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A recent study by Pew Research Center

reports that 70% of teens see anxiety and

depression as a major problem. Anxiety and

depression are on the rise among teens in recent

years. School isn’t the only stresser, but it could

also be home life, too. Out of every 10 teens, 4

say poverty is a major problem among peers and

every third said that gangs are also a stresser

among their peers.

The scientific definition of stress is the

body’s reaction to any change that requires an

adjustment or response. The body reacts to these

changes with physical, mental, and emotional

responses. Mr. Handrahan, counselor for grades

9-11, Sc-Z, said that “stress is a feeling of being

overwhelmed or tense. A feeling of having too

much on your plate.” Stressors can be caused by

students having to keep up with school. Many

students have jobs to help their family. In addition,

they are grappling with being a teenager

in society. They worry about what others think,

and try to effectively manage life in school and

out of school.

If you are stressed out, then you may need

some help finding a coping skill to help you.

Different people have different things that work

for them: some people work out, play music,

talk to friends, or talk to a trusted adult (a teacher,

counselor, parent, or other relative). You can

always talk to your school counselor if any of

your coping skills aren’t working.

Ms. Callan, an algebra teacher, shared

some of her observations through her years

of teaching. “Over the past couple of years, I

have noticed a slight increase in stress levels of

students, but this might not be due to the fact

that they

are actually

higher. I

feel like

stress is


more talked

about in

school now

and students are more open about sharing their

stress levels.”

She recalled, “When I was in school, I’m

sure that stress levels were the same but it was

not as spoken about.” She noticed that students’

responses to stress vary. “I see my students who

are stressed sometimes work harder in order to

understand everything and practice, but I also

see some stress students just give up because

they want less stress immediately. This can

be said about students who are not stressed as

well, so I guess overall there is not a pattern.”

Ms. Callan advised, “For students who are

stressed, I would recommend to ensure taking

30 minutes or an hour each day of time for you.

Yes, there are things to do, but you will burn

out so quickly. Prioritize what MUST get done

on a certain day, manage your time wisely, and

keep yourself in mind because YOU matter.

Surround yourself with people who lift you

up and are there to support you. Stay ahead of

tasks and work and most importantly, believe in

yourself. You are capable to overcome even the

worst of stress!”

Students should not hesitate to ask for help

when they feel anxious or worried. Plenty of

people at PHS are ready and willing to help.

There is no question about

people vaping in the 21st century.

It is a newer technology

that we don’t know the long

term effects of, but seeing the 8

people that have passed away

from vaping related diseases

causes the government and

the general population to open

their eyes. Studies show that

9.3% of people who vape have

never even smoked a cigarette

before and some people may

not realize that vapes can

contain chemicals that are delivered

to your lungs and cause

things such as lung disease or


A lot of vaping companies

are making their products

with fruity or sweet flavors

that seem to be targeted

towards children and teenagers,

not people who need help

to stop smoking cigarettes.

The amount of kids from 6th

grade to 12th grade that use

an electronic cigarette has

doubled since 2012, which is

a bewildering amount considering

they were not previously

smokers. This has caused a lot

of controversy and the US government

is getting involved.

President Trump has

been working on banning all

by Maddie Davenport

Continued on PAGE 6

Dr. Joe Dobrinic,

Building Principal

Mr. Bob Hebrank,

Activities Director

Dr. Tim Pecoraro,


Renaissance is a program that helps to increase academic

performance in schools. The purpose of Renaissance is to

respect, reward, and reinforce positive performance. According

to the Renaissance mission, the incentives help students achieve

higher grades and test scores, improved attendance, better behavior,

and it also increases staff morale. The Renaissance club

sponsor, Ms. Moritz, believes these help motivate students.

“I think the Pirate Renaissance shirts and Scholar Athlete

shirts are a tremendous incentive for kids to get good grades,”

explains Ms. Moritz. Many activities that are organized by Renaissance

are being planned, but Fall congratulations incentives

for students and staff have already been distributed.

The Renaissance Program at PHS recognizes students

who: have a 3.0 GPA or higher, have perfect attendance, or who

improve their performance by 0.5 of their GPA, who do not have

ISS, OSS, or any detentions.

The Renaissance Program organizes these following activities:

Fall congratulations incentives (t-shirts and locker signs),

sports teams-staff

recognition (Jersey

Days), yearbook giveaway

after each grading

period, a Scholar

Athlete Program, a

fall dessert bar (“How

Sweet Are Your

Grades?”) (GP2), a

Taste of Pattonville

Sampler Night, an Improvement


an MVP (Most Valuable Pirate) special awards assembly, a

Spring Field Day, Senior Top Ten GPAs at Spring Pep Assembly,

and numerous incentives and giveaways throughout the year.

All of these events are made possible by the Renaissance

Program to help students grow and achieve their goals.




Dr. Bryan J.


Vice President

Mindy M.



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Dr. Amanda

Lienau Purnell,


by Shaniya Williams

Pattonville senior Bridget Mwaniki, a part of the International Club, has been

selected for the United Nations Association of St Louis Model UN Challenge.

The Model UN Challenge is a platform for giving young females opportunities

to address the UN’S Sustainable Development Goals with a community

outreach project, which will help develop leadership skills for the future.

For the Model UN Challenge, Bridget has selected Goal #3 “Ensure healthy

lives and promote well-being for all ages.” For her outreach project, Bridget sold

green (mental health awareness) ribbons during all lunches because last week was

National Mental Health Awareness Week.

During that week, her goal was to sell 500 green ribbons and make $500 dollars

for Our Little Haven, a local organization that is focused on helping families

in crisis with trauma care and mental health. On October 20, Bridget Mwaniki

will be presenting her outstanding project at United Nations Day.

by Ava Bearskin and Lauren McDaniel

by Ella Janger

Maryland Heights earned recognition as the best suburb in Missouri from the

personal-finance website, GoBankingrates.com.

Appearing in an August 7 article which ranked the top suburb in each of the fifty

states, Maryland Heights was selected after a comprehensive study that factored

in quality of schools, cost of living, and safety.

Maryland Heights technically tied for first place with Grain Valley in Kansas

City, which was ranked as “generally safer than Maryland Heights.” But the

article pointed out that Maryland Heights’ “costs for housing and other necessities

are cheaper.”

Additionally, they noted that “both school districts in Maryland Heights

received a superior grade of A+ from Niche for overall quality.”

Principal Dr. Dobrinic expressed his pride in Pattonville in relation to the recognition.

He explained, “Maryland Heights being honored as the best suburb is no surprise

to me. Not only have I seen what incredible economic progress we’ve had,

but outstanding leadership. The school district that encompasses the large part of

Maryland Heights is an outstanding district that is one of the best in the state.”

Maryland Heights was founded in 1985 and has a population of 27,246.

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Pattonville

High School held the 15th College Fair.

103 colleges and universities were represented

and over 500 high school students from around

the area attended, topping previous years’


College and Career Counselor Mrs. Luraschi

has organized the fair for the last four

years. She explained that students can find out

admission requirements, majors, how to visit,

how to obtain scholarships, and the activities

and sports available.

15 more colleges came this year, and the

fair expanded from just Missouri and Midwestern

colleges to more Northern and Southern

colleges. Some of the new arrivals included

Florida Southern, University of Memphis,

University of Tennessee, and University of


Senior Shaniya Williams explained that the

largest benefit of the college fair is that students

can “get more experience and find more colleges

that interest you.” She also liked finding

out more about the student body and scholarship


The College Fair and FAFSA Night both

help students and parents onto the next educational


Presenting for the years senior class officers we have Micheal

Pirrie (President), Alex Djetto (Vice President), Hannah Rodgers

(Treasurer), and William Basta (Secretary).This year’s 2020 senior

class officers are very excited to make our senior year great and as for

our senior class president Micheal would say “Complete our senior

year with a bang.”

These four seniors all enjoy working together as a team, because

it’s a great way to combine and contribute ideas from one another.

They also have something common as for running.

Treasurer Hannah Rodgers says she would love to get our senior

class officers together to contribute “to a class wide celebration for the

seniors.As for Micheal Pirrie, Alex Dejetto and William Basta, they are

all wanting to be able to connect our class as a whole, and getting them


Each of the four ran for their spots in the senior class officers because

of advice from close friends, get more involved in participating,

better their grade, and also have a bigger voice. The seniors are excited

to accomplish big things for our 2020 senior class, and all enjoy, being

involved in something great.

The Junior Class Officers are Imani Warren, Eden Magana Lopez,

Bell Tucci, and Connor Novack

Isabella Tucci is excited to be representing her class as Secretary.

She said, “As class secretary, I would like to create an environment

where everyone feels as though they belong. I want to prevent students

from feeling left out. I also want to make sure that the junior class has

a voice. I do this by representing our class in clubs such as BSAAC or

the school improvement team. This allows our class to have a say in

what goes on at the school. Finally, I hope to have a great junior year

and make that year great for not only myself but the whole class. This

includes prom and homecoming. As a class officer, I hope to make these

events as fun as possible.”

Tucci explained, “I wanted to run for class secretary to get more

involved in my school and to gain a voice for myself. Being a class officer

has helped me accomplish these as it’s given me many opportunities

I wouldn’t have had without the role of class officer.”

She also noted, “I and very excited for prom! As junior class

officers we get to plan prom, and I’m hoping to make it a great one. I’m

excited to decorate and pick everything out to make an unforgettable


Tucci enjoys working with her fellow officers. “It’s actually pretty

easy working with three other people. The other class officers and I

work well together and are good at accepting criticism and then building

off what the others say. I love to hear the other officers ideas, and

it’s always nice to have someone to split the work with.

After several weeks of campaigning, speeches, and wide-spread

anticipation, PHS’s election roster for all participating in class officers is

now filled out in completion. Sophomore class officers at PHS all plan to

do great things for the class of 2022, and hope to make an impact on Pat-

by Shaniya Williams, Destiny Wiser, and Matthew Jacobi

tonville High School. The Sophomore Class Officers are David Polster,

Loudin Cato, DeAndre Westbrook, and Lauren Marsala.

President David Polster expressed his goals: “First to do well in

the homecoming assembly (which we did), second to have a good time

working with people I may not have otherwise, and third to reform a

policy through BSAAC.”

He wanted to run for President because “it allowed me to give a

voice to the sophomores of Pattonville High School and because it’s a

great time and I get to meet and work with lots of people in my grade.”

Most of his work is already done since homecoming is finished but

he would like to continue to attend Pattonville games and stay after for

clubs throughout the rest of the year.

Polster claimed the best thing about the job was “getting to work

with lots of different people in my class to compete with other classes, so

while the four of us were making most of the executive decisions, it was

a large group headed toward a goal.”

Samantha Newton is this year’s Freshman Class President. She

was excited to start her role beginning with Homecoming, where she

was in the parade. Her top three goals as Class President are to make

herself an approachable person, have the Class of 2023 supportive of

each other and comfortable together, and create some fun events to

escape from a constantly busy environment. She decided to run for President

because she wanted to be involved in the high school community,

and she had a bunch of people supporting her.

Mattie Olhsen is assisting Samantha as the Vice President. She

was excited to work on Homecoming. “My top three goals were to

put the finishing touches on our lip sync for the homecoming assembly,

get the supplies prepared for the freshman float, and get all of the

participants for the assembly games,” Mattie stated. At the beginning

of the year, Mattie did not know anything about becoming a Class

Officer. “One of my close friends Samantha, who is the President,

was actually the one that introduced the idea to me.” In the end, she

decided to run because she thought it would be a great way to be able

to lead and help her class.

The Freshman Class Secretary, Tara Wang, explains her enthusiasm

for her new office: “I was excited to work on Homecoming; it

sounded like a lot of fun,” Tara stated.

She originally wanted to run for Vice President, but after some

thought, “I decided it would be better fit to my schedule to run for

Secretary since I have a habit of overbooking myself.” Tara concluded,

“My top three goals I want to accomplish are positively representing

the freshman class, helping out with activities, and getting more experience

with involvement in the school.”

Finally, the Treasurer for this year is Athena Housley. She is excited

to be able to work with all of her friends. Athena says that it is less

stressful working with people because you have friends that can help

you along the way, and can catch your mistakes if you make any. Some

of her top goals for this year included having the Homecoming festivities

run smoothly, and have any other future events to be organized,

and successful. She decided to run for Treasurer because she wanted to

be a part of something bigger than just a normal after-school club.

Many people think boy scouts is just taking little

boys out on camping trips and doing good deeds,

when in reality, boy scouts is a very important part

of a boy’s life. A boy scout is a member of any of

various national scouting programs (such as the Boy

Scouts of America) for boys usually 11 to 17 years

of age. There are a number of boys at PHS who are

very high levels of scouts.

For example, sophomore DeAndre Westbrook is an Eagle Scout,

the highest level of scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, a scout

has to have been a Life Scout for at least six months,earn a minimum

of 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit, and demonstrate

leadership within their troop, crew, or ship.

In addition, Eagle Scouts must also complete a major service

project that benefits an organization in the community. They put

together a committee for approval and guidance, then design

and implement their idea. It is a time consuming, professional


In order to achieve Eagle Scout, boys advance through

several levels of scouting: Cub Scout--Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos,

Arrow of Light; then Boy Scout--Scout, Tenderfoot, Second

Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. According to Scouting

Magazine, only 6.49% of eligible scouts achieved Eagle Scout in


Each level of scouts helps improve a boy’s responsibility

and leadership skills. Being a scout also means one gets to meet

a bunch of new people. DeAndre said he meets someone new

“every time I go camping or to an event.”DeAndre has been

involved in scouts for nine years.

by Kennedy Carver

Giving back to the elementary schools, sophomore Eagle

Scout DeAndre Westbrook built and installed picnic benches

and a lending library for Parkwood Elementary.

DeAndre built and installed picnic benches and a lending

library for Parkwood Elementary as part of his Eagle Scout


He joins senior Connor Hughes, a senior who achieved his

Eagle Scout this summer by mapping eight miles of nature trails

at Mound Ridge Retreat for a visitors’ brochure.

Both students have achieved more than most people their

age and should be commended for their accomplishments.

The speech and debate team at Pattonville High School have

recently earned membership into the 100 Club! The National

Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) only awards this to the

top 20 percent of speech and debate programs nationwide

The NSDA chooses these schools based on a points system;

this system gives points for competitive and service related activities,

these include radio speaking and extemporaneous speaking.

Radio speaking is where a student prepares a script and says it out

loud in a five minute time period to a judge, while extemporaneous

speaking is where you have 30 minutes to prepare and present

a seven minute speech on the fly. Pattonville earned their membership

by achieving 100 or more of these points last year.

The debate season this year is underway. Two debate workshops

have already been pulled off by the debate staff, like the

many different staff members at different schools that participate

in debate events, and many students from various schools that can

volunteer. This is to introduce new students to debate by showing

off the many things debate has to offer. With multiple different

by Nolan Ballard

kinds of debate, where in public forum it is

two people debating against another team

of two, and Lincoln Douglas where it is one

person debating one other person.

As well as policy debate and congress,

policy debate is where people debate

something along the lines of policy debated

in a public forum (two on two) style,

or government legislation, and congress

debate is where many pieces of legislation

are proposed and some are debated in an

open room with many ‘legislators’ there to

comment on the legislation.

Participating in the Public Form portion

of the Events Showcase, Bell Tucci and

Eden Magana Lopez (top) and Tajh Martin

and Anna Degarcia (bottom) are part of

the 100 Club team.



flavored e-cigarettes, forcing

all companies to remove their

products from the shelves.

Experts from the National

Council on Alcohol and Drug

Abuse in St. Louis have been

urging teens to think seriously

before deciding to vape

because of its addictive properties.

They point out that the

sooner people quit the better

off they will be. In her recent

article entitled “E-Cigarette

Dangers” by Dr. Jennifer Lowry,

MD, states, “daily nicotine

exposures may be higher with

e-cigarettes than smokers anticipate.”

Experts recommend

those trying to quit should start

off with getting rid of all vape

supplies and try to have a positive

mental attitude. Each time

the urge comes along, give

yourself a drink of water or

count to 10 and distract yourself.

Try to do more things you

enjoy like writing, drawing, or

playing a sport.

While e-cigarettes may

have less tar going into the

lungs, vaping includes multiple

chemicals and unknown

agents. Experts and doctors

urge users to remember that

e-cigarettes are not better or

healthier than cigarettes; they

are just as dangerous and lead

to long term effects that we do

not clearly know about yet.

by Ava Bearskin

On October 17-19, Ms.

Lara Corvera and her troupe

of actors performed their

version of The Little Dog That

Laughed, a comedy about the

Huntington’s eldest child, Laurie (Lydia Mc-

Collough, 12), coming home for the summer

after two years away at college. She’s working

on a psychology degree and decides she needs

to help her conservative family become more


At first, Laurie’s experiments on her family

are harmless until it costs her mother her

friends, her father his loan, and her brother his

relationship. The family is fed up with Laurie’s

antics and pulls a huge prank on her, right in

front of her boyfriend. Laurie is so mad that

she runs away.

Eventually, Laurie comes back and everyone

learns some important lessons. Mr. Huntington

(Micheal Nelson, 12) ends up getting

his loan and the rights to the building he wants

as well as a new business partner in an old

nemesis. Mrs. Huntington (Alayna Hopgood,

12) decides that she doesn’t need to uphold a

certain social status and becomes friends with

a surprising woman. Laurie’s brother, Wally

(Dominick Austin, 9) moves past the rivalry

between him and his ex-girlfriend’s families

and they get back together.

The play takes place in the summer of

1955 which adds an interesting aspect regarding

social standards and roles. Laurie is a very

interesting character because she thinks she

knows everything there is to know because

she’s partially educated. She comes home and

gets a sense of humility. She learns a critical

lesson about family when she comes back for

the summer.

The cast and crew worked for months to ensure a top-notch performance, and the audience was

not disappointed. Overall, The Little Dog That Laughed was a huge success. The spring musical

auditions are November 4, 5, and 6. Be sure to check that out.

by Matthew Jacobi

2019’s Spirit Week activities

during Homecoming eek

included Greek Day on Monday,

Meme/Dress Like a Celebrity

Day on Tuesday, Class

Cities on Wednesday, and

Class Color Day on Thursday.

During Thursday’s Spirit Week

assembly, students competed

against other classes through

various games and activities.

Two assemblies were held

during the week to promote

spirit and honor the fall sports

teams. Teachers faced off in

tug of war and performed a

dance routine to amuse the


The winning class of the

spirit competition was the

seniors, who were pronounced

the victors during the homecoming


by Kennedy Carver and A’Nyah Henry

On October 5th, 2019, PHS hosted its Homecoming Dance, a semi-formal

event in which students exhibited careful consideration over their outfits, spending

lots of money to look their best.

This season, trends for males seemed to be…

Top: Vests or dress shirts that matched their date or the theme. Colors of red,

dark blue, shades of brown, or just plain black dominated the evening.

Bottoms: The pants were mostly just black jeans or black/brown dress pants.

Some were seen with fancy bow-ties or even rocking suspenders; there was

even those who wore a hat to literally top-off their outfits.

This Homecoming Season, most girls were interested in...

Colors: Burgundy, red, white, black, sequined dresses, and a lot of multi-colored


Dress Lengths: Short and Knee length.

One of the most uniquest trends that stood out was the Pants/shorts suit.

Hair trends: Flat-Ironed, Curly, and many Sew-Ins.

Queen Tymani Jones, 12th

Senior Court: Ayiana O’Neal

Senior Court: Tymani Jones

Senior Court: Hannah Rogers

Top Right:

Ethan Gray,

Luke Vogel,

and Stanley

Momanyi take

a water break

courtesy of

Lauren Banks.

Middle Right:

Aaron Caldwell


up during the


game against



Below: The

Pirates prepare

for the

attack against



defense. This

drive resulted

in a Pirate


Senior Court: Elise Thompkins

Senior Court: Kinzi Boyer

Junior Court: Alyssa Hocog

Junior Court: Kaeli Benedict

Sophomore Court: Isabella Tucker Sophomore Court: Kamaori Young Freshman Court: Athena Housley Freshman Court:Peyton Gregory

Top Left: During a Pattonville

drive, Elijah Carter tracks the

pass, leaping toward the direction

of the ball.

Top Right: Representing Memphis,

Mr. Toler dons his Elvis

attire for the Homecoming


Middle Right: The Pirate

football team rode through the

parade atop a classic Bridgeton


2nd Row: Revving up the

crowd, the Varsity Cheerleaders

(left) and the Varsity Drill

Team (right) inspired Pirate

fans throughout the homecoming


Bottom Row: Preparing for

the halftime show, the Pride

of Pattonville works on timing

and form for the game. Color

guard’s choreography cemented

the spectacular performance.

by Ella Janger

On October 6, students gathered in the gym/commons area

for the Homecoming Dance. Clad in their best attire, students'

expectations revolved around music, friends, decorations, and

a good time. PHS in the USA was the theme, and for some, the

decorations in each of the corners provided the best photo ops.

Each corner contained scenes from a different city: New York,

Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.

A number of students commented about the quality of the

music. Despite the disappointment in the song selection, students

reported that they had a good time. Most talked about their

friends and the experience they shared with them.

Junior Rachel McCormick says, “I really enjoyed it, I got to

hangout with alot of my friends and the guy who I am dating. I

liked it because I got to talk to a lot of people I don’t normally get

to talk to. It’s a great way to socialize.”

According to most students, the best part about homecoming

is being able to hangout with all of their friends, and some people

who they may not usually talk to.

Junior Jonathan Cosby states, “To me Homecoming was not

worth my time and money because it’s basically a meet up where

you see you’re friends with fancy clothes for an hour or so then

you do things afterwards with them.”

Junior Isabella Koski says, “It was pretty fun but the music

sucked. The music has been bad every year so far.”

Lastly, junior Ellie Atkinson says, “I had fun with my friends

but the music wasn’t good at all.”

There seems to be a common theme from these interviews,

the music was subpar at best and the highlight of most of their

nights’ was being able to talk with friends. Many people were

not dancing, they were mostly just talking in groups with their

friends. People mostly go to homecoming to have a weekend

where they can escape from schoolwork and spend time having

fun and looking nice with their friends. All in all, homecoming

this year seemed to be a blast and most people had a good time.

1. Gabriella Turner and friends

show off their dance moves.

2.Marshall Carlton and Jacob

Silverstein entertain a dance

circle with their fancy dips. 4.

Students test their volleyball

skills during the dance. Griffin

Wick, Simon Wacker, and company

work the neon glowsticks

to the beat.

by A’Nyah Henry

The Pattonville School District holds at least six places to obtain the circular

goodness known as the donut. It was this reporter’s mission to attempt to provide

accurate information about the quality and variance in each of the options.

At my first stop, I got out the car to enter The Sweet Spot and enjoy my

sweetened small cake: the fried, warm, sugary, fresh, puffy, and crisp treat filled

my insides with excitement and jitters. It was overwhelming when I walked in. To

the left, four large glass cases were filled with a variety of shapes and colors. At

least twenty different kinds of donuts were available, in addition to a full menu.

To the right, patrons were enjoying the food.

All the handmade donuts behind the glass case

made me want to just touch, taste, and buy

every kind of donut that was being promoted.

I surely didn’t have enough money to do

that, but I did purchase 2 glazed donuts, 2

long johns, and a cinnamon roll donut. When

taking a bite out of the glazed donuts, the

sharp, and warm taste was fresh, regular, and

sweet. The long johns were also fresh but it

wouldn’t have tasted the same without the

creamy, white, caramel, smooth, and goey icing

smeared all over the donut. The cinnamon

roll donut tasted just like a cinnamon roll but

instead of the icing being goey, it was a glazed

that hardened throughout the edges and creases of the donut, kind of making it into

a snowy, slight, and glossy look when taking a bite.

Next up was Tony’s Donuts. This was the store that I was the pickiest about.

They did have limited donuts but also a lot of candied donuts, which are my least

favorite.While in Tony’s, I purchased one more glazed donut and a single long

john. I was just a little enthusiastic about the donut choices they had to offer but

overall, it was pleasant. The glazed donut didn’t taste as fresh, but any donut with

glaze on top was fine with me. It also was thick and fluffy which had to be the best

part of eating it. The long john tasted fresher than the glazed donut but had less

thickness and fluff. It was more sugary and tastier.

Next, then I had to visit Dunkin Donuts; it was a must. This shop was a very

fast-paced environment for me. I ordered a vanilla frosted donut topped off with

sprinkles. At this point, I was pleased with my purchase.

The last shop that I visited was Quick Trip. Now Quick Trip isn’t really a

donut shop, but their donuts are amazing. So once again while on my mission, I

had to order as glazed donut just one more time. While paying for my donuts, I

thought to myself that I had finally completed my mission.

I was so excited that it was overwhelming but it was too much for my mother

to handle. Just moving from store to store and looking at the donuts just made

my mouth begin to water. The little airy fried pastries shaped like a circle in the

middle, light, fluffy, and especially the glaze on top...nothing at that moment was

going to make me happier than donuts.

The best shop in the “district” would definitely be The Sweet Spot. Their

glazed donuts are the best, at least in my opinion. In closing, this was extravagant;

I finally got to go do something that I loved and enjoyed, but it was not easy. Just

remember that “the pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.”

by Lauren McDaniel

For 16 seasons, the TV show Grey’s Anatomy

has dominated screens. Since its beginning

in 2005, audiences have been captivated

by the drama and surgeries. The winner of

multiple Emmy awards and Golden Globes,

the show continues to intrigue new audiences

because of streaming services, such as Netflix.

One of the most appealing things about

the show is the surgeries, surprises, and romance.

In addition to surgeries ranging from

surgeries at gunpoint to 70 pound tumors,

the show also has a series of expected and

unexpected romances. Doctors discover new

things about themselves from their relationships.

Season 16 will soon drop on Netflix, and

hopefully this will be the best season yet.

The acting is also superior. Characters’ expressions

help to make the scenes believable.

Their humor and jokes aren’t always appreciated

but it is hilarious. I would definitely give

Grey’s Anatomy a four out of five flags on the

Pirate Ship.

by Gavin Schuessler

Pattonville’s Bowling Team is off to a

great start this year with many new members.

This year is a very big turnout for the team,

with over 25 bowlers making up the team.

They have practice every Wednesday at

3:30 and competitions almost every Sunday

at various bowling alleys in the area. Bowlers

had tournaments November 9-10 for an

opportunity at scholarship money for any

college they choose.

The team is always looking for new

members, whether beginners that want to start

bowling, or advanced bowlers that want to

have an experience on a high school team. It’s

clear that this year the bowling team is flourishing,

and we encourage anyone interested in

joining to talk to Mr. Langston in the bottom

G wing for any questions regarding the team.

by Destiny Wiser

photo courtesy of Wagner Photography

The Varsity Girls’ Softball team won

districts this season. They headed to sectionals

after their district win with a record of


According to Coach Simpson, the biggest

moments from their playoff run include

the game against Ritenour, when “Maddie

Bailey hit a double and scored two runs. I

feel like it shifted a lot of momentum.”

Coach Simpson’s advice to the players

before playoff games was “to stay focused

and to remember what they do well as a

team and as an individual, to support each

other and to have confidence in themselves.”

The team made it to sectionals for the

first time since 1998. Maddie Bailey helped

get her team there, with a .800 slugging

percentage and a .500 batting average. She

also stole 15 bases.

The team fell to Francis Howell Central

in their sectional matchup after an impressive


by Bailey Shields

The Springfield Three is the unsolved missing persons case of three women.

Sherrill Levitt, a 47-year-old, the daughter of Sherrill, Suzanne Streeter, 19-yearold,

and a close childhood friend of the Suzanne, Stacy McCall, who was 18.

The disappearance happened on July 7, 1992, in a city not too far from here,

Springfield, Missouri. The three were found missing from Sherrill and Suzie’s

home by a friend when she went looking for them.

The two teenage girls had just graduated from Kickapoo High School and

were planning on heading to Branson, Missouri, to have a day of fun at Silver

Dollar CiIty. Suzie and Stacy were simply going to drive the morning after graduation,

considering it was only 30 minutes away.

They were all decided on staying at a friend’s house and then leaving from

there. Unfortunately, the house was too occupied with relatives, so they relocated

to Suzie's house.

The next morning the third person attending the day of fun went to look for

the two the next morning to continue their plans. When she and her boyfriend

arrived, the phone rang. She answered, thinking it was going to be Suzanne or

Stacy. Instead, it was a deep male voice screaming inappropriate remarks.

There were signs that they made it back home that night. Their purses and

jewelry, as well as makeup bags, were found. And, it also looked like they had

slept in the bed. The friend looking for them just assumed that the two had

already left for the busy and fun day ahead. But, they never returned.

The case is still unsolved, but the mother of Stacy gave her best efforts to

find them. She made flyers and tried to spread the word as much as possible.

They did have a few leads on who could have done it until one very suspicious

report came along. Robert Craig Cox was a known criminal. He killed a

19-year-old girl in Florida. He was known to be around Springfield at the time

of the disappearance. When police questioned him, he said “I can tell you that I

know the three women are dead, and the person who committed the crime had

experience, and they were buried close to Springfield.”

But there wasn’t enough evidence to determine the killer. He was the last

lead in the case. There has been no new evidence that has opened the case back

up, so the mystery remains.

by Maddie Davenport

We all know that cheerleaders are full of fun

and spirit, but the Pattonville Highschool Varsity

cheerleaders are absolutely on a roll right now.

Besides cheering for the football, basketball,

soccer and wrestling, they attend the Missouri

State Cheer Competition and received second


This is a huge achievement, considering photo by Aleigha Hornaday

the fact that cheer is an extremely difficult sport and it is mentally and physically

draining at times.

The team is overall an amazing squad and they deserve all the recognition for

their hard work and dedication to the sport!

by Drake Ives

Three Girls’ Cross Country athletes placed in the top ten finishes of all time

in the State meet this year. Camryn Hubbard placed eighth, Keilah Wilkes second,

and Lucy Ndungu topped the list at number one. Both Ndungu and Wilkes placed

in the top ten State finishes, with Ndungu second and Wilkes eighth.

When the Cross Country season neared its finish, the varsity team shifted its

focus from the regular season and concentrated on having success throughout the

postseason. The boys and girls on the team prepared for the district meet throughout

the last 12 weeks at practice and by running throughout the summer before the

season started.

The boys’ varsity team for the district meet was headed by senior Jessel

Prabhu and junior J.P. Killian. Prabhu, being the only senior on either the boys’ or

girls’ varsity team, was both excited and nervous for the race. “I’m excited about

the race because each race is an opportunity to show how I’ve progressed and how

far my training has gotten me through this season, but I’m also sad knowing that

this will be my last season running for Pattonville and with my team,” said Prabhu.

Killian, the only returning boy state qualifier from last year’s season, aimed to

keep that streak going at the new State Course this year. “Our team has been working

very hard in our workouts and in our races throughout the season to prepare for

this meet. If we race to our potential, we have a chance to qualify for sectionals as

a team. We’re in the endgame now,” said Killian.

Individually, both Prabhu and Killian had one main goal in mind for this meet:

breaking under 17 minutes in the 3.1-mile race. Both Prabhu and Killian have gotten

close to that mark, with personal bests of 17:00.71 and 17:03.44 respectively.

On the girls’ side, the varsity team was stacked with young talent, headed by

Lucy Ndungu, Keilah Wilkes, and Camryn Hubbard. Ndungu and Wilkes have

photos courtesy of Wagner Photography

already had plenty of experience racing together in the past, finishing first and

second in last year’s district race at Parkway Central High School.

Ndungu has already boasted historical numbers this season including a personal best of 18:55.44 in the 3.1 mile race, ranking

her as the 7th fastest girl in Missouri for Class 4. Before the State Meet, she set her sights on Districts: “All the girls and I are really

excited to go out there and give it our all for the District Meet. We had a chance to run the new course on Monday and I most definitely

loved it. My goal for this meet is to go beyond and push myself to the limit. This is a process, and it is all in the hands of God,” said


Although Wilkes didn’t exactly have the season that she hoped for because of a knee injury that kept her sidelined for 5 weeks,

she hasn’t let that ruin her passion for the sport and her drive to be successful. “I’m excited about the meet, especially since it was

moved to a flatter course this season. I’m honestly surprised that I’ve made it this far, especially after taking off 5 weeks at the beginning

of the season because of my injury. Running hurts and is always a mental battle between the mind and the body, but not racing

because of my injury would be holding my team back from reaching its full potential and possibly qualifying for state,” said Wilkes.

Wrapping up his first year, Boys’ Coach Matt McClellan has stressed the importance of staying focused at practice and running

for each other during races. “When runners run for each other, they decide to put their team above themselves. Each team member has

a responsibility to their teammates and is expected to sacrifice individual accomplishments for team success,” claimed McClellan.

by Bailey Shields

The PHS Drill Team is the school dance team. The JV

coach, Ms. Riggs has been leading her team for going on six

years. Discussing this year’s tryouts, Ms. Riggs said, “We get a

wide variety of talent. Every now and then we run into people

who try out and just exceed expectations.

For Ms. Riggs, the coaching staff wants “students who are

willing to put in the work it takes to compete on a competitive

dance team.” She explained, “That typically includes 4-5 practices

a week, technique class once a week, along with performances

for football, soccer, and basketball throughout the year.”

Both Varsity and JV are going to the Lindbergh Invitational

and the Fort Zumwalt North Invitational. Varsity also goes to the

National Competition every year. They will compete on December


by Ava Bearskin, An’Yah Henry,

and Kendall Perine

by Matthew Jacobi and Lilly Lofland

photo by Jack Goetz

The Pattonville Pirates’ Varsity Girls Volleyball team

were 20-9-1 and won their first round of districts before falling

in the second round to Francis Howell Central.

The team broke several records this year, as well. Gabi

Chan broke an 11 year record for digs in a single season,

Keeley Peters and Samantha Schuler both joined the 500

Kill Club while Madison Rigsby reached 100 blocks for her

career. McKenzie Seagraves also set a new record for assists

in a game in a single season. In addition, Paige Rowland set a

Pirate record for most kills by a freshman.

Throughout the season, the team set their sights on

post-season play. According to Madison Rigsby, the team was

hoping to go to state. Before going to games, Madison liked

to hype up her team with “cracking jokes, staying positive,

and having lots of energy.” She says that the team’s confidence

came from growing as a team and not letting losses

drag them down and hold them back from learning.

Coach Walsh got the team ready for big games by making

a plan before games and then telling the girls to stay aggressive

and hit hard. Parkway North had been Pattonville’s

biggest rival this season. In advancement, they played against

Parkway Central and Howell Central, who are, according to

Coach Walsh, hard teams to beat.

Captains Keeley Peters and Samantha Schuler kept the

team cool and on their feet and helped to lead their team to a

victorious season. Unfortunately, Pattonville’s Varsity Girls

Volleyball team lost districts this year but are hoping that

they can take districts next year, as they should have a lot of

returning members with experience and drive.

photo courtesy of Coach Braswell

With the fall season over, the Boys’ Swimming and Diving

team has conquered several of their goals. Chaska Cox-Potter,

Philip Tso, and Wyatt Martin all qualified for state early in the

season. The three of them plus Christopher Tobar then participated

in the 200 Medley Relay on September 21, breaking a

school record that has been standing since 1983.

Along with that, Philip Tso and Chaska Cox-Potter dominated

in the 100 Backstroke, breaking a school record that was

standing since 1999. Tso also qualified for the 100-meter fly.

Cox-Potter also broke a 1990 school record for the 100m

breaststroke. “I was extremely excited to have broken the school

record and was just as thrilled as that time bettered my state and

national rankings. We all knew we could break records and there

is a sense of relief when your goal is accomplished,” Cox-Potter


The boys headed to state with seven boys: Christopher

Tobar, Philip Tso, Chaska Cox-Potter, Nathan Moser, Wyatt

Martin, Isaac Reddy, and Isaiah Loparco. The boys all competed

with their teammates at state. Wyatt Martin and Chaska

Cox-Potter competed in the 200 IM, in which Wyatt placed 24th

and Chaska placed 31st. The 200 M Freestyle Relay had Chris,

Isaac, Nathan, and Isaiah; they placed 28th. Phillip Tso swam

the 100 M Backstroke and placed 26th, and Wyatt Martin Swam

the 100 M backstroke as well and placed 17th. Phillip Tso placed

15th in state for the 100 M Fly, Chaska Cox-Potter placed 8th

in state for the 100 M breaststroke, and the 200 Medley Relay

(Chris Chaska, Phillip, Wyatt) placed 10th overall in state.

In addition to these swimmers, PHS sent one diver, Kyle Hubbs.

Hubbs placed 14th at state, breaking his long standing record

from two years previous of 19th place.

While the team’s season has been challenging, they have

broken three school records, and they are all pleased that their

hard work has paid off.

One of the major reasons for the Girls’

Golf team’s success is senior Momo Kikuchi, a

four year golf participant who has punched her

ticket to state for each of those years. Kikuchi

has had a long history with golf. She recalls,

“I had my first tournament when I was seven,

my parents played and got me into it at a very

young age.”

She has been playing tournaments just like

this past sectionals as she attempts to keep her

composure, and with the pressure on and the

winter weather brewing, it was not an easy task.

Momo’s swings were pure and the ball flew

well most of the time. It was a cold morning

and most of the girls were trying to warm up,

but the cold took the life out of the ball on just

about every swing. Her putting was a little off

and her touch for beautiful finishes seemed to be fading, but any

good golfer can thrive under pressure, and that’s exactly what

Momo did.

by Kiara Wells and Lauren McDaniel

After a bit of an upset on the front 9,

Momo came out strong on the back 9 sending

her to state. A week later Momo was headed to

State on a three and a half hour drive to Bolivar,

Missouri. Kikuchi played two days of golf

and ended up placing 14th in state shooting an

80 the first round and an 83 the second round,

shooting a total of 163 for the two days.

After the tournament, Coach Gross (Girls’

Varsity Golf Coach) stated, “She played great

for the conditions. The winds were really

strong and it made it hard to have a low score.”

Momo’s career in golf is far from over and

she hopes to get a scholarship with it. She

explained, “I’ve talked about it with a few

coaches but at this point I’m not sure.”

Momo also placed 14th out of 90 in the

lowest eighteen hole score at the state competition. Overall,

Momo and her golfing career has only just begun, and we hope

to continue to hear her name in news stories.

photo courtesy of Coach Gross

by Shaniya Williams

The Girls’ Tennis team finished

the season 3-10, and while

their record may not have met

with their ideal, the the season

featured a number of accomplishments

for the players.

One such player is Imani

Warren, the Pirates’ second-highest

ranked player.

In a game on September 6,

Pattonville played Timberland

High School. During the game,

Imani was able to rally back and

forth with one of the players on

the team who happened to be

really good.

Warren called this one of

her best moments in the season

and one of her best strategies on

the tennis court.

The season ended on October

2, and a number of players

accomplished their goals.

photo by Meekie Trieu

Warren wanted to accomplish

getting better at her

strokes, and in her words “improving

herself as a player and

not necessarily just to win.”

After high school Warren

wants to go to a selective

college; she figured it would

be better playing a sport, along

with being involved in other

curricular activities.

This season the Varsity

Football team has battled with

injuries from concussions to

torn ACL’s. The season had

been a rebuilding year, as the

seniors attempted to step up to

become the leaders of the team.

It also didn’t help that

running back Charles Johnson

Jr was diagnosed with a torn

ACL and missed the rest of the


Along with that, senior

offensive guard Logan Huls

was taken out during the

homecoming game against

Rockwood Summit and later

diagnosed with a torn meniscus

and his ability to play would

change from week to week as

the season progressed.

Later in the season, Logan

Williams, the starting quarterback,

sprained his thumb

by Ethan Gray

during the Kirkwood game

and missed three weeks of the


A handful of players have

gone down with concussions

and other injuries, as the season

progressed. The team had to

fill in those empty slots on the

varsity team and stay together

through the tough times.

Even though it might not

look like varsity football is prepared,

no one ever sees behind

the scenes. During the summer,

they worked out at PHS in

the morning, and practicing

at night for two weeks during


The team has its sights

set on next season, hoping that

this season of adversity will

make them even stronger in the


The Varsity Boys’ Soccer team are District Champs. With a record

of 16-8, Coach Marcus Christian’s ultimate goal was to “compete

well at districts.” And they did.

Christian knew that for sectionals, “a lot of your ability is who

you play.” For him, “draw determines the difficulty. We got a bad


The secret to the team’s sucess was that each player on the team

“has a role, we don’t keep a lot of guys on our roster. Each [player]

fulfils a specific need,” Christian said. Whenever the team has lost this

season, they rebound with a “film sessions and dentify were [they] fell


This method has proven to be effective for them as they have

only lost back to back games once this season. Those games were

against Westminster Christian Academy (14-7) and Lafayette (16-6-

1), both of which were by one goal.

Within their conference games, the soccer team’s record was

closest to Clayton High School’s record. Some Pattonville players

have the goal of playing beyond high school. One such soccer player

for PHS, Thomas McFarland, said that “It would be really cool to go

to college and play soccer there.”

by Drake Seabaugh and Nolan Ballard

photo courtesy of Wagner Photography

The team was strong during districts last year, and with 13 seniors

on the roster, they continued to progress.

McFarland said that he is “really proud of the team’s effort.” The

soccer players are constantly trying to see what they can improve, or

fix, on the field to play their best during the game. Hopefully, it will

pay off at the next level.

Despite every player’s best effort, the Varsity Field Hockey

team faced overwhelming adversity. With captains who were

out with injuries and a head coach on maternity leave, the team

had several adjustments to make.

Pattonville’s Girls’ Field Hockey team is coached by Officer

Mooney. who “sees improvements in his team even without

winning any games this season.” He says the team accomplished

goals, as in their willingness to compete and work hard

Mooney highlighted that there’s a lot of improvements in the

goalie position and said the defense “is more solid than ever.”He

also noted, “The players that have been with me since their freshby

Kiara Wells and Lauren McDaniel

man year have molded themselves into better athletes, and I hope

they continue the sport until they graduate.”

One of the field hockey team members, Taylor Guiot says

that she was the first of many to get injured during the season,

four team members were sat out permanently due to an injury

they had.

With twenty players from JV returning to the program, a

potential of 11 will be on varsity. The experience they will bring

and the drive they will have will contribute to a more successful


by Kennedy Carver

Adding to the Pride of Pattonville Marching Band’s performance at the homecoming

football game, with their theme Crossroads, and their performance in the homecoming

parade, the marching band participated in the Bi-State Marching Invitational.

The band went to Potosi, Missouri for their competition. The students woke up early

and marched for hours, but it was all worth it. In the Parade Competition, the band earned

Outstanding Percussion Performance, Outstanding Marching Performance, and 2nd place


In the Field Show Competition Preliminary Round, they earned Outstanding Percussion

Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance, Outstanding Music Performance,

and 1st place overall.

Lastly, in the Field Show Finals Competition, the band earned Outstanding Color

Guard Performance, Outstanding Percussion Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance,

and 1st place overall Field Show Champion. On Saturday, October 19, The Pride

of Pattonville Marching Band had their final band competition at Mizzou. They performed

with energy and placed third in the competition.

Nolan Ballard

Kennedy Carver

Madalynn Davenport

Ethan Gray

A’Nyah Henry

Ava Bearskin

Matthew Jacobi

Ella Janger

Lauren McDaniel

Christian Movick

Gavin Schuessler

Bailey Shields

Shaniya Williams

Destiny Wiser

Adviser: Dr. Anne Boyd

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