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Dear Senator Harris
Opinions

Emma Baum | October 13, 2020

Dear Senator Harris,
Three years ago I had a teacher who believed that my choice to sit for the Pledge of Allegiance gave him permission to shame and humiliate me. For 45 minutes, I was interrogated about…

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The First Debate: Truth, Lies and the State of Democracy
Opinions

Ivy Reed | October 1, 2020

The first presidential debate, hosted on Sept. 29, 2020, started out calmly enough. Moderator Chris Wallace introduced the first topic, the Supreme Court. Trump spoke for two minutes. Biden spoke for two…

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A Rally to #LetThemPlay
Sports

Shane LaGesse | September 15, 2020

Around 6:30 in the evening of Sunday, September 13, cars began to trickle down N Spoede road, searching for the residence of St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. After being turned away by police upon…

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Project Face Shield
Coronavirus

Emma Baum | May 14, 2020

For Bill Moore, the COVID-19 outbreak is a crisis.

But it’s also an opportunity to use his experience to help his community.

“I went to school to become an engineer because I wanted to help people……

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School
Coronavirus

Kaitlyn Tran | May 11, 2020

COLLEGE/TESTING:

As COVID-19 sweeps the nation, college students have been forced to experience the severe measures of abruptly evacuating campus and transitioning their university environment and curriculum…

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The “Chinese Virus”- How the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting Asian Americans across the United States
Coronavirus

Tiancheng Fan | May 4, 2020

A cold glare, being spat on, or even being violently attacked. This is the reality that thousands of people of Asian descent are experiencing amid the Coronavirus pandemic. While not many people were concerned…

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Restricted Reporting
Coronavirus

Grace Snelling | April 27, 2020

Every night at 7 p.m, New York Times Senior Staff Editor Tom Gaffney steps out of the doorway of his house in Manhattan and listens to his neighbor play “America the Beautiful” on the tuba.
The nighttime…

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Transition to Online Learning During Global Pandemic
Coronavirus

Rachel Liang | April 23, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, Clayton High school began its first day of online school as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Many mixed opinions on this new online learning arose as students…

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Loving Lydia: Serving St. Louis’ Homeless During a Global Pandemic
Coronavirus

Grace Snelling | April 20, 2020

In 2001, Lydia Boda was still a child, living in the Ville neighborhood of St. Louis with her three brothers. That was the year that her parents started the Bridge of Hope Ministry in their living room.
At…

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Masks or Not: the Cultural Differences Between the West and East
Coronavirus

Tiancheng Fan | April 13, 2020

COVID-19 put a mask on everyone in China soon after the outbreak in Wuhan. A focus for many people is whether they should wear masks amid the spread of COVID, and if so, what kind.

People could get…

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When Incompetence Becomes Deadly: The Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Response
Coronavirus

Ivy Reed | April 9, 2020

We all need some fun right now, so here’s a little game: match each statement to the person who said it — President Trump or Dr. Fredrick Echols, Director of the City of St. Louis Department of Health.

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Proposed Legislation Threatens Transgender Rights
Sports

Ivy Reed | April 6, 2020

“It basically affirmed my sense of belonging. Playing on the boys’ team, I never really felt like I belonged,” Nicky Taghert, 2019 CHS graduate, said about her experience playing on the girls’…

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The Syrian-Clayton Connection
Features

Grace Snelling | March 31, 2020

Debra Wiens:
It was Thanksgiving Day 2016, and former CHS Current Issues teacher Debra Wiens had just put the finishing touches on a traditional home-cooked meal when her daughter, a college student in…

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disorder.
Features

Noor Jerath | March 30, 2020

intro.
Your phone dings. It’s a text from your friend. “Want to go get food with me?” it reads. Your heart drops. You think back to earlier that day, to the donut you couldn’t stop yourself from…

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What does it mean to be gifted?
Features

Ivy Reed | March 30, 2020

BACKGROUND
Although gifted services in the Clayton School District have seen numerous variations over the past 10 years, 2017 marked a new phase in the program. 70 percent of all identified gifted students…

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Coronavirus Controversy
Coronavirus

Yiyun Xu | March 25, 2020

“Unfortunately, anytime people are scared for their health and the health of their families, they try to find somebody to blame. They try to separate us vs. them,” said Lauren Sucher-O’Grady, an…

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Diversity, Duplexes and the Middle Class
Opinions

Ivy Reed | October 25, 2019

I live in a duplex on the tree-lined 6400 block of San Bonita Avenue. People push strollers and walk their dogs down the shady sidewalk to buy vegan body lotion, CBD oil and artisan ice cream on DeMun…

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House Bill May Hijack School Schedule
News

Owen Auston-Babcock | September 20, 2019

Students in Missouri may have up to two extra weeks of summer break next year. 

A bill known as House Bill 161 has passed in the Missouri House of Representatives. If signed into law, HB 161 “[removes]…

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Clayton Graduate Claire Saffitz talks High School, Harvard, Gourmet Treats and more
Features

Michael Melinger | September 18, 2019

From the sidewalks of University City to the subway stops of the Upper West Side, at least one thing has remained constant for Claire Saffitz: her love of food. Whether it’s takeout from Amighettit’s…

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Splinters of a Sanctuary
News

Vivian Chen | April 2, 2019

On February 26, 2019, the future of the Methodist Church transformed, tearing a rift between two conflicting opinions. Tensions regarding LGBTQ+ rights in the Church had been widely debated for years,…

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STAFF ED: City-County Merger
Opinions

Globe Staff | March 27, 2019

St. Louis was first established as a city in 1764. By 1876, St. Louis County split off from the city in an event named “The Great Divorce”. Kirkwood was a train station, Ferguson a lone train platform…

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Liu in China
Arts & Entertainment

Richard Cheng | February 26, 2019

Most Clayton High School students might spend their summer at camps, relaxing at home or on vacation. Some select, highly-motivated kids might even get a jump start on their summer homework before the…

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Magnificent Mottl
Sports

Daniel Cohen | February 13, 2019

In just her second meet on the CHS girls’ varsity swim team, freshman Kellen Mottl broke the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke school record set by Lydia Welty, a graduate of CHS in 2016. Welty swam at…

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My Experience with “Men on Boats”
Opinions

Sarah Vallo | February 1, 2019

This year’s fall play, “Men on Boats,” followed Major John Wesley Powell’s crew, and their voyage down the Colorado River, one of the last American Frontiers.

Major Powell (Sydney Tennill) takes…

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Unicreamer
Features

Yiyun Xu | January 29, 2019

As more people look into healthy lifestyles, many turn away from animal-based products. This results in meeting the adequate amount of protein becoming a top priority for most. Protein-packed foods are…

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Video

Samuel Cooper | January 29, 2019

This story was originally published on The Globe on January 22, 2019.

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The “Mountains”
Opinions

Sophie Thompson | January 28, 2019

At Wydown Middle School, students are forced to leave their backpacks in their lockers throughout the day. However, at Clayton High School, students are allowed to carry their backpacks around the school…

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A Swim with Miller
Sports

Kaia Mills-Lee | January 23, 2019

Determined. Courageous. Committed. Leader. These are the qualities of an outstanding swimmer, and these are the qualities that Elizabeth Miller, a senior at CHS, possesses.

Miller has been swimming…

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Video

January 14, 2019

Adam & Gabe tell the story of the Dance Marathon being organized by CHS students.

This story was originally published on The Globe on December 1, 2018.

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A Day in the Life of the Cast Aside
Opinions

Sofia Puerto | January 7, 2019

Why do we do this to ourselves? We live in a generation where all of the world’s knowledge is at the click of a button for us, and we continuously make mistakes in etiquette when calling someone the…

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Cohen’s Clayton Connection
Arts & Entertainment

Jacob LaGesse | December 28, 2018

Each Thanksgiving, Andy Cohen, CHS graduate of 1986 and Bravo executive, returns to St. Louis to spend the holiday with his family. While his usual venture home includes family time and Imo’s pizza,…

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Spiking Sophia
Sports

Sofia Erlin | December 19, 2018

The stands watched silently as the Clayton and Ladue varsity volleyball teams battled for the winner of Volley for a Cure. The rally went on for a few minutes before the ball was set outside. CHS sophomore…

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Sixth Grade Camp vs. The Athletic Department
Features

Cece Cohen | November 20, 2018

It seems as though the Clayton athletic department has a stigma when it come to sixth grade camp.

Sixth grade camp is an annual tradition where each fall the Wydown Middle School sixth grade class travels…

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From the Editor
Opinions

Lila Taylor | November 20, 2018

From the age of 10, I’ve spent my summers in the Northwoods of Minnesota at Camp Kamaji for girls. My home away from home lacks air conditioning, electricity and most importantly, wifi.

Those who…

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Overprescribed
Features

Grace Snelling | November 16, 2018

“I broke my nose playing basketball when I was 15 and I was prescribed tylenol-3’s, which are codeine. I remember I just took them and I liked the way they made me feel. It was a different high than weed,…

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Staff Editorial: Pursuing Pursuit Day’s Potential
Opinions

Globe Staff | November 8, 2018

The Clayton School District’s purpose in educating students, as described in its vision statement, is to “develop leaders who shape the world through independence, creativity and critical thinking.”

Yet…

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Clayton Volleyball Turns Over a New Leaf
Sports

Sofia Erlin | October 31, 2018

The last time the Clayton girls’ varsity volleyball team won districts was in 1983. In a school that tends to focus more on academics than athletics, the volleyball team is hoping to break out of that…

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Dulle Dominates
Sports

Daniel Cohen | October 29, 2018

“In the quarterfinal game against Panama I went to shoot the ball but a player fell on my leg. I ripped my hamstring away from my pelvis, and I was out the entire summer,” CHS senior varsity soccer captain…

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Catching Crickets
Features

Cece Cohen | October 18, 2018

“No wifi or cell service,” CHS sophomore Noah Kennedy said as he described his trip to the Grand Tetons.

CHS seniors Xuenan Jin and Max de la Paz, juniors Dana Anderson and Liza Anzilotti and sophomores…

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I Am
Features

Sarah Baker | October 5, 2018

“I always tell my sons to be proud of themselves,” Glenridge Elementary librarian Jude Hagene said. “They are biracial, and the minute they walk into a room, they are subjected to whatever people think…

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