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.

Elle Rotter, Staff Writer

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, cyberbullying, predators and false marketing. At a time like this, however, many people are grateful ...

Social media provides a new outlook amid conflicts with Iran

Photo collage of some of the memes that have resulted from the tension between Iran and the United States.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

January 15, 2020

A student scrolls mindlessly through Instagram. Liking posts from the past weekend, pictures of celebrities, photos of food, they come across a meme that jokes about the possibility of World War III.  Many opinions have been circulating social media after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Irani...

Alina Dunder

Senior Alina Dunder works with a teammate to decorate her coach's room for his birthday.

Brinda Ambal and Drew Boone

November 5, 2019

Staying true to her values, senior Alina Dunder has never let the impacts of social media influence her lifestyle. Instead of looking to others for cues, Dunder chose to look within herself when she was younger. “It affects a lot of people in different ways,” Dunder said. “I never wanted ...

Anna Butler

Junior Anna Butler listens to music as she works on a piece in her AP studio art class.

Brinda Ambal and Drew Boone

November 5, 2019

Junior Anna Butler believes it is in her best interest to abstain from social media for now. In middle school, Butler participated in various platforms of social media. However, her transition to high school was discouraging. The content people posted entertained certain faux personas of themselves....

Ashlynn Gillespie

Freshman Ashlynn Gillespie reads about algebra outside of her class.

Brinda Ambal and Drew Boone

November 5, 2019

Despite her parents restricting her social media to keep her safe, freshman Ashlynn Gillespie feels she should have the opportunity to participate. Social media restrictions are not the only limitations Gillespie faces; her phone also shuts down at 9 p.m. nightly. “My parents are very protectiv...

Ibrahim Kuziez

Freshman Ibrahim Kuziez works to organize materials in engineering class.

Brinda Ambal and Drew Boone

November 5, 2019

Even though his parents are fairly active on social media, freshman Ibrahim Kuziez has yet to see the benefits of using social media outweigh the consequences. Kuziez instead places higher importance on real-life conversations. “I think it's a waste of time. Talking with actual people face-to-face and social...

6. When parents are the problem

A primary outlet for parents to connect, ask questions and provide information for each other is through the Parkway West parent page on Facebook, however, some posts do not emulate effective communication and overall respect. 

Pathfinder Editorial Board

September 30, 2019

“My daughter will not be participating in this nonsense,” “More Lefty Stuff,” “I think being offended has become a hobby for some people.” Irrational, rude and uncalled for comments circulate social media throughout the school year; what is unexpected is that these comments come from pare...

Inside look: student influencers make the most of social media

Sophomore Emily O’Connor smiles in a photo that she edited. O’Connor hopes that her posts have a positive effect on her followers. “Sometimes it’s hard if I’m about to post something and I think, ‘are people going to like this?’ or, ‘are people going to think I’m weird for posting this?’, but then I think about how it could affect someone and know that it could affect them positively and I just go for it,” O’Connor said.

Leah Schroeder, Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

Kylie Jenner. David Dobrik. Emma Chamberlain.  With social media being so prominent in today's society, everyone has heard the names of these Instagram influencers. Even if not everyone knows their name, student influencers have had an impact on their followers.  After senior Aaliyah Weston rose ...

From Facebook to face in a book

Deleting social media from her phone, freshman Claire Folkins clears her mind for her upcoming finals. Folkins deleted social media to minimize her distractions so that she would be more inclined to study and stay off of her phone. “I really wanted to separate myself from social media so I could be more present when I'm with my friends and also so that I wasn't distracted when I was studying,” Folkins said.

Mia Catlett, Convergent Media Writer

May 20, 2019

Taking her head out of her phone and into the books, freshman Claire Folkins plans to put down her social media beginning Friday, May 17 to prepare for second semester finals. “I was replacing the time that I had previously put into being on my phone into doing productive things like school, pract...

Sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe spreads power to peers through accessible knowledge

Using front page news and unbiased sources, sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe researches the topic of her next article for Balance the Ballot. Balance the Ballot is an organization run for kids and by kids to help educate them on current events, and McAuliffe has been writing for them since August. “I think information is so powerful. You want people to be prepared, especially in today's political climate where it's kind of need-to-know information. Having [it] available to students really enables us to better save the world,” McAuliffe said.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

January 18, 2019

Passion for social justice and current events led sophomore Kathryn McAuliffe to write articles for Balance the Ballot, an Instagram account run by students, for students. “I really liked their message about how they wanted to educate students, particularly on topics of current events, in 100 words or les...

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