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Peeling off her gloves after examining a healthy lung compared to the lung of a smoker, junior Ione Cornelius explores  High School Heroes training. High School Heroes is an organization that teaches middle school students about drug prevention that focuses on the dangers of e-cigarettes, marijuana and CBD. “When I was in sixth grade I thought [High School Heroes] was really fun and interesting. I learned a lot from it and looked up to the high schoolers who taught me. [I knew] I wanted to do that one day,” Cornelius said.

Photo of the Week – Feb 3

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
4 days ago
Freshman Clara DAquino Lazarini cuts out pieces of a magazine to make a vision board in her Fashion Apparel and Housing Design class. Following a recommendation from her sister, senior Lusia DAquino Lazarini, Clara was thrilled to start the class at the beginning of the semester, looking forward to having an elective class where she can learn, grow and be creative with her friends. “I am a more creative person, but sometimes it is hard to be creative. I like getting to sit around and explore. Fashion is one of those things I like to explore and get to know more [about]. I think [the class] is very fun because we get to create [our] own things,” Clara said.

Photo of the Week – Jan 27

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
January 27, 2023
Popping balloons as fast as she can, junior Sakenah Lajkem participates in a group bonding activity in her Convergence Journalism 1 class. Students were divided into groups where one student wore a onesie, and the balance of the group had five minutes to fill the suits with balloons. “Mrs. Klevens said there are a lot of different ways to do things,” Lajkem said. “I realized different groups have different strategies, which was surprising. [Freshman] Kennedy [Hodge] suggested that one person blow up the balloons and the other ties and the other stuffed the suit. [This activity taught me how to] problem solve and that there are many different ways to do things,” Lajkem said.

Photo of the Week – Jan 20

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
January 20, 2023
Practicing paddling backward, senior Trenton Caton talks with his friends, Jackson Larson, Tristan Wistuba and Braxton Eddy, about their favorite memories in the class. Caton favored the Scuba unit and spending time underwater, but he also liked kayaking because he got to play water polo after they were done with the lessons. “For vacation, we would go down to Michigan, and we would do a lot of kayaking there,” Caton said. “I started kayaking in fourth grade, so I have a lot of personal experience with it.”

Photo of the Week – Jan 13

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
January 13, 2023
Greeting his 3-year-old daughter Molly McCabe, Principal John McCabe smiles after getting pied in the face by senior Esha Francis during lunch. McCabe got pied as a reward for school spirit at the Parkway Holiday Cup Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday Dec. 14. “[Molly] just started her first year of Pre-K and shes loving it. I told her all weekend I was getting pied and she thought it was really funny, so she just wanted to see dad getting pied. She loved it but she told me she was a little bit scared because she didn’t recognize me,” McCabe said.

Photo of the Week – Dec. 22

Ashlyn Gillespie, Deputy Managing Editor-in-Chief
December 22, 2022
Swimming the 500-freestyle, junior Maddi Lang competes in a home meet against South, Tuesday, Dec. 13. Already five weeks into the season, Lang improved her freestyle time by five seconds. “I loved the meets and how we all supported each other, it was a positive [environment]. At our very first meet, I could see our team at the side of the pool cheering for everyone, which was a cool [experience.] Even though some people might not have [as good of a ranking] as others, we all supported each other,” Lang said.

Photo of the Week – Dec. 16

Ashlyn Gillespie, Deputy Managing Editor-in-Chief
December 16, 2022
Fine-tuning his masterpiece, junior Jeff Bakers uses mineral spirits to help develop more detail in painting. Bakers favorite work from this semester was painting still-life objects including a chair, skates and fruit. “My teacher inspired me to do better because at first I wasn’t going to try in this class, but she influenced me to try harder [in my artwork],” Baker said. “This class was a lot harder, a lot more [work] than I expected.”

Photo of the Week – Dec. 9

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
December 9, 2022
Using Starbursts to represent a caption, freshmen Kate Hardy and Julia Kiffer recreate a yearbook spread with food. Convergence Journalism 1 students learned how to design yearbook double-page spreads using various snacks and candies to represent different design elements. “It helped me see the layout and learn how to set up the page myself,” Hardy said. “It was challenging but worth it in the end when we got to eat it all.”

Photo of the Week – Dec. 2

Kelsea Wilson, Deputy Conceptual Editor-in-Chief
December 2, 2022
During a Crime and Law mock trial, senior Nadir Gheith acts as the defendant, Jack Percy who is on trial for the first-degree murder of Butch Burly. Officer Matthew Paubel removed Gheiths handcuffs at the start of the trial after escorting him to the pretend courtroom. “[The most challenging part of the mock trial] was seeing me lose because I hardly lose, and I needed to bounce back from that. [I lost] because the jury hates me. I don’t know what I did wrong, but they just didn’t like me,” Gheith said.

Photo of the Week – Nov. 11

Elle Rotter, Deputy Conceptual Editor-In-Chief
November 14, 2022
At the end of the first act of the fall play ‘Silent Sky,’ Henrietta Leavitt played by senior Nicole [Blue] Schade, receives an important message from Williamina Fleming, played by junior Dana Zafarani. Schade described the script as beautiful and heartfelt and said that they have a lot to learn from their character. “I loved getting to help the audience see how beautiful this world is because that’s what Henrietta’s core belief was; she had so much wonder for the world. I related to that, and it was an honor to be the one to tell that story, and make the audience feel that same sense of wonder.”

Photo of the Week – Nov. 4

Elle Rotter, Conceptual Editor-In-Chief
November 4, 2022
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