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


Samir Shaik

Samir Shaik, Multimedia/Sports Editor

Pronouns: he/him

Grade: 11

Years on staff: 3

What is your favorite piece of literature? "The Rainbow Fish."

Who is your hero? My mom.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Peaches.

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Junior Jack Mullen (back row, seventh from the left) smiles with American rapper Lil Durk and the Center of Creative Arts children’s choir. Prior to the choir’s performance, Durk introduced himself to the students and thanked them for assisting him. “[He] walked down and shook each of our hands. We got pictures and talked with him. It didnt feel real. Hes just a guy, but at the same time, his music is so special to a lot of people. The fact that we got to interact with the body, mind and spirit of the person whos making this art, thats cool. We felt welcomed,” Mullen said.

It’s all a blur

Samir Shaik, Multimedia Editor
February 15, 2024
Celebrities are inescapable in our day-to-day lives, constantly reminding us of whatever is newest in their lives. And for us on the receiving end, we find ourselves devoting time and effort to vie for just the tiniest sliver of their attention. “[Taylor Swift] is my favorite celebrity, and to me she means someone who is kind, smart and caring,” junior Swati Kumar said. “I feel connected to her and her music; I listen to her everyday and I find [her] very relatable.”

A paradox of parasociality

Samir Shaik, Multimedia Editor
January 26, 2024
The prospect of getting a job in high school might sound great on paper, but in reality, the process is much more nuanced and complicated than it seems on the surface. Employment is a decision that features many variables and is personalized to each individual that makes it, depending on their availability and schedule. “I rushed into [employment] working 30 hours a week and I was extremely exhausted after my shifts. But after some time, I found a good pace to work at,” junior Gabby Black said. “I recommend working hours that are suitable for you.”

Balancing books and bills

Samir Shaik, Multimedia Editor
November 13, 2023
Cutting into a celebratory cookie cake, the secretary of the Indian Club and junior Swati Kumar kicks off the first meeting. Club board members introduced themselves and reviewed what future meetings would look like. “[I am] excited to see how far we could take this club. Indian culture is overlooked many times, so being a part of educating and celebrating it with others [is] so fun,” Kumar said.

[Photo] Calling all clubs!

Lily West, Staff Writer
January 12, 2023
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Samir Shaik, CJ1 Writer
November 25, 2022
Freshman Samir Shaik and his friends pose with their face masks for a selfie.

[Photo] The ABCs of the ABC club

Emily Early, Social Media Manager
May 2, 2022
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