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Several acoustic guitars and banjos are on display at the museum of country music in Nashville, Tennessee. Country music tends to be controversial, but is better than its reputation.

Country conflict

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief May 4, 2018

I couldn't tell you the exact moment I started liking country music. If you had asked me a year ago, I would have told you, “I'll listen to anything but country music or rap;” I firmly believed that...

Prop Learn is the third attempt at an education tax levy for the district. It lost on April 3 by approximately 500 votes.

Dear “Prop Learn” voters

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief April 9, 2018

Dear everyone who voted “no” on Prop Learn,   I don’t think you’re all horrible people. I’m sure, when you walked into that voting booth, you didn’t think, “how can I make life...

Two girls attend a movie. Movies do not tend to cater to viewers who are not straight. The gallery offers a collection of good books, movies, and TV shows featuring non-straight characters.

Becoming normal

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief March 16, 2018

My friends’ laughter began to fade with the dimming of the lights around us. We all settled back into our seats in anticipation for our movie as the previews began. They were the same as they always...

Author Tomi Adeyemi gives a presentation about pursuing passions. Adeyemis first book was an overnight sensation, coming out last Tuesday and already becoming a No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

Inspirational Adeyemi

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief March 16, 2018

“IF YOU WANT IT YOU CAN DO IT,” large red words read against a black screen behind 24-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi, who smiles broadly as she speaks into a microphone, encouraging the library full...

Serengeti Steve talks, reticulated python wrapped around his body. This is one of 47 reptiles in Steves collection, and one of his longest snakes, measuring in at 12 feet long.

Serengeti Central

Skylar Laird, Co-editor in chief February 21, 2018

His boots pacing the ground, Serengeti Steve smiled slyly at his audience, a diverse group of students and teachers alike, all grinning right back at him in anticipation for what he would pull out of his...

John (Saw)s face takes up the movie poster. This movie was released on Halloween this year


Skylar Laird, Co-editor-in-chief December 12, 2017

“I wanna play a game.” This quote lives in its own infamy - it’s one of those phrases everyone knows, making the movie series it’s from, the Saw franchise, equally well-known. Beginning with...

President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the St. Charles Convention Center. Here, he discussed tax cuts and small businesses to an enthusiastic crowd.

Words of President embolden Missourian supporters

Garrett Allen, Discover editor November 30, 2017

In an afternoon rally held Wednesday Nov. 29 advocating for his administration’s major proposed tax reform legislation, as well as future plans, President Donald Trump stumped to a passionate handpicked...

Protesters outside the St. Charles Convention Center wave Trump flags while awaiting his arrival. President Trump traveled to St. Charles to speak about tax cuts.

Trump speaks in St. Charles

Skylar Laird, Co-editor-in-chief November 30, 2017

“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” Those entering the Convention Center in St. Charles on Nov. 29 were greeted by the chants of protesters gathered on the street outside, wielding American flags...

President Trump delivers a speech at the St. Charles Convention Center. This speech discussed tax cuts for small businesses.

President Trump visits St. Charles

November 30, 2017

On Nov. 29, President Trump paid a visit to St. Charles to give a speech about his plans to cut taxes for small businesses, specifically those on Main Street St. Charles. Inside, invited audience members...

The Sensations are currently selling ribbons in support of their coach, Mrs. Fetsch. Mrs. Fetsch was diagnosed with and is being treated for leukemia.

Fighting with Fetsch

Skylar Laird, Co editor in chief August 30, 2017

Having been bothered by a persistent pain she believed was nothing, as she, coach of the Sensations dance team, was a healthy person living a healthy lifestyle, Mrs. Roxanne Fetsch, accompanied by her...

Mr. Beckmann smiles as he tells a joke to his class. He teaches both AP Government and Contemporary Issues.

Boisterous Beckmann

When I first walked into your classroom, I was very intimidated by you. I don’t know how I could have been afraid of a suburban dad who really cared about his lawn, but I was.  I was looking forward...

Mrs. Baize grins while getting work done at her desk. She teaches English along with sponsoring the Speech and Debate club.

Beautiful Baize

Why I love Basil: Mrs. Baize is just a joy to be around. She is always happy, and if she isn’t she tries to pretend she is even though we can all tell, but she keeps on that smile anyway. She’s...

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