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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” has been credited as one of the most influential albums of all time. In “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the genres of hip hop, neo soul and R&B are blurred, but this experimentative sound is also what makes the album work so well.
Twenty-five years later: “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is a shining beacon of once-in-a-lifetime talent
Elizabeth Franklin, Editor-in-Chief • December 4, 2023

On August 25, 1998, singer and rapper Lauryn Hill released her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” following a series of circumstances...

Heartless, Jade Fire Gold, and Jade City sit on a table in the library. A black bar with the title, Fantasy Fever, lays over the books.
Fantasy Fever
Keira Lang and Ella Marcinkiewicz November 8, 2023

West has a lot of good things, including a large selection of wonderful books. But, with so many books, which one should possibly be chosen to...

Rod Wave released his new album “Nostalgia” Sept. 15. The album reached No. 1 on the top albums chart on Apple Music, overtaking the album “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo. Starting Oct. 19, Rod Wave will tour 35 cities —  including St. Louis — up until Dec. 18.
“Nostalgia” by Rod Wave
Samari Sanders, Staff Writer • November 6, 2023

Florida rapper Rodarius Marcell Green — known professionally as Rod Wave — has become one the world’s biggest music artists yet. Green...

Working at the annual Folklife Festival, an event leader demonstrates the use of a four post box loom. Created in England during the 16th century, the four post box loom allowed weavers in the Northeastern colonies to weave fabric more efficiently than before, playing an essential role in the evolution of settler culture. “Walking around the festival, you could see how people actually lived in the past — what theyd do for fun, how they survived. It was really interesting to see how different it was from now. You could put yourself in the shoes of the people back then,” senior Jojo Shank said.
Bridging the past
Risa Cidoni, Features Editor • November 3, 2023

Each year, the crisp autumn weather breezes by, carrying comforting traditions of the outdoors; Fright Fests, pumpkin patches and hayrides arrive...

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2023 was defined by female vocalists such as Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Paramore’s Hayley Williams as their diversity and talent amongst their respective genres topped the musical charts. Williams took to Instagram to show her gratitude for having owned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. “We know enough by now to know success doesn’t equal value. That being said, to experience the [No. 1] on this album, as this version of Paramore, is such a sweet and surreal moment to celebrate together,” Williams wrote.
A musical recap of 2023
Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer • December 19, 2023

While living in a time where creativity can be dull or hard to find in music, 2023 managed to highlight some of the biggest moments in several...

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,...

After waiting years for a new album, pop-punk band blink-182 gave their fans what they desperately wanted. However, the band didn’t just make the record for their fanbase; the album also served as a timely and personal record for the pop-punk legends. The band’s new album “One More Time” sees lifelong friends rekindle their friendships through tragedy and humor.
blink-182 reunite "One More Time" for their 10th album
Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer • November 15, 2023

In 2022, famous pop-punk band blink-182 announced their reunion with the classic lineup of singer and guitarist Tom Delonge, singer and bassist...

From historic rap releases, beloved debuts and misunderstood eras, the year of 2000 had some of the most important album releases. While not all of the albums topped the charts, each album was able to make its own individual mark within their musical audience as all of the artists brought a new creative drive that the media had yet to see. Two decades later and these albums are still celebrated for their production, talent and controversy.
Nobody likes you when you're 23
Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer • October 23, 2023

Pop-punk band blink-182 famously said “Nobody likes you when you’re 23” on their hit “What’s My Age Again?” off their breakout pop...

Part of the reason why vinyl records are still popular today is because original pressings of classic punk albums, like the Ramones’ “Rocket to Russia” or the Sex Pistols “Nevermind The Bollocks,” are considered collectable items. Besides being classic, essential punk albums in their own right, the pressings helped jumpstart the popularity of vinyl records in the ‘70s since it was the only form of media available to listen to these impactful records. Decades later, the iconic punk albums still stand as two of the most vital records for a vinyl collector.
Punk: Dead or alive?
Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer • September 28, 2023

The infamous and unapologetic genre of punk rock music became popular in the late ‘70s amongst teens; people either loved it or saw it as music...

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