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


Claire Smout


Grade:  12

Years on Staff:  4

If you were a fictional character, who would you be?  According to, Leslie Knope.

Does the toilet paper go over or under on the roll?  Under!

How many alarms do you set in the morning to get up on time?  One.

Favorite Quote:  "Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." -1 Corinthians 10:31

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Stick in the air, junior Charlotte Zera follows the ball in a varsity game against Lafayette April 2. Zera first started playing lacrosse when a tennis teammate encouraged her to try out for the team. “The kind of culture I hope to inspire in the lacrosse program is one where everyone can freely make friends and help each other grow not only in lacrosse, but in their character, sportsmanship and athleticism,” Zera said.

Girls lacrosse program continues to grow

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
April 18, 2019
Translating a story from their textbook, freshmen and Latin II students Mary Hardy and Claire Folkins work together. The practice translations in the textbooks follow a story of the same characters throughout the four books. “I chose latin because both of my sisters took it and they both really enjoyed it. Also because they both said Herpel was the best teacher,” freshman and Latin I student Claire Folkins said. “Our class is really close and we all get along really well. We can joke around with each other but also get work done when it needs to get done.”

Latin program faces potential cuts

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
March 13, 2019
On their marks, the JV squad waits for the gun to sound at the Dale Shepherd Invitational Sept. 29. JV placed first with a team score of 55 points. “I try to get out to the front of the pack pretty early on and from there I pay close attention to the people racing around me, like listening to their breathing and footsteps, and that helps me decide when to make my move,” senior Hannah Rushing said.

Photo gallery: girls cross country

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
November 2, 2018
In a varsity game against Notre Dame High School, senior forward Olivia Riemer runs the ball down the sideline. The team is preparing for the post season tournament beginning Oct. 22, where they hope to finish among the top 16 teams in the state, something they have never accomplished. “We are working in practice on playing with more intensity and having good transfers as we get ready for the end of the season,” Riemer said.

Field hockey gets ready for post season

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
October 11, 2018
Using the latte machine, Blue Brew crew member and junior Pierce Burns prepares an order for a customer. The crew members and Marketing II students are learning from and adapting to the wants of the students. “Some people may have noticed our new straws. We wanted to get away from Community [Coffee’s] straws and use paper ones, which was a request, because it is more environmentally friendly,” Burns said.

Blue Brew off to a strong start

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
October 3, 2018
Quiz: What is your love language?

Quiz: What is your love language?

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
February 14, 2018
Running their warm-up lap, sophomore Laura Rein, senior Jane Fuller, junior Natalie Butler and junior Chloe Hershenow get ready to hit the roads. After warm-up girls split into groups and completed their workout. “Winter running helps motivate me to run on the coldest days because I know I will have these girls by my side to do it with,” Hershenow said.

Girls Winter Running Club competes in 5K

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
January 29, 2018
Holding up her watermelon, Managing Editor in Chief Betsy Wait prepares to dig in.

Most Popular Stories of 2017

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
January 4, 2018
Standing up in her new chair, Kathryn collaborates with senior Junior Lopez during cooking mentor class, using her “talker.” Her new chair has made it easier for her to have conversations with her peers. “I’m learning to drive it by myself,” Kerckhoff said.

Senior Kathryn Kerckhoff sports her new ride

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
November 21, 2017
About to release the ball, Wunderlich pitches in a varsity home game. Wunderlich also played shortstop this season. “When I am playing all I am thinking about is the game, and that’s why I love it. Its an escape where I can forget about all the things going on in my life,” Wunderlich said.

Softball closes out successful season

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
October 19, 2017
Girls cross country captain Charlie Cutelli styles his iconic Ray-Ban sunglasses on the bus on the way to the Stan Nelson Invitational Sept. 9.

The quirky coach diaries

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator
September 29, 2017
Working on hands and knees, senior Sierra Garner works on a composition. My style is sketch like with confident loose lines, Garner said.

A story only an artist can tell

Claire Smout, Organizational Manager
March 3, 2017
Checking in judges, senior Jessie Calvert, junior Nadira Shabbir,  sophomore Kristina Humphrey and freshman Jon Ma prepare for the Parkway West Invitational debate tournament.

Debate team reflects on season

Claire Smout, Features Editor
November 16, 2016
Senior Kathryn Bonzon was not old enough to remember 9/11, but still believes it was a huge tragedy for Americans. Its definitely one of the things you dont understand until you see it happen, so I can imagine it and feel for people, but I will never truly relate to the people who saw it, Bonzon said.

Remembering 9/11

Claire Smout
September 11, 2016
Showing off their moves, senior men perform a choreographed dance from the Mr. Longhorn pageant. “My favorite was the Stanky Leg. That is just a really fun dance for me” senior Henderson Faulkner said. The dance was set to a medley that included songs by Silento, Flo Rida and Katy Perry.

Gallery: Spring pep rally recap

Claire Smout, Staff Writer
March 28, 2016
Senior Gabi Vieira swims backstroke at the Parkway Quad Swim meet on Jan. 8 at Parkway North.

Senior Gabi Vieira swims to success

Claire Smout, Staff Writer
February 18, 2016
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