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Thirst Project Club raises more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising

With an effort to raise money for their Thirst Project fundraiser, juniors Salma Ahmed and Sarenna Wood sold their bracelets during lunch Jan. 31. They plan to reach a total of $6,000 dollars by the end of the school year, all of which will be donated to the national Thirst Project. “Being able to sell our bracelets and raise money for people in need makes me feel great, and it is such a great opportunity to help others,” Wood said. “Watching people [that] live in poor countries faces light up when they see that people are donating money to give water is very emotional, and I think that the world needs more of these people.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

With a passion for helping others, students in the Thirst Project Club, including junior and Club President Salma Ahmed, junior Sarenna Wood and sophomore Connor Gusky, have already raised more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising. The profits will go to the non-profit organization, the Th...

“Let them Know”: ASAP club uses read-in to inform about African American culture

Speaking into the microphone, senior Taylor Fisher reads a poem written by the African American Literature class. Fisher emphasized her cultural pride. “We love our skin, and we love what we do. We’re very powerful,” Fisher said.

Leah Schroeder and Mira Nalbandian

February 12, 2020

Eyes glued to senior Taylor Fisher as she reads a poem, students and staff gather in the library. The powerful words of poems written by African Americans echo throughout the room.  The African American Student Achievement Program (ASAP) held the annual African American read-in Wednesday, Feb. 12 dur...

Students say “¡hola!” to the biliteracy exam

Junior Sara Albarcha practices her Spanish. On top of learning the Spanish language, Albarcha is proficient in both English and Arabic. “Learning new languages is important, and we shouldn’t stick to the only language that we speak because it’s really not what everyone else is speaking,” Albarcha said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

By taking the biliteracy exam, students had the opportunity to achieve the Seal of Biliteracy, a seal that demonstrates achievement in both English, a language other than English (LOTE) and sociocultural awareness.  Junior Ulaa Kuziez chose to take the exam for Arabic, a language she grew up spea...

The Deaf community spells out “I LOVE YOU” for Valentine’s Day

Taking advantage of ASL Club time after school in ASL Club Sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room, freshman and ASL Club member Bella Neisius cuts out hand-shaped Valentines. Club members gathered together to cut out cards and make tissue paper flowers for Valentines. “I like learning new things about the Deaf community at West and [meeting] all the Deaf kids within [our school] and connecting with them,” Neisius said.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

Gathered as a small group in American Sign Language (ASL) Club sponsor Jessie Menchak’s room Jan. 30, both Deaf and hearing students spent time making valentines for classmates to be sold the week of Valentine's Day, Feb. 10 - 13.  ASL Club made tissue paper flowers and ‘I-LOVE-YOU’ hand Val...

Theatre department readies for meta musical “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Singing his character titular song

Olivia Bradshaw, Convergence Journalism Writer

February 7, 2020

After more than three months of preparation, the theatre department is debuting their production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a musical comedy paying tribute to–while also parodying–golden-age musicals. The show centers around an unnamed “man in a chair,” played by senior Dennis McMorrow, providing comm...

Students seek new opportunities through South Tech

Perfecting the right way to handcuff someone, junior Jake Braymiller learns  how to be a police officer. This is Braymiller’s first year attending the program, but he plans to continue next year. “This program really helps you get career ready for whatever it is that you want to pursue, and it’s really cool how they train you and get you ready for what’s coming after you graduate,” Braymiller said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Walking into South Tech High School, you see a variety of different programs that help guide students on a route alternative to traditional academics.   “I didn’t know if I was making the right decision because you miss three classes out of your day.  I didn’t want to miss important classes, ...

Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having his students respond in writing to various pieces of art. The class then became Advanced Plac...

Pathfinder editorial board holds period product drive to destigmatize periods and help end period poverty

Senior Nayeon Ryu organizes a bin of donations. Donations were dropped off starting Jan. 21. “This is an important issue we are tackling because it isn’t normally talked about in high school,” Ryu said. “This is because many of us are privileged enough to have easy access to these products.”

Angie Jia, Convergent Media Writer

February 3, 2020

Increased awareness of period poverty has ignited discussions surrounding the Pink Tax and providing free menstrual hygiene products in public restrooms. In fact, a new bill in the Missouri House of Representatives has brought this issue to the forefront.  As a result, the Pathfinder editorial board decided to collect donations for the St. Louis Allia...

Symphonic Orchestra performs at the prestigious state music conference

Thirty minutes before the concert at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference, members of Symphonic Orchestra rehearse “Libertango” under the direction of orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich Jan. 24. Throughout the three-day workshop, performance groups were given half an hour to tune, warm up and wrap up the final details before their performance. “Everyone was awesome in their playing and their professional behavior. It was hard for me to go from point A to point B at the resort because, well, it's a crowded mess, but people kept stopping me to say how much they loved the performance,” Sandheinrich said.

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

January 31, 2020

Honored by the state of Missouri, 40 students and 40 instruments are packed into one bus for a three-hour drive to the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference at Tan-Tar-A Estates Jan. 22-25.  “The bus ride was long and a little boring—we got on the bus at 5 a.m. But we p...

Voter registration event breaks record

Filling out the information on the registration form, seniors Fariha Hossain and Muneebah Qayyum register to vote at the voter registration drive. The Feminist Club, with the League of Women Voters held the event Wednesday, Jan. 29 and registered 73 students. “If you have an option to vote and support something, you should,” senior Fariha Hossain said. “You can use your voice to help people.”

Ulaa Kuziez, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 30, 2020

The Feminist Club held its first ever voter registration drive event for students Wednesday, Jan. 29. The club partnered with the League of Women Voters of Metro St. Louis, who provided volunteers to help register students. During the two lunches, the volunteers registered 73 new voters. The organizat...

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