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


Construction tools stand throughout the partially-finished entrance to the Fine Arts wing. The entrance will be a glass display case featuring students’ artwork. “[I’m excited about] everything being so fresh and new. For art teachers, I would say our department is very clean. [The new department] is going to be ready to organize and allow for procedures to be a lot more accessible [and] manageable,” Art Department Leader Katy Mangrich said.

The final draw: Administrators decide to update the art department

Emily Early and Claire Creely September 19, 2022

A shiny silver sign reading “Fine Arts” hangs over the glass display case at the entrance to the new art department. Just beyond the doorway, a charette, or place of congregation, leads into the contemporary...

Homecoming on tour

Homecoming on tour

Madi Michajliczenko, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief September 16, 2022

It’s that time of year again — homecoming. Students are planning their outfits, picking their dresses and preparing for another great season. Longhorn Council has been working overtime to bring you...

Explaining how to request high school transcripts for the college application, college counselor Chris Lorenz leads a senior class meeting for English teacher Diana Lurkins’ AP Literature class. West High transitioned the counseling department to create a single college counselor, following in the footsteps of the other four Parkway high schools. “I love working with high school [students], coming of age, moving from being a child to an adult. I’m helping individuals through that transition, which encompasses an understanding of themselves and  their passions are as they leave high school and go off to do bigger and better things,” Lorenz said.

Counseling department shifts gears

Madi Michajliczenko, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief September 13, 2022

Common App. Essay Writing. ACT Optional. Applying to the college of your dreams can span months. Students don’t have to figure out this world alone. Counselors are readily available.  Dedicated to...

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 May 24, 2022

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

Audrey 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...

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