Toe’ much better: new shoes get rave reviews from track team

The Blue Comet track and field team is overcoming injuries and building better runners with the aid of toe shoes. Toe shoes provide a healthy alternative to traditional training footwear by assisting the natural form and function of your foot. They create an almost-barefoot running experience, therefore helping the legs and feet grow stronger and healthier. Head track coach Rick Rutter discovered toe shoes about five years ago, and after…

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Journalism finishes 2nd at state, 3 entries earn individual state titles

For the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years, the Blue Comet journalism department took second at the Kansas Schoolastic Press Association State Contest. Fifteen students competed in 23 different events both on site and off. The Comets had three individual state champions. “I was proud of the way we prepared and the work we submitted. This is one of the most competitive…


The times they are a changin’: new principal, new vice principal, new teachers next year

Big changes are on the horizon at Chanute High School next school year. Nine staff members will be leaving or switching positions, including a new principal, vice principal and five teaching positions. The most noticeable change will come in the office, where long-time assistant principal Johnny Lawrence will replace outgoing principal Kent Wire, who will be moving on to the USD 413 District Office as the new assistant superintendent. “I…


Upperclassmen put pedal to the metal

It’s a steamy Friday night at the Humboldt Speedway, and Chanute High School senior Mike Churning is in his element. Engines are revving and the scent of exhaust and oil only further excite the racers and their rowdy fans. Churning has been going to the racetracks his whole life, and he’s been competing in dirt track racing for the last five years. Dirt track racing is a type of auto…


Vaulting into action: Pole vault making comeback after years of declining participation

After years of declining participation, pole vaulting has leapt its way back into prominence on the Blue Comet track team. With six members in the event, four boys and two girls, this is the most Chanute High School has had since Jeff Williams left Chanute High School to teach and coach at Joplin, Missouri., in 2009. Since Williams’ departure, the event slowly declined from a successful program with four state…


Hungry for answers: School lunch nutrition, options explained

As the years come and go, many students feel that the quality of their school meal has slowly been decreasing to the point where it’s questionable if it is truly “healthy”, and that their favorite lunch choices, both hot lunch and ala carte, are slowly disappearing. School lunch needs some verification. What are students actually consuming? Are the meals “healthy”? Why are many of the most favorited ala carte items…


Students need more access to cardio, weight facilities at school

Have you ever wanted to work off that enormous amount of junk food you ate or get in shape for a sport? If so you have probably found that the cardio room and weight room are locked and useless unless you have a teacher with you. We at The Comet completely understand the concerns of liability, lawsuits, and vandalism that administrators have expressed, but we feel that the exercise equipment…