At the monthly food distribution in April, food pantry volunteers pass out dates and halal chicken to Muslim families. The pantry altered its previously biased practices to better serve all who receive pantry services. “The observance of Ramadan prompted my thought process and helped the light bulb to go off in my head,” Food Pantry Director Diance Peterson said. “I'm hoping we can continue to offer halal meat at every distribution.

Food pantry grapples with inequitable practices

Ulaa Kuziez, Staff Writer 4 hours ago

The food pantry recently had a reckoning with its practices and services. In April, for the first time, there was zabiha-halal meat and dates distributed to Muslim families observing Ramadan. Diane Peterson,...

After the French National Assembly proposed a ban on religious symbols for minors in public schools, young Muslim women in france started the hashtag “HANDS OFF MY HIJAB.” This hashtag has emassed over 70,000,000 retweets, and can be seen all over protest posters in France. It was started by Muslim model Rawdah Mohamed, which she has encouraged others to post in solidarity with Muslim women in France.

France targets the hijab: how does this affect us?

Sara Albarcha, staff writer April 26, 2021

When three middle school girls refused to remove their headdresses in France in 1989 while at school, the government intervened, banning hijabs in public school. After three decades, France has continued...

Cultural ignorance and inaccuracies in school leads to further community racism.

A conversation that can’t be avoided: the presence of cultural ignorance and inaccuracies in school

Katie Wallace March 29, 2021

Working on assignment 8.1 in virtual American Sign Language 2 (ASL),  students opened the week’s expressive assignment to be met with brightly colored images. Dread, followed by anger, sank in the pit...

Art teacher Katy Mangrich sits at her desk working on the virtual art show for others to see students' artwork. Every year, Mangrich has prepared the art displays to be available to students and parents to see in the hallways. “I actually enjoy doing things like that. It's part of creating a visually pleasing piece of work,” Mangrich said.

Regional art show upgrades with technology

Bri Davis, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

Trading the ice rink at Queeny Park for a virtual platform, the art department got creative in the production of their annual art show. By making the show virtual, there was room for experimentation in...

Going over her music, junior Ellie Moriarity takes notes from a Jan. 25 Jazz Choir rehearsal. Moriarity’s favorite day of the week was Monday because she got to see her friends, Jazz Choir teacher Brian Parrish and make music with them. “My favorite part about Jazz Choir is hearing the final product. I enjoy listening to jazz music, and listening to a song that I am actually a part of is really cool,” Moriarity said.

Jazz Choir makes a long-awaited return

Brooke Moss, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

Practicing from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, the Jazz Choir continues to rehearse and make recordings, but, as of now, they have no concerts planned due to COVID-19. They recently released a new recording...

President Joe Biden takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as his wife, first lady Jill Biden, stands next to him during the 59th presidential inauguration.

Teachers reflect on the importance of inaugurations

Thomas Bruns, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

Many teachers paused their classes Jan. 20 and turned their attention to the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Students were masked and socially distanced as they watched Biden place his hand on the...

The Georgia Senate runoffs election occurred Jan. 5, one day prior to the riots at the Capitol building.

Runoff Recap: What you missed about the Georgia runoffs

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor January 13, 2021

Just before riots protesting the official certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election descended into chaos, Georgia hosted its Senate runoff elections Jan. 5 between the Democrat Rev....

Staying six feet apart, senior Laura Young collaborates with fellow teammates in order to run a smooth and efficient tournament. Young was part of the several students selected by Borgsmiller to go to the library and run the online tournament in-person. “While it made communication harder, it was really nice to be able to see my teammates, even from a distance,” Young said.

Speech and Debate team host Parkway’s first online debate tournament

Thomas Bruns, Staff Writer December 10, 2020

Switching from running around rooms, to managing Zooms, the debate team made history by hosting Eastern Missouri’s biggest debate tournament, Oct. 6-7. Led by head coach and debate teacher Cara Borgsmiller,...

Seniors have a wide variety of colleges to pick from as they search for the school that is right for them.

Senior struggles with college applications during the era of COVID-19

Bri Davis, Staff Writer December 7, 2020

“It feels like you're taking your pants off in front of a whole crowd.” That is how senior Amina Aser describes her college applications process. The fear of being vulnerable to those close to you...

Freshmen Katie Wallace and Cora Tiemeier spend a windy day outside at O’Day Park in O'Fallon, Mo. Nov. 15. Wallace has been spending time with her friends outside and masked, finding new activities and rediscovering old ones. “When I went to have a picnic with my friend, we went on the playground too, even though we're in high school. Just think outside of the box,” Wallace said.

Safely spending time with friends: winter edition

Ellie West, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

With December approaching, dropping temperatures are posing a new challenge to students who are having socially distant get-togethers with their friends. Rain, cold fronts and temperatures falling well...

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