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The Lady Painting The Bugs

Art teacher Jill Oliver talks to a student as she works on her painting of a bug.

Madison Holloway, 21st Century Journalist

May 12, 2016

The shades are drawn and students are talking, seated in groups of tables around the room. Tan walls and tan floors, cream cabinets, brown tables, black chairs. Aside from the huge painting of a bug, the room itself seems pretty bland and uninspiring. But as soon as she starts class Jill Oliver’s bu...

The Lunchroom ‘Off-Duty’

Janitor Jackie Casteel sweeps the cafeteria after lunch.

Madison Holloway, 21st Century Reporter

April 27, 2016

A boy walks down the hall, whistling loudly over the whine of a saw in the woods room. There is a crinkle and snap of a trashbag being opened. Many interesting sounds fill these halls but, overall there is a simply the monotonous hum of students busy in their classrooms. Once inside the cafeteria, sun ...

Sweat, Rubber, and Crashing Weights

During the 7th hour  weights class, students break a sweat

Leanna Farney, 21st century journalist

April 26, 2016

Music blares, boys grunt, weights crash. All sounds common in a weightroom. A breeze blows in the doorway. four boys are sitting outside the weight room, probably because they did not have clothes to change into. A dingy mixture of rubber and sweat forms a thick wall at the door. “Look at this...

Typical Day in the Office

Towards the end of the school day the office winds down.

Carlee Alexander, 21st Century Journalism

April 26, 2016

In the calm room with sounds of fax machines and printers going off the phone rings, “Shawnee Mission South, how can I direct your call?” “Ok hold on” as Receptionist Diane Johnson says as she picks up the phone. People going in and out you never know who you’re going to see. “How was th...

Counseling Center – more than a boring room

The Counseling Center is a place where students get advice about their classes, colleges or personal issues.

Franka Lohmann, 21 Century Reporter

April 25, 2016

It feels comfortable and warm. Flowers on the front desk help create a familiar atmosphere.  “Last day for Seniors is May 13th” is popping up in red over and over again on the display over the main desk.   People walk in and out all the time, but it doesn’t seem rushed. Everyo...

Life outside the classroom

South's front hall has a new security system.

Javen Pouncil, 21st Century Journalist

April 24, 2016

“I’m at all the schools but I’m just a floater, wherever they need me is where I go,” Officer Jordan says. What’s it like being a front door officer at Shawnee Mission South? Hours spent sitting in a seat located in a quiet, cold floored room, continuous listening to the sound of the d...

The Brothers Bear

The Brothers Bear

Max Holmes, Staff Writer

April 19, 2016

Jordan and Drew Baranowski (better known as Little Bear and Big Bear) discuss what having a sibling in the same workplace is like and what drew them to teaching English. BLACK: Jordan BLUE: Drew What’s it like working at the same place as your brother? It’s nice. Quite nice. Really nice. It is. Because we’re...

Student by Day, Dancer by Night

Leg in the air, freshman Mia Neaderhiser dances on stage at a contest.  Neaderhiser has been dancing since she was a toddler.

Sylvia Shapiro, Writer

April 1, 2016

   Turn, leap, jump, dance. Freshman Mia Neaderhiser has been at Miller Marley dance studio six out of seven days a week for four to five hours a day. She has been on her tip toes for 10 years and counting. Though she has been doing dance for so long, she still enjoys it to this day.   “I love learning ...

15 Questions with Steele Schimming

15 Questions with Steele Schimming

Carlee Alexander, 21st Century Journalism

March 22, 2016

While most students in high school are working retail or waiting tables at a restaurant, junior Steele Schimming is modeling for an agency about 48 hours a week. Schimming has been working on her modeling career ever since she was little. What life events lead up to the decision to pursue modeling?...

A Day In The Life Of The School Nurse

A Day In The Life Of The School Nurse

Madison Holloway, 21st Century Reporter

March 8, 2016

The nurse’s office is a quiet, safe place for all students. It’s walls are lined with cabinets filled with anything from bandages and ice bags to prescription meds and insulin. A basket of snacks for the breakfast-forgetters and a bottle of lotion for students to moisturize sit on nurse Angie York’s cou...

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