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Stories from Marquette High School
Falling Short: RSD Faces Bus Driver, Substitute & Cafeteria Worker Shortages
News

Aarushi Bute (she/her) | October 6, 2021

As RSD returns to its first full in-person school year since COVID-19, staff shortages have affected departments including transportation, substitutes and nutrition. 

Bus Driver Shortage

Following…

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Cracking the Code
Features

Mason Kellerman (he/him) | September 28, 2021

During the first Academic Lab, Dr. Tracey Waeckerle presented the dress code via Zoom. Since then, increasing numbers of students have voiced their discontent with the policy. 

Among these students…

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Custodian Illustrates Children’s Book
Features

Anika Talyan (she/her) | September 28, 2021

In spring of 2020, Brian McKanna, author of “The Big Purple Tree,” found a notebook from his high school years at Lafayette. Seven years ago, during high school, McKanna had pitched his idea of a children’s…

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More Than a Uniform: Athletic Gear Raises Female Sexualization Debate
Features

Marin Ellington | September 15, 2021

Shriya Sawant, senior, is a competitive gymnast and often finds it difficult to feel completely comfortable given the tight-fitting nature of her uniforms and the sexualization of athletic wear she has…

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Astrology Trend Leaves Many Starry-Eyed
Features

Liza Cooper | May 19, 2021

On a clear night, the sky is sprinkled with stars. Ordinary people may just see dots of light; scientists may see balls of gas.

People who participate in astrology, the study of the influence that stars…

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Muslim Athletes Navigate Ramadan
Sports

Emma Tyulyayev | May 18, 2021

Wednesday ended the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan, where from sunrise to sunset, those particpating, including some MHS athletes, were not allowed to eat or drink.

Instead participants prayed…

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MHS Rock Climbing Club Resumes
Video

Katie Wheeler | May 18, 2021

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on May 17, 2021.

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Ditching Digital: Why Teens Opt for Disposable Cameras
Arts & Entertainment

Rutaiba Siddiqui | May 14, 2021

To add a “vintage” vibe to their photos, teens are documenting their lives via disposable cameras as opposed to digital cameras or cellphones. 

Dating back to the 1960s and gaining popularity in…

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Community Petitions for Honorary Chair at RSHS Graduation, Admin Declines
News

Lauren Pickett | May 12, 2021

Julia McCarthy was a fun, sarcastic best friend to Anna Zamenski, Rockwood Summit High School (RSHS) senior, since they were in kindergarten. 

“There was never a dull moment with Julia, and I never…

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MHSNews | New Club Helps Girls Around the World
Video

Jack Huster | May 6, 2021

MHS students, Trinity Lopes and Suchita Karnati started the Days for Girls club to help women in our community and all over the world.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on May…

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Thrifting Rises in Popularity
Uncategorized

Rutaiba Siddiqui | April 30, 2021

On a typical Saturday, while many teenagers are spending time with friends or family, Valarie Inch, sophomore, is organizing clothes at her part-time job. 

Inch has been working at the Ellisville Savers,…

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Coalition Empowers Community to Combat Substance Abuse
Features

Aarushi Bute | April 28, 2021

As a teen, Lili Schliesser, project coordinator of the Community Partners in Prevention Coalition (CPIP), personally encountered the dangers of substance abuse. Now, over a decade later, she has been hosting…

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Derek Chauvin Verdict: A Step Toward Accountability
Derek Chauvin Verdict

Lauren Pickett | April 26, 2021

I shriveled into my mother’s embrace, instantly burying my teary face into my hands when the trial verdict rang through my kitchen: Guilty.

For nearly a year, I was deflated by the blatant, horrendous…

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Think Before Posting: How Teenage Tweets can Ruin a Life
Features

Liza Cooper | April 22, 2021

Thoughts are fleeting, but social media is forever.

That’s what former Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Alexi McCammond had to learn the hard way. McCammond was just about to step into her new position…

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Black-Asian Solidarity Necessary to Fight Racism
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | April 21, 2021

A 65-year-old Filipino woman was kicked, stomped and subjected to anti-Asian statements by a man in New York City. A 59-year old Korean woman was punched in the face repeatedly by a group of young women…

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MHSNews | Local Man Continues Bird Feeding Legacy
Video

Adriano Robins | April 21, 2021

Local bird watcher, Russell Robins, reflects on what this hobby means to him and the most recent addition to his backyard wildlife.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on April…

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The First Soccer Capital of America: History of Soccer in St. Louis
Sports

Taryn Moore | April 19, 2021

After failing to get bids in the past, St. Louis is officially getting a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in 2023 with the stadium to be located in the city with a capacity of 22,500 fans.

Chris Kenny,…

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Instagram Trend Emphasizes Authenticity
Features

Waha Siddiqui | April 16, 2021

For many years, senior Christie Legate’s social media routine was the same: dress up, hang out with multiple friends, always check the lighting and positioning, edit to perfection, then seal the deal…

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Family Matters: Students Connect With Relatives Through Tattoos
Features

Grace Taylor | April 14, 2021

Paige Mathys, senior, has two tattoos: a geometric pineapple on her ribs and a date in Roman numerals on her wrist. 

These tattoos are more than just ink, they are in remembrance of her late mother. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Begins in the Community
News

Waha Siddiqui | April 12, 2021

Missouri entered Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations Monday, March 29, which includes essential workers in education, childcare, communications and community-related sectors. 

Dawna Barnhart, biology…

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In-Depth: Barriers to Mental Health Care in Black Communities
Features

Lauren Pickett | April 7, 2021

As a Black woman, Aliyah Edwards, senior, said she is undervalued. As one of few the Black students in predominantly white classes, she combats daily limitations and stereotypes that negatively affect…

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Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community
Features

Marin Ellington | April 6, 2021

“If you’re miserable you can feel it deep in your chest and stomach.”

Madison Horwitz, sophomore, is all too familiar with these feelings as she is one of many youths in the LGBTQ+ community who…

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The Internet and Your Carbon Footprint
Features

Liza Cooper | April 1, 2021

Since the beginning of school in August, each MHS student has spent a minimum of 224 hours on Zoom, emitting the equivalent amount of CO2 that almost 4 gallons of gasoline would produce.

For every hour…

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MHSNews | Local Alternative Band Gains Social Media Following
Video

Ben Hughes | March 31, 2021

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on March 30, 2021.

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RSD Schools Participate in National COVID-19 Study
News

Lauren Pickett | March 31, 2021

All RSD schools are participating in a study investigating cases of students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact in an effort to research the impact of mitigation…

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Mask Usage Leads to Difficulty Understanding Emotion
Features

Mason Kellerman | March 24, 2021

Hailey Benting, senior, does not smile in the hall.

Instead, she waves and excitedly flashes her eyes at peers.

Prior to COVID-19, a smirk or saying “hi” would suffice as a proper greeting; however,…

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MHSNews | Trivia Thursday Tradition Continues
Video

Katie Schowe | March 19, 2021

Sophomore Principal, Dr. Rick Regina, continues the tradition of Trivia Thursday despite this year’s unusual circumstances.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on March 18, 2021.

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Sneezing Stigma
Features

Liza Cooper | March 9, 2021

The average human sneezes 4 times a day.

That didn’t use to matter. Before COVID-19, sneezing was just a normal bodily function. If done  in public, no one would take a second glance. But now, sneezing…

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Mission Mental Health Awareness aims to boost resources in RSD
Features

Zara Tola | March 3, 2021

What initially started off as a mere attempt to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award eventually blossomed into a full-blown campaign for change in RSD by LHS senior Isha Deol.

Deol started Mission Mental Health…

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MHSNews | A Little Goes a Long Way with We Care STL
Video

Cassie Sun | February 26, 2021

We Care STL is a nonprofit organization that raises donations and distributes care packages and donates them to free medical clinics in St. Louis that provide primary care, mental support, and domestic…

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Students Discover Creative Ways to Make Money
Features

Marin Ellington | February 25, 2021

Junior Jess Willsey’s dream is to open her own bakery in Chicago, but for now she’s opening her own bakery out of her kitchen in Ballwin.

Willsey used her free time during the stay-at-home order…

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Different Religions’ Views on Mental Health and Suicide
Features

Marin Ellington | February 18, 2021

“Taking a life is not permissible or allowed in our religion.”

This tends to be a theme for many main religions, and Tamima Hasan, senior and co-president of Muslim Student Association (MSA), pulls…

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Creative Arts Therapy Affects Mental Health
Features

Lauren Pickett | February 17, 2021

Annika Haas, senior, was often consumed by anxiety and unbalanced priorities. She tried breathing, among other techniques, that failed to ease her mind. Her sophomore year, she discovered an outlet to…

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Administration’s Role in Student’s Mental Well Being
News

Lajja Patel | February 15, 2021

Following the death of her close friend, Addison Bricker, junior, wanted to do something special in remembrance, so she reached out to Junior Principal Carl Hudson.

Bricker was hoping to talk about…

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Protest at the Capitol Sparks Student Reactions
News

Zara Tola | January 19, 2021

The protest at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 6, obstructed the ceremonial counting of electoral votes that would declare Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.

Pro-Trump demonstrators…

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MHSNews | New Donut Shop Opens In Chesterfield
Video

Jack Huster | January 19, 2021

St. Louis natives Dr. Julie and Dr. Daniel Ring opened up a new donut shop in Chesterfield in November.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on January 16, 2021.

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Why I Speak Up, Even With A Stutter
Opinions

Zara Tola | January 12, 2021

“My name is Zara.”

One might think that for me, these words are easy to say.

But that’s not the reality for people with a stutter. Oftentimes, saying my own name is a task that requires effort…

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People of Various Religious Affiliations Navigate the Holiday Season
Features

Akhila Swarna | January 4, 2021

Strolling through a worn-down pathway of grass to her neighbor’s house, Zoë Malik, senior, smiled as she envisioned a day full of festivities. With each stride, Malik recalled joyful memories from previous…

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Peer Pressure In An Isolated World
Features

Stephanie Lei | December 28, 2020

Family gatherings are monthly occurrences for Sri Varatharaj, sophomore, that is, before the COVID-19 pandemic. But for a family filled with intense care specialists and doctors, their regular gatherings…

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Opinion: Elliot Page, deadnaming, and what it means to be a cis ally
Opinions

Arpitha Sistla | December 28, 2020

“Whenever a trans individual gets deadnamed, it tends to really hurt,” Samir Faruq, junior, said. “It feels like a punch to the gut. It feels like you’re being hollowed out.”

Faruq came out…

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It’s Time to Execute the Death Penalty
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | December 22, 2020

I was frozen in time, grief-stricken and directionless since the night I learned Brandon Bernard, a federal prisoner, was declared dead. 

Bernard, 40, was executed by lethal injection following a Supreme…

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MHSNews | Seniors Write Thank You Notes to Rockwood Teachers
Video

Ben Hughes | December 21, 2020

Seniors in Emily Stockwell’s Multicultural Literature class decorated and wrote thank you cards to current and past Rockwood teachers. What they didn’t know is that they had to read out their card to the…

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MHSNews | A History Teacher’s Dream: Living in a 119-Year-Old House
Video

Cassie Sun | December 3, 2020

Social studies teacher Scott Szevery has been living in a 119-year-old house, featured in three world fairs before being transported to its current location in Webster Groves.

This story was originally…

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Black Literature: Perspectives of Representation of Black History in Education
Features

Lauren Pickett | November 6, 2020

Jordan King, senior, was eager to enroll in an unprecedented opportunity. She had the chance to see herself, a Black female, in her school curriculum before she graduated high school.

Black Literature,…

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Vice Presidential Debate: The Reality of Racism isn’t Debatable
Opinions

Lauren Pickett | October 29, 2020

Television brightness illuminated my pooling tears of frustration. The historic vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7 agitated my apprehensive vision of the future, backdropped by the impending general…

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MHSNews | Students Adopt Pets in Quarantine
Video

Cassie Sun | October 19, 2020

Many students adopted furry companions to keep them company during quarantine.

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on October 17, 2020.

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Students Create Clothing Business Amid Pandemic
Features

Carter Van Buskirk | October 16, 2020

With the emergence of COVID-19, many students have had extra time to pursue other hobbies and interests. For two students, the spare time provoked a jump start to entrepreneurship and business experience.

Alex…

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In-Depth: Voices of Black Students Enduring Racism, Inequity
Features

Lauren Pickett | October 13, 2020

Sepo Chuunga, junior, was shattered. Footage of summer protests and uprisings made her nervous and desperate. She imagined her father and brothers embodying hashtags—victims of police brutality.

Following…

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Senior Shares Her Passion to be in the Medical Field
Video

Katie Schowe | October 5, 2020

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on October 2, 2020.

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MHSNews | How Music Teachers are Adapting to Online Learning
Video

Jack Huster | October 1, 2020

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on September 25, 2020.

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