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Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser fights with hope after her daughter survived a life-threatening cancer diagnosis

Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser fights with hope after her daughter survived a life-threatening cancer diagnosis

Abby Bach, Convergent Media Writer

May 20, 2019


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Putting on her goggles before getting pied in the face, Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser’s goal is to help raise money for Friends of Kids with Cancer. Kiser’s passion for helping kids with cancer stems from her personal journey with her daughter who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of three. ...

From Facebook to face in a book

From Facebook to face in a book

Mia Catlett, Convergent Media Writer

May 20, 2019


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Taking her head out of her phone and into the books, freshman Claire Folkins plans to put down her social media beginning Friday, May 17 to prepare for second semester finals. “I was replacing the time that I had previously put into being on my phone into doing productive things like school, pract...

Juniors Callie Hummel and Natalie Larsen choose hoops over high heels

Juniors Callie Hummel and Natalie Larsen choose hoops over high heels

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

May 17, 2019


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On Prom night, many students make their way to the dance floor and hang out with friends. For juniors Callie Hummel and Natalie Larsen, their night was spent making their way across tightropes and hanging on silks at a circus skills workshop. “My mom was talking to me about going to Prom, and I didn’t ...

A salute to senior Ryan Gansen

A salute to senior Ryan Gansen

Tre Bell and Drew Boone

May 17, 2019


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The dream of fighting to keep America safe has never faded for senior Ryan Gansen. Since he was in the eighth grade, he has wanted to serve in the United States Army. “Ryan is an innate leader,” Ryan's mother Katie Gansen said. “He is dedicated, loyal, intelligent, intuitive and self-discip...

Sophomore Tenley Bertz prepares to ‘dig’ into summer

Sophomore Tenley Bertz prepares to ‘dig’ into summer

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

May 17, 2019


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As the temperature rises over the rocky desert terrain, sophomore Tenley Bertz brushes off a newly found dinosaur fossil, fresh out of the dirt. She participates in dinosaur digs every summer and is hoping paleontology will become part of her future. “I have always had a love for dinosaurs, and they are so fun t...

Sophomore Claire Hardy does not take weight lifting lightly

Sophomore Claire Hardy does not take weight lifting lightly

Tre Bell, Staff writer

May 16, 2019


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Starting a new flex, sophomore Claire Hardy competitively weight lifts with the help and support of her family. “My dad and my grandpa encouraged me to do weight lifting because they’re into CrossFit and stuff like that, and they wanted me to get stronger for [soccer],” Hardy said. “My brother started wei...

The road not taken: Aaron Bashirian, rock star gone teacher

The road not taken: Aaron Bashirian, rock star gone teacher

Peyton Gaskill, Staff Writer

May 13, 2019


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When West’s newest social studies teacher, Aaron Bashirian, graduated from college and got his degree in history, it would be almost two decades before he got to use it. Instead, Bashirian pursued his passion for music. “When I was 16, I went to a Motley Crue concert, and that changed my life,...

English teacher Taylor Rose wins Albert Award

English teacher Taylor Rose wins Albert Award

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019


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Administrators walked into the classroom with balloons and flowers in hand, surprising English teacher Taylor Rose with the Albert Award, a district-wide award for teachers who are new to Parkway and in the first five years of their career. According to the Parkway Alumni Association, the Albert Aw...

Junior Kelsey Long continues writing novel three years in the works

Junior Kelsey Long continues writing novel three years in the works

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

May 8, 2019


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On a warm and quiet summer evening, junior Kelsey Long can be found outside with her laptop, a notebook full of plot lines and character charts opened besides her. In the process of writing her own novel, this has been her routine for the past three summers. “I realized that I really liked to write b...

From high school to government: Katie Solodar hopes to take the lead

From high school to government: Katie Solodar hopes to take the lead

Kaleiya Andrews, Convergent Media Writer

May 1, 2019


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After being recommended by history teachers and principals, junior Katie Solodar got accepted into Missouri Girls State (MGS), a camp for upcoming senior girls who are passionate about the government. “First, I was called down to Mr. [Mario] Pupillo’s office and he told me I was nominated to be...

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