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Volume 58, Issue 2

NORSESTAR

Parkway North High School

May 3, 2024

Senior Issue

St. Louis, Missouri

What’s

Inside

Alternatives

to College

Pg. 5

College

Destinations

Pg. 8-9

Senior

Profiles Pg.

10-11

Memorable

Moments

Pg. 13


2 Senior Issue

NORSESTAR

2

Editors

Ethan Prior

Alex Tycksen

Staff Members

Allison Brady

El Casagrand

Anaya Douglas

Leslie Ford

Riley Gibbons

Jacob Goldman

Colin Johnson

LaShawn Knights

Riley Schoene

Julian Williams

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Dear Class of 2024!

MAY 3

PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

I hope this letter finds you in high spirits and filled with

anticipation for the exciting events ahead during the

remainder of this school year. As your assistant principal,

I am delighted to see the excitement and energy you bring

to Parkway North every day. Your dedication to your

academics, extracurricular activities, and personal growth is

admirable.

With the end of the school year fast approaching, I want to take a moment to

express my heartfelt appreciation for your hard work and dedication. Each one of

you has contributed invaluably to our school, leaving positive imprints that will be

remembered long after you walk across the stage at graduation.

As you enter the last stretch of your high school journey, I encourage you to enjoy

every minute, appreciate every memory, and seize every opportunity that comes

your way. Whether it’s prom, senior trips, or graduation ceremonies, these milestones

are not just markers of the end of an era but also celebrations of your achievements,

growth, and resilience. As you step into the next chapter of your lives, carry with you

the lessons learned and the memories shared during your time at Parkway North.

In closing, I want to extend my best wishes to every one of you for a memorable and

fulfilling conclusion to your senior year. Make the most of every

moment and may your journey beyond these walls be filled with

success, happiness, and fulfillment.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cosey-Davis, Assistant Principal

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Cover photo: Parkway North seniors cheer for

members of their class who were competing against

other classes to raise their spirits at the Pep Rally on

April 5. Photo by Julian Williams

A B C D E


MAY 3

PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

Two teachers say goodbye

to North, begin new

chapter with retirement

Riley Gibbons

Science teacher Allen Daniel

What was your favorite part about being part

of Parkway North Community?

“The students are really nice. I enjoy teaching.”

What is your favorite memory that you have

had from all these years?

“All the Six Flags trips I’ve been to with the physics

people. Six Flags. Yes. We are going this year as well.

You get to see kids outside of the classroom and how

they interact with each other and it’s a lot of fun.”

What did you enjoy about teaching in general?

“Reaching young minds and motivating them and making them achieve something. You

know, a lot of my students are doctors and engineers. Not only that, they have achieved

a lot of stuff across the board. So that’s impressive. Yeah.”

Do you wish you could have changed anything?

“No regrets, no regrets.”

What are you looking forward to after your retirement?

“I am Jamaican. We’re going to go back to Jamaica to retire. [I am looking forward to]

lying on the beaches. Lots of beach time.”

“He’s super funny and honest. He always

tries to have fun with his students and not

be a teacher that everyone dreads.” - senior

Annisa Rahmani

“I like that you get to work on your own. You

don’t really have to be very present in the

discussion, but the discussion itself is really

good.” - senior Nicky Espinal Santamaria

“Thank you for all the memories. I enjoyed

your class last year, and I enjoyed working

as your cadet teacher even more. Please

never lose your enthusiasm and humor.”

- senior Annisa Rahmani

“I wish him a really well retirement. Enjoy

everything. Enjoy his wife, his life, all that

stuff.” - senior Nicky Espinal Santamaria

a photo from their senior year?

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Math teacher Dr. Wendy Freebersyser

What was your favorite part about being part of

Parkway North Community?

“Well, I started in kindergarten, went all the way through

Parkway. So I guess I’m just a Viking through and through.”

What is your favorite memory that you have had

from all these years?

“I think the most special thing for me is the Day of Service

and Special Olympics...it is something that has grown into

not just a Parkway North thing, but it’s now a district wide

tradition. We added the 5K race this year to fund raise. It’s

full experiential learning for students, so you have leadership

opportunities, you have kids outside of school, they can do basically little mini internships.”

Why did you choose to go into education?

“When I was little, I wanted be a teacher because that’s all I knew. I’m a first generation

college, so you don’t have a lot of models for professional learning. I knew there were doctors,

nurses, dentists, and then teachers. That’s all you experience when you’re a kid. But I love

learning. Learning is kind of what fills me up.”

Do you wish you could have changed anything?

“I don’t think so. I’m an all in person, and I think every year I try to go all in. All in on

personally learning, growing, trying new things, being connected with students, trying to get

involved with clubs, coaching, extra school activities, things like that. It would’ve been great

if I had time to also attend more things outside of what I was committed to, but I also raised

a family, and I got my PhD, so there was a lot going on in every facet, so I would say I’m

satisfied with no regrets.”

What are you looking forward to after your retirement?

“Traveling. Continuing to learn from nature, getting out in the woods. I love traveling to

national parks, state parks, hiking, reading, and exploring. I just want chapter three to be an

adventure.”

“I feel like she’s always made class fun, made

sure that we were engaged, and just was able to

have easy conversations with all the students.”

- senior Megan Williams

“I spent a lot of time working with her for

service day stuff. Just watching her be an

absolute powerhouse, and do so much stuff to

help during service day was amazing. She’s a

true role model.” - senior Philip Pernik

Riley Gibbons

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“I feel like she’s always made class fun, made

sure that we were engaged, and just was

able to have easy conversations with all the

students.” - senior Megan Williams

“It’s been incredible watching you lead service

day, and I can only hope that you’ve left this

as like an imprint for future generations to

see when you leave and that the mess will be

carried.” - senior Phillip Pernik

F G H I J K L


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Senior Issue

six word memoirs

May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Lyric

Sutherlin -

“Don’t ever compare yourself

to others.” Hatim Ashar Rehman - “I’m as

whimsical as my writing.” Andrew Wedner - “Live life however

you want.” Leah Clark - “Oh, I thought it was funny.” Harmony Keys - “I’m as

ever-evolving as a rich ecosystem.” Yanyu Guo - “I like to eat cheesecake.” DaVonte’ Jackson

- “Never step down from a challenge.” Sam Moseley - “It’s a different chapter, same book.” Caleb

Hoskins - “Momma, I made it somehow okay.” Benjamin Weltig - “My Jordans are all

fake. lol.” Maisoon Abusbeih - “To moving on to better things!” Kelsey Kent

- “When one door closes, another opens.” Izak Seago - “To

adult, is to kill unicorns.” Abby Kummer - “Where did

the time go, guys?” Wesley Tyler - “Where’s the lifetime

subscriptions at now?” Shae McNulty - “I’m not ready, but

it’s time.” Cam Mamedova - “Well, that sucked. Time for

adulting!” Shaheen Sharbain - “Don’t worry, time will pass

anyways.” Francesca Brown - “All this, just for more school.”

Tyler Jardine - “Young to old in a flash.” Morgan Hart - “Best

Student Body President of PNH.” Tumi Amailuk - “Finish your

year with a bang.” Harmony Keys - “I’m as ever-evolving as

a rich ecosystem.” Tremell Williams- “I am strong; I am powerful.”

Reghan White - “I’m as predictable as Missouri Weather.” Dylan

Campbell - “Some endings become better beginnings.” Kendall

Klepacki - “There’s no end; only a new beginning.” Ty Parks - “No

place I would rather be.” Emil Mathias - “Grow, learn to heal your

burns.” Xzavier Lewis - “We still do not trust you.”

Seniors say goodbye with

Seniors give

advice to

incoming

freshmen

Anaya Douglass and Riley Gibbons

“Focus on freshman year, get all

the A’s you can because that will

set you up for the rest of your high

school experience.” - senior Stephen

Harrold

“Cherish every moment because it

goes by fast! Stay on top of all of

your work because starting off bad

freshman year can affect your GPA

the rest of high school.” - senior

Tyann Clark

“Stay on task: procrastination is

real.” - senior Raina Ross


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Seniors choose alternate paths after graduation

May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Allison Brady

For many seniors, their post-high school

plans involve attending a traditional college.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor

Statistics, “in October 2023, 61.4 percent

of 2023 high school graduates ages 16 to 24

were enrolled in colleges or universities.”

However, for some, this is not the case.

Multiple North seniors have decided to take

an alternative path after graduation.

One of these paths is attending a trade

school. They tend to cost less than traditional

4-year college, require less time to graduate,

and provide a specialized education which

prepares students for a wide range of careers,

such as graphic design, electrical work,

welding and more.

“I want to have my own business and

have multiple trades,” said senior Charrell

Jamison. “I’m trying to get into a culinary

program while also working on going to a

barber school.”

Jamison has participated in culinary

classes throughout high school, earning

the title of Chef of the Year, a district-wide

award. “The culinary award was based on

who was most of a leader,” said Jamison.

“I’ve been doing culinary since sophomore

year, [and] it kind of just took over like an

instinct when I started it.”

Multiple factors go into choosing a school

to attend after high school, or choosing to

not attend school at all.

“I didn’t want to go to college,” said

Jamison, “but I didn’t want to work a nineto-five

every day, so I figured I’d get a trade.”

Jamison wants to enroll in Leonard

Barber College, while also trying to get into

another trade program.

Another post-high school option

considered by many seniors is entering the

Senior Lia Lev stands beside her family in Tel Aviv. Family is one of the reasons Lev is taking a gap

year in Israel before returning to the United States to attend college.

military. About half of the people who enlist

in the United States Military each year are

recent high school graduates, according to

the Data Quality Campaign.

There are many reasons why graduates

choose to join the military including to learn

new skills, to earn military benefits, to get

help pay for college education, etc.

“It would be a good way to serve my

country and have a good future,” said senior

Aedan Tweedie, who plans on entering the

Army or Air Force. “[College is] not the

right thing for me.”

Other students choose to delay and do a

gap year. Gap years are a year taken off from

school. Students spend this time working,

traveling, volunteering, etc. Gap years can

provide people with work experience, time

to explore their interests before committing

to a college and customized learning

experiences.

Senior Lia Lev plans on taking a gap

year in Israel, where she will be traveling,

learning and volunteering.

“I chose to do it because I’m from there,

I have family there, and I want to get closer

to my roots as someone who has grown up in

America,” Lev said.

Taking a year off forces a student to live

without the structure of high school and can

help a student realize what they want to do

in life.

“I decided to defer college for a year or

maybe more in order to help myself figure

out what I want to do with my future and give

myself options and opportunities to explore

and experience many things, rather than just

choosing the simple route,” Lev said.

Unfortunately, there is some stigma

around not going to college or entering the

workforce right after high school, which

means that many students don’t even

consider doing something else besides go to

college.

“There are many societal and instilled

pressures in going to college immediately

after high school, and as someone who has

lived in America practically their whole life,

that is something that’s learned in school,”

said Lev. “It was hard to decide to do this

because of these pressures, along with the

war occurring there right now, but these are

also reasons I felt I wanted to be there and

grow my connection further.”

Other students are entering straight into

the workforce or starting their own business

due to a strong labor force and an increase in

the cost of college. For some students, it is a

way to pay for an eventual college education;

for others, it is a start to their careers.

Jobs in the hospitality and service

industry are more in demand and hourly

wages have risen sharply. According to the

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those wages

rose 29% between mid-2019 and mid-2023.

The high and rising cost of college and

the promise of a good paying job is leading

graduates to enter these jobs at a high rate.

The average price for public college is

$10,662 and for private college, it is $42,162

according to U.S. News.

Planning for life after graduation is a

big choice for high school students. While

attending a traditional college tends to be the

societal norm, that path is not the right one

for all. The many alternative paths a high

school graduate can take can prove to be just

as beneficial, if not more.

“Take school seriously, and be able

to work a job you want. If you have a

job that’s not fun to you, no point in

it.” - senior Keylan Mitchell

“Stay focused, stay on your grades,

freshman year matters, but have fun

because it goes by fast.” - senior

Morgan Robinson


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SENIOR ISSUE

May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Seniors celebrate their last goodbyes

Allison Brady, Leslie Ford,

Anaya Douglass, Riley Schoene

As seniors say goodbye to North, they find

themselves feeling a whirlwind of emotions:

sad because they are leaving behind things

and people they know and love and excited

about the adventures that await them.

Amidst these emotions, seniors celebrate

their time here by participating in events one

last time including performing in a farewell

concert with their band mates, competing

in one last game on the field with their

teammates or showcasing their talents in an

art exhibition.

The North Area Jazz Band

concert was held on April 16, with both

the Northeast Middle and North High bands

performing. It was the final performance

of the year, and for seniors, the final

performance of high school.

“I did Jazz Band back in middle school,”

said senior Geddy Rice, who plays the

vibraphone. “Looking back on it, I was

much, much worse than I am today. Five

years later, I’m still improving, but I feel as

though it all led up to this [performance].”

Even though many seniors in Jazz Band

have been performing in front of people

for years, that didn’t mean it was easy -

especially since this was the last time they

would showcase their talents to the North

community.

“I was just as nervous as my first band

performance years ago, but it felt good to

get a good performance in with these people

I’ve grown so close to in band,” senior

Owen Schrader, who was in both Jazz and

Marching band, said.

The Jazz Band began in December and

met a couple times per week at 6:30 a.m. to

practice its songs since it is an extracurricular,

in contrast to the marching and concert

bands which are classes. The band played

four pieces, each differing in style but all

similar in how they had a jazzier sound. The

Sophomore Lochlan Nelson and senior Owen

Schrader take a bow at the final Jazz Band concert

of the year. Seniors in the music department at

North bid their farewells on stage at various

concerts this past month.

Jazz Band also performs in the commons on

Fridays towards the end of year.

“I’m going to miss it,” said Rice.

Jazz Band is not the only musical group

to have their last concert. Seniors in choir

sang their last notes during the Spring Choir

Concert on May 2, and members of Orchestra

will play their last note of the year on May

6. Marching Band finished the season strong

back in October.

“[I’m going to miss] all the friends I

made and continue to make, also the teachers

Mr. LaRose and Ms. Wilson,” Schrader said.

Senior Jack Prinzi and junior Riley Gibbons

discuss a scene from “Boiling People in my

Coffee.” Part of a director’s job is helping the

actors understand their vision for the show and

characters.

Senior Directed One Acts on

May 3 is the last theatre performance of each

year, and for many seniors, it is their last

production at North.

“My best friend directed the one act I

performed in my sophomore year,“ said Jack

Prinzi, one of the two directors. “I had so

much fun performing in her one act that I

knew that it was something I was going to

want to do when I became a senior.”

Seniors can take a class to direct a short

one-act play, and members of the theatre

program act and work behind the scenes to

help make the one acts a success.

Seniors Claudia Reiling and Ben Valle

are participating in the production by stage

managing and acting, respectively.

“It’s a little bittersweet because I didn’t

get to experience much of [theatre] before,”

said Valle, who helped with tech crew for

last year’s spring musical, but only started

acting this year. “So, this is kind of my first

and last year.”

Prinzi will direct “Boiling People in

My Coffee” by Jonathan Yukich, and Trent

Lair will direct “Summer at the Lake” by

Tennessee Williams.

“My one act would be my legacy in the

school,” said Prinzi. “I want this to be the

best show it can possibly be to symbolize

how I have done the most I can possibly do

in our department.”

The shows contrast in tone, with one

At the girls swim senior night, coach Bart Prosser gives a motivating speech to varsity and JV

swimmers. Seniors, like Megan Mueller, celebrated their last meet of their high school career with

teammates and members of the community.

being a dark comedy and the other being a

serious drama, make for a unique night of

performances.

The All District Art Show on

April 27, marks the end of the year for the

visual arts students at North. The All-District

Art Show will showcase seniors’ artwork for

the last time before they go to college.

Senior Aissa Patrick, who has been taking

art classes from time to time to fill up her

schedule, has a piece in the show this year.

“I can show off my hard work. I earned

a spot in the art show, which comes to those

who know what more they can put into their

craft, which makes it stand out more than

other pieces,” Patrick said.

The community is able to celebrate the

creativity and hard work seniors have put

into their art one last time making it an

exciting and also sad time for the senior, their

family, teachers and community because this

This drawing, “Thorns Of Love”, is one of the

drawings senior Natalija Grubisic is showcasing

at the District Art Show. She also exhibited

“Decompositions” and “Metamorphosis”.

is their last high school experience showing

their passion.

“I am passionate about art because I’ve

been creative since I was little. I enjoy

drawing, painting, digital design, and other

types of art naturally,” Patrick said.

Senior Natalija Grubisic, who has been

part of many art classes, one being AP

Drawing this year, showcased her work at

the show as well.

“I started liking art when I was a little

kid. My mom got me into it when I was a

little kid. My love for it began to grow, and it

acts as a way for me to calm down and enjoy

my free time,” Grubisic said.

Like Grubisic, some of the artists will

continue on with art in the future; either as a

hobby or even as their career choice. Grubisic

is going to the Washington University Sam

Fox School of Art where she’ll be spending

a majority of her time drawing and working

in the studio.

“I think it’s [art] the best way to share

your experiences, especially for those who

haven’t experienced the same experiences as

you,” Grubisic said.

Seniors who play sports said goodbye

to their respective sports and teammates at

senior nights. Senior nights are a time

for athletes to be recognized for all of their

hard work and leadership.

Typically, players are given flowers

or other gifts as their families and friends

celebrate their achievements, but the swim

team splashes the seniors while they are in

the pool and pushes coach Bart Prosser into

the pool.

“Senior night was very surreal. I’ve seen

two other classes do it, but I always thought

‘oh it’s so far away.’ My favorite part was

eating food after the game,” senior Megan

Mueller, who was a member of the swim


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Parkway North High School

with family, friends

team and water polo team, said.

Some athletes have been playing since

they were kids and have been playing with

the same people for years making it difficult

to say goodbye to their friends and sport.

“When I was younger, my dad taught me

[baseball], and I fell in love with it,” senior

Eli Tritinger said.

Baseball occurs in the spring season

making it one of the last sports a senior can

play before leaving North.

Playing with the same people day-in and

day-out for months on end brings people

closer, especially if they play together for

multiple seasons or multiple sports.

“I’ll really miss my friends that I made

on my team. They were the only people

that I saw on a regular basis just because I

had swim season straight into polo season,”

Mueller said.

Some students, like Tritinger, who will

be playing baseball at Lindenwood College

will continue improving their skills related

to their sport.

“I was good for it, and it helped me with

college,” Tritinger said.

Other students have played their last

game and will be focusing on other pursues.

“After this year, I was done. I know I

might feel different in a year or so, but as

of right now I’m so happy to not play next

year,” Mueller said. “I will be majoring in

agriculture in hopes to help eliminate food

scarcity throughout the world.”

On the April 9, approximately 175 seniors

loaded buses with staff and administrators at

8:00 a.m. for a trip they had been looking

forward to since their freshman year: The

senior field trip to Amp Up.

Seniors paid $25 to attend the senior

field trip to Amp Up, where they could play

Seniors Henry Mohrmann and Xzavier Lewis focus on the intense arcade game at Amp Up during the

senior field trip. Last year was the first year the school began taking seniors to Amp Up. Before that,

they held a picnic at Creve Coeur for the seniors.

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video games, drive go-karts, participate in

laser tag, eat lots of junk food, and do so

much more.

“My favorite part was the dodge ball

game when we did girls versus boys, and my

favorite memory was doing a VR ninja game

with my friend,” senior Raina Ross said.

For many, the arcade games stood

out as a highlight of the trip, with seniors

competing against one another in whack-amole,

basketball hoops, motorcycle racing,

and shooting targets.

“My favorite memory was being able to

punch the punching bag, and my favorite part

was the big laser tag game,” senior Kaitlyn

Graham said.

Some seniors also tried their agility on

the ropes obstacle course where they weaved

their way through swinging tires, hanging

nets, and rope tight ropes. Others challenged

their peers to games outside including pickle

ball and basketball.

When seniors needed energy to keep

going, they also had access to nachos,

chicken strips and cookies.

The senior field trip to Amp Up has

been going on for only two years. Before

the seniors went to Creve Coeur Park for a

picnic, but now it seems Parkway North has

started a new tradition.

The senior field trip took place on the

same day as the other students were taking

the ACT or practice ACT. It allowed seniors

time to be together and let loose before

having to focus on the last month of school.

Being able to do this one last thing before

graduation felt really good for all the seniors

participating. The laser tag, dodge ball, vr

and arcade games would not have been as

fun without the other people they have spent

all high school with.

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Seniors make decisions about

Leslie Ford

their future plans

Senior Coley Theerman-Rodriguez enjoys her lesson about how to control the plane. She

graduated early in order to start her lessons, which was a difficult decision.

As seniors end their high school years, they have to deal with many hard decisions.

These hard decisions could revolve around career choices, housing, roommates,

finances, schooling, etc. The constant reminder that they are bidding farewell to

cherished childhood memories and venturing into adulthood can be stressful. For some

people just waiting for their top schools to send out their decisions can cause stress.

“The applying process is more stressful to me,” senior Coley Theerman-Rodriguez,

an early graduate who decided to go to University of Missouri, said.

After receiving acceptance and rejection letters, seniors then had to choose what

college or university they want to go to. This can be a difficult decision because its a big

one that they have to make; it will control the rest of their school years.

“The hardest decision in choosing a college was having to pick between my top

schools,” senior Allison Mueller said.

Where the school is located, how much the costs, what majors the school has, etc.

all weigh into the decision. As college gets more and more expense, it can get harder to

choose a school without factoring in how one is going to pay for it or even if it is worth

the cost.

“I had to go to a school in Missouri, so I just picked a good school for my career

choice,” senior Alexander Schrumpf, who is a part of the Bright Flight program and is

going to college for engineering, said. Bright Flight is a merit-based program that helps

students pay to go to approved Missouri colleges

Parkway North gives their students many opportunities to get scholarships or to make

their transition to college easier through programs like A+ program where students can

get money to go to a community college or even some four year colleges if they meet

certain criteria.

Another decision seniors have to make is when they would start school. While some

students delay beginning college for a year, Theerman-Rodriguez decided that she

would graduate early and start college courses in order to get ahead so that she can start

piloting.

“Leaving high school has definitely gotten me ahead for college plans. It makes me

feel more productive than if I had stayed in high school,” Theerman- Rodriguez said.

While Theerman- Rodriguez may know what she wants to do, a few seniors may not

know what they want to do after leaving high school. It could be because they have too

many things they like to do or have no idea what to do.

“ I was debating because some of the schools had good programs; but I was looking

for the best program for me,” senior DaVonte’ Jackson said.

Whether it’s making a choice if they should go to college, where they should go to

college, what they should do for a career, or where they should live, seniors have a lot

of decisions to make before beginning the next phase of their life.


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UMKC

-Aissa Patrick

Where Are

Seniors Going

For College?

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Ranken University

-Emil Mathias

-Caleb Hoskins

University of Colorado

-Ibrahim Elnour

University of Washington

-Emily Koo

America University

-Harmony Keys

Missorui State University

-Annisa Rahmani

-Matthew Koczan

-Megan Mueller

St. Louis Community College

-Trenton Ingles-Head

-Jacob Cholak

-Jack Gehl

-Abby Kummer

-Leah Clack

-Dylan Campbell

-Kelsey Bryant

-James Bishop

-Lyric Sutherlin

University of Louisville

-Tyann Clark

American Trade School

-Jim Dickerson

Missorui S&T

-Garrett Davies

-Erin Bauer

-Claudia Reiling

-Alexander Schrumpf

-Sam Moseley

Missouri South

-Keylan Mitchell

University of Arkansas

-Kylie LaGarce

-Morgan Hart

Culver-Stockton College

-Henry Reeves

Rockhurst University

-Caitlin Schuerman

University of Kansas

-Andrew Wedner

Southern Illinois University

-Caleb Nyachiro

Washburn University

-Henry Mohrmann

Catawba College

-Steven McDonald

Kansas State University

-Brooklynn Bryant

St. Louis University

-Sarah Ham -Lydia Jewell

-Santosh Jothilingam

-Darric Smith

Benedictine College

-Tyler Jones

UIUC

-Baersabeh Assefa

-Yamyu Guo

Wa

-Bae

-Gai

Harris-S

-Nelson Dea


MAY 3

ISSUE PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL 9

Colorado State University

-Jessica Byrd

Savannah State Universityy

-Taylor Jones

UMSL

-Arianna Haynes

Trinity University

- Charlotte Brod

Lindenwood University

-Wyatt Justus

-Eli Tritinger

-Sarah Gronefeld

-DaVonte Jackson

-Reghan White

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New York University

-Maisoon Abusbeih

shington University

rsabeh Assefa

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Purdue University

-Brayden Mitchell

Lincoln University

-Logan Cain

-Stephen Harrold

Rose Hulmond

-Peter Fields

University of Central

Missouri

-Coley Theerman Rodriguez

-Anthony Thompson

Maryville University

-Brandon Yates

-J’Von Saunders

-Austn Rieth

-Mark Stovall

-Hatim Rehman

-Imaan Tahir

-Amiri Hamilton

Kansas City Art Institute

-Lucas Schuepfer

Missorui Baptist University

-Alex Shields

-Braden Ulsas

-Yvonne Shannon

University of Missouri

-Leland Schuerman -Kaitlyn Graham

-Benjamin Weltig -Alissa Botnar

-Kendall Klepacki

-Trenton Lair

-Owen Gill

-Ty Parks

-Xzaiver Lewis

Austin Peay State

University

-Jayson Lindsey

Truman State University

-Jack Prinzi

-Caitlin Hunterbrinker

-Zachariah Mantinband

Kaskaskia College

-Raina Ross -Rachel Ross

Boston College

-Christian Assefa

Lynn University

-Roman Schadt

-William Yeater

-Kalina Zheleva

University of Minnesota -

Twin Cities

-Narek Balabekyan

Savannah College of Art and

Design

-Isabella Roman


10

Seniors Show

How to Shine

Over the past four years, seniors have been able to

learn new skills, explore emerging talents, experiment with

different activities, and uncover their strengths and identities.

They have grown academically and personally because they

have taken risks and pushed their own boundaries to carve

out their unique identity while experiencing heartache and

defeat.

The senior class has individuals who have broken records,

won awards, and started their own businesses. They have

navigated a pandemic, witnessed a solar eclipse, and have

experienced the transition of the United States through two

presidents. They have welcomed new principals, teachers,

counselors, and classmates. They have made new friends,

traveled to new places and tried new activities.

Through all of this, Parkway North has provided a

diverse range of extracurricular and classroom opportunities,

supported by both peers and teachers, to aid students on their

journey of self-discovery. The senior class has embraced and

celebrated each others’ successes, and have fostered these

relationships and passions.

Among the numerous seniors who have thrived in various

areas including fine arts, practical arts, academics and sports,

the following seniors stand out as examples of what a person

can achieve if they put their mind to it, work together with

their community, and persist despite setbacks.

Allison Lam

THE NORSESTAR STAFF

Narek Balabekyan

Senior Issue

Mastering one language is challenging, but speaking

four is remarkable. That’s one of the many accomplishments

Narek Balabekyan has achieved.

“I speak Armenian, which is my native language and we

speak it at home; Russian; English at school; and French,”

Balabekyan said.

Balabekyan will receive The Seal of Biliteracy for his

abilities, but his talents don’t stop there. In addition to his

facility for language, Balabekyan has maintained top grades,

was one of only seven members to serve on the Missouri

Boys State supreme court and was a member of several clubs

including National Honor Society and History Club.

“When it comes to managing my classes, I always try to

make time for everything that I’m doing because I need to

understand that I cannot function properly without having

some time with my family...I always try to prioritize my

classes, my hobbies and the people I want to spend time

with,” Balabekyan said.

Balabekyan plans to use his knowledge and skills to help

him become a lawyer after majoring in political science.

Patrick McCollum

Charlotte Brod

May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Balancing school, work, and personal time can be

difficult, but senior Charlotte Brod has found a way to not

only balance everything, but also to excel.

“It can be difficult especially when I have been working a

lot that weekend,” Brod said. “But at the same time, knowing

that I only have a certain amount of time to do it, and I can’t

procrastinate almost makes it easier.”

Brod has taken four to five honors or AP classes every

year she has been in high school and was selected for the

2024 Missouri Scholars 100 list.

“A lot of my classes don’t have a ton of homework. It’s

more about understanding the material, so I make sure to

get the stuff that is due, done...I work a little bit on projects

a little every day and balance that [with homework],” Brod

said.

In addition to work and academics, Brod has also actively

participated in extracurricular activities including being

a member of the swim team, National Honor Society, and

various clubs including Key Club and Mu Alpha Theta.

These activities highlight her well-roundedness and her

commitment to personal growth and the community.

Henry Mohrmann

Senior Allison Lam may have only started an interest

in business last year, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t

excelled. She placed fourth for marketing communications

at the Missouri DECA State Competitions, qualified for the

DECA International Career Development Conference, was

selected to be a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St.

Louis Student Board of Directors Program, and received the

Progress 64 Entrepreneurial Scholarship.

“Being in DECA has also allowed me to compete against

other schools in creating and pitching marketing campaigns

to business professionals on the spot,” Lam said.

Lam also started the Asian Culture Club at North, is the

president of the National Honor Society, a member of the

golf team, and is involved in several clubs. This year, she is

also part of the SPARK! Incubator Program.

“I signed up for the Spark! Incubator Program this

year, and it allowed me to get first-hand experience in

pitch competitions and working as a social media intern,”

said Lam, who plans on going to the University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign to major in business administration.

Senior Patrick McCollum exemplifies what it means to

be a student athlete.

McCollum broke a school record that stood since 1998

when he swam the 100 freestyle in 48.26 seconds at state,

but he also maintains high grades while taking advanced

placement classes like Physics, Psychology, Calculus BC,

English Language and Composition as well as others.

“In my junior and sophomore year when I had more AP

classes and played more sports, I would do as much work as I

could in my classes and use my time after school for sports,”

McCollum said.

While taking advanced course, McCollum was also

varsity swim captain and on varsity water polo.

“By sophomore year, I started to get into it. After that, I

learned how I like to spend my time junior and senior year,”

McCollum said.

He takes swimming seriously and attends 2-hour long

practices as a way to improve.

“To break the record, I had to push myself everyday,”

McCollum said.

Senior Henry Mohrmann has been playing sports ever

since he can remember. He’s played football since 8th grade,

basketball all his life and volleyball for the past year.

“I like the competitiveness, and I just like to stay active

and play,” Mohrmann said.

Mohrmann not only is competitive on the field but also

in the classroom where he has maintained very high grades

while taking AP classes and playing three sports.

Mohrmann is going to continue his competitiveness next

year when he plays football at Washburn.

“I’m looking forward to getting even better and playing

against some of the best competition in the country,”

Mohrmann said.

Even though Mohrmann is starting a new chapter next

year in college, he is going to miss his time at North.

“I’m going to miss my friends because some of these

people I’ve known for quite a long time, and I’ve made some

very good friends here, so I’m going to miss playing with

them,” Mohrmann said.


May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Senior Issue

11

Sarah Ham

Eli Jones

Tyler Jones

Since the beginning of high school, senior Sarah Ham

has incorporated academics, athletics, and fine arts into her

daily routine. She has taken the opportunities presented to

her to help her grow as an individual and has excelled in

many areas.

“I love being involved in many things here at North and

outside of school simply because I enjoy a sense of leadership

as well as community,” Ham said. “Whether it’s singing with

my friends for acapella for fun or helping the community by

doing service, I am able to learn new things in many different

aspects.”

Ham has maintained high grades, earning an athletic

academic achievement award, but her accomplishments

extend beyond the classroom with notable achievements in

choir and DECA. She is also the senior class president, a

National Honor Society Board Member, member of several

clubs, and a volleyball player.

“[I balance these things by] making sure that I have fun

while doing them, even though academics might not be as

fun to do,” Ham said. She is planning to major Business

Marketing at Saint Louis University.

Senior Eli Jones is an active member of the student

council and has been passionately involved in the choir for

most of his life.

“I started singing when I was super young in the church

choir, and then when I was in kindergarten and I was in a

group called Willowbrook singers, and I’ve just been in

choir ever since,” Jones said.

As he prepares to graduate, he has his sights set on

Howard University, where he plans to pursue a nursing

program. However, music will still remain an important part

of his life and he looks forward to joining music groups.

As much as he looks forward to the future, Jones is also

filled with a sense of nostalgia and sadness at the thought

of leaving his current choir group. He will miss his choir

director and the supportive community he has always felt a

part of.

“I’m going to miss my director and the community.

I’ve always felt welcome here. It was really safe and very

supportive. I going to miss that support, but I know it’s never

going to leave,” Jones said.

Senior Tyler Jones has been wrestling and playing football

since he was in 6th grade. He has excelled in wrestling going

to state all three years he has been on the wrestling team at

North.

“It feels great, but I wish I could’ve done better like

placing in the top 4 or 5. Injuries really held me back these

last few years - especially my shoulder, I’m really proud of

myself for even qualifying for state,” Jones said.

While he likes the competitive side of playing sports, he

also views sports as a way to better himself.

“Meeting new people and learning new things about the

sport and growing as a person [is what I enjoy about sports],”

Jones said.

Jones intends to continue to grow personally and

athletically at Benedictine College, where he earned a

full scholarship for wrestling and will pursue a major in

astronomy.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all new competition

and learning all new techniques from different people and

different coaches,” Jones said.

Claudia Reiling

Senior Claudia Reiling has been in theater for three years.

“I’ve spent weeks organizing all of our equipment, fixing

numerous broken instruments, and learning how to most

efficiently use everything,” Reiling said.

Reiling is the lights lead, which means she has been in

charge of making sure that the lights for the show are all

working and will be turned on and off at the right moments.

While it may not sound like a lot, the materials used in

theater for lights are expensive and delicate.

“One of the more memorable moments I’ve had was

attempting to fix a very expensive light using a nickel and a

screwdriver and almost catching everything on fire,” Reiling

said.

Theater is a large commitment. Depending on what a

student signs up for and how big the show is, students stay

for theater after school and on the weekends rather often.

“It definitely takes a lot of time and commitment to do

theater, but I wouldn’t have traded that time for anything

else,” Reiling said.

Lucas Schuepfer

Senior Lucas Schuepfer is looking forward to expanding

his artistic skills when he leaves North and joins The Kansas

City Art Institute next year.

“I’m really excited just to do my own thing and go to a

school and do art instead of deal with other stuff,” Schuepfer

said. “What’s cool is I get to experiment with my art a lot

freshman year and figure out where I really want to go.”

Schuepfer has been drawing for as long as he can

remember and gets inspiration from the games he plays and

the shows he watches, sketching them with ink. Many of the

drawings he does revolve around the characters in games he

plays, though it’s not the only thing that he draws.

“I feel like the story for a lot of artists is that they’ve been

doing it since they were little,” Schuepfer said. “I was doing

it since I was a kid.”

Schuepfer’s art has been featured in both the Parkway

North art show as well as in the district art show, and his

work has been admired by many.

“[I will miss] the teachers. Ms. Forrest is a really nice

teacher,” Schuepfer said.

Leland Schuerman

While excelling in core classes, senior Leland Schuerman

was busy exploring her interests by taking as many classes as

she could in practical arts and fine arts.

“I chose these classes to fill my schedule and some of

them seemed interesting to me,” Schuerman said.

Schuerman has taken over fifteen practical and fine arts

ranging from Microsoft Office to Branding and Design to

International Cuisine to Drawing 2.

“There was a project were we could create our own menu,

and some kids would cook foods of their culture. It was just

really fun and the food was good,” Schuerman said.

While studying this eclectic mix of subjects, Schuerman

also was a member of the swim and the water polo team all

four years of high school.

“I scored a lot of points for the swim team, and I even

went to state for two events my senior year,” Schuerman

said.

Schuerman will be attending the University of Columbia

in the fall, and while undecided on her major, she is sure her

varied coursework will be part of her continued journey.


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Freshman year of high school marks

the beginning of a new chapter for students

including a new school building, more

challenging classes, new experiences, and

a different schedule. Even though freshman

year may be difficult, some seniors reflect

on freshman year fondly, considering it their

favorite.

"My freshman year was relaxed and after

that, I developed a weird allergy," senior

Garrett Davies said.

This allergy made it harder to do activities

he enjoyed such as soccer, which led to his

other school years not being as good.

While freshman year is a good

opportunity to learn and grow, it's also an

awkward year since students haven't gotten

used to everything yet. This is likely why it's

the least popular year in high school earning

only 1 vote out of 33 seniors polled.

Sophomore year is equal in popularity to

junior year, both earning 10 votes. Both years

are in the middle of high school, so students

are more comfortable with the day-in and

day-out of high school while being able to

experience new freedoms like driving.

For the 2024 graduating class, sophomore

year was also the first year students could

choose to come back to school in-person full

time or remain virtual. Wearing masks was

mandatory for the beginning of the year.

"My favorite part of sophomore year

was being virtual because it eliminated the

need to commute to school, saved time, and

reduced stress and overall anxiety," senior

Jacob Cholak said.

Junior year is when many students begin

thinking about college and life after high

school. This is also when they begin to

solidify their identities, relationships, and

interests.

"My favorite class junior year was

History of St. Louis because of the field

trips and the people who were in that class,"

senior Jim Dickerson said.

As the last year in high school, it comes

as no surprise that senior year is most

students’ favorite. Twelve of the seniors

who responded to the survey said that their

senior year was the best. Senior year offers

the excitement of finishing high school and

going to college and having more freedoms

because they’re older.

Senior Issue

May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Seniors discuss favorite year of high school

Eleanore Casagrand

Seniors Christian Assefa, Haley Bhavsar, Emily Koo,

and Baersabeh Assefa enjoy each other’s company

during the senior sunrise. As they get ready to leave

high school, graduating seniors get more fun events

to take part in before college.

Senior year 37%

Junior year provides a larger variety of classes that students can take because

they had the chance to take the prerequisites. Senior Jim Dickerson and

others enjoy a field trip with the History of Saint Louis class.

Senior year tends to be easier than junior

year for many, and there are more events and

milestones to celebrate.

“I feel like I’m not as stressed out this

year as other years,” senior Emily Koo said.

“Seniors have more freedom to do what they

Freshman year 1%

Junior year 31%

want throughout the year, and my friend

group is probably the best we’ve ever been.”

After taking tests and applying for

schools, and with graduation right around

the corner, the last four years of high school

are ones to remember.

Whether its classes or clubs, freshman year provides

new opportunities for students making it a favorite year

for some students. Senior Garrett Davies joined the

soccer team his freshman year.

Sophomore year 31%

During sophomore year, some current North seniors

like Jacob Cholak took classes virtually, while others

like Zach Mantinband came to school in-person

and even joined clubs like Robotics.

Seniors share

favorite

hang out

spots

Eleanore Casagrand

Since malls came about, they have been a

popular place for teenagers to hang out. This

is something that even now is still true. West

County Mall may be one of the more popular

malls in the St. Louis area.

“Sometimes, we’ll meet up at

Barnes&Nobles and circle back to buy

manga or books,” said senior Arianna

Haynes, who sometimes hangs out at the

mall with friends.

West County Mall has plenty of different

stores, ranging from Hot Topic to Lululemon.

“Whenever my friends and I go to West

County Mall, we always go to Hot Topic and

Spencer’s since Hot Topic & Spencer’s both

have items and accessories that are part of

our fashion sense,” Haynes said.

If the mall isn’t for you and you prefer

to get out into nature, Creve Coeur Park is

another popular destination for seniors.

The park has a lake, multiple playgrounds,

a tennis court, and shelters for picnics or just

hanging out.

Students can stay active and rent items

such as kayaks and bikes, and there is a path

that surrounds the lake that they can walk or

hiking paths if they prefer being in nature.

The NRPA, or National Recreation and

Park Association suggests that everyone

should be outside for at least 20 minutes

a day, and Creve Coeur Park is the perfect

place for this. It is free, fun, and close to

school making it a popular place for seniors

to hang out.


May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Senior Issue

Seniors recount memorable moments

13

Colin Johnson

Each year, students have several chances

to show their athletic prowess by playing

against staff members in the student vs staff

games that take place during ac-lab. Though

the volleyball game was canceled this year,

it is a tradition to have one take place. In

addition to the volleyball game, there is also

the student vs staff basketball game and the

kickball game.

“I thought it was pretty exciting. Everybody

seemed like they liked it and were involved,”

senior Mauriah Lovejoy said.

In spring of 2023, the Percy Jackson musical,

adapted from the Broadway show, was

performed for three nights. The play follows

Percy Jackson in his journey to find and

return the Greek gods’ missing thunderbolt.

With a charming story and relatable

characters, it is a well adapted-musical that

was memorable for several seniors.

“I was able to meet so many people that I

never would have ever talked to had I not

been a part of the musical,” senior Roman

Schadt said.

Homecoming pep rallies were the highlight

for many seniors during their four years at

North. Sophomore year was technically the

first pep rally for the current seniors, and it

took place outside as a result of precautions

during the pandemic.

“[My favorite memories are] the homecoming

pep rallies. I love watching the different

grades show their Viking pride, and for all of

us to celebrate the school year. I also always

enjoy the Step Team’s performances,” senior

Jasmine Kinyatti said.

Football games are one of the most attended

sporting events at North. Memorable games

include the first game of senior year against

Hazelwood East which took place on a

Saturday due to excessive heat then rain (7-

6), junior year against Parkway West with

a crazy comeback win after being down at

the half (40-35) and sophomore year’s triple

overtime win against Hazelwood (56-50).

“The football games were always fun to

attend and hang out with people,” senior

Logan Cain said.

Parkway North is known for their fine arts

program with students wining awards for

photography, sculptures, paintings, and

more. Each year, the artistic achievements

of students are showcased at both North and

District exhibitions.

“I always loved the art shows. We have a

lot of incredible artists at the school, and

it’s cool seeing all of their works,” senior

Trenton Ingles-Head said.

On March 21, the student council sponsored

an eating contest that was hosted by Chick-

Fil-A. Parkway students faced off against

Pattonville students in a relay style nugget

race where Parkway came out on top.

“My favorite experience in my senior year

was the Chick-Fil-A race we had against

Pattonville. It was a really fun. We all got to

go outside of school and connect and bond,”

senior Steven McDonald said.

After learning about the once-in-a-lifetime

opportunity to view a solar eclipse in totality,

science teacher Robert Kaminsky quickly

put together a field trip for his Astronomy

classes. They went to S-bar F Ranch to

observe this rare occurrence

“My favorite school event was the astronomy

field trip to see the eclipse; it was really fun

seeing the eclipse and hanging out with

friends,” senior Regan Wasson said.

Prom is an important event for many people

because it can mark one of the first big steps

into adulthood. Open to both seniors and

juniors, prom can be viewed as a romantic

outing with a date or a last hooray with

friends.

“My favorite memory is the school prom

because it was where I got to have my first

dance with my girlfriend,” senior Jack Gehl

said.

Senior Trent Lair (far left) and his friends, all

Hang out at Noodles & Company. Noodles &

Company is one of the many restaurants and fast

food places seniors like to hang out.

Sometimes though, parks can be tiring

and work up an appetite. When out with

friends, it’s likely at some point that students

will get hungry. This is why fast food places

such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Freddy’s,

and Taco Bell are rather popular places for

seniors to hang out.

“Recently, me and my friend group have

been hanging out near Seoul Taco and Creve

Coeur Lake,” senior Camryn Dickerson said.

“The place has really good food, and the

atmosphere is very welcoming,”

Fast food places are cheap and quick

making it an easy option for busy teenagers

who just want to hang out with friends

without worrying about how much things

cost.

Seniors Jordan Behrle and Hatim Rehman,

juniors Alex Beck and Riley Gibbons, and senior

Dakota Tritinger hang out at the Tritinger’s

house. The Tritinger’s house was a popular hangout

spot for many seniors.

Of course students can always just hang

out at their friend’s house. This provides an

inexpensive, comfortable place to be around

friends in a private and friendly environment.

Senior Drew Waggener and his friends

hang out at fellow senior Eli Tritinger’s

house sometimes.

“We could play NBA 2k, play basketball

outside, watch movies, and have a group of

friends all having fun,” Waggener said. “All

in all, it was a great time.”

While being in public spaces allows for

plenty of different activities, sometimes it’s

nice to hang out in a less crowded space.

Friend’s houses are perfect for this as the

only people who will be there are the ones

invited.


14

May 3, 2024

Senior Issue

Parkway North High School

First years of decade filled with dynamic shifts in world

2020-2021

2021-2022 2022-2023

2023-2024

Sept. 18, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies

On Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth

Bader Ginsberg died after a 27 year run in the

Supreme Court. Afterwards, people mourned

her death and celebrate her achievements.

Aug.-Sept. 2021

U.S. Pulls Out of Afghanistan

After 20 years of warfare and years of

promises to leave the country, the U.S.

Military forces pulled out of Afghanistan,

leaving the country in full on Aug. 30

Sept. 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Dies

Holding the longest run as a British monarch,

at 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II is reported

dead. She would be succeeded by her oldest

son, Charles III.

Oct. 7, 2023

Hamas Attacks Israel

Hamas forces located in Palestine fire

nearly 5000 missiles at Israeli territory on

Oct. 7. The ensuing conflict would become

incredibly controversial.

Nov. 4-7

2020 Presidential Election,

With a 306-232 victory. Joe Biden was

declared the winner of the 2020 election on

Nov. 7, sparking controversy from the right,

and celebration from the left.

Feb. 24, 2021

Russia Invades Ukraine

Russia launches a full scale invasion of

Ukraine after years of military tensions

between the two countries. Foreign support

for Ukraine has been inconsistent since.

Nov. 30, 2022

ChatGPT, A.I. Gains Traction

ChatGPT is launched. It would go on,

alongside other generative AI to gain traction

in 2023. AI would become a major talking

point in the educational space as well.

2023-2024

Indictments Against Trump

From charges of falsified business records

in March, 2023, to indictment in the Jan. 6

capital storming, Donald Trump continues to

face many charges of in court.

Dec. 2020

Covid-19 Vaccinations Begin

The first Covid-19 vaccine, the Pfizer-

BoNTech is approved for emergency use for

those over 16 leading to more than 8 billion

doses given in the first year.

May 24, 2022

Uvalde School Shooting Occurs

Nineteen students and three teachers are

killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.

Controversy ensues as Uvalde Police are

accused of doing too little to stop the shooter.

Feb. 2023

Turkey-Syria Earthquakes

Over 55,000 people are killed and another

estimated 15.73 million people impacted

when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, followed

by large aftershocks, hit Turkey and Syria.

Feb. 11, 2024

Chiefs Win Super Bowl

After an intense season of football, the

Kansas City Chiefs won their third Super

Bowl in the last five years, having beaten the

San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime

Jan. 6, 2021

Protesters storm the capital

Following the Joe Biden’s controversial

victory, supporters of former President

Donald Trump stormed the capital building

in an attempt to disrupt the election’s

certification.

June 24, 2022

Roe v. Wade Overturned

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court overturns

the Roe v. Wade case from 1973, allowing

states to choose to ban abortion. As of

Dec. 2023, fourteen states have banned the

practice.

June 18, 2023

Titan Submersible Accident

An Oceangate tourism submarine imploded

while on a visit to the Titanic. The four

people on board, including a father and son,

died. The sub was piloted with a Bluetooth,

Logictech game controller.

March 7, 2024

Sweden and Finland Join NATO

After 20 years of apparent neutrality and

unofficial partnership, European countries

Sweden and Finland join the North-Atlantic

Treaty Organization, an international

security alliance.


May 3, 2024

Parkway North High School

Senior Issue

From new clubs to new events, seniors

witness changes at North High School

15

Jacob Goldman and LaShawn Knights

Over the past four years, North has gone

through sweeping changes, as well as adding

many new events. From new schedules, to

new learning options, to new clubs, 2024’s

seniors have experienced a lot over their last

four years at Parkway North.

The most memorable change occurred

freshman year when school started virtually

due to Covid-19. This was jarring for

seniors, who began their first year at North

without many of the critical experiences inperson

learning offers.

For some students, who preferred

the online environment, this was a great

experience. For others who enjoyed the

social aspects of school, or struggled with

distractions, this was tough to adapt to.

“It was very weird and quiet. Everybody

had masks on, and people had to sit in certain

spots away from each other and we had these

clear divider things to separate everybody,”

senior Jamaury Taylor said.

When students were allowed to return to

school in November of 2020, only 540 out of

1050 returned in-person.

Sophomore year began with most

students returning to school. Coming back

to school also meant coming back to a new

principal and a new schedule. Dr. Tori Cain

left Parkway North to purpose a position in

Patonville, and David Jones became the new

principal of Parkway North.

“He’s a very good principal. He’s fair to

the students and the teachers,” senior Amiri

Hamilton said. “I feel like he just wants

to make sure the school is always running

smoothly.”

The schedule also went through some

changes during the seniors’ tenure at North.

Even though current seniors had never

experienced the old schedule of A and B

days, which were similar to O and E days

without all-class A days, they experienced

other students and teachers adapting to the

schedule and the introduction of A, O, and

E days.

North’s sports scene also experienced

changes. Barstool, a student lead spirit group,

began. The football field and other sporting

facilities got upgrades, including new turf

and new lights. The upgrades weren’t ready

when the football season started, causing the

first “home” game against McCluer North to

be played at Parkway South.

“Freshman year, the turf was very hot

and it didn’t grip my cleats as well,” senior

Jermaine Rodgers said. “The new turf, I

liked the design and the way it felt. I could

make cuts more because the grip was way

better.”

As the years progressed, new clubs, like

crocheting and knitting; rock, paper, scissors;

Glamor Gals; Asian Culture Club; Students

Demand Action, and others were developed,

allowing students more opportunities to be

socially, and even politically active after

school.

As a result of a new law in Missouri,

Parkway North began building a storm

shelter in 2023. While construction was a

pain, the result was a big shelter to protect

students and staff from severe weather. This

was put to the test on March 14, 2024, when

a tornado warning went into effect first thing

in the morning, and all students were brought

to the new shelter.

“I feel like it’s a better place to be in and

hide because it’s underground with more

room and safer for the school,” senior J’Von

Saunders said.

The shelter area also contains new

football locker rooms and bathrooms.

During 2024’s second semester, Parkway

North introduced responsive scheduling

to the school after being the only Parkway

Students watch the solar eclipse on the grass near the Tennis courts. The weather was perfect for

viewing that day.

high school not using it. This is during the

very last semester of the 2023-2024 school

year, and 2024’s seniors won’t really feel it’s

impact as much as underclassmen.

That same semester, Parkway North

students experienced a solar eclipse, a rare

astronomic event which won’t happen in

the United States again until 2044. While

this isn’t a change to Parkway North, it was

a change in the school day for students.

Teachers took students outside at the end of

the day on April 8 to experience the last solar

eclipse they will be able to see for a while.

“I feel like it was a great opportunity

and a great to experience something that a

lot of people don’t get to experience,” senior

Elijah Vinson said.

2024 also saw the return of the Talent

Show, something this year’s seniors hadn’t

experienced before at North. Hosted by

senior Stephen Harrold, and sponsored by

music teacher Kim Roback, the talent show

began with auditions in February. It featured

acts from various individuals and groups of

students.

“It was new for me. I don’t really sing by

myself or with a group. I’m normally in my

choir, but it was a good experience,” senior

Rachel Ross said.

Acts in the show included all sorts of

different talents, mostly of the musical

variety includin instrumental soloists, both

group and individual vocal performances,

and even a jazz band. For everyone who

participated, this was their first talent show

at North, and a memorable one for many.

Students practice manicures for a Glamour Gals

event hosted in October. Glamour Gals is one of

many new clubs at North this year.

Students in the storm shelter during the Tornado

warning on March 14. Many were caught

by surprise, as despite the unpredictable and

occasionally intensive weather, the storm shelter

had yet to be used until this point.

Members of the Valhalla Acappella club sing

during the talent show. The group chose a

selection of songs alongside some choreography,

a common practice for acappella performances.

The addition of A days to the schedule was a

major shift for students and teachers. In addition,

the new responsive schedule during AcLab also

changed how students structured their days.


MAY 3

PARKWAY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL

Senior Issue 16

Senior Survey

What is your most embarrassing moment from high

school?

“Tripping and falling in the crowded lunch stairway during third lunch.”

-Isabella Roman

“Wearing a dress, wig, and a purse.” - Alex Shields

“I got the worst haircut ever like a year ago.” - Santosh Jothilingam

“Pushing through the hard and toughest time.” - Camden Thomas

“Getting blown out by 70 my junior year of basketball in our Christmas

tournament” - London McWilliams

What is your proudest moment from high school?

“Making All-American.” - Brooklynn Bryant

“Breaking the North Cross Country 5k record” - Alex Shields

“Acing Trigonometry” - Michael Cuenca

“Receiving Spirit of Excellence all four years” - London McWilliams

“Getting through school, being positive” - Jirhee Paster

What will you remember most about your time at Parkway

North?

“Being given an opportunity” - Zion Luckett

“My senior year and being with friends” - Haley Bhavsar

“All the funding and how everyone comes together” - Taylor Davis

“The friends that I made and the experiences” - Caitlin Schuerman

“Just making friends” - Jirhee Paster

What was your favorite tv show/character in elementary

school?

“Phineas from Phineas and Ferb” - Kaleb Alexander-Smith

“Amazing World of Gumball” - Caitlin Schuerman

“Wild Kratts” - Santosh Jothilingam

“Lab Rats” - Zion Luckett

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” - Sophia Enstall

Who was your favorite singer/musical group in elementary

school?

“The Living Tombstone” - Michael Cuenca

“New Edition” - Kaleb Alexander-Smith

“Nicki Manji” - Taylor Jones

“One Direction” - Viviana Echeverria

“Jason Aldean” - Calvin Carothers

Who was your first crush?

“Never had one, I am not interested” - Camden Thomas

“Gyude Bryant” - Isabella Roman

“Fed” - Taylor Jones

“Micheal Carter” - Brooklynn Bryant

“Lana Wen” - Calvin Carothers

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