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Junior Zoe DeYoung wins St. Louis Symphony Orchestra “Express the Music” Senior Poetry Division

Sitting in her bedroom, junior Zoe DeYoung writes in her notebook while in quarantine. DeYoung won first place in the Senior Poetry Division of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s “Express the Music” writing competition. “The poem was so different from everything I’d ever written before,” DeYoung said. “It made me proud of taking that leap and writing something like that.”

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

May 11, 2020

Out of 2000 participants, 476 submissions and 47 finalists, junior Zoe DeYoung won first place in the Senior Poetry Division of “Express the Music.” Express the Music is an annual writing competition hosted by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) which “invites students in grades 6-12 to discove...

Photo of the week – April 27

Sister of senior Madi Foppe, Kennedy Foppe, tapes paper hearts to her window to form a rainbow of hearts. She came up with the idea after seeing people share rainbows and wanted to incorporate hearts to represent love and kindness for healthcare and essential workers. “We enjoy [art] but we don’t get to do it a lot. During quarantine we have definitely gotten to do more,” M. Foppe said. “We had an idea to create a rainbow of hope out of hearts to spread hope and love during these uncertain times.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

April 30, 2020

Art responding to art: Creative Writing 2 and the art department’s curriculum collaboration

Searching for the piece of art that she will respond to, Creative Writing student and senior Allainah Crawford looks at works from the AP Design and Photography class. “This project is ‘free range’ compared to some of the other ones,” English teacher Dan Barnes said. “With express the music, we have word count, [but] with this one, I just want my students to be inspired by art.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Ekphrasis—better described as art responding to art—is a practice that English teacher Dan Barnes knows well.  When Honors English 3 was offered as a class, Barnes taught ekphrastic response, having his students respond in writing to various pieces of art. The class then became Advanced Plac...

Junior Caroline Judd gets a head start on arts focused career

Looking into the camera, junior Caroline Judd stands with some of the equipment she uses in her photoshoots. Judd prefers to shoot outside in natural lighting rather than indoors with flash photography. “Natural lighting fits well with the photography that I envision,” Judd said. “Natural lighting makes editing my photos much easier because it allows me to play with the colors.”

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

February 13, 2019

What kind of art do you create? “I am very passionate about photography and videography. I started out doing classic art like drawing and painting, but I discovered my love for photography when I got my first camera. After that, my skills developed and now I have my own business.” How much time...

Junior Ryan Egan uses STEM courses to pursue a career in music

Strumming his guitar and singing into the microphone, junior Ryan Egan performs with his band The Brink STL at last year’s benefit concert. Egan has been playing concerts in the St. Louis area for four years. “I love performing,” Egan said. “It’s a lot of fun. I enjoy playing in front of a crowd and just playing music in general. I hope to release some music so that I can spread my messages of positivity, perseverance and dedication.”

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

January 23, 2019

What kind of art are you interested in? I play in a band called The Brink STL. I’ve been playing guitar for eight years, and I’ve been playing gigs and concerts around St. Louis for the past four years. We play a little bit of everything. We play covers of pop bands like Panic! at the Disco a...

Sophomore Arden Dickson pursues theater in a STEM-focused world

Staring into the spotlight, sophomore Arden Dickson performs in the fall play The 39 Steps. Dickson has been featured in 21 shows since she began participating in theater five years ago. “The arts are creating something out of nothing, based purely on what is inside of you,” Dickson said. “STEM subjects emphasize technicality, memorization, and what people don’t realize is that art is just as, if not more difficult. Art is creating something completely new based on what is going on inside your head, which, I guarantee for everyone, is a hot mess.”

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

December 19, 2018

What career are you pursuing? I really want to go to a Conservatory Performing Arts college and get a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in either acting or musical theater, preferably musical theater. Those programs are really hard to get into, but that’s what I’m striving towards. Have you ever fel...

Art students face the pressures of STEM focused education

Posing with her camera and drone, junior Caroline Judd shows the equipment she needs to continue her career as a photographer. Judd used her own money to purchase her equipment and uses her own time to take and edit photos. “I’ve invested lots of money into camera equipment and editing software that you can’t get at school,” Judd said. “I understand that that isn’t a priority for the school, but it’s hard when you want to follow a career that isn’t typical or STEM focused because you have to put so much time into outside of school while also balancing your schoolwork.”

Lydia Roseman, News Editor

November 29, 2018

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. These fields have been pushed on us since we were young. Elementary schoolers take art and music classes once or twice a week, but are drilled in their times tables almost every day. When schools are short on funding, art programs are the first on the c...

People of West: Bailey Goughenour

People of West: Bailey Goughenour

Susie Seidel, Staff Writer

April 19, 2018

Junior Bailey Goughenour reflects on her development as an artist and how it made her who she is today.

Students blend art and Latin

Twelve tiles currently line Herpel’s ceiling, and six more are in progress. Herpel provides resources for students to carry out the detailed research in depicting the deity of their choosing. “I’ve always liked the myth surrounding Proserpina. Also, knowing that it would take an obscene amount of time for me, a serial procrastinator, to complete, I figured that Proserpina wasn’t one that a lot of other people would ask to do,” junior Natan Shpringman said.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 6, 2018

Along with a mural of the Roman forum on the wall, student-painted ceiling tiles join the collage of decorations hanging from Latin teacher Tom Herpel’s walls. The tiles that depict ancient Roman deities are an ongoing project in Herpel’s collection of handmade classroom decorations. “I had a meet...

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