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Five faculty members bid farewell with no pomp and circumstance

Staff members Melvin Bethany, Eileen Kiser, Taylor Rose, Carly Roach, and Kitty Strong leave West to chase different adventures.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Basketball and Football Coach Melvin Bethany is leaving to become the Activities Director at Lutheran High School in St. Charles, Mo.   “Parkway West High helped me to the fullest by allowing me to be and accepting my style of relationship building and coaching,” Bethany said. “I’m going to ...

Club culture becomes an ‘arms race’ for college

Focusing on her homework, senior Angie Jia demonstrates the amount of work brought on by over-involvement. Jia is involved in many clubs and honor societies and has been since the beginning of her high school career. “The honor societies, sometimes I regret doing them because they don’t really mean anything,” Jia said. “I guess now that you’re in them you just stay because you want a cord [for graduation].”

Mira Nalbandian, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Come spring, several honor societies open their gates to floods of applications. Collecting signatures, students race around the school, trying to prove their participation in clubs, sports and other extracurriculars. Already overworked students are trying to join every club in school to stand out to ...

Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser fights with hope after her daughter survived a life-threatening cancer diagnosis

Covered in whipped cream, Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser hugs sophomore Zoe DeYoung in the cafeteria. Kiser braced for impact before DeYoung pied her to raise money for Friends of Kids with Cancer. “Mrs. Kiser and I have a really close relationship, and we were both really hoping that my name would be drawn so I could pie her. When my name was drawn, we immediately looked for each other, and we were so surprised,” DeYoung said.

Abby Bach, Convergent Media Writer

May 20, 2019

Putting on her goggles before getting pied in the face, Spanish teacher Eileen Kiser’s goal is to help raise money for Friends of Kids with Cancer. Kiser’s passion for helping kids with cancer stems from her personal journey with her daughter who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of three. ...

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