Pathfinder

An inside look at teaching during a pandemic

The senior hallway has been unoccupied by students since March.

Zoe DeYoung, Staff Writer

19 hours ago

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 changed after seeing the data behind the decision. COVID-19 took the world by surprise, and usurped ...

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.  ...

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.

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 in the Enterprise Security Products group. “In Sept. 2017 the Enterprise Software division of Hewl...

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,

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 to compete against international teams. Despite a small turnout at the beginning of the year, increa...

Virtual learning: a balancing act

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

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 learning offers students a vast amount of opportunity and flexibility, but just like in Spiderma...

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,

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 into smaller, more manageable chunks and help students learn in a variety of ways." What class(es)...

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.

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.

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.

Kathryn Harter, Multimedia Editor

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.

Sydney Kinzy, Features Editor

February 17, 2016

The FBI and Apple sparked controversy when deciding whether to create a way to bypass lock screen codes to get information.

The future is now

The future is now

Hannah Hoffmann, News Editor

January 6, 2016

While this generation is one of many stuck before the era of what many would consider to be “the future”—flying cars, chrome-covered everything, even maybe some lightsabers or a Death Star—innovation is constantly around us, even if its use is as pointless as a specialized container for avoca...

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