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Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories

The Shack, The Tavern and The Corner Pub and Grill are all successful local restaurants owned by 1991 alumnus Brant Baldanza, who first got into the restaurant business by working at Mike Duffy’s when he was 16-years-old. “I am childhood friends with fellow Parkway West grad Katie Frailey, and...

From a marching band member to a band parent

From a marching band member to a band parent

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

October 2, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, showcase

Trumpets blared and flutes sang their high notes. Clarinets whistled and drums rattled a beat. These are the sounds that echoed out from the little gulley where the band still practices 30 years later. “The whole band experience is what I remember all these years later,” Foy said. “I had this t...

Alumna Katie Sternhagen helps teens through youth group

Alumna Katie Sternhagen helps teens through youth group

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, showcase

Although Katie Sternhagen’s job as the director of youth ministries at St. Mark Presbyterian Church surrounds teaching teenagers about faith, you can also find her hitting the whip or saying things like “fire” or “savage.” “I teach Sunday school, confirmation and youth group, which in...

The nuts and bolts of Ray Khuhro’s love for cars

The nuts and bolts of Ray Khuhro’s love for cars

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 25, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories

Alumnus Ray Khuhro has loved cars for so long, he can not even remember exactly when he first became interested in them. “A love of cars is just something boys are born with a lot,” Khuhro said. “I had a several dozen matchbox cars. My dad really likes cars too, which probably influenced me somew...

Meet the meat scientist

Meet the meat scientist

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

After graduating from high school in 2009, alumnus Jordy Berger felt lost without much direction for the future. “I ended up meandering through community college for the next couple years, when I realized I needed a fresh start. I chose to go to Iowa State University to study animal science,” Ber...

From tending eggs to giving children a voice

From tending eggs to giving children a voice

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

In modern high school child development classes, students often take care of robotic children for a day. Back when 1988 alumna Shireen Kinzy was in high school, students would take care of an egg. “We had to keep an egg and take it wherever we went. If we went out, we were supposed to leave ...

Emmy award winner and alumnus Brad Schiff brings puppets to life

Emmy award winner and alumnus Brad Schiff brings puppets to life

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 15, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

Throughout high school, alumnus Brad Schiff felt like he was living in his father’s shadow. His father had won three Emmy awards, and little did Schiff know, the interests he picked up in high school would lead him to win an Emmy for himself. “My dad was a local celebrity. I was always referred to as ‘S...

Danna Albright offers options for families in crisis

Danna Albright offers options for families in crisis

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 13, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories

Danna Albright, a 1982 alumna of West High, works with families in need as a Therapeutic Placement Consultant, helping patients navigate the mental health system.  

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James Czajkowski makes a career of writing

James Czajkowski makes a career of writing

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

September 5, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

Intensely researching for 90 days straight, then immediately beginning to write for four hours a day, this man works until each book is done, then jumps into the next. Such is the life of best selling author and 1979 graduate James Czajkowski (pen name James Rollins). “[In high school] I was quiet, an introver...

Alumna Mary Matus flies through life

Alumna Mary Matus flies through life

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, features

When a neighbor talked to Matus about her job as a flight attendant, she became inspired and began applying to different airlines because of her desire to move out of St. Louis and travel.

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