Water Polo claims third state title over SLUH

Water Polo claims third state title over SLUH

Jacob Cupps, Editor-in-Chief
May 22, 2014
Filed under Featured Sports Story Carousel, Sports

Varsity Water Polo defeats SLUH for the second time in three years by one point at the State Championship game.

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Alumna Spotlight: Kristen Cooper

Alumna Spotlight: Kristen Cooper

Jacob Cupps, Editor-in-Chief
May 20, 2014
Filed under Features

For alumna Kristen Maxwell Cooper, journalism skills developed during her time at Parkway West which ultimately led to a decision to major in journalism, leading her to a position as Deputy Editor for People Stylewatch. “I applied for early admission to the journalism school and did my first internship... Read more »

Jazz concert raises money for memorial scholarship fund

Jazz concert raises money for memorial scholarship fund

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
May 7, 2014
Filed under News

An annual jazz concert commemorating the life and career of Parkway West band teacher Dr. John Baker will take place on Thursday, May 29 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at the Sky Music Lounge, located at 930 Kehrs Mill Rd. in Ballwin (in the Barn at Lucerne at the corner of Kehrs Mill and Clayton Roads). Students... Read more »

Senior trip to the Cardinals game

Senior trip to the Cardinals game

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
May 2, 2014
Filed under Multimedia, Photo Galleries

‘Rivers in the Wasteland’ album review

NEEDTOBREATHE album artwork for 'Rivers in the Wasteland.'

A varied and exciting execution of a classic style.

Our Rating: 8.2/10

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
April 29, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In 2010, few people would have recognized the small but powerfully present three-piece folk band opening for the North American leg of Taylor Swift on her international Speak Now tour. Touring their third full-length album, The Outsiders, the group NEEDTOBREATHE has come far since then,... Read more »

“How I Met Your Mother” retrospective

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A legendary sitcom.

Our Rating: N/A

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
April 16, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase, Television

Whether you loved or hated the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," one thing is certain — it’s quite possibly one of the most quotable TV sitcoms of the last decade. From catch phrases like “Challenge Accepted!” and “Lawyered,” to long soliloquies about friendship, love... Read more »

Student Talking Point: Riley Stratton Case

Student Talking Point: Riley Stratton Case

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
April 4, 2014
Filed under Features

After being forced to give up her Facebook password to school officials two years ago, 15-year-old Minnesota resident Riley Stratton won a case defending her right to privacy against the school board of Minnewaska School District. Originally, the school forced her to give up her password after discovering... Read more »

The Neighbourhood plays the Pageant

The Neighbourhood plays the Pageant

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
March 25, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E, Music

Though it’s borderline fangirling to acknowledge, there’s something captivating about being within thirty feet of some of the American music industry’s most talented musicians — especially when those musicians are lead singer Jesse Rutherford, lead guitarist Jeremy Freedman, rhythm... Read more »

Chess Success

Chess Success

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
March 5, 2014
Filed under News

At Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri, the chess team competed in the Missouri Chess Association (MCA) state championship on Mar. 2, placing secnd with a team score of 12 out of 16 possible points, improving upon last year’s fifth place finish. “Boards are set... Read more »

Storify: 86th Academy Awards recap and response

Storify: 86th Academy Awards recap and response

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
March 3, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia

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Junior Lauren Anderson completes Girl Scout project to better the community

Junior Lauren Anderson completes Girl Scout project to better the community

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
February 19, 2014
Filed under Features

In the course of one week, junior Lauren Anderson collected 516 signatures from students pledging to never text and drive. In order to earn her Gold Award for Girl Scouts of America, Anderson undertook a campaign to serve the surrounding community. “For the pledge part... Read more »

Student Spotlight: Kunal Sharma

Student Spotlight: Kunal Sharma

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
February 10, 2014
Filed under Features

For sophomore Kunal Sharma, the introduction to creating his own music began while riding the bus home, during middle school. “It all basically came back to this one time I was on the bus, when I heard some weird music. It was by an artist called Skrillex, and I thought it sounded really cool and... Read more »

“So Long, See You Tomorrow” Album Review

“So Long, See You Tomorrow” Album Review

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
February 10, 2014
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

From their formation and first performance at a high school assembly, under the alias the Canals, to their release of a fourth full-length album on Feb. 3, founding members Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl and Suren de Saram, accompanied by Ed Nash, have created a band that has escaped marginalization... Read more »

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar captivate Grammy audience

Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar captivate Grammy audience

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
January 28, 2014
Filed under Blogs

Violins swelled, smoke cleared and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds emerged in all-white clothing from behind the stage-crafted veil as the words of the song that had first made its way onto the radio merely nine months before as the attendees (and viewers) of the 2014 Grammy Awards braced themselves... Read more »

Student Spotlight: Ameer Khan

Student Spotlight: Ameer Khan

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
January 22, 2014
Filed under Features

From Dec. 27 to Jan. 8, along with his mother, father and grandfather, senior Ameer Khan undertook an Islamic trip referred to as Umrah, visiting the sacred (and truly breathtaking) cities of Makkah and Madinah, both located in Saudi Arabia. “After... Read more »

The Kirkwood security catastrophe

The Kirkwood security catastrophe

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
January 18, 2014
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Is KSDK always "on your side"? On Jan. 16, the staff of KSDK news channel five released a broadcast on School Security. Using an undercover reporter, they "tested" the security of five school in the St. Louis area— Becky David Elementary,... Read more »

Student Spotlight: Matt Colombo

Student Spotlight: Matt Colombo

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
December 20, 2013
Filed under Features

By mentoring in a Physical Education class designed specifically for children with specials, senior Matt Colombo is involved in the Parkway Special Education Department— a volunteering program in which he has participated since sixth grade. "Seven years ago, I came in contact with Debbie DiRisio,... Read more »

Student opinions on winter finals: Storify

Student opinions on winter finals: Storify

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
December 20, 2013
Filed under Features, Multimedia

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The sound of St. Louis: Concerts to attend this holiday season

The sound of St. Louis: Concerts to attend this holiday season

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
December 10, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Showcase

With the holidays approaching, one unconventional way to get out and celebrate is to attend a concert. This month’s local concert calendar holds a variety of music styles, ranging from pop icons such as Drake, R&B artists like KEM, and the annual country music jingle fest. The following... Read more »

Student Response to the Snow Day: Storify

Student Response to the Snow Day: Storify

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
December 6, 2013
Filed under Features, Multimedia, Showcase

There was no school on Friday, Dec. 6 due to weather conditions.  See how students spent their day off.   ... Read more »

Holiday light recycling drive

Holiday light recycling drive

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
December 5, 2013
Filed under News

The Parkway School District, for the third time annually, is participating the St. Louis Green Holiday Light Recycling Drive. The idea originated from Parkway Southwest Middle, who has been involved in the drive for four years. “Recycling holiday lights allows our community to make new products... Read more »

American Music Awards Recap: Storify

American Music Awards Recap: Storify

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
November 25, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Multimedia, Showcase

Storify is a collection of online media used to cover a given event, namely, the American Music Awards. This storify contains a variety of tweets from different sources pertaining to the night. ... Read more »

Improv: Spooktacular! Review

Improv: Spooktacular! Review

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
October 30, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E

Bringing the theater department food drive to a close, the Improv team, Running with Scissors, put on Improv Spooktacular, a night of quick wit and truly terrific performances. Hosted by senior JD Lister, juniors Dakota Payne and Greg Robson, the night included the games “Presidential... Read more »

A Cappella club revamps and plans to perform

A Cappella club revamps and plans to perform

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
October 23, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Showcase

Revamping after school choir clubs such as Spectrum and WAC (West A Cappella Choir), choir teacher Brian Parrish formed the Parkway West A Cappella club, a music group that has their sights set on the International Championships of High school A Cappella Competition (ICHSA) in March. ... Read more »

Cage the Elephant’s ‘Melophobia’ album review

Cage the Elephant’s ‘Melophobia’ album review

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
October 9, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On Oct. 8, indie-rock band Cage the Elephant released their third full-scale 10 track album, Melophobia.  The band’s first album, self-titled, and second album, "Thank You, Happy Birthday," contain top 10 alternative rock hits such as "Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” “In One Ear,”... Read more »

Week of Sept. 23 in review

Week of Sept. 23 in review

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
October 7, 2013
Filed under Featured Sports Story Carousel, Sports

The varsity field hockey girls won in overtime against rival team Parkway South on Sept. 25 in an overtime shootout, with a score of 3-2, and also beat Rosati-Kain in overtime on Sept. 24. "We had some trouble in the beginning of both games, but we stayed strong and fought until the end.  We ended... Read more »

Spewak shatters state records. School’s lacrosse team retires #22

Spewak shatters state records.  School’s lacrosse team retires #22

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
October 4, 2013
Filed under Features

After a season of competing as a varsity captain, leading the state rankings for number of goals scored with 116 goals and 333 goals, the number 22, owned previously by alumni Annie Spewak, is being retired. "Personally, I'm very honored and excited.  It just reinforces my belief that hard work and... Read more »

200 miles to a float trip

200 miles to a float trip

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 27, 2013
Filed under Sports

Canoeing down the Meramec River, members of Boys Cross Country team took a trip to Meramec State Park in Sullivan, MO on Saturday, Sept. 21. “This year was a lot more enjoyable for me mostly because it’s my first time being an upperclassmen on this trip, which makes... Read more »

Seniors sleeping in?

Seniors sleeping in?

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 18, 2013
Filed under News

Kicking off the senior’s tradition of dressing up on late start days, the class of 2014 came dressed in their pajamas on Sept. 18. “Dressing up makes me more excited about my senior year. I love getting involved in school,” senior class president Laura Santangelo said. Santangelo came up... Read more »

Sophomore CJ Schrieber launches his first album

Sophomore CJ Schrieber launches his first album

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 17, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Featured A&E, Showcase

In 30 days, sophomore CJ Schrieber raised $1,261 through kickstarter.com to fund his first extended play (EP.) With 37 backers, Schrieber created his first album titled “Reflections” which is now available on iTunes. “My parents first found kickstarter and told me what it was, and at first I... Read more »

“Legendary” MCL Mural

“Legendary” MCL Mural

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 17, 2013
Filed under Snapshot

Taking over alumni Mary Pearson and Corey Madden's summer project, senior Becky Salamon paints a mural in the Modern and Classical Language (MCL) department. As an independent study course with Latin teacher Tom Herpel, Salamon is redecorating the MCL department. "When I finished the Olympic circles... Read more »

‘Night Visions’ tour has St. Louis imagining dragons

‘Night Visions’ tour has St. Louis imagining dragons

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 15, 2013
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Selling out the venue on their third return to St. Louis, the Imagine Dragons Night Visions Tour came to Verizon Amphitheater on Sept.14. Along with opening bands the Neighbourhood, Greek Fire, Cage the Elephant, and the Silversun Pickups, the band sold around 20,000 tickets. ... Read more »

One Nation, under whatever doesn’t offend you?

One Nation, under whatever doesn’t offend you?

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
September 4, 2013
Filed under Opinions

A lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association in 2010 may soon have widespread repercussions concerning the Pledge of Allegiance, effective Sept. 4. The case, against the Acton-Boxborough School District in Massachusetts, dealt with three elementary to middle school aged children... Read more »

Running back to State?

Running back to State?

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer
August 29, 2013
Filed under Sports

The loss of six varsity seniors that finished in 8th place at state last year will not be a challenge for the Cross Country team. “We’ll need more people to step up on the team. We all have to work hard in practice, and run competitively together at meets,” senior... Read more »

Girl’s Lacrosse advances to the elite eight

Girl’s Lacrosse advances to the elite eight

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
May 14, 2013
Filed under Showcase, Sports

After a 13-7 record for the overall season, and a 6-1 record in their league, the girl's lacrosse team advances to the elite eight. "We were a little rocky at the beginning, but as it progressed we really came together and earned a spot in this tournament," senior Paige Smith said. The post season... Read more »

Girl’s Track Relay team top 25 in state

Girl’s Track Relay team top 25 in state

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
April 25, 2013
Filed under Sports

With districts, sectionals and state meets around the corner, sophomore Maddie Brown, freshmen Rachel Osborne, Abby Allgeyer and Sydney Jackson, the 4 by 800 meter relay team, has run a combined time of 10 minutes, 12 seconds, placing them amongst the top 25 teams in the state. "Along with the goals... Read more »

Dance, Seniors, Dance!

Dance, Seniors, Dance!

Jacob Cupps
March 13, 2013
Filed under Showcase, Snapshot

Performing the routine for the Spring Pep Rally, seniors Kevin Meyers, Brian Kuehnle, and Tyler Rhoads dance with the cheerleaders. The rally took place on March 8 to celebrate spring sports and highlight student body accomplishments. "We had only practiced a little bit before, but when we preformed,... Read more »

Girl’s swim team takes second place

Girl’s swim team takes second place

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
February 28, 2013
Filed under Sports

Finishing second in the overall team competition, the Parkway West Girl’s Swim Team finished behind Glendale High School and tied with Notre Dame High School. “State was the most exciting meet. The energy was so high and everyone was ready to race,” freshman Caroline... Read more »

Technique, strength and heart push wrestling team to state

Technique, strength and heart push wrestling team to state

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
February 4, 2013
Filed under Showcase, Sports

With new head coach Dan Didier, the wrestling team has one meet left before Districts and the possibility of state. “Our placement in Districts is tricky to figure out, especially since we lost so many wrestlers at semester,” Coach Clayton Kuehne said. Since the end of November, the team has... Read more »

Soccer proves success on the field and in the classroom

Soccer proves success on the field and in the classroom

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
January 28, 2013
Filed under Sports

Along with  a 14-12-1 record and an opportunity to compete with rival's Parkway Central in Districts, the boys varsity soccer team experienced a different kind of victory. Out of 336 other high school sports teams throughout the United States, the team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association... Read more »

Parkway West varsity boys basketball win over Marquette

Parkway West varsity boys basketball win over Marquette

Jacob Cupps, Sports Editor
January 17, 2013
Filed under Sports

After a 3-point loss with the 10-4 Webster Groves, the boys varsity basketball team returned home to celebrate a 61-54 victory over Marquette. “Going into the game, I was confident that we would have a good chance of winning. It was our free throws at the end of the game that made a big difference,”... Read more »

On the Road to the Olympics

On the Road to the Olympics

Jacob Cupps, Convergent Media, Staff Writer
September 12, 2012
Filed under Showcase, Sports

With the starting block against her feet and the lights shining down on her back, a quote resonates in her mind, and she reminds herself, “Pain is weakness leaving the body, so always try harder.” Freshman Gabriela Vieira started swimming... Read more »