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Latin teacher Tom Herpel works to form meaningful connections with students and athletes

Latin teacher Tom Herpel entertains students with a sword and a gladiator helmet. In class, Herpel focused on the learning process while making the class enjoyable for students and involving cultural experiences. “I’ll always remember the vocative tense, or command tense, because we learned it and vocab by doing yoga-like the game Twister,” Rutledge said.

Olivia Zerega, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 17, 2019

Whether it is in the classroom or on the soccer field, Latin teacher and varsity boys soccer coach Tom Herpel preaches perseverance and guides students to be the best versions of themselves. Herpel is in the business of building relationships with all he comes into contact with. “He gave me ad...

Your college may not be the perfect school for you… and that’s okay

2019 alumna Nell Jaskowiak looks over college brochures, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each school. Jaskowiak plans to attend a state school in the fall. “I feel like so many kids take college for granted,” Jaskowiak said. “I think kids don’t realize how amazing it is to pick good schools to apply for and have good choices to choose from.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

December 13, 2019

2019 alumna Nell Jaskowiak’s post graduation plans, like the majority of the senior class, consisted of heading straight to college in the fall. Her university of choice was Rhodes College, where she intended to major in Environmental Science. After years of preparation for college, Jaskowiak looked forwa...

Senior Amal Mustic takes us on her ride through becoming a car influencer

Senior Amal Mustic poses in front of her F30 BMW, a car she has remodeled to fit her liking. Mustic, learning how to fix the interior or exterior of her car, believes it is a way for her to express herself. “The idea of being able to make it [my car] my own just fascinated me,” Mustic said. “That's my car, it’s separate from others.”

Megan Hoenecke, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 12, 2019

Sliding out from beneath her prized BMW F30, senior Amal Mustic changes the exhaust system and replaces an old grill on her car. Mustic is a car influencer that specializes in modifying her car, a hobby she picked up from her father. Mustic shares the alterations of her car and uses social media a...

A season-ending injury to a speedy recovery

Smiling before surgery, junior Tim Nelson holds a teddy bear. Nelson was excited to undergo surgery so that he could begin the long recovery process. “After the pain goes away, I know [the  recovery process] will be easy,” Nelson said. “I just need to have patience, and that's kind of something I don't have all the time.”

Victoria Neeser, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 11, 2019

During the second play of the varsity football game against Oakville, junior Tim Nelson began running to the left to get off the block. As he carried the ball to make a cut to the right, his foot got stuck in the turf. “When I tripped and fell, some people rolled over my knee,” Nelson said. ...

Freshman Rainier Neuwirth-Deutsch’s experience and advice on coming out

Freshman Rainier Neuwirth-Deutsch poses with a gay pride flag wrapped around their waistband while getting ready for the parade to begin. They covered their outfit with rainbows from head to toe. “[The LGBTQ+ community] is so welcoming, you never feel out of place,” Neuwirth-Deutsch said.

Gabriella Badami, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 10, 2019

“I've known since I was really little. I've just never had an attraction to guys. I've never thought of dating guys. Then I found out there was a word for that in fifth grade.” Freshman Rainier Neuwirth-Deutsch falls somewhere on the gender spectrum between male and female. They identify as non-b...

Los dos Navarros: spouses and Spanish teachers in the same corridor

During fourth hour planning period, Dominique and Francisco Navarro discuss lesson plans. The Navarro's enjoy sharing teaching strategies and having the opportunity to brainstorm what is best for students together. ''I love to inspire people and [make them] a little more open-minded to the world around us,” D. Navarro said.

Tasneem Nasufovic, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 6, 2019

It all started with a lunch date in Madrid, talking about archaeology and boasting about raising chickens. Traveling and learning different languages and cultures brought Spanish teachers Francisco and Dominique Navarro’s journeys together. As a child, learning Spanish did not start out as an interes...

Senior Ismail Hacking pursues his passion for videography

Senior Ismail Hacking focuses his camera using his stabilizer. Hacking has invested in high grade video equipment to better the quality of his videos. “Video is unlike any other art form in the way that it combines visuals with audio to create something that speaks to people,” Hacking said.

Maddy Truka, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 5, 2019

Picking up the camera and pressing record from the sidelines, senior Ismail Hacking captures moments from a football game or an overflowing student section in a single video. “I’ve always been someone who creates things. As a kid, I drew, I played piano and I just liked making things. Videos, ...

Freshman Ashlyn Gillespie and her family combat global warming with solar panels

Freshman Ashlyn Gillespie stands next to her family’s electric car in the parking lot. Her family invested in this car so that they could be more environmentally-friendly. “I honestly hope that my family and I can show people it’s not weird to get an all-electric [car] or a half and half like the Prius. If that kind of car is in my price range then I do hope to get an electric car as my first car,” Gillespie said.

Addie Gleason, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 4, 2019

From owning an electric car to a home garden, the Gillespie family invests in reducing their carbon footprint. Freshman Ashlyn Gillespie and her family are taking the next step in helping the environment by having solar panels installed at their house. The 22 solar panels are expected to be insta...

Callie Hummel finishes senior season second-best player in Saint Louis

Senior forward Callie Hummel dribbles with the ball on her stick, trying to advance or find an optimal passing location. The varsity team beat Notre Dame 4-1 September 25th, with Hummel scoring one of the four goals.

Mira Nalbandian, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 2, 2019

Pulling past defenders, senior Callie Hummel makes her way towards the cage on the opposite end of the field. Raising her electric green stick behind her, she swings, making contact with the solid plastic ball and sending it flying into the goal.  During her freshman year, Hummel had no idea that she would one ...

Senior Gabriel Weber learns new ways to be an adaptive athlete with the help of Beautifully Flawed retreat

Senior Gabriel Weber raises her hand alongside other retreat-goers who have lost an arm or have been born without one. Spending a week with girls living with similar situations created an accepting space for Weber. “Sometimes I have a hard time putting on necklaces, and if I couldn’t do it, they understood; they didn’t question why I couldn’t do it,” Weber said. “One time I was doing my hair, and it took me four or five times to get it to where I liked it. I had a roommate who understood because she was also born with one arm. We just kept doing our hair, and it took forever. “

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

Senior Gabriel Weber was born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that left her with only one hand. Growing up with a limb difference in a world made for two-handed people put Weber in many unique situations, from difficulties tying shoes to dealing with stares from strangers.  Despi...

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