PHS Journalism

Senior goodbye: Haleigh West

Senior goodbye: Haleigh West

Haleigh West, Senior ads editor

May 14, 2020

March 13, 2020: the day Governor Kelley announced that she would be closing all schools in Kansas for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. At first, it made no sense. It was supposed to be our year, the year of lasts and the time of celebration for all the people I have grown up...

Eilts, ’19 grad, transitions to online school back home from college

Eilts, '19 grad, transitions to online school back home from college

Paityn Hughes, Reporter

May 13, 2020

Carson Eilts ‘19 graduate, attends Pittsburg State University. He says it’s bittersweet to be back home because it’s sooner than expected. He also said he’s sad about not being able to finish outdoor track season, but online classes are going great. “It was a pretty smooth transition from...

Senior Farmer mentors freshman Anderson through the year

Freshman Layne Anderson felt supported by senior Jacob Farmer, second from left, as a freshman. Seniors Ashley Schwach, left and Creighton Markovich hold Anderson up after the production of Godspell this fall.

Ethan Cerros, Reporter

May 13, 2020

Layne Anderson, freshman, found it was easy to find a long-time friend in senior Jacob Farmer, who is also Anderson’s cousin. When it was Anderson’s turn in the family to a freshman, he knew having Farmer around would make the transition easier. “I was comfortable going into such a nerve-wracking...

Senior Spotlight: Brandi Hoover

Senior Spotlight: Brandi Hoover

Carlie Stallbaumer, Senior portraits editor

May 13, 2020

Brandi Hoover, senior, chose to do online school for her last year of high school. Dealing with anxiety and depression for years made public settings difficult for her. Brandi said she lost a lot of friends going into junior year, which affected her mental health. She had a hard time making it through...

Friendships bolster high school path

Friendships bolster high school path

Kaylee Miller, Reporter

May 13, 2020

Starting high school in 2016 seems like forever ago but it’s now 2020 and Jordan Billesbach, senior, said high school isn’t as scary as people make it out to be and goes by fast. “Don’t waste your time thinking about how hard your classes are going to be based on what other people say,” Billesbach...

Senior Spotlight: Mason Escobar

Caption: Mason Escobar poses for a photo during his senior photo shoot. Escobar plans to use what he has learned in high school and what he will learn in college and give back to those around him.
“I want to achieve peace of mind whenever possible, and I feel that in my old age, if I haven’t given back the same or greater amount of good to the world that I borrowed from it, I won’t feel at peace in my own mind,” he said. “I think any career path I choose will have to be one that allows me to give back to the world in some form.”

Emma Johnson, Public relations manager

May 13, 2020

Mason Escobar, senior, said that his fondest high school memory was winning the state debate championship this past year. “I was ecstatic and very relieved. For many reasons, almost all of them internal, I felt like the weakest link of the four-person squad. Escobar said that when Charlotte [George]...

Senior Spotlight: Dylan Newton

Senior Spotlight: Dylan Newton

Vanessa Berrey, Reporter

May 12, 2020

Dylan Newton, senior, graduated in December. He plans to attend KU to major in pre-med psychology and then go into medical school for psychiatry. “I graduated back in December, so thankfully I did not have to struggle with the transition to online schooling,” Newton said. Newton wants to go into...

Senior Spotlight; Michael Dowty

Senior Spotlight; Michael Dowty

Ariana Gallagher, Reporter

May 12, 2020

Michael Dowty, senior, plans to attend Truman State University after high school to further his academics and his baseball career. “ I want to go far in my education and I have always wanted to play baseball at the college level,” Dowty said. Dowty said one thing he regrets about high school...

Senior Spotlight: Erik Brakner

Senior Spotlight: Erik Brakner

Hannah Billesbach, Reporter

May 12, 2020

What do you plan to do after high school? I plan to attend JCCC where I will work towards a Graphic Design Degree and then transfer to KU where I will graduate with a degree in Arts for Graphic Design. What is your inspiration wanting to do this? Technology is everything now. If you're not in ...

Senior Spotlight: Noah Wolf

Senior Spotlight: Noah Wolf

Mady Robertson, Reporter

May 8, 2020

What do you plan to do after high school? I plan to attend Johnson County Community College to get my prerequisites and then transfer to Washburn University and study radiology. What is your inspiration for wanting to do this? My uncle was a radiologist and I have always liked helping other p...

Senior Spotlight: Isaiah Waggerman

Senior Spotlight: Isaiah Waggerman

Paityn Hughes, Reporter

May 8, 2020

Senior Isaiah Waggerman plans to study game development at Johnson County Community College. He said he’s always felt an attachment to electronics and games. He also said games are like a gateway for him and he wants others to experience the same. “Sometimes real life can be boring, video games...

Senior Spotlight: Riley George

Senior Spotlight: Riley George

Jayda Logan, Reporter

May 7, 2020

Riley George, senior, plans to attend MidAmerica Nazarene University with a cheer scholarship to study nursing. George has always had a passion for helping and caring for people. “I have always wanted to help people and be available to them and their needs. I believe this is the best way for me...

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