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ASAP shares their voice

Junior Tiye’ Hyler, senior TJ Fleming, guidance counselor Jen Skalski and freshman Brian Campbell sit and listen to students talk during a restorative circle. In the library, African American students discuss with teachers and others about what it is like to be a black student at a predominantly white school. “It can be tricky because you don’t want to offend anyone, you want everyone to understand that you come with a good heart and your goal is to help them succeed,” Perez said.

Bri Davis, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 16, 2020

Inside the library, African American students sit, chatting amongst each other. Soon, they are told by the student officers of the African American Student Achievement Program (ASAP) that they will be able to express how they feel about their place at school through a writing activity called, “Wha...

How to best secure your schedule for the 2020-21 school year

Counselors ensure students remember the importance of taking January registration seriously.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

January 15, 2020

In four years in high school, it is likely that at some point or another a student has or will have a scheduling crisis. They may have been placed in an alternate, the class they were extremely excited to take didn’t pass or they simply decided they want to take something different from what they signed up...

Students make an impact through Environmental Club

Picking up trash from outside of the cafeteria, junior and co-leader of the club Zoe Rutledge participates in the first Campus Clean Up Day. Environmental Club hosted its first Campus Clean Up Day in September, with the goal of raising awareness about trash left behind by students. “[Sustainability] is important because it’s definitely a more pressing issue than before,” Rutledge said. “It's easier to get a bigger impact if you have an organized group who's dedicated to that. So having this group of students who are all here to work towards bettering our environment, that definitely makes it easier to get stuff done.

Ulaa Kuziez, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 9, 2020

People around the world, particularly youth, are pushing their governments for change to combat the climate crisis. Through Environmental Club, students are participating in sustainability challenges and other events to raise awareness and make an impact in the school community. The club hosted its fi...

Theater students help nurses train for emergency situations

A nurse comforts freshman Kaitlyn Barnes playing a role of having severe head injury. The training was for the school nurses of Parkway. “It felt real because a lot of the people there are used to acting and were really into it,” sophomore Grace Eschbach said. “It would take a second to be like ‘okay, this is not real. This is just a practice.’ And the people who were training were so on top of it, it felt even more real.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

January 7, 2020

With pencils impaled in abdomens, bleeding arms and a number of other fake injuries applied with makeup, a group of 13 theater students helped all of Parkway’s nurses train for a mass casualty situation. The practice scenario was for damage inflicted by a tornado.  “The injuries were whatever could possibly...

Peer Teaching Retreat motivates students to live and promote a drug-free lifestyle

Peer Teachers pose for a group photo at the Camp Wyman. Juniors and seniors participated in interactive group activities to strengthen knowledge of maintaining a drug-free life. “The retreat changed my perspective on life a lot. I understand that I play an important role in making the world a better place, as everyone should,” senior Ryan Egan said.

Kyra DeBauch, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 16, 2019

Junior and senior Peer Teaching students boarded a bus to the outdoor Camp Wyman in Wildwood, Mo. for the annual two-day retreat for new members.  While at camp, the students learned about the importance of integrity and remaining drug-free.  Students were exempt from school as they participated in team-bu...

African American Literature class provides diversity in English curriculum

During African American Literature, seniors AJ Ivy and TJ Fleming create Powerpoint presentations during their seventh period class. The assignment was focused on a specific artist that was individually assigned to the students by the teacher, Michelle Kerpash. “[The most interesting part of the unit was] just learning about new people. I knew nothing about [Sargent Claude Johnson] when I started,” Fleming said. “He was a famous sculptor and most of his paintings were based off of his African descent.”

Megan VanValkenburgh, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 13, 2019

Sitting in a circle, 19 African-American and three white students engage in a Socratic Seminar discussing the impact of slavery in American society during African-American Literature class. The long-awaited class began in August after previously failed attempts due to the lack of enrollment in years...

AP teachers speak out about College Board changes

While in AP 2D Design and Photography, senior Sarah Lashly cuts out pictures of artist examples for her most recent project. This AP course went through major curriculum changes this year and now requires students to do more writing along with their photography projects. “I love the class because I get to be creative and express what I feel, but it is also very stressful for me since the curriculum is so new and different,” Lashly said.

Grace Kaempfe, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 12, 2019

AP teachers are adjusting to the changes College Board made over the summer while also trying to maximize student exam and portfolio performances. The College Board is a national organization that provides more than seven million students preparation for a transition to college through Advanced Placement courses...

Advocacy Club meets with Missouri Senator Jill Schupp

After their meeting, the Advocacy Club members stand with Missouri Senator Jill Schupp for a photo. Schupp was invited to share her ideas, teach the students about her job and allowed them to ask questions. “For a long time, we have been wondering if we would ever get a chance to speak to a person within the government to make a big impact,” Jaladi said. “I think that getting to speak to [her] answered just that. It was such a cool experience.“

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Advocacy Club, led by president and junior Sri Jaladi, vows to bring students together to address current issues in society. The club brought in State Senator Jill Schupp to discuss these issues in today’s society Monday, Nov. 25. Since the club started in January 2018, members have focused on ...

Bringing home a robot baby: A Child Development students rite of passage

Freshman Sarah Griege puts her interactive baby into its car seat. Working under pressure was important in caring for the baby when it cried.

Ava Kayser, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 10, 2019

It is 2:30 p.m. and school is out for the weekend. As students of the Child Development class head home, they lug their backpacks, car seats and baby. As part of the class, students are required to care for an interactive baby for 14 hours. The babies have a sensor that is paired with a bracelet worn by ...

Behind the Scenes of ‘The Pathfinder’

Editor In Chief Sabrina Bohn shows the group of editors an idea for the week on her laptop at an editorial board meeting on Friday mornings. Bohn then edits the agenda for the week according to what the group needs to get done that weekend or the next week, by managing and overseeing the workload.

Elle Rotter, Convergent Media Writer

December 9, 2019

At a table in the middle of the journalism room, 10 newspaper editors sit with their Starbucks and homemade chocolate chip cookies to discuss stories at 7 a.m. every Friday morning. They develop a posting calendar for the week and share how they can help each other make students’ visions a reality. ...

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