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Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice

Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EIC

August 15, 2018


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Between planning walkouts, doing an ecology internship and studying abroad in Australia, 2016 alumna Shannon Anderson keeps herself busy while going into her third year at Emory University, studying biology with a minor in environmental science. “I chose my major freshman year of high school, and I’ve never reall...

Alumnus David Peterka provides support to oppressed girls in Malawi

Alumnus David Peterka provides support to oppressed girls in Malawi

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

May 21, 2018


Filed under Alumni Stories, showcase

Since graduating in 2006, alumnus David Peterka has developed a passion for advocating for equality through the awakening of his faith in God. Dedicating his life to this mission, Peterka created a safe house in Malawi for sexually abused girls. “Shortly after graduating, some people from another faith aske...

Working with big names in the Big Apple

Working with big names in the Big Apple

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

May 10, 2018


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Working with Coachella, Beyoncé, Museum of Ice Cream, Kendrick Lamar and Drake through her career as the Director of Brand Partnerships and Experience at American Express is part of alumna Erin Maxwell’s daily life in New York City, since graduating in 2002. “My best friend and mentor in New York...

Alumna Yvette Lu tours with the cast of Hamilton

Alumna Yvette Lu tours with the cast of Hamilton

Beatrice Antonenko, Staff Writer

May 8, 2018


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A graduate of the class of 2013, alumna Yvette Lu is currently touring across the United States as a member of the ensemble in the popular musical “Hamilton.” “I love that we're constantly moving. We tend to spend an average of four weeks in each city–just enough time to start to get sett...

Alumnus Scott Schaefer survives and thrives after taking on the popular family business

Alumnus Scott Schaefer survives and thrives after taking on the popular family business

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

March 22, 2018


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After graduating in 1998, alumnus Scott Schaefer expressed interest in managing Schaefer AutoBody, founded by his father Steve Schaefer in 1985, and began the process of taking over the business in 2010. “Since grade school, I was always around the body shop. My brother and I worked in the shop...

Former Principal Bill Byrd reflects on West’s 50th anniversary

Former Principal Bill Byrd reflects on West’s 50th anniversary

Gabe Davis, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018


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Pathfinder: How did you become a principal at Parkway West? Byrd: I was teaching social studies at Hickman High School, Columbia, Mo. In 1969, when I interviewed for an assistant principal's position at West Senior, I was hired. For the next 15 years I held that position until appointed principal ...

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018


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Serving his community as a firefighter after graduating in 1990, alumnus Derrick Richardson was promoted to Fire Captain in Alton, Ill. He has been a firefighter since 1997 and was promoted after only nine years of being on the force. “Fire captain is a tested position. I tested and got promoted to en...

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018


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[Courtesy of Rebecca Lintner] Rebecca Lintner poses with her two-year-old friend Mark, also called Markaroni, who is the son of a single mother who started the first women’s empowerment group for HIV positive women....

Dr. Bill Nelson works to give hope to the word ‘cancer’

Dr. Bill Nelson works to give hope to the word ‘cancer’

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018


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Alumnus Dr. Bill Nelson has been a Professor of Oncology, Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology and Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1992 and specializes in the research and treatment of prostate cancer. “Hopkins took a risk on me as a student. I remained at Johns Hopkins for residency and fellowship training as p...

Mark Reardon excels through journalism

Mark Reardon excels through journalism

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


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Alumnus Mark Reardon started in radio at the age of 15 and studied journalism on his own after graduating in 1983. “My first jobs in radio were music radio gigs. I was a disc jockey at a rock station, but when I started my education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, [my] focus on journalism began,”...

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