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Bidding farewell to the class of 2020: senior parade edition

Posing in the trunk of his car, senior Tony Morris and junior Riley Leslie (Fernridge high school) get ready to start the parade. Morris had his entire family come along to show support for him graduating. “I loved the parade. I really enjoyed myself and I think it should be a thing that’s continued. The energy and amount of people that showed up and all of the decorated cars made it really really fun,” Morris said. “But I would really love to walk across the stage wearing my cap and gown, being handed my diploma, and saying goodbye to highschool surrounded by my class, not separated by cars.”

Sara Albarcha, Staff Writer

June 8, 2020

"I was proud I was able to show them how far I’ve come. it was also great to see some friends who I haven’t seen in a while, and I was happy we were able to experience this altogether,” Hassan said.

Seniors Ridwan Oyebamiji and Mohammed Kuziez teach Qur’an

Senior Mohammed Kuziez leads the assembly right before dismissal. Kuziez co-teaches with senior Ridwan Oyebamiji at Al-Iman Saturday School. “They recite what we assigned them in class, and we give them a grade on that,” Kuziez said. “Based on their grades throughout the semester, we give them a final grade for the semester based on different categories. There’s behavior, classwork, homework and pronunciation.”

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

After school and on the weekends, seniors Ridwan Oyebamiji and Mohamed Kuziez teach Qur’an in Arabic to students between seven and 12 years old. As an action that their prophet Muhammad did, it is important for Muslims to know portions of the Qur’an. Oyebamiji was asked to teach this class by h...

A time to remember: Inside senior Robert McKnight’s tennis career

Holding their third place medals from districts, senior Robert McKnight stands alongside his teammate Matt Boyd and tennis coach Katelyn Arenos after a practice during their junior year. They spent most of their season playing doubles matches with each other. “Playing tennis has taught me a lot. Staying committed to my training has taught me discipline. Struggling through back injuries has taught me how to always find the silver lining. Most importantly, my tennis career has taught me a lot about humility and respect,” McKnight said. “Respect is earned in many ways. It’s about correcting your mistakes and putting others first, and improving the lives of those around you, because you [can] personally have an impact.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

May 12, 2020

After placing third in the district doubles tournament his junior year, team captain and senior Robert McKnight is poised to become a tennis star. Even though his final season has been postponed due to COVID-19, McKnight is excited for his future. He recently got accepted to the University of Missouri a...

2020 graduation is back on

While COVID-19 still plays a part in our lives, principals have found a way for the class of 2020 to still be able to walk the stage.

Bri Davis, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Despite schools being canceled for the remainder of the school year, not all is lost. Classes will end on the scheduled day of May 21 yet graduation for seniors will be pushed back to July in hopes of it being safer.  As school slowly comes to an end, graduation is right around the corner for thos...

Senior Ryan Caton reflects on his running career after his final season is postponed

Sprinting toward the finish line, senior Ryan Caton races at the Missouri Sectionals meet at Parkway Central High School Nov. 2, which was one of the last cross country races of his career. He finished the race in 14th place and qualified for state the following week. “My teammates [were] everything. Nobody was motivated for themselves; everyone was motivated for the whole team, and that is something I can’t thank them enough for,” Caton said. “I felt very happy that I was able to end my season at state. Not very many people were able to do that.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

After three months of preparation and running more than 500 miles during the off-season, senior Ryan Caton is one of many spring athletes seeing their final season slip away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parkway officially announced April 9 that all schools and athletics, including track and field, were...

7. The battle to become a man; four years later

Holding up the transgender pride flag, senior Tony Morse takes a picture in his binder. He got the flag towards the end of middle school. “The flag for me is a symbol of pride,” Morse said. “It reminds myself and others of who I truly am. I am wearing a binder in my photo; I used to be very very self conscious of letting others know I used a binder. Now, I am comfortable enough to post pictures of me in it and wear it out in the open. I feel as if I pass enough. Once I get top surgery, I am so excited to not have to deal with wearing the chest binder. It definitely takes a toll on me having to wear it. It gets physically uncomfortable and I long for the day when I can put on a shirt without having to put it on first, as well as being able to take off my shirt and be proud and comfortable.”

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

As a seventh grader, senior Tony Morse decided that after years of gender dysphoria, he would take the leap to come out as a transgender male. He cut his hair short and kickstarted the long process of transitioning, a journey that, years later, he is still undergoing.  In the beginning of his transi...

Students and staff express themselves through fashion

Adjusting the different pieces of her outfit, sophomore Emily O’Connor displays her style. O’Connor often finds her clothes at thrift stores, such as Avalon Exchange. “[When I find something while thrifting] I get so excited. It’s really fun and I always try to think of what would look good with other pieces when I’m [thrifting],” O’Connor said. “[Thrifting] definitely expands your life and your wardrobe.”

Mira Nalbandian and Leah Schroeder

February 28, 2020

Using their clothes to express their feelings and personality, students and staff describe what goes into their fashion choices and the impact it has on their daily life....

Road to recovery: senior Vickey Karl pursues her passions after successful open-heart surgery

Senior Vickey Karl practices her dance on the turf before the upcoming show “Hejira a Desert Diary.” The performance was held at Fox High School during their preliminary competition Sept. 28. “I am very glad that the whole process went well. I feel much better mentally, and I am also physically improving as well,” Karl said. “I am excited to now be a part of color guard, and I am glad that the whole thing is over. Now, I can just enjoy myself without having to worry about my health.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 24, 2020

After being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, also known as the thickening of the walls of the heart, senior Vickey Karl learned that she would need a very risky surgery to save her life. She started to develop the condition when she was born, but it went unnoticed until she found out at a ...

Students seek new opportunities through South Tech

Perfecting the right way to handcuff someone, junior Jake Braymiller learns  how to be a police officer. This is Braymiller’s first year attending the program, but he plans to continue next year. “This program really helps you get career ready for whatever it is that you want to pursue, and it’s really cool how they train you and get you ready for what’s coming after you graduate,” Braymiller said.

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Walking into South Tech High School, you see a variety of different programs that help guide students on a route alternative to traditional academics.   “I didn’t know if I was making the right decision because you miss three classes out of your day.  I didn’t want to miss important classes, ...

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