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Alumnus Rigel Robinson makes history as Berkeley, Calif.’s youngest city councilperson

Alumnus Rigel Robinson makes history as Berkeley, Calif.’s youngest city councilperson

Kathryn McAuliffe, CEIC Intern

September 11, 2019

Alumnus Rigel Robinson pauses, then explodes in laughter. “No, this was all just a big, happy accident,” Robinson said.  “This” refers to Robinson’s career; he is the youngest city councilperson in Berkeley, Calif. history. Sworn in this past December, the 2014 alumnus made Berkeley hi...

Alumni share how they met their soulmates

Alumni share how they met their soulmates

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

Look to your right, look to your left, you never know if that person sitting next to you in class will be your forever. Four couples share their love stories, and their chance meeting at West High. Adam and Danielle (Renaud) Tritt Tell me about how you met.  Danielle: “We met in 1998 freshman English,...

Alumna Celeste Rudd making an impact through the software business

Alumna Celeste Rudd making an impact through the software business

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

May 20, 2019

From selling enterprise-grade scalable software to providing consulting, alumna Celeste Rudd has been promoted to Americas Alliance Manager for Micro Focus since joining in March 2016 as an Account Manager in the Enterprise Security Products group. “In Sept. 2017 the Enterprise Software division of Hewl...

Alumna Summer Albarcha: Instagram icon for modest fashion

Alumna Summer Albarcha: Instagram icon for modest fashion

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

May 9, 2019

Creating lookbooks, traveling to fashion weeks worldwide, replying to emails, editing content or just updating her site, alumna Summer Albarcha, class of 2014, has built a name for herself in the fashion world. With more than 512,000 followers on Instagram—a continuously growing number—Albarcha has g...

Utilizing Mission: St. Louis to change lives

Utilizing Mission: St. Louis to change lives

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

March 25, 2019

Not only did freshmen hear from alumna Kelly Quinn for Day of Service, they also heard a speech from 2006 alumna Laura Kleffner. Kleffner joined Mission: St. Louis, an organization that provides education and employment opportunities for families in St. Louis, January 2018 as Director of Development....

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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