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


Design Arts and Digital Design teacher Kristi Ponder stands in a room surrounded by many paintings that she has done. The room is large with lots of windows.

Earth conscious canvases

Aliza Schroeder, CJ1 Writer August 23, 2023

Rather than using expensive and brand new canvases from craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, Design Arts and Digital Design teacher Kristi Ponder uses a more sustainable option: thrifted canvases....

Social studies teacher Amy Thornhill writes her daily class agenda in front of the whiteboard. Thornhill teaches AP Human Geography, World History and Psychology and has witnessed difficulty for students to form an opinion recently in all of these classes. “Everyones opinion is valid. Everyones opinion is justified. But [when] you have so many opinions. Its hard for kids to figure out their [own]. Those are the things I try to articulate and get kids to understand,” Thornhill said.

Nurturing informed minds

Aliza Schroeder, CJ1 Writer June 2, 2023

Social studies teacher Amy Thornhill knows that current events play a major role in the topics she teaches in her classes. Thornhill constantly updates lesson plans to fit the news around the globe because...

Senior Henry Dittmar celebrates his 18th birthday in recovery from a drive-by shooting that left him seriously injured. During this birthday, Dittmar was still unable to walk from the effects of a bullet that ripped through his calf.  The most challenging part of this experience was being patient with everything, Dittmar said. Building that patience was definitely the best thing for me, [because] I am definitely not a very patient person. I learned a lot about myself during this experience.

Overcoming the unthinkable

Katie Wallace, Staff writer June 2, 2023

Aug. 9, 2022, 11:45 p.m., a siren sounds, and red and blue lights illuminate a car pulled over in a bank parking lot peppered with bullet holes. Minutes earlier, senior Henry Dittmar and his girlfriend...

Sophomore Maddy Tarter and her family greet sophomore Charles Leleu at the airport in front of a welcome to St. Louis sign that features the Gateway Arch. Tarter and her sister hold a sign with French and American flags that reads: Welcome to the USA Charles.

Coming to America (venant en Amérique)

Tyler Smith, CJ1 Writer June 1, 2023

Ever since sophomore Charles Leleu was born, all he has known has been his home in France. Now, he has to adjust to a whole new world in America.  Leleu began searching for a host family last year....

The last day of school comes with a breath of relief, but for high school students, this momentary rest soon flutters away as we rush to pursue our summer plans.

Brighter days ahead

Audrey Ghosh, Opinions Editor June 1, 2023

With three months of uninterrupted respite from the monotony of school life, our anticipated summer break can be a time to relax, delve into our passions or socialize with family and friends, amongst other...

Senior Magnus Vierck and his girlfriend Hannah Pallos use plastic bottles to make bottle rockets.

Beyond the battle

Liam Woodson June 1, 2023

For a 17-year-old, senior Magnus Vierck has been through a lifetime’s worth of medical challenges. Almost 10 years after his cancer diagnosis, Vierck continues to face physical and emotional difficulties...

This weekend, we followed junior Thalea Afentoullis at the St. Louis Greek Fest.

Ancient Culture in a Modern World: The Sights and Sounds of the STL Greek Fest

Samir Shaik and Cindy Phung May 30, 2023

SOPHOMORE SAMIR SHAIK: Many people forget that Saint Louis is a cultural melting pot. Each year, countless cultural festivities are held that celebrate people from all walks of life.  SOPHOMORE...

Science teacher Amy Van Matre-Woodward stands in her classroom and smiles at the camera.

From molecules to maritozzi

Allison Rueschhoff, CJ1 Writer May 26, 2023

With the fresh aroma of sesame seed bagels wafting through the kitchen air, science teacher Amy Van Matre-Woodward wakes up early Saturday morning to bake for her family. Outside of her teaching career,...

Junior Krish Bhagat smiles at the camera as he carefully holds a black crow in his gloved hands. He had earlier saved the bird and taken it to Wild BIrd Rehabilitation.

Wings of hope

Annie Deckelbaum, CJ1 Writer May 23, 2023

Entrepreneur junior Krish Bhagat created speakUP! to help non-profit organizations promote their brands. In elementary school, junior Krish Bhagat was labeled gifted before moving into Mosaics Academy,...

Junior Nicholas Herman stands in front of a white wall with a colorful mural of a world map painted on it. Herman stands in front of the Eastern Hemisphere.

A Tale of Three Cities

Sakenah Lajkem, CJ1 Writer May 17, 2023

From birth until 11 years old, junior Nicholas Herman was used to New York City. He was accustomed to the skyscraper buildings, the English language and the busy city people. “People are very active...

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