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Purpose of Vaping

Hannah Arensdorf, Staff Member

November 14, 2019

WHAT’S THE HYPE? If you were to pull ten random high school students, at least four of them has, or currently vapes. The rise in teen is up to nearly 40%. Vaping made it debut in 2009, and became widely more popular sinc...

Amnesty Club Hopes to Grow in Shawnee Heights Community

Bella LeJuerrne, Staff Member

November 14, 2019

Being one of the least known clubs at the high school, Amnesty Club looks to grow with new activities that will introduce the club to students who want to impact the Topeka community. “Our goal is to help around the community ...

All State Orchestra

Olivia Talbert

January 28, 2019

     On the violin, sophomore Lindsay Baltzell is truly one of “the best of the best”. This recognition comes after her selection to perform in the All-State orchestra ensemble.      Students who auditioned were the ...


Alex Lane

October 25, 2018

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, PSAT, is a test given to sophomores to prepare for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, SAT. “It’s not required for anything but yeah I do think that it’s necessary if our students...


Shalynn Long

October 21, 2018

This school year, the state of Kansas has passed a legislature law to fund one ACT and one Workkey test during the month of February, for all juniors in public schools. This is an easy way for the school to budget money, conside...

High Achieving Students Receive Recognition on “Wall of Honor”

Olivia Talbert

May 14, 2018

As the pressure of enrolling for next year takes the focus of under-classmen’s minds, the Wall of Honor stands outside the south gym to motivate students to reach their full potential. Previously the Wall of Honor was located...

New Hall of Fame Inductees

Rebecca Donaldson

May 14, 2018

Jade Gurss Jade Gurss graduated from Shawnee Heights in 1980. Gurss was involved in band, debate and forensics, theatre and track. After graduation, Gurss attended the University of Kansas for one year and then moved to Ohio to...

Conquering The PSAT

Keenan Taylor

November 15, 2017

Every sophomore on Oct. 11 spent the morning taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) without having to pay for the test. This is the first year that the district covered the costs for the PSAT instead of having the...

Purvis Passes Down The Reins

Olivia Talbert

November 14, 2017

Following the retirement of 30-year veteran Neal Purvis, the band is now under the new direction of Lyle Reynoso. With Purvis being nominated as last year’s Teacher of the Year candidate for the district, his big shoes were fi...

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