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


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.

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

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...

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.”

Derrick Richardson gives back to the community as Fire Captain

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...

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.

Alumna Rebecca Sheppard Lintner makes a difference through projects in Uganda

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...

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.”

4. In memory of Joe Ross

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...

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

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...

Mark Reardon participates in a live broadcast on Dec. 8 for a bike drive called Bikes for Tykes through the Toys for Tots campaign.

Mark Reardon excels through journalism

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer December 18, 2017

Alumnus Mark Reardon started in radio at the age of 15 and studied journalism on his own after graduating in 1983. “My first jobs in radio were music radio gigs. I was a disc jockey at a rock station,...

Rose poses with her sister, alumna Maddie Rose in front of the Mizzou columns. Both of the Rose sisters attended Mizzou. I spent my first year teaching in Columbia, Missouri because I was participating in a Master’s Degree program through the University of Missouri, Rose Said.

English teacher Taylor Rose returns to West

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer November 29, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Rose: “I have always wanted to be a teacher, as so many empowering women in my family have served as teachers. From playing school with my cousins...

Reading a book to the audience, Kathryn Harter leads a scene in “The Three Musketeers” as Sabine in June 2017.

Kathryn Harter acts on her dreams

Sabrina Bohn, Features Editor October 13, 2017

When 2016 West alumna Kathryn Harter auditioned for “Tartuffe” her freshman year of high school, she had no idea she would be in the acting program years later at Missouri State University. “I'm...

Brant Baldanza and his staff in front of The Corner Pub opening day on Oct. 20, 2007.

Restaurant owner Brant Baldanza rises to success

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer October 6, 2017

The Shack, The Tavern and The Corner Pub and Grill are all successful local restaurants owned by 1991 alumnus Brant Baldanza, who first got into the restaurant business by working at Mike Duffy’s when...

Jordy Berger explaining beef carcass evaluation at the Porter County Fair where he served as the official judge for beef, pork and lamb carcass classes in Porter County, Indiana in July 2017.

Meet the meat scientist

Sarah Lashly, Staff Writer September 20, 2017

After graduating from high school in 2009, alumnus Jordy Berger felt lost without much direction for the future. “I ended up meandering through community college for the next couple years, when I...

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