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An unexpected beneficiary of COVID-19: the environment

The global shutdown caused by COVID-19 is helping the environment as carbon emissions are reduced.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

According to John Hopkins University, more than 2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19.  About 600,000 of those people have recovered, while about 160,000 have died globally. While COVID-19 is creating innumerable tragedies, there’s one unexpected beneficiary of the international shutdown: th...

Parkway works to reduce carbon footprint

A Solar Installer from Bright Energy Solar finishes installing the first array of solar panels on a Parkway roof. These specific panels were put on six years ago, but they were just added to last summer. “The most recent 75 kW installations that were put up at West High, South High, Green Trails, and Wren Hollow were completed by Straight Up Solar,” Lueders said.

Ashlyn Gillespie, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

The National Public Radio reported earlier this month that the Australian bushfires were fully extinguished. Fueled by prolonged drought and enduring for over 240 days, the bushfires burned through more than 27 million acres of land, claimed the lives of at least 30 people and destroyed about 3,000 home...

Thirst Project Club raises more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising

With an effort to raise money for their Thirst Project fundraiser, juniors Salma Ahmed and Sarenna Wood sold their bracelets during lunch Jan. 31. They plan to reach a total of $6,000 dollars by the end of the school year, all of which will be donated to the national Thirst Project. “Being able to sell our bracelets and raise money for people in need makes me feel great, and it is such a great opportunity to help others,” Wood said. “Watching people [that] live in poor countries faces light up when they see that people are donating money to give water is very emotional, and I think that the world needs more of these people.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

With a passion for helping others, students in the Thirst Project Club, including junior and Club President Salma Ahmed, junior Sarenna Wood and sophomore Connor Gusky, have already raised more than $2,000 during the first week of fundraising. The profits will go to the non-profit organization, the Th...

Symphonic Orchestra performs at the prestigious state music conference

Thirty minutes before the concert at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference, members of Symphonic Orchestra rehearse “Libertango” under the direction of orchestra teacher Ed Sandheinrich Jan. 24. Throughout the three-day workshop, performance groups were given half an hour to tune, warm up and wrap up the final details before their performance. “Everyone was awesome in their playing and their professional behavior. It was hard for me to go from point A to point B at the resort because, well, it's a crowded mess, but people kept stopping me to say how much they loved the performance,” Sandheinrich said.

Nayeon Ryu, Video Editor

January 31, 2020

Honored by the state of Missouri, 40 students and 40 instruments are packed into one bus for a three-hour drive to the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) workshop conference at Tan-Tar-A Estates Jan. 22-25.  “The bus ride was long and a little boring—we got on the bus at 5 a.m. But we p...

Thirst Project Club aims to make a difference by building a well

Member of the Thirst Project Club and junior Sarenna Wood designs wristbands for the club fundraisers. Wood said her favorite part of the club is the energy they have when talking about their projects. “Everyone just gets so excited and starts thinking of more ways to raise money and support for the project,” Wood said. “It’s a really great cause and I’m super proud to be a part of it.”

Hannah Choi, Convergent Media Writer

January 20, 2020

After an official Road Warrior from the Thirst Project headquarters came to talk to junior Salma Ahmed’s Biology class about their organization, a group of five junior women became inspired to start a similar club themselves. The Thirst Project is an international organization that raises money ...

Global Competency Cohort strives to give minority students a platform

After completing a discussion, members of the Global Cohort Competency group pose for a photo. Teachers and staff members were allowed to come throughout the day to listen to the students. “I’m just very appreciative to the students who gave their time to speak,” science teacher Amy Cohen said. “I know it’s not always easy to have personal and honest conversations, particularly with staff members that they might not know personally. I got so much out of being in those conversations and facilitating the discussions, so I hope that the students got value out of it.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

May 13, 2019

After listening and engaging in a student panel discussion April 24 to increase cultural and religious awareness, science teacher Amy Cohen, assistant principal Beth Middendorf and journalism teacher Debra Klevens hope to let minority students voice their opinion to break stereotypes. In their aspira...

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