The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Sophomore Sravya Guda stands outside in a saree, lighting a firecracker at nighttime.
Festival of lights: Celebrating diversity within Diwali
Keira Lang and Zoya Hasan 2 days ago

Once a year, the dark sky fills with the sound of laughter and the popping of firecrackers as family and friends come together to shine up the...

Senior Emily McCarthy sits next to junior Zoe Gleason. She looks down at a paper with a list of names on it.
To the cinéma!
November 17, 2023
Each year, senior boys compete in Mr. Longhorn, a talent show and pageant designed to raise money for charity. “It’s going to be a blast, it’s going to be a great time,” Haun said. “I think its going to be exciting. Im not too scared, as long as I dont mess up, itll be great.”
The show must go on
November 16, 2023
a person holding skittles
Colorful chaos
November 13, 2023

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Math teacher Kristen Judd smiles in front of her classroom. From a young age, Judd was motivated to become a teacher. “My parents were very against [me being a teacher]. I was a straight-A student and they thought that teaching was a waste of talent,  so I actually started pre-med at Saint Louis University. Then, I found my own voice at the end of my freshman year. I said, ‘No. I know what I want to do. I really want to be a teacher,’ [and] I switched majors and switched schools,” Judd said.
Flashback Friday: Math teacher Kristin Judd
Sakenah Lajkem, Staff Writer • 5 days ago

What school did you go to?   Fort Zumwalt South in St. Peters. I grew up going to Pattonville but moved in middle school to the Fort...

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the United States, 90% of teenagers have used social media. In an increasingly digitized world, it can be difficult to figure out where to draw the line between your personal life and what you post. “The most influential people, your parents or your principal, would they be alright with what you were doing if they [were] sitting right next to you?” physical education and health teacher Jessica Wheeler said.
To post or not to post: Online lives have offline consequences
Pathfinder Editorial Board October 31, 2023

In St. Clair, MO, high school English teacher Brianna Coppage was put on academic leave when her personal OnlyFans account was anonymously leaked...

Cultural and socioeconomic barriers prevent many Asian Americans from seeking help for mental health issues. Alumna and emeritus Mental Health Awareness Club President Rachel Bhagat, who has worked with many Asian immigrants and refugees, notices clear benefits of mental health care in daily life. “Seeking out mental health care is extremely important for everyone. Regularly seeing someone to talk to about your mental health helps prevent or makes it easier to navigate mentally stressful [or] harmful situations,” Bhagat said.
Silent pandemic
Serena Liu, Editor-in-Chief • November 10, 2023

Be strong. Act perfect. Stay silent.  These are all stereotypes that Asian Americans are commonly held to. While everyone has a unique...

In recent years, the topic of lowering the national voting age has sparked debates across the United States. Young people have been at the forefront of the discussion, sharing their unique perspectives and opinions on voting ages. “[I want to vote because] I should be able to make decisions about myself, about my education, and about my rights,” sophomore Yein Ahn said.
Youth voices on the rise
October 17, 2023
A utopia for some can be a dystopia for others. Candidates shared their visions of each at the first two GOP debates, in Milwaukee on Aug. 21 and in California on Sept. 25. “Someone whos looking to gain power for themselves, and not to benefit the population in the United States [and around] the globe is a problem,” sophomore Nick Cook said.
Under the big tent
October 12, 2023
A jumbotron at Busch Stadium sends a thank-you to former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright after his postgame concert on Sept. 30. Wainwright performed multiple original songs as a celebration of his 18-year career. “The postgame concert was crazy,” Wainwright said.
End of an era
Will Gonsior, Staff Writer • 1 day ago

As much as we repeat the axiom that “all good things must come to an end,” we humans never quite believe it. Each time a reliable presence...

Female tennis players thrive regardless of their limitations. While there are many issues within the sport — unequal pay, no maternal care for athlete-mothers, unequal opportunities for different races and more — many activists have been advocating for change within the industry. “I hope there are a lot more milestones set along the way and a lot more improvements in [tennis],” freshman and JV tennis player Sara Ashok said.
Game, set, equality
October 27, 2023
Seniors Serena Liu and Sakenah Lajkem are cobbed onto a car.
Senioritis: Masks, memories, milestones
Sakenah Lajkem and Serena Liu November 20, 2023
On Oct. 19, 1993 Pearl Jam released their sophomore album, “Vs.” The band was met with heightened expectations from fans and the media following the intimidating success of their first album, “Ten.” Instead of making a sequel to their debut, Pearl Jam changed their signature grunge sound with a more acoustic background, but still added in their trademark angst-filled tone. Ultimately, “Vs.” had mixed reactions from listeners.
Pearl Jam "Vs." grunge
Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

Following the success of their debut album “Ten” in 1991, Pearl Jam released their sophomore album, “Vs.” two years later, on Oct. 19,...

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