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Uncovering the truth about the hijab: students share their experiences

Photo illustration of a female donning the hijab, a head covering worn by many Muslim females in public. 

Ulaa Kuziez and Tasneem Nasufovic

February 13, 2020

Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. In Islam, it is not only interpreted in its literal meaning, but exemplifies the principle of modesty, which includes both behavior and dress for males and females. The most visible form of hijab is the head covering worn by many Muslim women in pu...

No curriculum, no teachers, no tests: Alumna Alexis Franklin paves the path for a unique type of learning

As she looks over a student's shoulder, alumna Alexis Franklin hosts a Meet and Greet event at Tower Grove Park to introduce prospective parents to the Sudbury education model. Franklin opened up the school last August and began enrolling students. “We have a really supportive group of parents who jump at every opportunity to help me out,” Franklin said. “They’re really trying to talk to their friends and try to get new kids involved. [They’re] really supportive and positive.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

February 10, 2020

Students enter through the doors of the school ready to start their day, but instead of sitting at their desks to start their morning work or turn in their homework, students socialize until they feel they are ready to begin working. By students taking responsibility for their own education, alumna Ale...

The man behind the suit: An inside look at DMitch’s life

Posing for a family photo, Principal Jeremey Mitchell Ph.D spends time with his wife and two sons outside of school. After 10 years in the job, Mitchell enjoys his free time away from the office. “When not at West or watching my own children's events, I enjoy an occasional long jog or a good movie with my wife,” Mitchell said.

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

From running around the neighborhood collecting baseball cards in his childhood to being in charge of one of the top rated high schools in Missouri, Principal Jeremy Mitchell's life outside of school can be unknown to the student body. Growing up in Spanish Lake, Mo. Mitchell enjoyed sports more...

Senior Claire Christensen says “auf wiedersehen” to life in the US

Getting ready for takeoff, senior Claire Christensen waits to board her plane and travel to Frankfurt, Germany. Christensen completed classes at semester and is planning to use her free time in Germany to learn German and explore the country and culture. “[I’ll face] all the new challenges of moving somewhere new, plus the struggles of being in an unfamiliar country with a new house, new neighborhood, making new friends, a language barrier and the cultural differences,” Christensen said.

Sammi Milholland, Convergent Media Writer

February 5, 2020

Suitcase in hand, passport ready, senior Claire Christensen is leaving everything and moving her life to Frankfurt, Germany with her family. However, moving across the world takes more than just packing up and leaving as Christensen quickly realized.  “We’ve had to sell our house and complet...

Creating the blog “Good Song, Good Soul,” junior Arden Dickson shares lessons

Junior Arden Dickson acts out applying makeup onstage. Dickson believes that acting teaches you how to tell a story, which is also important for singing. This led her to create her blog where she shares her experiences with friends and family. “I have heard people [respond with] ‘thank you for sharing’ or ‘I have been in a similar situation myself,’ so it's good to hear that other people are also facing similar situations and that my work is helping others.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Publishing her first post in December 2019, junior Arden Dickson writes her blog “Good Song, Good Soul” about her passion for music and acting to remind herself of her writing roots and share experiences with others who might be going through similar situations. “For a long time, and still no...

Wait of a lifetime culminates in Super Bowl LIV for English teacher Casey Holland

Holding a Kansas City sports themed picture, English teacher Casey Holland displays his classroom adorned with Chiefs decor. Holland will watch his favorite NFL team compete in the Super Bowl for the first time in his life Feb. 2. “I was born and raised a Chiefs fan. I'm from Southwest Missouri two hours south of Kansas City. My friends and I in elementary school all liked the Chiefs and our parents liked the Chiefs and we used to go to games all the time. I was just born into it.

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

February 2, 2020

English teacher Casey Holland jolts awake at 2 a.m.  “I haven't been sleeping well,” Holland said. “Last night I woke up at 2 a.m. and checked my Twitter feed for any Chiefs news or Chiefs videos. That’s what's been getting me through: watching Patrick Mahomes highlights.” Holland, born a...

Alumnus Stuart Portman takes an unconventional path to work at the U.S. Senate

Posing for the photo, alumnus Stuart Portman smiles for the camera. Portman has been working at the U.S. Senate for over six years. “It’s a really cool role because there’s only one of me, so I really focus my coursework and my studies on Medicaid and low-income insurance programs so that I could continue learning. It just so happened to have been to this path,” Portman said. “I've been in the Senate for about five years, and I’ve been in this role for two and a half.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

January 30, 2020

Always showing a passion for health and politics, alumna Stuart Portman combined his interests to become an advisor at the U.S. Senate. Portman’s Journey After graduating high school in 2009, Portman attended the University of Denver where he double-majored in Biology and Political Science on a pre...

Alumnus Rasheen Aldridge reaches for the stars in Missouri politics

Alumnus Rasheen Aldridge protests at the West County Mall. Aldridge was elected to represent the 78th State Congressional District in the Missouri House of Representatives last year. “I was out there pretty much every day in Ferguson protesting, getting shot with tear gas,” Aldridge said.

Sophia Johnson, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 28, 2020

2012 alumnus Rasheen Aldridge woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for school when he was in high school. Being bused from the city required him to get up early in order to get to his bus on time.  “I was one of those kids who lingered, so my mom made sure I got up a little early because I would ...

Senior Maggie Lyerla: struggles of a medical mystery

Hitting a posse, senior Maggie Lyerla balances on a rock in front of a river in St. Paul, MN. Lyerla explored St. Paul, Minn. while she was recovering at The Emily Program in July. “It was cool to travel somewhere I’ve never been, even though it wasn’t necessarily a vacation,” Lyerla said.

Emily O'Connor, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 24, 2020

The stark lights of doctors' offices are disorienting. Senior Maggie Lyerla bounces her leg up and down nervously, awaiting a new diagnosis or another doctor telling her it’s all in her head. For Lyerla, she knows these situations all too well.  Lyerla was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a rare c...

Junior Bri Davis places first in the SIUE Poetry Contest

At the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon, junior Bri Davis receives the Poetry Award from Chancellor Dr. Randy Pembrook Jan. 22. In addition to her recognition, Davis also won $100 for her poem.

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

January 22, 2020

After being recommended to participate in the SIUE Poetry Contest, junior Bri Davis came out on top to take the first place prize. Davis first heard about the competition through journalism advisor Debra Klevens and decided to compete to help further her understanding of writing. The contest is meant...

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