The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Latin students pose for a group photo in front of historical ruins in Italy. From March 13 to March 23, the Latin department traversed cities in Italy to immerse students in an educational experience of a lifetime. “I enjoyed being able to learn about the different cultures. [The trip] encouraged me to see other peoples lifestyle and learn more about different histories,” senior Suraiya Saroar said.

Tourist adventures: Latin students explore Italy

Keira Lang and Zoya Hasan April 3, 2024

From March 13 to March 23, Latin students from a combination of three Parkway schools —West, South, and Central— went on a 10-day trip to Italy. The group consisted of 40 students ranging from Latin...

From Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, Parkway West High is displaying a wide array of art pieces made by students ranging from elementary to high school. All classes were represented on the displays in both the art wing and the main foyer of the school. “[Art] benefits me because in the middle of a busy day. I can just relax and have some fun doing art and it makes me happy. I think its important that you show art in the art show so that people can get inspired by it and be inspired to create their own pieces; it’s really impactful,” sophomore Dhiya Prasanna said.

Brushstrokes of brilliance: Parkway West Regional Art Show returns

Keira Lang and Zoya Hasan February 1, 2024

From Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, Parkway West High holds one of the two biggest art shows in the Parkway West region, the other being at Queeny Park. The art show brings talented artists, friends, and families...

Preparing for A.P. U.S. History test, Senior Chris Gray opens the preamble of the U.S. Constitution to review the six goals of the Consitution. Taking U.S. history has always been a graduation requirement in schools. “It is essential for everyone to learn about the constitution, because it is important to know your rights,” Gray said. “Even though the original Constitution was written in 1787, and the American landscape has changed from a predominantly farming society to a digital/technological one, our constitution is very relevant today as it was 239 years ago because our rights are the same.”

Students reflect on Constitution, rights in digital age

Raj Jaladi, Newsletter Editor December 21, 2023

The U.S.Supreme Court ruled on two cases earlier this year involving rights on digital space. On October 31, the Court heard arguments on two cases — Lindke v. Freed and O’Connor-Ratcliff v. Garnier...

Sophomore Sravya Guda stands outside in a saree, lighting a firecracker at nighttime.

Festival of lights: Celebrating diversity within Diwali

Keira Lang and Zoya Hasan December 4, 2023

Once a year, the dark sky fills with the sound of laughter and the popping of firecrackers as family and friends come together to shine up the night with sparkling lights and indulge in a feast. The tradition,...

a person holding skittles

Colorful chaos

Ruthvi Tadakamalla, Social Media Manager November 13, 2023

In California, Assembly Bill 418 was recently passed to limit the consumption of dangerous ingredients such as brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate, propylparaben and Red Dye No. 3. California Gov....

Teachers recount where exactly they were during the 9/11 attacks, 22 years later.

Where were you during 9/11?

Sakenah Lajkem, Staff Writer September 11, 2023

On Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked and sent to crash into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the White House. While the White House was spared from the attack, the other two targets were hit,...

A graphic with different parents rights bills from around America laid over each other and the words Education Legislation in red.

Missouri Senate Bill 4 and what it means for our schools

Serena Liu, Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2023

Missouri Senate Bill 4 (SB4) passed the State Senate in March and is now in discussion at the House. The bill, sponsored by Senator Andrew Koenig of the 15th district — which includes Parkway West ...

Tom Herpel uses his plan time to prepare for future Latin classes in which students learn grammar, literature, and culture. Herpel wanted to avoid jumping to conclusions about the upcoming changes to reduce teacher plan time. “I will not know the type of time crunch I will be under until Ive experienced it. I might be able to get work done while Im doing this other responsibility. I hesitate to make assumptions without having experienced it myself,” Herpel said.

Teachers speak out as Parkway School District implements a 190-minute reduction to teacher plan time

Ruthvi Tadakamalla, Social Media Manager June 2, 2023

Think of everything a teacher needs to do to prepare for class. A student might come into class and start their work immediately, but a teacher needs to spend hours planning and preparing to ensure learning...

Smiling, freshman Sophia Nguyen poses with her artwork accepted into the Botanical Garden’s art exhibit. Nguyen scrapped and redid her artwork multiple times before settling on the final piece she submitted. “My art style is impacted by my friend and the styles of video games I like. I like their styles and try replicating them sometimes,” Nguyen said.

Botanical brushstrokes

Achyuta Ambal, Staff Writer June 1, 2023

In the middle of the Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition stands two familiar pieces. Freshmen Sofia Nguyen and Madison Wilson’s works of art were selected for the exhibition over hundreds of submissions...

Seven candidates are running for three spots in Parkway’s Board of Education, which works with the district superintendent to execute and implement district policies. The election will take place on April 4.

2023 Parkway Board Candidate Q&A

This Q&A covers frequent questions voters may have before the election. Candidates appear in the order that they will show on the ballot.  Disclaimer: These quotes have been slightly edited for...

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