The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Greeting students with a poem and a smile, junior Nicole Imral hands out one of many pocket-sized poems in her stack. Spread out near the school entrances, Imral and several other National English Honors Society (NEHS) members informed students and staff about the day and handed out poems. “I love poetry. I was excited about [Poem in Your Pocket Day] because its fun to read a bunch of different poems youve never read before, especially short ones because its easier to get through them,” Imral said.

National English Honors Society celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day

Cindy Phung, Staff Writer 4 days ago

As the morning rush of students flooded the school entrances, each person was greeted with a poem printed on a brightly colored slip of paper. On Thursday, April 28, Poem in Your Pocket Day was celebrated...

Arms reaching out, sophomore Emma Nunnelee plunges into the pool. During the meet Jan. 20, the dive team lost to Lafayette 88-98.  “Weve done well, [but] it hasnt been easy. I feel  we could do a lot better if we had better conditions,” Nunnelee said.

How the swim team pooled together to promote major renovations

Emma Herrmann and Serena Liu May 12, 2022

Broken diving boards, draining water and slipping tiles-these are just a few of the numerous safety hazards within our pool. Parkway pools are around 50 years old and no longer meet updated code and safety...

While taking a selfie, freshman Samir Shaik and his friends try on face masks. Skincare, a prominent part of South Korean culture, was focused on during the club meeting dedicated to the country. “[My friends and I] wanted to try something different in this club. They offered us facemasks and we were just like, ‘Of course we’d [try them]’. I had never tried a face mask and [neither had] some of my friends. So it was a mess trying to put them on, but it was so fun,” Shaik said. “I just love that this moment was captured in a photo.”

The ABC’s of the ABC club

Emily Early, Social Media Manager May 2, 2022

Anticipating the audience of their first club meeting, sophomores Suraiya Saroar and Serena Liu set up the Korean snacks on a table. Before long, a group of students filtered in the door. The bell rang,...

In the cafeteria, senior Grace Fassler paints the class of 2022 hand wall design. Every year, senior graduates leave their handprints on the design made for their class. “Eva Frankum is helping me with this with design. Her and I went to Home Depot, and we picked out 10 different paint samples that we wanted, and Dr. Piffel went out and got it for us,” Fassler said.

Class of 2022 presents Kanye West Graduation album cover as their hand wall design

Samari Sanders, Staff Writer April 6, 2022

When you walk into the cafeteria, years of bright and colorful designs catch your eye. Each year, the graduating senior class leaves their handprints on the cafeteria wall within a scene that the class...

School board members Jeff Todd and Pam Hill take notes as the Advocacy Club describes ways Parkway can be more environmentally friendly. Advocacy Club sponsor and English Teacher, Erin Fluchel oversaw the meeting and assisted the club when needed. It takes a lot of work to prepare for something like this. I am incredibly proud of the research they have done. I was beaming at the end of their presentation, Fluchel said.

Advocacy Club meets with school board, discusses climate change and sports funding

Audrija Ghosh, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

Parkway West High is ranked fifth-best public school in Missouri; still, there are some issues the school’s Advocacy Club wanted to address. The club focused on two specific topics一climate change and...

Sophomores Ben Gingrich, Nora Fredrick, Ryan Smith and Maddox Miller, sit in the library during Casey Hollands English 2 class. The students decorated cards for children in the hospital with supplies from the librarys Creative Commons craft corner. “I love to see [students] work on it. I love to see their creative side [because] I dont get to see that as much. I love to see their little hidden talents and what they create,” librarian Lauren Reusch said. “Everyone [is] just relaxing and enjoying themselves, able to sit back with their friends. I think that [relaxing is] a really important piece of the school day too.”

Crafting for a purpose

Sarah Boland, Staff Writer March 14, 2022

Vinyl, 3D pens and puzzles are a few of the crafts available within the library's Creative Commons craft corner. While librarians Lauren Reusch and Brian Welch first began collecting materials for the...

New Courses on the Block

New Courses on the Block

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

Sixteen requests, four alternates. For years, students have logged into Infinite Campus to register for the following year’s courses. While the registration period has passed, several new courses have...

Seniors Daniellie McLaurin and Amber Coach work on door decorations after school.

Staff and students celebrate Black History Month

Addie Gleason, Opinions/A&E Editor February 28, 2022

As the first week of February took its course, students gathered in groups after school to create the behind-the-scenes magic of the Black History Month door decorations. Careful hands traced intricate...

Huddled in senior Brinda Ambal’s living room, the Scholar Bowl team members write questions to read at their trivia night. Students drew out random answer lines from a hat and wrote trivia questions around them in three groups. “The hardest thing was rallying the troops because weve never done a big event like this before. It took a little bit of convincing,” Ambal said.

Help the Scholar Bowl team quiz to nationals

Serena Liu, Staff Writer February 24, 2022

Between grueling Russian Twists, Twilight pizza parties and field trips, Scholar Bowl members developed their friendships and skills. The only thing standing between them and nationals this June is $3,000. The...

Principal Jeremy Mitchell sits in his homecoming float and waves to the students lined on the sidewalk for the homecoming parade. During homecoming week, he enjoyed getting to build connections with students. “I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to work for,” Athletic Director Brian Kessler said. “[He] pulled off homecoming, [when] nobody knew what it was going to look like. It happened, it was great, it was beautiful, and [students] loved it.”

Principal Jeremy Mitchell decides to pass the torch onto new leadership

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator February 23, 2022

After a 28 year long career in education, including 12 years as head principal, Dr. Jeremy Mitchell announced his plans to retire in July. Read on to learn more about his journey and his contributions...

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