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New football coach and alumnus Mario Patton, despite strict COVID-19 rules, still makes connections with athletes

Standing on the practice field after an intense scrimmage, new football coach Mario Patton is adjusting to the new playing style at West. Patton energizes the team everyday with his personality. “ I want our kids to think of me as one of the most passionate coaches that they have been around, also someone who truly cares about the best interests of kids,” Patton said. “When it is business time I think the kids know the difference.”

Tre Bell, Staff writer

3 days ago

Handing off his knowledge to football athletes, coach Mario Patton is the new running back coach. Patton has coached for 16 years, but this year is more meaningful than others. “I had an opportunity to come home and coach at my alma mater. I could not pass on this opportunity,” Patton said. “It ...

Summer Plan B Story

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit communities worldwide, regular summer plans were put on hold. Amongst our community, students wrestled with breaking the spell of boredom while also adhering to national safety guidelines that are still in place. Students were left to figure out alternative ways to enjoy their summer break.

Lilly Francis, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

No fears here: junior Donnovan Denham braves the pandemic to serve communities

Scott Credit Union provided junior Donnovan Denham’s organization St. Louis Food Rescue a donation of $1000. Denham receives food donations from the Parkway Food Pantry and Einstein Bagels to deliver to people in need. “The news attention brought more interest and more people want to help out. So we can get more food to more people in need and so we can expand our range to help out more people,” Denham said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

August 24, 2020

While most teens are hitting the couch, junior Donnovan Denham has been continuing his food rescue even during a hard time in the world.  “Delivering food is much different during quarantine because we have to follow safety precautions of being socially distant and making sure we wash and sanitize our hands bef...

Safety first: Athletics Director Brian Kessler plans return to sports

Planning for a safe return to  sports and activities, Athletic Director Brian Kessler sends out new information to parents and students. As back to school approaches, Kessler worked with MSHSAA and other districts to decide the best way to continue with sports and activities. “The workload has been immense, the changes to the schedule have been a lot and then there’s a lot of fatigue,” Kessler said. “It’s hard to think what’s right for your community at this time because things can change quickly.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

August 22, 2020

As professional sports teams around the country struggle to create safe seasons, Athletic Director Brian Kessler works with the Missouri Sports High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA) and other groups to create a safe return to sports for students.  “When we had to tell kids last spring that they...

A warm welcome from Link Crew

Link Crew coordinators begin to prep commissioners and leaders for this year's group of freshman through virtual meetings.

Bri Davis

August 19, 2020

As the new school year comes into view, Link Crew is working to welcome the freshmen as the next chapter of their life begins: high school. Despite the global pandemic, Link crew still plans to welcome underclassmen to school Aug. 21 for orientation through a zoom call.  Link Crew begins the planning process after ...

Moving with a Mission

Bonnett and his companion attend a wedding while serving in India.

Quinn Berry, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

While the average 19-year-old is off studying at college or beginning a new job, some choose to put these plans on pause to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), many alumni included. Beginning at the age of 18, boys can opt to serve the LDS church for a two year...

Bidding farewell to the class of 2020: senior parade edition

Posing in the trunk of his car, senior Tony Morris and junior Riley Leslie (Fernridge high school) get ready to start the parade. Morris had his entire family come along to show support for him graduating. “I loved the parade. I really enjoyed myself and I think it should be a thing that’s continued. The energy and amount of people that showed up and all of the decorated cars made it really really fun,” Morris said. “But I would really love to walk across the stage wearing my cap and gown, being handed my diploma, and saying goodbye to highschool surrounded by my class, not separated by cars.”

Sara Albarcha, Staff Writer

June 8, 2020

"I was proud I was able to show them how far I’ve come. it was also great to see some friends who I haven’t seen in a while, and I was happy we were able to experience this altogether,” Hassan said.

Remembering senior Carieal “L” Doss

Johnetta Doss smiles with her daughter, senior Carieal

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

On April 17 our community lost senior Carieal “L” Doss. After transferring from Parkway Central midway into her junior year, she became known by teachers and peers for her jokes and infectious smile. As a child, Doss is described by her mother, Johnetta Doss, as curious and determined. “She always...

Sophomore Zeina Daboul finishes her school year in Saudi Arabia

Sophomore Zeina Daboul poses with her sister in Saudi Arabia. Daboul felt that the situation regarding COVID-19 is more regulated in Saudi Arabia. “To me, I think the situation here is a lot more controlled than in the United States. The U.S. is having an increasing number of cases each day, while we have a constant number every day,” Daboul said. “The U.S. has also been struggling with its healthcare system and how it's handling the situation, and while I am pretty sure that [Saudi Arabia] has the same problem, the issue is magnified in the U.S. due to its size and huge population.”

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

May 20, 2020

After sophomore Zeina Daboul’s ordinary two week family trip to Saudi Arabia turned into a two month long stay, due to COVID-19, Daboul is now stuck 7,247 miles away from her home, unaware of when she will return.  Having to adapt to an eight hour time difference while shifting to eLearning has...

Stuck at home? Students share creative activities and advice

A compilation of the features organized like a Zoom meeting.

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer

May 20, 2020

Since the stay-at-home order began at the end of March, people have had more time at home. Here is how four students have decided to spend their time, and their advice to those that are looking for something to do. Freshman Hannah Choi How are you spending your quarantine? “We're making...

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