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SMSD Board approves return to fall sports

Varsity football players tear through the Raider Pride banner held by the cheerleading squad during the 2019 Homecoming football game. The 2020 football team and all fall sports teams had their seasons postponed due to coronavirus.

Evan Shibel, Editor-in-Chief

September 9, 2020

After questions concluded around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the SMSD board of education voted 5–2 in favor of resuming the fall sports seasons. Prior to the vote, SMSD was the last district in the state to still postpone fall sports. The day before, the board met with Johnson County Health Department as many...

National News- Week in Review

National News- Week in Review

Nichole Thomas, Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2019

Russia is Banned Again The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has officially band Russia from participating in international sports competitions After Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics, it is not shocking to hear that they are once again banned from this upcoming Summer Olympics. Grigory ...

Trump Pushes Unity in First State of the Union Address

Trump Pushes Unity in First State of the Union Address

Sophia Belshe, Editor-in-Chief, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2018

Last night, Republican President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address last night, focusing on unity and emphasizing successes from his first year as president. “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need...

Platko’s Pride and Joy: South’s New Screens

Administrator Nicholas Platko stands next to the new TV screens added to the front hall over the summer. There has been talk of plans to add more screens in different places throughout the school in the future. 
Photo By Cassandra Awad

Miah Clark and Pablo Jimenez

September 12, 2017

Students expecting the same old sight of the same old trophy case were most likely shocked on their first day, as the longstanding trophy case was replaced by three television sets during renovations. “...When I walked in I kind of realized that [the trophy case] was all past accomplishments, ...

Breaking: Superintendent Jim Hinson to Retire

Sophia Belshe, Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Opinion Editor

April 19, 2017

After 34 years in public education, superintendent Jim Hinson will retire at the end of the school year, he announced in a statement Wednesday. Hinson took over as Shawnee Mission's superintendent in 2013, after spending 11 years as superintendent of the Independence Public School District. In...

And the Nominees Are…

And the Nominees Are...

Sophia Belshe, Ads Editor

January 27, 2016

Candidates for Sweetheart court were announced Friday. Seniors voted to choose the candidates, but the winners will be chosen by all students. Several of the candidates were not in school the day the nominees were announced because of the basketball tournament in Chanute, Kan. These students were...

The EPs: Van Damsel

The EPs: Van Damsel

Lauren Rosenstock, Writer

April 4, 2014

Who knew the break up of a metal band would have driven these four artists to form their own group? Van Damsel’s music is described as “ [Rich’s] guitar backed up with layers of synths, my [Sebastien’s] rhythm guitar work, and a backing section of drums and bass that we [Van Damsel] strive to ha...

International Club Welcomes New Foreign Exchange Students

International Club Welcomes New Foreign Exchange Students

Rachel Rosenstock, A&E Editor

August 26, 2013

As classes start again, South will have seven different world cultures gracing the hall.  12 foreign exchange students from countries such as Sweden, Mozambique, Brasil, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Italy are making the year-long stay.  After the initial bombardment of the first day, the students have...

Raiders Dominate Salina South in Quarter-Finals

Raiders Dominate Salina South in Quarter-Finals

March 8, 2013

The Raiders move onto the semi-finals of the Kansas 5A State basketball tournament with a 82-38 thrashing of Salina South. The 44 point victory was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Kansas 5A State tournament. Leading the way for the Raiders was junior Dainan Swoope with 18 points,...

South Debaters take third at State Competition

January 14, 2013

Seniors Mason Owen and Keith Monaghan took third place in the state debate competition in Hutchinson, Kan., Jan. 12-13. This year’s topic was transportation infrastructure investment. “We go to a lot of tournaments [and] we invest a lot of time, so naturally we’re getting positive win records...

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