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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...

A New Future

Haily Cook, Reporter

January 6, 2020

There is something exciting coming to Columbia Public Schools next year, there will be a program where high school students can attend college. Moberly Area Community College (MACC),  is partnering with Columbia Public Schools (CPS) to give high school students the chance to earn their associates degree...

Snow Day Finals Fiasco

Haily Cook, Reporter

December 18, 2019

It’s been a chilly two days, and a huge snow storm has hit just in time for finals week. On Sunday night a snow storm came in to Columbia, causing Columbia Public Schools (CPS) to cancel school, the snowstorm continued Monday causing CPS to cancel school on Tuesday as well. For students this caused ...

Snow day disrupts finals week

Snow day disrupts finals week

December 16, 2019

Columbia Public Schools announced on Sunday that school would be canceled on Monday, Dec. 16 due to inclement weather.  This cancelation falls on an important review day for students in order to prepare for finals. Battle High School released an updated version of the finals schedule to give student...

Take a coat

Jennifer Pereyra, Reporter

December 13, 2019

Need a coat, take a coat, have a coat, give a coat. The school is providing free coats of all sizes for students and staff members in need of a coat, the coats are outside of the counseling office. For Students that are in need of a warm jacket, they are told to go ahead and grab one. Staff and admi...

Welding Club Cancelled

Ian Melville, Reporter

December 13, 2019

Last year, every Thursday and Friday evening welders gathered in room A158 with welding teacher John Goddard to expand their skills. Students  hung out, weld, and ate pizza with Goddard, but that came to a halt.  “Students who want more help/enrichment in the trade come,” Goddard said.  ...

Are cell phones ruining our brains?

Mackenzie Banks, Reporter

December 13, 2019

Cell phone addiction is becoming a very concerning problem in the 21st century. At Battle High School, students were misusing phones in class. Since students were misusing phones the school administration turned off the WiFi to all personal devices. Battle counselor Rebecca Wallace says the new policy was to help...

Christmas cheer does exist

Kalea Baker, Reporter

December 10, 2019

It’s that time of year when people begin preparing and decorating their house for the holiday season. There have been many studies that show the benefits of decorating your house. One major benefit is that it improves your overall mood.  According to Business Insider, “People who decorate the outsid...

Hello 2020!

Nathan Stever, Reporter

December 10, 2019

The end of the decade is quickly approaching with the resurgence of the 20’s right around the corner. The New Years celebrations will shortly begin. The strike of 12 on the clock will bring joy to many people's faces as the new year begins.  New Year’s has always been something to look forward to. Many ...

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...

Redlining in school districts

Kalea Baker, Reporter

December 10, 2019

Redlining has been around since the late 1930’s and still continues to affect students in  school districts today. Redlining is similar to gerrymandering because they both consist of drawing lines to benefit a group of people. Redlining is the act of fencing off where banks would avoid investments d...

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