The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” has been credited as one of the most influential albums of all time. In “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the genres of hip hop, neo soul and R&B are blurred, but this experimentative sound is also what makes the album work so well.

Twenty-five years later: “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is a shining beacon of once-in-a-lifetime talent

Elizabeth Franklin, Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2023

On August 25, 1998, singer and rapper Lauryn Hill released her debut album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” following a series of circumstances in her life, including her pregnancy, her departure...

Pearl Jam “Vs.” grunge

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer November 17, 2023

Following the success of their debut album “Ten” in 1991, Pearl Jam released their sophomore album, “Vs.” two years later, on Oct. 19, 1993. Now, the band is releasing a re-issue of the album for...

After waiting years for a new album, pop-punk band blink-182 gave their fans what they desperately wanted. However, the band didn’t just make the record for their fanbase; the album also served as a timely and personal record for the pop-punk legends. The band’s new album “One More Time” sees lifelong friends rekindle their friendships through tragedy and humor.

blink-182 reunite “One More Time” for their 10th album

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer November 15, 2023

In 2022, famous pop-punk band blink-182 announced their reunion with the classic lineup of singer and guitarist Tom Delonge, singer and bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker. Fans were shocked...

Heartless, Jade Fire Gold, and Jade City sit on a table in the library. A black bar with the title, Fantasy Fever, lays over the books.

Fantasy Fever

Keira Lang and Ella Marcinkiewicz November 8, 2023

West has a lot of good things, including a large selection of wonderful books. But, with so many books, which one should possibly be chosen to read? We decided to review three fantasy books that have recently...

Rod Wave released his new album “Nostalgia” Sept. 15. The album reached No. 1 on the top albums chart on Apple Music, overtaking the album “GUTS” by Olivia Rodrigo. Starting Oct. 19, Rod Wave will tour 35 cities —  including St. Louis — up until Dec. 18.

“Nostalgia” by Rod Wave

Samari Sanders, Staff Writer November 6, 2023

Florida rapper Rodarius Marcell Green — known professionally as Rod Wave — has become one the world’s biggest music artists yet. Green defined the new genre of soul trap, a subgenre of hip hop that...

Working at the annual Folklife Festival, an event leader demonstrates the use of a four post box loom. Created in England during the 16th century, the four post box loom allowed weavers in the Northeastern colonies to weave fabric more efficiently than before, playing an essential role in the evolution of settler culture. “Walking around the festival, you could see how people actually lived in the past — what theyd do for fun, how they survived. It was really interesting to see how different it was from now. You could put yourself in the shoes of the people back then,” senior Jojo Shank said.

Bridging the past

Risa Cidoni, Features Editor November 3, 2023

Each year, the crisp autumn weather breezes by, carrying comforting traditions of the outdoors; Fright Fests, pumpkin patches and hayrides arrive annually, embracing the return of sweater weather. But...

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift smiles on the cover of her newest album, surrounded by five seagulls. On Oct. 27, the night of “1989’s” re-release, Swift took to Instagram to let out her thoughts on finally owning the masters of her most influential album in pop music. “I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of this album I love so dearly,” Swift wrote.

Reliving her ‘wildest dreams’

Samir Shaik, Risa Cidoni, and Emily Early November 2, 2023

On Aug. 9, global superstar and decorated musical veteran Taylor Swift kicked off the final night of the U.S. leg of her Eras Tour at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, performing in front of more than 70,000...

Silhouettes against the sky, the members of boygenius look out over an ocean. Composed of singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, the trio released their second EP, “the rest” on Oct. 13. The band has accumulated almost 4.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Simple but sweet: boygenius’ “the rest” follows their debut enchantingly

Emily Early, Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2023

On Sept. 25, four Instagram accounts simultaneously posted an update to their feed — singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and the account dedicated to their American indie supergroup,...

A piece of notebook paper stating I CANT BE-LEAF MY EARS! surrounded by fall-themed imagery like leaves and jack-o-lanterns.

“I can’t be-leaf my ears!”

Kristen Skordos, Staff Writer October 31, 2023

Fall is easily the superior season. The weather is just right; it is not too cold, nor too gross. Routine activities — rewatching spooky movies, eating yummy treats and layering up — are enjoyable,...

Nobody likes you when you’re 23

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

Pop-punk band blink-182 famously said “Nobody likes you when you’re 23” on their hit “What’s My Age Again?” off their breakout pop punk album “Enema of the State” in 1999. Some of the biggest...

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