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College and career center lacks designated college counselor

College and career secretary Lauren Rowe finishes submitting a senior’s college admission paperwork. Rowe began submitting Transcription and Information Release Requests immediately upon her arrival at school. “As I reached the office I already had pink sheets in my box,” Rowe said. “I submitted the materials right away so everything reaches the offices of admissions in a timely manner.”

Umeera Farooq, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 3, 2019

Preparing consent and release forms, standardized test scores and recommendation letters, College and career secretary Lauren Rowe is bombarded with paperwork starting Nov. 1. Within the Parkway School District’s academic resources, West is one of two high schools without a college counselor. Rowe’...

Senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes celebrate friendship through marriage

Listening to junior and unofficial marriage officiant Gillian Davis, senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes practice for their “wedding.” Having met in middle school, Knight and Hughes developed a close, platonic relationship that became mistaken as romantic over the years. “Everyone thinks we’re dating, so it became a joke. [On] Valentine’s Day, it became a fake proposal. That’s how the whole ‘marriage joke’ started,” Hughes said.

Fatema Rehmani and Nayeon Ryu

November 22, 2019

For most, marriage is a union between two people who love each other romantically and wish to legally bind their relationship. For senior Seaira Knight and junior Lana Hughes, marriage is the union and celebration of two best friends.  Knight and Hughes plan to wed in the theater at 7:05 a.m. Dec. 2...

Make-A-Wish Day: LOCO partners with Mod On Trend for fundraiser

Browsing through racks, LOCO senior class representative Emily Lofgren shops for a new sweater at Mod On Trend. Lofgren helped organize the fundraiser and spread the word on social media. “I was so excited to hear that LOCO was holding a fundraiser with Mod,” Lofgren said. “I get to shop at one of my favorite stores while also contributing to an amazing cause.”

Angie Jia, Convergent Media Writer

November 15, 2019

Longhorn Council (LOCO) is holding a fundraiser at Mod On Trend, a local boutique, Nov. 16 in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  The event was set up because Mod On Trend previously worked with senior and Make-A-Wish ambassador Madi Foppe who modeled in their fashion show last year. “Mod actually reach...

CyberSecurity Club boots up for international competition

Examining his code, senior and CyberSecurity club Vice President Kesava Viswanadha
works to secure images as preparation for the CyberPatriot competition. Viswanadha
has been a member of Cyber Security club for three years. “We get to deal with real life scenarios and troubleshoot and aim to make types of operating systems cyber secure,” Viswanadha said. “It matters and is important because so many people today get scammed or trapped when they’re not cybersecure.”

Kathryn McAuliffe, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief Intern

October 25, 2019

Routers humming, screens aglow and fingers typing, CyberSecurity Club prepares for their upcoming international competition Saturday, Oct. 26. As part of CyberPatriot, an international organization dedicated to youth cyber education, the team will compete in hopes of attending nationals later this year.  “I ...

Warming heads and hearts: We Dine Together joins the Hat not Hate movement

Junior and president of We Dine Together Sarenna Wood lifts handmade hats from the Hat not Hate program at their October meeting. The cub received fifty hats from the program. “I believe our club makes a positive change in people’s lives who don’t have anywhere to sit at lunch or people who feel isolated,” Wood said. “I’ve seen people who might not have anywhere to go at lunch and they now have a lot of friends. It’s really nice to see.”

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

October 22, 2019

Students wearing winter hats is not something that you expect to see during 90 degrees weather, but these hats did more than make members of the We Dine Together club sweat. After pairing with Hat not Hate, a national program that aims to eradicate bullying through the creation of hand-knit blue hats, ...

Table Tennis Club kickstarts legacy with all-day tournament

Eyes focused on the ping pong ball, junior Ali-Raza Rizvi serves to his opponents. Before the first official meeting of Table Tennis Club, Rizvi met up with club co-founder and junior Skyler Ji to play for fun. “Ping pong is a sport of precision and accuracy; I thought this describes me perfectly,” Rizvi said. “This club provides a fun environment where everyone can enjoy playing competitively and recreationally.”

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

October 17, 2019

With a crew of 60 trailing behind in support, Table Tennis Club co-founders and juniors Skyler Ji and Justin Xu kickstart their club by initializing a community-wide table tennis tournament.  The first Table Tennis Fall Classic is being held in the main gym Saturday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tic...

Students and faculty react to ACT’s updates effective September 2020

ACT introduced a new policy with a variety of options effective September 2020.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

In the height of college application season, seniors in particular are scrambling to compile their highest test scores to send to their dream schools. Not yet at this stage, juniors and even underclassmen are going from study groups to workbooks to tutors to prepare for the often dreaded ACT. Effectiv...

The future of bell schedules

Bell schedules differ at each Parkway high school, West being the only schedule that does not incorporate an Academic Lab.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

October 4, 2019

Students stay after school hoping their teacher hasn’t left before their question is answered, teachers working at multiple schools fly into the parking lot to make the bell and members of off-campus programs struggle to make schedules line up. As each Parkway high school operates within a different sch...

Red Cross Club hosts first blood drive in more than two decades

Red Cross Club, founded by senior Harjeev Singh, is hosting the first blood drive in over two decades at school. Singh had been planning this event since the end of last year with hopes to positively impact the community. “With this club, we hope to save lives and provide an outlet for those who have a nurturing heart,” Singh said.

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

October 3, 2019

Heart beating and blood pumping, senior Harjeev Singh submits his request for a new school event: a blood drive. Since the end of his junior year, Singh has worked to establish the Red Cross Club and organize the first blood drive in more than two decades. The blood drive will be held Oct. 5 from 10 a....

New Yoga class relieves students minds

Music to Quiet During the second half of their Movement 2 Music class  Sept. 6, juniors Anushka Kanga, Shirin Saha and Ayah Maali practice savasana, a type of yoga position. In addition to learning, choreographing and performing several types of cultural dances, students were also introduced to yoga.  “It just makes me get away from everything. If I have [a lot of] tests that day, I'm worrying [about the tests], I can just sit down for one block, chill and do my own thing,” Maali said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

October 1, 2019

Unrolling mats onto the floor of the weight room, 22 girls and two boys work to calm their minds and increase their physical well-being. “What we are trying to do is focus on not just the physical aspect of P.E. but also the mental and emotional aspect too–flexibility, strength and mindfulnes...

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