December 2021 Issue


Volume 58, Issue 1


Parkway North High School

December 17, 2021

St. Louis, Missouri



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Notes used to be solely handwritten,

but because handouts and paper copies

weren’t easily accessible virtually last year,

electronic alternatives were used. Now,

some students prefer electronic copies, and

they are being more heavily utilized.

Tablets and laptops, in addition to

school-provided Chromebooks have become

increasingly more relied upon in multiple

classrooms at North. These devices are

helpful even though research has shown that

handwriting information helps people retain

that information better.

When considering different options,

it’s important to be adaptable between

classes and coursework. Every student in

a classroom could be learning the same

material from the same teacher, but find that

different methods work better than others.

“I think it [depends] on the person.

Each person knows their learning style and

how they like to organize their thoughts and

their materials,” said math teacher Lindsay


Convenience and ease of use are also big

factors, as it’s important to have materials

ready and accessible at all times. With paper

notes being so prominent in previous years,

going digital could help with organization

and accessibility.

“[My iPad] takes up less room, and

I feel like there’s more that you can do on

it compared to paper. You have access to a

lot more resources that can make it easier

for you to take notes and do homework, as

well as other assignments,” said sophomore

Dheeksha Ananth.

Even though electronic notes can be

helpful, handwriting is sometimes key to

understanding concepts. According to a

2014 study by Princeton, students who

handwrite notes and review them at least a

week in advance are more likely to recall

information later on, doing better on tests.

“I think that writing, regardless of if it’s

on paper on a tablet, is important because

that helps transfer what we’re writing on our

paper to our brain, and the more that we do

that, the more likely we are to remember the

material,” said Melnick.

When studying, searching for a

particular section of notes can get tedious if

a table of contents or index page isn’t preestablished

in a notebook. Students who

take handwritten notes must stay organized.

However, digital note taking resolves

that issue as long as the student titles the

documents and remembers what it is titled.

“If you’re looking through Google Docs

and you’re trying to find something, you can

just type it. You don’t have to look through

an [entire notebook],” said freshman Jessie


Though technology has provided

multiple benefits to students and teachers,

it also comes with some disadvantages:

being online comes with more room for

distractions and increased screen time.

“You might have less motivation if

you’re taking notes on your phone [or

another device because] of the access to

apps,” said Pai.

Furthermore, a cell phone policy has

been in the works at North for multiple

months, especially with more students

returning to school in-person. These policies

could influence digital options for students.

“We’ve all been thrust into this new

reality, and there are a lot of things that are

coming out of it that are beneficial. It’s just

a matter of figuring out what works best for

you. That might mean that you try something

for a week or two or a unit, decide if it

worked better or not and then go back and

reflect and evaluate,” said Melnick.

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Students consider alternatives to paper note taking


Staff writer

Schoology vs

Google Classroom

Usage before pandemic

82% Google Classroom

17% Schoology

1% Other

Students’ preferred


66% Google Classroom

30% Schoology

4% Other

Current platforms

58% Schoology

29% Google Classroom

2% Either is fine

11% I don’t like either

Teachers’ preferred


79% Schoology

18% Google Classroom

3% Other

New WiFi filter causes struggles for students


Staff writer

Recently, students have become

increasingly reliant on technology for

schoolwork and assignments. A few years

ago, every student in the Parkway District

was given a personal Chromebook. While

this was very helpful, it also lead to some

distractions including students using them

for other things besides schoolwork. Because

of this and the safety of students, the district

is blocking websites with filters.

However, while the new filtering system

protects students, it also has unintentionally

made doing certain assignments difficult.

“We switched our main broadband

system from AT&T to Charter,” said

technology specialist Nelson Dean. “We’re

still adjusting our filtering system [because]

it blocks a lot of sites. It’s really a headache.”

It’s hard for teachers too, considering

they may have to test websites to see

whether or not they’re blocked before being

able to use them in the classroom. Moreover,

sometimes they can’t assign the usual work

or show certain educational videos because,

occasionally, the websites that the work is

located on are blocked by the district.

“[I’ve faced] many problems,” said

Spanish teacher Caitlin Edmonds. “There

are many EdPuzzles that I can’t access, and

I don’t know prior to giving an assignment if

they’re blocked or not.”

A website being inaccessible may also

sometimes surprise teachers and students,

forcing them to change plans.

“There are some assignments that

are impossible to do because [the district]

blocked them,” said sophomore Wyatt


The district has done this for a good

cause: it prevents students from getting

distracted and going to websites that may

lead to harm for them or the school.

“I think it’s because too many people

are doing things other than schoolwork,”

said Edmonds. “They’re listening to music,

shopping and doing things like that. [The

filter] tries to block games and music


Although, the problem is getting

resolved, it’s a process that may take longer

than a year. There are many sites to test and


“Once the software sees the pattern of

websites that shouldn’t be blocked, they will

take the websites off of the filtering list,”

said Dean.

North students and teachers have been

struggling with website blocking, but the

filter is necessary and it will eventually be


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Parkway School District should rethink schedule


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Prior to this school year, the Parkway

School District High School Schedule

Advisory Committee created a uniform

schedule that each high school in the district

would follow. This process took two years

to complete and many compromises were


While this schedule does allow ease for

sharing resources and staff which benefits

students, people have mixed emotions

towards the solution that the committee came

up with, and after trying the schedule for

one semester, it is clear that the committee

should reconvene to fix some of the issues

with the schedule.

One of the biggest grievances about the

schedule at North seems to be the decreased

amount of Ac Labs. In a normal week, North

would have two Ac Labs. Yet, out of the 39

total weeks that school is in session, there are

only 25 five-day weeks, 15 of which where

there is no early release, half day or day off

school. That is only 25%. These deviations

give students a break in their learning and

allow teachers to catch up on grading and

planning. However, every time there is a

change to the normal five-day week, Ac

Labs get cut out of the schedule.

“Ac Lab is our time to study and catch

up on things, so when we don’t have Ac Lab,

negotiable that West brought to the

scheduling committee, there will be more

Ac Labs for students to catch up on work,

visit their teachers outside of class time

and develop a deeper understanding of the


If this solution is not feasible because

West is unwilling to budge or some other

reason, the least that the district could do is

decrease the number of A-days by making

four day weeks simply O, E, O, E. This

would give students more Ac Labs, teachers

more time to complete full lessons, and all in

all solve many problems and boost morale in

our schools.

Student spirit shines at North


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The 2021-22 school year for Parkway

North so far has been very unique for many

reasons. Students are back in person full

time for the first time since March 2020,

which brings a lot of excitement for sporting

events, pep rallies and being together as a

school community. Students have stepped up

to make this year the most spirited year in

recent times, and they should continue with

their enthusiasm.

“I was really excited about having

homecoming like the pep rally and stuff, and

powderpuff,” said senior Tareeq Shaaban.

Around midway through the semester

North put on it’s first Homecoming dance

since the 2019 school year setting a record

high of over 700 tickets sold for the event.

The dance was intended to be held out on the

football field to adhere to social distancing

guidelines, but due to rain it was moved to

the big gym, commons and lower gym.

it makes it harder to stay organized,” said

senior Sam Miller.

Another major issue with the new

schedule is that plenty of both students and

teachers dislike A-days. Students never settle

into a class and its subject matter, which

disrupts the flow of learning.

“Teachers can’t really teach anything.

There isn’t enough time to set anything into

their students’ minds... so we end up just

doing a random worksheet,” said sophomore

Lia Lev.

For teachers, the schedule is messing up

some of their previously-planned curriculum.

Long-tenured teachers have lessons planned

out for 90 minute class periods. Having to

change their lessons to fit into 45 minutes is

disruptive. In addition, the schedule is going

to change from year to year, so A-days will

fall on different sections of different units

from year to year.

One possible solution is to get rid of

A-days and switch off between E-days

and O-days consistently. Originally, the

committee added A-days so classes could

meet at least three times a week. This

seems unnecessary. Scheduling just E-days

and O-days allows classes to meet for the

same amount of time each year, and allows

students and teachers to dive deeper into the

subject matter every class.

Although each class might not meet

three times a week, which was a non-

By the numbers: January’s schedule

6 A-days

3 E-days

“It was very packed, but it was very fun

and it was nice to interact with my friends

and feel like I was able to be myself,” said

sophomore Jaidyn Peeler

With all of the excitement there have

been quite a few challenges, however. At

the beginning of the semester, there were

problems with vandalism throughout the

school building and an increase of school


“It affected me because I thought

Parkway was somewhere where I could feel

safe and the fact that some people did this

just didn’t feel right,” said Peeler.

Despite these struggles, students have

been able to come together and prove to be a

unified, active community.

This year, the Instagram account

Barstool Northside was created, attributing

to much of the hype around school sporting

events including football, volleyball, and


“Barstool was a way for school to not be

dead, making it active and having our senior






A breakdown of

2021-22’s weeks

Number of weeks






Total 5-day Normal

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year go out with a bang,” said senior Devin


This season the football team had a very

good year, ending the regular season with a

6-3 record making it to round three of the

playoffs until an unfortunate loss to MICDS,

but whether or not the game was at home

or away you could see North fans at every


“We did have some pretty great football

games, I think people got more excited this

year,” said Meyers

After a disappointing 2020-21 school

year of constantly going back and forth

between virtual and in-person, a somewhat

“normal” school year is very refreshing.

Being able to talk to friends about how crazy

the triple overtime against Hazelwood East

was, or how fun the homecoming pep rally

was is such a good feeling. Uniting as a

school population does a lot for giving us a

purpose as a community and encourages us

to continue to be proud to be a Viking for

years to come.

What do you think of

the new schedule?

Senior Tyler Seigel, Central:

“[I] dislike having two A-days on shorter weeks

because it causes me to receive homework

in almost all of my classes too frequently. It’s

unfair and it makes school so unnecessarily

stressful. I would 100% want to see A-days go

away altogether.”

Senior Drew Boone, West:

“At West, students requested study halls last

year without knowing they would have an Ac

Lab on top of it. Classes are also longer now,

so even though there are only four per day,

devoting attention to one subject for an hour

and a half takes a toll on students.”

Junior Grace Smith, South:

“I don’t like A-days because I find them

stressful and my backpack is stuffed on those

days because I have to pack my supplies for

seven classes. For four day weeks, I don’t think

two A-days makes sense, I think it should be

two O-days and two E-days.”

Junior Taylor Blackmon, North:

“Going back to school this year and not

having our old schedule was annoying but

our new schedule is pretty similar to that. I

personally love A-days because they seem to

fly by so fast.”


Winter Festivities

Gateway Arch Park Foundation hosts annual Winterfest

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On weekends from Nov. 20 to Jan. 2,

Kiener Plaza’s annual Winterfest is open

to the public for the first time since 2019.

The festival includes a number of holiday

activities, suitable for smaller groups or

families to have a good time.

Friday hours are from 4 p.m. to 8

p.m. and Saturday and Sunday hours are

from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The main attraction

consists of ice skating and hot chocolate,

with the perfect view of the Arch. Ice

skate rentals are $12 for adults and $7 for

children ages 3 to 15, admission is free for

those who bring their own skates.

Groups of up to six people can

purchase a two hour reservation in the

Igloo Village along the border of Kiener

Plaza. The igloos are heated and furnished.

The $250 cost includes the igloo, a $50

food and drink credit to the gourmet

Winterfest Cafe, up to six skate rentals and

free parking for one vehicle. The igloos

provide the perfect view for all of the

downtown holiday festivities including

Christmas trees, and are thoroughly

cleaned between each reservation in order

to maintain safety for guests.

“The Christmas tree was so pretty,

it was my favorite part. My friends and

I got hot chocolate and food. We hung

out downtown all day and we even made

s’mores. The winterfest really captured the

holiday spirit,” said senior Valerie Whitlock.

Winterfest has many activities for

visitors of all, as well as options for those

who don’t want to spend money on an

igloo reservation including entertainment,

shopping, and special guests.

The Night Market held on Dec. 11

and 17 features 25 vendors and various

entertainers. The shops are open from 4-8

p.m and include different characters in


On Sunday, Dec. 19, USA SkateFests

will offer ice skating lessons to skaters of

all ages and skill levels at no additional

cost to the skate rentals. Throughout

the remainder of Sundays in December,

popular princesses and superheroes such

as Princess Tiana or Black Widow and

Captain Marvel will be joining skaters

on the ice for a free meet and greet and


The St. Louis Blues will also host a

three-on-three hockey championship on

Dec. 18.

“I had such a fun time at Winterfest,

and I would definitely recommend it for

anybody who is thinking about going. I

went with friends and there was a lot of

stuff to do, especially going with a big

group was good because we had a great

time and it was very cost friendly for

us because of how many activities we

were able to do,” said senior Samantha


There are many food options at the

festival as well. People who don’t want

to spend money there can bring their own

s’mores ingredients to hang out at one

of the firepits, which are free to use and

set up specifically for s’mores in the cold


The Gateway Arch Park Foundation

has partnered with new chef Juwan

Rice (JR) of JR’s Gourmet to cater the

Winterfest Cafe. The cafe menu has a wide

menu ranging from pizza to soups and

much more to accommodate any craving

and budget.

On Dec. 31, families can ring in the

New Year early with the Neon Nights

Celebration. People of all ages can enjoy

photo booths, music from a DJ, fire

dancers, balloon artists, jugglers and givea-ways.

A fireworks display will end the

evening at 8 p.m.

North gives to others for the holidays


Co-editor-in chief

Gifts for friends

Senior Grace Koo:

“During the holidays I always

want to give gifts to all my

friends, but at times it can be

super expensive. I love making

cute photo collages and cards

for my friends during the holiday

that don’t require money.”

Gifts for siblings

Freshman Kiki Brawner:

“For me, personally, I bought my

sibling something I 100% knew

they liked. For this holiday season,

I got my sister clothing items that

she has shown me she liked. So

in a general sense, I recommend

buying something that your sibling

has personally shown you or

talked about.”

Gifts for parents

Teacher Nancy Overby:

“Sometimes, it’s just good to

give cash because people can

do something with money, and

they’re just going to be excited to

get that. I know my mom always

writes me a check and she has

since I’ve turned into an adult.

It’s just really nice to have that

earmarked for something.”

Gifts for community:

This year, North donated 2,325

items to the Parkway Food

Pantry and the counseling

department won the Cereal Food

Drive with 146 boxes donated.

In addition to the 21 families the

North area staff and students

adopted for Adopt-a-Family,

the whole district adopted 80


Winter Festivities

Students explore St. Louis light shows

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Candy Cane Lane on Murdoch Avenue is a

great place for students to have a festive night

out with friends or family. The light show

begins right next to Ted Drewes, offering

the perfect opportunity to enjoy some hot

chocolate or ice cream while viewing the

magical lights. Not only is Candy Cane

Lane exciting to see, but the residents of the

street raise money for charities including

the Salvation Army. Along with the drive

through lights houses all around go all out

with decorations and captivate the Christmas

spirit and support the charities.

Holiday recipes shared by staff

Jimbo’s Buttermilk


from Becky Samardzic


1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 ½ T. sugar

1 cup sifted flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. salt

1 T. vegetable oil

“I loved experiencing a St. Louis tradition

at Candy Cane Lane. Seeing the community

come together to create a magical display and

raise money for charity was truly inspiring. I

went with friends to see the lights and even

though it was super cold, the lights looked

beautiful and I had a really fun time,” said

senior Sarah Stolze.

“I always go see Christmas lights with my

family every year. We usually go to multiple

light shows, and it’s something I think

everybody should try at least once,” said

freshman Xavier Richey.


1. Beat egg. Add all

remaining ingredients

and mix with a wire whisk

until blended. DO NOT


2. Let stand for at least 10

minutes. (let sit overnight if


3. Pour batter from a liquid

measuring cup onto a

buttered, moderately hot


4. Turn pancakes as soon as

they are puffed and full of

bubbles but before the bubbles

break. Bake the other

side until golden brown.

Serve warm.

“I went and saw lights at Tilles Park with

my friends from work. It was super pretty,

and we took lots of pictures. The whole

night really got me in the Christmas spirit

and excited for the upcoming holidays. I can

see this being a holiday tradition I would

continue,” said senior Olivia Epstein.

Cream Puff Cake

from Bre Kuntz


1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup water

1 cup flour

4 eggs

1 box instant vanilla or white

chocolate pudding (large


3 cups milk

8 oz cream cheese softened

8 oz whipped cream

chocolate syrup

Christmas fun facts

- “Jingle Bells” was the first song played in

space on Dec. 16, 1965.

- If you gave all of the gifts listed in the

“Twelve Days of Christmas” it would add

up to 364 presents.

- Tinsel, when it originated in Nuremberg,

Germany, in the 1600s, was made of real

silver to reflect candle light.

- According to a study conducted by

Facebook, Dec. 25 has the lowest number

of breakups and is the most popular time

of year to propose.

- “Home Alone” is the highest grossing

Christmas movie of all time, making

$285.76 million.

- According to National Geographic Kids,

roughly 28 Lego sets are sold per second

during the Christmas season.

- Mariah Carey wrote “All I Want For

Christmas is You” in less than half an


- Christmas trees usually grow for nearly 15

years before they are sold.


Boil together the margarine

and water.

Add flour and mix well. Cool

slightly and stir in eggs, one at

a time. Mix well and spread

into a greased 9x13 pan.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes.

Cool completely. NOTE: Crust

will spread up onto the sides,

which is supposed to happen.

In a large bowl, mix pudding,

milk, and cream cheese. Beat

until lumps disappear. Pour

into a cream puff crust.

Spread whipped cream on top

of the pudding and refrigerate

for at least one hour before

serving. Drizzle with chocolate

syrup when serving.



Nationwide rise in vape usage affects North students



Side dish czar &

radical reviewer

The rapid decline among youth cigarette

smokers in the early 21st century was a shortlived

victory for anti-tobacco advocates.

Recently, the amount of students that use

vaping products has increased exponentially.

Vapes, or e-cigarettes, are small devices

that are powered by batteries. The battery

heats a liquid that becomes a vapor that

is inhaled. This vapor generally contains

nicotine, but some vapes can contain THC


Recent studies have shown that one in

three high school students in America vape.

The number is so high in part because of

how easy it is for young people to get their

hands on products.

Students often get vapes from friends

or family members that are of age or from

stores that sell to minors.

An anonymous student said, “There

are a few convenience stores that don’t card

minors. It is super easy to get vapes.”

According to, vaping,

or more specifically nicotine, causes slower

brain development. This subsequently leads

to memory loss, concentration issues, a

shortened attention span and many more

negative side effects. Most people who use

nicotine products at such a young age are

aware of the negative side effects, so why do

they use them?

“I started in eight grade, and I was never

really told about the effects,” the anonymous

student said. “I just though it was cool and


Vaping is also appealing to young

people because of its conceal-ability. The

vapor that is output has a very subtle smell,

and dissipates very quickly, as opposed

to cigarettes that have a very distinct

smell and require to be lit. Its camouflage

allows students to vape at home, in school

bathrooms and even in classrooms. This

makes it very difficult for any anti-vaping

rules to be enforced.

Inversely, teen smoking has decreased

greatly since 1997, when it was at its peak.

Most students cited long-term risk as the

primary reason for quitting. This raises the

question concerning whether or not teens are

aware of potential long term health risks of


Many fear that vaping could lead to a

resurgence in smoking.

“My biggest fear is that vaping has

glamorized smoking and tobacco use, and

gets kids back onto other things,” said health

teacher Brett Katz said.

Besides nicotine, most vapes contain

heavy metals such as nickel, tin or aluminum.

Furthermore, some flavored vapes contain

diacetyl, a flavoring that is safe to ingest but

has been linked to cancer and popcorn lung

when inhaled regularly. Other chemicals

have been found in trace amounts as well.

“Long term, we don’t know the damage

that they can do,” said Katz. “Back when my

grandparents were growing up they thought

cigarettes were safe.”

It seems clear that anti-drug programs

are less effective than assumed. Many

students see Public Service Announcements

or other such programs as an opportunity

to rebel, and use drugs such as nicotine as

an outlet to do so. Many teens also say that

they use vapes as a way to help with stress

or other mental health issues. However,

studies have linked vaping to increased

symptoms of depression and anxiety and an

increased likelihood of getting diagnosed

with depression.

At North, punishments for students that

are caught vaping vary.

“We look at every incident individually.

Generally, if it’s in the bathroom, the student

gets in-school suspension,” said junior

principal Mike Rizzo. “If it is in a classroom,

the student gets out-of-school suspension

because it disrupts the learning environment.

It all depends on the circumstances.”

However, if the vapes contain THC, it

will result in a superintendent suspension

because it is considered a drug.

Teaching kids and teens how to handle

their ever-changing mental health and ideas

will help build healthy habits and problem

solving skills and teach them alternatives to


Another solution would be for vape

companies such as Puff Bar and Esco Bar to

stop marketing their products to teenagers.

Research from the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

shows that many teens are turning to vapes

due to “the fruity flavors they come in” such

as cotton candy, mango or icy peach to name

a few.

A 2020 law passed under the Trump

administration that banned the sale of many

e-cigarette flavors, except for tobacco

and menthol. However, this only applied

to pre-filled pod devices, such as JUULs.

Disposable vapes, or vapes that users fill

themselves are not affected, so the law has

had little effect on usage.

A November decision by the Food and

Drug Administration stated that vaping

was beneficial to help adults addicted to

cigarettes stop smoking, and that those

benefits “outweigh the risk to youth.”

Stricter regulations on flavored vapes

may help deter younger people from turning

to vapes, but it is not a permanent solution

to the issue. Banning vaping altogether

won’t help either and might be detrimental

since vaping does help some people kick the

cigarette habit.

Ranging from school-level restrictions

to legislative action, addressing issues with

vaping will become increasingly important

since it is currently such a large problem

amongst youth.

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COVID, New NCAA guidelines affect athletes outlook on college


Multimedia master

1825 days, 5 years, a running clock

for how long collegiate athletes are eligible

to play sports in college. As of March 30,

2020, however, this clock has stopped.

This has benefited college athletes who

have had their seasons taken away along

with the opportunities of being noticed by

a professional team due to COVID shutting

down much, if not all, of the season.

However, high school athletes who are

getting ready to enter the collegiate field

are being hurt by this change in regulation.

Ordinarily, as soon as an NCAA athlete

steps foot on a field, they have four years

of eligibility. However, in 2020, the NCAA

Division 1 council decided to extend the

timeline for athletes whose seasons got

shortened. This has had a ripple effect

among many athletes trying to get recruited.

According to, in years

past, only about 2% of high school athletes

have been awarded scholarships for NCAA

(National Collegiate Athletic Association) at

the Division 1 level. Now the chances seem

even slimmer since there are less spots being

vacated by former athletes.

“If you’re a college coach, and none of

your guys are leaving because they get two

more years, that’s going to restrict what you

can offer in terms of scholarships for a high

school senior because all of your current

guys are staying when normally half of

them would graduate and leave,” said North

athletic director Corey Johnson.

Many undergrads on their fourth season

of eligibility purposefully took advantage of

the extended timeline by taking less classes

per semester to extend their years at college.

This creates a clog of older students that

makes it extremely difficult for high school

athletes to get in.

Before COVID, one of the biggest

issues in earning a scholarship was academic

merit in comparison to other American

students and athletic ability in comparison to

international athletes.

Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision

(FBS) teams can give out a maximum of 85

full-ride scholarships to athletes. Now, high

school students are competing against both

high school students and students who are

choosing to remain in the sport since their

eligibility has been extended oftentimes

extended their scholarship as well.

Furthermore, not being able to play a

high school sport for a year coupled with

the thought of not getting a scholarship has

made athletes rethink what they want to do.

Senior Ramone Boyd is one of North’s

standout baseball players. Before COVID,

he planned to play basketball in college, but

now, due to the NCAA rules, he wants to

pursue a career in producing movies.

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“Some of the kids [trying to get

recruited] had time to rethink what they

want to do over quarantine. Some chose to

get better and some picked a different route,”

said Boyd.

According to

28% of kids dropped out of playing their

competitive sport, nearly 3-of-10 lose

passion or find new ones.

“[During COVID], I just had a lot of

time to myself, and I got to lean more about

myself [and] things that I never knew I could

do. That alone-time and self work helped

me understand what I can do, what type

of a person I am, and with that came other

passions besides baseball,” said Boyd.

For some however, COVID only made

them realize how much stronger their love

for the sport is.

“I was glad when the lock down hit. I

had been playing sports and trying to keep

up with school and just feeling burnt out,”

said senior Mikenna Ham, who recently

signed with Quincy University for lacrosse

with a scholarship. “The time away allowed

me to reflect on myself and fall back in love

with [lacrosse] on my own terms.”

Countering the difficult trek of obtaining

a scholarship, the NCAA has implemented

other changes to help incoming athletes.

Students who initially enroll full time

during the 2021-22 or 2022-23 academic

years and intend to play NCAA Division I

or II athletics will not be required to take

a standardized test to meet NCAA initialeligibility


There is still a lot of hope for ambitious

athletes, but it’s going to take extra work.

“Stay persistent and continue to work

through the process. Most times something

will land for you. It may not be one of your

first couple of choices, but something will

land for you,” said Johnson.

Buckley, Cole, Khariton selected to All-State for band, choir


Staff writer

Every year, students from across the

state go through highly selective auditions

for All-Suburban band and choir. If selected,

juniors and seniors are eligible to audition

for All-State. In order to get this prestigious

musical award, students must go through a

rigorous process.

“There are 32 schools in our district,

including Parkway, Mehlville, Rockwood,

and Ladue schools. The judges base you off

your singing ability and sight reading ability.

Senior Oliver Buckley played trumpet with his band, The SLUMS (St. Louis Underground Music Scene), in

the Delmar Loop during the summer. Buckley was named the first chair alternate for the All-State jazz band.

There is a Soprano section, alto section,

tenor and a bass section,” said choir teacher

Kim Roback.

This year, Parkway North has two

students who qualified for All-State. Junior

Parker Cole has been selected as an alto, and

junior Diana Khariton has been selected as

a bass.

Roback said that their drive to succeed

paired with their coachability puts them a

notch above a lot of other people.

Just like any high-level activity, singing

requires patience and practice. It takes a

lot of dedication to perfect one’s craft in

order to succeed at such a high level. All

the practicing and hard work has become

second-nature for Khariton.

“Choir has helped build my skills

and techniques, which I think helped me

get into All-State. In terms of work ethic,

practicing and being determined even when

something’s hard is key. There are songs

that are pretty hard to perform, but you just

have to keep working at it because it will get

easier,” said Khariton.

Parker Cole has also been putting in a

lot of work to perfect his skills. He often

finds that he is always singing, whether in

the car with his mom or practicing for All-

Suburban or All-State.

“I’ve always just liked music. We did not

have a choir in middle school or elementary

Senior Mikenna Ham signs with Quincy University

on Nov. 15 where she will play lacrosse. Ham was

able to overcome these new guidelines and receive a

scholarship for her athletics. “Loads of money to play

a sport I love? Sold.”

school or anything, but I took piano lessons,

so that helped with the music theory aspect.

I did All-Suburban and the school musical

my freshman year. After that, I started taking

private voice lessons, and they’ve been

really helpful. I’m lucky to have made it this

far,” said Cole.

Oliver Buckley made the All-Suburban

band and All-State as an alternate. Buckley

has been playing the trumpet since he was


“I chose [the trumpet] on a whim

because I didn’t want to play cello anymore.

Then I started getting good at it because I

was practicing a lot and I wanted to try to

take my talents to the next level. There’s no

All-State in some middle schools, but there

was All-Suburban. I tried out both years and

got into All-State both times, and I wanted to

keep getting better,” said Buckley.

Buckley’s band teacher, Andrew Larose

has made it apparent that the performer’s

desire is something special.

“[Ollie] has a genuine desire just to

be really good. Lots of students do lots of

different activities, but I think when you

really commit to it and spend this much time

and energy on something— why not be great

at it, right?¨ said Larose.

“As a musician, my purpose is to inspire

other people, just like the greats before me,”

said Buckley.


Goodbye 2021

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

December 17, 2021

Parkway North High School


Personality perfectionist & radical reviewer


Stephanie Baeza:

“My New Year’s

resolution is to do better

in school because I kind

of slacked off, and it’s

the beginning of the

year. [I was thinking]

that I am still in my

eighth grade year, but

no. [I will achieve it]

by cutting out toxic

[character] traits and

get a better attitude.

[School] is important.”


Roman Schadt:

“My New Year’s

resolution would

probably be working out

more and cutting sugar

out of my diet. I’m a

sophomore and we have

been learning about

nutrition and all that. It

convinced me, along with

outside things, to start

putting artificial sugar

out of my diet and work

out more.”


Aman Pai:

“My New Year’s

resolution is to go

out more. After the

pandemic, I haven’t gone

out because everything’s

gone, even since all the

pandemic restrictions

have gone down.”


Griffin Williams:

“My goal is to progress in

my art by either getting

some into a gallery,

organizing a show or

even making some

prints. I just want to start

putting more art out

instead of just working

on it in private.”


Dana Moore:

“I want to walk my dogs

daily. I like to exercise,

but I haven’t since I

started this job because

I’m brand new here. I

also have a new dog,

and [my dogs’] behaviors

are a little rough. If I

start to walk them daily,

I’ll get more exercise and

they will behave better.”


Dave Jones:

“My New Year’s

resolution would be to

get more sleep and

get more rest for the

upcoming year.”

2021 recap crossword puzzle


3. Helps build immunity to COVID-19

6. A BTS song that was featured in a McDonald’s ad

or something you spread on toast

9. Occurred during July through August in Japan

where athletes around the world competed in series

of sports

10. The _____ was raided by Trump supporters on

Jan. 6

13. A TikTok trend that promoted vandalism

14. An artist who re-released her albums “Fearless” and



1. An artist who released an album titled “Sour”

2. The President of the United States (as of 2021)

4. Started trending in March due to hate crimes

against Asians

5. A rising virtual currency type

7. Created Tesla

8. Something mandatory to wear in school

11. A popular Netflix K-Drama about childhood games

with a twist

12. A series of _____ that started on Jan. 14 that

destroyed Californian homes. Residents needed to

evacuate parts of California

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