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Senior Ronik Bhaskar codes Trivia Crack game for Erin Fluchel’s English III class

Senior Ronik Bhaskar codes Trivia Crack game for Erin Fluchel’s English III class

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer

2 days ago

Whiteboards shooting up, discussion clamoring and competition raging, juniors in English III teacher Erin Fluchel’s class play a Trivia Crack-inspired game coded by senior Ronik Bhaskar to discuss chapters five and six of the “The Great Gatsby” in classic game show fashion. Fluchel wanted to find a unique way for ...

Greta Gerwig creates a modern masterpiece with classic novel “Little Women”

Greta Gerwig creates a modern masterpiece with classic novel  “Little Women”

Kathryn McAuliffe, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief Intern

December 27, 2019

In the movie (and book!) “Little Women,” Meg March declares that “it’s so dreadful to be poor!” It’s a widely understood fact that to be lacking makes one sad, but both movie-goers and classic literature fans simply won’t be lacking after seeing this rich and lively movie. Writer and d...

Coding robots to understand point of view: English students bring technology into the classroom

Coding robots to understand point of view: English students bring technology into the classroom

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

Small white and blue spheres crawl around the library as students in Erin Fluchel and Casey Holland's Honors English II classes compete in a set of obstacles.  Students were responsible for coding robots that experienced limitations representative of the ones each character faced in the Lord of the Fli...

English II students explore the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum through virtual reality

English II students explore the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum through virtual reality

Lydia Roseman, News Section Editor

September 17, 2019

No airfare, hotel, transportation or museum pass was necessary for students in English II to tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, D.C. In fact, not a single school absence was required. Instead, Casey Holland's English II students entered the museum virtually, in the school library, to ...

From students to published authors: Creative Writing 2 will host E-book release launch party at the Wolf Cafe

From students to published authors: Creative Writing 2 will host E-book release launch party at the Wolf Cafe

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 30, 2019

In a frenzy to finish before their deadline, the Creative Writing 2 class logs hours that will result in a published E-book on the Amazon Kindle Store. Amazon’s self-publishing program, Kindle Direct Publishing, will help students enrolled in Creative Writing 2 achieve their goals of becoming published...

Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration

Seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan share students’ stories of immigration

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EiC

December 10, 2018

While most students would groan at the thought of an English project, seniors Kinza Awais and Hira Khan used the opportunity to address a topic they care about by creating a video raising awareness about immigration through students’ personal stories. “I wanted to do something I was really ...

Students facilitate the creation of a National English Honors Society chapter

Students facilitate the creation of a National English Honors Society chapter

Maria Newton

May 17, 2018

For the first time ever, a National English Honors Society (NEHS) chapter is being created. Sophomore Gabe Davis is heading the task of establishing the chapter. The process began in February when Davis realized that applications for Mu Alpha Theta and the other honors societies were coming out, but...

Senior Ann Truka advances in Poetry Out Loud competition

Senior Ann Truka advances in Poetry Out Loud competition

Carly Anderson, Conceptual EiC Intern

March 7, 2018

After four years of competing in Poetry Out Loud [POL], senior Ann Truka placed first in the St. Louis Regional Competition and has qualified to perform at the state competition in Jefferson City, Mo. March 8. “I was really hoping to win the school competition this year because I thought it'd be cool to win again as...

English teacher Taylor Rose returns to West

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 as a child to working in various educational experiences in the community, I knew that I wanted to d...

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