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Students share how they have been affected by quarantine

While the coronavirus has been a communal situation for the global population, each individual has experienced it differently. These are the stories of three students, regarding their quarantine situation.

Leah Schroeder and Mira Nalbandian

May 14, 2020

Currently, St. Louis is in the process of reopening, following a ‘stay-at-home’ order, in order to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Though everyone is experiencing this order, its effects vary dramatically from person to person. While quarantine is a minor setback for some, for others it...

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...

Junior Zoe DeYoung wins St. Louis Symphony Orchestra “Express the Music” Senior Poetry Division

Sitting in her bedroom, junior Zoe DeYoung writes in her notebook while in quarantine. DeYoung won first place in the Senior Poetry Division of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s “Express the Music” writing competition. “The poem was so different from everything I’d ever written before,” DeYoung said. “It made me proud of taking that leap and writing something like that.”

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

May 11, 2020

Out of 2000 participants, 476 submissions and 47 finalists, junior Zoe DeYoung won first place in the Senior Poetry Division of “Express the Music.” Express the Music is an annual writing competition hosted by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) which “invites students in grades 6-12 to discove...

You have the time: media for when there’s nothing else to do

Take advantage of this time of isolation by trying new music, movies, shows, podcasts and more!

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

April 27, 2020

With the Stay Home Missouri Order in place until at least May 3, we are all in desperate search of something to do. I’ve been curing my boredom with a variety of activities such as walking my dog, biking through the neighborhood, doing puzzles (I recommend White Mountain brand) and playing board ga...

Missouri House Bill to potentially provide public school restrooms with free period supplies

A recent study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 64% of low income women in the St. Louis area routinely lack access to menstrual hygiene products.

Lydia Roseman, News and Sports Editor

March 9, 2020

Girls restrooms throughout the school are equipped with shoeboxes stuffed with tampons and pads thanks to Go With the Flow, a club created “in hopes of destigmatizing periods, providing easier access to feminine hygiene products and lobbying for the removal of the Pink Tax.” With the introduction of Missouri Ho...

Seniors place top 10 in state wrestling championship

Getting ready for the state championship, seniors James Griffin and Brayden Eddy finish their practice as they stand with their friends, holding a poster of the competition bracket. On Feb. 15, they practiced at St. Charles High School. “As soon as I found out that I was going to state, I instantly knew that all my hard work had paid off to this moment,” Griffin said. “It felt awesome to be able to represent our school at the state-level competition.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

As loud cheering echoes throughout the stadium and cameras flash to capture the perfect image, seniors Brayden Eddy and James Griffin celebrate their victories at the state wrestling championship, completing the final matches of their high school careers. “This competition was definitely one to re...

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 ...

Creating the blog “Good Song, Good Soul,” junior Arden Dickson shares lessons

Junior Arden Dickson acts out applying makeup onstage. Dickson believes that acting teaches you how to tell a story, which is also important for singing. This led her to create her blog where she shares her experiences with friends and family. “I have heard people [respond with] ‘thank you for sharing’ or ‘I have been in a similar situation myself,’ so it's good to hear that other people are also facing similar situations and that my work is helping others.”

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Publishing her first post in December 2019, junior Arden Dickson writes her blog “Good Song, Good Soul” about her passion for music and acting to remind herself of her writing roots and share experiences with others who might be going through similar situations. “For a long time, and still no...

Robotics and Soccer: how two students qualified for the world championship

After winning their competition, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff stand outside the venue, holding their trophy. The competition lasted for three days from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15. “This was an amazing experience, and I am glad we were able to compete,” Goff said. “I just like being able to come up with unique ideas and being able to design a robot and put them to test and see which ideas worked and which ones didn’t.”

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

November 18, 2019

Hearts pounding, seniors Jason Yang and Ben Goff step up to compete during the National Robotics Competition in California. However, this was not just any robotics competition–it was a sports competition. Each team built their own team of robots that were specifically programmed to play soccer.  ...

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