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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

Pathfinder

Elle Rotter

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator

Pronouns: she/her

I am a junior, and this is my third year on staff. I decided to join the Pathfinder my freshman to expand my writing knowledge and experience. Now, I look forward to working with my Pathfinder family and writing about others' experiences. I strive to do my best, so at the end of the day, even if I didn’t complete everything I wanted, I can still look back and say I tried my hardest. I love writing, photography, knitting and cooking. Along with working on the Pathfinder, I am also in the National Honor Society, Book Club and ASL Club. For me writing is a relaxer; I love being able to write and express myself, other peoples’ experiences and help inspire change.

All content by Elle Rotter

Microaggressions

November 14, 2021
Sporting West spirit, freshmen Sophia Licavoli and Gabbie Catlett sit in the hallway while making float decorations for the volleyball float in the parade. The two wore red tutu’s to support the activities of spirit week. “I liked sharing school spirit and seeing everyone dress-up and have fun,” Licavoli said. “It was a great week.”

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September 26, 2021
Librarians Brian Welch and Lauren Reusch dressed up as Chuck Noland and Wilson the volleyball from the movie “Cast Away.” Welch’s favorite part of spirit week was getting to see the marching band play through the halls Friday morning. “It was fun to see the freshman’s reactions to the band because it was their first homecoming and some of them looked really surprised,” Welch said.

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September 26, 2021
Juniors Olivia Davis and Zachary Schade dress up for Monday’s spirit theme: country versus country club. “[When I started] high school, I remember teachers always told us ‘[high school] goes by so fast, so participate in everything you can,’” Davis said. “I really wanted to and enjoyed participating because I didn’t want to miss out on another essential high school experience, especially since we never know what next year holds.”

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September 26, 2021
Sophomore Abigail Wheeler plays Jenga with her friends on the last day of school after turning in their finals. Between flying twizzlers and giggling friends, Wheeler tried to ignore the distractions around her. “

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June 4, 2021
2020 is a year remembered for its unique challenges, one of them being COVID-19. Find out how everyone is spending their time during this pandemic.

ABC’s of COVID

January 8, 2021
Keeping the facade of the school groomed, grounds worker Jim Mayfield mows the lawns and maintains the outdoor facilities.

Jim Mayfield

December 8, 2020
Counselor Erin Sternberg focuses on making sure all students, not just those in her letter group, are getting the help they need.

Erin Sternberg

December 8, 2020
Standing in his at-home classroom, English teacher Kaleb Schumer prepares to teach students in a virtual setting.

Kaleb Schumer

December 8, 2020
Smith poses by her new desk at school in her new West gear.

Brionne Smith

December 8, 2020
Sitting in her at-home office, Spanish teacher Sonya McGowin prepares to converse with her students. After teaching middle school students for 13 years, McGowin adjusted to teaching at a higher level. “It doesnt feel that different, except for the difference of virtual learning,” McGowin said. “High school students are more focused, [and] the course is more challenging.”

Sonya McGowin

December 8, 2020
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