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Stories from Parkway West High School
An open glance at men’s rights activism in the wake of feminism
Opinions

Brinda Ambal | March 25, 2020

People today are more eager than ever to join in discussions about gender equality in terms of feminism. When you bring up, though, that men also face issues specific to their gender, and that these issues…

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Global pandemic hits home: St. Louis reacts to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Bri Davis | March 16, 2020

What has dominated headlines since January has officially hit St. Louis County as the first case of the coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19 is confirmed. After family members of an infected person…

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Speak to Silence: Junior Zoe Deyoung combats comparison
Audio

Susie Seidel | March 13, 2020

https://soundcloud.com/pwestpub/speak-to-silence-junior-zoe-deyoung-combats-comparison

With a soft smile and slight roll of the eyes, junior Zoe Deyoung recited the commonplace quote, “comparison…

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Missouri House Bill to potentially provide public school restrooms with free period supplies
News

Lydia Roseman | March 10, 2020

Girls restrooms throughout the school are equipped with shoeboxes stuffed with tampons and pads thanks to Go With the Flow, a club created “in hopes of destigmatizing periods, providing easier access…

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Changing our mindset towards Special Olympics
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | March 9, 2020

In the days following Special Olympics, Instagram floods with photos of “Buddies” smiling next to their athletes. Buddies are student volunteers who help and support their partnered Special Olympics…

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The underlying price of high school sports
Sports

Michael Lolley | March 5, 2020

Whether it is fees for a club team, equipment, travel, event admission or other sports costs, families can spend thousands of dollars on athletics. In addition to the cost of club sports, when kids reach…

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Why do we still need Black History Month?
Video

Ulaa Kuziez | March 3, 2020

Black History Month is celebrated every February as an homage to the contributions of African Americans who have shaped American history. This celebration was started in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson…

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Speak to Silence: the causes of eating disorders and my story
Opinions

Susie Seidel | February 28, 2020

It’s no secret that society today is seemingly exploding under the pressure of eating kale and riding a Peloton, having a perfect bikini body and idolizing models and influencers who behind the screen,…

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Five things you need to know about Ash Wednesday
News

Quinn Berry | February 27, 2020

Late start Wednesdays include extra sleep and a trip to Starbucks, but for some Chrisitians arriving at school with a black smudge on their forehead leads to questions. On the eve of the Lenten season,…

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Compost crisis: food waste practices fail to reach district standards
News

Addie Gleason | February 26, 2020

Second lunch just ended. The cafeteria employees start to evaluate what can be served tomorrow and what will be composted. They walk over to the salad bar and compost all of the vegetables because they…

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Scarcity of striped shirts: Why there is a lack of referees
Showcase

Drew Boone | February 25, 2020

In recent years, it has become a far too frequent sight that sporting events turn into two teams versus the officials. While these events are meant to be a safe and competitive environment for the student-athletes…

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Road to recovery: Senior Vickey Karl pursues her passions after successful open-heart surgery
Features

Jacob Stanton | February 24, 2020

After being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, also known as the thickening of the walls of the heart, senior Vickey Karl learned that she would need a very risky surgery to save her life. She…

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Taking the next step: senior Mollie Wright gets engaged at 18
Features

Charlotte Zera | February 20, 2020

In the 1960’s, the median age of marriage for American women was 20. Now, with only 2% of American women getting married at the age of 18, it is a rarity to see a classmate commit to their lifelong partner.

This…

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Spinning at school: Teachers jam out to hits as they get a workout in
Features

Brinda Ambal | February 20, 2020

If you happen by the fitness center after school, you might hear a subdued pulsing of Major Lazer’s “Know No Better.” No, someone didn’t forget to turn off Z107.7. Teachers Emily Lovercheck, Katelyn…

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Uncovering the truth about the hijab: students share their experiences
Features

Ulaa Kuziez | February 13, 2020

Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. In Islam, it is not only interpreted in its literal meaning, but exemplifies the principle of modesty, which includes both behavior and dress for males…

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No curriculum, no teachers, no tests: Alumna Alexis Franklin paves the path for a unique type of learning
Features

Ridwan Oyebamiji | February 11, 2020

Students enter through the doors of the school ready to start their day, but instead of sitting at their desks to start their morning work or turn in their homework, students socialize until they feel…

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Alumnus Stuart Portman takes an unconventional path to work at the U.S. Senate
Features

Ridwan Oyebamiji | January 30, 2020

Always showing a passion for health and politics, alumna Stuart Portman combined his interests to become an advisor at the U.S. Senate.
Portman’s Journey
After graduating high school in 2009, Portman…

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Alumnus Rasheen Aldridge reaches for the stars in Missouri politics
Features

Sophia Johnson | January 28, 2020

2012 alumnus Rasheen Aldridge woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for school when he was in high school. Being bused from the city required him to get up early in order to get to his bus on time.

“I…

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Theater students help nurses train for emergency situations
Features

Fatema Rehmani | January 28, 2020

With pencils impaled in abdomens, bleeding arms and a number of other fake injuries applied with makeup, a group of 13 theater students helped all of Parkway’s nurses train for a mass casualty situation….

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The struggles of second-generation immigrants in the college application process
Features

Sara Albarcha | January 27, 2020

Acronyms like ACT, SAT, FAFSA and CSS are overwhelming, especially for those whose parents are non-native English speakers. For seniors Umeera Farooq and Nayeon Ryu, this is a struggle they have dealt…

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Senior Maggie Lyerla: struggles of a medical mystery
Features

Emily O'Connor | January 27, 2020

The stark lights of doctors’ offices are disorienting. Senior Maggie Lyerla bounces her leg up and down nervously, awaiting a new diagnosis or another doctor telling her it’s all in her head. For Lyerla,…

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Friendships, rivalries and fan accounts: A breakdown of basketball teams who play for the J
Sports

Michael Lolley | January 23, 2020

Established in 1880, the  Jewish Community Center (the J), formally known as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, has been a part of St. Louis’ history for decades longer than the Gateway Arch. One…

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Speak to Silence: Introduction
Audio

Susie Seidel | January 22, 2020

New Year’s Day, 2018: My first thoughts of the year are consumed by guilt and regret. How could I have eaten so unhealthily yesterday? I shouldn’t have eaten breakfast, and I should’ve asked to go…

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Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by educating yourself
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Kathryn McAuliffe | January 21, 2020

On this day celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you’ll no doubt find your social media streams flooded with his unmatched diction cast on pretty backgrounds, his words reduced to a mere Instagram…

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One year anniversary of car accident outside school brings reflection for juniors Michaela Linden and Jessie Crawford
Features

Zoe DeYoung | January 17, 2020

Besides four inches of snow covering the ground, the walk home from school Jan. 15, 2018 was mundane for juniors Michaela Linden and Jessie Crawford. 

“It was a normal day,” Jessie said. “You…

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Social media provides a new outlook amid conflicts with Iran
Features

Leah Schroeder | January 16, 2020

A student scrolls mindlessly through Instagram. Liking posts from the past weekend, pictures of celebrities, photos of food, they come across a meme that jokes about the possibility of World War III. 

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Stop forcing kids into AP
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Pathfinder Editorial Board | January 14, 2020

Last semester, my AP English Language and Composition class was instructed to complete a survey regarding access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. After a slew of leading questions expressing the perceived…

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Plant-powered athletes: Students share their experiences in sports with modified diets
Showcase

Susie Seidel | January 13, 2020

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Venus Williams and Scott Jurek rank among many professional athletes who fuel their performance through plant-based diets. In addition to the big names, athletes on our home turf…

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Student to Student: Three juniors teach others what it is like to be Jewish
Features

Zoey Womick | January 10, 2020

Placing Challah and a Shofar on a table in front of them, juniors Joe Rosenberg, Ella Seigel and Sara Marks stand in front of a classroom of strangers waiting for their presentation to begin. The three …

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Behind the scenes: Alumna Kim St. Onge shares her journey to becoming a broadcast journalist
Features

Makinsey Drake | January 10, 2020

Covering stories from the Iowa Caucuses to the Joplin Tornado, 2008 alumna Kim St. Onge can now be seen on KMOV Channel 4. St. Onge studied public relations at Mizzou until she found her passion for journalism.

“One…

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Dancing across the world: senior Natalie Larsen’s post-graduation plans take her to Australia
Features

Zoe DeYoung | January 7, 2020

She knew her plan. Senior Natalie Larsen would go to a four-year university straight out of high school; she would use her childhood experiences from mission trips with her family to study social work….

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First semester finals set to commence after winter break
News

Charlotte Zera | December 20, 2019

Governor Mike Parsons passed a bill in July that will allow school to start only 10 or fewer days before Labor Day. The bill is intended to give families another week of summer vacation and increase tourism…

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A dangerous game, high schoolers face life long sports injuries
Sports

Tristan Caudill | December 17, 2019

According to AtYourOwnRisk.org, about half of high school students play sports. Throughout their athletic career, almost half of those students report having an injury from playing sports.

Athletic…

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AP teachers speak out about College Board changes
News

Grace Kaempfe | December 13, 2019

AP teachers are adjusting to the changes College Board made over the summer while also trying to maximize student exam and portfolio performances.

The College Board is a national organization that provides…

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Senior Amal Mustic takes us on her ride through becoming a car influencer
Features

Megan Hoenecke | December 12, 2019

Sliding out from beneath her prized BMW F30, senior Amal Mustic changes the exhaust system and replaces an old grill on her car. Mustic is a car influencer that specializes in modifying her car, a hobby…

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The official freshman guide to finals: By peers; for peers
Features

Zoe DeYoung | December 11, 2019

On these final days leading up to finals (pun intended), study habits spring into full force. This is the time where students buckle down, lock themselves inside their room with Cheez-its and a textbook…

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Bringing home a robot baby: A Child Development students rite of passage
Features

Ava Kayser | December 11, 2019

It is 2:30 p.m. and school is out for the weekend. As students of the Child Development class head home, they lug their backpacks, car seats and baby. As part of the class, students are required to care…

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Los dos Navarros: spouses and Spanish teachers in the same corridor
Features

Tasneem Nasufovic | December 6, 2019

It all started with a lunch date in Madrid, talking about archaeology and boasting about raising chickens.

Traveling and learning different languages and cultures brought Spanish teachers Francisco…

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From high school baseball to playing professional, alumni Sherron Rives uses passion for baseball to coach youth teams
Sports

Michael Lolley | December 4, 2019

Graduating in 1989 and continuing his baseball career into professional game, alumni Sherron Rives is now giving back to his community by teaching the game to youth players in the St. Louis area.

“I…

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Callie Hummel finishes senior season second-best player in Saint Louis
Sports

Mira Nalbandian | December 3, 2019

Pulling past defenders, senior Callie Hummel makes her way towards the cage on the opposite end of the field. Raising her electric green stick behind her, she swings, making contact with the solid plastic…

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Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat
Features

Zoe DeYoung | November 26, 2019

Senior Gabriel Weber was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her with only one hand. Growing up with a limb difference in a world made for two-handed people put Weber in many…

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Senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes celebrate their friendship through marriage
Features

Fatema Rehmani | November 25, 2019

For most, marriage is a union between two people who love each other romantically and wish to legally bind their relationship. For senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes, marriage is the union and…

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Seniors commit to their choosing on College Signing Day
Sports

Ridwan Oyebamiji | November 20, 2019

Jason Reilly

Having played baseball since he was four years old, continuing the sport in college was almost a no-brainer for senior Jason Reilly. Reilly committed to play baseball for Westminster,…

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Robotics and Soccer: how two students qualified for the world championship
Features

Jacob Stanton | November 18, 2019

Hearts pounding, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff step up to compete during the National Robotics Competition in California. However, this was not just any robotics competition–it was a sports competition….

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Permanent Daylight Savings Time would have positive effect on students
Opinions

Brinda Ambal | November 5, 2019

Every first Sunday of November, students gain one hour of sleep back, while every second Sunday of March, we lose one as finals and the spring sports season looms. With “fall back” approaching quickly,…

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Editorial: It’s time to clean up
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Pathfinder Editorial Board | November 1, 2019

The cafeteria during sixth hour, now absent of laughter and warmth, is completely still at first glance. A second look reveals custodian Sean Smith continuing his daily agenda of shuffling through bins–blue,…

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Building a legacy: Sixth grade camp seeks donations to renovate building and create memories
News

Kathryn McAuliffe | October 29, 2019

Flowing lakes, miles of trees, pioneer nights, horseback trails and unforgettable memories come to mind when thinking of Parkway’s Outdoor Schools. Known as “sixth-grade camp,” Parkway students have…

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“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record
Showcase

Susie Seidel | October 28, 2019

Under Thursday night lights at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne carried the ball 463 yards, breaking a record set in 1968, the school’s first year.

The first record…

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Warming heads and hearts: We Dine Together joins the Hat not Hate movement
Features

Leah Schroeder | October 23, 2019

Students wearing winter hats is not something that you expect to see during 90 degrees weather, but these hats did more than make members of the We Dine Together club sweat.

After pairing with Hat not…

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Practice makes perfect: Varsity football coach Melvin Bethany trains football players for the field and the classroom
Sports

Michael Lolley | October 17, 2019

NFL Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott, Super Bowl champion Carey Davis and sophomore Tyree Simms. These athletes all have one thing in common: coach Melvin Bethany.

Bethany not only coaches varsity football,…

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