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Alumna Yvette Lu tours with the cast of Hamilton

Alumna Yvette Lu stands on the red carpet at the camera at Opening Night for Hamilton. Celebrities like Paris Hilton and Jimmy Kimmel were also in attendance along with various hairdressers, designers, actors and dancers. “There was a lot of excitement from that evening, largely because a lot of celebrities came to Opening Night,” Lu said. “Lin-Manuel Miranda was also there, which was exciting.”

Beatrice Antonenko, Staff Writer

May 8, 2018

A graduate of the class of 2013, alumna Yvette Lu is currently touring across the United States as a member of the ensemble in the popular musical “Hamilton.” “I love that we're constantly moving. We tend to spend an average of four weeks in each city–just enough time to start to get sett...

Alumnus Scott Schaefer survives and thrives after taking on the popular family business

Scott Schaefer opens another Schaefer AutoBody location in O’Fallon, IL in 2014. The building was previously a Subaru dealership that had been vacant for several years and was a perfect fit for Schaefer and his business. “The biggest challenge with this location was the city’s zoning restrictions. Since the building was previously a dealership, the zoning was classified as commercial and body shops are only allowed in light industrial zoned areas,” Schaefer said. “The process wasn’t easy and there were some people who did not want us to be there. However, through our consistent presence at city council meetings and willingness to compromise with the requests of the city, we were able to reach an agreement.”

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

March 22, 2018

After graduating in 1998, alumnus Scott Schaefer expressed interest in managing Schaefer AutoBody, founded by his father Steve Schaefer in 1985, and began the process of taking over the business in 2010. “Since grade school, I was always around the body shop. My brother and I worked in the shop...

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

Bill Byrd (center left) stands with current principal Jeremy Mitchell, and former principals Dave McMillan and Beth Plunkett at West’s 50th anniversary football game and celebration. Byrd had continued to stay connected to the West community even after leaving his post as principal in 1987 through his three children’s enrollment and attendance to football and basketball games. “We currently have a granddaughter [sophomore Susie Seidel] at West and enjoy attending her activities and listening to her West stories.  I feel very honored and fortunate to have been a part of West High for the past 50 years,” Byrd said.

Gabe Davis, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018

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 carries a fire hose in preparation to attack a house fire. He has been a firefighter for 21 years and a Fire Captain for nine of those years. “I hold a number of fire certifications and am able to do a multiple jobs in the fire service, Richardson said. “I love helping people and giving back and I do that in the fire service and in my community as a volunteer. I love the job and the work it includes.”

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018

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

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.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

[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 poses for his profile picture for Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018

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 participates in a live broadcast on Dec. 8 for a bike drive called Bikes for Tykes through the Toys for Tots campaign.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017

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

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 hugs her 23-year-old daughter Molly Dean before the volleyball game against Webster Groves during the 2016-2017 season. The match ended in a victory for the Longhorns in two games, 25-18 and 27-25. “The game was really special, in my mind that speaks for the tradition and longevity of our program,” Dean said.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017

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

Rose (right) graduated from the University of Missouri. She participated in student teaching for two schools in the Columbia, Missouri, but she got to eventually visited all four schools in the district. “I was getting a lot of time and a lot of teaching practice in every school in the district,” Rose said.

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

November 2, 2017

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 ...

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