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

Competing in a Great Gatsby themed Trivia Crack game, juniors Acadia Vance and Karen Trevor-Roberts respond to a question regarding chapter five in English III teacher Erin Fluchel’s class. The game, coded by senior Ronik Bhaskar, was created as a fun way to discuss and analyze the book. “It helped me study a lot and it was a lot of fun,” Trevor-Roberts said. “It was engaging because we got to write the questions, and playing the game helped us dive deeper into the book.”

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

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”

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh as the March sisters in

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 a robot to better understand the perspective of characters in the class novel, sophomores Taylor Burns and Fatimah Hussain feel frustration at their robot due to their “character” limitations. This lesson taught students real-world skills such as trial and error, working together and teamwork. “There were some people getting really frustrated because they couldn’t figure it out, but they kept trying, kept experimenting and those were the sort of life skills that work their way into lessons like these,” Honors English II teacher Erin Fluchel said.

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

Looking into a virtual reality headset, sophomore Dyani May takes a virtual tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in her English II class Sept. 17. This was English teacher Casey Holland’s first time using VR in his classroom and was pleased with his students’ reaction to the tour. “It was different and exciting and fun,” Holland said. “The kids thought it was neat. When we started off, they were taking pictures of each other with their phones, but as the material we were talking about got more in depth, you could hear them saying ‘Oh wow,’ and hear them having some really good conversations with one another.”

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

Working on his novella before the approaching publishing date, senior Hayden Riehl hopes to grow both his understanding of the world around him and the world’s understanding of him. “I find writing for storytelling to be incredibly therapeutic, just from some of the stories that people have written in class that I've [seen],” Riehl said. “It was them literally working through a trauma that they've had in the past or something that they're trying to get their own heads wrapped around. Stories can do that. They can help you navigate a sea of your own thoughts.”

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

Staring ahead, sophomores Camila Angulo, senior Hira Khan, sophomore Ulaa Kuziez and senior Kinza Awais stand together at school. Although they feel mostly accepted at school, they face discrimination at times due to their religions and identity as immigrants. “It doesn’t happen as much at West, but I definitely get it sometimes where it doesn’t happen to my face. I’d rather have people say it to my face, so I can give them a chance to explain themselves, and I can have a chance to explain myself,” Khan said. “I’ve heard behind my back, whether I’m sitting in class, or just in the halls, that someone either will point out that I look different or has said something to me. I’ve definitely gotten a lot of terrorist jokes made at me.”

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

Seniors Erin Puhan and Ann Truka attempt to staple an essay in their AP English Literature and Composition (AP Lit) class. AP Lit is the senior honors option English course. “I think English is very collaborative,” AP Lit teacher Andria Benmuvhar said. “You read together, you talk together, and, apparently, you staple essays together.”

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 and English teacher Andria Benmuvhar pose with roses and the Regional Poetry Out Loud Champion trophy. Truka has competed in Poetry Out Loud for four years in a row. “I was thrilled that Ann first won the school competition because she had won previously as a freshman. It felt like a nice bookend experience. The regional competition was very tight—everyone gave incredibly strong performances—so when Ann won I was very excited and proud of her,” Benmuvhar said.

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

Rose poses with her sister, alumna Maddie Rose in front of the Mizzou columns. Both of the Rose sisters attended Mizzou.

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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