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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

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

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. ...

Fighting for equity in criminal justice: alumna Lopacious Simms pursues law and order

Fighting for equity in criminal justice: alumna Lopacious Simms pursues law and order

Chris Narishkin, Convergent Media Writer

October 20, 2017

Growing up, 2015 alumna Lopacious Simms could not get enough of criminal investigation shows. But after watching the Ferguson riots of 2014 unravel, Simms, a native Saint Louisan, knew that she wanted to work in criminal justice. “I grew up watching 'Criminal Minds' and 'Law and Order' with my family. ...

Will Harlan roots his life in conservation

Will Harlan roots his life in conservation

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

October 16, 2017

For 19 years, 1993 alumnus Will Harlan followed one woman living in a cabin in the woods to learn all she had to offer about the land around her. His drive to do such a thing started with the teachers who shaped his high school life. “I always loved books, but I never thought I could actuall...

Kathryn Harter acts on her dreams

Kathryn Harter acts on her dreams

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

October 13, 2017

When 2016 West alumna Kathryn Harter auditioned for “Tartuffe” her freshman year of high school, she had no idea she would be in the acting program years later at Missouri State University. “I'm not really sure why I wanted to do it, I think I just felt a pull towards it,” Harter said. “Af...

Alumnus Derek Jaskowiak rises through the ranks

Alumnus Derek Jaskowiak rises through the ranks

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

October 10, 2017

Navy Lieutenant Commander Derek Jaskowiak plans to spend his whole adult life with the military. He has passed through the U.S. Naval Academy and traveled everywhere from Europe to Africa to Asia while a Navy officer. Since graduating West in 1999, Jaskowiak was certain of his calling. “I lef...

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017

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

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

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

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...

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