The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Parkway West High School
Growth, gratitude and grappling with loss
Features

Katie Wallace | October 13, 2021

Wheelchair scuffs and dents line the walls, adapted chairs and assistive devices remain scattered around the house, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awareness bracelets and tokens pool in random dishes….

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Senior class paves the way to a new tradition
Features

Leah Schroeder | September 30, 2021

Speeding into the parking lot at 7:29 a.m., the colorful variety of parking spots is probably the least of your worries, as you desperately try to avoid yet another tardy. These painted spots mark the…

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The second pandemic: mental illness
Features

Elle Rotter | May 18, 2021

Imagine you are sitting in history class, trying to pay attention to a lecture, but you can hear every sound and see every distraction around you. You can hear the students in the back whispering to each…

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Special education students coast through communication skills
Features

Sara Albarcha | May 17, 2021

At 12:50 p.m. room 2302 changes from a classroom to a full-fledged business operation for students in Jessica Bowman’s Job Experience class. 

Bowman has found an innovative way to teach these life…

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Food pantry grapples with inequitable practices
Features

Ulaa Kuziez | May 17, 2021

The food pantry recently had a reckoning with its practices and services. In April, for the first time, there was zabiha-halal meat and dates distributed to Muslim families observing Ramadan. Diane Peterson,…

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The vaccination situation
Features

Leah Schroeder | May 6, 2021

With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, more and more individuals have gained access to a vaccination. However, the experiences of students and staff have varied greatly. From types of vaccines received,…

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Episode Two: Carieal Doss, Forever 18
Audio

Zoe DeYoung | May 3, 2021

[a beat comes in]

Before we begin, a quick disclaimer. This episode will focus solely on facts and personal stories, in the hopes of humanizing the tragedy of gun violence in St. Louis. It is never…

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Transgender healthcare bans become a transparent threat
Opinions

Mira Nalbandian | April 28, 2021

American legislature has a dark history of targeting trans people. Whether it be “bathroom bills” which try to keep trans people from using the bathroom with the gender identity they belong to, or…

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France targets the hijab: how does this affect us?
Opinions

Sara Albarcha | April 26, 2021

When three middle school girls refused to remove their headdresses in France in 1989 while at school, the government intervened, banning hijabs in public school. After three decades, France has continued…

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Episode One: Carieal Doss, Forever 18
Audio

Zoe DeYoung | April 21, 2021

[a beat comes in]

St. Louis: home to the Gateway Arch and to one of the most successful baseball franchises in history. Home to musical artists Nelly and Tina Turner and to activists Maya Angelou…

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Making the big bucks: sophomore Nick Malchanav and his pathways to fortune
Features

Anijah Wilson | April 15, 2021

All it took was a global pandemic for sophomore Nick Malchanav to begin his journey to making thousands. With extra time on his hands, he began to search for ways to make money and was able to find great…

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Rocking Kindness
Features

Bri Davis | April 13, 2021

When life gave School Accounts Secretary Denise Heinle a curveball, she knew there would be a lot on her plate. From her husband passing from cancer, family members struggling with COVID-19 to undergoing…

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The future of politics: senior Sri Jaladi and the United States Senate Youth Program
Features

Ellie West | April 13, 2021

Senior Sri Jaladi rolled over and checked his phone, still groggy with sleep. He scrolled through emails and notifications, stopping when he saw a message from the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)….

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Taylor Swift is re-recording her music and students and staff are “…Ready For It”
Arts & Entertainment

Anna Claywell | April 7, 2021

“Baby let the games begin, let the games begin,” pop star Taylor Swift’s backup singers sing as Swift’s silhouette is displayed from the big screens at the Dome at America’s center over the crowd…

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Behind the numbers: history and bias in high-tech criminal justice
Opinions

Paige Matthys-Pearce | April 5, 2021

As technology plays a growing role in our lives, so too does data. On the internet, virtually every click, scroll and like is tracked, often used to maximize your engagement. But as it turns out, other…

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A conversation that can’t be avoided: the presence of cultural ignorance and inaccuracies in school
News

Katie Wallace | March 30, 2021

Working on assignment 8.1 in virtual American Sign Language 2 (ASL), students opened the week’s expressive assignment to be met with brightly colored images. Dread, followed by anger, sank in the pit…

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A bus to nowhere: eliminating the VICC Program
News

Elizabeth Franklin | March 3, 2021

A blaring beep startles freshman Tristen Banks awake. One of her hands reaches up to rub the stubborn sleep out of her eyes, while the other searches around to muffle the sound of her alarm. Banks goes…

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Quaternary of Defects: freshman Morrigan Dodd’s life with Tetralogy of Fallot
Features

Rachel Benitez-Borrego | March 1, 2021

On the night she was born, April 21, 2006, freshman Morrigan Dodd was transported to Children’s Hospital after doctors determined that Dodd was born without a connection between her heart and lungs….

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History is more than a timeline
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | February 26, 2021

From chapter one to chapter two, year after year, we highlight vocab terms of isolated events: revolutions, laws, court cases. This is generally how we are taught history—a series of systems and policies…

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Behind the scenes of COVID-19 contact tracing
News

Ellie West | February 22, 2021

Assistant Principal Kate Piffel sits at her desk, a phone balanced next to her ear. An overstuffed black binder lays open on her desk and she reads something from it, listening thoughtfully to the response…

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Positivity, pars and putts guide freshman Kylie Secrest
Sports

Katie Wallace | February 15, 2021

With just a simple Google search of freshman Kylie Secrest, you can discover who she is: a 14-year-old golf prodigy who has competed in everything from local competitions on the high school golf team to…

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More than just souvenirs: freshman Santosh Sahoo shares his hotel key card collection
Features

Makinsey Drake | February 11, 2021

From the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., freshman Santosh Sahoo has a collection of 25 hotel room key cards he has gathered since 2016. Combining his…

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Senior Ajdin Turnadzic prepares to play professional soccer in Dubai
Sports

Tanvi Kulkarni | February 11, 2021

As soon as senior Ajdin Turnadzic accepted the phone call, he knew his life was about to change dramatically. He could hear his cousins and family in the next room and immediately walked inside, pulling…

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It’s Not Black and White: AAVE, code-switching and digital blackface
Audio

Zoe DeYoung | January 26, 2021

Transcript: [Funky music comes in.]

Bri: I ain’t ever seen two pretty best friends.

Zoe: Chile! Anyways, so…

Bri: It’s the salty attitude for me.

Zoe: Go off sis!

Bri: Periodddddt.

Bri:…

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From Longhorns to Big Greens: senior Elliot Krewson’s college admissions journey amidst the pandemic
Sports

Raj Jaladi | January 25, 2021

Senior and shortstop Elliot Krewson knocked the ball out of the park during the COVID-19 pandemic, earning admission to Dartmouth College, a Division I Ivy League program, to pursue his dream of playing…

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The Townsends’ big breakfast tip
Features

Fatema Rehmani | January 25, 2021

From a simple post on Facebook, to a collection of $550, Math teacher Jason Townsend and his wife, Parkway North English teacher Valerie Townsend, made the day of the woman who served them breakfast at…

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As COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, senior Sri Jaladi launches a notification drive for the unhoused and the uninsured
Features

Pathfinder Staff | January 22, 2021

Ten months into the pandemic, the long-awaited vaccine to combat the virus is finally here. On Dec. 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA)…

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Cracked screens: breaking addiction in a virtual world
Opinions

Brinda Ambal | January 20, 2021

Your inbox tab runs a tally of all your unread emails. Zoom merrily chimes every time a participant is let in from the waiting room. YouTube takes advantage of an extensive algorithm to keep you falling…

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“This is not America.” Actually, it is.
Opinions

Ulaa Kuziez | January 13, 2021

From the establishment of the U.S. via Indigenous genocide to overthrowing governments domestically and abroad, the recent violence we saw at the Capitol is as American as pie. It was a frightening event….

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A national tragedy: Students and teachers reflect on recent riots
News

Kathryn McAuliffe | January 11, 2021

Zooms were turned off and cable news was turned on. Long days turned into longer nights as millions of Americans tuned into news broadcasts of the Jan. 6 riots at Capitol Hill. As a mob of right-wing extremists…

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ABC’s of COVID
Arts & Entertainment

Elle Rotter | January 8, 2021

During quarantine, most made changes in their daily life and found new ways to keep themselves content at home. Read about how students made the best of it and what their experiences were.

A is for…

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Students ride the highs and lows of the stock market during the pandemic
Features

Raj Jaladi | December 30, 2020

Hustling in and out of zoom calls, students are getting involved in the stock market. As the economy takes a downturn and local businesses begin hiring freezes, students like junior Kayvon Rezaei have…

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Libraries for All asks for community support to create safe and just libraries
Features

Ulaa Kuziez | December 21, 2020

From offering books to hosting events to giving out after school meals, St. Louis County Libraries (SLCL) can be important and meaningful community spaces. For many patrons, they are places that nurture…

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The word “people” comes first in the term “people of color”
Opinions

Brinda Ambal | December 18, 2020

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to have a profound effect on the way we think about representation, we have taken it upon ourselves to “increase diversity.” 

We read the word “diversity”…

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The holidays behind the holiday season
Features

Mira Nalbandian | December 15, 2020

As the U.S. transitions into the colder months, with a chill in the air and frost lining fields of grass, many Americans find the holiday season upon them again. Commercials advertise multitudes of gifts,…

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Activism is not a performance. Take real actions.
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | December 2, 2020

Throughout 2020, we have witnessed several dramatic issues sweep across America. A virus has decimated communities. Wildfires have raged through forests, burning everything in their path. Police have continued…

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What does the D stand for? Sophomores strike a deal with SunnyD
Features

Makinsey Drake | November 9, 2020

Thanks to a $10 for 10 deal at a local Dierbergs, sophomores Patrick Chen, Ethan Deluca, Nick Malchanav, Jack Manicai, Basil Metroulas, Andrew Navazhylau, Chris Roy, Jake Rushing, Shiv Sharma, Aidan Stillman…

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Voting is not enough
Opinions

Ulaa Kuziez | November 3, 2020

Every four years, we are inundated with the same get out the vote campaign messages. “Vote because people’s lives are at stake. Vote because it is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes.”…

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Busy culture is killing us
Opinions

Zoe DeYoung | November 3, 2020

I had a conversation recently that baffled me. We were discussing our schedules, and a peer shared with me that, alongside their AP-filled class schedule, they were holding down a part-time job, participated…

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PIVOT: Arts education in action
Features

Arden Dickson | October 28, 2020

I had my first dance recital when I was five years old. My mother likes to remind me that she thought I had the best costume: a black and white tulle dress, pink bows on my tap shoes and a feather in my…

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Parkway nurses ‘eggspress’ their interest in food pantry by creating cookbook fundraiser
Features

Ashlyn Gillespie | October 27, 2020

‘Pandemic Pound Cake’ is one of the many recipes submitted by Parkway staff for the “Parkway Pandemic Cookbook.”

This district-wide project is a ‘legend in the baking,’ led by Green…

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An inside look at teaching during a pandemic
Features

Zoe DeYoung | October 22, 2020

Before we left school March 13 of last school year, we were told to empty our lockers and bring all of our textbooks home.

Some felt this was an overreaction by administration, but many minds were changed…

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Virtual connection: Student interactions during online school
Features

Tre Bell | October 7, 2020

To counter new COVID-19 rules students are finding ways to remain connected in the virtual world of learning.
Junior Ella Mercer
As students miss eating lunch with their peers, junior Ella Mercer and…

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Adapting to virtual learning in the Special School District
News

Pathfinder Editorial Board | October 2, 2020

Since March, many of us have grown used to the Zoom-meeting, online school, new-normal atmosphere. However, these adaptations have been simpler for some more than others, and several hurdles have been…

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Student activism takes on a new look through COVID-19
Features

Addie Gleason | September 30, 2020

Student activism has been apparent for many years, however now it takes on a new look with restrictions from COVID-19. Students have had to adapt their ways of protesting to ensure safety while still fighting…

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The conversation we need to have about 9/11
Opinions

Tyler Kinzy | September 14, 2020

I have no 9/11 story. There is no work meeting or trip down the hallway when I learned a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I will never have a 9/11 story because I was born in 2003.

For me,…

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Community reflects on police presence in schools
News

Ulaa Kuziez | September 3, 2020

Student and community organizers are calling on schools across the country to cut their ties with police departments. While campaigns to remove armed officers from school campuses have been ongoing for…

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A virtual reality: Juniors tour their future schools online
Coronavirus

Makinsey Drake | May 27, 2020

With colleges closed all around the country due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, college-seeking students have had to explore their future school options via virtual tours. 

Juniors Reese Berry, Bri…

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Religious observances during quarantine
Coronavirus

Tasneem Nasufovic | May 26, 2020

With holidays arriving during a pandemic –and social distancing measures remaining in effect across the globe to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus–students describe how their practices changed…

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Remembering senior Carieal “L” Doss
Features

Zoe DeYoung | May 22, 2020

On April 17 our community lost senior Carieal “L” Doss. After transferring from Parkway Central midway into her junior year, she became known by teachers and peers for her jokes and infectious smile.

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