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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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STL County High School Athletes and Parents Petition Against Cancellation of Fall Sports Competitons
Sports

Annie McGinnis | September 24, 2020

After St. Louis County Executive Sam Page cancelled competitions for moderate and high contact high school fall sports effective Friday, Sept. 11, a student-made online petition quickly gained attention.

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MHSNews | AFJROTC stocks MHS food pantry
Video

Ben Hughes | September 24, 2020

This story was originally published on Marquette Messenger on September 18, 2020.

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Varsity Football and Soccer Affected By Positive COVID-19 Cases
Sports

Zara Tola | September 18, 2020

When Christopher Kenny, varsity boys soccer coach, learned that one of his players tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday Sept. 2, he immediately called off practice for the team.

Coach Kenny is…

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Death of Ahmaud Arbery Evokes Reflections and Tributes
News

Lauren Pickett | May 28, 2020

Laura Marie Coverstone, language arts teacher, felt her stomach drop and sickness wash over her after reading a news headline concerning the death of a stranger—Ahmaud Arbery.

“As a mother, my…

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RSD Community Lends Helping Hand to Students and Families
Coronavirus

Lauren Pickett | May 27, 2020

Rene Moore, senior, faces a new stressor amid the threats of an unparalleled crisis in recent history with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

She is concerned for her grandparents’ medical issues and financial…

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A Journey From Another Hemisphere: EL Students Share Their Stories
Features

Lauren Pickett | May 26, 2020

Victoire Lehee, sophomore, connects with her French roots by speaking her mother tongue at home and speaking either English, German or Russian outside depending on her global location.

Lehee represents…

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High-Risk: Living With Chronic Illness During COVID-19
Coronavirus

Arpitha Sistla | May 26, 2020

A day in the life of Jesse Deutch, sophomore, looks a lot like any other teen in quarantine’s day.

She sleeps in, does her schoolwork, FaceTimes her friends and scrolls for hours through TikTok to…

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COVID-19 Quarantine Hinders Religious Observances
Coronavirus

Zara Tola | May 18, 2020

While the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus has postponed many traditional events, these forthcoming weeks of quarantine include several religious observances the public can’t necessarily reschedule.

Lent…

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Depop Offers Student Income During Quarantine
Coronavirus

Mason Kellerman | April 28, 2020

Off work due to COVID-19, Rachel Steurer, junior, finds an alternative to receive a consistent income during quarantine.

For Steurer, making money involves Depop after formerly working at The Wolf Cafe….

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Doctors Working the Frontlines In the Coronavirus Pandemic
Coronavirus

Aarushi Bute | April 28, 2020

One family, two doctors, three children: the perfect family.

Growing up in a house with doctors as parents, Sarina Jamal, freshman, considered herself lucky. Until her family became one of the most…

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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
Video

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
Video

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
Video

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
Opinions

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
Video

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
Video

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
Video

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
Video

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
Video

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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