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How to best secure your schedule for the 2020-21 school year

Counselors ensure students remember the importance of taking January registration seriously.

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

January 15, 2020

In four years in high school, it is likely that at some point or another a student has or will have a scheduling crisis. They may have been placed in an alternate, the class they were extremely excited to take didn’t pass or they simply decided they want to take something different from what they signed up...

Student to Student: Three juniors teach others what it is like to be Jewish

Pointing to the fourth branch on the Chanukiah, junior Ella Seigel describes Chanukah and other Jewish holidays to her peers. Seigel presented with props to share part of the Jewish culture with students at Westminster. “Their engagement showed that if you open up and show your differences, that can also provide unity in understanding,” Seigel said.

Zoey Womick, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 10, 2020

Placing Challah and a Shofar on a table in front of them, juniors Joe Rosenberg, Ella Seigel and Sara Marks stand in front of a classroom of strangers waiting for their presentation to begin. The three  participate in Student to Student, a program in which Jewish high schoolers around St. Louis present about their faith at a variety of high...

Students make an impact through Environmental Club

Picking up trash from outside of the cafeteria, junior and co-leader of the club Zoe Rutledge participates in the first Campus Clean Up Day. Environmental Club hosted its first Campus Clean Up Day in September, with the goal of raising awareness about trash left behind by students. “[Sustainability] is important because it’s definitely a more pressing issue than before,” Rutledge said. “It's easier to get a bigger impact if you have an organized group who's dedicated to that. So having this group of students who are all here to work towards bettering our environment, that definitely makes it easier to get stuff done.

Ulaa Kuziez, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 9, 2020

People around the world, particularly youth, are pushing their governments for change to combat the climate crisis. Through Environmental Club, students are participating in sustainability challenges and other events to raise awareness and make an impact in the school community. The club hosted its fi...

Theater students help nurses train for emergency situations

A nurse comforts freshman Kaitlyn Barnes playing a role of having severe head injury. The training was for the school nurses of Parkway. “It felt real because a lot of the people there are used to acting and were really into it,” sophomore Grace Eschbach said. “It would take a second to be like ‘okay, this is not real. This is just a practice.’ And the people who were training were so on top of it, it felt even more real.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

January 7, 2020

With pencils impaled in abdomens, bleeding arms and a number of other fake injuries applied with makeup, a group of 13 theater students helped all of Parkway’s nurses train for a mass casualty situation. The practice scenario was for damage inflicted by a tornado.  “The injuries were whatever could possibly...

Top 10 stories of 2019

Smiling before surgery, junior Tim Nelson holds a teddy bear. Nelson was excited to undergo surgery so that he could begin the long recovery process. “After the pain goes away, I know [the  recovery process] will be easy,” Nelson said. “I just need to have patience, and that's kind of something I don't have all the time.”

Pathfinder Editorial Board

January 1, 2020

As we celebrate the coming of 2020, let's take a look at your favorite stories from the past year!

First semester finals set to commence after winter break

Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, first semester finals will commence in the second week of school after winter break.

Charlotte Zera, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 20, 2019

Governor Mike Parsons passed a bill in July that will allow school to start only 10 or fewer days before Labor Day. The bill is intended to give families another week of summer vacation and increase tourism in Missouri.  As a result, the Parkway calendar committee pushed first semester finals to Ja...

Peer Teaching Retreat motivates students to live and promote a drug-free lifestyle

Peer Teachers pose for a group photo at the Camp Wyman. Juniors and seniors participated in interactive group activities to strengthen knowledge of maintaining a drug-free life. “The retreat changed my perspective on life a lot. I understand that I play an important role in making the world a better place, as everyone should,” senior Ryan Egan said.

Kyra DeBauch, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 16, 2019

Junior and senior Peer Teaching students boarded a bus to the outdoor Camp Wyman in Wildwood, Mo. for the annual two-day retreat for new members.  While at camp, the students learned about the importance of integrity and remaining drug-free.  Students were exempt from school as they participated in team-bu...

Feminist Club sells stickers to support ALIVE

Sophomores Mira Nalbandian and Anna Newberry prepare to sell stickers during first lunch to support the ALIVE program. Nalbandian was grateful for the opportunity to support a cause that was important to her. “If you see other people supporting something, it makes you feel better by supporting it because nobody likes to be alone when they're doing something,” Nalbandian said. “If you have a bunch of people who buy stickers and you can see the stickers, you will think this is a cause that matters, and it's okay to support it.”

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Sharing a message of equality, Feminist Club is raising funds to support the Alternatives to Living in a Violent Environment  (ALIVE) organization, a domestic violence shelter for women in the St. Louis area, by selling stickers.  “The mission and purpose of the ALIVE program are definitely very i...

African American Literature class provides diversity in English curriculum

During African American Literature, seniors AJ Ivy and TJ Fleming create Powerpoint presentations during their seventh period class. The assignment was focused on a specific artist that was individually assigned to the students by the teacher, Michelle Kerpash. “[The most interesting part of the unit was] just learning about new people. I knew nothing about [Sargent Claude Johnson] when I started,” Fleming said. “He was a famous sculptor and most of his paintings were based off of his African descent.”

Megan VanValkenburgh, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 13, 2019

Sitting in a circle, 19 African-American and three white students engage in a Socratic Seminar discussing the impact of slavery in American society during African-American Literature class. The long-awaited class began in August after previously failed attempts due to the lack of enrollment in years...

AP teachers speak out about College Board changes

While in AP 2D Design and Photography, senior Sarah Lashly cuts out pictures of artist examples for her most recent project. This AP course went through major curriculum changes this year and now requires students to do more writing along with their photography projects. “I love the class because I get to be creative and express what I feel, but it is also very stressful for me since the curriculum is so new and different,” Lashly said.

Grace Kaempfe, Convergence Journalism Writer

December 12, 2019

AP teachers are adjusting to the changes College Board made over the summer while also trying to maximize student exam and portfolio performances. The College Board is a national organization that provides more than seven million students preparation for a transition to college through Advanced Placement courses...

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