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Spring Break travel: Yes or No?
By:Sophie Frazier

This spring break some people are planning on traveling and some people are staying home, whether by choice or necessity. 

Teacher Haylie Sparks has a variety of plans for  break.

“For this Spring Break, I plan on taking my stepson on a few adventures. We plan to go to the movies, hang out with his cousins, and do a little house hunting,” she said. “There are many things that need to get done around the house, so I plan on completing chores that I have held off on completing since Christmas break, such as organizing the kitchen, linen closet, and bathrooms.” 

She also has plans outside of Harrisonville.  

“I will also be traveling to El Dorado, Kansas, to enjoy our Easter weekend with my husband's family. 

Colleen O'reilly, senior, also shares her plans for the break. 

“I am going to get caught up on my homework and work on getting my research together for my research paper,” O’Reilly said. “I'm also going to spend a lot of my time getting caught up on sleep and probably watching TV with my family. I hope to get out with my friends--maybe go on a hike or grab a cup of coffee--but mostly just rest and relax.”

Opinions on traveling outside of the city this spring break are varied. 

“I do not think that it would be the best plan for me to travel during Spring Break,” Sparks said. “There were so many quarantines that occurred right after we all returned from Christmas break that I don't think it would be the safest plan for myself.”

She adds on “ I am only planning on traveling after my second vaccine shot. I am at the point where my immunity period is up, so I will have to be extra diligent and careful while traveling.”

On the other hand, Senior Ian Briggs has a differing opinion, “I think that it's not a bad idea. If everyone just wears their masks and in places that are necessary then corona should not affect the experience.”

O'Reilly’s views are more neutral.  

“I feel better about people traveling for spring break this year than last year, especially since it seems like cases are falling instead of spiking. Obviously, it's still not the best idea to travel, but there's no stopping people and I think this year is safer than last year.”

Whether you plan to stay in the city or travel much farther than that, remember to wash your hands, bring lots of masks, and follow other recommended safety precautions in order to stay healthy.   


Meet the 2021 Courtwarming Candidates

Justice, Coffey nominated at Courtwarming candidates

By Trevor Campbell


Harrisonville seniors Nonnie Justice and Shayne Coffey were elected as 2021 Courtwarming candidates by their classmates.


Nonnie is involved in girls wrestling, track, music makers, Mercernaries, and FCA. Shayne was involved in football as well as the Mercernaries. 


After high school, Nonnie plans on going to an undecided college, majoring in exercise science and minoring in psychology, and continuing her wrestling career. Shayne wants to go to Longview and then transfer to a 4-year college to get a business degree.


Question: What’s your favorite high school memory? 

Nonnie: “Winning a team state title with my girls Mel [Beachner] and Chloe [Herrick], and all of our late night DQ trips.”

Shayne:  “All the dumb things I and the boys have done over the years.” 


Question: What is the best advice you received in high school? 

Nonnie: “My sophomore year Coach DeVenney told me to keep being me, and to keep encouraging others because nobody could ever take my passion away from me.” 

Shayne:  “Try to make every memory count because it flies by.”


Question: What’s your favorite thing about Harrisonville tradition?

Nonnie: “The homecoming parade. I love seeing the whole community gather to support our schools and kids.”

Shayne: “The pep rallies and being a part of the student sections during basketball season.”


Question: What fictional character would you be friends with and why? 

Nonnie: “The Ninja Turtles because they’re kind of dope and like pizza.”

Shayne: “Doodle Bob [from Spongebob] just so he could erase all the mistakes I’ve made in my life so far.”

Courtwarming Nominees Bostic, Langrehr

By Brandy Atwell


HHS Seniors Elizabeth Bostic and Brooks Langrehr are two of the Courtwarming candidates that were nominated for queen and king by the Senior class. Both shared information about themselves.


What are you involved in at the high school?

Elizabeth: “I am involved in NTHS, NHS, and HOSA. I am the Co President of DECA, CCC student ambassador, Bright Futures student ambassador, and I have played volleyball for all four years.”

Brooks: Brooks is involved in boys basketball. 


What are your plans after high school?

Elizabeth: “After high school I am going to Mizzou and plan on majoring in nursing and hopefully I become a pediatric nurse.” 

Brooks: “I plan to further my education and basketball career at an undecided college.” 


If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Elizabeth: “If I could live anywhere it would probably be on a llama farm because I love llamas and they are really cute.” 

Brooks: “I would want to live in Fiji because I’ve always loved the little water huts. Swimming in the crystal clear water would be a dream come true.” 


If you could interview any celebrity, who would it be and why? 

Elizabeth: “If I could interview any celebrity it would be Christian Braun because I think he’s really hot and I want to ask him if he’ll go on a date with me.”

Brooks: “If I could interview one celebrity, it would be Tyler Herro because I love his game and would want to know his basketball philosophy.”


What is your favorite memory from high school?

Elizabeth: “My favorite high school memory would probably be winning district this year for volleyball, and when Emily Gray cut her bangs sophomore year.”

Brooks: “Getting to go to 3 high schools in 4 years and meet so many people. I’ve gotten to learn so much about so many people and it’s really amazing.”

Courtwarming Candidates 2021: Eggers, Blixt

By: Emma Bagby


Seniors LaNae Eggers and Conner Blixt are two of Harrisonville’s 2021 Courtwarming candidates. Read on to learn more about both students.. 


Questions 1: What are you involved in here at the high school? 

LaNae: I am involved in show choir, dance team, soccer, and NHS.

Conner: I’m involved in basketball, baseball, and cross country.


Question 2: Why do you think you should win?

LaNae: I think I should win because it would be a super cool thing to tell my kids one day.

Conner:  I think I should win because I am very nice to others and a great student-athlete.


Question 3: What are your post-high school plans?

LaNae:  I plan to attend the University of Central Missouri to major in events marketing and management.

Conner: To go to Metropolitan Community College to run cross country.


Question 4: What are your best memories from high school?

LaNae: My best memories of high school are long days at show choir competitions and dance team lock-ins. 

Conner: My best memories from high school are hanging with the boys having the times of our lives.


Question 5: If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?

LaNae: I would probably choose either Latin or Britain because those are the names I want to name my kids, and I think they're super cute.

Conner: If I could change my name it would be Conrad because the name sounds very intimidating.


Question 6: If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? And why?

LaNae:  I think maybe a gorilla. They just seem like they would be sassy and always think they were in charge.

Conner:  A snake would be the rudest because it always plays the bad character in movies.

Abernathy, Ridenhour, 2021 Courtwarming Nominees

By: Hannah Reynolds


Two seniors who are 2021 HHS Courtwarming candidates are Julea Abernathy and Zach Ridenhour. Both shared some information about themselves.


Question: What sports and activities are you involved in here at HHS?

Julea: “I am only involved in softball.”

Zach: ”I am involved in track and field and FBLA, and I am the boys’ basketball manager.”

Question: What are your plans after high school?

Julea: “To attend Penn Valley Community College to become a paralegal.”

Zach: “To attend MU to study clinical psychology.”

Question: What was your best high school memory?

Julea: “Going on a roadtrip with Zia [Johnson] every day after school.”

Zach: “Tearing my ACL at the Pleasant Hill football game.”

Zach also attended high school in Seattle for two years and his best high school memory from Seattle was qualifying for state in track as a freshman.

Question: What is your best childhood memory?

Julea: “On my 6th birthday I got my dream dog, to later find out I hate dogs.” 

Zach: “Being named the tetherball champion and 4-square champion.”

Question: What’s your favorite cheesy pick-up line?

Julea: “Well, here I am! What are your other two wishes?” 

Zach: “Baby, if you were words on a page, you’d be fine print.”

Question: What is one piece of advice you would give to an underclassmen?

Julea: “Expect the unexpected.”

Zach: “Have fun but don’t tear your ACL.”

Lemmer, DeVenney represent HHS as courtwarming candidates

By: Maya Beavers


Seniors Kara Lemmer and Nathanael DeVenney are two of HHS´s 2021 Courtwarming candidates. Keep reading to find out a little bit more about them.


What are some things you are involved in at school? 

Kara: ¨At school I am involved in DECA, Traction, Student Council, NTHS, NHS, CCC ambassador, CCC Bright Future council, and tennis.¨

Nathanael: ¨Some school activities I am involved in include: tennis, managing wrestling, FFA, NHS, NTHS, and tutoring.¨


What are your plans post high school?

Kara: ¨After high school I plan to attend Missouri State in Springfield and major in marketing.¨

Nathanael: ¨I am currently planning to become a dermatologist, so I can be rich and have easy access to botox, fillers, and medical-grade skincare. I will pursue a career at MU, and while I'm there I will visit my lovely grandparents frequently for food, and to sleep in a normal sized bed.¨


What is your favorite memory from high school?

Kara: ¨Going to sectionals with my girl Kaelin, and meeting all of my best friends.¨

Nathanael: ¨Being in a TikTok that went viral, where I pretended to be Jenna Schrock’s boyfriend.¨


If you had a superpower what would it be and why?

Kara: ¨Telekinesis so that when my mom leaves my bedroom door open I can shut it without having to get up....haha.¨

Nathanael: ¨Making everyone fall madly in love with me.¨


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

Kara: ¨Australia so that Nathanael and I can eat shrimp on the barbie all day long.¨

Nathanael: ¨Australia because I could live with Kara and get tans every day. Everyone there also has nice accents...¨


What advice would you give to the underclassmen? 

Kara: ¨Jump on every opportunity that comes your way & make the most out of your high school career; it’ll be over before you know it!¨

Nathanael: ¨If you ever have a job (which you should, just not in fast food lol) SAVE SOME OF YOUR MONEY! I have zero dollars to my name and it’s all because I spent it all on Lululemon.¨


Maxwell, Riley: Courtwarming Nominees 

By: Kaley Caldwell 


Harrisonville seniors Erison Maxwell and River Riley are two of the candidates that were nominated for king and queen for courtwarming by the Senior Class. Here, they share some information about themselves.


What are your plans after hIgh school? 

Erison: “After high school, I plan to go to Longview for a couple years and then potentially move out of state later on and study Sports Psychology.” 

River: “Go to community college then transfer somewhere far away.” 


What activities are you involved in?

Erison: “I played volleyball for four years.” 

River: River is involved in football, baseball, and FBLA.


What is your favorite high school memory?

Erison: “My favorite high school memory was probably winning districts [in volleyball] and just all the memories I made with my team.”

River: River’s favorite memory was the extended spring break last year. 

What is a joke that is stupid, but always makes you laugh?

Erison: “A joke that always makes me laugh is ‘a drum and a cymbal fall off a dum tsh.’”

River: River laughs at any “that’s what she said” joke. 

If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you bring? 

Erison: Erison would bring her dog, her phone, and food. 

River: River would bring a boat, food, and the Eternal Atake album by Lil Uzi Vert 

What is one word to describe your partner candidate?

Erison: Erison would describe her partner candidate as witty. 

River: River would describe his partner candidate as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! 


Middleton takes over as girls’ basketball coach at HHS
By: Kennedy Smalley

This season, BryAnn Middleton, a history teacher at Harrisonville High School, is the new varsity coach of the Lady Wildcats Basketball team.

Although she is new to the high school coaching staff, she brings with her years of basketball experience.

Middleton started varsity all four years of her high school basketball experience and her team won state with an undefeated record her junior year. Middleton received a scholarship to continue her basketball career at Northwest Missouri State University, but only got to play one semester due to a recurring injury. 

After she graduated from college, she became the girl’s varsity coach at Raytown South, where she coached for four years. She then became the boys’ varsity assistant coach at Drexel, where she coached for seven years. After she was done coaching at Drexel, she started coaching at Harrisonville Middle School. Middleton only coached at the middle school for one year before becoming the high school coach.

Despite her extensive background in the sport, when Shawn Gibbs stepped down as the head coach for girls’ basketball last year, Middleton was interested in but skeptical about applying for the position.

“I didn’t know if I was ready to get back into varsity coaching because it is such a time commitment,” Middleton said. “But, God’s timing is awesome and He knows better than me. Coach Gibbs retired last year and I didn't know when the position would be open again. So after a lot of prayer and talking to my family, we decided to go for it.” 

Middleton is excited for this opportunity and has many goals for the team this season.

“The girls on the team are amazing,” Middleton said. “They are great people, great students, great athletes and great cheerleaders for each other. I want them to be the best conditioned team in the conference and for it to be fun and productive for everyone involved.”

Senior Katelyn Vandendaele says Middleton has a lot to offer as a coach.

“I think she will bring to the team strong energy,” Vandendaele said. “She has a lot of basketball knowledge and experience.”

Freshman Kenzie Meeks tried out and made this year’s team. She had Middleton as a coach her eighth grade year. Meeks enjoyed playing for her and is excited that she will continue to be her coach in high school.

“I think she is going to bring a love for the game back into this team,” Meeks said. “I also think she is going to bring determination and excitement to get on the court every day for practice and games.”


Harrisonville Soccer team wins District Championship
By: Maya Beavers

Harrisonville High School boys soccer team became district champions after defeating the Belton Pirates 4-2 on Wednesday, Nov. 4

The team was very happy to win such an honor. 

“It felt like we deserved it. We worked really hard before the season” sophomore Emiliano Arroyo said.

The team played a phenomenal game even though their competition was tough. Individual players were also pleased with their performance.

“I felt like I played pretty decently, not the best I could have, but I was just really excited to be a part of it and to be able be a starter,” sophomore Cort DeVenney said.

Early in the game, the team was actually down, but by the end of the first half they had scored two goals. 

“The most exciting part of the game was when we came back from being down 0 - 1 and scoring two goals back to back,” sophomore Tucker Lawson said. “From that point on I felt like we were going to win.” 

Unfortunately, the team’s season ended shortly after this game with a loss against Van Horn for sectionals. However, they still ended their season with a final team record of 13-7-2. 

“I’m gonna miss my teammates the most. You don’t get that kind of connection anywhere else,” senior Monte Schroeder said. “It's like one big family out there.”