SM South News

How My Sister’s Life Used To Be

Yanelis Perez, 21st Century Journalist

May 4, 2017

She left her family because she had no choice. Left her life behind and everything she had. Her mom wanted a better future for her and they had to move away. Freshman Karelis Perez was in fifth grade and was only 10 years old when she had to leave everything she loved. It has been four years...

Q&A with Sarah Wilkerson

Miah Clark, Copy Editor, Editorial Cartoonist

April 24, 2017

  Pole in hand, junior Sarah Wilkerson has leaped over the competition as a varsity pole vaulter for South’s track and field team for three years now. We asked Wilkerson a few questions about her event and how she’s become so successful in it. When did you begin pole vaulting? W: My...

Q&A with Hannah Dennington

Q&A with Hannah Dennington

Avery Woods, Sports Editor

April 17, 2017

Hannah Dennington was the only original freshman on the varsity girls soccer team this year. She talks about team dynamics and when she started playing. AW: What’s it like being the only freshman on varsity? HD: This is the second person that’s asked me this. It was exciting but scary, because everyone had been o...

Not Your Average Science Class

Mark Holland, News Editor

April 11, 2017

Grade school tours have long been a tradition of the environmental education classes. They provide an opportunity for elementary aged students to visit the SMESL (Shawnee Mission Environmental Science Lab) and learn about the Kansas environment. “We’ve had grade school kids visiting us s...


A young alpaca owner and her alpaca, Captain Whitebeard, pose for a picture.

Faith Danaher, Staff Writer

April 7, 2017

A bustling of fur, people, alpacas and an array of odors; this was the scene of MOPACA, the alpaca convention at the American Royale Corral. On Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, alpaca ranchers from across the Midwest gathered in Kansas City, Mo. to trade, sell and show alpacas. In addition, there...

A Busy Day In The Office

A rare moment of silence in the Shawnee Mission South office on Wednesday, March 8.

Madison Hickert, 21st Century Journalist

April 5, 2017

The Shawnee Mission South office is quite a busy place. Diane Johnson, the perky, smiley receptionist, is always greeting someone new to the office. “So it’s 1:30 and I still don’t have my lunch done yet, and I started early today,” Johnson says. “I have my lunch done and it’s only 1:45!...

Spring Cleaning

A student helps a teacher clean the tables after lunch.

Gini Horton, 21st Century Journalist

April 4, 2017

Clangs and scrapes can be heard from the cafeteria during seventh hour. The custodians, and some students, are hard at work cleaning the mess left from the three lunches. The occasional scrape of a chair, or short conversation broke the silent hum of the lunchroom. Lights flickered and hummed, fr...

The Halls of South

The upper floor halls seem quiet.

Ansley Chambers, 21st Century Journalism

April 3, 2017

One might think that the hallways are only loud and busy during passing period. That is true, but apparently, it’s always passing period in the green and gold decked halls that are home to the Raiders. The halls are anything but bare. Groups of students seem to always be working in the halls on g...

Band Trip to Florida

Band Trip to Florida

Nichole Thomas, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Long bus rides, cold and windy weather, and a freezing ocean did not stop the band from having a great time in Florida.   Our first main stop was Clearwater Beach Florida. We flew out of the bus, eager to play on the beach. The sand was soft and white, but the water was freezing cold. Few stud...

Six Questions With Louder Than a Bomb Coach Caroline Ewing

Louder than a Bomb members Anton Caruso and Tara Phillips practice a duet poem during an after school practice.

Amelia Holcomb, Editor-In-Chief

March 29, 2017

After introducing the Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) competition to South's poets three years ago, English teacher Caroline Ewing has watched the program grow. This year's team took first place in their first bout of the competition, and will compete in semi-finals tonight, Wednesday, March 29. The team needs...

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