Pathfinder

Alina Dunder

Alina Dunder

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

Anna Butler

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

Ashlynn Gillespie

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

Ibrahim Kuziez

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...

Freshman Sarah Griege finds her voice from supporting cancer patients

Freshman Sarah Griege finds her voice from supporting cancer patients

Jacob Stanton, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

After freshman Sarah Griege’s aunt, Teri Griege, was diagnosed with colon cancer, she started the cancer awareness organization Powered by Hope. Wanting to support her aunt and provide optimism to those with cancer, Sarah took a leading role in the organization. The funds collected by the organi...

Olympic Rowing Development Camp trains junior Emma Wistuba for success

Olympic Rowing Development Camp trains junior Emma Wistuba for success

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

September 6, 2019

An email pops in junior Emma Wistuba’s inbox from the US Rowing Olympic Development Camp (ODP). “Congratulations,” it reads, “You’re accepted!” Submitting an application led to Wistuba’s invitation to spend a month in Philadelphia, where she focused solely on getting fitter and faster. “I got ...

From high school to government: Katie Solodar hopes to take the lead

From high school to government: Katie Solodar hopes to take the lead

Kaleiya Andrews, Convergent Media Writer

May 1, 2019

After being recommended by history teachers and principals, junior Katie Solodar got accepted into Missouri Girls State (MGS), a camp for upcoming senior girls who are passionate about the government. “First, I was called down to Mr. [Mario] Pupillo’s office and he told me I was nominated to be...

Freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce brings dedication and perseverance to Regionals

Freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce brings dedication and perseverance to Regionals

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 12, 2019

The gym is a blur of activity, a whirlwind of nerves, excitement and raw competition. In the midst of it all, standing proud in a pink and black sparkly leotard, is freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce: winner of the beam, vault and floor events in her age group at the 2019 Missouri State Gymnastics Championships. Matthys-Pearce...

Growing through Greek: seniors Nell Jaskowiak and Deirdre Jost gain valuable life skills through independent study

Growing through Greek: seniors Nell Jaskowiak and Deirdre Jost gain valuable life skills through independent study

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

April 2, 2019

The hallway is silent and still except for the occasional wanderer in search of the water fountain. A second glance finds seniors Nell Jaskowiak and Deirdre Jost settled on the floor by the Latin room. Jaskowiak and Jost chose to take Greek as an independent study with Latin teacher Tom Herpel to...

Freshman Grace Eschbach feeds passion for music through concert-going experiences

Freshman Grace Eschbach feeds passion for music through concert-going experiences

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

The lights suddenly turn off. The stadium settles into a bated silence. The countdown pops up on the vast display and freshman Grace Eschbach finds herself caught up in the wave of anticipation riding high around the venue. “You can feel the energy changing as soon as the countdown comes up,” Esc...

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