Spark! mentor Xanthe Meyer, Bilal Danish, and competitors senior Emma Lee Francois, Parkway South senior Subah Shovik and winner junior Sri Jaladi pose for a photo after the Parkway Spark! Thomas Phelps Pitch Competition Feb. 6. Jaladi’s business, Nano Lending, aims to empower impoverished and homeless entrepreneurs by providing them with foundational products to help them start their own businesses. “It feels really good [running Nano Lending] because it's not necessarily just for money,” Jaladi said. “I think it's great to do something where this is not meant for profit and any money that's repaid back just goes back into the program.”

Junior Sri Jaladi Wins $500 in Spark! Pitch Competition

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer May 19, 2020

In the midst of anticipation and excitement at the Spark! Incubator, with $500 on the line, stands junior Sri Jaladi as he is announced as the winner of the 2020 Thomas Phelps Business Pitch Competition...

Using only string to stack cups, Spark! students and seniors Christian Hopkins, Ryan Mendonsa, Matthew Weitekamp, Rachel Fleming and Parkway Central senior Sophia Chelist complete a group bonding activity. The program allows students from all four Parkway high schools to explore various career paths of interest in lieu of taking three on-campus courses. “It's nice to leave the traditional day and go [to Spark!]. It's not a typical classroom setting, it helps you to learn about the real world,” Fleming said. “[Spark! has helped me] see if teaching is what I want to do when I'm older, if I actually enjoy it or not before I go spend money on it in college.”

Photo of the week – Aug. 19

Tyler Kinzy, Deputy Managing EiC August 23, 2019

Senior Airi Murray leans over the keyboard while in the midst of an amateur competition. Murray hopes to one day join the big leagues with a team of friends. “You’ll have a [competition] and it’s almost like just friends hanging together with a prize pool,” Murray said.

Student Spotlight: Airi Murray

Sydney Kinzy, Photo Editor November 17, 2017

Players crack their knuckles in preparation for the big game. A win in amateur leagues could mean a scholarship or a big pay day. One local competition had $40,000 to dish out to the victors. This may...

Parkway West SPARK! students senior Suma Gondi and junior Jane Fuller participate in turtle tracking in Forest Park for the Biosciences strand with students from Parkway South.

SPARK! Sets students on a pathway to success

Ellie Widowski, News Writer February 20, 2017

Shadowing professionals, participating in local competitions and getting hands-on experience are some of the reasons that Parkway SPARK! Is a common alternative education program for students. SPARK!...

Virtual Enterprise students attend the Midwest Trade show in Gatlinburg, TN.

Students further education to prepare for future careers

Ellie Widowski, Staff Writer January 26, 2017

With over 230 classes to choose from, students have access to experience a wide variety of fields of study at the high school level. Elective classes range from cooking to ceramics to scuba diving. Taking...

Seniors Samuel Wait and Matt Sauer hold their oversized $5,000 checks from Globalhack V.

SPARK! students crack the code behind winning $10,000

Betsy Wait, EiC Intern October 5, 2015

With over 44 collegiate and professional teams attending St. Louis’ Globalhack V coding challenge, some groups even venturing from as far as California and Canada in order to win 1st place, no one expected...

junior Allison Worth presents her book 'From the Ashes' at the competition.

Spark! students pitch propositions

Ellie Widowski, Staff Writer September 21, 2015
Rushing through the weekly morning traffic, speeding up to beat red lights, barely making it to third hour on time: the daily routine of the typical Spark! student.
Typing a chapter in

Student Spotlight: Allison Worth

Debra Klevens, Convergent Media Writer February 24, 2015

After years of wanting to write her own book, but struggling to find a plot, 15-year-old sophomore Allison Worth began writing a dystopian young adult novel. “It incorporates a lot of diversity, which...

School in India seeks English volunteers

School in India seeks English volunteers

Jacob Cupps, Staff Writer February 10, 2015
The Parkway West Community, through COW and Spark!, partner with a school in Kerala, India, to send volunteer teachers.
The panel of judges meets before the beginning of the session.

Parkway Students take on the business world

Jacob Cupps, Editor-in-Chief September 19, 2014
On Sept. 18, the 19 students involved with the Spark! program pitched a business idea to a pannel of judges – one group one $500 and a chance to make their ideas a reality.
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