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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.

Kathryn McAuliffe, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief Intern

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 state with agricultural roots (pun intended) is also surprisingly political. It’s arguably the ...

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.

Kathryn McAuliffe, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief Intern

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. Youth today seem to find their lives ruled by Boomers–or adults–and often feel excluded from the “real worl...

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.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

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 attended the University of Denver where he double-majored in Biology and Political Science on a pre...

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.

Sophia Johnson, Convergence Journalism Writer

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 was one of those kids who lingered, so my mom made sure I got up a little early because I would ...

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.

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

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 through Amnesty International. Each student learned about a prisoner that was being held captive without a...

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.”

Olivia Arzano, Convergent Media Writer

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 to high school sophomores who exemplify high standards of honor, courage, citizenship, scholarsh...

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.

Maria Newton, Features Editor

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 lawmakers to address the threat of climate change. There are some specific demands, the most important...

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.”

Sabrina Bohn, Deputy Managing EiC

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 the shutdown would be over in a short time. It was okay, and it was easier to go into work at the be...

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.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

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 about how they wanted to educate students, particularly on topics of current events, in 100 words or les...

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 ...

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