Photo of the Week- Nov. 9

Sitting down for lunch, sophomore Cece Watts scans the cafeteria QR code. Watts attended school in person for the first time since March 13.
November 13, 2020

Athletics return with restrictions

Junior Gordon Yu submits the PWest Athletics Screening Form to Coach Kevin John in order to participate in cross country practice. The screening form includes the athlete's and their emergency contacts' information, along with a list of symptoms; Coaches and athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to practice again.
September 21, 2020

Masks, six feet distance, no balls or pennies, no sharing water and no tryouts or cuts are among the changes coaches, staff and players must adjust to during fall sports. The rules change frequently, but...

New football coach and alumnus Mario Patton, despite strict COVID-19 rules, still makes connections with athletes

Standing on the practice field after an intense scrimmage, new football coach Mario Patton is adjusting to the new playing style at West. Patton energizes the team everyday with his personality. “ I want our kids to think of me as one of the most passionate coaches that they have been around, also someone who truly cares about the best interests of kids,” Patton said. “When it is business time I think the kids know the difference.”
September 18, 2020

Handing off his knowledge to football athletes, coach Mario Patton is the new running back coach. Patton has coached for 16 years, but this year is more meaningful than others. “I had an opportunity...

Coach Katelyn Arenos shares how she plans to coach during COVID-19

Celebrating senior night during the 2019-2020 girls tennis season, varsity girls tennis coach Katelyn Arenos poses for a picture. Like many, Arenos was unaware of the circumstances that would come the following fall. “It’s going to be exciting to be back and see everyone. While we are thrilled to get back on the courts, our main goal will be to keep everyone safe,
August 13, 2020

As the summer ends and fall sports begin, athletes and coaches will not find normalcy when they return to play. Social distancing measures will loom over practices and games as health regulations require...

Social media connects in a time of distancing

Quarantined at home, junior Drew Milholland scrolls through Instagram for inspiration and entertainment. Social media is what many students have used to distract themselves from boredom.
April 28, 2020

Nowadays, just a single tap on a phone can lead teens into a black hole, consuming hours of their day. According to, parents fear the risks of social media such as sharing personal information,...

The Quaran-teen’s guide to social distancing

Missouri is asking state residents to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During these times, look to simple and helpful ways to make a change for others and yourself.
March 22, 2020

As week one of our three week breaks winds down (yay?) cabin fever is heating up. Binge-watching an entire season of Parks and Rec just isn’t as satisfying as it was on day one. To combat the boredom...

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