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Students celebrate Chinese New Year

Students celebrate Chinese New Year

Andrew Li, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


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Unlike the American New Year which is celebrated on the first day of January, the Chinese community will celebrate their New Year on Feb. 16. That day will mark the beginning of a fresh year, represented with the Chinese zodiac sign of the Dog. A New Year calls for upscale parties, special traditions and great food. “There a...

Faculty responds to spike in mass shootings across United States

Faculty responds to spike in mass shootings across United States

Irene Yannakakis, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


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Just 46 days into the 2018 calendar year, the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. yesterday marks the 29th mass shooting in the United States. English Teacher Kim Hanan-West fears that at some point, one of these school shootings will hit close to home. “[School shootings cause] fear for my own ...

District-wide food policy dampens Valentine’s tradition

District-wide food policy dampens Valentine’s tradition

Dani Fischer, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018


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Besides the traditional chocolates, cards and flowers, another tradition west students associate with Valentine's day is receiving liver-shaped candy grams with chocolate attached. “I inherited this idea from the Latin teacher before me,” Latin teacher Tom Herpel said. “When I had first started...

New internet trend encourages teens to eat laundry pods

New internet trend encourages teens to eat laundry pods

Derek Isele, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018


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From crowds of people going wild for flipping a water bottle, to people being rushed to the hospital after downing a spoonful of cinnamon, the internet has spawned many strange and dangerous trends. The newest one, eating laundry pods, takes things to the next level. “The internet has the unwritten rule that ...

Students blend art and Latin

Students blend art and Latin

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 6, 2018


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Along with a mural of the Roman forum on the wall, student-painted ceiling tiles join the collage of decorations hanging from Latin teacher Tom Herpel’s walls. The tiles that depict ancient Roman deities are an ongoing project in Herpel’s collection of handmade classroom decorations. “I had a meet...

Administrators clear up common misconceptions about snow days

Administrators clear up common misconceptions about snow days

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

February 5, 2018


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As soon as that little snowflake symbol shows up on the weather forecast, the possibility of a snow day is on every student’s mind. Students frantically start looking up radar, wind chill predictions, and the famous snow day calculator hoping for a day off. But what really goes into the decision? “There are sever...

Cast and crew of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee prepare for opening night

Cast and crew of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee prepare for opening night

Tyler Kinzy, Staff Writer

February 2, 2018


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After three months of preparation, the theater department is set to showcase The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Friday Feb. 9, and twice the following day. The official Music Theatre International (MTI) website describes the ambitious musical as “a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron...

Parkway responds to the issue of sexual assault

Parkway responds to the issue of sexual assault

Susie Seidel, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018


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The anticipation of event posters filling the walls, parents selling bagels for 75 cents per half and that voice always reminding you to stay classy at the end of the day all contribute to the climate of the school day. However, the district putting ‘Parkway’ in ‘Parkway West’ also contributes to the...

Student-run “For the Boys” company catches fire in St. Louis area

Student-run “For the Boys” company catches fire in St. Louis area

Noah Gwin, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


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Senior Austin Balestra had always wanted to take a shot at starting a clothing line, so he asked his business friend, Parkway Central senior Tyler Ramatowski to help. One night after a long discussion they decided on the product. “It was kind of one of those things that we figured we’d take a shot at ...

Students push faculty to address the issue of on-campus vaping

Students push faculty to address the issue of on-campus vaping

Lydia Roseman, Staff Writer

January 29, 2018


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*Names changed for anonymity Ross - This student vapes on campus on a regular basis. His parents are currently unaware of the fact that he vapes though he has been caught by them in the past. His parents are not very bothered by the fact that he vapes. Monica - This student does not vape and does...

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