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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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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.

This story was originally published…

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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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