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Moving with a Mission

Bonnett and his companion attend a wedding while serving in India.

Quinn Berry, Staff Writer

June 9, 2020

While the average 19-year-old is off studying at college or beginning a new job, some choose to put these plans on pause to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), many alumni included. Beginning at the age of 18, boys can opt to serve the LDS church for a two year...

No curriculum, no teachers, no tests: Alumna Alexis Franklin paves the path for a unique type of learning

As she looks over a student's shoulder, alumna Alexis Franklin hosts a Meet and Greet event at Tower Grove Park to introduce prospective parents to the Sudbury education model. Franklin opened up the school last August and began enrolling students. “We have a really supportive group of parents who jump at every opportunity to help me out,” Franklin said. “They’re really trying to talk to their friends and try to get new kids involved. [They’re] really supportive and positive.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

February 10, 2020

Students enter through the doors of the school ready to start their day, but instead of sitting at their desks to start their morning work or turn in their homework, students socialize until they feel they are ready to begin working. By students taking responsibility for their own education, alumna Ale...

Alumnus Stuart Portman takes an unconventional path to work at the U.S. Senate

Posing for the photo, alumnus Stuart Portman smiles for the camera. Portman has been working at the U.S. Senate for over six years. “It’s a really cool role because there’s only one of me, so I really focus my coursework and my studies on Medicaid and low-income insurance programs so that I could continue learning. It just so happened to have been to this path,” Portman said. “I've been in the Senate for about five years, and I’ve been in this role for two and a half.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

January 30, 2020

Always showing a passion for health and politics, alumna Stuart Portman combined his interests to become an advisor at the U.S. Senate. Portman’s Journey After graduating high school in 2009, Portman attended the University of Denver where he double-majored in Biology and Political Science on a pre...

Alumna Vicky Hedgecock animates “Call of The Wild”

Preparing for a band concert, alumna Vicky Hedgecock and her friend Sarah Kellogg get ready together in their senior year of high school in 2012. Hedgecock agreed that band helped a lot with her animation skills. “If you come from some sort of musical background like band, it really helps with timing actions for your animation so they work with the beat of the music and have a better overall impact in trailers or in the movie itself,” Hedgecock said.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Convergence Journalism Writer

January 22, 2020

After deciding to become an animator her freshman year of high school, 2012 alumna Vicky Hedgecock worked in high school and college to gain animation skills and experience. She is currently animating the movie "Call of the Wild,” coming to theaters Feb. 21, 2020. “The major push for me to pursue anima...

From high school baseball to playing professional, alumni Sherron Rives uses passion for baseball to coach youth teams

Youth baseball coach and alumni Sherron Rives tells his players the long season is not over yet after winning first place in a spring tournament. Rives led his 14 and under team to three tournament wins in 2018. “It was really different to play for him,” sophomore Nathan Basler said. “He had a different passion for the game, and you could see it in his eyes when he was coaching. He loves baseball more than anyone I’ve seen before.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Graduating in 1989 and continuing his baseball career into professional game, alumni Sherron Rives is now giving back to his community by teaching the game to youth players in the St. Louis area. “I was able to play professionally in the minor leagues for the Detroit Tigers organization. I wouldn’t...

More than a substitute: alumnus Scott Winfrey shares the impact he hopes to have on students

Working with junior Elliot Krewson, alumni Scott Winfrey helps him finish a project for business class. Winfrey graduated in 2008 and since then has been working to have an impact on students in the classes he substitutes for. “I don’t believe in 'good or bad’ students,” Winfrey said. “Only energy that is focused productively or not. Students are not opposed to working hard. They just want to find meaning in the work they do.”

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

As a substitute teacher, you get limited time with the students in class due to a plan already written out for you by the teacher. Not only does substitute teacher and alumnus Scott Winfrey accomplish this, but he also hopes students walk out of his class gaining experiences they otherwise would not have h...

From student council president to State Representative hopeful, Alumna Trish Gunby shares strategy for getting into office

Posing for the photo, alumna Trish Gunby smiles for the camera. If elected, she will be representing homes of the Parkway West District that are North of Manchester Road, West of Weidman, East of Baxter and North of Fontbonne West. “After Michael Brown was killed, I started learning about racial justice and voting rights,” Gunby said. “So I’ve had this arc of LGBTQ+ inclusion, racial justice and voting rights and all that led me to where I’m at right now.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

October 1, 2019

After hearing much encouragement from her peers, 1979 alumna Trish Gunby decided to take her involvement to the next step by choosing to run for Missouri State Representative of the 99th District. If elected, Gunby will be representing cities such as Manchester, Valley Park and Twin Oaks. “When o...

Alumna Audra Hartwell returns to reverse roles from player to coach

JV tennis coach Audra Hartwell gives sophomore Betsy Weaver parade line up details before the Homecoming parade begins. Hartwell made a point to her players about having fun while also competing at a high level. “ I want tennis to be the best part of their day because it keeps them coming back,” Hartwell said. “I want them excited to come to practice or a match.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Turning right at the stoplight into 14653 Clayton Road is not out of the ordinary.  Gearing up in Columbia Blue Longhorn apparel seems like an old habit. After a six-year hiatus from playing softball and running cross country, during high school, 2013 alumna Audra Hartwell has returned to coach the JV gi...

Alumni share how they met their soulmates

Four couples share their love stories, and their chance meeting at West High.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

Look to your right, look to your left, you never know if that person sitting next to you in class will be your forever. Four couples share their love stories, and their chance meeting at West High. Adam and Danielle (Renaud) Tritt Tell me about how you met.  Danielle: “We met in 1998 freshman English,...

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