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Streaming services highlight black creators

McKayla Clarksnodgrass, Photo Editor

September 22, 2020

After the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, many streaming services have added sections promoting black stories and artists. A few of these streaming services include Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Spotify. Netflix organizes its “Black Stories” section under genres, which includes over 100 ...

Artist of the Week: Julius Neumann

Lasirra Hines, Entertainment Editor

September 22, 2020

What are you doing in orchestra, or what is your position or chair? Oh, principle second.   What do you do for lessons or practice? Previous knowledge of you going to Germany, and you taking lessons there? So, during the summer, I used to go to Germany, of course not this summer, wit...

‘Mulan’ live-action fails to meet expectations

McKayla Clarksnodgrass, Photo Editor

September 15, 2020

2020 has been an all-around bad year and the new “Mulan” movie hasn’t made it any better. On Sept. 4, Disney bypassed theaters to release the 2020 remake of the animated classic on Disney+ with Premier Access.  The story is about Mulan (Liu Yife) who takes her father’s (Tzi Ma) place in t...

Pandemic’s Impact on Music

McKayla Clarksnodgrass, Photo Editor

September 14, 2020

Every aspect of normal life has been affected by COVID-19. One thing that has been greatly impacted is our music classes at MHS. “It’s completely different,” Nate McClendon, the orchestra director, said. “How do you take a class that’s built on social interaction and teach it via social d...

Lauv connects to audience through new album

Madison Ritz, Blue M Student Life Editor

March 20, 2020

Starting back in April 2019, Lauv released his first song off his newly released album, ~how i’m feeling~ called “Drugs & The Internet.” Since then, he has been slowly releasing more music one by one until he announced a whole album was being released on March 6. Now that his second debut al...

A nerd’s guide to social distancing 

Meredith Comas, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

Spring break 2020 has taken a turn for the worse. COVID-19 -- more commonly referred to as the virus that causes it, Coronavirus -- has put the world on lockdown to stall what is now a global pandemic. In response, schools around the United States have closed their doors for the next few weeks, incl...

Band takes four to KMEA

Anika Nyp and Sophia Comas

March 3, 2020

  Four select Manhattan High band students joined the rest of the performing music department last weekend in Wichita for the KMEA All-State conference where kids auditioned to participate in high-level performing skills. Senior Josh Brandt, junior Jonothan Wood, sophomore Jessica Park and freshman...

Choir performs in KMEA concerts

Anika Nyp, Blue M Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

Three Manhattan High students were chosen to perform in the Kansas Music Educators Association All-State choir this past weekend. Senior Tysen Plumber and juniors Alissa Kohls and Bernice Poulter auditioned for KMEA earlier this year and among many students made it into the mixed choir.   ...

‘They can change the world’

Senior Allen Zhang plays intensely to Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, which is meant to express both the sadness and anger he felt during the World War II era. His self-written requiem required that the Chamber Orchestra play aggressively, resulting in broken bow strings.

Sophia Comas, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

“Am I going to cry?” I asked. “I seriously hope that you do,” responded orchestra director Nate McClendon. As I tiptoed out from behind backstage in the subtlest way I could manage, I snuck into the third row, bracing myself for what I was about to hear. Manhattan High’s Chamber Orchestra...

Artist of the Week

Artist of the Week

Katya Tarabrina, Blue M Organizations Editor

March 2, 2020

Abbey Shaneyfelt Glass and 3-dimensional art  How long have you been doing art?  For a very long time I'd say. I've been doing it since elementary school, but I didn't care about it until high school or middle school, and take it seriously. How do you express yourself through art?...

Artist of the Week

Katya Tarabrina, Blue M Organizations Editor

January 27, 2020

Senior Ethan Meyer Trumpet player What are some of your accomplishments in band? “I've been in Wind Ensemble for four years, I have been in the jazz band for three years, I've been a soloist and a lead trumpet in jazz band. I've earned multiple superior ratings at state competitions and dis...

Band and Orchestra students on their way to All-State

Kyla Barnett, Features Editor

January 27, 2020

Four band members and 10 orchestra members from Manhattan High were selected for the Kansas Music Educators Association’s All-State groups. The students were among the 18 MHS band members and 24 MHS orchestra members who auditioned at Salina Central High School on Jan. 18. “We’re very proud of...

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