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This graphic illustrates the disparities between wealthy white communities and low-income Black communities generated by racist mid-20th century housing policies. (Created via Canva)

Behind the numbers: history and bias in high-tech criminal justice

Paige Matthys-Pearce, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

As technology plays a growing role in our lives, so too does data. On the internet, virtually every click, scroll and like is tracked, often used to maximize your engagement. But as it turns out, other...

Technology use can become addictive based on the way certain neurons are fired.

Cracked screens: breaking addiction in a virtual world

Brinda Ambal and Paige Matthys-Pearce January 19, 2021

Your inbox tab runs a tally of all your unread emails. Zoom merrily chimes every time a participant is let in from the waiting room. YouTube takes advantage of an extensive algorithm to keep you falling...

The senior hallway has been unoccupied by students since March.

An inside look at teaching during a pandemic

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer October 21, 2020

Before we left school March 13 of last school year, we were told to empty our lockers and bring all of our textbooks home.  Some felt this was an overreaction by administration, but many minds were...

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.”

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

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....

Alumna Celeste Rudd sits with Lisa Gardner and Sheryl Wharff at the 2018 Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East in New York City. This event is where female leaders advance their careers and strategic goals. “My interest in software stemmed from the desire to make a meaningful impact on society as well as my love of softwares constant need for adaptation to market needs and potential to make an incredible living. I am never bored and I know that what I do is impacting people in a meaningful way daily,” Rudd said.

Alumna Celeste Rudd making an impact through the software business

Sarah Lashly, Copy Coach May 20, 2019

From selling enterprise-grade scalable software to providing consulting, alumna Celeste Rudd has been promoted to Americas Alliance Manager for Micro Focus since joining in March 2016 as an Account Manager...

Attending a meeting after school, sophomore Kunal Addagarla makes adjustments to their robot. Twisted Metal was not able to qualify for the 2019 Missouri State VEX Championship, but they will be newcomers at the CREATE US Open Robotics Championship displaying teams from across the U.S. and China. “I would say teamwork is very important because we have different roles to fulfill,

Robotics team prepares for international tournament

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Staff Writer April 3, 2019

After not qualifying for the annual VEX Robotics Competition, senior and president Paden Davis and his team, Twisted Metal, are taking their talents to the CREATE US Open Robotics Championship April 4...

A student uses Schoology as a supplement to study for their AP Government class.

Virtual learning: a balancing act

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor August 20, 2018

The change that has been rolling out around the district is now making its way to West High: every incoming freshman will have a Chromebook for this school year. Parkway’s continual expansion of online...

Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson helps senior Jack Fox during the Day of Code on December 6. Donaldson teaches three courses, all involving technology and engineering. “I am most excited to see students try new things, build skills and develop strengths they may not have previously realized they had,

Getting to know Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer December 20, 2017

Pathfinder: What got you interested in teaching? Donaldson: "I had a few stand-out teachers in high school and college. What struck me is how they were able to take complex concepts, break them down...

The original layout (left) incorporated blue accents for the title bar and some text, whereas the recent update (right) eliminated color accents in favor of a clean black and white background for photos.

Instagram update unappealing to users

Ellie Widowski, Staff Writer May 19, 2016
When Instagram announced its change, officials said they did it in order to put more focus on the pictures and videos without changing how the app is navigated.
Senior Abby Larsen and sophomore Kennedy Brown pose in the library with the app, Whisper. The app has over 87 users from West so far.  “I think most of the time when people first hear about it they think it’s mostly for negative things because that’s how most anonymous apps work. But on Whisper, there is a place for just our school. That’s where I am most of the time. Everywhere else, there are mean comments, but mostly at our school it’s just positive things,” Brown said.

Anonymous app Whisper: safe space or cyberbullying?

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor March 29, 2016
Another anonymous outlet for students... is it a force of good or evil this time?
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