Thomas Rhett’s ‘Marry Me’ directed flawlessly

Megan Klug, Blue M Editor-in-Chief

December 19, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Music is undoubtedly a form of storytelling, whether it’s about love, loss or emotion. Thomas Rhett encompasses the role of a storyteller in his latest album, “Life Changes,” where he sings about his life experiences. One song that has become exceptionally popular is “Marry Me.” The song...

Blizzard’s ‘Overwatch’ team pictures its league as ‘the new NFL’

Elizabeth Alexander, Trending Editor

December 19, 2017


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Video game company Blizzard’s “Overwatch” staff, back during the beginning of development of the game in 2013, would have never expected their game to be big enough to not only create a gaming league, but also be seen as the new National Football League. “Overwatch” is a multi-player online gam...

Orchestra finds success at winter concert

Kaitlin Clark, Entertainment Editor

December 19, 2017


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The Manhattan High orchestras helped ring in the holiday season with a little magic in their annual Orchestravaganza winter concert. The theme of the year was ‘magic,’ which was incorporated in various ways throughout the Wednesday and Thursday performances including with dancing, magic tricks and ...

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ elevates the franchise

Leah Beyer, Blue M Academics Editor

December 19, 2017


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The latest installment in the Star Wars saga (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), with its perfectly-timed humor, delightful new characters and concrete depiction of the significance of failure and the struggle to find your place, certainly does not disappoint. At the heart of this movie is Rey’s attemp...

First Choir Concert

Maddy Gleason, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017


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After the cancellation of their quarter one concert, Manhattan High students finally got a chance to showcase their talents.  Varsity choir started the evening off followed by Pops, Bel’ Voce, and the freshman women’s choir. The groups performed a limited number of pieces in order to ensure th...

One Acts become big crowd pleasers

Micheal Simmons, Sports Editor

December 12, 2017


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The sound of laughter and amusement filled the drama room and little theater as several different actors and directors put on plays, comedies and skits all chosen by the performing students themselves. One by one spectators and audience members filled every seat in the drama room, up to the point whe...

Students qualify for KMEA state choir

Kaitlin Clark, Entertainment Editor

December 12, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

After participating in the Kansas Music Education Association’s district level choir group, four Manhattan High students have qualified for Kansas’ state choir. “I was very surprised that I had made it,” Ashlyn Gillispie, senior, said. “When my cousin called to tell me, I honestly thought ...

“Just the Beginning” a success for new musician

Sophia Comas, 21st Century Journalism Student

December 12, 2017


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Grace Vanderwaal’s newly released album, “Just the Beginning,” is not only pleasant to listen to, but combines light, upbeat melodies with dark sounding tones to create a unique style all her own. The album, which includes 12 original songs, was released on Nov. 3 and is the first full length...

Artist of the Week: Abbey Shaneyfelt

Hailey Eilert, Photographer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Artist of the Week, Entertainment, Features

When did you begin playing music? I've played instruments throughout my childhood and up to now. In early elementary school I picked up the violin, and after a few years switched to cello and played flute in the school band. I've played the ukulele since summer of 2015 and baritone and piano since l...

Chamber Choir helps ring in Christmas season at Festival of Lights

Kaitlyn Clark, Entertainment Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

With the smell of hot chocolate in the warm Nov. 24 night air, the Manhattan High Chamber Choir sang carols at the Festival of Lights annual tree lighting in downtown Manhattan, right before a switch was thrown to turn on the tree and start the festivities. This year was the fifth year that the choir ...

Student groups perform in holiday parade

Dylan Thomas, Staff Photographer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The city of Manhattan gathered Friday night to observe the Mayor’s Spirit of the Holiday Lights Parade. Manhattan High students in band, cheer, dance and other activities lined up at 5:30 p.m. to march down Poyntz, through Aggieville and eventually end in City Park. Residents of Manhattan list...

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