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Photography students stay connected through an Instagram account

Photo II student Bri Davis uses this photo to answer 'how has quarantine affected her?' This is one of three pictures she took that got posted on the account for the assignment.

Olivia Bradshaw, Staff Writer

April 14, 2020

A red shoe bag lined the whiteboard in the Photography classroom for students to place their phones in during the hour. However, during times of quarantine, the device that was prohibited in the classroom has become a teaching tool. During quarantine Photography teacher Katy Mangrich has turned t...

Inside look: student influencers make the most of social media

Sophomore Emily O’Connor smiles in a photo that she edited. O’Connor hopes that her posts have a positive effect on her followers. “Sometimes it’s hard if I’m about to post something and I think, ‘are people going to like this?’ or, ‘are people going to think I’m weird for posting this?’, but then I think about how it could affect someone and know that it could affect them positively and I just go for it,” O’Connor said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

Kylie Jenner. David Dobrik. Emma Chamberlain.  With social media being so prominent in today's society, everyone has heard the names of these Instagram influencers. Even if not everyone knows their name, student influencers have had an impact on their followers.  After senior Aaliyah Weston rose ...

Sophomores Kathryn McAuliffe and Maddy Truka empower others through Peerlift

Posing with a bok choy, Webster Groves freshman Bree Tokraks and sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe relish in their inside jokes from Kode with Klossy, a free two-week summer camp designed to empower teen girls interested in coding. McAuliffe discovered the program through Peerlift, an organization that strives to help prepare high school students for the future. “I’d like to do Kode with Klossy next year, and I will apply for sure, but there are a couple of other opportunities I’m more interested in. I don’t even know what those opportunities might be, but I’d like to do something more in my interests with journalism or activism,” McAuliffe said.

Nayeon Ryu, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018

While most high school students look forward to the awaited spring break trip and forgetting about school, sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe used this time to further her preparation for college. While touring colleges with her older brother, McAuliffe realized the numerous, undiscovered opportunities to g...

Senior Bailey Goughenour shares makeup talents through freelance and social media

Applying eye shadow, senior Bailey Goughenour completes a makeup look. Goughenour started her makeup Instagram and YouTube accounts this summer in order to further her hobby and do more freelance makeup. “As of right now, I’d say my Instagram account is what I’m most proud of because I put a lot of effort into it, and it’s really satisfying to see people following me, commenting or direct messaging me asking if I can do their makeup,” Goughenour said.

Sabrina Bohn, Managing EIC Intern

September 26, 2018

After experimenting with makeup in middle school for fun, senior Bailey Goughenour began doing her friends' makeup for homecoming and other events. Now, she does freelance as a self-taught makeup artist, building her following and skill set on both Instagram and YouTube. “I would do my makeup for work on the weekends, and a lot of peop...

Junior Charlize Chiu explores the impacts of growing social media accounts

Debuting her song “You and Me,” junior Charlize Chiu plays the guitar for her first live recording on Youtube. Chiu spent almost three months working on additional verses and instrumental parts. “The most challenging aspect of running social media accounts is finding ways to stay motivated and please everyone on each platform, including myself,” Chiu said. “Sometimes people don’t like the same things as I do, and that makes things hard.”

Carly Anderson, Copy Editor

August 24, 2018

Growing up, junior Charlize Chiu spent her days watching Youtubers like nigahiga, Smosh and Shane Dawson. Now, she finds herself following in their footsteps with her growing Instagram and Youtube accounts. “I found my inspiration just by watching a lot of other YouTube videos, especially when ...

Anonymous student-run Instagram account aims to spread positivity

Photo illustration of a student displaying the @longhorn.love Instagram account on their cell phone.

Tyler Kinzy, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018

Student social media use has been the subject of much scorn, with critics citing the web as an enabler of online harassment and cyberbullying. Others, however, view this same technology as a pipeline for positivity. Sophomore Zane Alshekhlee recalls the moment when he first discovered the Instagram a...

A behind-the-scenes look at the operator of @pwestpub

Posing with her camera, sophomore Caroline Judd explores the Redwoods. Caroline vacationed in California over spring break and, inspired by Instagrammer @zoelaz, took many photos and shared them on her personal Instagram, @cjuddc. “I love lifestyle photos and I also really like National Geographic because you see parts of the world that you didn’t even know existed,” Caroline said.

Lydia Roseman, Staff Writer

December 12, 2017

Promoting her school and doing what she loves at the same time, sophomore Caroline Judd manages the official Instagram of Parkway West High School, @pwestpub. Seeking to bring the school to life, Judd paints a picture of what it’s like to be a student through her passion for photography and knack for social...

Highlights of senior Bama Nanić’s instagram influence

Senior Bama Nanić poses with her colored ttdeye contacts and green diamante scarves hijab. In 20 hours, the picture gained 3,460 likes. “Middle school was when I fell in love with makeup, and in high school, I just really felt like stepping my game up,” Nanić said.

Nayeon Ryu, Convergent Media Writer

October 27, 2017

With cheekbones sharper than a knife and a hijab placed delicately on her head, senior Bama Nanić kills the Instagram game with her following of 29.3k. Nanić has a public Instagram account where she posts selfies of her makeup looks or company sponsored outfit-of-the-day pictures, gaining an aver...

Pooh Bear: the cure to cancer

An Instagram post for the childhood cancer awareness challenge.

Sydney Kinzy, Productions Editor-in-Chief

February 21, 2017

Oh, Instagram challenges str just another hat we put on to make ourselves look benevolent on the Internet.

Instagram update unappealing to users

The original layout (left) incorporated blue accents for the title bar and some text, whereas the recent update (right) eliminated color accents in favor of a clean black and white background for photos.

Ellie Widowski, Staff Writer

May 19, 2016

When Instagram announced its change, officials said they did it in order to put more focus on the pictures and videos without changing how the app is navigated.

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