didn’t see it as a monumental change and therefore a waste of efforts. Watching those victims of the Parkland shooting tell me that I can help end school shootings by participating in this walkout made me realize something. Progress is made with small, small steps, each one growing in distance more than the last one. Sure, the walkout is a tiny step, but it’s a necessary one.”





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rack may seem like a one season sport to spectators, however, it is year round. A competitive track athlete never gets a break! Along with intense training, players build relationships with their teammates and with winter coming to a close, track athletes are going to put their hard work from the offseason into full force! The offseason is often filled with intense physical training. “Weights almost every day,” said junior Payton Stanfield. “The only break we get is Wednesdays because we don’t have weights. Offseason is more lifting and getting stronger compared to during season when we condition hard at the beginning and later get into the races and actual running.” Stanfield is on a club track team during offseason with junior Kolby Heinerikson and junior Jordan Birmingham. “We practice at Park Hill South. Our club team is a lot more serious because a lot of meets have college coaches and they will be recruiting. My parents are always researching colleges and stuff like that” says Heinerikson. Not only does Heinerikson endure a busy schedule with club, he trains for a decathlon throughout the year as a part of his training. Decathlons exercise every part of one’s body and mind. “The decathlon is ten events combined over two days, including, the 100 meter, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400, 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and then you finish

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with running a mile. You get a certain amount of points for each event depending on how well you do. You have to stay focused to get through each event,” said Heinerikson. “A typical day of training would be a lifting session then some type of running workout. After, I will try and work on one of the individual events. The hardest part is trying to get your body to perform at its best after being fatigued.” In addition to the crazy training, the student athletes create lasting bonds. Heinerikson stated, “During club season the training is more intense and is a family built team. We do everything together even traveling. We all do the hurdles during club and school. You build so many relationships through track. I have friends not only from my own team but kids from all over the U.S. You do get extremely close to those on your team because of all the time spent together.” Stanfield said that “ It’s awesome having run track with Jordan since fifth grade and Kolby since sixth. They’ve become really good friends of mine and having them at practice and meets makes everything fun.” “I’ve known them forever. We’ve built a brother-sister type of relationship. Payton is the goofy one and Kolby is more serious, so I try and strip him of that sometimes and joke around with him,” said Birmingham. For these guys, their hard work going into track season is not only shown in the spring, it’s a year full of effort and growth. Their season is never completely over.


Human of Catherine Palmer Park Hill

Human of Park Hill 7

By: Lily Cota

Although Palmer’s tolerance is high, she magine experiencing such an intense pain still misses school often due to both pain and that renders one physically incapable of doctors appointments enjoying a typical, strain-free lifestyle. Park “If its a super high pain day, like a level Hill social studies teacher Catherine Palmer has been living her life this way for years. Her nine or ten, I will stay home. If it’s a seven or eight day we will do quieter class work and I daily pain levels fluctuate but her positive, won’t move around as much or lecture,” said jubilant personality never does. Palmer. Her accident was sudden and unexpected “On good days we typically will do more and occurred while she was working at a preactivities. My students always seem to adjust school for special needs children. which is nice.” “One day I was helping kids off of the bus Despite her daily struggles, when I bent over and my lower students admire her for her back herniated,” said Palmer. and compassion. “That was the injury itself- it “My students keep optimism “Mrs. Palmer is a great was horrendous.” me going every day,” homeroom teacher,” said senior The discs in the lower back Dycus. Dycus has been serve as shock absorbers besaid Palmer. “I enjoy Josiah in Palmer’s homeroom for all tween the vertebrae and allow teaching and find it four years. “She makes sure we a wide range of motion. The have a good environment to softer central portion of the worth it.” study and get our work done. vertebrae can rupture (herniShe also is always very positive ate) through the surrounding and kind.” outer ring. This specific injury may include With such pain and discomfort, Palmer is symptoms of dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm or cramping, sciatica, and leg weakness or loss often revered for her perseverance. Her husband and dogs are some of her motivators, but of leg function and rarely ever fully heals. she credits her bubbly attitude to her students. “About four of the seven days of the week “My students keep me going every day,” my pain is very high.” said Palmer. “I enjoy teaching and find it Palmer keeps a chart on her white board worth it.” detailing her pain, stress, fatigue, and frustraPalmer’s ambition and determination is tion levels throughout the day. Palmer also has nothing less than inspiring and continues to a device that she uses to lessen her pain. amaze the people in her life.

Palmer’s husband Chad is one of her motivators.

Despite her injury, Palmer still enjoys hiking and being outdoors.

Palmer and one of her dogs.




What do all the Facts and Figures Really Mean?


Whether you like it or not, drugs are everywhere. Whether it be marijuana, alcohol, or even LSD, students everywhere are partaking. With this in mind, two questions begin to form: First, how many students are actually doing drugs? Second, how do we compare nationwide? Research was conducted answer these questions by the Trojan staff. A few clarifications are necessary: • Regular drug users are considered anyone who partakes in consumption of illegal substances more than once a year. (They didn’t just try it, but actively use a drug or drink alcohol) • The drugs surveyed were alcohol, marijuana, natural psychedelics, and synthetic drugs. Opioids and nicotine-containing drugs were not surveyed. • Data from over 200 students was analyzed and interpreted. Before jumping to conclusions, it is noted that the collected data must be taken with a grain of salt. • The study was not conducted the exact same way as the Monitoring the Future survey. • Not every student was surveyed, only a small sample of our overall population. • Even though paper tests were created to prevent fear of getting caught, there is still a very probable chance that not every answer received was honest, especially since the study’s participants were completely anonymous subjects. All this study implies is that drug use is apparent. It is up to us as a student body to decide how we should deal with our clandestine culture and whether or not current school policies are effective in regards to drugs and alcohol.



60% of students surveyed drink regularly 52% of students drink regularly nationwide 49.7% of students surveyed smoke marijuana 37.1% of students smoke marijuana nationwide Note: Marijuana numbers refer to ‘a few times a year.’ National evidence comes from the 2016/17 Monitoring the Future Study, which was loosely modeled by the Trojan. 3.2% of students admit to using synthetic drugs (K2, Ketamine, LSD, etc.) Meanwhile, 2.6% of students regularly consume naturally occurring psychedelic drugs. (Salvia, psilocybin-containing mushrooms, peyote, etc.)


Percent of Students Surveyed Who Use Both Drugs and Alcohol Regularly

STUDENT DEBATE PRO: SHOULD ALL DRUGS BE DECRIMINALIZED? CON: Sophomore Benji Brown: “They’re only hurting the people who use them. Stuff like marijuana is

Sophomore Natalie Akers: “No, drugs have serious health concerns and if a child is

less harmful than alcohol. Might as well go the whole way.”

born on opiods it can kill them.”

Senior Korrin Comley: “It is statistically shown that if you make something illegal, it’ll

Sophomore Adrian Ampon: “No, because it all depends on the users reason of use.

only obtained more on a black market. If we decriminalize all drugs, we take the

They can become a danger to themselves, their family and the environment. There’s

black market out and decrease illegal activity.”

going to be more drug use since people know they won’t be stopped.”

Junior Zach Palmer: “Decriminalizing drugs and moving towards a more rehabilitating

Senior Lennox Marshall: “No, just weed. We don’t have like weed crackheads. The

effort will benefit not only those suffering but those around them. Mandatory minimums

opioid epidemic is awful.”

have pushed the cost of prisons and allowed for overcrowding.”




By: Anna Turnbull

A View From the Bottom of the Glass


alking down the halls, people pass students and staff that have overcome struggles in which they may not be aware. One of these people is Spanish teacher Zachary Karasek. Karasek was introduced to alcohol when he was 16 years old. “The main reason I started drinking was because I’ve been a shyer person and I found that drinking made me more comfortable, more sociable, parties were easier and what I thought then was that I was making a lot more friends,” said Karasek. Little did he know, it was affecting more than he realized. “There was a period in high school where I don’t think I talked to my mom face to face for a few months. She started noticing that I was going out more and finding bottles in the house, so I didn’t want to be around her because she would start criticizing me and giving me a tough time,” said Karasek. Although, some things it didn’t affect. “In high school it did not affect my grades at all, and it did not even affect my grades in college until junior year because I started drinking and using other drugs that finally I missed my first assignments and I failed a test. That’s the first time that had ever happened to me in my entire life,” said Karasek. That was when Karasek finally realized it was time to get help. “I decided to finally stop because my grades started to suffer for a couple months in college,” he said, “but more importantly I was becoming somebody I didn’t like and I was doing things that I never thought I would do; I was getting in fights, I was yelling at people, this wasn’t all the time of course, but I was doing things that I would never do sober,” said Karasek. Luckily, he had helpful peers who watched out for him. “There was a particularly rough couple of weeks where I stopped going to class. I couldn’t sleep very well, and my friends actually took me to the counseling center at MU. Then from there I withdrew for an entire semester and I went home for a week or so. A friend of mine was in Alcoholics Anonymous and he suggested that I go to treatment, so I went to Virginia and I went to rehab for about three months, and then when I came back I started going to meetings,” said Karasek. Because Karasek committed to sobriety, he had to say goodbye to many friends along the way. “Eighty-five percent either left or I stopped associating with or spending time with. I realized that with most of the people the main thing that we had in common or liked to do was party, drink, and use drugs,” said Karasek. Now, he has a different life. “I sleep great. I’m never hungover, instead of just using all my free time to go out and drink and use drugs. I am finding that a lot of things that I liked when I was younger I still like now, so I’m finding friends that actually like the things that I’m into,” said Karasek. He now has friends with similar interests, one of those interests not being alcohol. “Whether it’s getting friends to go to yoga classes, play Dungeons and Dragons, play board games, travel, speak Spanish, cook with, all of these things that I’m actually into that I didn’t have the time for

because I was so focused on one thing,” said Karasek. Karasek has motivation to stay sober that encourages him every day. “My family, particularly my 5 month old son and wife, whom I love dearly. I cannot be a husband or father without sobriety. Also my sanity, sobriety lets me deal with challenges in healthy ways that actually work, meaning I don’t have to stay angry, sad, or frustrated for very long,” said Karasek, “And lastly fun, before I got sober, I let other people or media tell me what was supposed to be fun. I ended up being very unhappy chasing other people’s ideas. Now, I actually do things in my free time because I ​like them.” Karasek shared advice for those who have a struggling friend. “All I can suggest is if you have a person that is struggling is to try to speak from your own experience, whether or not you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, but speak to the feelings. Like ‘when I’m upset this is what I do and I try not to do this because I know it’s bad for me.’ Just speak from your own perspective and definitely let them know that you care. You’re there to talk, but in no way criticize or belittle that person, just make sure that you are there for them,” said Karasek. He also has advice for those who currently have an addiction and want to turn their lives around. “The advice I would give them is if you feel comfortable with me, come talk to me, email me or stop by my classroom this semester (R414) I would love to be a resource and I will not ask you any personal questions. I will just share kind of what went on with me and where I’m at now. If you don’t feel comfortable with me as a personal contact, there are hotlines, and I found that Alcoholic Anonymous is a great program. Believe it or not they have young people’s groups where kids as young as 13 are sober. They don’t drink, they don’t smoke, and they are 13 through 16 years old all the way up to 22 years old and they’ve chose to do something different and turn their lives around.” If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, please call (844) 244-3171 for support.

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Name calling is known to be an issue in middle school and is often considered a form of bullying, but even though the idea of “name calling” might seem juvenile, that doesn’t mean it stops in high school. Name calling is huge in high school. Friends use derogatory language to greet each other in a jokingly way. Yet, how far is too far? “We say those to the girls were closest to, and we don’t really know what our boundaries are. We just assume that we are okay talking to them like that which doesn’t make a lot of sense,” said junior Tessa Poolman. Over time the array of derogatory words that students use have turned into how students regulary communicate and talk to one another. “We communicate like that because it sets the mood and shows we are more relaxed. We are just joking and playing around and your friends know that. It’s just a humorous way to read people,” said senior Davin Dorrell. Why do these words seem to be around so much? “Words have developed over time and we throw them out like they are very casual, and it’s becoming something we ignore and think it’s okay, but it’s not,” said Poolman. The problem occurs when one uses those words

By: Kamryn O’Dell

with whom they aren’t friends. “If I said that to someone I’m not friends with, I think they would be offended for sure. I feel like the only reason someone would say that to someone who they aren’t friends with, is to offend them and be rude which isn’t okay,” said junior Aleece Noble. Guys and girls are both capable of name calling, but it seems the extent of name calling differs between both groups. “Girls are so much worse when it comes to bullying. They’re straight up meaner in the things they say and about 80% of the time it will never get physical, but when girls say things on social media, swear they think they’re invincible,” said sophomore Evan Samborski. “Boys take it all a little less personal and have a better attitude to just shrug it off, but there are cases when it really does just get to be too much and turns physical.” Name calling may always be an issue, so it has more to do with being the bigger person and handling the situation in the most mature way. “People are still very immature and you still have the occasional jerk, but most people will let you go with the flow, I believe. If you want to be in this club, play this sport, like this girl or like this guy, then do it. I definitely feel like bullying is still a thing but it gets better,” said Samborski. Before shouting down the hall at friends, be aware of all people’s feelings and how they may react to the words coming out of your mouth.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and is the reason for people having behavior issues and being self conscious,” said junior Tori Hipper. “I feel like when using those terms, it’s very rude and a form of bullying,” said junior Gia Ngo.

Mass Media Guest Writer

Gauging Mental Health

Sophomore Gabby Rivera Kroenke: March 9, 2018 Ninety-six: the average number of Americans killed with guns each day. Over 32,000 are killed each year and three times that are injured. The issue of gun control has been on the rise in the United States and has risen dramatically since the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School. With 17 students and teachers murdered by 19-year-old, Nikolas Cruz, on Feb. 14, Americans are calling for change. But how can change be implemented while protecting Second Amendment rights? While options such as arming teachers and increasing school security have been suggested, there is another that is less commonly acknowledged: psychological-evaluations. The shooters at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Colorado movie theater, Virginia Tech and Tucson all displayed characteristics of mental illnesses. “Screening people applying for gun licenses would put more emphasis on responsible gun ownership rather than restricting guns outright, something that seems impossible in today’s political climate,”

Mass Media Guest Writer

said psychologist Dr. Romeo Vitelli. The National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers offers a proposal for change. This proposal involves three additional steps to the American gun control system: psychological assessments for initial gun acquisition and periodic review, establishing a registration database and establishing a national impairment database. According to “Mass Murder in the United States: A History” by criminologist Grant Duwe, no less than 59 percent of 185 mass shooters in America between 1900 and 2017 were either diagnosed as mentally ill or showed signs of mental illness prior to their attacks. With so many shooters exhibiting mental illness, efforts to implement psychological evaluations have the potential to succeed. However, it is still unclear the size of impact psychological evaluations would make. Adam Lanza, killer of 27 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, used his mother’s weapons, and therefore, had no need to purchase a firearm. “There is no single answer or solution. People do have a right to acquire and own firearms,” the NAPPP said. “How and when they acquire these firearms is an appropriate discussion for all of us to consider.”

Is That Your Grandma’s Coat? An Inside View Of Thrifting

Now is the time of thrift! Thrift stores have rapidly gained popularity in the last decade. At first, consignment shops attracted experienced thrifters and middle aged men who collected coins, but as the fashion world slowly brings back mom jeans and prevalent 90s brands, thrift stores are getting a large influx of shoppers. This isn’t a reference to those “snobby” high-end resale businesses — but more a nudge to the dusty, fluorescentlit, loosely organized aisles displaying the fruits of people’s past spring cleanings --- Thrifting is a unique experience of digging through cluttered racks and shelves, the musty smell of who-knows-what permeating the air, and of course the possibility of finding something really awesome. It’s the ultimate example of “one man’s trash is another man’s come up”, said the once wise, Macklemore. “You can find cute clothes for a low price, like just the other day, I found this really dope jacket for $3.49, if you found it at Forever 21 it’d be like $20, all in all, it’s just a cheaper alternative,” said avid thrifter and sophomore Dani Cuervos Junior China Whitcomb also agreed that thrift shops were a cheaper alternative, and the better option overall, considering she prefers a thrift shop with character like Goodwill rather than your cliche mall chain. “I shop at Savers and Hillcrest. I thrift more than I go

By: Chandeh Doe

to actual stores. I just feel like you can find cooler, more authentic pieces rather than going to Charlotte Russe or Forever 21 and wearing the same thing the girl next to you has on,” said Whitcomb. According to, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing annually, and if all that clothing were reused and recycled, it would save six million items from ending up in landfills per year. Sophomore Daniel Brinkmeyer sees thrifting not just as a way to express his obsession with the whole dad style trend, but also as a way to help the community and the environment. “It’s just eco-friendly. Why throw away clothes that are just going to end up at a landfill when you could just donate them and someone who needs them could use them?” said Brinkmeyer. Due to the rise of fast fashion, textile waste has risen from 7 to 30 percent in the past five years. Resale has proven to be a smart alternative that is good for the planet and our communities. According to, millenials and grandmas are the most likely age groups to shop secondhand, so if you’re looking to be apart of that statistic and possibly get some pretty cool gear, check out some of your local thrift stores listed below:



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City Market

Staycation By: Derek Dillard

noun \ stay·ca·tion \ ˈstā-ˈkā-shən \ informal a vacation spent in one’s surrounding area involving day trips to local attractions.

Elms Hotel


he ideal spring break, at least for me, is flying somewhere tropical, swimming in clear blue water, lying out in the sun

(with SPF 50 of course) and hanging out with friends or family. Sadly, I will not travel this spring break like I usually do. Instead, I will be chillin’ here at home, and I’m sure many of you will, too.

20 E 5th Street #201 Kansas City, MO 64106 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

It’s not all bad though. There is plenty to do in or close to KC. Whether you’re someone who likes to party every night, someone who likes to chill and read alone, someone looking to spend no money, or someone looking to splurge, there is something on this list for you. Here are just a few thing for you to try during YOUR

401 Regent St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 Starts at $100 per room Overland Park Botanical Gardens


Free •

Art Museums- Nelson Atkins and Kemper Museum

Union Station- has a museum about the building on the upper floors

Parkville Nature Sanctuary

Overland Park Botanical Gardens

4420 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111 Free

Treat your dog at the English Landing Dog Park

Swope Park

Twin Drive-In

Throw a house party

Crown Center shops

City Market- Coffee house, Asian market, Saturday


8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS 66013 Free

Kansas City Zoo

Farmers Market, and Carollo’s Italian •

Ikea Date

WWI Museum

Steamboat Arabia Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

$$ 1320 E Kentucky Rd, Independence, MO 64050 $10 per person

Visit a nice restaurant like Pirpopos or Bristol Seafood

Spa Day

Great Wolf Lodge

Camp at the Smithville lake

Shopping binge

6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132 $16 per person

Entertainment 13

TID BITS Teacher Trivia 1. What teacher owns a website about horror movies? A. Mr. Harman B. Mr. Fetty C. Mr. Uncell D. Mr. Jacquin 2. What Instrument did Coach Josh Hood play up until high school? A. Tuba B. French Horn C. Saxophone D. Jazz Flute 3. What was Coach Lindsey Hood’s first degree in? A. Criminal Justice B. Counseling C. Dentistry D. Interior Design 4. What teacher had a college class which Tim Gunn from Project Runway? A. Ms. Littich B. Ms. Hubbard C. Ms. Raider E. Ms. Morton 5. Who’s a recommended black belt in Taekwondo? A. Dr. Gross B. Dr. Kincheloe C. Mr. Abundis D. Ms. Capra 6. What is one of Mr. Lewis’ fears? A. robots B. teddy bears C. rollersaktes D. trucks 7. What teacher signed their first teaching contract at age 20? A. Ms. Palguta B. Mr. Reys C. Mrs. Erneste D. Dr. Kincheloe 8. What teachers mom still braids their hair for them? A. Mr. Kraviec B. Ms. Carnes C. Mr. Bingham D. Mrs. Kaiser See @phpublications on Instagram for the answers

Pet of the Month: Gerald, Senior Cami Forret’s cat.

Trojan Scavenger Hunt There are five Trojan heads hidden around the school. Solve these riddles to find them and bring them to room 350 after school for a candy prize. 1. Trojans or Angels? 2. Fresh Food for Thought 3. 5..6..7..8 4. Gatorade Player of the Year 5. Pentagon, Hexagon, Heptogon...

Meme of the Month

14 Guest Writer

Guest Writer from Mass Media Can we prevent mass shootings?


By Junior Jesse Berlin

hy are some of the targets at shooting ranges human silhouettes? I’ve always wondered this. The setup would make sense for cops and soldiers because it’s their job. But with civilians, it’s a bit disturbing. I guess I can’t talk. I play a lot of Battlefield 1 on my PlayStation 4, and the whole point of that game is to kill as many people as you can in a limited amount of time. To make it worse, every time I kill some stranger’s virtual avatar, I get a jolt of elation. Is that bad? Well, in real life, I’ve never shot anyone nor have I fired a gun. I just don’t have the desire or the mindset to do something like that. But would I if I needed to defend myself? Because in a 2017 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 67 percent of the gun owners in the United States said they needed them for protection. In the same study, 20 percent of Americans said that they have been a victim of a violent crime and 23 percent have had someone use a gun to threaten or intimidate them or their family. If I were assaulted or felt my life or the lives of those I loved were in danger, I would probably buy a gun, too. But if a majority of gun owners are responsible with their firearms, why do we hear about so many mass shootings in our country? Maybe it’s because of the abundance of guns. The United States, according to the Congressional Research Service, estimated that there are now more guns than people, with 357 million guns to 317 million people in the year of 2013. This could lead some to believe that since there’s so many guns out there, there’d also be an increase in gun-related homicides. However, the Center for Disease Control stated that 61.6 percent of gun deaths in America between 2011 and 2015 were suicides, NOT homicides. So is it perhaps the type of gun? Assault weapons, for example, have been used to carry out many of the mass shootings we’ve seen. But this too can be challenged. The National Institute of Justice said that more people are killed with handguns than, for instance, the assault weapons used in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Parkland. Is it the types of people getting guns, e.g. the mentally ill? Four employees at the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research would disagree. “Impulsivity, anger, traumatic life events such as job loss or divorce, and problematic alcohol use are all stronger risk factors for gun violence,” they said in The Washington Post. “[M]ost people with mental illness will never become violent, and most gun violence is not caused by mental illness.” Could the black market be responsible? In the case of Stephen Paddock, the perpetrator of the worst mass shooting in American history, with no criminal record or

history of mental health, he technically bought all of his weapons legally, at least in the eyes of Nevada state law. Because the truth is, the levels of gun control vary per state. California, for example, has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, requiring gun owners to pass a written test and obtain a Firearm Safety Certificate. Also in place are a 10-day waiting period, a restriction on the number of firearms one can purchase at a given time, and a ban on most assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. Utah, on the other hand, has the most lenient gun laws in America. People just have to pass a criminal background check, as required by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, and that only applies to people who purchase firearms from a gun store, NOT through private sellers, like at a gun show (hence why it’s called the “gun show loophole”). According to a study conducted by Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui of The New York Times, “the public [is] more accepting of measures limiting the types of people who could obtain weapons than of restrictions on the types of guns and accessories available on the market.” Going back to the Pew Research Center study, 82 percent of gun owners agree with preventing those on the no-fly or other watch lists from purchasing guns and 89 percent of gun owners agree with preventing the mentally ill from purchasing guns. So then what are the solutions? The National Issues Forum, working in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, came up with a myriad of options and provided the drawbacks to those options as well. Some of these include requiring citizens to acquire a permit for concealed carry and keep their guns in a secure place that’s not in their house. But these “might limit people’s ability to defend themselves.” Maybe the news should stop covering these mass shootings, so copycat killers aren’t inspired. But this could “put people at greater risk due to lack of knowledge.” More security guards in schools and other public places could “make [them] seem like prison camps” and arming teachers “places [them] in a position for which they may neither be ready nor temperamentally suited.” Regardless of what you believe or what the pros and cons are, junior Emma Roberts said it best. A gun owner herself, Roberts organized the March 14 walkout, which she had originally intended to serve as a way to honor the lives of the 17 victims lost during the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, NOT to create a gun debate. “Our society [is] so smart that...this should not be happening. There should not be mass killings of people.” Roberts said that there should be a way to figure this out, and I concur. Innocent people shouldn’t die. We can start from there.

“Innocent people shouldn’t die. We can start from there.”

Resources A letter from Mayor Sly James to the students: "This is your time to take charge and show our nation the way. This time you lead and I, and other adults, will join. Your lives may very well depend on it" -Kansas City Mayor Sly James Read the rest here:

Breaking News: The names for the new elementary and middle school that are to be added to the Park Hill School District are announced!

Hopewell Elementary Walden Middle School

Spring Break March 16th-25th Congratulations to the Men's Basketball Team for winning our district championship

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The Trojan Issue 5  

Vol. 49 Issue 5 The Trojan staff is so excited to share this springtime issue with the you.

The Trojan Issue 5  

Vol. 49 Issue 5 The Trojan staff is so excited to share this springtime issue with the you.