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Jill Biden Visits Columbia on Eve of Missouri Primary

Jill Biden Visits Columbia on Eve of Missouri Primary

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

On the eve of Missouri’s 2020 Democratic primary election, former Second Lady of the United States, doctor Jill Biden visited Columbia’s Recreation center, the ARC, to rally voters and sway support for her husband, candidate Joe Biden. Over the weekend of March 7, Biden’s campaign spent time lo...

A High School Student’s Guide to the Democratic Candidates

A High School Student's Guide to the Democratic Candidates

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

March 9, 2020

The 2020 Presidential Primary election is coming  quickly and voters in Missouri have until March 10th to make their decision for who to support in the nomination process. With two candidates for the democratic nomination in serious contention, finding the right person to represent you can be tough, ...

“World War III” TikToks, Explained

Sunkha Kimhang watches a WW III TikTok on his phone.

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

February 21, 2020

President Donald Trump rang in the new decade with a surprising military decision that has not only sparked debate among Americans and the larger political community, but has inspired a plethora of new memes and TikTok among the younger generation. Here is a list of popular TikTok trends related to the mi...

A Brief Explanation of the Iowa Caucus

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

February 21, 2020

As a mainstay of the United States election process, the Iowa Caucus attracts thousands of politicians, reporters, and voters’ attention to the Midwest. But what even is the Iowa Caucus, and why is it important?   How does a Caucus work? Every four years, Iowans gather in public places...

“Servant of the People” Review

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

February 21, 2020

“Servant of the People” isn’t a good show. It follows Vasyl Petrovich Holoborodko, a plain Ukrainian school teacher that gets thrusted into becoming the president of his country. The production value and writing isn’t anything special, and the plot is generally predictable and stale. However,...

Generation Z Takes on Politics

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

February 21, 2020

Generation Z is gaining quite the reputation for getting their news from social media, influencers, and YouTube. This trope goes hand-in-hand with the notion that the latest crop of voters are disconnected, uninterested, and above-it-all. But, based on interviews, Battle students tended to refer to the...

Iowa Caucus Garners Excitement from Voters, Discontent from Candidates

Iowa Caucus Garners Excitement from Voters, Discontent from Candidates

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

February 7, 2020

As a mainstay of the United States election process, the Iowa Caucus attracts thousands of politicians, reporters, and voters’ attention to the Midwest. But what even is the Iowa Caucus, and why is it important? Every four years when the presidential election rolls around, each state conducts a pri...

Poll Up to Vote

Poll Up to Vote

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

December 10, 2019

The real incentive for casting your vote in local elections? The free sticker. Columbia Public Schools (CPS) students had the chance to design their own “I Voted” sticker, one of which would be chosen to be the featured design on the 2020 Boone County voting stickers. Out of over 130 contestants, tw...

Students Look to be Fluent

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

December 10, 2019

Learning and being literate in a second language has been proven to help students get a leg up in life. A program called Seal of Biliteracy (SB) has recently been adapted by the state of Missouri in order to reward students that have proven themselves to be biliterate in school. At Battle, hundreds ...

Battle Student’s Design to be Featured on 2020 Election Stickers

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

December 2, 2019

The real incentive for casting your vote in local elections? The free sticker. Columbia Public Schools (CPS) students had the chance to design their own “I Voted” sticker, one of which would be chosen to be the featured design on the 2020 Boone County voting stickers. Out of over 130 contestants, tw...

Tech Crew Shines Light on Fall Musical

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

November 25, 2019

Without their help, the fall musical couldn’t go on. The tech crew, led by William Palmer, is in charge of lighting, sound, and sets for every stage production at Battle. Though their work often goes unnoticed, it is integral to the success of the play, and this year’s production of Tarzan was no exc...

Trump Pulls US Troops out of Syria

Ava Kitzi, Copy Editor

November 5, 2019

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull all United States troops from Northern Syria on Oct. 3 was immediately challenged by bipartisan backlash in Congress, and could face many consequences in the future. The conflict in the Middle East is backed up by thousands of years of controversy, war, and ...

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