The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Ava Prsha

Ava Prsha, CJ1 Writer

Pronouns: she/her

I am a freshman and this is my first year on staff. When I am not at school I am usually playing soccer, hanging out with friends and family or practicing field hockey.

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“Swimming has impacted my life because I am just in my happy place when I am at the pool. I could just be sitting on the wall, and I would be having fun hanging out with my teammates. I loved swimming [alongside] my school friends and meeting new people in different grades in high school swim. My favorite part of swimming is the feeling I get while diving in at a meet because my adrenaline is pumping, and all I focus on is how fast I can go to beat the person next to me. One thing that I have been working to achieve is my 100-meter individual medley. It is a few days after I get home from Florida, so I will not get to practice beforehand, which is scary. I have worked hard this season to train for this race.” — Ava Sticht, 9

Ava Sticht

May 31, 2022
The happiest moment of my life was winning a dance competition while performing contemporary. It showed that all of my teams hard work paid off, which was cool. We trained for this competition for six months, and it was such a good feeling when we won. It was a really fun dance that we put all of our emotion into, and it was just something different that you dont normally see at a dance competition. When I dance, it helps me escape the real world, and all the stress and worry that I have goes away. Walking off the stage knowing that we just did everything good is one of the best feelings ever. I always get this moment when I think about how all the hours and hard work I have been putting into this dance routine is all worth it. — Aysha Kelly, 9

Aysha Kelly

May 27, 2022
In eighth grade, I used to be depressed and in a bad place. I just wasn’t myself. I dyed my hair super dark, and I was absolutely disgusting. People probably did not know that I was so depressed and went to therapy. Every night I would go to bed feeling unfulfilled, lonely and unhappy. I feel like, over COVID, talking about mental health was more normalized because everyone was wondering when COVID would finally end. I would cry every night and have panic attacks often. I finally asked my mom to go to therapy, and I am so happy I did because I wouldnt be where I am right now without it.  My biggest achievement is that now I am the best version of myself, and I am so happy. I have straight A’s and played field hockey and now soccer I am just really enjoying it. [I learned] to focus on myself and enjoy all of my time alone. I am proud of myself for getting out of therapy and being so happy now.” — Mia Lauer, 9

Mia Lauer

May 25, 2022
Posing for a picture, junior Lexi Lutz wears thrifted clothes to promote her brand, Divine Minds. Junior Thomas Anderson and Lutz ran similar businesses and collaborated to advertise each others items. “[In Spark!] we get unstructured business time to work on our business, so Claire [LeDuc] and I went out and did a photoshoot in our clothing,” Lutz said.

A passion for fashion

February 9, 2022
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