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
A new beginning for female water polo
Sports

Sabrina Urdaneta | May 17, 2022

From 2018 to 2019, boy’s water polo participation has risen by 8.8%, while girl’s water polo participation across the country has seen an 18% increase. Team captains Taylor Johnson and Thalea Afentoullis…

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Coloring the rainbow
Features

Makinsey Drake | May 13, 2022

Since beginning her self-exploration journey in middle school, junior Gabi Badami has used art as an outlet to express the struggles of being an LGBTQ teen. Badami aims for her work is to emphasize pride…

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The Big Six’s big media game
Opinions

Mira Nalbandian | May 12, 2022

Just 37 years ago, there were 50 companies in charge of most American media. Now, 90% of the media in the United States is controlled by just six corporations: AT&T, CBS, Comcast, Disney, Newscorp…

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Children of immigrant parents share their experiences
Features

Leah Schroeder | May 9, 2022

As the 2:30 p.m. bell tolls, students rush out of classrooms and parking lots, eager to return home. Each student comes from the same school but arrives home to extremely different lives, from values to…

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Silent Struggles of Immigrant Children
Features

Tanvi Kulkarni | May 5, 2022

Anyone who has taken an American history course has heard of the melting pot analogy. Immigration has always been central to American history, and even today, America welcomes people from around the globe….

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Journey to Oxford: Alumnus Abdullah Kuziez receives the Marshall Scholarship
Features

Raj Jaladi | April 26, 2022

Alumnus Abdullah Kuziez, class of 2018, was one of the 41 students to be named a 2022 Marshall Scholar. Awarded by the British Government, the Marshall Scholarship offers exceptional American students…

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Close to home: how the Ukrainian-Russian War impacts us
News

Serena Liu | April 25, 2022

The sky is gray. A few cars are parked on the edge of a dusty road on the Polish-Ukrainian border. Carefully cradling a child swathed in blankets, a small family of Ukrainian refugees prepares to board…

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Lost to assimilation
Opinions

Madi Michajliczenko | April 21, 2022

M-i-c-h-a-j-l-i-c-z-e-n-k-o. I spent time learning to print each letter and its order before I knew what my last name meant. It took me longer than others. After all, a typical last name doesn’t have…

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Road to the 2022 NFL Draft
Sports

Lia Emry | April 18, 2022

Less than 2% of college athletes get drafted into the National Football League (NFL). However, alumni Drew Seers is determined to be a part of that percentage. 

From Friday Night Lights to running…

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Sustainable, attainable: Lifestyle changes for the busy student
Arts & Entertainment

Addie Gleason | April 14, 2022

We’ve all heard the classics. “Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth. Recycle paper instead of throwing it away.” These are all small…

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Adiós Spain, Hola St.Louis
Features

Lia Emry | April 13, 2022

More than 4,407 miles away from home, junior Cecilia “Sisi” Olmedilla began a new adventure  in St. Louis, August 2021. Olmedilla was born and raised in Madrid, Spain and came to the U.S. to continue…

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The effects of making weight on female wrestlers
Sports

Sabrina Urdaneta | March 29, 2022

In the last 10 years, over 22,000 high school female wrestlers joined the sport in the U.S., and 15 states will be hosting their first girl’s championship in 2022 and 2023. With an increase in athletes,…

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Banning to burning: book bans reveal a darker agenda
Opinions

Mira Nalbandian | February 22, 2022

St. Louis area school districts have once again made local headlines. As Rockwood parents descended into states of madness over the inclusion of books such as “Stamped” in their children’s curriculum,…

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A pop quiz proposal
Features

Madi Michajliczenko | February 16, 2022

For many students, the mention of the words “pop quiz” creates a feeling of panic. However, alumnus Grant Aden, class of 2017, and alumna Emily Dickson, class of 2018, have come to know a different…

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The holidays are over. Homelessness isn’t.
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | February 8, 2022

The holidays might be drawing to a close, but our commitment to our city should not be. While the rest of us hunker down into our mid-winter routines, safe and warm at home, St. Louis’s homeless population…

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Fantasy fates: The creative ways that students are playing fantasy football
Sports

Michael Lolley | January 20, 2022

Some fantasy football leagues reward for the winner, but these leagues have a unique catch: a punishment for the loser. Students joined their respective leagues back in August with one common goal in mind:…

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Behind the Biases
Features

Leah Schroeder | January 7, 2022

American politics have rarely been as contentious as they are today; the mere mention of a political sway can sound alarms for many. However, for some individuals, the restrictions surrounding the discussion…

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Junior Andrew Martin’s band: St. Louis’s new music Guilty Pleasure
Arts & Entertainment

Mira Nalbandian | December 30, 2021

While students are going about their regular Friday night business—catching up with friends after a long week, making plans or simply trying to debrief the past few days—junior Andrew Martin has a…

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Knocking out addiction and inspiring others, one fight at a time
Features

Katie Wallace | December 29, 2021

Sophomore Samari Sanders’ feet pound against the track, blood rushes to her head and her heart thumps in her chest. Her legs burn in agony as her body screams at her to stop running, but her mind urges…

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Not your adjective
Opinions

Addie Gleason | December 16, 2021

Pencil moving across paper, I finish my worksheets in class. My teacher continues drawling on, filling a long class period with presentations and puns. My table partner turns to their friend quietly saying,…

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Weightlifting his way to the top
Sports

Achyuta Ambal | December 16, 2021

Knees shaking, legs aching and arms straining, sophomore Tommy Eschbach lifts 360 lbs up to his hips into a deadlift. The only thoughts running through his head are telling him to push himself to the max….

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Stop making everything political
Opinions

Leah Schroeder | December 8, 2021

Stop Making Everything Political

We’ve all heard the age-old advice to avoid talking politics at the dinner table. But in an age when everything seems to be political, what is there left to talk about?…

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When bright kids burn out
Features

Madi Michajliczenko | December 6, 2021

Of the estimated 50.6 million students enrolled in K-12 public schools, about 3.2 million stand out from the pack. These kids are given a special name simply for scoring high on intelligence tests —…

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The low-down on low staff
Features

Leah Schroeder | November 10, 2021

With 10.4 million job openings in the United States, 221,266 openings in Missouri and 46 openings in the district, the labor shortage is a pressing issue and one that undoubtedly is affecting our district….

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The pride and culture of Black hair
Features

Elizabeth Franklin | November 5, 2021

Since the days of American slavery, Black hair has been a widely debated and criticized topic. In the early 1700s, white people degraded slaves with natural hair by calling it “wool,” comparing Black…

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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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