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Former Principal Bill Byrd reflects on West’s 50th anniversary

Bill Byrd (center left) stands with current principal Jeremy Mitchell, and former principals Dave McMillan and Beth Plunkett at West’s 50th anniversary football game and celebration. Byrd had continued to stay connected to the West community even after leaving his post as principal in 1987 through his three children’s enrollment and attendance to football and basketball games. “We currently have a granddaughter [sophomore Susie Seidel] at West and enjoy attending her activities and listening to her West stories.  I feel very honored and fortunate to have been a part of West High for the past 50 years,” Byrd said.

Gabe Davis, Staff Writer

March 15, 2018

Pathfinder: How did you become a principal at Parkway West? Byrd: I was teaching social studies at Hickman High School, Columbia, Mo. In 1969, when I interviewed for an assistant principal's position at West Senior, I was hired. For the next 15 years I held that position until appointed principal ...

Danna Albright offers options for families in crisis

Danna Albright poses for a picture to use for work. Albright has worked with families struggling with their children's’ mental health for more than 20 years. “I really like working with families, I enjoy the families that I work with and I like being able to provide options for them. I think that provides some relief,” Albright said.

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 13, 2017

Danna Albright, a 1982 alumna of West High, works with families in need as a Therapeutic Placement Consultant, helping patients navigate the mental health system.  

James Czajkowski makes a career of writing

Czajkowski poses for televised interview about his book, The Bone Labyrinth. Czajkowski has written over 30 novels.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

September 5, 2017

Intensely researching for 90 days straight, then immediately beginning to write for four hours a day, this man works until each book is done, then jumps into the next. Such is the life of best selling author and 1979 graduate James Czajkowski (pen name James Rollins). “[In high school] I was quiet, an introver...

Alumna Mary Matus flies through life

Alumna Mary Matus poses with family.

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor

September 1, 2017

When a neighbor talked to Matus about her job as a flight attendant, she became inspired and began applying to different airlines because of her desire to move out of St. Louis and travel.

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