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The conversation we need to have about 9/11

Protestors gather in Washington D.C. March 17, 2007 to oppose U.S. military presence in Iraq.
September 11, 2020

I have no 9/11 story. There is no work meeting or trip down the hallway when I learned a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I will never have a 9/11 story because I was born in 2003. For me,...

The Iowa Caucus: What happened and what you need to know

Delays in results were due to errors in the app used to report results.
February 5, 2020

Iowa. It's the Midwestern state that conjures up images of citizen-packed state fairs and rolling green fields with an oddly high number of cows...but maybe that’s just what I think of. The Midwestern...

The student’s guide to the 2020 election

Today, the first Presidential nominating contest will take place in Iowa. Missouri’s election will follow, taking place March 10, a little over a month later. It’s time to prepare ourselves now so we can take action later.
February 3, 2020

“Ok Boomer.” It’s the phrase that sparks anger, divides generations and gets sent to the Supreme Court. It’s the phrase youth today are using to encapsulate their emotions and define a movement....

Alumnus Stuart Portman takes an unconventional path to work at the U.S. Senate

Posing for the photo, alumnus Stuart Portman smiles for the camera. Portman has been working at the U.S. Senate for over six years. “It’s a really cool role because there’s only one of me, so I really focus my coursework and my studies on Medicaid and low-income insurance programs so that I could continue learning. It just so happened to have been to this path,” Portman said. “I've been in the Senate for about five years, and I’ve been in this role for two and a half.”
January 30, 2020

Always showing a passion for health and politics, alumna Stuart Portman combined his interests to become an advisor at the U.S. Senate. Portman’s Journey After graduating high school in 2009, Portman...

Alumnus Rasheen Aldridge reaches for the stars in Missouri politics

Alumnus Rasheen Aldridge protests at the West County Mall. Aldridge was elected to represent the 78th State Congressional District in the Missouri House of Representatives last year. “I was out there pretty much every day in Ferguson protesting, getting shot with tear gas,” Aldridge said.
January 28, 2020

2012 alumnus Rasheen Aldridge woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for school when he was in high school. Being bused from the city required him to get up early in order to get to his bus on time.  “I...

AP Human Geography classes write letters to foreign governments in hopes of change

Writing letters to a foreign leader, the freshman AP Human Geography class learns about foreign government’s judicial systems around the world. Through Amnesty International, students voiced their opinions on political prisoners. “We are learning about where there are conflicts and what kinds of government are in different regions of the world along with real world problems that we can help solve,” Boles said.
January 24, 2020

After studying conflicts due to political indifferences, the AP Human Geography classes wrote letters to foreign leaders in an effort to pressure governments to protect political prisoners and their rights...

Kathryn McAuliffe chosen for Sophomore Pilgrimage

Preparing for her first districts round, sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe debates how we should handle the global drug crisis, between the criminal justice system and public health system. McAuliffe competed in MSHAA state districts in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which surrounds philosophical values in the context of topics provided. “I aimed to stay involved and educate others on politics through speeches and competitions,” McAuliffe said. “I was reading my case out loud to make sure it sounded smooth and I was well-articulated.”
March 31, 2019

More than 300 sophomores in the state of Missouri will be traveling together April 9 to attend the 85th annual Sophomore Pilgrimage in Jefferson City. The purpose of the Pilgrimage is to give recognition...

Students organize a walkout combatting environmental apathy

Senior Noah Wright makes a poster for the Youth Climate Strike on March 15. He has been an organizer for the walkout in St. Louis.
March 14, 2019

A nation-wide walkout is being organized by students all over the nation, including senior Noah Wright, to pressure lawmakers to take action regarding climate change. “It is a call to action for...

Families deal with effects of government shutdown

Although the government is open temporarily for three weeks of negotiations over the budget, the shutdown was the longest in history, lasting 35 days. Many families with members who work for the government were affected by the two paychecks that were not paid during that time. “My mom is really good at managing money. She managed to make it work so we can buy groceries to eat dinner. Stuff that we don’t need, we just haven’t really been getting,” junior Lauren Ottensmeyer said. “The shutdown just made everything stressful, but we got through it slowly.”
February 8, 2019

After the longest government shutdown in United States history, government workers are still adjusting from the two paychecks that they missed during the 35-day period. “Initially, we just figured...

Sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe spreads power to peers through accessible knowledge

Using front page news and unbiased sources, sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe researches the topic of her next article for Balance the Ballot. Balance the Ballot is an organization run for kids and by kids to help educate them on current events, and McAuliffe has been writing for them since August. “I think information is so powerful. You want people to be prepared, especially in today's political climate where it's kind of need-to-know information. Having [it] available to students really enables us to better save the world,” McAuliffe said.
January 18, 2019

Passion for social justice and current events led sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe to write articles for Balance the Ballot, an Instagram account run by students, for students. “I really liked their message...

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