Activism is not a performance. Take real actions.

One example of performative activism occurred on June 2, when millions of Instagram users posted black squares with the hashtag #blackouttuesday. Performative activism, which consists of low risk actions and increases social capital, does little to help further a cause.
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Throughout 2020, we have witnessed several dramatic issues sweep across America. A virus has decimated communities. Wildfires have raged through forests, burning everything in their path. Police have continued...

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,...

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.
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...

Alina Dunder

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

Anna Butler

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

Ashlynn Gillespie

Freshman Ashlynn Gillespie reads about algebra outside of her class.
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...

Ibrahim Kuziez

Freshman Ibrahim Kuziez works to organize materials in engineering class.
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...

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. 
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...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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