Minimum Wage Increase: How Midterm Elections Could Impact the Youth

Missouri residents can expect an increase in minimum wage within the next four years. Voters passed Proposition B, a measure placed on the 2018 Midterm ballot that will gradually increase minimum wage to $12.00 an hour by the year 2023. It will take effect starting Jan. 1, 2019. Currently, 20 states will raise their minimum [...]

Students Attend Annual College Fair

Students filled the commons for the second annual College Fair. Over 30 institutions–  public, private, and technical– attended the college fair to talk to students about college. Stephen’s College admission representative Carrie McKee stresses the importance of attending a college fair. “College fairs help students become more informed about their options after high school,” McKee [...]

Select Students Receive Outstanding Student Award

Students from Battle High School have been awarded “Outstanding Student”, the highest award students can receive at the Career Center. The award dates back 30 years ago when the Career Center dedicated time to celebrate students achievements at the end of the year, and today Outstanding Students are given more opportunities through this award. According [...]

Breaking Boundaries: One Line at a Time

Columbia Public Schools reached a conclusion on new boundary lines that will increase the population of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch at both Battle and Hickman, while decreasing the population of students who qualify at Rock Bridge. Battle will increase from 54% to 55%, with Rock Bridge’s population will drop from 22.5% [...]

Opportunity gaps increase for poor children

  Photo by Kaitlyn BaileyPoverty affects more than a child’s home life; it also affects the behavior of adolescents in many different ways. In Columbia, 15.4 percent of children 18-and-under are living in impoverished conditions, according to 2016 data collected by the City of Columbia. These numbers are still rising. “For kids who are exposed to poverty [...]

Senior Tailgate

Seniors often remember senior year for studiously working on college applications, essays, and working on last minute requirements for graduation. However, on September 7, seniors got to relax together in the commons to grill hot dogs and play fun games to celebrate what they’ve accomplished. The senior tailgate has been a tradition at Battle for [...]

We Got Pride: Students Attend Annual PrideFest

On Aug. 26, people started to gather on the streets of downtown Columbia. The annual PrideFest brought hundreds of people from around the community. The festival included live performances, a drag show, and a variety of food and activities. Organizations from the community showed their support by setting up vendor tables throughout the festival. There [...]