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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

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The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High

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Junior Carter Rush hops on his motorcycle and starts the engine. Rush decided to take his bike to school at the beginning of the school year because it was convenient and fun to ride. “I like my bike. It gives me a thrill that I can’t find in anything else,” Rush said.

Rush-ing down I-64

Achyuta Ambal, Sports Editor November 15, 2022

Careening down the hill, his 2006 Yamaha R6 roaring and shattering the calm of the chilly morning, junior Carter Rush rides his motorcycle to the pit. Rush first felt a connection with motorcycles when...

Sophomore Karthik Dulla decides his next move as he plays a game of chess against himself. Dulla learned to play chess in India since it was the only thing he could do to pass the time. “You don’t have to be smart to play chess, all you need to know is how all the pieces move, and then you can take a go at it,” Dulla said.

Pencil and paper: How sophomore Karthik Dulla taught himself through middle school

Nidhi Pejathaya, Staff Writer November 3, 2022

When sophomore Karthik Dulla’s United States visa expired, he and his family returned to India in October 2021. They planned to stay for a few months while the U.S. approved a new visa. But, when the...

Abbott Elementary cast in a promotional photo. From left to right: Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Chris Perfetti. Promotional posters are available for free use.

ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” blends sharp humor with real struggles

Elizabeth Franklin, Opinions Editor June 3, 2022

Making her debut appearance as creator, Quinta Brunson’s “Abbott Elementary” is a show about the good, the bad and the in-between of educating students, in which a group of teachers tries to make...

The influence of religion on public education discussions has grown: we have to protect the secularism of public education while remaining respectful to all groups.

Drawing the line between religion and state

Pathfinder Editorial Board March 31, 2022

As reporters of our school and community, we believe we must share and respect all student voices. Over the last year, we have covered controversial and underrepresented topics, including gender-neutral...

Sophomore Anijah Wilson, sophomore Printéz Harris, freshman Somer King, senior Ja’Khai Aiken-Guerrier, senior Daniellie McLaurin and junior Brian Campbell model their hair. Collage uses photographs by Kelsea Wilson, Addie Gleason, Abbi Vanvalkenburgh and Brinda Ambal.

The pride and culture of Black hair

Elizabeth Franklin, Staff Writer November 4, 2021

Since the days of American slavery, Black hair has been a widely debated and criticized topic. In the early 1700s, white people degraded slaves with natural hair by calling it “wool,” comparing Black...

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander month, our editorial explores the implications of the model minority myth, the role the education system has played in perpetuating it and our responsibility to take steps in the right direction.

Unraveling the myth of the model minority

Pathfinder Editorial Board May 31, 2021

The model minority myth characterizes Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as a successful, prosperous, intelligent monolith, capable of anything and subject to equality. It’s characterized as...

Are you thoroughly confused about snow days? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We did the digging for you.

The facts you need to know about the new snow day make-up policy

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer January 29, 2020

January is nearing its end, and we are already three snow days and one early dismissal in. The question of how many snow days we have left before make-up days are added floats unanswered around school...

Strumming his guitar and singing into the microphone, junior Ryan Egan performs with his band The Brink STL at last year’s benefit concert. Egan has been playing concerts in the St. Louis area for four years. “I love performing,” Egan said. “It’s a lot of fun. I enjoy playing in front of a crowd and just playing music in general. I hope to release some music so that I can spread my messages of positivity, perseverance and dedication.”

Junior Ryan Egan uses STEM courses to pursue a career in music

Lydia Roseman, News Editor January 23, 2019

What kind of art are you interested in? I play in a band called The Brink STL. I’ve been playing guitar for eight years, and I’ve been playing gigs and concerts around St. Louis for the past four...

Back to the grind playlist

Back to the grind playlist

Dani Fischer, Staff Writer October 10, 2017

We’ve been in school for over a month now, but it never gets any easier. In order to help you get back into the grind (or watch your grades plummet), we made this playlist, appropriately titled “help...

Sophomore Katharine Segrave suffers from chronic back issues like scoliosis, making it hard for her to carry heavy backpacks.

The Weight of the Classroom

Anjali Shah, Staff Writer May 23, 2017

With finals week upon us, textbooks, laptops and binders are just a few of the heavy items that spill out of backpacks as students stuff their bags to the brim. Despite the practicality of backpacks, they...

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