New debate teacher fills big shoes

Mr. Phillip Helt has some big shoes to fill his first year teaching at Rockhurst. When Mr. Donald Ramsey announced his retirement, the school had to find someone to replace the speech and debate coach of the last four decades, who earned Rockhurst an excellent track record and national recognition. Rockhurst decided that his replacement would be Mr. Helt, a former Hawklet and student of … Continue reading New debate teacher fills big shoes

Junior expresses passion for coffee

While many students at Rockhurst work jobs during the summer and school year, few jobs are as interesting or demanding as junior Frank Paris’s job. Paris has worked as a barista at his family-run coffee shop, Parisi Coffee, since the summer of 2013. Although some consider baristas only glorified cashiers, baristas do much more. They must know how to make the coffee and operate all … Continue reading Junior expresses passion for coffee

Behind the scenes of pep assemblies

Pep assemblies are traditional among high schools for their ability to promote school spirit and support school related events or teams. While students enjoy and sometimes criticize the pep assemblies that they are subject to, they often do not consider the planning and effort that goes into creating a assembly. Rockhurst pep assemblies are produced solely through the effort and creativity of students. The creators … Continue reading Behind the scenes of pep assemblies

Juggling club thrives after various changes

Strong leadership is essential for any club to succeed at Rockhurst. Charlie Gotschall, Tim Ripper, Parker Heinze and Eric Reeb were the leaders of the juggling club for three years and helped the juggling club become well known to Rockhurst students. All four of these men were members of the class of 2014 and have now left the club in the hands of four juniors. … Continue reading Juggling club thrives after various changes

Exclusive Q&A: US Senator Tim Kaine

Many Rockhurst graduates have gone on to interesting and successful careers, but Mr. Tim Kaine, class of 1976, may have the most interesting. Mr. Kaine is a US senator representing the state of Virginia. After graduating Rockhurst, Senator Kaine attended University of Missouri and then Harvard Law School. Senator Kaine practiced law for 17 years in Richmond, Virginia while teaching part-time at the University of … Continue reading Exclusive Q&A: US Senator Tim Kaine

New student-led band finds its footing

Every band dreams of selling out Madison Square Garden and performing in front of thousands of fans  who are singing along to every word of their number one hit. But before any of that can happen, the band has to struggle through formation and finding their own style. This first step is exactly what the band Santomo is doing. Santomo is a rock-and-roll based band … Continue reading New student-led band finds its footing

Q&A: HSPT tutor, John Godfrey

Junior John Godfrey talks about his experiences tutoring prospective high school students to prepare them for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which takes place in early January. How did you first get involved with the HSPT tutoring program? I was looking for NHS leadership projects and found an HSPT prep course for eighth graders that I thought I would enjoy teaching. When does the … Continue reading Q&A: HSPT tutor, John Godfrey