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MHSNews | Coronavirus Vox Pop
Coronavirus

Kaleb Waterford | March 20, 2020

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in December 2019, more than 120,000 cases have been reported globally according to the World Health Organization. So far there’s only been one confirmed case of…

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MHSNews | Teachers Try TikTok
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Jackson Estwanick | March 13, 2020

Four MHS faculty members take on TikTok by reacting to content, trying filters and performing the viral “Renegade” challenge.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on March 10, 2020.

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France Trip Postponed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Coronavirus

Carter Van Buskirk | March 13, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads into western European countries, the World Language Department decided to postpone its Paris Spring Break trip to 2021.

Emily Thompson, french teacher and chaperone,…

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MHSNews | Competitive Weight Lifter Prepares for American Open
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Lexie Diekroeger | March 11, 2020

Sometimes failure in one area can lead to success in another. After getting cut from the soccer team, junior Adam Withinton found a love for competitive weightlifting.

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Panic Surrounds Coronavirus
Coronavirus

Arpitha Sistla | March 11, 2020

When Jenny Chiu, sophomore, was walking through the cereal aisle of Target shopping with her family, she noticed a woman staring at her. As Chiu walked past the woman, she was surprised to see the woman…

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Black History Month: How Silence Spoke Louder Than Words
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | March 9, 2020

As February, the month reserved for acknowledging black history, fades into March, I found these last 29 days only provided me with feelings of shame and resentment.

These emotions stem from the mistreatment…

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MHSNews | Boys Varsity Basketball Earns “Josh Merz Night” Win
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Jackson Estwanick | March 3, 2020

A “Senior Night” is an annual tradition that many MHS athletics and activities hold to honor their senior members. However, this year’s boys varsity basketball team celebrated differently as they only…

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Parental Divorce Affects Student Life
Features

Lauren Pickett | March 2, 2020

For Andy Oitker, junior, the Oxford dictionary definition of divorce, the legal dissolution of a marriage, lacks depth as to how his life as a teenager and student has been transformed by parental divorce.

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Fair and Deadly: Why the Pressure to Be Whiter Should Not Be Ignored
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Arpitha Sistla | February 28, 2020

The smell of Fair and Lovely skin bleaching cream is an all too familiar scent for me. Flowery and elegant, the bright pink tube and the beautiful photoshopped woman’s face promise the user a whiter…

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MHSNews | Badminton Club Sees Growth in Members
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Zara Tola | February 21, 2020

Out of all of the sports activities offered at MHS, senior Claire Zhang said there is one sport she truly can enjoy like no other: badminton.

“I’m not a really athletic person or someone who is…

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Homeless to Homage
Features

Carter Van Buskirk | February 21, 2020

What does homelessness look like? Is it the man begging for money on the side of the road? Is it the impoverished family living in a homeless shelter? Or is it the boy who aced his biology test right next…

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MHSNews | NHS Hosts Annual Blood Drive
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Katie Schowe | February 21, 2020

National Honors Society hosted the annual blood drive in the small gym on February 3, giving students and teachers the opportunity to save lives.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger…

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Under Pressure: Student Athletes Face Challenges in Collegiate Sports Recruiting
Sports

Connor Del Carmen | February 17, 2020

Connor Throneberry, junior, verbally committed to Penn State for baseball as a sophomore which puts him on the younger end of athletes who commit to a school.

“With all the juniors and seniors worrying…

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MHSNews | More Than Meets The Eye
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R.C. Gioia | February 13, 2020

Richie Tienter is not like other freshmen. Five months after he was born and after numerous doctor visits, his parents were told that he had optic nerve hypoplasia, a disorder characterized by the underdevelopment…

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Basketball Teams Travel to Famous Hoosier Gym
Sports

Ben Hughes | February 11, 2020

Boys and girls varsity basketball will travel to Knighston, Ind., this weekend to match up against the Lindbergh Flyers in the famous gym from the 1986 movie “Hoosiers.”

“Hoosiers” follows the…

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MHSNews | Lacing Up: Shoe Entrepreneurs On The Rise
Video

Shon Sayfuddinov | January 31, 2020

With the growing popularity of sneaker culture, young entrepreneurs have began to start their own shoe businesses. Senior Chase Callahan has been in the business of selling and collecting shoes since 6th…

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Women’s March & Feminism: “Separate But Equal”
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | January 29, 2020

Once again, hundreds of thousands of ecstatic Women’s March attendees flooded the streets of Washington D.C. Jan. 18, showcasing pink cat hats and bold phrases on handmade signs.

Once again, protesters…

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MHSNews | Meet Mel
Showcase

Shon Sayfuddinov | January 17, 2020

From the classroom to the parking lot, former teacher Mel Carusso made a career change that brought her to Marquette. After leaving a job that she loved, Mel was unsure of where her new position behind…

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MHSNews | Freshman Wrestling Competes in Rockwood Quad Invitational
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Jackson Estwanick | January 10, 2020

Last night, freshman wrestling took on the Rockwood Quad Invitational to face host Lafayette, along with Eureka and Rockwood Summit. Just past the midseason mark, the Mustangs team of wrestlers are mostly…

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MHSNews | Hooping Shows Heart
Video

Jackson Estwanick | December 19, 2019

Yesterday, a student versus staff basketball fundraiser was held in the large gym during flex time, hosted by Future Business Leaders of America, also known as FBLA.

Proceeds from the event would be…

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Disney Addresses Racial Stereotypes in Early Movies
Arts & Entertainment

Alayna Higdon | December 16, 2019

With the recent release of Disney Plus, people have received access to all of the Disney movies, including “The Princess and the Frog,” “Cinderella,” “Mulan,” “Moana” and “Frozen.”

On…

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Environmental Concerns Provoke Action
News

Lauren Pickett | December 12, 2019

Is this an ethical brand? Are they using sustainable resources?

These were senior Abby Grace’s thoughts as she was looking for a Homecoming dress.

Her sustainability efforts are incorporated throughout…

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Francis Howell School District files a lawsuit against JUUL
Vaping

Mansi Mamidi | December 12, 2019

Francis Howell School District (FHSD) filed a lawsuit on Oct. 7 against JUUL Labs Inc. (JUUL) for intentional harm out of the district’s control, joining many other school districts throughout the country.

This…

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MHSNews | American Cricket Academy Club Visits PE Classes
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Shon Sayfuddinov | December 11, 2019

A new sport has been introduced to students in Personal Fitness and Wellness classes: Cricket. Throughout the semester, members of the American Cricket Academy Club (ACAC) visited MHS to familiarize students…

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MHSNews | First Amendment Heroes
Video

Katie Schowe | December 10, 2019

Students from across the St. Louis area were invited to the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse to interact with key figures involved in landmark 1st amendment court cases on November 7. Speakers included…

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MHSNews | Wanderbus Brings German Culture to Marquette
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R.C. Gioia | December 9, 2019

German students took their learning of the language outside the classroom November 13, as they boarded the Wanderbus. The Wanderbus is a travelling program that teaches students German language and culture…

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Sandy Hook Lawsuit Is A Critical Victory
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | December 4, 2019

There have been more mass shootings in the U.S. than days this year as of Nov. 17.

As of today, 321 days have passed this year, and 366 mass shootings, or any incident where four people were shot, have…

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Mobile Typing Influences Student Writing Habits
Features

Mason Kellerman | December 4, 2019

Lilly Size, senior, is able to type out whole paragraphs on her phone using two thumbs almost as effectively as she types on a keyboard with 10 fingers.

“It makes you think more when you’re on a…

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How’s The Weather Up There?
Features

Zara Tola | December 3, 2019

Walking through the halls of Marquette, it’s hard to miss these girls.

Tall girls. Although movies like “Tall Girl”, which was released earlier this fall, make it seem like being tall comes with…

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Schools Must Be Agents of Change
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | December 2, 2019

When 248 Francis Howell students violated nicotine-related policy last year, the school district filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul Labs.

However, the issue expands beyond a single school…

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Mustang 4 Mental Health: Suicide Prevention And Awareness Efforts
Features

Lauren Pickett | November 13, 2019

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age, advancing from its placement of third in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving the…

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Bolton’s Bricks: Teacher Shares Love of Legos
Features

Jackson Estwanick | November 11, 2019

Ed Bolton, chemistry teacher, spends each day exploring the basic building blocks of matter with his students. But outside of school, he has a passion for a different type of building blocks: Lego bricks.

Jan…

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MHSNews | Senior Friday Night Lights
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Jadynne Watts | November 1, 2019

Not only did the Varsity football team celebrate their win against Pattonville on Oct. 11, but they also celebrated senior night along with cheer, Mystique and marching band.

This story was originally…

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Porcelli Energizes Football Team
Sports

Kavya Jain | October 31, 2019

“Joe! Joe! Joe! Joe!”

As the sun sets and the Friday night lights begin, students can feel the energy of an undefeated season. They can also hear Stang Gang erupting into a chant, only the name…

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MHSNews | Marching Band Performs for Gateway Warriors Golf Tournament
Video

Shon Sayfuddinov | October 31, 2019

On October 7, marching band attended the Gateway Warriors Golf Tournament at St. Albans Country Club to perform for the opening ceremony.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on…

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West County Moms Unite To Promote Gun Control
News

Zara Tola | October 17, 2019

In light of a recent commercial sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise Organization, many moms in the West County Area have started to join Moms Demand Action (MDA), a group that seeks to get more regulation…

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MHSNews | French Classes Attend World Languages Day
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Jackson Estwanick | October 16, 2019

On Friday October Fourth, a group of French Four and Five students traveled to the University of Missouri St. Louis for World Languages Day. Students explored six different cultures and languages through…

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Unintentional Intruder Alarms Instigate Changes to the Intruder Alarm System
News

Waha Siddiqui | October 8, 2019

Quinn Thomas, junior at Eureka High School, was enjoying her second day of Flex with her friends in the school courtyard on Sept. 4 when she saw the students and staff surrounding her scramble into chaos.

An…

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Taking a Tumble: MHS Cheerleader recovers from major back injury
Sports

Jen Bosche | September 30, 2019

When Abby Kaber, junior, was 11, she was at the peak of her gymnastics career. She competed floor, bar, vault and beam for Olympiad Chesterfield. She even scored a top score on her floor routine and…

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It’s time to take action
Opinions

Sarah Harris | September 25, 2019

As the pools begin to close and the summer homework begins to get finished, it’s that time of year again. The start of school. And with the start of school comes the purchasing of new school supplies.

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MHSNews | Female Football Player Breaks New Ground
Showcase

Lexie Diekroeger | September 20, 2019

When Grier Brandt, freshman, walked into the first day of official team practice, she knew she would face challenges most freshmen athletes also encountered. However, she faced one challenge that was particularly…

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MHSNews | Explore Program Combines Education with Exploration
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Shon Sayfuddinov | September 18, 2019

Junior Nick Pinkstaff is a part of Explore. Started by the Boy Scouts of America, Explore is a program that allows students to work with first responders. Pinkstaff said he was inspired to join the program…

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Notre Dame Fire Sparks Discussion Over French Trip Plans
News

Austin Richard | May 29, 2019

Some say it was an electrical shortage. Some blame it on a cigarette butt. Either way, a fire at Notre Dame on April 15 has lead to over a billion dollars in damages and left students wondering if they’ll…

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Blindauer and Pisoni to Perform at Muny
Arts & Entertainment

Kayla Schweitzer | May 14, 2019

This summer, David Pisoni, junior, and Rebecca Blindauer, theater teacher, will be a part of theater productions at the largest outdoor theater in the nation: the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (Muny)….

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Tap Dancer Named Finalist in National YoungArts Competition
Arts & Entertainment

Kailin Zhang | March 12, 2019

The phone was ringing. The caller ID spelled out Miami, Fla.

Addi Loving, junior, was in rehearsal for the school musical, “Into the Woods,” when she first got the call.

Although she couldn’t…

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Grappler Grabs First Girls Wrestling Medal in School History
Sports

Jeff Swift | February 27, 2019

Leah Ozersky, sophomore, has practiced as a member of the new girls squad since wrestling started in November, and she was hoping to make an impression in her first tournament at Rockwood Summit.

And…

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MHSNews | Checkmate
Video

Connor Karst | February 27, 2019

Sophomore Sushen Kolakaleti, hit a milestone last year when he became the Missouri K-12 Chess State Champion. This March, he will return to the the championship once more.

This story was originally published…

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AP Course selection process stresses students
Features

Caroline Cudney | February 27, 2019

Although course registration for this year has wrapped up, many students like Megan Crawford, junior, felt pressured to challenge themselves with AP and honors classes.

“I felt pressured, especially…

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Speaking Multiple Languages Helps Students in School and Business Worlds
Features

Connor Del Carmen | January 28, 2019

Daniel Guardado, sophomore, has a skill that puts him at an advantage over many of his peers: he speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Guardado learned Spanish at home by speaking to his parents,…

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ITS Members Away at Conference Waited Out Inclement Weather
News

Waha Siddiqui | January 28, 2019

While all Rockwood students went home two hours early last Friday, Ali Nuckles, sophomore, spent her weekend involved with karaoke activities and snowball fights.

Nuckles is a member of MHS’ International…

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