Pathfinder

  • This Monday, March 25, kicks off Spirit Week with PJ Day!

  • The Pathfinder is on hiatus during Parkway West's spring break, March 16 - 24. Regular reporting will resume March 25.

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Inside class of 1969 alumnus Glen Leber’s band that ‘rocked’ through high school

Inside class of 1969 alumnus Glen Leber’s band that ‘rocked’ through high school

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019


Filed under Alumni Stories

After attending Parkway Central from 1966-1968, alumnus Glen Leber transferred to Parkway West, and was a member of the first the class of 1969. During his senior year he became the lead guitarist for his newly-created band called The Factory Blues Band. There were seven students in the band; three...

Inspiring and building friendships through Best Buddies

Inspiring and building friendships through Best Buddies

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

March 4, 2019


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

After graduating 19 years ago, alumna Kelly Quinn will return March 7 as a guest speaker for Day of Service. As State Director for Missouri for Best Buddies International, Quinn is one of the four speakers freshmen have the opportunity to learn from. “I am planning to talk about the sense of belonging and how...

Pursuing nursing while cheering from the sidelines at “The Titan Games”

Pursuing nursing while cheering from the sidelines at “The Titan Games”

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

January 29, 2019


Filed under Alumni Stories

After attending Lindenwood University for two and a half years, alumna Taylor Scott decided to leave behind her plans to attend Goldfarb School of Nursing to pursue a career in personal training in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Derik Scott. “We picked up and moved with three weeks notice. I have been personal training and attendin...

Surviving as an actor in Hollywood

Surviving as an actor in Hollywood

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

December 10, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories, showcase

From taking on lead roles in short films to participating in Buzzfeed and Google Home commercials, 2005 alumnus Scott Bender has pursued his passion as an actor in Hollywood. This dream first surfaced at North Star Camp for Boys when Bender was 12 years old. “My best friends that I went to camp wi...

Riding the adoption rollercoaster

Riding the adoption rollercoaster

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

November 16, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories

Working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse in Ann Arbor, MI after graduating in 2002, alumna Tricia LaRocca Morris achieved her goal of creating her own family by adopting her first baby June Caroline. “My husband David and I knew we wanted a family before we were even engaged. We were unsucce...

Alumnus Ed Alizadeh continues to make a difference in the community as the CEO of Geotechnology

Alumnus Ed Alizadeh continues to make a difference in the community as the CEO of Geotechnology

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

October 26, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories

From overseeing and participating in the construction of the current Busch Stadium to public works projects in the City of Blue Springs, 1980 alumnus Ed Alizadeh has participated in many engineering and environmental projects as the CEO of Geotechnology. The company specializes in projects in environmental sciences, drilling, cons...

Alumnus Eddie Kampelman pursues his goal of traveling the world

Alumnus Eddie Kampelman pursues his goal of traveling the world

Andrew Li, Staff Wrtier

October 23, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories

People may think that quitting means failure, but for alumnus Eddie Kampelman, who graduated in 2000, he has never made a better decision in his life. His decision to quit his job as Territory Manager and Technology Consultant for Elite Orthopedics to pursue his dream of traveling around the world has transformed his life. ...

Alumna Mondonna Ghasedi pursues her dream career as an associate circuit judge

Alumna Mondonna Ghasedi pursues her dream career as an associate circuit judge

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

September 20, 2018


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Alumna Mondonna Ghasedi has fulfilled her dream of becoming a judge after getting her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Ghasedi was appointed associate circuit judge for the 21st Circuit, which covers St. Louis County, in October 2016 by Gov. Jeremiah W. Nixon. ...

Alumnus James Bosanquet saves lives through critical care medicine

Alumnus James Bosanquet saves lives through critical care medicine

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

September 11, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories

Since graduating in 2001, alumnus James Bosanquet has pursued a career as a Critical Care Physician at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and has been practicing critical care medicine since July 2015. “I am an intensivist. I round in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on my group of eight to 15 patients. I discuss the plan with the nurses and ancillary staff a...

Alumna Kaitlyn Yang aspires for change in the entertainment industry through Alpha Studios

Alumna Kaitlyn Yang aspires for change in the entertainment industry through Alpha Studios

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

August 30, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories

After graduating in 2007, alumna Kaitlyn Yang founded Alpha Studios in 2013. Alpha Studios is a post-production company Yang created in Los Angeles, CA. “We do visual effects, motion graphics, titles, color correction and consulting. We also do on-set supervision to make sure you are filming thi...

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