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BREAKING: Parkway announces decision to abolish the honors track after this school year

Junior Ima Dropout tries to escape as senior Betsy Class tries to put her into a locker. Since joining the school last year, Dropout has faced adversity with honors students bullying. “When I first came here I was hoping it would be a little different from [Parkway] South. Turns out I was so unbelievably wrong,” Dropout said. “Everyone at this school is way bigger, stronger and smarter than back at my old school, and it honestly scares me.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

“What honors classes are you in?” We’ve all heard this question before, and to most of us, it still hurts a little, even to read it. Well this question has been asked for the last time as Parkway Administrators have confirmed; honors and AP classes will be abolished following this school year.  ...

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...

Freshman Paige Matthys-Pearce brings dedication and perseverance to Regionals

Matthys-Pearce shows off a skill she’s been working on to take to the regional competition April 13. Visualization and repetition are tools Matthys-Pearce uses to help her pin down her skills during practice, along with keeping a positive attitude. “I have a script written out that I say of all my mental cues, so I don’t get in my head and worry. I do this in practice too, so it’s the same. I really work to keep it more consistent. I started it this year and have already seen a huge improvement in my consistency,” Matthys-Pearce said. “During the routine I tell myself to just breathe and enjoy it because you don’t get to do gymnastics all your life. It’s a very limited time, so you’ve just got to enjoy it.”

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

Writing Greek prose on the whiteboard, seniors Nell Jaskowiak and Deirdre Jost practice their letters and accents during their independent study. Taking Greek enables Jost to better prepare for a variety of possible futures, both through the content itself and the skills she retains. “Greek actually has a whole bunch of different accent marks which is not something you have in English,” Jost said. “I feel like I'd like to take [another] language, maybe Spanish or French,  in the future and having learned the Greek language with different alphabets and different accent marks might make it easier to learn that language, whatever it may be.”

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...

Boys tennis team prepares for districts

Huddling up, members of the boys tennis team prepare to practice. “On and off the court, tennis taught me how to persist, find my voice, and forge relationships,” senior and captain Chris Nariskin said.

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

May 7, 2018

After losing their top four of six varsity players to graduating last May, this year has been a rebuilding season for the boys tennis team. “This season my goal was to see our team this season have good spirits since we lost a lot of seniors last year, so it was going to be kind of a rough year...

Community gathers in support for sophomore Brynn Haun

Wearing t-shirts in support for Brynn, the tennis team huddles together before their match on Sept. 8.

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

September 18, 2017

After being cleared a year ago of Ewing Sarcoma, sophomore Brynn Haun relapsed on June 16. While undergoing chemotherapy, she was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, an autoimmune disease that landed her in Barnes Jewish hospital for the entire first week of July. Since then, the communit...

Students are missing Parkway’s mission

A freshman is bullied in the hallway, while peers laugh and watch but do nothing to help.

Lilly Bucher, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017

Parkway’s mission is to ensure that all students are capable, curious and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of the ever-changing world. This year, an important aspect was added to the mission: caring. Are we living up to the amendment of  “caring”? What is being done ...

Breaking down borders to celebrate prom

Senior Joe Fuller and his prom date Azu Faibani pose in front of a waterfall, the Cola de Caballo, in Monterrey, Mexico.

Maddie Cooke, Staff Writer

April 14, 2017

Senior Joe Fuller closes a 1,200 mile gap for his Prom date that lives in Monterrey, Mexico.

Throwback Thursday Carson Brown

Helping students with disabilities to be successful in physical education, Brown participates in the P.E. mentor program for leadership and experience.

Tyler Hannegan, Staff Writer

April 13, 2017

Pathfinder: How would you describe yourself to somebody who has never met you? Brown: I would describe myself as a quiet person who enjoys being around other people. I enjoy being around other people because I am a very social person and I feel good and confident when I talk to other people. ...

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