Campus Crier The Student News Site of Blue Springs High School Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:29:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Stressed for the big test? Some helpful study tips to help stay on track Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:29:21 +0000 For the first part of your life, school is the largest part of you whether you like it or not. Every weekday, 7 hours a day, for 40 hours a week is dedicated to advancing your education towards the next big test or exam. Your performance and workload in school can often times directly cause stress in your life.

For those struggling with confidence in the academic department, one of the most effective measures you can take is organizing your assignments and getting a clear view of what you actually have to do. Being unorganized makes your mind wander, asking questions like “When are my assignments due?” and “How much work do I have to complete tonight?” Staying organized will allow you to set and maintain goals throughout your semester. Try utilizing 1 folder for each of your classes to separate out homework instead of one pile for all classes.

In addition to staying organized, taking control of your academic experience can also help boost confidence in the classroom. Going in for additional help before or after class, raising your hand and asking questions, and having healthy study habits will allow you to grab your academic career by the reigns and have a feeling of security knowing you are in control. Teachers are here to help you be the best you can be, but sometimes they don’t know when you’re struggling as a student.

If you’re not feeling confident as a student, there are a plethora of methods and support you can utilize to get your mind back on track. High school is filled with advantageous services students can use to assist them in their academic career, so use them while you can!

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Reviving classics Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:52 +0000 Howdy! Shoppers can find tons of deals this week. With up to 50% off on sale jeans, top, and pants, Old Navy revives the classics. Jean lovers can snag those adult jeans starting at just $15, while kids jeans will run you just  $10 

At White Barn, things sure look good, or should I say smell good. Single wick candles sell for just $5.95, while $6 room sprays will surely help all teenagers, hygienic or not. Customers can buy 5 for $24 wallflower scent refills, or 3 for $9 car scent refills. Refresh your home and car with lovely White Barn scents at low prices.

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Sports Spotlight: Spring Training Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:35 +0000 Spring is quickly approaching and that means that baseball season is upon us! The Royals are in Surprise, Arizona for spring training currently and have been seeing daily highs in the 60s and 70s. Pitchers and catchers reported on February 12th and the rest of the team joined them on the 17th. 

The team played their first spring training game on February 21st and will continue to play nearly everyday up until March 24th. Their first regular season game is March 26th against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Following the series in Chicago, the Royals will be traveling to Detroit to take on the Tigers. The team’s home opener will be on April 2nd facing the Seattle Mariners. 

Spring training is a time for teams to evaluate their players and see who will earn a spot on the starting lineup for the beginning of the season. With the Royals being under new management due to the retirement of Ned Yost, there is even more that needs to be figured out during this month long pre-season period. Manager Mike Matheny has brought in a lot of new faces to the Royals bullpen in an attempt to solve their pitching woes. 

Several familiar faces return as well: Salvador Perez, Whit Merrifield, and Jorge Soler . This will most likely be a very transitional season for the Royals and will be interesting to watch the changes that are starting now, take place during the regular season. The sports complex will be back and alive very soon, and die hard KC sports fans cannot wait!

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Entertainment Explorer Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:28:19 +0000 This weekend Kansas City will host the Annual Irish WinterFest, a celebration of Irish music and dance. WinterFest will once again feature local and regional musicians mixed with good food and drink, all taking place in Drexel Hall, the Irish Center’s event space. Concert goers can catch the Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones Concert Friday evening, and the Parade Committee will concurrently announce the 2020 Parade Honorees. Tickets are $10 for WinterFest General Admission and free for children under 12 when ordered in advance, tickets will be $15 at the door.

For those looking for something a little more action oriented, the WCRA’s Royal City Roundup will showcase nine athletes on Friday. Fans can see different rodeo disciplines: bareback riding, women’s breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. A collective $1 million will be on the line, with $111,000 being paid out in each discipline and each champion leaving Sprint Center with a $50,000 check. If you’re looking for a thrill this weekend, this is the way to go.

For all of the animal lovers out there, don’t forget to visit the KC Zoo. This Saturday you can stop by the Helzberg Penguin Plaza at 11 a.m. to see the Penguin March. These cold weather birds will march from the back of the exhibit, outside for guests to see and then back inside the building, weather permitting. See king and gentoo penguins up close at the Penguin March from 11:00 to 11:15 am. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a look at these exceptional creatures up close!

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Archery inspires Butcher to persevere Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:09:15 +0000 Senior Lauren Butcher strives to exemplify the two traits that archery i focuses on: precision and patients.. Butcher began her archery journey in the wake of a serious accident to expedite her recovery. 

“I broke my back in seventh grade while I was in gymnastics and archery is a back strengthening sport because it works your low trapezius and your triceps,” Butcher said.

Butcher never went back to gymnastics, instead focusing her time and energy on the sport she had grown so fond of. Beginning archery changed her life for the better and gave her the opportunity to broaden the horizons of many others.

“I compete and I teach,” Butcher said, “My job is to teach archery to kids and adults and I’ve been working for over a year.”

Butcher believes that anyone can become a great archer; all it takes is determination and dedication.

 “We have people from all walks of life; I’ve taught a three year old and a ninety-two year old,” Butcher said,.“People just need to be willing to learn.”

Archery is in some ways unique from other sports, as it is generally considered an individual activity. There are many misconceptions about archery, and Butcher was glad to clear some of them up.

“A lot of people have the misconception that archery is a dangerous sport, which I guess it can be when it comes to hunting, but there’s a lot you can do with archery,” Butcher said.

Archery is an incredibly versatile and varied sport that can be tailored to anyone’s personal preference. Another common draw of archery is its relatively low price tag.

“You can hunt, you can compete, you can do it for recreational purposes,” Butcher said. “It’s actually an inexpensive sport since you can choose to buy cheap or expensive equipment.” 

Butcher’s ideas about archery and what she wants out of it have changed over the years.

“My goal in the beginning was hunting, but I began teaching and really loved it,” Butcher said,“It’s something I’m really passionate about and really enjoy doing. It opened me up to an entirely new community.”

Archery taught Butcher focus, a trait that will help her immensely in school and beyond. Butcher’s greatest accident led to the discovery of her passion. Her’s is an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles.

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Family connects Echols to horses Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:06:50 +0000 Sophomore Abbie Echols plans to saddle up and ride into summer with her horse Sophie. Although busy with marching band during the fall, Echols competes in showmanship, pony haltering, and western horseback riding during the summer months. 

Starting at around age seven, Echols wasn’t exactly born ready to ride. 

“When I was learning how to ride, I got bucked off the horse and it stepped on my thigh, which hurt, and the step stool to get on the horse wasn’t tall enough because I was like three foot when I was younger,” Echols said. 

Practice makes perfect of course, but you have to start somewhere. For Echols, a family connection led her to horses. 

“My aunt owns a barn with a whole bunch of horses, and my dad used to ride horses when he was younger, so he would take me to the barn and teach me how to ride,” Echols said. 

This exposure eventually led Echols to enter competitions. She has come a long way since getting bucked off that first horse; in fact, her favorite experiences involve speed and risk. 

“My favorite event is western horseback riding mostly because it is different. You get to jump over little obstacles and you go fast,” Echols said. “Showmanship you just guide a horse around, and is pretty easy, and pony haltering is basically the same thing.”

While marching band has its own tough aspects, Echols says riding is harder. She views horseback riding as a challenging sport that pushes her in different directions than her other hobbies.

“It is the only time I deal with animals that aren’t house pets like dogs, but I think if anything it is harder than marching band. It is more tiring, and you get dirty way more,” Echols said. 

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PLTW biomed allows students to pursue their own path Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:05:11 +0000 Since its creation, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) has granted students the gift of first-hand experience in professional environments. The Biomedical pathway, one of the three available courses, takes students on an adventure through the lives of those who wish to make the world a healthier place.

From analyzing a crime scene to determining cancer risk via genetic analysis, Biomedical participants are tasked with completing labs, experiencing the daily lives of medical professionals, and gaining a sense of what occupation they would like to go into. For many students, the thought of choosing a career is one of the most daunting tasks on their plate. Thankfully, PLTW allows students to determine which careers that would (or wouldn’t) like to pursue.

“If I didn’t have this class and I was just guessing what I wanted to do I’d be starting college off without any specific goals in my head,” Lisa Tarantola, a senior taking Biomedical Innovations, said.

Many students wish to be doctors, but they often don’t know the scope of the word doctor. PLTW aims to not only educate students on the most common types of doctors, but also introduce them to other medical professions as well. Forensic analysts, chiropractors, general practitioners, and radiologists are just a few of the many occupations students are exposed to.

“(It’s the number one thing people comment on) when we travel, people say ‘Wow, you actually do ELISA? You’re actually using the BLAST database?’ (PLTW) is truly a transformative experience. It’s engaging, it’s applying to the real world, and it’s opening someone’s eyes to what could be,” Joy Klotz, a PLTW Biomedical teacher, said.

In addition to gaining a wealth of knowledge, the Biomedical program is a fun experience. The hands-on approach provided by PLTW is unrivaled by any other class. Students don’t just learn about jobs, they perform the tasks demanded by the profession in a classroom setting. Actually performing microarrays, utilizing micropipettes, and swabbing streak plates presents students with opportunities not found elsewhere in highschool.

“In freshman year we got to analyze a crime scene with “Anna” (the name of a mannequin) and you got to determine how she died and that was really awesome. There were so many different options and things to do,” Tarantola said.

PLTW is an excellent way to meet new people and network with those who are interested in the same career cluster. In addition to bonding with those within the same school, there’s also HOSA competitions between the participating schools. Students will compete against other schools in a variety of different events ranging from written tests and exams to taping up an athletes joints before they go into a game.

“There is literally something for everyone, I’ve got some students doing photography… bookwork, skits and things like that, we’ve got HOSA bowl going, students taking tests of medical terminology. Students get to find something they love and they get to compete in it,” said Dr. Klotz.

The PLTW Biomedical pathway is an excellent tool for success for anyone interested in practicing medicine. Students not only obtain a great deal of information on their future careers, but also make lasting bonds with those who are interested in the same passion for helping others. To participate within the Biomedical pathways, students must sign up for principles of biomedical sciences freshman year.

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Bowers adds lacrosse to athletic resume Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:36:33 +0000 Straying from the commonplace in the world of high school sports, junior softball player Caitlin Bowers spends her off-season participating on Lee’s Summit North High School’s lacrosse team. Because lacrosse is not popular enough to have a team at all area schools , all players gravitate towards LSN and form one team. Along with Caitlin, three other girls from BSHS and one from BSS played last season.

“It doesn’t bother any of us that we are from separate schools. We’re a family and we all love everyone on the team,” Bowers said.

Bowers started playing lacrosse in the spring of 2019 when her upperclassmen friend Haylee Smith made her come to practice with her. She instantly fell in love. Bowers played midfield, meaning she played both offense and defense. 

Starting a new sport can be difficult, and sometimes skills from other sports can get in the way of creating new habits. For Bowers, the skills she’d learned from a lifetime of playing competitive softball only benefited her in her new sport.

  “Skills from softball help me a lot. My shot is a side arm shot which is a lot like the swing of a bat in softball,” Bowers said.

Playing and practicing based on another school’s schedule can be difficult. The girls practice Monday through Thursday at LSNHS; they compete both in both home and away games. Along with practicing for lacrosse, competitive softball, high school softball, and regular school activities, Bowers is a very busy girl. She loves what she does though, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It really helps that I play with my friends. It makes it easier and more fun,” Bowers said.

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The role of appearance in self-confidence Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:16:47 +0000 A student’s life isn’t an easy one, that’s for sure. The measurable amounts of stress through can sometimes simply be too much for one person to handle. This week I’ll be looking into ways to help manage body image issues and imbue confidence in your image.

While it may not seem like it, the person who is judging you the most is yourself. Every student is going through the same struggles, more or less. Spending time judging people based on the way they look isn’t something most people do. If someone happens to judge you based on the way you look, they aren’t worth your time to begin with. The people who do care aren’t worth your time and those who are worth making friends with don’t care.

Despite most people not caring how you look, appearance is still a major factor to self-image. If you’re still looking to improve your presence, wearing cologne or perfume can significantly increase one’s courage and make you more pleasing to be around. Try experimenting with different scents at home for things like duration, potency, and aroma when testing which body spray is right for you. Additionally, going through your closet and cleaning out clothes that are old, worn out, or don’t fit can tidy up your wardrobe and reassure you that you’ll be looking fresh every day.

Even though your image does contribute to your presentation, it’s not the only thing that defines you as a person. Your appearance certainly matters, but it’s not the biggest thing that contributes to who you are. Just remember that people will judge you by the content of your character, not the way you dress up when you go to public school.


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Chiefs Parade: Sports Spotlight Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:04:05 +0000 On Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, making it the first time the team has brought the Lombardi trophy back to Kansas City in 50 years. Schools all across the metro were cancelled on Wednesday the 5th so that Chiefs fans would be able to attend the parade welcoming the champs home. 

Despite the temperature never reaching above freezing, around 800,000 people came out to support and celebrate with the team, some even arriving as early as 5:30 in the morning. 

Personally, I did not attend the parade because I am not a big fan of the cold, but I did feel some regrets as I watched it on T.V for deciding not to go. Everyone looked like they were having the time of their lives. Luckily, for me and any other Chiefs fans out there who chose to not go this year, it looks like this will not just be a one time thing.

Head Coach Andy Reid assured everyone during his speech at the parade that the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl again next year, and there will be yet another exciting parade for everyone to look forward to. The parade was not only celebrating the fact of winning this year, but also the future of winning as well. This is a new age of Kansas City football, and this is just the beginning.

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