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A ‘Pyle’ of Questions

A ‘Pyle’ of Questions

May 8, 2018


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Timothy David Kowis (Writer and Interviewer):  So let’s start at the beginning, where are you from?   Principal Pyle:  I was raised in Webb City Missouri, and lived in this area my whole life.  I graduated from Webb City High School in 1993 and have lived in Carl Junction since around ...

CJ Unlimited

Molly Poage

May 8, 2018


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 Adding new storm shelters to the Carl Junction district has allowed its alternative school, CJ Unlimited, to move back onto campus. It is now located in the old kindergarten-first grade North building. Coordinator Cindy Giebler says that this new campus is an improvement from where they were downt...

Powder Buff

Emma Leach, Staff Writer

May 8, 2018


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   On March 25, CJHS boys of all grades gathered in the high school gym to decide one thing: which grade is the best at volleyball? This activity, called Powder Buff, is a version of the ever-so-popular sport. In order to raise money for Project Graduation, boys from each grade teamed up with ...

Safety Warning Follow Up

Coleton Woody, Staff Writer

May 8, 2018


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 In the wake of so many school shootings happening all over our nation, the Miami High School shooting in particular, a nationwide walkout was planned for March 14th. Instead of the walkout, our school planned class meetings during second block where students could express their concerns about our school...

Almost, Maine

Jon Petry, Staff Writer

May 8, 2018


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 April 5 marked the debut of Carl Junction’s 2017-2018 Drama Club’s second production: Almost, Maine. The play featured a non-linear narrative that followed the stories of several citizens of the town of Almost, Maine in their tales of love and heartbreak, as well as being the first play that Ca...

Understanding Mental Health in Students

Understanding Mental Health in Students

May 4, 2018


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Mental health in high school is just as, if not more, important as physical health. From things as common as stress to more complex and difficult mental illnesses, high schoolers need to be educated on the topic of mental health.  According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 20% of people...

Guess Who

Guess Who

London Beck

May 4, 2018


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 Have you ever met anyone who is almost always optimistic, joyful, and energetic? Or do you ever find yourself looking at people as puzzles? Have you ever heard someone say, “I like that people each have different things, and they’re like puzzles.” If this sounds familiar, you might know or be ...

Diabolic Review

Diabolic Review

May 4, 2018


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 The Diabolic is a space opera-esque novel written by S.J. Kincaid and published in 2016. It deals with a galaxy ruled by a harsh empire that has outlawed the advance of technology and relies entirely on the slowly failing machines created by their ancestors.  The main character, Nemesis, is a ...

An Accident of Stars: Book Review

An Accident of Stars: Book Review

Daniel Brower

May 4, 2018


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 It is always a shame when a fantasy novel with a promising setting and plot is cut short by a political agenda, but, sadly, that is the case in Foz Meadow’s “An Accident of Stars.” The story follows a young Australian high school girl named Saffron. It opens with her being bullied and assault...

Discover Engineering in New Class

Discover Engineering in New Class

May 4, 2018


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 If you look around, everything from the chair you sit in, the car you drive, or the bus you may take home was created and designed by an engineer. Carl Junction offers two engineering classes currently and will offer another one next year. All classes follow the PLTW pathway.  PLTW stands for ...

Spirit Tree Falls In Joplin

Spirit Tree Falls In Joplin

May 4, 2018


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 It has been nearly seven years since the Spirit Tree first grew to represent hope for the city of Joplin after the devastating tornado. Sadly, the tree that was a symbol for many has now fallen. Located near the former Dillons grocery store in downtown Joplin, the tree was painted in bright colors by...