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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

Pathfinder

The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

Pathfinder

Leah Schroeder

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor-in-Chief

Pronouns: she/her

I am a senior this year, and it will be my fourth year on staff. The Pathfinder has pushed me out of my comfort zone, made me more outgoing and helped me to become a better writer. In school, I am involved in many clubs, and I also do field hockey and pole-vaulting. When I’m not writing for the Pathfinder, I love spending time with my friends and family, working out, reading and baking. I have definitely found a love for journalism through the Pathfinder, and I plan on continuing with journalism as a career. I hope to make the world a more positive and kind place through my writing.

All content by Leah Schroeder
Freshman Esta Kamau attends an event representing Kenya in the Magic House with her family and other Kenyans in the St. Louis Area, wearing jewelry worn by the Masai tribe of Kenya.

Freshman Esta Kamau

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
May 6, 2022
Senior Wilson Gao poses for a photo as a fifth grader in front of the Temple of Heaven, in Beijing China.

Senior Wilson Gao

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
May 6, 2022
Freshman Samir Shaik takes a photo with his friends dressed in traditional clothes during a Hindu holiday called Dusshera.

Freshman Samir Shaik

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
May 6, 2022
Freshman Triya Gudipati takes a photo at an Indian wedding.

Freshman Triya Gudipati

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
May 6, 2022
 The top six media corporations own many familiar entertainment and news brands.

[Photo] The Big Six’s big media game

Mira Nalbandian, Managing Editor-in-Chief
May 9, 2022
Attending French Club’s Mardi Gras party, juniors Nicolle Emert, Katie Jauss and Jame Wild dance to a French song. Prior to the party, club members signed up to bring food and the activities also included listening to music and completed word searches. “[The party] was just everyone hanging out and having fun,” Emert said. “I never really travel outside of the United States, so this was kind of like a glimpse into my future because I plan on traveling. Exposing myself to [the French] culture before I can see it in real life is really cool.”

Photo of the Week – March 4

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
March 4, 2022
A display in the library featuring a variety of novels from Black authors.

Annual African American Read-In set for March 4

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
February 22, 2022
Science teacher Paul Hage points to his Smartboard in the middle of a lecture. Hage feels that topics in the subject that he teaches, specifically in his biology classes, have become increasingly relevant in recent years during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think that science can be really relevant. Different people might have different opinions [about science],” Hage said.

Behind the Biases

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
January 5, 2022

“Glad You Exist” by Dan + Shay

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
January 5, 2022
Politicization is tearing our nation apart due to its deep roots in our society.

Stop making everything political

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
December 2, 2021

Paraprofessionals

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021

Dietary Aides

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021
At the district level, there are currently open positions for two nurses, four teachers, eight bus drivers, 10 teaching assistants and 22 custodians. Principal Jeremy Mitchell would like to encourage individuals to explore job opportunities in Parkway. “I think in my heart of hearts that we’re a pretty good place that people would want to work for. It’s just figuring out what that looks like post-COVID,” Mitchell said. “Before you say no, or don’t consider it, try to talk to folks that have been here, whether it be students and staff, and try to get their opinion. By having conversations, your opinions of working in the educational system may change.”

The low-down on low staff

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021

Bus Drivers

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021

Custodial Staff

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
November 8, 2021
Painting the letters of her parking spot, senior Paige Matthys-Pearce participates in painting day. Matthys-Pearce painted a starry background with a quote written in French, which says ‘don’t forget who you are.’ “Im happy that I got to participate in this new tradition because I think its a great way for us seniors to leave a mark here, even though the spots will get painted over at the end of the year. Pulling into the colorful parking lot each morning brings me so much joy, and all the different designs highlight how unique everyone is,” Matthys-Pearce said. “Even though we sat under the sun in a hot parking lot for seven hours straight, it was a fun experience that I hope future classes will continue.”

Senior class paves the way to a new tradition

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
September 30, 2021

9/11: 20 years later

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
September 10, 2021
Students and staff discuss their favorite memory from the school year.

A trip down memory lane

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief
May 26, 2021
A photo illustration representing your steps to preparing for the AP Exams.

Putting your study skills to the test

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor-in-Chief
May 6, 2021
Senior Emma Pence smiles and poses after receiving her first dose.

Emma Pence

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Taking a selfie with fellow teachers, librarian Lauren Reusch displays her vaccination card. Reusch travelled with English teachers Erin Fluchel and Shannan Cremeens to Illinois to be vaccinated. “I am most excited to go out to eat in an actual restaurant with my husband,” Reusch said.

The vaccination situation

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Senior Meghan Leahy poses with friends on the swim team.

Megan Leahy

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Librarian Lauren Reusch receives her first dose at a Walgreens clinic.

Lauren Reusch

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Looking at the camera, junior Megan VanValkenburgh receives the vaccine at a Mercy Clinic.

Megan VanValkenburgh

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Pulling down his mask for a photo, senior Justin Xu smiles with his dog.

Justin Xu

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
April 29, 2021
Jon Ossoff (winner) vs. David Perdue

Jon Ossoff (winner) vs. David Perdue

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
January 13, 2021

“Here and Now” by Kenny Chesney

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
December 31, 2020
Smiling at her Zoom screen, junior Tiffany Ung tutors a middle school student. Ung began tutoring this week and hopes to make a difference in the mindset of students regarding virtual learning. “I know everyone’s struggling in their unique situations right now, so I figured by tutoring, I might take some things off people’s plates,” Ung said. “I want kids to feel confident in their school work so they don’t feel bogged down by everything going on.”

Photo of the Week- Dec. 7

Leah Schroeder, Features Editor
December 11, 2020
Drilling into a wooden post, junior Sara Albarcha builds a hutch for her bunnies. From cutting the wood for the project to painting the hutch, Albarcha and her dad worked on the project together. “I really enjoy getting to create things from my own vision, and most of all, I get to spend more time bonding with my dad, which wouldn’t usually happen due to school and work,” Albarcha said.

Photo of the week- April 6

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer
April 9, 2020
History teacher Mel Trotier plays his guitar during the passing period to collect donations for the anual Social Studies Department  canned food drive. Trotier began this tradition four years ago, to bring awareness to the fundraiser and raise money. “Even in a wealthy community, there’s still so many families that don’t have money to even eat through the holidays,” Trotier said. “I think it’s an important issue to bring up to kids that may not realize that somebody sitting in the classroom with them needs food.”

Photo of the week – Dec. 2

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer
December 6, 2019
New teacher Joe Milliano teaches AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2.

Meet the new faces of our staff

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer
September 16, 2019
Senior Will Schuchardt reveals his tattoo of a cross. Schuchardt got the tattoo with his friends so they could remember what is important in life: faith. “I got my tattoo to represent something that I believe in and stand firm in. The cross is what I center my life around and why I live. It reminds me of my purpose,” Schuchardt said.

Permanent memories

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer
May 6, 2019
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