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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Lafayette High School
At Sept. 1 meeting, community patrons react to controversy surrounding BOE member’s comments
News

Sonya Sud | September 15, 2022

During the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 1, the main topic of discussion was controversial comments Board member Jessica Clark made at a Real Talk Radio event on Aug. 23. 

The meeting resulted…

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School board takes action to address recent controversy
News

Juli Mejia | September 13, 2022

After comments made by Rockwood Board of Education member Jessica Clark on Aug. 23 were widely circulated on social media and in the press, the Sept. 1 meeting at Marquette High School drew a large crowd…

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Broken At The Barre
Sports

Janka Gerber | May 19, 2022

Ballet is one big juxtaposition. It is both a beautiful and a grueling sport that asks to fight with every muscle, and to balance just right on a block of wood no more than two inches wide just to appear…

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Sisters by chance, teammates by talent
Sports

Jack Daws | April 19, 2022

Sports teams are known for creating bonds between players that can make teammates become like family, and sometimes, family members become teammates. Senior Ansley Hails has played lacrosse on the varsity…

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‘The Earth is in our hands’
Features

Juli Mejia | April 15, 2022

A scene of rugged mountains and twisting trees form the background of every corner, a cold breeze brushes the tip of the moose’s nose and the fur of the grizzly’s tail, and a sight inexplicably American….

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Turning the tables
Features

Morgan Vehige | April 14, 2022

“I’ve always liked to cook at home, and I knew I wanted to be a chef. I am happy to learn by doing things. I found out that I was really good at multitasking, being on my feet and managing a team….

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Gas price increase pushes students, staff to adjust spendings
News

Juli Mejia | March 24, 2022

Gas prices have been on the rise, and both students and staff around Lafayette have been struggling to pay for their own gas. The average gas price in the United States reached $4.255 on March 20 according…

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‘I want as much peace as possible, I want to save as many lives as possible, I want Ukraine to remain intact’
Features

Makayla Archambeault | March 18, 2022

The morning of Feb. 24, 2022, Class of 2021 graduate Sophie Yereshchenko woke up to a text from her mom: “The war started.”

“I called her as soon as I saw her text. She said there were bombings…

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More than a diagnosis
Features

Makayla Archambeault | October 18, 2021

“I’ve become the person that I used to be scared of. The number one cause of cancer is having already had cancer. I knew that I would have cancer again later on in life. I just did not expect this…

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Students, staff share their stories for Hispanic Heritage Month
Features

Juli Mejia | October 8, 2021

South of the United States resides several Latin American countries, each with individual cultures and identities that unify their regions. As time has gone on, many immigrants from these countries have…

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District faces severe bus driver shortage
News

Makayla Archambeault | September 20, 2021

Bus driver Justin Berkey has worked for the Rockwood School District (RSD) for 12 years. On a typical day, he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to drive his  routes, which include the high school, the Center for…

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Tae Kwon Do black belt continues her training during COVID
Video

Chiara Bouckaert | May 17, 2021

Senior Navya Nagpal earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2019, and though many people slow or stop their training after achieving that level, she has continued to train even when COVID hit and she had…

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Metro West Dive Team uses LHS pool to complete annual training
Video

Joey Weaver | May 10, 2021

The Metro West Dive Team is a team of firefighters specifically trained for underwater search and rescue. They utilize the Lafayette pool multiple times a year to train and practice for a real underwater…

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In first year at LHS, Biermann proves positive attitude crushes any obstacles
Video

Riley Philipp | April 28, 2021

Though freshman Ashleigh Biermann had a rough start when she came into this world, she is proving that with strong family support and a great attitude, anything can be accomplished. She is active in several…

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Women in Lancer community share their stories about pathways to success
Features

Juli Mejia | March 19, 2021

Oprah Winfrey. Helen Maroulis. Katherine Johnson. Kamala Harris. All women that influenced and were important role models to the successful women in this article, and all women that are meant to be commemorated…

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STL Spark enters third year of fundraising, continues drawing attention to human trafficking
Features

Makayla Archambeault | February 3, 2021

“STL Spark is different because we’re just kids. Other organizations are run by adults who have gone to college and have been taught all they know by higher-ups. In STL Spark, we’re just teenagers…

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Class of 2013 grad makes Netflix film debut in ‘The Prom’
Features

Elizabeth Elliott | January 7, 2021

From the high school stage to the lights of Broadway and the sets of Paramount Pictures, Jack Sippel, Class of 2013, has done it all.

As a student, Sippel was very engaged and involved in theatre but…

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St. Louis County Council resolution stirs controversy on School Resource Officers
News

Caroline Black | December 11, 2020

Although a recently approved resolution that was narrowly approved by the St. Louis County Council does not prohibit the presence of School Resource Officers (SROs) within school buildings, it strongly…

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Lancer esports team makes its season debut
Sports

Morgan Vehige | November 17, 2020

The world of competitive gaming is on the rise, especially during the recent stay-at-home orders. With many famous gamers holding streams for millions to see on apps like Twitch, many teenagers and young…

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Donut Palace reflects on COVID-19’s affect on business, continues to operate with restrictions in place
Video

Joey Weaver | November 16, 2020

This story was originally published on The Lancer Feed on November 15, 2020.

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Online learning brings new challenges regarding academic dishonesty
News

Samantha Haney | November 11, 2020

During remote learning, teachers and students have had to adapt alternate learning techniques. One area that has required extra thought by educators is how to control academic dishonesty. Officials at…

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Research shows quarantine has strongest sleep disruption on those with pre-existing sleep conditions
Features

Hannah Fitts | October 26, 2020

Insomnia and other sleep disorders can take a heavy toll on one’s physical and mental health. Skimping on quality of sleep can impact an individual’s energy, focus, and ability to function during the day….

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Class of 2002 grad on Missouri’s Nov. 3 ballot for Attorney General
Features

Juli Mejia | October 19, 2020

“What’s most important to me is that I’m finding a way to give back as much as I can to the people of our state and do what I can to improve the lives of the people in our state,” Democratic nominee…

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Football becomes final fall sport to see action when they hit field in some Saturday Night Lights this weekend
Video

Joey Weaver | October 5, 2020

Varsity football kicked off its season Oct. 3 against Marquette. Though the game ended in a 41-7 loss, it did represent the last sport to finally get the opportunity to compete this fall. Joey Weaver from…

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COVID-19 affects mental health of students in differing ways
Features

Makayla Archambeault | October 5, 2020

Some students have found paying attention to their mental health during the stress brought upon by COVID-19 is essential to their well-being. And, while some have faced new struggles as a result of being…

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Elementary returns to in-person learning; RSD exploring ways to bring secondary students back safely
News

Juli Mejia | September 28, 2020

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), younger school-aged children (under 14 years old) have a lower risk of transferring COVID-19 to others. In light of this and…

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COVID-19 uncertainty affects mental health of fall sport season athletes
Sports

Keira Coverdell | September 28, 2020

Since the first outbreak of COVID-19, there has been overwhelming confusion for athletes and coaches alike. Both had to cope with a lot of setbacks and frustration concerning the delay in their seasons…

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Sports regulations provoke strong reactions from Lafayette community
Sports

Vijay Viswanathan | September 25, 2020

“The counties around us [St. Louis County] have been going to school and playing sports and nothing has happened to them, so why can’t we play if they can? That is my main question,” senior cheerleader…

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Student teacher looks for new ways to strike the right chord with classes
Video

Janka Gerber | September 16, 2020

Student teaching is the final hurdle before education majors step into their own classrooms. It is always a bit of a daunting task to finally put all that they have learned into practice in a classroom,…

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Staff, freshmen prepare for unusual start to school year
Video

Joey Weaver | September 3, 2020

With an unusual start to the school year as the Rockwood School District will begin in a virtual learning format, Lafayette staff members worked together all summer in professional development to prepare…

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Lancer community celebrates Class of 2020 with special farewell parade
Video

Joey Weaver | June 3, 2020

Lafayette held a senior parade on May 21 to celebrate the Class of 2020 after 40 missed days of school and many missed events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This story was originally published on The…

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Main Street Creamery opens second location in Wildwood
Video

Jack Weaver | May 26, 2020

Nick Kiser started Main Street Creamery in Washington, Missouri in March of 2018 and has just opened his second location in Wildwood Town Center. They are open daily from Noon to 10 p.m., currently with…

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Lafayette exchange students sent home early due to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Juli Mejia | April 27, 2020

While Americans are being advised to stay in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, exchange students around the United States and at Lafayette were sent back to their home country, missing the…

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Key competes in power soccer league
Video

Sophia Scheller | April 20, 2020

Hall monitor Ryan Key plays power soccer for the St. Louis Arrows. Key has cerebral palsy and is legally deaf, but his conditions don’t stop him on the court.

“Power soccer is really cool because it…

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Students work at necessary businesses despite stay at home order
Coronavirus

Sarah Locke | April 20, 2020

A typical after school job for Lafayette students is working at a local grocery store. However, with the international COVID-19 pandemic, their job has become anything but typical. 

These teenagers…

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COVID-19 outbreak leads to shortage in albuterol inhalers
Coronavirus

Kayla Carpenter | April 17, 2020

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has reported that some areas around the country are experiencing shortages in albuterol inhalers. The shortage is a result of an increased…

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Students, teachers balance caring for kids with ALP
Coronavirus

Aliyah Studt | April 16, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine, more families are staying at home together.  With this curveball to the usual school schedule, LHS teachers and students are working to figure out how to care…

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High-risk students, families take precautions against COVID-19
Coronavirus

Vijay Viswanathan | April 15, 2020

*Name changed to protect identity. 

While at home, many families are taking precautions in order to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, which rapidly transformed into a global pandemic. Those higher…

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Nationwide hotspot shortage leads to ALP learning issues
Coronavirus

Delaney Stulce | April 14, 2020

As students and adults across the nation transition to online learning and working, the issue of internet connectivity has risen. 

Although households might have access to the internet, it may not…

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Missouri Governor closes all schools through end of academic year
Coronavirus

Alex Rozar | April 10, 2020

Following an order by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Rockwood School District (RSD) Superintendent Mark Miles announced the district will extend the virtual Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) through the…

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Hands-on classes learn to be hands-off, online
Coronavirus

Hayden Cottrell | April 7, 2020

With the switch to the Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) within the Rockwood School District, many hands-on classes have found they are no longer able to use the tools provided in the building to teach students….

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Listen in: Lancers gain insight from life as first generation Americans
Audio

Juli Mejia | April 6, 2020

“There’s this stereotypical thing where you don’t have a culture and you do have a culture. So there’s never really a right place to stand. I ‘d rather have my kids live how I live and see how…

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Listen in: Update on Rockwood’s Alternative Learning Plan
Coronavirus

Jack Weaver | April 3, 2020

Rockwood’s Alternative Learning Plan (ALP) was implemented on March 26 as a way for students to stay connected to their classes and continue coursework. This past week, teachers have held virtual classes…

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Davies competes on Team USA in sport stacking
Sports

Grace Kirtley | April 1, 2020

He starts with two hands on the timer. When he’s ready, his hands fly to a stack of 9 speed-stacking cups. First is the 3-3-3, named for the three stacks of three cups. Up-stack, then down-stack, this…

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Smallcakes serving up treats for Chesterfield community
Video

Kevin Vera | March 30, 2020

Chris Hejna opened Smallcakes in Chesterfield in July of 2019 after getting tired of her day job. “I just wanted a different career. I was a property inspector for insurance companies working outside….

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Smith joins LHS for Black History Month presentation
Video

Kevin Vera | March 10, 2020

Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith spoke at Lafayette on Feb. 21 for a Black History Month presentation organized by his niece, freshman Claireece Cross.

Before and after the presentation, Smith took…

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Lady Lancer basketball hosts first annual SHEro Night
Sports

Chloe Baker | February 28, 2020

On Feb. 21, the Lady Lancers basketball team hosted their first SHEro Night, a night dedicated to honoring the female heroes in their lives. The players, managers and coaches took a moment before the game…

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‘A very last option’: Harris to revamp Limited Choice program
News

Alex Rozar | February 14, 2020

After years of existence with little change, Rockwood’s Limited Choice program is being overhauled, Executive Director of Student Services Terry Harris said.

The program, which allows Rockwood students…

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Blackmon finds victory on varsity wrestling as sophomore
Video

Alli Bishop | February 6, 2020

Sophomore Seraphina Blackmon has been on varsity wrestling since her freshman year. Her teammates describe her as positive and hard working. Blackmon wants to wrestle in college, and her goal is to win…

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Lafayette hosts annual Jazz Festival
Video

Emily Budde | February 6, 2020

All four Rockwood High Schools Jazz Bands gathered on Jan. 15 to perform at the annual Jazz Festival in the Theater. Lafayette’s Jazz Band performed two pieces, one of which they only had six rehearsals…

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