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Fighting for equity in criminal justice: alumna Lopacious Simms pursues law and order

Fighting for equity in criminal justice: alumna Lopacious Simms pursues law and order

Chris Narishkin, Convergent Media Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories

Growing up, 2015 alumna Lopacious Simms could not get enough of criminal investigation shows. But after watching the Ferguson riots of 2014 unravel, Simms, a native Saint Louisan, knew that she wanted to work in criminal justice. “I grew up watching 'Criminal Minds' and 'Law and Order' with my family. ...

Will Harlan roots his life in conservation

Will Harlan roots his life in conservation

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

October 16, 2017


Filed under Alumni Stories, showcase

For 19 years, 1993 alumnus Will Harlan followed one woman living in a cabin in the woods to learn all she had to offer about the land around her. His drive to do such a thing started with the teachers who shaped his high school life. “I always loved books, but I never thought I could actuall...

Kathryn Harter acts on her dreams

Kathryn Harter acts on her dreams

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

October 13, 2017


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When 2016 West alumna Kathryn Harter auditioned for “Tartuffe” her freshman year of high school, she had no idea she would be in the acting program years later at Missouri State University. “I'm not really sure why I wanted to do it, I think I just felt a pull towards it,” Harter said. “Af...

Alumnus Derek Jaskowiak rises through the ranks

Alumnus Derek Jaskowiak rises through the ranks

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

October 10, 2017


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Navy Lieutenant Commander Derek Jaskowiak plans to spend his whole adult life with the military. He has passed through the U.S. Naval Academy and traveled everywhere from Europe to Africa to Asia while a Navy officer. Since graduating West in 1999, Jaskowiak was certain of his calling. “I lef...

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017


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The Shack, The Tavern and The Corner Pub and Grill are all successful local restaurants owned by 1991 alumnus Brant Baldanza, who first got into the restaurant business by working at Mike Duffy’s when he was 16-years-old. “I am childhood friends with fellow Parkway West grad Katie Frailey, and...

From a marching band member to a band parent

From a marching band member to a band parent

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

October 2, 2017


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Trumpets blared and flutes sang their high notes. Clarinets whistled and drums rattled a beat. These are the sounds that echoed out from the little gulley where the band still practices 30 years later. “The whole band experience is what I remember all these years later,” Foy said. “I had this t...

The nuts and bolts of Ray Khuhro’s love for cars

The nuts and bolts of Ray Khuhro’s love for cars

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 25, 2017


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Alumnus Ray Khuhro has loved cars for so long, he can not even remember exactly when he first became interested in them. “A love of cars is just something boys are born with a lot,” Khuhro said. “I had a several dozen matchbox cars. My dad really likes cars too, which probably influenced me somew...

Meet the meat scientist

Meet the meat scientist

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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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


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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

Emmy award winner and alumnus Brad Schiff brings puppets to life

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

September 15, 2017


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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...

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