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Coronavirus impacts broadcasting students trip, forced to return

Sarah Mosteller carries her luggage while traveling back from the Student Television Network convention.

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

March 13, 2020

Student Television Network officials announced Wednesday the annual convention was canceled amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  STN, which was hosting media students in the nation’s Capitol, made the announcement Wednesday after D.C. city officials urged STN organizers to cancel.  STN mad...

Deadline to vote in MO presidential primary election approaches

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

February 9, 2020

With the Iowa Caucus coming to an end, citizens are now looking forward to primary elections. If you haven't registered to vote, the registration deadline for the March 10 presidential primary election is this Wednesday, Feb. 12. There are multiple ways to register to vote, according to the Boone County G...

Top news stories from 2019

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2020

Now that the book has closed on 2019, millions of people are reflecting on their year. From mass shootings to new science developments, 2019 marked another monumental year. Here are some of the top stories from 2019:  Ethiopian aircraft crash In March, all passengers and crew were killed on a ...

Houses approves War Powers resolution amid tensions with Iran

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2020

The House of Representatives voted Thursday in favor of a War Powers resolution in rebuke of Donald’s Trump’s actions against Iran. The resolution is meant to limit President Trump’s military action toward Iran by requiring “the president to consult with Congress ‘in every possible instance...

Education First: ACT Scores

Education First: ACT Scores

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2019

Students in Columbia Public Schools (CPS) scored higher on average than their national peers on the American College Testing (ACT) exam in 2019;  however, the district’s average decreased slightly compared to 2018, according to a report.  In the report, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Seconda...

Countdown to the holidays calendar

Countdown to the holidays calendar

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

December 2, 2019

Once Thanksgiving rolls by, children and adults are ready to celebrate the holidays. The holidays are known for family time, giving, and celebrating the new year, and children across the country are excited for what is to come within the coming weeks. Here is a countdown to the holidays with fun activi...

Goodwill Excel Center gives adult students a second chance at earning a high school diploma

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2019

While Goodwill is known for its thrift stores, Cody Chamberlain remembers Goodwill for something much deeper-- the chance to confront a lingering regret.  “I’ve just been beating myself up about it. Like why did I quit, why did I quit,” Chamberlain explained. A drop out of Fulton High Sch...

Preferred pronouns in public schools

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

November 14, 2019

Kelsey Pegg is among the thousands of people who conclude their emails with four simple words. They/them/their pronouns.  “Including your pronouns, whether or not someone asks, allows for two things. First, it makes it clear what your pronouns are right away. It doesn’t leave it up for discussion,...

Seniors Rally Together at Annual Senior Tailgate

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

November 4, 2019

Senior year is known for many lasts. The last homecoming dance, the last first day, the last class assembly. Since 2017, it has become tradition that seniors rally together to celebrate their last football season at the senior class tailgate. This year, the class of 2020 saved that honor for their last...

Fashion Frenzy

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2019

When the leaves start changing, so does the fashion trends. Suddenly, you’re left regretting not owning a denim-jacket or a turtleneck sweater to help combat the cold temperatures during the fall. Here are the top six fall trends to keep an eye out for this year:  Silk Scarves  Silk scarves that mimi...

The Achievement Gap Crisis: Opportunities Decrease for Poor Children

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2019

Poverty affects more than a child’s home life; it also affects the behavior of adolescents in many different ways.  In Columbia, 16 percent of children 18-and-under are living in impoverished conditions, according to 2018 data collected by Boone County. These numbers are still rising.  Rachel...

CPS to Implement No-Backpack Policy

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2019

In an effort to ensure more safety at football games, Columbia Public Schools (CPS) implemented a new no-backpack policy for all middle and high school sporting events.  Sharla Hyler, guidance secretary, sent an email in the Spartan Mailer last month outlining the new policy.   “At the home foot...

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