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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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Junior Sri Jaladi Wins $500 in Spark! Pitch Competition
Features

Paige Matthys-Pearce | May 20, 2020

In the midst of anticipation and excitement at the Spark! Incubator, with $500 on the line, stands junior Sri Jaladi as he is announced as the winner of the 2020 Thomas Phelps Business Pitch Competition…

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Johnson & Johnson announces the preparation of a COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus

Makinsey Drake | May 8, 2020

In the midst of a deadly public health crisis, medical device company Johnson & Johnson announced Feb. 11 that they’ve made plans to develop a vaccine and a commitment to supply 1 billion vaccines…

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Alumnus Dr. James Forsen prepares to battle COVID-19
Coronavirus

Ridwan Oyebamiji | May 7, 2020

As the magnitude of COVID-19 increases, alumnus Dr. James Forsen prepares, as many other healthcare professionals have, to battle a global pandemic.

From a young age, Forsen knew he wanted to be a doctor….

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COVID-19 is exposing inequities
Coronavirus

Ulaa Kuziez | May 6, 2020

As health departments in Saint Louis City and County release COVID-19 data about cases and deaths relating to race and ethnicity, it has become clear that the burden of cases is falling heavily on communities…

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The battle to become a man; four years later
Features

Zoe DeYoung | April 17, 2020

As a seventh grader, senior Tony Morse decided that after years of gender dysphoria, he would take the leap to come out as a transgender male. He cut his hair short and kickstarted the long process of…

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Along for the ride: staff explores alternate methods of transportation
Features

Leah Schroeder | April 10, 2020

Whether it’s a way to get energized for the coming day or a form of meditation after school, Special School District teacher assistant Chris Powers and Orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich advocate for…

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Exploring a growth mindset under quarantine
Coronavirus

Brinda Ambal | April 7, 2020

Under the St. Louis City and County stay-at-home order, we all now have plenty of time on our hands. We have all also invariably experienced a little bit of disappointment. Your season might be canceled….

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Going Beyond Bilingual: Part two
Features

Quinn Berry | April 3, 2020

Spanish flashcards and French listening tests are part of a difficult but necessary path to mastering another language in the eyes of high school students, but for some, it’s a way of life. The number…

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A farewell to Coach Bethany
Sports

Drew Boone | April 2, 2020

This story was originally published on Pathfinder on April 1, 2020.

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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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