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Cracked screens: breaking addiction in a virtual world

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

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...

An inside look at teaching during a pandemic

The senior hallway has been unoccupied by students since March.
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...

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.”
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 making an impact through the software business

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.
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...

Robotics team prepares for international tournament

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,
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...

Virtual learning: a balancing act

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

Getting to know Technology and Engineering teacher Chris Donaldson

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,
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...

Instagram update unappealing to users

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.
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.

Anonymous app Whisper: safe space or cyberbullying?

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

Apple refuses to bypass lock screen codes

Apple has the option to put a four digit passcode you must enter to unlock the phone.
February 17, 2016
The FBI and Apple sparked controversy when deciding whether to create a way to bypass lock screen codes to get information.
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