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  • If you couldn't complete the Day of Service/Special Olympics commitment form in Common Ground, see Mrs. Hornsby or Mrs. Devine.

  • If you or your band wants to play in this year's PWest for Flint concert, send a recording of your band playing to [email protected]

  • Last week, JSU raised over $800 for the families affected by the Pittsburgh Tree of Life shooting. Thank you for your generosity and care!

Former Principal Bill Byrd reflects on West’s 50th anniversary

Former Principal Bill Byrd reflects on West’s 50th anniversary

Gabe Davis, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


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Pathfinder: How did you become a principal at Parkway West? Byrd: I was teaching social studies at Hickman High School, Columbia, Mo. In 1969, when I interviewed for an assistant principal's position at West Senior, I was hired. For the next 15 years I held that position until appointed principal ...

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


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Serving his community as a firefighter after graduating in 1990, alumnus Derrick Richardson was promoted to Fire Captain in Alton, Ill. He has been a firefighter since 1997 and was promoted after only nine years of being on the force. “Fire captain is a tested position. I tested and got promoted to en...

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


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[Courtesy of Rebecca Lintner] Rebecca Lintner poses with her two-year-old friend Mark, also called Markaroni, who is the son of a single mother who started the first women’s empowerment group for HIV positive women....

Dr. Bill Nelson works to give hope to the word ‘cancer’

Dr. Bill Nelson works to give hope to the word ‘cancer’

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018


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Alumnus Dr. Bill Nelson has been a Professor of Oncology, Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology and Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1992 and specializes in the research and treatment of prostate cancer. “Hopkins took a risk on me as a student. I remained at Johns Hopkins for residency and fellowship training as p...

Mark Reardon excels through journalism

Mark Reardon excels through journalism

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Alumnus Mark Reardon started in radio at the age of 15 and studied journalism on his own after graduating in 1983. “My first jobs in radio were music radio gigs. I was a disc jockey at a rock station, but when I started my education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, [my] focus on journalism began,”...

Alumna Grace Miller carves her path into triathlon success

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


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After graduating in 2016, Grace Miller originally had the mindset to attend the University of Missouri, major in English Studies and stay relatively close to her family. Instead, she created a completely different path for herself and her future, moving to Naperville, IL. to attend North Central Colle...

Susan Dean finds her passion through education

Susan Dean finds her passion through education

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


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After graduating in 1981, alumnus Susan Dean was not sure what she wanted to pursue in college. Her basketball coach, Steve Baxter, helped her find her way to teaching. “I ran into him at Mizzou second semester sophomore year [after changing majors five or six times.] He talked with me about teaching...

An alumna’s homecoming

An alumna’s homecoming

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

November 2, 2017


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As Taylor Rose heads down the hall to get the keys to her new classroom, she walks past her old locker. When she arrives at her classroom, the alumna is pleasantly surprised–it was the same classroom in which she studied English during her senior year. Rose will be teaching English at the high school she ...

Stefanie Elsperman uses spiritual blog and group to inspire others

Stefanie Elsperman uses spiritual blog and group to inspire others

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

October 27, 2017


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Stefanie Elsperman, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, did not have the typical high school experience. Instead of a standard four year high school program, she graduated a semester early to pursue her modeling career. “When I was modeling in high school it was like ‘oh I don’t...

Blake Young-Fountain commits his life to acting

Blake Young-Fountain commits his life to acting

Chris Narishkin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Acting is a lifelong process, and for class of 2000 Parkway West Alumnus Blake Young-Fountain, it has been his entire career, tracing back to his childhood. “When I was young, I remember helping my mom practice and express herself in the scenes she developed for her company’s annual talent show. ...

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