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Alumna Grace Miller carves her path into triathlon success

Alumna Grace Miller carves her path into triathlon success

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

December 7, 2017


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After graduating in 2016, Grace Miller originally had the mindset to attend the University of Missouri, major in English Studies and stay relatively close to her family. Instead, she created a completely different path for herself and her future, moving to Naperville, IL. to attend North Central Colle...

Susan Dean finds her passion through education

Susan Dean finds her passion through education

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

November 2, 2017


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After graduating in 1981, alumnus Susan Dean was not sure what she wanted to pursue in college. Her basketball coach, Steve Baxter, helped her find her way to teaching. “I ran into him at Mizzou second semester sophomore year [after changing majors five or six times.] He talked with me about teaching...

An alumna’s homecoming

An alumna’s homecoming

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor

November 2, 2017


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As Taylor Rose heads down the hall to get the keys to her new classroom, she walks past her old locker. When she arrives at her classroom, the alumna is pleasantly surprised–it was the same classroom in which she studied English during her senior year. Rose will be teaching English at the high school she ...

Stefanie Elsperman uses spiritual blog and group to inspire others

Stefanie Elsperman uses spiritual blog and group to inspire others

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

October 27, 2017


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Stefanie Elsperman, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, did not have the typical high school experience. Instead of a standard four year high school program, she graduated a semester early to pursue her modeling career. “When I was modeling in high school it was like ‘oh I don’t...

Blake Young-Fountain commits his life to acting

Blake Young-Fountain commits his life to acting

Chris Narishkin, Staff Writer

October 24, 2017


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Acting is a lifelong process, and for class of 2000 Parkway West Alumnus Blake Young-Fountain, it has been his entire career, tracing back to his childhood. “When I was young, I remember helping my mom practice and express herself in the scenes she developed for her company’s annual talent show. ...

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


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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


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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...

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