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Johnson & Johnson announces the preparation of a COVID-19 vaccine

21 U.S companies are developing treatments or vaccines for the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

In the midst of a deadly public health crisis, medical device company Johnson & Johnson announced Feb. 11 that they’ve made plans to develop a vaccine and a commitment to supply 1 billion vaccines worldwide for emergency use. COVID-19 is a combination of viruses Johnson & Johnson has dealt ...

Students and teachers adjust to a new online learning system

Working on his online physical education homework, senior Jake Juenger finishes his last couple assignments of his high school career. Juenger felt as though eLearning was a waste of time. “The only change in my methods is that I no longer do any of my homework or assignments because I feel like the work I am doing online won’t affect anything for what I need for college,” Juenger said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

May 6, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, students and teachers have transitioned to a new way of learning through technology.  The class of 2020 seniors got an unusual send off to college with having to finish their last months of high school virtually.  “The switch has killed all motivation I had f...

COVID-19 is exposing inequities

COVID-19 is impacting underserved communities the hardest in Saint Louis and across the country as a result of historical inequities.

Ulaa Kuziez, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

As health departments in Saint Louis City and County release COVID-19 data about cases and deaths relating to race and ethnicity, it has become clear that the burden of cases is falling heavily on communities of color.   As of  May 4, 38% of the deaths and 30% of positive cases in Missouri were Bl...

Parkway reevaluates meal pick-up services

Handing out food to students prior to the suspension and ultimate reinstating of the daily meal pick-up service, a volunteer provides meals to a family. Parkway has stated that they worked to resume the meal service as quickly as possible. “Right now we are working to put additional safety plans and precautions in place to protect our community and employees, including protective equipment,” Parkway said in a statement.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkway made the decision to temporarily suspend their daily meal pickup service in order to reduce the spread of the novel Coronavirus.  “Food for our children is one of our primary concerns right now. We also have an obligation to ensure we ar...

Professional football returns to St. Louis, only to have the season cut short

Former Missouri Tiger and current St. Louis BattleHawks wide receiver L'Damian Washington (2) jogs down the field Sunday in St. Louis. [Mathew Kirby/For the Tribune]

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Since the Rams left in 2016, St. Louis has had to live without professional football; however, the Xtreme Football League (XFL) has brought the sport back. In 2018, Alpha Entertainment announced the creation of the ten team league, which included the St. Louis Battlehawks. After five weeks of playing,...

Introducing the Westley Stars

The Westley starts have the goal of promoting inclusivity and school spirit.

Madi Foppe, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

With the help of junior Zoe DeYoung and Special Education teacher Jessica Bowman, a new dance team is coming: The Westley Stars. This dance team will provide Special Education students a chance to excel outside of the classroom at school-sponsored activities. “The first inkling to starting this dance ...

2020 graduation is back on

While COVID-19 still plays a part in our lives, principals have found a way for the class of 2020 to still be able to walk the stage.

Bri Davis, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Despite schools being canceled for the remainder of the school year, not all is lost. Classes will end on the scheduled day of May 21 yet graduation for seniors will be pushed back to July in hopes of it being safer.  As school slowly comes to an end, graduation is right around the corner for thos...

Social media connects in a time of distancing

Quarantined at home, junior Drew Milholland scrolls through Instagram for inspiration and entertainment. Social media is what many students have used to distract themselves from boredom.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Nowadays, just a single tap on a phone can lead teens into a black hole, consuming hours of their day. According to care.com, parents fear the risks of social media such as sharing personal information, cyberbullying, predators and false marketing. At a time like this, however, many people are grateful ...

An unexpected beneficiary of COVID-19: the environment

The global shutdown caused by COVID-19 is helping the environment as carbon emissions are reduced.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

According to John Hopkins University, more than 2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19.  About 600,000 of those people have recovered, while about 160,000 have died globally. While COVID-19 is creating innumerable tragedies, there’s one unexpected beneficiary of the international shutdown: th...

Robotics team qualifies for their first VRC World Championship

During Robotics Club, sophomores David Meisinger and Rick Biswas build a robot that they competed with in local competitions. Freshman Joseph Britt notes that cooperation was an important factor in the team qualifying for worlds. “Our team is mostly new people, so it is pretty exciting that we were able to work together,” Britt said. “I really like the environment there, and we have been spending a lot of our weekends working on the bot. We aren’t fighting over jobs or fighting over who gets to do what or [over] what the bot should do. We are all able to work together and execute it as a team.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

April 23, 2020

At the beginning of the school year, Blue Brains, one of the schools four robotics teams, set various goals, including making it to state. After not only qualifying for state but winning the competition, they reached their final goal, something that the team had only joked about: qualifying for the  202...

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