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Health students destigmatize mental illness

Counselor Carly Roach teaches Katelyn Areno’s Health class about mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Students were then instructed by Roach and fellow counselor Chris Lorenz to make a website to help students with various mental illnesses.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

A crowd of Health students gathered in the library to listen to counselors Chris Lorenz and Carly Roach speak about mental illness. Students took action and made websites to spread awareness about these illnesses, hoping to become a resource for those who need help. Over the years, one of the World Health Orga...

Poms travels for the first time to Kansas City for state competition

Dressed in costumes inspired by “The Greatest Showman,” junior Emma Roth, freshman Audrey Griswold and senior Kalina Kellogg kick to the song, “The Greatest Show.” Poms placed fourth in Division Four Kick at the Missouri Dance Team Association state competition Feb. 29. “We all dug deep and gave our all because we wanted to make the seniors’ last dance memorable. I think that we performed better than we ever have,” Roth said. “I’m sad that the season is over, but I’m glad that I could make lasting memories with the team for the last time.”

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

March 2, 2020

The varsity Longhorn Line Dance team (Poms) traveled to Kansas City for the Missouri Dance Team Association’s state competition Feb. 29. The team arrived the day before and stayed overnight at a hotel near the Hy-Vee Arena where the competition was held.  For the first time in more than 20 years, Poms was a...

Freshman Jordan Allen will go ‘Just Overseas’ after receiving a travel scholarship to the Galapagos Islands

Principal Jeremy Mitchell, freshman Jordan Allen, Language Coordinator Amy Belding and Spanish teacher Dominique Navarro pose for a photo to congratulate Allen on winning a travel scholarship to the Galapagos Islands from Just Overseas. Allen, Mitchell, Belding and Navarro presented the scholarship to Allen while he was in Modern United States History class. “I was extremely surprised and thankful when I was presented with the scholarship because it had been a while since I had applied and I knew that other people applied as well,” Allen said.

Gabi Badami, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

Imagine going to a place where there are active volcanoes, colorful birds called blue-footed boobies, iguanas, sea turtles, 400 different species of fish and hundred-year-old tortoises. This is a dream for many, but a reality for 40 Parkway students, including freshman Jordan Allen, traveling to the ...

Five things you need to know about Ash Wednesday

Juniors Bella Allgeyer and Reese Berry laugh over breakfast before heading to class. The two attended the Ash Wednesday mass at Incarnate Word Parish 7 a.m. to celebrate the beginning of the Lenten season. “It’s something that is kind of a necessity to us, that we sacrifice to show that other things are more important,” Allgeyer said.

Quinn Berry, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Late start Wednesdays include extra sleep and a trip to Starbucks, but for some Chrisitians arriving at school with a black smudge on their forehead leads to questions. On the eve of the Lenten season, here are things you need to know about Ash Wednesday.  When is Ash Wednesday celebrated? Ash We...

Behind the scenes: ASL Club

Freshmen Elle Rotter and Sami Eveland have a conversation during ASL club’s Friendsgiving meeting. The club had pizza and soda while chatting and playing games. “I enjoy visiting ASL club and talking to my friends,” Eveland said. “I’ve met some cool new people who are interested in ASL just like me.”

Brooke Moss, Convergent Media Writer

February 21, 2020

As you enter room 3314 on Thursday morning at 7:05 a.m., you could hear a pin drop in the silent room. It is an American Sign Language (ASL) Club meeting where hand gestures are the mode of communication, not voice. Sophomore Hannah Lumpkins, the club vice president, gets students involved by offering ...

Black History Month takes a different route

Performing an original piece, senior Taylor Fischer raps for students attending the African American Read-In in the library.

Bri Davis, Convergence Journalism Writer

February 20, 2020

As you walk past business teacher Kelly Kennedy’s door, you’ll see a large painting of an African American woman wearing a crown on her afro hair to show how black is beautiful. To promote Black History Month students decorated teachers’ doors with both female and male African American history t...

Thirst Project Club raises more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising

With an effort to raise money for their Thirst Project fundraiser, juniors Salma Ahmed and Sarenna Wood sold their bracelets during lunch Jan. 31. They plan to reach a total of $6,000 dollars by the end of the school year, all of which will be donated to the national Thirst Project. “Being able to sell our bracelets and raise money for people in need makes me feel great, and it is such a great opportunity to help others,” Wood said. “Watching people [that] live in poor countries faces light up when they see that people are donating money to give water is very emotional, and I think that the world needs more of these people.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

With a passion for helping others, students in the Thirst Project Club, including junior and Club President Salma Ahmed, junior Sarenna Wood and sophomore Connor Gusky, have already raised more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising. The profits will go to the non-profit organization, the Th...

“Let them Know”: ASAP club uses read-in to inform about African American culture

Speaking into the microphone, senior Taylor Fisher reads a poem written by the African American Literature class. Fisher emphasized her cultural pride. “We love our skin, and we love what we do. We’re very powerful,” Fisher said.

Leah Schroeder and Mira Nalbandian

February 12, 2020

Eyes glued to senior Taylor Fisher as she reads a poem, students and staff gather in the library. The powerful words of poems written by African Americans echo throughout the room.  The African American Student Achievement Program (ASAP) held the annual African American read-in Wednesday, Feb. 12 dur...

Students say “¡hola!” to the biliteracy exam

Junior Sara Albarcha practices her Spanish. On top of learning the Spanish language, Albarcha is proficient in both English and Arabic. “Learning new languages is important, and we shouldn’t stick to the only language that we speak because it’s really not what everyone else is speaking,” Albarcha said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

By taking the biliteracy exam, students had the opportunity to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy, a seal that demonstrates achievement in both English, a language other than English (LOTE) and sociocultural awareness.  Junior Ulaa Kuziez chose to take the exam for Arabic, a language she grew up spea...

The Deaf community spells out “I LOVE YOU” for Valentine’s Day

Taking advantage of ASL Club time after school in ASL Club Sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room, freshman and ASL Club member Bella Neisius cuts out hand-shaped Valentines. Club members gathered together to cut out cards and make tissue paper flowers for Valentines. “I like learning new things about the Deaf community at West and [meeting] all the Deaf kids within [our school] and connecting with them,” Neisius said.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Gathered as a small group in American Sign Language (ASL) Club sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room Jan. 30, both Deaf and hearing students spent time making valentines for classmates to be sold the week of Valentine's Day, Feb. 10 - 13.  ASL Club made tissue paper flowers and ‘I-LOVE-YOU’ hand Val...

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