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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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ROTC program faces potential loss of funding due to low enrollment
News

Makayla Archambeault | February 4, 2020

On Nov. 4, 2019, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) program received a letter of notice, signed by Colonel Stephen Sanders, Director of ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base, containing…

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Rugby gains popularity in the Midwest
Sports

Morgan Vehige | January 23, 2020

Despite originating in Britain in 1823, the sport of rugby is gaining more traction each year in the United States.

As of 2016, there are over 125,000 members playing in over 2,600 clubs around the…

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Opinion: Missouri voters should remember GOP gerrymandering
Opinions

Alex Rozar | January 17, 2020

Thomas Hofeller worked from the shadows for nearly five decades. His job: manipulating Congressional districts in several states, including Missouri, to give the Republican Party an edge at the federal…

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Petition to change final policy to match other districts gains traction in RSD
News

Hayden Cottrell | December 18, 2019

On Dec. 16, school was canceled for the Rockwood School District (RSD) due to an ice and snow storm. On Dec. 17, school was canceled again. The second snow day, however, caused students to miss their 5th…

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Musical talent expressed at annual Coffee House
Video

Chloe Baker | December 16, 2019

On Nov. 6, a variety of students performed at the annual Coffee House. Guitar teacher Traci Bolton put on the event.

“You always need an outlet to express yourself,” Bolton said. “Whether that be music,…

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AFJROTC students establish discipline through Drill Team
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Chloe Baker | December 6, 2019

“Drill Team is just like any other sports team. We compete and we take movements like left faces, right faces and about-faces and we create a sequence. This sequence, along with discipline, is performed…

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Refugee mother gives Waltons unique perspective
Features

Grace Kirtley | November 25, 2019

Since 1975, more than 3 million refugees have arrived in the United States (U.S.), according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Until recent years, the U.S. was known as the world’s top country for…

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Alarm over Carnegie Minute requirements halted as questions resolved
News

Hayden Cottrell | November 15, 2019

According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a Carnegie Minute is a unit developed in 1906 as a measure of the amount of time a student spends studying a subject in the actual…

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A Northern Lens
News

Kayla Carpenter | November 4, 2019

As sophomore Seraphina Blackmon finishes up her homework, concludes her night and gets ready for bed, she hears piercing cracks and thumps from outside her window. Blackmon has no doubt in her mind of…

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Loud and Rowdy
Video

Joey Weaver | October 23, 2019

When the Superfans show up, expect loud and rowdy. Superfan leaders Jake Sherman, Joey Moorkamp and Callie Harrison share their tactics on keeping the student section in sync.

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Undefined performs first show during Flex Time
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Jack McDonald | October 9, 2019

With the addition of Flex Time, Undefined performed their first show of the year during the school day on Sept. 26.

This story was originally published on The Image on October 7, 2019.

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Bower programs lights for local youth group
Video

Micah Bounds | October 9, 2019

As students walk into their local youth group at The Crossing at Chesterfield, what most of them don’t know is that the tech crew that manages the service is actually among their own ranks. Freshman Luke…

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Video

October 2, 2019

At Herff Jones in Kansas City, blank pages become yearbooks. On Sept. 23, the Legend yearbook staff toured the plant and learned more about the process of producing their yearbook.

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Opinion: Josh Hawley is waging a pointless war on your phone
Opinions

Alex Rozar | September 30, 2019

America is in a tough place right now. In 2019 alone, there have been over 251 mass shootings—more than one for every day of the year. The UN estimates that there are only 11 years left to prevent…

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September 11 tragedy remembered 18 years later in Patriot Day ceremony
Video

Joey Weaver | September 17, 2019

The Lafayette community gathered at the flag pole before school to remember the attacks of September 11, 2001.

AFJROTC Instructor SMSgt. Matt Zahradka said, “It didn’t matter what political party you…

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The freshman phenomenon
Sports

Morgan Vehige | May 22, 2019

Many freshmen are taking to the fields, courts and pools in order to make their mark at the varsity level.

At Lafayette there are only a handful of freshmen that play on the varsity level instead of…

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Howard leads soccer to a 10-2 start
Sports

Sophia Scheller | May 20, 2019

Nobody really knew what the girls soccer team was going to get from freshman Rylee Howard, but the freshman standout has already made her mark on the team, leading in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points.

Head…

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OPINION: Congress should end Tax Day stress
Opinions

Alex Rozar | May 4, 2019

April 15, the federal government’s designated due date for income tax returns. For many, the buildup to Tax Day can be stressful, time-consuming and costly. And now that it’s over, we can all take…

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ALBUM REVIEW: “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” by Billie Eilish
Arts & Entertainment

Alex Rozar | April 14, 2019

On her debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, 17-year-old artist Billie Eilish has proved herself a force to be reckoned with.

Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. SEVENTEEN. Despite…

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Local community fights Opioid Epidemic
Features

Naomi Saegusa | March 31, 2019

According to the CDC, Around 68 percent of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid. That’s around 47,736 deaths to opioids in just one year. These deaths can impact anyone,…

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Flannigan manages busy flow of Production Center
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Ryan Post | March 12, 2019

Every week, the Production Center goes through an average of just under 70,000 pieces of paper. Denice Flannigan, Production Center secretary, is behind it all.

This story was originally published on…

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For the love of donuts
Video

Jack Weaver | February 28, 2019

On Feb. 14, Student Council delivered a Donut Palace donut to every student at Lafayette to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The production started the night before as Donut Palace worked through the night to…

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