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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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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
Opinions

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
Opinions

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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