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The Student News Site of Gretna East High School

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The Student News Site of Gretna East High School

The Wingspan

Directing his first period band class, student teacher William Holke has students play Lightning Field. He had students play different notes by section as the class came to a close.

Former band student, current student teacher composer of school fight song

Reese Beery, Reporter February 22, 2024

From football to basketball games, as soon as the band hits the familiar note, students, staff and the Griffin faithful stand together as one Griffin nation and sing these lyrics with pride. This song...

GPS Director of Curriculum to retire after 25 years

GPS Director of Curriculum to retire after 25 years

Onnika Moore, Editor February 13, 2024

Meeting with grade-level teachers at Thomas Elementary School, working at admin on a new physical education program, voting on upcoming plans at the board meeting: that’s all in a day’s work for a...

Playing through their campaign on Feb. 1, Katelyn Clayton (9) and Abigail Sullivan (9) laugh with the rest of their campaign group.

Rolling the dice: Dungeons and Dragons Club sparks imagination, connection among students

Brayden Hansen, Editor February 8, 2024

The air is intense as friends face their next threat. The 20-sided dice knock against the table. Just when they get their hopes up, it lands on the lowest possible outcome: unlucky, number one… Gameplay...

In 1956, English teacher Blaine Christens uncle, Leo Christen, went missing. His car was found near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Teacher’s story of missing uncle inspires creative writing class

Leena Macklin, Reporter January 24, 2024

Trying to inspire his first-hour Intro. to Creative Writing class for their nonfiction narrative projects right before winter, English teacher Blaine Christen told the unsolved, true story of his uncle...

Posing for a group photo with the rest of the One Act cast and crew, Colton Knott (11) holds the Class A NSAA Play Production State Championship trophy. Knott was also honored with the Outstanding Male Performer Award.

East triumphs at NSAA Play Production Championships: a tale of tradition, tension, first-year success

Onnika Moore, Editor December 11, 2023

It has long been a tradition for Gretna High School’s cast and crew to hold each other's hands by crossing the right arm over the left as judges presented awards for the NSAA Play Production Championships,...

In September, 2017, six months after Ava Reinerts cancer diagnosis, Reinert hugs her mother, Amanda Reinert, at Sammys Superheroes Foundations Glow Gold event. Sammys Superheroes is another childhood cancer non-profit group who raises money for pediatric cancer research.

Gretna family, non-profit, inspired by personal experience, create beacon of hope

Madeline Petrick, Editor-in-chief December 1, 2023

Since 2019, children battling childhood cancer have been invited to the Sugarplum Ball, a night of dancing, food and most importantly, forgetting all worries about cancer. This Ball was created by Ava’s...

Alongside Highway 370,  FBLA members, Drew Vetter (11), Aiden Stoakes (11) and Camryn Reeson (11), work together to pick up litter.

FBLA makes connection to community, prepare for competition

Onnika Moore, Editor November 17, 2023

With the sun beating down on their backs, hot black trash bags gripped in their hands, and sweat glistening on their foreheads, members from both high schools’ Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)...

At the Gretna Public Library, Abbie, one of the kittens up for adoption through the Nebraska Humane Society, is cuddled by her potential new owner. The Gretna Public Library hosted the Kitty Caffe event in conjunction with the NHS and The Beanery.

No ‘kitten!’ Library hosts ‘Kitty Cafe,’ helps get 10 kittens adopted

Abigale McQuain, Reporter November 16, 2023

Curling up with a good book next to a window with the sun shining through, creating the purrrfect spot for a cat to sunbathe; it’s a scene that any cat person can envision easily. The Gretna Public Libray...

Reacting to not finding a pulse, Colton Knott (11) who plays Max in Lend Me a Tenor, acts panicked and presumes Tito Mirelli, played by Andrew Jones (11), is dead during practice on Nov. 7. Making use of the little set equipment they had, the bed Jones uses for the show is a hand-me-down from Matilda the Musical, which was performed in October.

From set construction to character development, One Act cast, crew gets down to wire

Onnika Moore, Editor November 9, 2023

Blinding stage lights, Italian accents shouting across the stage and weeks of practice in a 1930s fictional opera house are all encompassed in this weekend’s One Act performance of “Lend Me a Tenor”...

After Ferial Pearsons keynote speech, Educators Rising members Savannah Lloyd (11), Katie Albarran (11), Alli Miller (11) and Makayla Campbell (11) spoke with Pearson regarding her stories.

Future teachers gain perspective at Educators Rising Expo

Onnika Moore, Editor October 19, 2023

Grueling long hours, mental health concerns and stress run rampant in the education system. All of these factors have contributed to the local and nationwide teacher shortage. There has been report after...

Working on his laptop, Grant Branaugh works in special education teacher, Cooper Anthonys room.

Freshman Grant Branaugh inspires school-wide support, sea of yellow

Drew Rhoades, Reporter October 14, 2023
“Monday showed me that no matter what a student is facing in their life, this school will still support each other, which is very cool to see,” special education teacher Amanda Siemers said.
Giving his brother, fourth grader, Landen Knott, a piggy back ride, junior Colton Knott poses for a photo before their dress rehearsal performance of Matilda the Musical Thursday morning for Gretna Public Schools elementary school students. Colton Knott played the lead male role, Mr. Woormwood, while his brother shared the stage with him playing Nigel, who is a kid in Matildas class.

Brotherly love takes center stage tonight

Brody Heidemann, Sports Editor October 5, 2023

Rarely do high school activities include elementary school students however, the school's production of  “Matilda the Musical” by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, has allowed for just that by bringing...

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