From high school baseball to playing professional, alumni Sherron Rives uses passion for baseball to coach youth teams

Youth baseball coach and alumni Sherron Rives tells his players the long season is not over yet after winning first place in a spring tournament. Rives led his 14 and under team to three tournament wins in 2018. “It was really different to play for him,” sophomore Nathan Basler said. “He had a different passion for the game, and you could see it in his eyes when he was coaching. He loves baseball more than anyone I’ve seen before.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Graduating in 1989 and continuing his baseball career into professional game, alumni Sherron Rives is now giving back to his community by teaching the game to youth players in the St. Louis area. “I was able to play professionally in the minor leagues for the Detroit Tigers organization. I wouldn’t...

More than a substitute: alumnus Scott Winfrey shares the impact he hopes to have on students

Working with junior Elliot Krewson, alumni Scott Winfrey helps him finish a project for business class. Winfrey graduated in 2008 and since then has been working to have an impact on students in the classes he substitutes for. “I don’t believe in 'good or bad’ students,” Winfrey said. “Only energy that is focused productively or not. Students are not opposed to working hard. They just want to find meaning in the work they do.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

As a substitute teacher, you get limited time with the students in class due to a plan already written out for you by the teacher. Not only does substitute teacher and alumnus Scott Winfrey accomplish this, but he also hopes students walk out of his class gaining experiences they otherwise would not have h...

From student council president to State Representative hopeful, Alumna Trish Gunby shares strategy for getting into office

Posing for the photo, alumna Trish Gunby smiles for the camera. If elected, she will be representing homes of the Parkway West District that are North of Manchester Road, West of Weidman, East of Baxter and North of Fontbonne West. “After Michael Brown was killed, I started learning about racial justice and voting rights,” Gunby said. “So I’ve had this arc of LGBTQ+ inclusion, racial justice and voting rights and all that led me to where I’m at right now.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

October 1, 2019

After hearing much encouragement from her peers, 1979 alumna Trish Gunby decided to take her involvement to the next step by choosing to run for Missouri State Representative of the 99th District. If elected, Gunby will be representing cities such as Manchester, Valley Park and Twin Oaks. “When o...

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

On the campaign trail, alumnus Rigel Robinson speaks at a political fundraising event. Robinson’s key campaign issues include funding for public education and creating affordable housing. “Everything we do results in a compromise; that’s how governing works. If you don’t start dreaming big then you’re going to end up with an end result that is insufficient; that's just the way it is,” Robinson said.

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

Four couples share their love stories, and their chance meeting at West High.

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 sits with Lisa Gardner and Sheryl Wharff at the 2018 Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East in New York City. This event is where female leaders advance their careers and strategic goals. “My interest in software stemmed from the desire to make a meaningful impact on society as well as my love of softwares constant need for adaptation to market needs and potential to make an incredible living. I am never bored and I know that what I do is impacting people in a meaningful way daily,” Rudd said.

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

Posing for a picture by the Steinberg Ice Rink in partnership with Uber, alumna Summer Albarcha shares the image on her blog. Albarcha posts regularly on the site, as well as on her Instagram and YouTube channel. “Use social media as your portfolio in anything you do,” Albarcha said. “[Your social media] is out there for companies to see when applying to jobs, so it’s best to make it a reflection of yourself or the traits you’re trying to portray. For example, if you’re applying to a fashion job, you might want to have a fashionable Instagram to show your taste and styling work.”

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

Laura Kleffner stands on the red carpet with coworker Jason Watson at the annual Mission: St. Louis Night for the Town Gala in September 2018. Kleffner and Watson were emcees for this event that raised $450,000. “Professionally, [this was] one of my greatest accomplishments at Mission: St. Louis,” Kleffner said. “[I am] constantly [wanting to] expand the awareness [about Mission: St. Louis] but also raise more money through different avenues.”

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

Alumnus Glen Leber performs the song “Down On Me” by Janis Joplin during the Letterman Dance in the cafeteria. He played the guitar, while his friend played the drums. “I never was good at dancing so performing was a perfect setting for me,” Leber said. “I enjoyed performing in front of an audience and knowing that while we were playing, they were having as much fun as we were.”

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

Kelly Quinn, standing to the left, poses with Best Buddies at a Pre-Season St. Louis Blues game hosted by St. Louis Blues Alumni. This opportunity helped members of Best Buddies strengthen their friendships through a shared passion for hockey. “[I love] witnessing two people click as friends,” Quinn said. “It is like watching magic or seeing someone truly come to life. The joy from seeing others feel joy is extremely powerful.”

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...

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