The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


“I worked very hard in high school academically, athletically, and in extracurriculars. Having all of that come together and getting into my reach college was a pretty proud moment. All of that said, I am probably most proud of something much more simple: being nice to people. I learned compassion and empathy from my mom at a young age and the importance and power of just being nice always resonated. I had many teachers along the way [that got me into teaching]. I am thankful that I became an educator. I get to learn and grow through my job on a daily basis. I get to work with students, teachers, and parents to find ways to best support the students that are the future of our community. In those ways, my job is very fulfilling and rewarding,” - Mario Pupillo, Assistant Principal

Mario Pupillo, Principal

Lia Emry, Staff Writer March 15, 2023

A pile of Advanced Placement (AP) study books sit on a library desk. When taking AP classes, many students sacrifice other areas of their lives to keep their grades up. “Its not the fact that I am taking an AP class. I am spending more time doing the work for school than I would spend time with friends and family,” senior Noah Schell said. “It is a sacrifice I made and realized after signing up for the classes. Over the years, I have devised a system of managing my time, which sometimes means I don’t get all of the work done.”

Balancing brain power: the need to prioritize mental health over AP classes

Pathfinder Editorial Board January 19, 2023

In 2022, 424 Parkway West students took 801 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, meaning that most took two or more tests, and over a third of the student population enrolled in an AP class. Because course...

Principal John McCabe and Junior class Principal Mario Pupillo stand by the cafeteria door during lunch supervising. McCabe or another administrator monitors during every lunch period. “It’s stressful, but it’s also rewarding because we have such a great student body, and they’re mostly sitting here enjoying themselves and their lunch,” McCabe said.

New Year, New West

Sabrina Urdaneta, Staff Writer October 14, 2022

After Principal John McCabe took the reins, he craved the spirit of a larger school. He began by prioritizing school safety.  “I don't want to change a lot of stuff, but certain things are really...

Juniors Wilson Gao and Alan Song and freshmen William Mayer and Prateek Nemmali play a timed match at chess practice during Academic Lab (Ac Lab). Gao appreciated Ac Lab practices as they provided a break from the rest of the school day. “Its just talking with people and playing well, just playing chess. People dont always know how to play chess, it can be a super foreign game. The interactions we have with people and how we can just play chess is fun,” Gao said.

Club meeting limits, responsive scheduling, other Academic Lab updates

Brinda Ambal, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief February 10, 2022

After countless double scheduled club meetings and a lack of student attendance accountability during the first semester, Ac Lab schedule will now take place through Infinite Campus. Club meetings will...

Projected enrollment in the VICC Program in Parkway from 1991-2024.

A bus to nowhere: eliminating the VICC Program

Elizabeth Franklin, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

A blaring beep startles freshman Tristen Banks awake. One of her hands reaches up to rub the stubborn sleep out of her eyes, while the other searches around to muffle the sound of her alarm. Banks goes...

Students gather to paint the senior wall, which is Bob Ross themed this year. Seniors Lauren Beard and Chloe Narishkin designed the wall and now have to adjust to the school closing. “I think its cool to have that kind of impact and see that what I thought of was on the wall, I wanted it to be something really fun,” Beard said.

Seniors leave a lasting impact through their Bob Ross themed hand wall

Addie Gleason, Staff Writer April 22, 2020

The senior hand wall has been a tradition for more than 20 years. This year, however, there is not yet a plan for what will happen in light of school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “As of...

Clearing her nasal passages, sickly senior Susie Seidel expels mucus in hopes of relieving her symptoms. Seidel is currently suffering from the ongoing plague, suspected to be Senioritis, impacting the senior class. “I had a quiz this morning so I came to school thinking I could muster enough strength to make it through the day,” Seidel said. “After I finished my quiz, I realized I was no match for the deadly disease and quickly left school so I wouldn’t infect others. I guess you could say I was caring, I removed myself from school to ensure the safety of others.

2. BREAKING: Rampant plague ravages senior class

Tyler Kinzy and Kathryn McAuliffe November 1, 2019

In what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns may be the worst outbreak since the bubonic plague, a sudden pandemic has emerged, inflicting widespread illness among the senior class. “It’s...

Sitting at his desk, Principal Jeremy Mitchell takes a call from a parent. During the summer, administrators got together to discuss changes that needed to be made. “There is still discipline enacted because you are still breaking a school expectation,” Mitchell said. “It’s just that the type of discipline will be one that will not only be disciplinary action but disciplinary action with a purpose.”

Administrators revamp vaping policy in hope of change

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor September 10, 2019

In response to the widespread vaping trend that continues to affect the school, administrators are taking a new approach to the issue by establishing a policy they hope will better prevent vaping on school...

Smashing a pie into Assistant Principal Mario Pupillos face, sophomore Hillary Herrera celebrates Pie Day with her classmates. Each year Key Club holds a Cash for Cancer fundraiser for Friends of Kids With Cancer. “When they called my name to pie Mr. Pupillo in the face my heart stopped,” Herrera said. “All my friends were cheering for me, and he gave me a high-five afterwards. It’s such a crazy and bizarre thing to do, so I’m really happy I got to pie my principal in the face.”

Photo of the week – March 19

Carly Anderson , Conceptual Editor in Chief Intern March 23, 2018

Flyers featuring Homer Simpson advertise the Trivia night for Jan. 21.

First annual trivia night scheduled for Jan. 21

Grant Aden, Sports Editor January 19, 2017

With a slue of long-standing traditions from the dodgeball tournament to the Senior vs. Faculty basketball game to the Mr. Longhorn competition, the class of 2020 is hoping to add another annual tradition...

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