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


Art teacher Katy Mangrich and journalism adviser Debra Klevens analyze the “Survivor” competitors together. Mangrich won the competition a couple times in the past by picking the correct contestant that she believed would win. “[Winning] was exciting. I’ve picked a couple people for Klevens when she was not available for pick day, and she’s won on my picks too. I’d say I’m pretty good at making picks, whether it’s luck or whether I have good intuition,” Mangrich said.

Forming work tribes through “Survivor”

Addie Gleason, Managing Editor-in-Chief December 9, 2022

English, art and special education staff await anxiously every Wednesday night, eyes glowing from the TV screen light, ears listening as names are read. This night’s elimination announcement would determine...

English teacher Erin Fluchel places Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” back on her bookshelf. While some staff members were concerned it might cause legal troubles because it contains a sketch of a naked woman’s chest, the district ultimately determined it was not offensive. “Some of these pieces are really powerful, important pieces of dystopian literature that deserve to stay. I think [the book] provides students with a different perspective that kids should be able to access,” Fluchel said.

New Missouri law bans schools from providing “explicit sexual content”

Audrey Ghosh, Awards Coordinator August 30, 2022

On account of a new Missouri law, school librarians and teachers have removed certain content from the bookshelves that was previously available to students. Passed Aug. 28, Senate Bill 775 modifies state...

Racing to the ball, freshman Molly Bailey and her opponent swim without hesitation. Bailey joined water polo for the first time this year, and although the sport has proven to be difficult, she has persisted. “Water polo is a sport that has pushed me physically. At the start of the season, I asked myself why I was there and why I decided to sign up for it in the first place,” Bailey said. “But as the season progressed, something about the sport kept me wanting to play more and more. I love the people, the competition and the game.”

A new beginning for female water polo

Sabrina Urdaneta, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

From 2018 to 2019, boy's water polo participation has risen by 8.8%, while girl's water polo participation across the country has seen an 18% increase. Team captains Taylor Johnson and Thalea Afentoullis...

“I think the best part about being a teacher is seeing  how many different lives you impact. Sometimes it takes years. You see a student you havent had in 10 years and they come up to you and they have a conversation; that impact that we have on many [ students]  lives can help shape the world. Obviously thats the main goal for what I would hope a lot of people in teaching, but I feel like that it is hard to see when youre in the moment, but you can find that if you  teach long enough. I come to different insights. [I] focus in on what I find to be important, and what we need as a society and culture. Right now, we need more interactions with each other. And unfortunately, were dealing with a situation where theres a lot of impersonal contact that we have. Part of it stems from our technology; we can also lay some blame on our current situation with COVID. I worry about those aspects and students abilities to socialize and work together. – Brian Welch, librarian

Brian Welch

Lia Emry, CJ1 Writer April 22, 2022

A display in the library featuring a variety of novels from Black authors.

Annual African American Read-In set for March 4

Leah Schroeder, Managing Editor in Chief February 22, 2022

The words of African literature echo across the library while students and staff listen intently. This is the annual African American read-in, set to occur March 4 during Academic Lab after a one-year...

Performing an original piece, senior Taylor Fischer raps for students attending the African American Read-In in the library.

Black History Month takes a different route

Bri Davis, Convergence Journalism Writer February 20, 2020

As you walk past business teacher Kelly Kennedy’s door, you’ll see a large painting of an African American woman wearing a crown on her afro hair to show how black is beautiful. To promote Black...

Looking out over the pool, JV coach Brian Welch and alumni Mitch Griffin celebrate a goal at the State water polo championship against St. Louis University High, May 11. The varsity team walked home with second place. “The game was so tight and every possession was heavily contested,” Welch said. “Every goal felt like a breath of air after being underwater in between goals.”

Photo of the week – May 13

Emma Caplinger, Podcast Artist May 17, 2019

Sophomore Liza Tarakanova concentrates on making her next move in a game of chess at the club.

Chess team prepares for upcoming state tournament

Nico Stranquist, Staff Writer February 15, 2015
Chess Team hopes to see success this Spring in state tournament
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