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Pathfinder

Students seek new opportunities through South Tech

Perfecting the right way to handcuff someone, junior Jake Braymiller learns  how to be a police officer. This is Braymiller’s first year attending the program, but he plans to continue next year. “This program really helps you get career ready for whatever it is that you want to pursue, and it’s really cool how they train you and get you ready for what’s coming after you graduate,” Braymiller said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Walking into South Tech High School, you see a variety of different programs that help guide students on a route alternative to traditional academics.   “I didn’t know if I was making the right decision because you miss three classes out of your day.  I didn’t want to miss important classes, ...

Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having his students respond in writing to various pieces of art. The class then became Advanced Plac...

Pathfinder editorial board holds period product drive to destigmatize periods and help end period poverty

Senior Nayeon Ryu organizes a bin of donations. Donations were dropped off starting Jan. 21. “This is an important issue we are tackling because it isn’t normally talked about in high school,” Ryu said. “This is because many of us are privileged enough to have easy access to these products.”

Angie Jia, Convergent Media Writer

February 3, 2020

Increased awareness of period poverty has ignited discussions surrounding the Pink Tax and providing free menstrual hygiene products in public restrooms. In fact, a new bill in the Missouri House of Representatives has brought this issue to the forefront.  As a result, the Pathfinder editorial board decided to collect donations for the St. Louis Allia...

Symphonic Orchestra performs at the prestigious state music conference

Thirty minutes before the concert at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference, members of Symphonic Orchestra rehearse “Libertango” under the direction of orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich Jan. 24. Throughout the three-day workshop, performance groups were given half an hour to tune, warm up and wrap up the final details before their performance. “Everyone was awesome in their playing and their professional behavior. It was hard for me to go from point A to point B at the resort because, well, it's a crowded mess, but people kept stopping me to say how much they loved the performance,” Sandheinrich said.

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

January 31, 2020

Honored by the state of Missouri, 40 students and 40 instruments are packed into one bus for a three-hour drive to the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference at Tan-Tar-A Estates Jan. 22-25.  “The bus ride was long and a little boring—we got on the bus at 5 a.m. But we p...

Voter registration event breaks record

Filling out the information on the registration form, seniors Fariha Hossain and Muneebah Qayyum register to vote at the voter registration drive. The Feminist Club, with the League of Women Voters held the event Wednesday, Jan. 29 and registered 73 students. “If you have an option to vote and support something, you should,” senior Fariha Hossain said. “You can use your voice to help people.”

Ulaa Kuziez, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 30, 2020

The Feminist Club held its first ever voter registration drive event for students Wednesday, Jan. 29. The club partnered with the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, who provided volunteers to help register students. During the two lunches, the volunteers registered 73 new voters. The organizat...

Feminist Club organizes voter registration drive

Outside of the cafeteria, junior Ulaa Kuziez hangs up a sign advertising the voter registration event organized by Feminist Club. Other methods of registering include online or at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), but Wednesday, Jan. 29, students will have the opportunity to register at school during both lunches. “By being registered to vote, [students] will be able to take part in the political process and make a difference,” Kuziez said. “It's important that students reclaim that power and use it for good.”

Mira Nalbandian, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

In a few months, registered voters will have the opportunity to take part in the primary presidential elections and the 2020 presidential election. The primaries will take place March 10 and the presidential election Nov. 3.  The Feminist Club decided to organize a voter registration event for stude...

The struggles of second-generation immigrants in the college application process

Senior Umeera Farooq goes through college application papers with her parents at the dinner table. Farooq’s parents, who immigrated to America, struggled with assisting her through the application process. “My parents have not attended college, and I’m a first-generation college student,” Farooq said. “it’s gotten easier especially because I know now I’ve grown so I can help myself.”

Sara Albarcha, Conversions journalism writer

January 27, 2020

Acronyms like ACT, SAT, FAFSA and CSS are overwhelming, especially for those whose parents are non-native English speakers. For seniors Umeera Farooq and Nayeon Ryu, this is a struggle they have dealt with throughout their academic journey, and it’s just another step in their college application pr...

Blue Brew renovates to create a more welcoming environment

Sophomore Ella Roesch works on her laptop in the new seating area Blue Brew created. The seating is available to everyone in the building at all times. “We would like Blue Brew to become a more central part of West High,” Business teacher Holly Weber said.

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

January 23, 2020

Arriving to school by 6:30 a.m. every other day for his shifts, Blue Brew manager and junior Aaron Hall starts his mornings in the cafe.  Blue Brew is open Monday through Friday from 6:50 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. The menu currently includes iced vanilla lattes, mochas and hot chocolate for $1 to $3.  “My...

Students weigh reasons to stand or sit for the Pledge of Allegiance

Missouri law requires public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance once per school day, though individual students are not required to participate.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editors

January 22, 2020

As 14-18 year olds, high schoolers have grown up in a time of growing political polarization according to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center which says that “across 10 measures that Pew Research Center has tracked on the same surveys since 1994, the average partisan gap has increased from 15 percentage points to 36 points.” Political polarization is played out across many issues ranging from government aid to military invention to immigration. While none of these issues are hugely effective upon...

Thirst Project Club aims to make a difference by building a well

Member of the Thirst Project Club and junior Sarenna Wood designs wristbands for the club fundraisers. Wood said her favorite part of the club is the energy they have when talking about their projects. “Everyone just gets so excited and starts thinking of more ways to raise money and support for the project,” Wood said. “It’s a really great cause and I’m super proud to be a part of it.”

Hannah Choi, Convergent Media Writer

January 20, 2020

After an official Road Warrior from the Thirst Project headquarters came to talk to junior Salma Ahmed’s Biology class about their organization, a group of five junior women became inspired to start a similar club themselves. The Thirst Project is an international organization that raises money ...

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