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Senior Ronik Bhaskar codes Trivia Crack game for Erin Fluchel’s English III class

Competing in a Great Gatsby themed Trivia Crack game, juniors Acadia Vance and Karen Trevor-Roberts respond to a question regarding chapter five in English III teacher Erin Fluchel’s class. The game, coded by senior Ronik Bhaskar, was created as a fun way to discuss and analyze the book. “It helped me study a lot and it was a lot of fun,” Trevor-Roberts said. “It was engaging because we got to write the questions, and playing the game helped us dive deeper into the book.”

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Whiteboards shooting up, discussion clamoring and competition raging, juniors in English III teacher Erin Fluchel’s class play a Trivia Crack-inspired game coded by senior Ronik Bhaskar to discuss chapters five and six of the “The Great Gatsby” in classic game show fashion. Fluchel wanted to find a unique way for ...

Aiming for nationals: freshman Tristan Caudill competes in the VIP Classic gymnastics tournament

Freshman Tristan Caudill practices a handstand in a field.  Caudill pushed to try new things even when they seemed intimidating. “My coaches always tell me ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable,’” Caudill said. “A lot of what you're going to do is stuff that you will not be comfortable with, but if you don't get comfortable with that, you're not going to progress at all.

Sophia Frobish, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Working on moves like double flips and twists, freshman Tristan Caudill attended the VIP Classic Trampoline and Tumbling (T&T) competition Feb. 27 to March 1 in hopes of qualifying for nationals.    Caudill started T&T in fourth grade after being influenced by his older sister Abby Caudi...

Senior Maddie Hoffmann shines at Poetry Out Loud competition

Senior Maddie Hoffmann celebrates her success at the 2020 Poetry Out Loud regional competition with English teacher Andrea Benmuvhar. Hoffmann received a certificate and a trophy as well as a flower for her achievement. “I never thought that I’d go up on stage and force myself [to perform], but I think I took my confidence a step further. I’m very proud of what I’m now capable of doing. I’m glad that I overcame my stage fright as well as testing out my knowledge on poetry,” Hoffmann said.

Karina Christ, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Getting over her stage fright and having only three poems to compete with, senior Maddie Hoffmann came in third place at this year's regional Poetry Out Loud competition with her love for reading and writing. “I’ve always liked poetry. I like writing it [and] I like reading it. My [AP English Lite...

All in the family: junior Ally Martin and freshman Andrew Martin start a band

Junior Ally Martin and freshman Andrew Martin belt out the song “Zombie” by the Cranberries. The PWest for Bahamas benefit concert was one of their first live performances. “I think [my brother and I] working together makes [our band] good. We come up with some really cool ideas,” Ally said. “We both like music and that's what fuels it.”

Charlotte Zera, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Whether they are jamming with other bands in their basement, playing alongside their parents at their father’s live music restaurant, Circa Pub and Grill, or performing at the PWest for Bahamas benefit concert, you can find junior Ally and freshman Andrew Martin rocking around St. Louis. Their band, t...

Senior Sophie Reidt takes center stage at CBC

Preparing to go on stage for CBC’s performance of “Rock of Ages,” seniors Sophie Reidt and Cat Hercules pose for a picture. Reidt and Hercules played waitresses and decided to pose with a sandwich Reidt was eating at the time. “I was just eating in the dressing room and we aren’t supposed to do that, so when we took our picture it was to be funny,” Reidt said.

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Acting on the Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) stage, senior Sophie Reidt pursues her passion for acting as a member of CBC’s co-ed theatre program. While Reidt stays on campus for academics, she is one of the few students who can often be seen acting at other schools. Reidt began a...

Alumnus Andrew Peterson begins new business as a private chef

Beginning his private chef business, alumnus Andrew Peterson decided to create a website to promote. Although the website makes marketing easier, Peterson has noticed that his business has been primarily popularized due to word of mouth. “Just over winter break, I did a dinner for a buddy, and his dad is a photographer, so he took a bunch of pictures for my website,” Peterson said. “It is really just people's word. It is like when you’re going to Amazon, and you see that one of the things has one five star review, but then another one has four hundred 4 star reviews. It is the same deal. [The food] is only as good as the people that are reviewing your food says it is.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

At just six years old, 2016 alumnus Andrew Peterson remembers sitting on his kitchen counter cutting vegetables because he was too small to see over the countertop.  "We all helped cook and enjoyed our family dinner, so the idea of dinners was instilled in me early on,” Peterson said. “That pla...

Road to recovery: senior Vickey Karl pursues her passions after successful open-heart surgery

Senior Vickey Karl practices her dance on the turf before the upcoming show “Hejira a Desert Diary.” The performance was held at Fox High School during their preliminary competition Sept. 28. “I am very glad that the whole process went well. I feel much better mentally, and I am also physically improving as well,” Karl said. “I am excited to now be a part of color guard, and I am glad that the whole thing is over. Now, I can just enjoy myself without having to worry about my health.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

After being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, also known as the thickening of the walls of the heart, senior Vickey Karl learned that she would need a very risky surgery to save her life. She started to develop the condition when she was born, but it went unnoticed until she found out at a ...

Taking the next step: senior Mollie Wright gets engaged at 18

Senior Mollie Wright poses with her fiancé at a family wedding in Mississippi. Wright is in the midst of planning her own wedding for 2021. “I am really excited about the planning process, especially the reception,” Wright said. “It’s more of the fun aspect, where I’ll get to socialize and dance with my friends and family.”

Charlotte Zera, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

In the 1960’s, the median age of marriage for American women was 20. Now, with only 2% of American women getting married at the age of 18, it is a rarity to see a classmate commit to their lifelong partner. This is the case for senior Mollie Wright, who got engaged at 18 years old over winter bre...

Sophomore Ahmad Kaziz puts America first to gain better opportunities

Sophomore Ahmad Kaziz works in his math class before school. Kaziz is working towards a career in the medical field by getting good grades in his classes. “The education in America is a lot more competitive than in Saudi Arabia,” Kaziz said. “That’s why I work hard and get help from my teachers every day so I can make the best of the opportunities I have in the United States.”

Sammy Hildebrand, Convergence Journalism Writer

February 18, 2020

Sophomore Ahmad Kaziz and his family made the decision to move to the United States from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, enduring a  21-hour flight that promised a future of educational benefits and the ability to be closer with family that already lived in the United States. Coming to the United States exposed Kaziz to...

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