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Alumna Mondonna Ghasedi pursues her dream career as an associate circuit judge

Mondonna Ghasedi poses for a headshot for her profile on St. Louis County Courts. She was able to learn how to apply rules to real-world situations at 14 years old as the only female baseball umpire at the Ballwin Athletic Association. “It took a lot of courage to make the calls on a diamond full of older male teenagers, but I quickly learned that a firm grasp of the rules and the confidence to apply them made me one of the more sought after umpires by coaches and players alike,” Ghasedi said. “It was not always easy and sometimes the answer was not clear but, with attentiveness, commitment and an understanding of the rules, I made the calls with confidence. These experiences only enhanced my commitment to justice and fairness and furthered my desire to know the rules that applied to those principles.”

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

September 20, 2018

Alumna Mondonna Ghasedi has fulfilled her dream of becoming a judge after getting her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Ghasedi was appointed associate circuit judge for the 21st Circuit, which covers St. Louis County, in October 2016 by Gov. Jeremiah W. Nixon. ...

Alumnus James Bosanquet saves lives through critical care medicine

James Bosanquet sits with his wife Jill, his son Grant and his daughter Clara at the Muny entrance for a family picture. Grant and Clara are both future longhorns and Jill currently a family physician practicing weight loss medicine. “As a critical care physician, we work some long, yet predictable hours. I could not ask for a more supportive family,

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

September 11, 2018

Since graduating in 2001, alumnus James Bosanquet has pursued a career as a Critical Care Physician at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and has been practicing critical care medicine since July 2015. “I am an intensivist. I round in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on my group of eight to 15 patients. I discuss the plan with the nurses and ancillary staff a...

Alumna Kaitlyn Yang aspires for change in the entertainment industry through Alpha Studios

Kaitlyn Yang and her crew attend a premier party for Miss 2059, a show that her team did visual effects for last year for Verizon go90.

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach

August 30, 2018

After graduating in 2007, alumna Kaitlyn Yang founded Alpha Studios in 2013. Alpha Studios is a post-production company Yang created in Los Angeles, CA. “We do visual effects, motion graphics, titles, color correction and consulting. We also do on-set supervision to make sure you are filming thi...

Alumna Shannon Anderson follows her passions in biology and social justice

Writing down notes, alumna Shannon Anderson records information about mussels for her paid internship, which gives insight into the health of streams. Because Anderson is interested in many different aspects of biology, she is using this internship and the variety of classes at Emory to explore her options. “I started off not really knowing if I wanted to do more of a genetics and bio-engineering focus or if I wanted to stick to more of an ecology focus,” Anderson said. “The way that the curriculum works, you can choose classes that fit whatever you want to focus on studying, so I’m going to take classes in both of those.”

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EIC

August 15, 2018

Between planning walkouts, doing an ecology internship and studying abroad in Australia, 2016 alumna Shannon Anderson keeps herself busy while going into her third year at Emory University, studying biology with a minor in environmental science. “I chose my major freshman year of high school, and I’ve never reall...

Alumnus Scott Schaefer survives and thrives after taking on the popular family business

Scott Schaefer opens another Schaefer AutoBody location in O’Fallon, IL in 2014. The building was previously a Subaru dealership that had been vacant for several years and was a perfect fit for Schaefer and his business. “The biggest challenge with this location was the city’s zoning restrictions. Since the building was previously a dealership, the zoning was classified as commercial and body shops are only allowed in light industrial zoned areas,” Schaefer said. “The process wasn’t easy and there were some people who did not want us to be there. However, through our consistent presence at city council meetings and willingness to compromise with the requests of the city, we were able to reach an agreement.”

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

March 22, 2018

After graduating in 1998, alumnus Scott Schaefer expressed interest in managing Schaefer AutoBody, founded by his father Steve Schaefer in 1985, and began the process of taking over the business in 2010. “Since grade school, I was always around the body shop. My brother and I worked in the shop...

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 ...

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

Derrick Richardson carries a fire hose in preparation to attack a house fire. He has been a firefighter for 21 years and a Fire Captain for nine of those years. “I hold a number of fire certifications and am able to do a multiple jobs in the fire service, Richardson said. “I love helping people and giving back and I do that in the fire service and in my community as a volunteer. I love the job and the work it includes.”

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 27, 2018

Serving his community as a firefighter after graduating in 1990, alumnus Derrick Richardson was promoted to Fire Captain in Alton, Ill. He has been a firefighter since 1997 and was promoted after only nine years of being on the force. “Fire captain is a tested position. I tested and got promoted to en...

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

Rebecca Lintner poses with her two-year-old friend Mark, also called Markaroni, who is the son of a single mother who started the first women’s empowerment group for HIV positive women.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

February 9, 2018

[Courtesy of Rebecca Lintner] Rebecca Lintner poses with her two-year-old friend Mark, also called Markaroni, who is the son of a single mother who started the first women’s empowerment group for HIV positive women....

4. In memory of Joe Ross

2016 graduate Drew Bonnett and the late Joe Ross pose for a picture at a Parkway Swim Club swim meet. Bonnett and Ross swam together for many years and grew up as best friends. “Joe was a light of joy and laughter,” Bonnett said. “I loved him and respected him deeply.”

Maria Newton, Staff Writer

January 30, 2018

Alumnus Joseph Alan Ross passed away on Jan. 20 at age 19, while studying economics at the University of Chicago. Joe, as he was more commonly referred to, graduated in the class of 2016 as the president of the Math Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was a member of the Science Honors Society, Beta C...

Dr. Bill Nelson works to give hope to the word ‘cancer’

Dr. Bill Nelson poses for his profile picture for Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2018

Alumnus Dr. Bill Nelson has been a Professor of Oncology, Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology and Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1992 and specializes in the research and treatment of prostate cancer. “Hopkins took a risk on me as a student. I remained at Johns Hopkins for residency and fellowship training as p...

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