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A total of seven high school students, freshmen from seniors, made the cut to qualify for All-Northwest and All-State honor groups, ranging from orchestra, band, and choir.
‘TUNED’ OUT TO BE PRETTY GOOD
Emma Johnson, Opinion Editor • December 2, 2022

Throughout the course of high school, a certain sentiment is commonly expressed by teachers and coaches alike in both the classroom and playing field: the pursuit of excellence. Meeting the bare minimum is an expectation,...

PHS math and science teachers stop and a historical site during their trip to San Antonio, Texas.
TEACHERS HELPING TEACHERS
Emma Brence, Prowl Reporter • November 28, 2022

Teachers all around the U.S. participate in a program called professional development. Professional development refers to the continuation of learning and education after entering the workplace. Teachers learn how to further...

Over eleven billion Alaska Snow Crabs have gone missing, causing a lot of people to wonder what is going on.
THAT'S SO RANDOM: WHERE ARE THE CRABS?
Ethan Cartier, Prowl Reporter • November 28, 2022

Ever since October of 2022, the Bering Sea (located between Russia and Alaska) has seen over 11 billion of its Alaska Snow Crabs go missing. An annual tradition in Alaska has been fishing for snow crabs, which started in...

A photo displaying a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) flyer posted in a hallway of PHS. This flyer does not include a logo; it includes only meeting times and the name of the club which adheres to school policy.
CLUB REGULATIONS
Gabby Paterson, Associate Editor • November 22, 2022

Clubs and extracurricular activities are imperative when it comes to the success and happiness of the average high school student. They allow students to fall into their niche and feel a sense of belonging. At Powell High...

Thousands of fans file into Billings MetroPark in anticipation for the Nelly concert on August 14th.
CONCERTED EFFORT
Austin Graft, News Editor • November 8, 2022

Forty years ago, rock was on top of the world. Concerts were causing political uprisings, movements and trends. One glorious day even saw the crowd at a 1985 Bruce Springsteen show in Gothenburg, Sweden, crack the concrete...

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The Lady Panthers stand on the podium together after taking third place at the Girls 3A State Swim and Dive Championship.
SWIMMING TO THE PODIUM
Nathan Feller, Editor in Chief • November 22, 2022

The Lady Panther swimming and diving team has signed off for the 2022 season, but not before cementing their place in the PHS history books.  To close out an undefeated season, the girls traveled across the state to take...

Sophomore Kinley Cooley races ahead on the straightaway, as the sides of the course are designated with colorful flags to mark the way to the finish line.
RUNNING FAR
Emma Johnson, Opinion Editor • November 1, 2022

“Run for your teammates. Run for you.”  Before the state race, it has almost become a tradition for Cross Country Coach and Social Studies teacher Mrs. Ashley Hildebrand to give a meaningful quote that gets the team...

The Lady Panther volleyball team stands in a huddle after a play.
STATCHAT: VOLLEYBALL EDITION
Hunter Davis, Prowl Reporter • October 31, 2022

The last couple of weeks have been eventful for the Powell High School volleyball team. With emotional senior nights and hard fought games, the Lady Panthers are gearing up for their regional matches this upcoming Friday. The...

The Lady Panther Swim and Dive stands on the podium with the trophy after winning the East Absaraka Conference Championship for the second year in a row.
AND WE'LL DO IT AGAIN
Gabby Paterson, Associate Editor • October 28, 2022

After a perfect regular season, the Lady Panther Girls Swim and Dive team became back-to-back conference champions after winning the East Absaraka Conference Championship in Buffalo on Oct. 21-22.  The Lady Panthers scored...

Junior Addy Thorington tosses the ball up for a serve during a game against Red Lodge on Oct. 4.
STATCHAT: REVVING IT UP
Nathan Feller and Gabby Paterson October 13, 2022

Week seven of the 2022 fall season was a success for PHS athletics. The Panthers and Lady Panthers all boosted their respective records as they take one step closer to the end of the fall campaign.  The PHS football team...

The Panther football team runs out of the tunnel before a home game against Lander. The Panthers beat the Tigers 10-7.
STATCHAT: WEEK FOUR
Nathan Feller, Editor in Chief • September 23, 2022

Week four was an overall success for PHS athletics. Most teams have reached the halfway mark in their respective regular seasons. The Panther football team traveled to Douglas Sep. 16 to challenge the Bearcats on their...

Junior Keegan Hicswa tosses the ball up for a serve during a match against Kelly Walsh. Keegan Hicswa and doubles partner Kalin Hicswa fell to Kelly Walsh in the first two sets.
ORDER IN THE COURT
Gabby Paterson, Associate Editor • September 20, 2022

Rain delays were a common occurrence for the Panthers as they looked to improve their state seeds at home during the Regional Tournament on Sep. 16-17.  Regionals is a key component of preparing for state because it determines...

Bob Smartt, Lady Panthers Girls Swim coach, stands on the podium after he wins the annual AquaBike World Championship.
TRAINING SMARTER
Gabby Paterson, Associate Editor • September 13, 2022

As another year passes, Bob Smartt, the Lady Panthers swim coach, has won yet another world AquaBike championship. After months of strenuous training, Coach Smartt proved himself as a force to be reckoned with in Slovakia.  The...

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Meet the Staff
Austin Graft
Austin Graft
News Editor
Austin Graft is a PHS Senior. Halloween is his favorite time of year, followed closely by Christmas. He wishes he could become a Jack-o’-lantern and rot away, uncaring for this carcass of a functional society. He writes in a bombastic, pessimistic tone, but sadly the editor overlords don’t want him to write about the apathetic dredge of hierarchical hate and oppression
Nathan Feller
Nathan Feller
Editor in Chief
Finally a senior at Powell High School, Nathan Feller has been hit hard by the realization that his almost carefree days are coming to a rapid end. Although, he’s still very excited to start packing for the future.

To occupy himself throughout
Taylor SanFilippo
Taylor SanFilippo
Prowl Reporter
Taylor SanFilippo is a stressed out high school senior who is always confused about what’s happening. Taylor spends her days working at Uncommon Grounds consuming way too much caffeine during her shift. When she's not working, she's treating the high school parking lot as her personal sauna. Taylor enjoys being active; from morning lifts to playing goalie for the PHS
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Pictured here is a hearty bowl of chicken and gnocchi soup.
SOUP OF THE MONTH
Gabby Paterson, Associate Editor • December 2, 2022

As the weather grows colder, most people begin to travel less and stay in their warm and cozy homes. Staying home means missing out on delectable restaurant food. Or does...

From left, Thermopolis junior Aidan Freeman, freshman Curtis Muecke, junior Amiya DeFoe Love, junior Kik Hayono, junior Liam Atkinson, senior Hannah Sears, junior Joe Bucher, and senior Gabby Paterson stand in front of the stage in the auditorium at University of Montana.
BANDING TOGETHER
Austin Graft, News Editor • November 28, 2022

Every once in a while, musicians are blessed with amazing opportunities. High school dropout Dave Grohl got the offer to join Scream, which led to Nirvana and the Foo Fighters....

Members of the Park County Search and Rescue group helicopter grizzly attack victims to the hospital following the incident on Oct.15. Brady Lowry and Kendall Cummings both experienced extensive injuries but are expected to make full recoveries.
FIGHTING TOOTH AND CLAW
Chase Anderson, Feature Editor • November 1, 2022

Wildlife is simply a part of the territory when living and going to school in Wyoming. Hunting, fishing or simply viewing these animals may be fun from a distance, but it...

Macbeth is performed at Powell High School.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE SCHOOLS
Ethan Cartier, Prowl Reporter • November 1, 2022

For those who have somehow been living under a rock, William Shakespeare was an English playwright who is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets in history. His works...

Newly nicknamed Winston, this black footed ferret poked his head up one last time before he retreated into his new home.
RELEASING MORE HOPE
Emma Johnson, Opinion Editor • October 26, 2022

The sight was reminiscent of a National Geographic documentary. As the gloveless fingers of a volunteer grasped along the metal hinge of a cage, spectators held bated breaths,...

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Journalism advisor, Mrs. Amy Moore (far right), enjoys her night with friends during the 1989 Drill Team Dance.
BOOGYING BACK IN TIME
Taylor SanFilippo, Prowl Reporter • November 22, 2022

Winter Formal is coming, and with growing unpopularity surrounding PHS’ formal dances, some are wondering how these dances have fallen from a focal point of the Powell High School community to an afterthought...

The Powell community is grateful for the firefighter volunteers that save lives on a daily basis.
IF THEY DON'T DO IT, WHO WILL?
Sophie Czirr, Prowl Reporter • November 22, 2022

One of the greatest blessings to the community might be taken for granted. The local Powell firefighters volunteer to dedicate their time and service to help the community. They provide a sense of safety...

Danika Fagan bundles in an attempt to brace herself from the cold weather.
MOOD SWINGS: WEATHER EDITION
Sophie Czirr, Prowl Reporter • November 1, 2022

Students are getting used to school, but not everything can have a routine. As winter approaches, the weather changes more and more forcing students to cope with the inconsistent temperature. “The...

A sign at PHS represents the new Panther Strong program.
WE ARE PANTHER STRONG
Taylor SanFilippo, Prowl Reporter • October 28, 2022

Beginning the 2022-2023 school year, students and staff alike are seeing many changes around campus, including how the school day is divided up. Most of PHS’ schedule remains consistent throughout...

Students cheer in the PHS student section during the Homecoming football game. The Homecoming dance came after the game, where students could dance and enjoy free pizza.
DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY
Chase Anderson, Feature Editor • October 13, 2022

It has been years since students at PHS have participated in the typical yearly tradition of a Homecoming dance. As a result of Covid-19, the school has not been able to host the dance since 2019.  The...

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