The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Airplanes tend to delay or cancel flights due to freezing temperatures, snow, ice or thunderstorms. A severe snowstorm caused flight shortages on Dec. 21-26, impacting travelers like English ASC teacher Kristen Witt. “It was out of [everyone’s] control how the weather would turn out. They were doing the best they could [do], and the agent at the gate did a great job of keeping everybody informed about what was going on and kept us calm,” Witt said.

Taking on the Storm

Esta Kamau, Staff Writer 5 days ago

Passengers pull hefty suitcases behind them, rushing to their terminals at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Suddenly, the intercom rings and announces unfortunate news of canceled flights,...

Athletic and Activities Secretary Gina Groceman stands in front of her magnet-covered fridge. Groceman has collected magnets from Canada, Mexico, Luxemburg, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Japan. “I bet I have at least 100,” Groceman said.

Magnet Memories

Claire Creely, Staff Writer November 14, 2022

Living anywhere from Japan to Germany, new Athletic and Activities Secretary Gina Groceman is well-traveled. Throughout Groceman and her husband’s many adventures, they not only developed a passion for...

Always looking for a new adventure, Chemistry and 
Physics teacher Allison Privitt goes canyoning for the  first time. Canyoning involves navigating a 
mountain stream using a variety of techniques. “That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done, it’s  the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m doing it again 
this summer,” Privitt said.

Four down, three to go

Sabrina Urdaneta, Staff Writer June 1, 2022

Whether jumping off a plane, swimming with sharks or traveling around the world, Chemistry and Physics teacher Allison Privitt is always on a new adventure. Privitt believes teaching has become a chapter...

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

Global pandemic hits home: St. Louis reacts to COVID-19

Bri Davis, Convergence Journalism Writer March 13, 2020

What has dominated headlines since January has officially hit St. Louis County as the first case of the coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19 is confirmed. After family members of an infected person...

Visiting the Kinkaku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple, sophomore Santi Lugo and his family pose for a photo. The temple, also known in translated Japanese as the “Temple of the Gold Pavilion,” is one of Japan’s most popular buildings. “It was a long trail, trees all around, and the sound of rocks being stepped on crowded my ears. When you’re walking, you’re unable to see anything until suddenly you see a gold point rising above the trees that leads to the peaceful stream below the astonishing temple,” Lugo said

Sophomore Santi Lugo gains perspective about the world through travel

Lilly Francis, Convergent Media Writer August 23, 2019

Taking in the sites of the rainy city, sophomore Santi Lugo explores Tokyo, Japan, the newest destination in his travels around the world.   “It has astonished me how modern the city is yet how...

Emma Whittenburg enjoys the view of the Yuyuan Garden with her friends. Whittenburg moved back to the United States in September. It was much easier for my friends and me to go around the city because I could go out alone without any type of parental supervision. It was normal for people and kids to go out by themselves or just with a group of friends, Whittenburg said.

Sophomore Emma Whittenburg moves from East Asia to the Midwest

Maddie Cooke, Staff Writer November 14, 2017

With over 24 million people living in Shanghai, sophomore Emma Whittenburg and her family were among millions who thrived in this busy Chinese city for five years. However, in Sept. of 2017, Whittenburg...

Juniors Mia Walton and Lisa Savage pose with Sophomores Meghan Beckmann and Madison Terry in front of the Chicago Bean.

Fashion merchandising travels to Chicago

Gabby Leon, Staff Writer April 13, 2017

In order to experience fashion firsthand, FACS teacher Renee Broemmelsick’s Fashion Merchandising class traveled to Chicago from April 2-4 to further their learning in fashion. “The trip’s...

Sophomore lives in family on the move

Sophomore lives in family on the move

Samantha Gaddis, Staff Writer March 7, 2016
Walking through the halls of a new school, he felt completely isolated, despite the efforts that others made in communicating with him. The new student wanted to reply, but words failed him when he needed them the most.
Awardees standing on risers applaud as President Obama enters the room. There were 108 awardees this year, all teachers of secondary math or science classes. We were all just mesmerized. They lined us up on risers and since I’m short I got to sit in the front, Knop said. Very nonchalantly one of the doors opened and the president walked in.

Math teacher Ruth Knop sets a National precedent for teaching

Emily Dickson, Conceptual EiC Intern October 23, 2015
Ruth Knop, who teaches Algebra II and Honors Precalculus at West, met President Obama when she was honored with a Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching this summer.
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