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Los dos Navarros: spouses and Spanish teachers in the same corridor
Features

Tasneem Nasufovic | December 6, 2019

It all started with a lunch date in Madrid, talking about archaeology and boasting about raising chickens.

Traveling and learning different languages and cultures brought Spanish teachers Francisco…

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From high school baseball to playing professional, alumni Sherron Rives uses passion for baseball to coach youth teams
Sports

Michael Lolley | December 4, 2019

Graduating in 1989 and continuing his baseball career into professional game, alumni Sherron Rives is now giving back to his community by teaching the game to youth players in the St. Louis area.

“I…

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Callie Hummel finishes senior season second-best player in Saint Louis
Sports

Mira Nalbandian | December 3, 2019

Pulling past defenders, senior Callie Hummel makes her way towards the cage on the opposite end of the field. Raising her electric green stick behind her, she swings, making contact with the solid plastic…

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Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat
Features

Zoe DeYoung | November 26, 2019

Senior Gabriel Weber was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her with only one hand. Growing up with a limb difference in a world made for two-handed people put Weber in many…

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Senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes celebrate their friendship through marriage
Features

Fatema Rehmani | November 25, 2019

For most, marriage is a union between two people who love each other romantically and wish to legally bind their relationship. For senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes, marriage is the union and…

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Seniors commit to their choosing on College Signing Day
Sports

Ridwan Oyebamiji | November 20, 2019

Jason Reilly

Having played baseball since he was four years old, continuing the sport in college was almost a no-brainer for senior Jason Reilly. Reilly committed to play baseball for Westminster,…

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Robotics and Soccer: how two students qualified for the world championship
Features

Jacob Stanton | November 18, 2019

Hearts pounding, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff step up to compete during the National Robotics Competition in California. However, this was not just any robotics competition–it was a sports competition….

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Permanent Daylight Savings Time would have positive effect on students
Opinions

Brinda Ambal | November 5, 2019

Every first Sunday of November, students gain one hour of sleep back, while every second Sunday of March, we lose one as finals and the spring sports season looms. With “fall back” approaching quickly,…

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Editorial: It’s time to clean up
Opinions

Pathfinder Editorial Board | November 1, 2019

The cafeteria during sixth hour, now absent of laughter and warmth, is completely still at first glance. A second look reveals custodian Sean Smith continuing his daily agenda of shuffling through bins–blue,…

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Building a legacy: Sixth grade camp seeks donations to renovate building and create memories
News

Kathryn McAuliffe | October 29, 2019

Flowing lakes, miles of trees, pioneer nights, horseback trails and unforgettable memories come to mind when thinking of Parkway’s Outdoor Schools. Known as “sixth-grade camp,” Parkway students have…

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“The sky’s the limit”: Sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne breaks 52-year-old school yardage record
Showcase

Susie Seidel | October 28, 2019

Under Thursday night lights at the Mayor’s Cup football game Oct. 17, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne carried the ball 463 yards, breaking a record set in 1968, the school’s first year.

The first record…

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Warming heads and hearts: We Dine Together joins the Hat not Hate movement
Features

Leah Schroeder | October 23, 2019

Students wearing winter hats is not something that you expect to see during 90 degrees weather, but these hats did more than make members of the We Dine Together club sweat.

After pairing with Hat not…

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Practice makes perfect: Varsity football coach Melvin Bethany trains football players for the field and the classroom
Sports

Michael Lolley | October 17, 2019

NFL Pro Bowler Ezekiel Elliott, Super Bowl champion Carey Davis and sophomore Tyree Simms. These athletes all have one thing in common: coach Melvin Bethany.

Bethany not only coaches varsity football,…

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Senior Alexis Nadreau lands herself a pilot license
Features

Jacob Stanton | October 14, 2019

Flying at 1,000 feet, peering down at the city of St. Louis, senior Alexis Nadreau does what she has been learning since she was 7 years old: flies an aircraft.

“Flying is one of the things I am really…

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Students and faculty react to ACT’s updates effective September 2020
News

Lydia Roseman | October 14, 2019

In the height of college application season, seniors in particular are scrambling to compile their highest test scores to send to their dream schools. Not yet at this stage, juniors and even underclassmen…

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Meet Madi: Senior and Make-A-Wish ambassador
Features

Zoe DeYoung | October 8, 2019

Whether it be chance or fate, the Longhorn Council decided all funds this year will be supporting the Make a Wish Foundation and the wish of someone who will start walking the halls alongside us for the…

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From student council president to State Representative hopeful, Alumna Trish Gunby shares strategy for getting into office
Features

Ridwan Oyebamiji | October 3, 2019

After hearing much encouragement from her peers, 1979 alumna Trish Gunby decided to take her involvement to the next step by choosing to run for Missouri State Representative of the 99th District.

If…

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Students walk out to combat climate change
Video

Maddy Truka | October 2, 2019

This story was originally published on Pathfinder on October 1, 2019.

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Students speak up about the cost of senior year
News

Lydia Roseman | October 1, 2019

Public education is free, right? Not exactly. The local taxpayer provides the funding for the education itself, but there is a litany of items and events, especially for seniors, that cost money–and…

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College application process 101
Video

Nayeon Ryu | October 1, 2019

This story was originally published on Pathfinder on August 19, 2019.

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Inside look: student influencers make the most of social media
Features

Leah Schroeder | September 30, 2019

Kylie Jenner. David Dobrik. Emma Chamberlain. 

With social media being so prominent in today’s society, everyone has heard the names of these Instagram influencers. Even if not everyone knows their…

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Fighting stigmas and the Pink Tax by ‘Going with the Flow’
Features

Brinda Ambal | September 27, 2019

Period. Any mention of this word will probably result in a flurry of teenage boys scurrying to distance themselves from the speaker as fast as humanly possible. 

However, sophomores Anna Newberry and…

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Senior Kristin Wilson and freshman Kelsea Wilson take advantage of the chance to dance as teammates
Sports

Susie Seidel | September 26, 2019

Sisters share lots of things, whether it be clothes, shoes, a car or even a room. This year, senior Kristin Wilson and freshman Kelsea Wilson are sharing a one time experience of dancing on the varsity…

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Junior Zoey Womick brings life to the St. Louis Zoo through the ALIVE Program
Features

Kathryn McAuliffe | September 25, 2019

Most St. Louis natives go to the St. Louis Zoo once or twice and call it a day. But junior Zoey Womick spent her summers there for the past nine years. After aging out of the youth camps sponsored by the…

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Field hockey: new teams and new titles
Sports

Fatema Rehmani | September 25, 2019

From the first day of fall sports tryouts, the field hockey program has been breaking traditions. With more than 50 players, the program formed three teams and welcomed their first Pool Championship in…

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Attendance is Mandatory: Behind the scenes of @PWest Superfan
Sports

Drew Boone | September 23, 2019

After noticing a lack of school spirit and attendance at sporting events in previous years, seniors Cameron Neisler and Garrett Larson found a way to motivate the student body and boost attendance through…

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Sophomores Izzie Finlinson, Will Bonnett and Emily Voyles take the trek of their ancestors
Features

Lilly Francis | September 20, 2019

Hiking 15 miles through woods, over hills and across rivers all through torrential rain, sophomores Izzie Finlinson, Will Bonnett and Emily Voyles, alongside many of their peers, took part in a weekend…

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Tune into “Parkway West Coaches Corner”
Sports

Leah Schroeder | September 19, 2019

Upbeat music plays as head boys basketball coach John Wright and varsity softball coach Jeff Chazen introduce their guest star in their new podcast, “Coaches Corner.” This podcast covers a variety…

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Sexism in speech and debate: competitive speakers’ fight for their voice
News

Tyler Kinzy | September 17, 2019

It is the conversation that speech and debate coach Cara Borgsmiller is forced to have several times each season.

“I talk openly about it, especially the first time they get a ballot that says something…

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Alumnus Rigel Robinson makes history as Berkeley, Calif.’s youngest city councilperson
Features

Kathryn McAuliffe | September 16, 2019

Alumnus Rigel Robinson pauses, then explodes in laughter. “No, this was all just a big, happy accident,” Robinson said.

“This” refers to Robinson’s career; he is the youngest city councilperson…

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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 7, 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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