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Parkway West High School
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#3
2018-2019
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Parkway West High School
Stories from Parkway West High School
Students redesign hand wall after controversy
News

Mary Hardy | May 30, 2019

When seniors Natalie Butler and Bailey Goughenour found out that their design for the senior hand wall in the cafeteria had won over the hearts of 75% of the senior class, they were excited because they…

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Missouri abortion bill strikes up controversy
Features

Sabrina Bohn | May 24, 2019

The bill, outlawing almost all abortions eight weeks after conception, makes Missouri the fifth state to pass what is known as a “heartbeat bill.”

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The journey of fasting through finals
Features

Ridwan Oyebamiji | May 24, 2019

As the time of sunset, “Maghrib,” grows closer, senior Farhan Hassan’s stomach growls at the thought of food; he looks forward to eating the dates and drinking the water in front of him.

During…

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Sophomore Ulaa Kuziez draws from Syrian heritage to fight for social justice
Features

Lydia Roseman | May 15, 2019

With a new language, culture and lifestyle awaiting her in the United States, sophomore Ulaa Kuziez and her family immigrated from Damascus, Syria to Missouri when Kuziez was nine years old.

“I…

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After two years of high school, sophomore Nadia Messmer is testing out
Features

Kayla Reuther | April 29, 2019

While most students choose to complete the standard four years of high school, sophomore Nadia Messmer will complete only two before moving across the country this autumn to either Boston or San Francisco…

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From a failed dream to a future Olympian
Sports

Zoe DeYoung | April 19, 2019

“Speechless.”
That is how sophomore Karen Trevor-Roberts describes the moment she discovered she will be attending Sport EuroTour Drivjer GK Academy in Amsterdam, deemed to have the “top training and…

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Girls varsity basketball team looks for players to take on new roles headed towards districts
Sports

Tre Bell | April 5, 2019

With the 2019 season already underway, the girls varsity basketball team is pushing players to fill new roles to end the year with a strong finish.

“Our goal is to continue to focus on the regular…

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St. Louis youth gather downtown to demand action regarding climate change
News

Maria Newton | March 20, 2019

The Youth Climate Strike US held a national walkout today, March 15, attended by students across the United States as part of a global movement; it is estimated that about one million students worldwide…

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Students organize a walkout combatting environmental apathy
News

Maria Newton | March 19, 2019

A nation-wide walkout is being organized by students all over the nation, including senior Noah Wright, to pressure lawmakers to take action regarding climate change.

“It is a call to action for…

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Stuck in the Abu Dhabi airport for six days, senior Hira Khan finds her way back home
Features

Andrew Li | March 9, 2019

Peeved, anxious, alone and sick with food poisoning, senior Hira Khan awaited her flight from Pakistan to Abu Dhabi; however, the flight was overbooked, leaving Khan flightless without any explanation.

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Freshman Martin Franciscus overcomes diabetes through basketball passion
Features

Drew Boone | March 8, 2019

Freshman Martin Franciscus catches the ball and shoots a three-pointer, banking it in off the glass as the crowd erupts and the players on the bench get to their feet, yelling Franciscus’ name. Franciscus…

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Senior Kristin Priest finds alternative P.E. courses
Features

Jacob Stanton | March 4, 2019

After being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) during September of her freshman year, senior Kristin Priest decided to take ice skating to complete her Physical Education (P.E.) credit….

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African-American students strive to embody qualities of leadership
Features

Ridwan Oyebamiji | February 28, 2019

Pairs of eyes peer into sponsor Carly Roach’s gaze as she explains why all African-American students in the school are in this room. Why have they been singled out?

“The very first meeting we had,…

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Freshman Grace Eschbach feeds passion for music through concert-going experiences
Arts & Entertainment

Brinda Ambal | February 25, 2019

The lights suddenly turn off. The stadium settles into a bated silence. The countdown pops up on the vast display and freshman Grace Eschbach finds herself caught up in the wave of anticipation riding…

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Quill and Scroll Members capitalize on Maria Kondo’s “Tidying Up” to help other students
Features

Tre Bell | February 21, 2019

Piles of garbage bags covered the floor of room 3000 for a week as Convergence Journalism students walked single file throughout the classroom to avoid falling over the clothing-filled stack.

“Over…

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Editorial: counseling department is understaffed
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | February 17, 2019

The counseling office is a constant hub of activity. All five counselors have a table used as a waiting room filled with drop-form-toting students, kids with parents’ notes requesting schedule changes;…

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24 hours across West High
Photo

Pathfinder Staff | February 14, 2019

A photo essay by the Parkway West Pathfinder staff.

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Physics teacher Ellen Wilke says “pharewell” to her physics classroom of 21 years
News

Andrew Li | February 10, 2019

Physics advocate and optics guru, Ellen Wilke is retiring after teaching physics for 21 years.

Wilke did not start off as a teacher: she started off as an engineer. However, when her engineering job…

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#WrestleLikeAGirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals
Sports

Nell Jaskowiak | February 8, 2019

This wrestling season, #WrestleLikeAGirl has trended across Missouri. Girls have turned out in record numbers for the sport, more than doubling the number that the Missouri State High School Activities…

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Cinematography and Screenwriting class debuts this semester
Arts & Entertainment

Susie Seidel | January 28, 2019

After one year preparing and researching, theater department Head Amie Gossett began teaching a new fine art course titled Cinematography and Screenwriting.

The idea for the class arose at a meeting…

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Substitutes, not study halls
Opinions

Pathfinder Staff | January 28, 2019

To some, the most well-loved part of school; to others, the most dreaded. The day that a teacher is out sick and a substitute from Kelly Educational Staffing comes to take their place, students respond…

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Sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe spreads power to peers through accessible knowledge
Features

Brinda Ambal | January 27, 2019

Passion for social justice and current events led sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe to write articles for Balance the Ballot, an Instagram account run by students, for students.

“I really liked their message…

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From purposely tanking a placement exam to applying to medical programs
Features

Fatema Rehmani | January 17, 2019

The test proctor announces that time has expired, marking the completion of another AP exam for senior Shahzan Mian. It’s already his 12th such test over the past four years. With one eye on high school…

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Junior Charlize Chiu explores the impacts of growing social media accounts
Features

Carly Anderson | January 17, 2019

Growing up, junior Charlize Chiu spent her days watching Youtubers like nigahiga, Smosh and Shane Dawson. Now, she finds herself following in their footsteps with her growing Instagram and Youtube accounts….

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Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice
Features

Sabrina Bohn | January 15, 2019

Between planning walkouts, doing an ecology internship and studying abroad in Australia, 2016 alumna Shannon Anderson keeps herself busy while going into her third year at Emory University, studying biology…

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Andrew Gray and Victoria Gray attend camp in Shanghai, China
Features

Irene Yannakakis | January 10, 2019

In a pursuit to learn Mandarin, freshman Victoria Gray and sophomore Andrew Gray spent two weeks in Shanghai, China, at a camp called ‘That’s Mandarin.’

‘That’s Mandarin’ is a two-week camp…

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Jazz Band gets a full instrumentation
Arts & Entertainment

Peyton Gaskill | January 10, 2019

For the first time since 2001, the Jazz Band has a full instrumentation. This means that the band has players for each instrument required for musical pieces written for large bands, including saxophones,…

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Pop Tart Taste Test
Opinions

Irene Yannakakis | December 28, 2018

1. Wildlicious Wild Berry (3/10)

Moving along to our last place contender, the Wildlicious Wild Berry. Before trying this Pop Tart, we had high hopes because we were expecting a sweet berry flavor,…

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Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration
Features

Sabrina Bohn | December 26, 2018

While most students would groan at the thought of an English project, seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan used the opportunity to address a topic they care about by creating a video raising awareness about…

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Girl’s cross country’s second place finish is best state performance since 1990
Sports

Claire Smout | December 18, 2018

A moment of quietness and stillness. Then the gun goes off and an anticipatory shout rises from the crowd. After the runners go by, flocks of parents, teammates and coaches scatter every direction to line…

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