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Photo of the week – Jan. 31

Examining capsules to observe if their DNA was synthesized, sophomores Jameson Mullaney and Alex Spangler react to their results. Honors biology students combined their saliva with dish soap in order to extract their DNA. “We kind of messed up our experiment; we accidentally put too much soap, so it didn’t really work,” Spangler said. “We were kind of upset with ourselves, but were able to laugh it off. It was a really fun experiment.”

Susie Seidel, Convergence Media Editor

January 31, 2020

Robotics and Soccer: how two students qualified for the world championship

After winning their competition, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff stand outside the venue, holding their trophy. The competition lasted for three days from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15. “This was an amazing experience, and I am glad we were able to compete,” Goff said. “I just like being able to come up with unique ideas and being able to design a robot and put them to test and see which ideas worked and which ones didn’t.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Hearts pounding, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff step up to compete during the National Robotics Competition in California. However, this was not just any robotics competition–it was a sports competition. Each team built their own team of robots that were specifically programmed to play soccer.  ...

Earth Sciences camp inspires junior Lauren Beard to pursue Meteorology

Junior Lauren Beard reads weather pattern graphs after attending an Earth Sciences camp this summer. At the camp, Beard explored her passion for meteorology with students from all over the United States. “[I] thought it was a great opportunity to see if this is something that I’m really interested in,

Maria Newton, Features Editor

September 5, 2018

Junior Lauren Beard visited an atmospheric and Earth sciences camp at the University of Wisconsin (UW) over the summer to further her knowledge of meteorology. “I’ve just found myself drawn to [meteorology],” Beard said. “I’ve always found it really interesting how [different events around...

Science department explores wildlife in Costa Rica

Sophomore Hasan Rizvi poses before ziplining. “It was a lot of fun hanging out with my friends outside of the country and seeing my teachers outside the classroom,” Rizvi said.

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer

May 21, 2018

Through the science department, 24 students and four teachers traveled to Costa Rica for six days to study the various ecosystems. “We moved around a lot, but we had three main areas that we did some science activities. We visited Sarapiqui, the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde,” science teacher Amy V...

Sophomore Anjali Shah follows her passion for STEM through research projects

Typing on her laptop, Shah looks over the work she has done. Her research surrounds ophthalmology, and she has worked with graduate students studying the effect of the eclipse on retinas. “I got involved because my dad got me in contact with a few people, but then I reached out to more people at [Washington University] to see if I could help them work,” Shah said.

Sabrina Bohn, Managing EiC Intern

March 5, 2018

While most students dread the thought of writing a research paper, sophomore Anjali Shah got a head start on her future last fall by writing a textbook passage about ophthalmology and an informational article on retinas. To do this, Shah worked with graduate students training to become retina doctors from a...

Nick Bateman’s research at WUSTL

“WUSTL has an amazing lab, and I’m so grateful that I was given the opportunity to use and research in it,” senior Nick Bateman said.

Maddie Cooke, Staff Writer

September 12, 2017

While other students are busy cramming their AP government packets and Gatsby reading over summer break, senior Nick Bateman was researching TAU proteins and Alzheimer's disease at the labs in Washington University in St. Louis. “I was interviewed by one of my father’s colleagues and after they decided to let me into the lab, I started working right away,...

The St. Louis Zoo offers an ocean conservation conference

Plastic and glass waste from humans pose threats to marine life if left on beaches.

Carly Anderson, Staff Writer

February 7, 2017

For the first time, the St. Louis Zoo will be offering a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) to all students in grades six to 12 from Feb. 10-12. The goal of the program is to stimulate interest among midwestern students in creating and kickstarting their own nonprofit conservation projects. “...

Meet the animals

Fat Louie enjoys carrying McBride's highlighter around the classroom.

Sydney Kinzy

October 19, 2016

When walking into the zoology classroom, the first thing you may spot might be Louie the hamster scampering across the black lab tables to grab his owner Duncan McBride’s neon pink highlighter between his mouth. Or perhaps, you notice the turtle pushing rocks through his gigantic tank. Biology and ...

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