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Celebrating in Victory Village during Special Olympics, junior Caitlin Brandmill and her buddy Franchesca Chevalie decorate a paper bag to hold her crafts, like necklaces and slime. Brandmill wanted to participate in the Special Olympics because she thought it was an excellent opportunity to make an impact in the Parkway community. “I loved all of it. I had so much fun getting to know Franchesca and all  the  kids in our group,” Brandmill said. “My favorite part was making slime, but also basketball was fun because a lot of the athletes were getting into [the activity].”
Photo of the Week - March 10
Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief • March 10, 2023

Juniors Riya Ashok and Puneeta Ganga give each other a high-five as they celebrate the Indian holiday Holi. Ganga, co-president of Indian Club, put on this event to introduce other students to the holiday and to have fun with friends. “Holi is a really fun celebration, and I believe it should be an experience that everyone can participate in,” Ganga said.
A colorful weekend
Audrey Ghosh and Achyuta Ambal March 16, 2023

Around the globe, millions throw colored powder at each other in celebration of the Hindu festival, Holi. Although Holi is primarily celebrated...

Earlier in the year, chamber and concert girls stand in front of the crowd, ready to begin their show at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. On Oct. 20, sophomore Gianna Lionelli and her fellow choir members gathered for their first concert of the year. “Its cool to perform on stage with other kids who are passionate about music because its a way to foster creativity,” Lionelli said.
Victorious Vocals
March 15, 2023
Culinary teacher Katie Hashley receives two haikus around her door. Student writers chose to highlight the wafting scents and spice concoctions created in the kitchen. “I love that the students chose to write haikus about our class because especially if it’s a former student, it lets me know that they really enjoyed taking the class,” Hashley said. “[The haikus] were completely true. When we bake cookies, the whole school does, in fact, know. In my mind, it’s free advertising for students to take the class. It also made me really happy because when we make cookies, it’s always a really fun day for students.”
Hoards of Haikus
March 15, 2023
Freshman Ella Early works to publish and display her artwork and writing, which she has practiced for years. Early learned techniques from her grandmother’s art and found her talent through writing. I remember my teachers reading my books out loud to the class and being very proud of them. I said, ‘look, guys, I wrote a book,’” Early said.
Inside her story
Esta Kamau, Staff Writer • March 13, 2023

When freshman Ella Early was in elementary school, she was often caught doodling and writing on her class notes; now, her teachers praise her...

With five languages under her belt, junior Suraiya Saroars plan to become fluent in several languages is underway. Although she is also fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu and Arabic, Saroars first language, Bangla, is the most important to her to speak fluently. It is especially important to me to be able to speak my native language, so I can speak to all my relatives properly and not have to worry about them not understanding me, Saroar said.
Proud to be a polyglot
March 10, 2023
Early graduate Mia Irving moves the tassel on her cap, signifying her next move in life. After graduating, Irving plans to enter the U.S. Army while attending Lindenwood University. “[The military] told me that if I do go into the military, I’m on track to graduate at 30 to 37, so I [plan to be in the military between ages] 30 [and] 35, just so I can have everything planned out for afterward,” Irving said.
Focused on the Future
March 8, 2023
Beyond the Basics
Beyond the Basics
March 7, 2023
Junior Charlie Robinson hits a glowing hot piece of metal with a hammer to form it into the correct shape for his hunting knife project. Robinson never took lessons from a professional, opting to work off his intuition. “It hasn’t always worked out, and sometimes I’ve had to look at how to fix whatever I had done, but most of the things I have made have just been me freestyling,” Robinson said.
Forging forward
March 6, 2023
Celebrities and music artists often break the media with their perceived “problematic” actions or statements.
When do you separate the art from the artist?
Katie Wallace, Staff Writer • March 3, 2023

All too often, your favorite artist is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is alternative/indie artist Rex Orange County being...

In Convergence Journalism, junior Claire Creely works on a story for the Pathfinder. The student-run journalism staff seeks to cover stories that matter to our readers.
More to the story
February 27, 2023
Diet culture can have catastrophic effects on physical and mental well-being. A person’s life can often become overwhelmed with constant measurements and nutrition tracking. Teens involved in diet culture are at a higher risk of developing eating disorders and unhealthy habits.
Deadly dieting
Pathfinder Editorial Board February 27, 2023

Disclaimer: This article mentions diet culture, mental illness and eating disorders. It is as simple as “normal” actions: a teen finishing...

Freshman Yunhao Zhao, senior Mdalala Abdeljabbar, sophomore Alysse Custard and freshman Ayaan Sajid share their name stories. Names, no matter how short or long, are essential to a person’s being; each name holds significance in culture, family and identity. To disregard a name is to disregard a human being.
What makes a name?
Addie Gleason and Elle Rotter March 14, 2023

Mdalala Abdeljabbar  Ayaan Sajid  Yunhao Zhao  Alysse Custard Siddharth Sistla Did you actually read those names? Did you take the...

2023 Senior Send-off Map
2023 Senior Send-off Map
February 18, 2023
The fungus cordyceps lines the wall behind characters Ellie and Joel, portrayed by Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal. Both actors also appeared in the HBO show “Game of Thrones” and played characters Oberyn Martell (Pascal) and Lyanna Mormont (Ramsey). “Game of Thrones” regularly hit over 10 million viewers in its seventh season, putting Pascal and Ramsey in two of the most popular shows on HBO.
HBO's "The Last of Us" Review
Claire Creely, Staff Writer • 2 hours ago

Disclaimer: This review mentions murder and suicide and contains spoilers. Based on an apocalyptic third-person video game released in 2013,...

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