College sports recruiting during COVID-19

Senior Katie Ferbet signs her national letter of intent to commit to Saint Mary’s College of California Nov. 13. Ferbet had narrowed down her decision to about three schools before she made her final choice. “Once I decided, I told the coach ‘I want to accept your offer’ and that's where I am now. I definitely felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders,” Ferbet said.
21 hours ago

The process to play college sports is a difficult one, with strict rules and limited windows of opportunity for interested students. With new cases topping 300,000 Jan. 8, the COVID-19 pandemic is the...

The Townsends’ big breakfast tip

The Towsends orchestrated a Venmo challenge in which they raised money for a restaurant server.
3 days ago

From a simple post on Facebook, to a collection of $550, Math teacher Jason Townsend and his wife, Parkway North English teacher Valerie Townsend, made the day of the woman who served them breakfast at...

As COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, senior Sri Jaladi launches a notification drive for the unhoused and the uninsured

Senior Sri Jaladi helps a member of City Hope Shelter register for a COVID-19 vaccine notification. Jaladi has been conducting COVID-19 safety workshops at City Hope since the onset of the pandemic. “Even though people wear masks and their cots are spaced six feet apart [in the City Hope Shelter], social-distancing is not completely feasible in congregate shelters,” Jaladi said.
4 days ago

Ten months into the pandemic, the long-awaited vaccine to combat the virus is finally here. On Dec. 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA)...

Parkway needs to listen to its educators

According to data from the Dec. 21 Parkway Board of Education meeting, in-school exposure to COVID-19 has resulted in at least 234 staff quarantines and positive cases, each one represented by a dot in the above image.
January 12, 2021

Consider the Parkway School District’s four-pronged strategy to ensure staff safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Creating objective measurement systems that are third-party verified to measure...

Christy Moellering

Math teacher Christy Moellering displays her statement earrings.
December 22, 2020

How has virtual school changed your style?  “Virtual school has definitely changed my style. [During virtual school] I wear comfy pants, hoodies, and no shoes every day. All first quarter, I also...

Patrick Troy

Math teacher Patrick Troy poses in his virtual teaching attire.
December 22, 2020

What makes your style unique?  “I wear a lot of button-down shirts and jeans normally. My students will often say I wear ‘graph paper shirts’ because I'm a math teacher and I have a lot of checked...

Mitchell Harms

Sophomore Mitchell Harms displays his virtual learning attire.
December 22, 2020

What makes your style unique? How would you describe your style? “The thing that I think is unique about my style is that I usually mix it up. I sometimes wear polo shirts and khaki pants, but a hoodie...

Senior struggles with college applications during the era of COVID-19

Seniors have a wide variety of colleges to pick from as they search for the school that is right for them.
December 7, 2020

“It feels like you're taking your pants off in front of a whole crowd.” That is how senior Amina Aser describes her college applications process. The fear of being vulnerable to those close to you...

Safely spending time with friends: winter edition

Freshmen Katie Wallace and Cora Tiemeier spend a windy day outside at O’Day Park in O'Fallon, Mo. Nov. 15. Wallace has been spending time with her friends outside and masked, finding new activities and rediscovering old ones. “When I went to have a picnic with my friend, we went on the playground too, even though we're in high school. Just think outside of the box,” Wallace said.
December 1, 2020

With December approaching, dropping temperatures are posing a new challenge to students who are having socially distant get-togethers with their friends. Rain, cold fronts and temperatures falling well...

Under the radar: Five global issues we aren’t talking about

Holding the Armenian flag and signs at a protest, juniors Mira Nalbandian and Anna Newberry work to bring awareness to the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. As an Armenian, Nalbandian feels that it is important for individuals to recognize and be aware of global issues. “The American media hasn't really done a good job of bringing light to any of these issues and that's very harmful. People have the power to make change by organizing, but when we're not aware of what's going on, it's even harder to resolve these issues,” Nalbandian said. “This is hard for many Armenians because we just want recognition and help.”
November 30, 2020

It’s safe to say 2020 has culminated in an eventful year, with COVID-19, our Presidential Election and the Black Lives Matter movement dominating the headlines. These issues, while pertinent, have been...

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