Spark Newsmagazine


Spark Newsmagazine


Spark Newsmagazine


Through her teaching, East Government teacher Tisha Grote-Menchhoffer encourages her students to become civically engaged beyond the classroom while building a positive environment that motivates them to believe in the power of their unique potential.

Tisha Grote

January 1, 2021

story by Shiloh Wolfork | photography by Riley Higgins Growing up, Tisha Grote-Menchhoffer (Mench) was always surrounded by politics. Her friends and family had graduated at the top of their classes from...

This photo was taken outdoors in a socially distanced manner.

Just Vote

November 6, 2020

column by Brayden Barger | photography by Riley Higgins Turning 18 definitely comes with its perks. I don’t have any more driving restrictions, I have a lot more job options, and I can get married if...

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To the Polls

Mia Hilkowitz March 17, 2020

story and photography by Mia Hilkowitz For many high school students, their biggest concern would be on an upcoming chemistry test or finding a date for next week’s dance, but East sophomores Jessica...

The candidate night was broadcasted via Instagram Live on 2 Sparks Instagram @lakotaspark

Lakota School Board Candidate Night 2019

October 22, 2019

Video by Brayden Barger and Nicco Morello | photography by riley higgins On October 21, the Lakota East Spark hosted its biannual Lakota School Board “Candidate Night.” The candidate night is an opportunity...

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One Vote Can Change America

December 27, 2018

story by Rachel Anderson | photography fair use This essay was submitted to the Voice of Democracy Patriotic audio essay competition under the "Why My Vote Matters" prompt. Anderson won the district level...

Amy Bohorfoush Opinion Column art by McKenna Lewis

Call of Civic Duty

November 27, 2018

Column by Amy Bohorfoush | Art by McKenna Lewis After patiently waiting 18 interminable years, I took my first turn at the voting booth. I watched as all the research I’d done on candidates over the...

In the Age of Voting

In the Age of Voting

November 8, 2016

Story by Dani Dudash | Photo Illustration by Emma Stiefel She watches her parents go through the heavy metal doors of the school gymnasium, waiting for them to return. With curious eyes she observes the...

Opinion Column: Dont Demote the Right to Vote

Opinion Column: Don’t Demote the Right to Vote

November 8, 2016

By Cara Satullo | Photography by Frank Satullo I woke up this morning and laid in bed for a few minutes, letting it sink in that today is the day I vote for the first time. I turned 18 in October, just...

One of East AP and CP Government Teacher Tisha Menchohhofer-Grotes students fills out a voter registration form she got from her classroom.

America’s Newest Voters

Emma Stiefel, News Section Editor May 18, 2016

By Emma Stiefel | Photography Illustration by Emma Stiefel She made sure everyone at the polling place knew it was her first time voting. Not even the arduously long process of filling out an electronic...

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