The Spearhead

Teenage Mental Health

Allison Collier, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Student Life

You’ve probably heard this before, but a teenager in America today is usually more stressed than the average 1950s asylum inmate. A variety of mental health disorders can be found in teens. Many are getting more attention in the media these days, like depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Some ment...

Students Rely on Permanent Substitute

Marissa Beaver, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under A&E, Student Life

Art teacher Sherri Parker recently had a baby, leaving her class in need of a permanent substitute. In this case, Carol Hall became the permanent substitute for Parker’s classes. This can cause difficulties and benefits not only for students who need to continue to learn without their teacher, but also...

Traffic Box Art

Traffic Box Art

Maddie Vessar, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under A&E, Showcase, Student Life

In downtown Columbia, each year a traffic box is painted into a beautiful piece of art. Battle  has been selected to decorate the traffic box on Walnut and 7th. Jody Spriggs received a called from the Cultural Affairs Office about painting a traffic box. The process for submitting designs is ve...

No-School November

Raven Atwood, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Student Life

There are so many days missed during the month of November. Two teacher work days, Thanksgiving break and an Election day. With six days missed, one may ask, what do the students do on their days off? Aaliyah Potes, sophomore , enjoys No-school November because, “It’s nice to have a break fr...

Get Involved!

Cheyenne Leasure, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Getting involved in school related activities is often suggested by teachers, parents, and other adults, but why is it so important? What long or short term benefits does it provide? One reason adults are pushing these activities onto students is because being involved in extracurricular activities ...

Tips on Passing The Driver’s Test

Tips on Passing The Driver’s Test

Ricardo Rodriguez, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Student Life

As students are about to turn sixteen, one of the things they may think about is their driver’s test and passing it, so they get the freedom of driving on the roads individually. In the state of Missouri, teenagers that are sixteen can receive their intermediate license with the completion of the 40 h...

Halloween Psychology

Marissa Beaver, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Student Life

October is commonly associated with the popular holiday Halloween. Activities such as trick-or-treating, eating candy, watching scary movies, and attending haunted houses are common for those who enjoy the scary holiday season. Contrary to those who enjoy these activities, a lot of people try to stay awa...

Five to Fall for Autumn Activities!

Five to Fall for Autumn Activities!

Kaylee Faddis, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Want to spice up your fall life and get ready for the holidays? Here are five things that will guarantee you are set for fall. 1. Piles and Piles - Relive some childhood memories by rolling around in fresh fall leaves in the brisk autumn weather. Simply grab a rake, and gather leaves into a big pile. E...

Students Gather for the Annual Zombie Defense League

Students Gather for the Annual Zombie Defense League

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Once a year, students in Zombie Defense League from around Columbia Public Schools gather together in the commons at Battle High School for the annual lock in. Although, Zombie Defense League hosts three lock in nights throughout the course of the school year, Battle only hosts one. This year, the event...

Students Attend Annual College Fair

Students Attend Annual College Fair

Kaitlyn Bailey, Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Students filled the commons for the second annual College Fair. Over 30 institutions--  public, private, and technical-- attended the college fair to talk to students about college. Stephen’s College admission representative Carrie McKee stresses the importance of attending a college fair. “C...

Student Athletes in PE Classes

Student Athletes in PE Classes

Marissa Beaver, Reporter

October 17, 2018


Filed under Sports, Student Life

In order to graduate high school, one physical education credit is required. Some students take physical education in summer school and some take it during the school year. Either way, two semesters are required. All students are required to do this, including student athletes, which can raise quest...

Outstanding Academic Profile: Adam Lake

Outstanding Academic Profile: Adam Lake

Adrian Maddox, Editor

October 15, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Each year, 16,000 students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship through the PSAT by scoring in the top 1%. From the 16,000 qualifying students, 7,500 students are selected and receive $2,500 for each year they’re in college. As a semifinalist, Adam Lake is of the top 1%. Lake entered his senior...

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