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Students and staff prepare for second annual Day of Service

Senior Farhan Hassan entertains children while volunteering at the Gateway 180 shelter for day of service. Last year students got to read books, played with the kids and sorted out the donation closet. “Volunteering at Gateway 180 allowed students to not only see the other side of St. Louis, but also it helped those impoverished families to the best of our ability,” Hassan said. “Even if it was only one day out of the year, I’m sure we made a huge impact on some of the people staying there.”

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

March 6, 2019

Organizations set, permission slips signed, students put into groups, supplies gathered. It must be about time for Day of Service. March 7, every student will be either volunteering with Special Olympics or participating in the second annual Day of Service. “Honestly, in its first year, I thi...

Improving our celebrations of Black History Month

Listening to her peers at the African American Read-In, senior Kyra Clerk wears red in support of the event. Clerk worked to spread the word verbally about the event. “The only time we really hear about [African American] stuff is in history class, and mainly it's about slavery. We hardly ever hear about accomplishments of African Americans and what we’ve done for the country,” Clerk said.

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

Throughout the hallways, classroom doors are uniquely decorated with tokens of African-American history. Starting early mornings, students listened to their classmates' recitation of African-American poetry over the announcements. Although these traditions are new, Black History Month has been celebrated annu...

Chess team savors last year with four senior players as state championship nears

Focusing in on a new strategy to beat future opponents in an upcoming tournament, chess team captain and senior Matt Boyd draws on his self-made improvements to strategically think through his moves. Earlier in his career, Boyd made moves quicker than he does now; however, he has improved as a player and realized the importance of working through the scenarios. “We have had multiple matches where I spent all of my two hours, and I'm the last one there,” Boyd said. “I'm just so involved [in the game]. I don't think there's any one thing that makes me concentrate more than other people, but I guess it's just that I'm so invested in it.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

March 4, 2019

Surrounded by silence, five chess players duke it out against their rival, Ladue High School, in an intense battle on the boards. Four of the five players are seniors Matt Boyd, Jason Wan, Paul Gipkhin and Neil Tomala. Tomala feels optimistic about earning a high placement at the Missouri State Champi...

African-American students strive to embody qualities of leadership

As students raise their hands, president Kyra Clerk leads a meeting to discuss the positives and negatives of attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or a Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). Students were called out of class during school hours to attend the meetings. “ASAP empowers me to do better in school but I like to think that I was already doing well,” Clerk said. “I feel like it kind of gave me a push to continue being a role model for my underclassmen;  I’m the president so when they look at me, I want them to be able to say, ‘My president is studious. She’s there for me and she’s also very helpful.’”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

Pairs of eyes peer into sponsor Carly Roach’s gaze as she explains why all African-American students in the school are in this room. Why have they been singled out? “The very first meeting we had, you could feel there was a lot of distrust in the room. [So] we talked about the elephant in the ...

Students bring a dead language to life

In a hands-on activity, freshmen Claire LeDuc and Claire Folkins write curse tablets in Latin 2 . After learning about how Romans used wax tablets to write curses on gravestones of people who wronged them, the class tried to replicate them. “It taught me more in depth about how people used to live back in Rome,” LeDuc said.

Fatema Rehmani, Staff Writer

February 26, 2019

Reading the works of classical authors like Cicero and translating, Latin students focus on bringing back Roman history. Labeled as “dead” and thought of as ancient or a language of the past, Latin teacher Tom Herpel works to keep it alive. “I chose Latin because at the time I was studying for the spel...

Quill and Scroll Members capitalize on Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up” to help other students

Juniors Lily Stiegemeyer and Emma Caplinger and seniors Olivia Riemer and Hayden Sampson,  are carrying bags to the truck to load donations for St. Clair high school. Bags are being carried down and loaded onto a truck  to be taken to kids in need. “In the morning at 7am, we carried  the bags down to the main floor, and they were all heavy. Klevens asked some of the guys that were sitting in the Art Foyer  to help us carry down the bags do it went a lot faster.”Yearbook Editor -in-Chief, senior Olivia Riemer said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019

Piles of garbage bags covered the floor of room 3000 for a week as Convergence Journalism students walked single file throughout the classroom to avoid falling over the clothing-filled stack. “Over the summer I was consulting other high school advisers at the Herff Jones Yearbook Camp on how to ...

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