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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

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Addie Gleason

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief

Pronouns: she/her

Grade: 12

Years on staff: 4

What was your favorite childhood TV show? Hannah Montana

What is your favorite book? "They Both Die At The End" by Adam Silvera

What motivates you? I'm motivated by family and friends to do well in school. I strive to be kind and creative so that I can be successful in life.

All content by Addie Gleason
Countless anti-LGBTQ+ attacks occur worldwide each year. Whether it’s a deadly shooting or hateful comments in the classroom, discrimination against LGBTQ+ people persists despite strong advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.

Targeted for existing

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
April 24, 2023
Culinary teacher Katie Hashley receives two haikus around her door. Student writers chose to highlight the wafting scents and spice concoctions created in the kitchen. “I love that the students chose to write haikus about our class because especially if it’s a former student, it lets me know that they really enjoyed taking the class,” Hashley said. “[The haikus] were completely true. When we bake cookies, the whole school does, in fact, know. In my mind, it’s free advertising for students to take the class. It also made me really happy because when we make cookies, it’s always a really fun day for students.”

Hoards of Haikus

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2023
Senior Gael Crane and sophomore Will Gonsior write “the time is always right to do what is right” in German for their Black History Month door decoration. Gonsior took German because of his interest in the country’s culture and history. “Germany has a very rich history, and I love studying history. A lot of our culture and our ideas can be traced back to Germany, especially language,” Gonsior said.

German program comes to an end

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
February 8, 2023
Art teacher Katy Mangrich and journalism adviser Debra Klevens analyze the “Survivor” competitors together. Mangrich won the competition a couple times in the past by picking the correct contestant that she believed would win. “[Winning] was exciting. I’ve picked a couple people for Klevens when she was not available for pick day, and she’s won on my picks too. I’d say I’m pretty good at making picks, whether it’s luck or whether I have good intuition,” Mangrich said.

Forming work tribes through “Survivor”

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
December 9, 2022
Which new faculty member are you?

Which new faculty member are you?

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2022
Senior Class Principal Jamaal Heavens works on his computer, preparing materials for seniors and adjusting to the school community.

Get to know Senior Class Principal Jamaal Heavens

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief
September 15, 2022
There are hundreds of labels within the LGBTQ community, much lacking proper representation.

Labeled

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor in Chief
May 17, 2022
English teacher Erin Fluchel poses with the camera she uses during sessions. Fluchel experimented with other types of photography but decided that she preferred family moments most. “[Photographing a wedding] was stressful. It was a long day that I was away from my kids. I felt like I was capturing more of the stage moments and not the spontaneous stuff that I love doing. Im glad that I tried these things, but it wasnt for me. Again, it was less about connection and more about getting perfect things,” Fluchel said.

Snapshots of life

Addie Gleason, Opinions/A&E Editor
March 31, 2022
The women of West pursue success in their fields and endeavors.

Women of Parkway West

Addie Gleason, Opinions/A&E Editor
March 17, 2022
Junior Cameron Chandler dances to “Congratulations” by Post Malone and Quavo for poms senior night Feb. 17. In order to calm their nerves, the poms team had a group huddle and boosted each other’s confidence before the performance. “This is by far one of my favorite years on the team yet, we are closer than we have ever been. We just build each other up and support each other everyday. Leaving this season will not be easy,” Chandler said. “Performing for senior night was really special. We all love Claire [LeDuc] so much and just wanted to do so well for her. I think we worked the most on this dance than any other one because of how special this was for her. We each share a different bond with her that is just really special. We still have two more performances and a competition and its already extremely hard to think about her not dancing with us next year after becoming so close these past three years.”

Photo of the Week – Feb. 17

Addie Gleason, Opinions/A&E Editor
February 17, 2022
Freshman Samir Shaik plays Chopins Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in a practice room. He spent weeks struggling with the piece, and it was a challenge to train his fingers to move faster. There’s this one section where you have to play a lot of notes quickly. And I remember struggling with that for two weeks, just on that one passage, over and over again practicing it, Shaik said. And then one day, it just clicked, and it worked well, and the feeling of satisfaction when it all just came together was really good.”

[Photo] Composing his way through life

Tanvi Kulkarni, Features Editor
February 16, 2022
Mental illnesses used casually as adjectives create negative stigmas about mental health.

Not your adjective

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
December 14, 2021
English teacher Dan Barnes points to a book that was eaten by his student’s dog.

“My dog ate my homework”

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
December 1, 2021
Scooping up pumpkin muffins, junior Rainier Neuwirth-Deutsch practices baking in Prostart One. Neuwirth-Deutsch enjoyed making friends with his kitchen group and making jokes as they worked together. “I wanted to have an apron that showed who I was and some things I love. The camera is because I like photography, the remote controller is because I like video games, a spaceship because I love space and astronomy and dinosaurs because they are my favorite animals,” Neuwirth-Deutsch said.

Photo of the Week – Nov. 12

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
November 12, 2021
Senior Mckayla Apollo shows her tattoo that reads your wings were ready but my heart was not while looking at a picture of her mom.

[Photo] Significant Ink

Drew Boone, Staff Writer
November 4, 2021
Twenty two seniors share advice and tips to help freshmen with their first year of high school.

Advice to my freshman self

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Hudson Ribble

Hudson Ribble

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Areeb Hasan

Areeb Hasan

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Tiffany Ung

Tiffany Ung

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Rikus Van Der Walt

Rikus Van Der Walt

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Joseph Denklau

Joseph Denklau

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Aliana Sawall

Aliana Sawall

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Trisha Manna

Trisha Manna

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Paige Wehrmeister

Paige Wehrmeister

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Waleed Abdulla

Waleed Abdulla

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Ella Roesch

Ella Roesch

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Reagan Vierling

Reagan Vierling

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Kate Yates

Kate Yates

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
Senior Lucy Billadeau

Lucy Billadeau

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer
October 28, 2021
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