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Sexism in speech and debate: competitive speakers’ fight for their voice

Sexism in speech and debate: competitive speakers’ fight for their voice

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC

September 11, 2019

It is the conversation that speech and debate coach Cara Borgsmiller is forced to have several times each season. “I talk openly about it, especially the first time they get a ballot that says something about it.” You were rude to your opponents. Your tone of voice was annoying. Your skirt was...

#WrestleLikeAGirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals

#WrestleLikeAGirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

This wrestling season, #WrestleLikeAGirl has trended across Missouri. Girls have turned out in record numbers for the sport, more than doubling the number that the Missouri State High School Activities Association predicted would join. Now, their season is coming to a finish, with district tournaments...

Sophomore Emma Carter pins down success

Sophomore Emma Carter pins down success

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

“Being a girl in this boy's sport, there [are] so many things you have to do. People are constantly watching what you’re doing to try and protect themselves; people in this sport are so sexist, it’s insane,” Carter said. “I know you’re thinking, ‘oh, they’re wrestlers, why would they...

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister finds her strength in wrestling

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister finds her strength in wrestling

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister had not always seen herself as a strong person—then she started wrestling. Joining sophomore Emma Carter as one of two female wrestlers in Parkway, Wehrmeister has already carved out a reputation for herself: the girl who smiles every time she steps onto the mat. “H...

Debate team prepares for Districts

Debate team prepares for Districts

Anjali Shah, Staff Writer

February 14, 2017

With the post-season approaching, the Speech and Debate team has been preparing for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) and Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) districts, hoping to later qualify for nationals or state. The competitors range from freshman novices ...

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