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Meet the meat scientist

Jordy Berger explaining beef carcass evaluation at the Porter County Fair where he served as the official judge for beef, pork and lamb carcass classes in Porter County, Indiana in July 2017.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017

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

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

Schiff positions a character from Paranorman. It was released in 2012 by Laika.

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 15, 2017

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 poses for a picture to use for work. Albright has worked with families struggling with their children's’ mental health for more than 20 years. “I really like working with families, I enjoy the families that I work with and I like being able to provide options for them. I think that provides some relief,” Albright said.

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 13, 2017

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.  

James Czajkowski makes a career of writing

Czajkowski poses for televised interview about his book, The Bone Labyrinth. Czajkowski has written over 30 novels.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

September 5, 2017

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 poses with family.

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 1, 2017

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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