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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
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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
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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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AP teachers speak out about College Board changes
News

Grace Kaempfe | December 13, 2019

AP teachers are adjusting to the changes College Board made over the summer while also trying to maximize student exam and portfolio performances.

The College Board is a national organization that provides…

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Senior Amal Mustic takes us on her ride through becoming a car influencer
Features

Megan Hoenecke | December 12, 2019

Sliding out from beneath her prized BMW F30, senior Amal Mustic changes the exhaust system and replaces an old grill on her car. Mustic is a car influencer that specializes in modifying her car, a hobby…

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The official freshman guide to finals: By peers; for peers
Features

Zoe DeYoung | December 11, 2019

On these final days leading up to finals (pun intended), study habits spring into full force. This is the time where students buckle down, lock themselves inside their room with Cheez-its and a textbook…

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Bringing home a robot baby: A Child Development students rite of passage
Features

Ava Kayser | December 11, 2019

It is 2:30 p.m. and school is out for the weekend. As students of the Child Development class head home, they lug their backpacks, car seats and baby. As part of the class, students are required to care…

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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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