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Theobald steps up as athletic director p. 3 Prom provides upperclassmen night in Bollywood p. 4

K drive crash interrupts learning process p. 6 Smoothies provide healthy refreshment p. 24


CORRALC Parkway Central High School 369 N. Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 314-415-7978 Volume 58, Issue 6, May 9, 2014

The last piece Class of 2014 signs off p. 9



A lot of us spent the last year working hard and improving individually. - Natsu Gavin (12)

Water Polo, page 19

5 Math students place at state

Operation 350 5


8 Student directors take on

challenge of One Acts

19 Soccer season

17 Opinion: What it’s like in an

American school

22 Fashion tips for summer




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Concussions 22

Healthy food 23

Theobald moves to athletic director position Matt Frischer News Editor


ucceeding the departure of current athletic director Mr. Mike Roth to district director of athletics and activities, math teacher and varsity soccer coach Mr. John Theobald will become Central High’s athletic director. On April 23, the Board of Education approved Theobald as the new athletic director. In this transition, Theobald will relinquish his duties as both head varsity boys and girls soccer coach, as well as his role as a math teacher. This change will officially become effective starting July 1. “He will be a tremendous resource for our coaches and sponsors and a boundary spanner with our students, as well as the broader community,” McCarthy said in an email to teachers. The change is an impactful one for Theobald, who has spent all his previous years teaching. “The thought of a new challenge really excited me,” Theobald said. “I really enjoyed what I’ve done, but it’s been 23 years of doing the same Coach John Theobald talks to his team at halftime of a game thing.” against Parkway North on April 30. Theobald has been named Theobald noted the lessons that he has learned as the school’s new athletic director. Photo by Meaghan Flynn. from Roth will guide him in his new position.

Cold temperatures lead to leak Jason Sobelman Editor-in-Chief


ollowing weeks of frigid temperatures, the heating and cooling systems experienced a malfunction on March 3. A break occurred in a water pipe, leading to the collapse of a part of the ceiling and significant water damage to the front commons. “On our rooftops there is a unit that controls the heating and cooling systems throughout the building,” building manager Mr. Jim Bundren said. “The extreme temperatures froze one of the pipes causing the leak to occur. We were lucky to catch it early on, but by the time they were able to turn the water system off, there was water from Mrs. Hoffman’s room to the stairs in the front commons.” More specifically, Director of Facilities Mr. Mike Mertens stated that the valve that controls the amount of water from the boilers became stuck in the closed position. “A closed valve translates into a no-flow condition to the coil, and because temperatures were below freezing, the coil froze and split resulting in a leak,” Mertens said. “The valves are designed to fail in an open position, but this was a mechanical issue that resulted in the valve staying closed.” Despite the steady downpour of water into the building affecting business teacher Mrs. Susan Hoffman’s room, she believes that they were lucky to discover the problem quickly. “We were very fortunate that we caught it at such an early stage,” Hoffman said. “I thought it was going to be nearly impossible to retrieve items. All of the electrical technology runs through the floor, and I was just shocked we were able to save almost everything.” According to Bundren, many resources were salvaged during the flood. The district brought in Woodard Cleaning and Restoration, who helped save nearly every computer unit.

“We only lost one computer,” Bundren said. “The restoration company took care of everything including cleaning, drying and returning all the units.” While the restoration project was occurring, Hoffman’s classes were forced to find a new environment. Her classes were moved to the math computer lab with Mrs. Bev Palmer so that her business students would still have daily access to computers. “Mrs. Palmer was extremely helpful because she allowed me to maintain class in a computer setting. It was a little difficult to adjust, but she brought in a portable SMARTBoard,” Hoffman said. “She set up the drives so students would have access like the normal classroom.” Despite her circumstances, Hoffman said she tried to remain optimistic. “For the first time in 30 years, I had a window in my room, which was nice, so we were always finding the positives,” Hoffman said. In addition to the restoration units, Parkway cut back parts of walls and lockers as a part of the drying process. After everything is complete, Mertens estimates that the entire project will cost about $50,000. “Walls were cut back to allow a thorough drying of all walls, and the lockers were removed with no plans to replace,” Mertens said. “The tile floor will be replaced in July after summer school is completed.” Due to this costly leak, district officials are taking precautions to ensure that a similar incident does not occur again. “We have expanded our preventive maintenance procedures, and we plan to check our rooftop HVAC system control valves this summer in conjunction with this program,” Mertens said. The water damage also led to the temporary move of all of the people who work in the glass office, including assistant principal Dr. Sarah Power; her secretary, Mrs. Diane Krumm; and the building budget secretary, Mrs. Connie French.

“He’s on top of things, very organized, keeps up with all his coaches,” Theobald said. “There are a lot of little details day-to-day that need to be taken care of, and he does a great job of staying on top of those things.” Theobald’s first responsibilities are to take care of and oversee all of the athletic programs. “Schedules and transportation are the two biggest things I oversee,” Theobald said. “Other than that, it’s monitoring the teams, coaches, staffs and making sure everyone has what they need.” In addition to the responsibilities expected of him, Theobald wishes to expand his role slightly in the school’s athletic world, connecting all of the teams. “One of my big things is to form a captain’s council to help formulate, analyze and make decisions within the athletic program,” Theobald said. “It’ll help them feel involved like they have a little more ownership, and -- more selfishly -- I can still have quality connections with the students and athletes.” According to Theobald, the toughest part of his move to athletic director will be giving up his position as head soccer coach for both the boys and girls. “I lost a lot of sleep over this decision,” Theobald said. “Leaving coaching was the biggest hangup for me, but being able to be a part of every team’s success will be very satisfying.”

Theater department receives Cappies nods


fter bringing “Wait Until Dark” and “Fox on the Fairway” to the stage this year, 16 students received 18 individual nominations for a Cappies award. In addition, the department received a nomination for both overall productions.

“Wait Until Dark”

Austin Sellinger: Comic Actor in a Play Samantha Zucker: Lead Actress in a Play Jack Connolly: Sound Seth Feldstein: Lighting Greg Kosinski: Sets Nick Bible: Special Effects and/or Technology Katie Richards: Stage Crew Emily Walters: Stage Crew Jake Blonstein: Lead Actor in a Play Parkway Central: Play

“Fox On The Fairway”

Rebecca Velasquez: Comic Actress in a Play Matthew Kertzman: Lead Actor in a Play Bianca McKenna: Marketing and Publicity Taylor Holton: Make-Up Kaitlynn Ferris: Lead Actress in a Play Jack Connolly: Sound Shelby Meyer: Props, Creativity Matthew Greenbaum: Supporting Actor in a Play Parkway Central: Play


Jeffrey Eidelman Staff Writer



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The Prom Paparazzi

Seniors Courtney Nall and Peyton Mogley partner up for the slow dance.

‘A night in Bollywood’

Catherine Melvin Social Media Editor


he dance floor was packed, cameras flashed at the photo booth, and the chocolate fountain hummed all night long. On Saturday, May 3, the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet hosted “A Night in Bollywood,” for the junior-senior prom. Junior Justin Schaefer took his girlfriend, sophomore Danyelle Morkisz. “I had a great time dancing with Danyelle and really enjoyed seeing everyone all dressed up,” Schaefer said. This year the chocolate fountain replaced the traditional dessert, and senior Taylor Kennedy was glad of the switch. The dessert bar featured assorted fruits, marshmallows, Rice Krispies treats, and graham crackers to name a few. To bring the night to a closure, those who were nominated for prom court walked down the aisle while students clapped and cheered for their favorite candidates. Seniors Hayden Klepper and Clare Conlisk were pronounced the official 2014 Prom King and Queen. Klepper was a proud winner. ”I was told a lot of times that I was going to win, even by some other guys up for King, but I had the biggest grin on my face when I won,” Klepper said. It was my crowning achievement, pun intended. It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of.”

Seniors Meron Dejene and Alex DiCarlo cheer during the prom court walk.

Senior Taylor Kennedy enjoys the chocolate bar. “I figured I had already fit into my dress, so it didn’t really matter how much I ate,” Kennedy said. “I love fruit and chocolate.” Photos by Catherine Melvin.

Junior Justin Schaefer and sophomore Danyelle Morkisz slow dance. HE



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Seniors Hayden Klepper and Clare Conlisk were elected as prom King and Queen. Photo by Dan Conlisk.

Juniors Stephanie Nachman and Carly Beck take a break in the lobby.

Math team takes second at state competition Matt Frischer News Editor


ollowing their absence at the State mathematics competition the past several years, Central’s Mathletes returned to Columbia on Apr. 12 to claim second place overall. The math team placed second in a field which had 26 schools represented and more than 150 participants. To compete, they first had to qualify. “This year we went to two local contests. You have to earn at least half of the available points per contest to qualify for State, and we had nine students qualify,” team sponsor Mr. Kurt Lehmann said. The state contest consisted of problems of many different varieties, most dealing with some sort of problem-solving. The contest kicked off with a large, key problem, according to junior Minki Kim. “We first had a power question. It was a huge ten-problem question that we had never seen before. We had a team of six people to do it. We worked on it for an hour, but didn’t get [many points] from it because it was really hard,” Kim said. Following the initial problem, the team went on to finish the rest of the competitions, which included many smaller problems. “After, we had a team round where it was another ten questions, but it was easier problems. We had around twenty or thirty minutes to do it. We then had individual questions, which is called target. You’re given two questions and you are given five or ten minutes to do it. Basically, one question is going to be ten points. We get four sets of these questions,” Kim said. Members competed in several other areas as well. “They compete individually on two events and then they compete as teams of six and

teams of three on a couple events. There’s also a general sweepstakes, where the top scores from your school get put into your score,” Lehmann said. Souradip Ghosh participated as the only freshman on the seven member team, and earned the highest individual score on the entire team. “As a freshman, with the score that I got I placed higher than all the other Central kids,” Ghosh said. “I wasn’t exactly surprised when I placed because I thought I did pretty well. The school did pretty well and I was kind of surprised because we didn’t have that many people, so that means that our people did pretty well.” The team that competed consisted of seven members: four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. “Placing so high as a team was good because everybody contributed. Every single person, on some event, their score helped contribute to the overall score,” Lehmann said. - Mr. Kurt Lehmann In addition to placing second overall, Kim felt he received additional benefits from the competition experience. “It was a lot of teamwork, getting close with the sophomores and freshman. We learned more about math and we got second in State, so we’re building up to get first in State next year,” Kim said. The positive result in academic competition does wonders for the school, according to Lehmann. “Any time the school can separate itself academically, it gives the student body a sense of accomplishment that they’re at a high quality school,” Lehmann said. “It gives the community a sense of accomplishment, and gives the students a way to be honored for their academics, just like they are for their athletics.” The team will move on to attend a regional competition in Kansas City.

It gives the community a sense of accomplishment, and gives the students a way to be honored for their academics, just like they are for their athletics.

Students win competition, help environment


ttempting to raise environmental awareness in the community, a group of students and some adult mentors took first place at the first annual Green Schools Quest. The Green Schools Quest is a challenge issued by the U.S. Green Building Council to public and private schools within the region to implement the most creative, effective, and low to no cost sustainable practices for their schools. Building off of her composting project that went into effect around the school at the beginning of the year, senior Julia Goldman and the rest of the students involved wanted to continue their work. “We decided to start a garden to bring the community together and recycle,” Goldman said. “Now that we have the composting, people want to know what it all means. The garden shows the connection between it all.” In addition to sending food to the compost, the group composted the product into soil which they could then use in the garden. This soil is a 50-50 compost mix from St. Louis composting, according to Goldman. That was not all, though. The students had to put in some extra work in order to accomplish The students started the planting process inside so they could continue their goal. “Overall, working despite inclement weather.

we spent a lot of hours on this project,” Goldman said. “We met after school for two hours a week. It was a lot of time.” In those two hour periods after school, there was a lot that needed to be accomplished. The students would split up jobs among themselves. For example, they had to decide what garden they wanted from a raised or ground bed to the space between them. They also needed to figure out the size of the garden and what was going to be planted there. They decided on planting items such as broccoli and lettuce. The students accepted aid from adults both inside and out of the building to help things run smoothly. One of those helpers was Parkway’s Sustainability and Purchasing Manger Mr. Erik Leuders. He starts most of the green initiatives in the district but in this case, he was focused specifically on Central. “I helped try to guide their process,” Leuders said. “They seemed interested in the composting program, raising more awareness about it, and closing the loop. So, I helped to plug them into outside resources.” Outside resources such as sourcing the concrete blocks used to build the beds for a cheaper price or getting the soil for free from St. Louis composting. Another source of adult support came from science teacher Mrs. Beth Karfs. “I basically provided a meeting place and meeting time,” Karfs said. “I tried to help get some of the supplies from within the building like the environmental chamber and seeds from the biology teachers. Mr. Leuders was on the district level but I was more at the school level.” While the students appreciate the help from both Leuders and Karfs, the mentors are equally appreciative of the experience. “The opportunity to work with students is why we are here,” Leuders said. “That’s what we are doing it for; to

Seniors Julia Goldman and Nick Bible dig a place for the garden behind the science wing on April 12. Photos courtesey of Mrs. Beth Karfs. create that opportunity for them.” Along with first place and helping the community, the sweetest prize of all might be the future of the Green Schools Quest at Central. “We absolutely plan on doing this next year. We would like to grow the group,” Karfs said. “With the environmental group, what we have gotten started here, and the funds we are going to receive from our award, we will be able to maybe have a garden committee that is going to be specific to just this group.” The students accepted their award at the seventh annual Green Schools Event on April 29.


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Kirk Randolph Staff Writer


K drive crash results in loss of student files, frustrations among many Clare Conlisk Managing Editor

to work faster and have stricter schedules. We’re kind of doubling up and everyone has to help everyone instead of doing just their own pages.” Though it will be more difficult, Tarlas still believes tudents and teachers who logged onto school accounts on the morning of April 21 found that many, that the staff will be able to meet their deadline. “We made a Google Doc of things we have on each or even all, of their files previously saved had disappage, where they’re at on the computer and things that peared due to a failure in the K drive. were missing,” Tarlas said. “People can just go on there “The short answer is that we had a hardware failure and see if we need pictures on this person or quotes from that corrupted a virtual server. All data from March 7 that person; we can all help each other.” on was lost,” technology specialist Mrs. Renee Maxey Aside from the yearbook staff, other students’ final said. “All of the students at Central High were affected that save files to their K drive. Hopefully, they also saved projects, research papers and other files were similarly affected. their files to a flash drive.” “When the K drive crashed, it ruined my life,” junior Due to the hardware failure, any files saved to the Rosie Weber said. “I’m in a group of four people workK drive after March 7, with a variation of a few days in ing on a month-long project for Marketing, and we lost some cases, were deleted. In some cases, the loss proved almost all of our work.” more than a minor inconvenience. The yearbook staff Weber and her group have worked to make up for lost 56 working pages of the yearbook, equivalent to their lost material since their project disappeared. roughly one quarter of the book, that were created after “It affected a lot because we had to start all over,” the last in-class file backup. Weber said. “But luckily we have four “The Big Band Dance, and a people in my group, but it took about lot of pictures where you can’t a week to get it all back.” really get them back because It’ll be hard because we Weber’s teacher gave the class a the event already happened week extension on the project. Many are missing,” senior yearbook were already kind of other teachers have followed suit in editor in chief Cecilia Tarlas behind from all the snow extending deadlines to compensate for said. “We’re trying to get it out the loss of work. days. People will have to to people who have pictures lost all the body paragraphs for from them or their parents to work faster and have stricter the“Iresearch paper I was writing for email those in. Since that stuff English II,” sophomore Gavin Smallschedules. We’re kind of is gone, we can’t really redo it. wood said. “I talked to my teacher, That’s probably the hardest part doubling up and everyone and luckily I can turn it in whenever for us.” has to help instead of doing I’m finished.” Many of the stories, pictures Still, other teachers have canceled and designs were lost from the just their own pages. or excused assignments entirely, drive. Some pictures were saved -Cecilia Tarlas (12) particularly classes such as Personal on flash drives and memory Finance that operate almost entirely off cards, and some interview of the K drive. quotes were still remaining on “In Personal Finance we were in the staff members’ cell phones or middle of a project,” business teacher written other places. According to Tarlas, this will make the pages easier to Mrs. Mary Piening said. “We were far enough in that time did not allow for us to start over with the end of the remake. “It’ll be hard because we were already kind of behind school year approaching.” Senior Nicole Bullotta underwent a similar experience. from all the snow days,” Tarlas said. “People will have

Students affected by K drive crash


Affected (48.6%)

Not Affected (51.4%)

out of 140 surveyed students “We had to do a 200-point project on prisons for Crime and Law, and I lost a pretty large part of it,” Bullotta said. “My teacher said I could omit that section from my final report, as long as I account for it.” While students and teachers attempt to recover from their lost class materials, Parkway’s Technology Department has been working to understand why the malfunction occurred,and how to prevent repeated occurrences. “Technology has contacted the manufacturer of our backup software to help identify why CHS backups stopped and why we didn't receive notifications,” Maxey said. On an individual basis, preventative measures can be taken to help ensure that important data is not deleted from drives. “We always recommend saving files to an external hard drive in addition to their K drive,” Maxey said.

Biology class engineers new ideas Katie Richards Opinions Editor


s the demand for science and engineering based jobs continues to rise, so does the demand for classes that teach these subjects to children. Project Lead the Way, a national organization that sets curriculum for engineering and medical based classes, is making its way into schools across the nation. Introduced last year to us has been Biotechnical Engineering, taught by science teacher Mr. Lee Johnson. “Parkway West added the class last year with success, so this past summer I went to the University of Illinois and learned the whole year in about two weeks,” Johnson said. Johnson did this because in order to teach the class, you must be PTLW certified. Their website declares that they design activity-, project-, problem-based experiences to prepare students to solve problems, which is senior Nick Bible’s experience with the class. “There’s a lot of experiments we do,” Bible said. “They overlap with my AP biology class.” Johnson has noticed that some of the curriculum overlaps with not only the AP biology class but the honors class as well. One struggle that his class has found has been to differentiate the education. “We take a different perspective on [things that overlap],” Johnson said. “We focus on the engineering market and how to sell something. It’s cool if you can alter genes but it doesn’t matter if no one is buying it.” Many students, such as seniors Katie Rembold and Fred Henry, enjoy the various labs. Rembold says that the

various labs are what drew her into the class. An issue the class has faced this year is some outdated curriculum. The PLTW backing means that they must follow the nationally set curriculum, which was last updated in 2006. This means that some references, websites, and statistics are either no longer available or are not the most accurate. However, the curriculum is being rewritten in 2015. “It’s getting rewritten in two years and I’m very excited,” Johnson said. “There should be more of an emphasis on international problems like water purification in third world countries.” Johnson’s predictions of a shift of focus may be correct, as the PLTW website says the new name for the class as of 2015 will be just Biological Engineering. Henry, on the other hand, hopes that there is still a strong incorporation of engineering. “I wish it was a more rigorous curriculum, like more lecturing,” Henry said. “But I hope we keep the topics like business and bioethics.” Rembold and Bible agree that such topics discussed in class set it apart from the average science class. Other students feel differently. Senior Sami Sbei believe that the labs are a great part of the education and wishes there would be increased emphasis on that instead of theoretical things. “I wish it would be more based on what you’re doing, what you’re holding in your hands right in front of you,” Sbei said. Aside from the nationally set curriculum, this class stands out because of its classroom dynamic. Johnson says that it is a fun dynamic because of the range of students.

There aren’t intense prerequisites for the class like other science classes, so there are a wider range of students. “I have no interest in going into engineering as a career,” Rembold said. “But it sounded like an interesting class when I was signing up and also was very different from anything PCH offered.”

Curriculum at a glance According to the 2012 course description, BE is five units that should span the course of 173 days. Safety and Documentation Review Concepts addressed in this unit include the importance of documentation, journals, and safety procedures. Introduction to Biotechnical Engineering Divided into two lessons: the history of engineering with rapid need for biotechnology and bioethics. Biochemical Engineering Similar to CSI forensics, discusses technology related to genetic information and pathology. Environmental and Agricultural Engineering This unit addresses bioprocessing, renewable energy, chemostats, and bioreactors for useful products. Biomedical Spaning 61 days, this is the longest unit. It discusses biomedical engineering, orthopedics, and cardiovascular devices and imaging.

Sixth grade camp counselors play role in camper growth “Some of the benefits of being a camp counselor include seeing the cabin grow as a unit and some of the more reserved or uncertain campers come out of their shell,” Weisman said. n the spring, a group of 11 high school students travThe week is made up of units which divide the activieled to Potosi, Missouri with the sixth graders to be ties into categories that include educational and team counselors at Camp Lakewood. building activities. Team building activities included a “I think that I benefit just as much from the camp as ropes course complete with a zip line and tire and swings. the kids do,” senior Amanda Weisman said. “I think the kids learned a lot about the outdoors as This was Weisman’s third year as a camp counselor. well as interpersonal skills like how to get along with others,” junior George Bohn said. The educational units focus on studying ecosystems and relationships with the environment. This included a water unit in which the campers built a dam, and a survival unit that consisted of fire and building. “The kids learned a lot about themselves and the other people on the team,” junior Clayton O’Hanlon said. “They also learned a lot from the units.” Going to sixth grade camp at the YMCA’s Camp Lakewood has been a tradition for over 40 years at Parkway CenMike Paul, Jenna Wade, George Bohn, Kendall Fitter, Clayton O’Hanlon, Tommy tral Middle. However, there Payne, Lexie Winter, Matt Felderwerth, Amanda Weisman, Katie Grossman and have been a few changes, such Noa Remi were camp counselors this year. “I really enjoyed spending time and get- as the units and the switch ting to know the other counselors,” Bohn said. “I learned a new respect for teachers from a five day week to a four and parents who have to do what I did at camp on a daily basis.” Photo courtesy of day week. Clayton O’Hanlon. “The units are different


from when I went,” O’Hanlon said. “There is no cave unit and no fur trading unit but they replaced them with some other cool units that the kids really liked.” One of the traditions that still exists at the camp is the bead ceremony. Throughout the week, the campers earn beads for accomplishments and good participation, and at the end of the week each cabin dedicates one of their beads to something they learned, achieved, or gained. “My favorite part of the week was the final bead ceremony,” Weisman said. “My cabin dedicated their bead to teamwork and friendship and I was glad to take part in the creation of that.” In addition to the sixth graders learning from camp, the counselors said they also benefitted from the experience. “It helped me learn how to be a leader and look after other people,” senior Kendall Fitter said. “For this whole week these 10 girls are my responsibility and whatever happens to them is on me. It’s cool in the end to look back and think ‘wow, I did it.’” In addition to the sixth graders benefiting from the experience, the camp counselors also agreed that they learned important skills. Although they had to overcome a few challenges such as rain and thunderstorms, they agreed it was worth it. “Throughout my three very different years at camp I have benefitted a lot,” Weisman said. “I have learned that no matter the opposing personalities or differences of the kids, they were always able to overcome any obstacles and become a successful unit.”


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Hanna Whitehouse Staff Writer


One Acts prepare seniors for future in theater Meaghan Flynn Business Manager


n order to demonstrate a full acquisition of theater knowledge, seniors in Directing class must produce and direct a full one act play of their choosing. The senior One Acts may seem like a simple process, but in reality, the seniors producing these shows work on their productions for up to a year in advance. Theater teacher Ms. Nicole Voss says the process actually begins the summer before the student’s senior year. “Directors get their first assignment in May of the preceding year,” Voss said. “That way they have all summer and first semester to complete their assignment: reading one act plays and choosing a show. This is the hardest part.” Voss designed the course for advanced theater students who are ready to demonstrate proficiency as directors. She classifies it as a laboratory course that uses theatrical production processes as the experiments. The students use their knowledge of directing, acting, and design and apply it to a final production. “The students gain a full understanding from the beginning to end what it takes to direct and produce a show,” Voss said. “It gives them each a greater appreciation of the Art and responsibilities of each artist.” Seniors Ben Levine and Matthew Greenbaum are two of the three seniors enrolled in the directing course. Levine chose to produce “Construction of Boston,” a long poem about the urban lifestyle while Greenbaum directed “My California,” a dramatic period piece. “I wanted to see a collective social process take place,” Levine said. “There was a lot of talking and sharing

of preferences and ideas. Through the production I saw everyone involved putting together their knowledge and energy.” Before taking Directing, Levine took an independent study in epic theater and German Marxist Bertolt Brecht. In his director’s note in the One Act program, Levine provided a description that reflects how Brecht influenced his vision for “Construction of Boston” by focusing on appealing to the spectator’s reason, not feelings. “I spent a lot of time on my director’s note,” Levine said. “I wanted it to be a social message and show how the ideas in ‘Construction’ could relate to St. Louis during its 250th birthday.” Most of the responsibilities held by the directors involve casting actors, scheduling rehearsal and working with everyone involved in the play, including the actors and tech crews. The production encouraged the directors to work with all of the aspects of putting on a production, even if they were unfamiliar with the concepts. “I felt like I knew a lot about the actors and how to help them,” Greenbaum said. “I had to work with each individual tech crew, such as lighting, sound or costumes. It was completely foreign to me at the beginning.”

The One Act Process

Pick top one act and begin deeper analysis

Read and analyze 10 one acts, due in January

Perform all one acts during school and at night

Strike set: clean up the set, put away props and costumes

Dress rehearsal to receive feedback from Mrs. Voss

Begin auditions and create cast list

Begin rehearsals, minimum three practices per week Tech day: finalize cues with sounds and lights

While Levine attributes his biggest challenge to bringing everyone’s suggestions to the stage, Greenbaum said the hardest part was putting the whole production. He said that directors always feel like they need more time to put the show together. “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready,” Greenbaum said. “It goes on because it’s opening night.” Greenbaum plans to attend Drake University next fall to study musical theater while Levine will study art theory at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Seniors take different routes to finding college roommates Matthew Walter Entertainment Editor

residence hall they will be living in next year. The lists of housing options could be accessed first by students who completed their apor many seniors, next fall will plications and sent them in first. be the start of life at college. “The way Mizzou does the Along with the end of senior housing process is very difficult year, the period ranging from the and annoying,” Sherman said. “I beginning of the year into summer think what they’re trying to do by calls for the arrangement of housing having people live in common for students. This brings forth the interest areas is nice, but when task of searching for a roommate. they run out of space, it’s just too Seniors Amanda Sherman and stressful.” Lindsey Baris will be attending the Despite her opinion on the University of Missouri next year and housing process, Sherman was have already completed their roomable to find a roommate even mate search. Mizzou’s Residents’ Online Access to Rooms though she was a late applicant. “I went on the Mizzou website began April 14, with many seniors applying “It was extremely nerve where all future students can meet for housing. Photo by Matthew Walter. wracking not knowing who I’d each other, and I started talking be living with,” Sherman said. “I to a few girls and ended up really actually ended up getting a suite style, so even though I connecting with one because we both had the same idea don’t know my other three roommates, I’ll have my own for our majors and wanted to go Greek,” Baris said. “I space, which makes me feel a little better.” was kind of nervous through the whole process because I Seniors Jay Patel and Sonu Chavakula decided to room didn’t fully know what would come out of it all, but I’m together at Mizzou after bonding in high school. Since super confident I chose the right roommate and dorm to they’ve been friends with each other for three years, the live in.” long roommate search wasn’t for them. In late April, Mizzou students were able to access the “We’ve been really good friends since sophomore year, Residents’ Online Access to Rooms to find out which





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and we both have the same goals and similar interests,” Chavakula said. “We both like cars and business, and we plan to work together and own a business in the future.” While many Mizzou students have found their houses for the fall, other colleges have different systems for the roommate search. Senior Emily Xu will be attending Vanderbilt University next year, which uses a “raffle” system to determine rooms. “All freshmen get put into a random house, like Hogwarts, and there are small competitions between houses,” Xu said. At Indiana University, similar to Mizzou, students are allowed to put in requests for their roommate, neighborhood and learning community. IU then allocates the rooms and assignments themselves. Senior Seth Feldstein, a Kelley Business school admit, applied to be part of the Kelley Living Learning Center. “I intend to get a random roommate, and since I’m applying for a learning community, I’m hoping that should weed out any crazy roommates,” Feldstein said. As the whole process goes, Feldstein likes the ability to customize his arrangements for his satisfaction. “I like being able to request everything I want, and my not getting it won’t just be because the website crashed when everyone tried to book their rooms themselves,” Feldstein said.

art-ing ways


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Meaghan Flynn Business Manager


the musical piece

arrying a passion for music since sixth grade, senior Bryan Dinman completes high school with two AllSuburban positions in symphonic and jazz groups. “My favorite part of playing the trumpet is being able to hear myself play,” Dinman said. “I get to hear all of my practice pay off.” Bryan’s mother, Mrs. Michelle Dinman, remembers her son at a young age, trying to play his dad’s trumpet or simply drumming along different surfaces. She believes that family support was a major influence on Bryan’s music throughout the years. His father played the trumpet in his college marching band while his uncle used to work as the assistant band director at Parkway Central. “Bryan has always been interested in music,” Mrs. Dinman said. “We had a feeling early on that he would be more into the trumpet as he got older.” Dinman participated in various musical groups throughout high school, including marching band, pit orchestra, jazz band and symphonic band. His solo and ensemble pieces also have earned Honor I ratings. Band director Mr. Doug Hoover said that Dinman’s knowledge of music style helps him as a leader in groups. “He brings a great sound to the group,” Hoover said. “His good style of music helps everyone learn vicariously through him.” In order to reach his particular level of music, Dinman attends summer band camps and jazz camps and takes private lessons. Beginning in seventh grade, Dinman met with a private instructor once a week for thirty minutes. “We chose his instructor because the lessons weren’t too intense,” Mrs. Dinman said. “We didn’t want the instructor to push Bryan past the point of him not enjoying his music anymore.”




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Dinman added that guest clinicians, band directors and other music teachers have inspired him to keep practicing. “The band environment at Central is really encouraging,” Dinman said. Hoover believes that one of Dinman’s strongest musical abilities is his strong talent in sight-reading. Dinman’s ability to learn music quickly and fix his mistakes in his practice helps strengthen his skills. “He really models a strong musical aptitude,” Hoover said. “It gives everyone a good center to focus on.” Dinman’s describe him as initially shy and laid-back. Hoover said that it has taken him four years to realize Dinman’s comedic skills, and junior Jacob Parmley believes it is easy to become friends with Dinman because of his attitude. “He always displayed great musical leadership in the band,” Parmley said. “He always played the solos and came in at the right time in every piece. The band will be affected a lot next year because we are losing a great musician, but we will try to pick up the slack.” Dinman plans to attend the University of Kansas in the fall to study trumpet performance. He hopes to try composing in college as well. After college, Dinman wants to pursue a band director position or work as a music professor. “I don’t know if he totally knows what he wants to do with his major,” Mrs. Dinman said. “But I know that if he ends up doing anything with music, he will be successful.”

Liu tutors underprivileged Chinese children Jill Kealing Staff Writer


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Dinman pursues family path, music passion

elilah Liu may have been born the United States, but she still feels very strongly connected to her Chinese heritage. Last summer she, with the Kansas City Chinese Americans Association, even travelled to China to tutor underprivileged children. “I’ve always loved helping people and giving back to those who may not have the same opportunities,” Liu said. “So, when this opportunity arose, I immediately took them up on their offer.” Liu was one of the pioneers of this program. This was only the second year that KCCAA had travelled to China, so they were preparing based upon what they thought would be important for teaching their future students. “It was kinda haphazard because none of us really knew what we were doing,” Liu said. “We picked the classes we would want to teach and then started making lesson plans for all of them.” The preparations lasted a week, and then the group flew to China, followed by a 6-hour bus ride to an impoverished mountainous village. The first day, though, there was no teaching. Instead, it was spent deciding how best to use their very limited resources. “The leader of the KCCAA and the principals of local schools went around the village searching for the poorest of the poor to be interviewed for scholarships,” Liu said. However, for many of the students the issue was not easily solved. Liu remembers one boy who touched her

deeply. Both of the boy’s parents worked extremely long days on the farm for a yearly income that amounted to less than 2,000 renimbi, equivalent to $320. His situation had worsened due to his mom breaking her back, so he would skip school to work on the farm with his father every day. “He just broke my heart,” Liu said. “We tried to help him by telling him that if he studied hard he could get a good job and help his parents later.” While the community views may have been traditional, the village still had modern conveniences. Its inhabitants, for instance, had access to electricity, and Liu was able to teach computer skills. “We mostly just taught English, art and music, but when we got there I took over a computer class,” Liu said. However, these people didn’t use electricity as the majority of Americans do. For instance, on the Children’s Day the town decided to celebrate with a massive concert that night, but sacrifices had to be made. “For the whole day, the town turned off everything electric,” Liu said. “I think they did this to make sure they wouldn’t blow a fuse during the concert.” All of these things that surprised her gave her something of a different perspective on her life in the United States. “It made me thankful for all the things we do have,” Liu said. “I know we all hate school, but thank God for the education opportunities we do have.”

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Nathan Kolker Digital Integration Editor in Chief


he three multi-state regional leaders encompassing separate Jewish youth groups all attend one high school. According to senior Joe Goldberg, president of the EMTZA (middle) Region of United Synagogue Youth, the situation is no surprise. “I believe that having three regional leaders for our respective youth groups is definitely a reflection of the pluralistic backgrounds of the Central Jewish community,” Goldberg said. While the National Federation of Temple Youth and USY are coordinated with the support of their respective synagogues, BBYO is organized in partnership with the Jewish Community Center making each of the groups distinct. “We (Parkway Central) are generally known for having lots of Jewish students, but people tend to forget that we are very fragmented in our specific branch of Judaism and our family traditions,” Goldberg said. “Therefore, having one leader from the three main youth groups that make up our demographic is definitely a logical outcome.” Each of the regional leaders are responsible for overseeing conventions as well as monitoring chapter functions for their respective constituents. In Goldberg’s case, up to 10 states and two

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Jewish youth group leaders all from same school

Canadian provinces are included in the region. At the conventions, hundreds of Jewish teenagers come together for three days of Jewish learning and engagement as well as regional board meetings all followed by a social mixer or dance. BBYO St. Louis Council President and Mid-America Region chair Gabe Raskin said that his leadership role will help him beyond high school. “It has taught me how to plan and execute not only programs but anything in life,” Raskin said. “It has given me the confidence and abilities to speak in front of crowds; BBYO taught me to be myself, and that is one of the most important things you can do when you grow up.” Senior Zach Heiman serves as the Missouri Valley Region’s president for NFTY. Heiman said that the role has helped him throughout high school. “I feel like I’m more confident around large groups of people and people I don’t know because of my experiences,” Heiman said. Raskin noted that much of his experience comes from the events outside of BBYO’s St. Louis Council. “My planning includes summer programs, trips to Israel and the International Convention in Dallas, Texas, which was home to over 2,500 Jews this year, becoming the third largest gathering of Jews in North America,” Raskin said. “With all of the leadership skills that I developed, I will be very successful in whatever I chose to do.” Goldberg added that the youth groups are student run, giving him the experience needed to succeed in politics in the future. “Teenagers are planning the conventions, running the chapters and voting for the leadership; it is truly a fantastic leadership opportunity for all participants.”

or many students, high school is a time to discover one’s passion. For senior Peyton Mogley, discovering her passion was as easy as signing up for almost every type of volunteer activity. “I think my most rewarding experience through my activities is knowing that I am giving back in whatever I am doing,” Mogley said. “I try really really hard at whatever I do -- not just to please myself, but to please others. I feel there is no greater disappointment than when someone else is disappointed with you because you have not tried your best.” Mogley has become heavily involved with the Safe and Drug Free programs, athletic teams and external volunteer programs, such as Rockin’ for Relief and the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Fundraiser. In addition to these activities, Mogley works as a fitness “guru” over the summer and acts in traveling children’s plays to entertain kids in the hospital. “I think her most impressive quality is making everyone she talks to feel important,” senior Natasha Osborn said. “She makes you feel like you’re the only person talking to her.” Osborn believes that Mogley’s ability to be constantly uplifting when talking to others helps her inspire her peers. She also said that Mogley’s attitude keeps her motivated towards her goals of becoming a personal trainer. “She inspires me personally because watching someone work as hard as she does at achieving a goal is inspiring,” Osborn said. “She is just an amazing girl with a dream.”

While Mogley’s many activities certainly lengthen her resume, there are some drawbacks to her busy schedules. One of her biggest challenges is managing her schoolwork, her athletic practices and her various volunteering. Mogley said that many of her activities overlap, and she often has many events in one day. “This busy lifestyle has certainly made me more aware of the fact that I need to get my assignments done earlier so I can actually have time to sleep, but it is difficult,” Mogley said. “Scheduling my days around activities, and trying to figure out how to manage everything is the biggest struggle.” Mogley said that she became involved with many activities because she always want to be active. Her involvement allows her to meet people from every grade in different social groups. Although Mogley is not part of the track team this year, she still goes to watch her former teammates compete. Once this year, while cheering for a relay, Mogley watched her friend burst through the last length of the race. “She then came up to thank me and tell me how much of a difference it made for me to encourage her,” Mogley said. “That moment right there was a very rewarding and enthralling moment for me.”


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ssuming the persona of the mascot, senior Tasha Frazier has rallied the fans for games as the Colt for the past three years. “It was my sophomore year and me and another student were thinking about doing it so we asked Mr. Mike Roth and we told him our plan of switching off being the mascot, and that’s basically how it all started,” Frazier said. “Ever since then I have been the mascot.” While being the mascot can be fun, it can also be a hefty responsibility to tackle. “Even when I would be having a bad day, I sort of had to forget everything as soon as I put on the suit,” Frazier said. “I couldn’t be bouncing around and happy if I was worried about a math test or some project I hadn’t started yet.” Once Frazier struck a balance of responsibility and craziness, everything else followed suit. “My favorite part about being the mascot is getting the people in the stands pumped up for the game -- and, of course, getting in to events for free,” Frazier said. Frazier’s track coach Mr. Ryan Banta has worked with her for four years, seeing her grow up in the process. “She is such a unique person who over the years has

Gu dances with honors Dean Trail Sports Editor


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enior Michael Gu is the president of the National Honor Society and single-handedly created the Breakdance Club -- then revamped his original idea to gain more members. “I started off with it being strictly breakdancing, but it eventually evolved into more of a hip-hop group that included choreography, popping and breakdancing,” Gu said. Gu had to go through the process of officially starting the club with former student Louis Wang and sponsor Ms. Rebecca Orth. “I first had to find enough members, then find a sponsor and then talk with Mr. Fast about the idea,” Gu said. “Afterward I had to get it put in the announcements and print flyers out.” Gu organized meetings and made sure that the members had events to perform at, such as pep rallies and the talent show. “He’s a fantastic team leader,” junior and breakdance club member Aby Sarangee said. “He keeps everyone in check.” Sarangee said Gu is not all business. “He goofs around, too,” Sarangee said. “He’s humble, and he connects with his teammates.” Gu has also made an impression on some of his past teachers with his school work and breakdancing skills. “When I first met Michael, he impressed me with his intelligence, and I thought he was very smart and very academic; but I didn’t realize that there was more to him,” history teacher Dr. Susan King said. “I

grown to be such a valuable character to this school,” Banta said. “She has a way of using her funny, wild side to brighten everyone’s days around her, and that’s not something you can learn, it’s something she was born with.” Track teammate Marylin Monroe has ran with Frazier for three years now. “Tasha is one of the track team captains and I think we would be so lost without her leadership,” Monroe Said. With Frazier being a senior and graduating, she must pass the mascot responsibility to the next in line. “I can’t even imagine what high school would have been like if I didn’t take the chance of being the mascot,” Frazier said, “I’ve had so many good memories and experiences that I will never forget.”

was walking down the hall after school one day, and I thought, ‘Who’s that kid doing spins and flips and jerky poses? Oh, that’s the Guster.’ I was shocked.” Along with breakdance club, Gu took a leadership role by becoming president of NHS. “I chose to be involved in NHS because it was a chance for leadership in an organization that focuses on community projects and giving back,” Gu said. “Being president allowed me to present ideas and actually see them come into fruition.” This included putting on events like the return of the talent show, which NHS used to collect money for St. Jude’s. Although Gu spends a lot of time involved with extracurricular activities, he also lives the life of a typical high schooler. “In my free time I do a lot of regular things, like watching Netflix and hanging out with friends,” Gu said. “I also play a lot of ukulele and try to post songs on YouTube. Besides that, I’m always down to play basketball with friends or, if I can, train with some friends that breakdance as well.”

Connolly fills multiple roles Kate McNeal Assistant Features Editor

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member of the Jazz Band and the theater program, nior Jack Connolly works as a leader in Jazz band a the primary sound technician for the theater program. “I’m kind of a mini band leader, the student leader o Jazz Band,” Connolly said, “and I’m in charge of audio and sound board and microphones.” In his role as a “mini band leader,” Connolly condu the band’s warmup song at the beginning of class and fills in for band director Mr. Doug Hoover when he’s not there. He was described by junior Bill Hague as the “captain of the Jazz Band team.” Connolly has participated in Jazz Band since his sophomore year and theater since his freshman year, both in which he has worked his way up to having a lea ership role. “Every year there’s a senior, usually the one who’s been in the band the longest who is able to lead the group when Hoover can’t be there,” Connolly said. “Whenever he needs something he can ask me and I’ll take care of it.” For example, during the Jazz Band concert on April 10, Connolly had to lead the Jazz Band when Hoover arrived at the concert late to make more copies of the program. “He asked me to start the show, and we played our warmup tune and got everyone situated, and then he st wasn’t there,” Connolly said. “I had to start the next tun also.” Connolly plays guitar in Jazz Band, and during the

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articipating in multiple after-school activities, senior Jonathan Hwang finds time to balance being a captain of the robotics team, having a new interest in photography and being involved with the Safe and Drug Free board of directors. “Sometimes it can be a little difficult to manage my time,” Hwang said. “I haven’t always been the best time manager, but I usually can get what I need to get done effectively and efficiently.” Entering SADF as a junior, Hwang decided to jump on the idea of taking on a leadership position because he wanted to do more than he had in the past. “As a freshman and a sophomore, I didn’t really get involved and wasn’t really interested,” Hwang said. “Then junior year I was like, ‘I haven’t done anything, why not jump on it.’ I felt like I could be a decent leader.” Hwang said his biggest achievement while with the SADF program has been being a part of the drunk driving simulation, which was done for the first time this year in the front of school. Along with being involved in SADF, Hwang has been an important part of the robotics team since it began in

same concert, he was forced to multi-task when no one else was available to run the sound board. A PA system in a rolling cart was placed next to Connolly so he could turn microphones on and off when necessary. “I would stop playing and turn on the microphone, and then I would start playing again and when a soloist was done, I’d turn off the microphone and turn back on a different one for a different solo,” Connolly said. “I got lost a lot.” According to fellow Jazz Band members, Connolly is more than a leader. “He has a good jazz guitar sound,” sophomore Nick Larimore said, “and he brings a sense of humor.” Hague said that Connolly’s presence will be missed next year. “We’ll have to get someone else to fill in for Hoover,” Hague said. “There’ll be a lot more of Nick’s sound in the guitar section too.” Connolly doesn’t plan on pursuing a career in music or sound but would like to continue them as hobbies in college, as he attends Missouri S&T to study engineering. “If there’s a college big band, I’d love to be a part of that,” Connolly said. “Same with theater: if I can get in and be a sound assistant and move my way up, that’d be a lot of fun too.”

2011, according to co-sponsor Mr. Jonathan Gunasingham. “He was one of our captains this year and we retired his number on a banner,” Gunasingham said. “That’s how good he was.” Hwang brought experience and dedication to this year’s robotics team. “He showed a lot of leadership in terms of organization,” Gunasingham said. “He also stayed some late nights to help get stuff done that needed to be done.” Hwang has recently latched onto photography, as he took a road trip throughout the country, visiting more than 30 states. “I wanted to record all of it, so I could have a decent memory of it,” Hwang said. “When you go around to all of these beautiful places, obviously you want to record it.” Hwang has taken some of his fellow classmates’ senior pictures. He has discovered a new passion for taking portraits. This summer Hwang plans to create a business and a website for his photography. He also hopes to be able to offer his services soon. “He is really interesting guy who is passionate about a lot of things, in particularly about photography,” senior Finn McCullough said.

Pearson assists faculty, peers Katie Richards Opinions Editor

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hile any senior can enroll as an office aide, it is rare that a student takes it for the pure love of helping people. Senior La’Chelle Pearson has done just this. “She’s professional in her tone and her mannerisms,” assistant principal Dr. Carletta Harlan said. “She’s so willing to help.” Pearson decided to take on the front office due to her good relationship with Harlan. She said that in the office she has a lot of fun with the secretaries and cops who stop by but is always rather busy. “I deliver passes, give Harlan my opinions on things, -- really whatever they need done,” Pearson said. “I get a good feeling when I help people.” Unlike normal office aides, however, Pearson has been known to single-handedly take control of the front office. Harlan recalled occasions where Pearson ran the office herself, doing whatever needed to be done like a normal secretary. Harlan believes that Pearson has grown up a lot since she first met her, which was for disciplinary reasons. “Through all the ups and downs, we grew to have a great relationship,” Harlan said. “I’ve watched her grow up into an all

around exceptional young woman.” Aside from her work as an office aide, Pearson is an active English tutor. When students tell their counselor that they need additional help in their English class, particularly in writing, Pearson sees them during academic lab. She tries to help them find and build their thesis and argument and write a more effective essay. “If I can help someone become better, whether it’s in English or as a person, I don’t take that lightly,” Pearson said. “I want to lead them to answers, not just give them away.” The students she tutors agree, attesting to how dedicated Pearson is. Sophomore Isaiah DuPree met Pearson his freshman year but more recently began to use her tutoring services. “She comes in whenever I need help,” DuPree said. “I appreciate how she takes time out of her day just to help me.” Pearson believes that aiding people to the best of her ability is not only important but builds her character. She says that even though she doesn’t talk to people a lot outside of the work she does, she interacts with them by helping. “I truly think she could be a role model for what caring, volunteering and helping are all about for a young person,” Harlan said.







University of Alabama Brendan Hynes

Augustana College Brantley Lohkamp

Drake University Matthew Greenbaum

Macalester College Britney Millman


Bradley University Jack Bridge Andrew Matusofsky Brayden Sternklar

Iowa State University Jack Langa

Columbia College-Chicago Alex Weldon

University of Kansas Elizabeth Altman Bryan Dinman Hayden Klepper Elizabeth Langa Artem Sarnytsky

University of MinnesotaTwin Cities Nick Bible Greg Kosinski Leeore Levenstein Katie Richards

University of Arizona Kyle Disch

Arkansas University of Arkansas Molly Cagle Brendan Ecker Taylor Kennedy Hannah Mosley Courtney Nall Maggie Newman Katie Rembold Daniel Smith

DePaul University Andrea Chelist Nathan Kolker Lindy Soffer MacMurray College Tyler Deaton


Millikin University Nathan Biggs

University of CaliforniaBerkley Kate Hogan

Robert Morris College La’Chelle Pearson


Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville Scott Coulson

University of ColoradoBoulder Allyson Kang Pooja Shevam Cecilia Tarlas Metropolitan State University at Denver Max Schechter

Florida Florida Gulf Coast University Ashley Glickert University of Miami Jacob Maier Jason Sobelman


Hawaii-Pacific University Jack Blethroad

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sarah Kim Zach Kimberg Jennifer Romine Clare Tang Kevin Tian Joshua Zeid Western Illinois University Khalen Saunders

Indiana Indiana UniversityBloomington Ben Fagin Seth Feldstein Maxx Millstein Daniel Prywitch Julia Wasserman Sam Winter University of Notre Dame Jonathan Bonner


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Kentucky University of KentuckyLexington Tyler Musgrove Greta Rosenstock

Louisiana Tulane University Amanda Weisman

Maryland Johns Hopkins University Zach Heiman

Massachusetts Harvard University Elaine Reichert University of MassachusettsAmherst Ben Levine

Michigan University of Michigan Hannah Dalton Shelby Meyer

Mississippi University of Mississippi Brady Feigl

Missouri Culver-Stockton College Augie Brooks Labreal Clemons Alan Draper Jefferson College Oscar Carter Lindenwood University Jake Blonstein Sarah deVeer Megan Schwandner Ben Sueoka Maryville University Brittany Bennett Brooke Clinton Jason Jones Kyle Kennedy Alyiah Lanius Courtney Tyburczy Missouri Baptist University Ethan Morse Missouri State University Nicole Bullotta Ariana Corrales Sophia Marren Rachel Morris Molly Porfidio Matt Stern Hannah Swyers Emily Walters

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Missouri Western State University Katie Chapman Ranken Technical College Keith Austin St. Charles Community College Bennett Anderson Rael Deegan Sam Riley Saint Louis University Jonathan Hwang Nimisha Varma Richard Xu St. Louis College of Pharmacy Rachel Yang St. Louis Community CollegeForest Park Chris Babbits St. Louis Community CollegeMeramec Patrick Burns Nicholas Ceriotti Chelsea Corno Aleks Dimitrov Rachel Fike Chris Lacadin Nick Lammert Zack Lazenby Isabelle Muren Maxwell O’Hanlon Kurt Radina Aziz Sobirov St. Louis Community CollegeWildwood Alex Burket Maiya Mosley Courtney Pruitt

Stephens College Jamila Scales Sallie Unell Southeast Missouri State University Jessica Brady Taylor Burns Peyton Mogley David Rook Jennifer Rubin Evan Willenbrink Southwest Baptist University Johnny Naughton Truman State University Riley Brown Thomas Felman Natsu Gavin Elise Gibson Julia Goldman Fred Henry Nick McCann Dana Megargle Emily Muchnick Maggie Orf Tim Whyman University of Missouri Allison Bain Lindsey Baris Matthew Bernstein Marge Bleyer Andrew Burcke Sonu Chavakula Brian Cohen Clare Conlisk Allison Crosby Jessica DeMunbrun Lindsey Fafoglia Kendall Fitter Megan Goddard Daniel Greenstein Garrett Greeves Brittany Gregory Drew Grossman Nick Helmbacher Katie Joffe Tyler Johnson Connor Kramer Lucia La Torre Kelsey Larimore

Susanna Lei Ryan Leven Catherine Melvin Ben Mendel Emily Novak Jay Patel Gabe Raskin Raven Riordan Nathan Rockamann Zach Rogers Amanda Sherman Michael Tsvetanov Matthew Walter Aaron Wiesman Brian Wilson Christina Wilson Stephen Wilson Alex Yao Sam Zang Adam Zvolanek University of Missouri-Kansas City Jeanha Choi Mohammed Ehtesham Michelle Fischer Jill Kealing Alyssa Vu Chris Zhao Washington University in St. Louis Melinda Lai Michael Wang University of Central Missouri Janát Love Hannah Keane Westminster College Alex DiCarlo

New York Elmira College Matt Buffum Ithaca College Aaron Brickman New York University Jacob Kanter

North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Michael Gu University of North CarolinaPembroke Tasha Frazier


Miami University Abbey Dunbar Annie Kister Trey Knes Finn McCullough University of CincinnatiCollege Conservatory of Music Kyle Pollak

Oklahoma University of Tulsa Alex Mesnier

South Carolina College of Charleston Zoë Wallis University of South Carolina Meaghan Flynn

Utah Brigham Young University Daniel Larson

West Virginia West Virginia University Braendon Prude

Wisconsin Carthage College Shannon Long Jason Piles University of WisconsinMadison Lillie Wasserman

Armed Forces Israeli Defense Force Maya Abman United States Military GarriOnn Adolph, Marines Elliott Barnes, Navy Brandon Fenton, Marines Natasha Osborn

Study Abroad Joe Goldberg, Kivunum (Israel) Zach Farkas, Shalem (Israel)


Tennessee State University Jalisa Cherry Vanderbilt University Aidan McCarter Emily Xu

Texas Baylor University Jayla Harsley University of Texas-Austin Connor Kraus

All information was gathered through May 5. We have made every effort to make this list as thorough and accurate as possible, knowing that students’ plans may change after that time.


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Together M Seniors plan for the future (79%)

Average post-graduation plans of Parkway Central students

(15%) (4%) four-year college or university

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any seniors become overwhelmed when deciding what to do after they finish high school. The decision is not made lightly, considering it has an impact on the rest of their lives. Among the endless options, factors such as location, what the program offers and how well the student likes the feel of the school all play a role in selecting the best option. Senior Jacob Kanter will be attending New York University, a private university in New York City. Kanter applied to four schools, and he ended up making his decision based mainly on location. “I loved New York City itself,” Kanter said. “I went around to Boston and DC, and I just liked New York the best out of all of them.” Following graduation, senior Maya Abman has plans to go to Israel, where she is originally from. “I’m going to do a gap year so I meet more people and then I’m going to join the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) for two years,” Abman said. The IDF is Israel’s military, and according to Abman, many Israeli teens join it after completing high school. “I feel like I am more Israeli than American,” Abman said. “So even though I’m living here, I feel like I’m more a part of their culture, so I need to do it.” After being in the IDF for two years, Abman will go to college in Israel. Picking a completely different path from both Kanter and Abman is senior Molly Cagle, who will be attending the University of Arkansas in the fall. Cagle made her decision based on both location and unique aspects of the school. “I liked that it is a lot like Mizzou,” Cagle said, “but

it’s still farther away, and there’s a lot of people I don’t know.” The University of Arkansas is about a five-hour drive from St. Louis, which is a perk for Cagle. “I’m close enough so I can drive home but I’m far enough away that I’m not at home,” Cagle said. Like Cagle, location was a factor in the decision making process for senior Ashley Glickert, but she focused mainly on colleges in Florida, and narrowed down her choices to schools where she could play volleyball. “In the beginning I looked at tons of schools regardless of volleyball; it was just an added bonus if I could play there too,” Glickert said. Glickert ended up choosing Florida Gulf Coast University, where she will play both regular and sand volleyball. “I loved the atmosphere at FGCU, and the coaches are absolutely amazing,” Glickert said. “The athletes get to stay in the dorms that are right on the beach and that was too good to pass up.” While Kanter and Glickert both focused on just a few schools, according to college counselor Mrs. Nana Prange, there has been a significant increase in the number of colleges seniors are applying to this year. “Overall, the theme from admissions representatives is that they are receiving record numbers of applications,” Prange said, “and that their applicant pool continues to become more competitive each year.” A school’s selectivity adds another factor to consider when making a college selection. According to Prange, making knowledgeable and informed decisions throughout the entire process is one of the most important aspects. “From where to apply to your final decision of where you will attend, the journey to selecting a college is very personal and specific to each student and the priorities that have been established for their family,” Prange said.

Corral Staff Editorial


hat if we told you school only covers part of what you need to learn? The experiences and lessons learned outside the classroom can be equally as valuable as those learned in the classroom, yet teachers continually criticize students who miss class for learning opportunities. Although students spend an average 35 hours per week sitting in the classroom, much of our learning can takes place outside of the school building. While students should never purposely skip class or even continually miss class for extracurricular activities, there are situations where missing class proves highly valuable. These enriching, out-of-school opportunities place students as valuable societal members and launch them into the “real world” that school attempts to prepare them for. If students have a chance to truly learn from an experience that take place outside of the classroom during school hours, they should immediately seize the opportunity, no matter who tells them not to. The most challenging aspect provided with these opportunities comes with frequent teacher disagreement of students missing class

for any reason. Often, teachers feel students may be disrespecting the time and effort they spend preparing for class by missing when they could be in attendance. Yet, students on a field trip are not absent from class as a sign of disrespect but in an effort to expand their knowledge and personal expertise. To prove their good intentions and responsibility, students must take responsibility for the class work they are missing the day of the field trip, without excuse or complaint. This is especially true when students find discord between school athletics and time in the classroom. Many golfers, for example, are scheduled to miss class for athletic competitions. While many students work to catch up, teachers still remain critical of an event that is promoted by the school. These athletic expectations, which are similar to other activities that take time out of school, work to make teens more worldly and well-rounded. Students should grasp the opportunity that lies in front of them. Though time in the classroom is extremely valuable, some events call for an exception. When given a chance to learn from a meaningful experience outside of school, seize it. Faculty members should remember that part of our high school experience comes from more than the classroom instruction.

Differences in culture provide insight Nazish Panhwer Staff Writer


eing a foreign exchange student is both exciting and challenging at the same time. Personally, it is exciting because you get to experience a completely different culture in another country. It can also be challenging because you don’t know whether or not you could adjust to the new change in the environment. In addition, it’s very difficult for any individual to leave their homeland at such a young age. During my exchange, the year has been fun and exciting. The students at Parkway Central are more open to people and are very social. For this reason, it took me just a couple of days to make new friends and experience American teenage life. I get to do things with them which made me realize how teenage life differs here. There are so many differences between an American and a Pakistani high school. In Pakistan, the teachers switch classes and the students remain in the same room the entire day. They are not allowed to bring any kind of electronic devices to school or eat in the classrooms. In addition, any kind of physical contact between

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the students of opposite sex is unacceptable. I like this concept of switching classes because I think it gives a sort of energy to the students. At first I felt weird when the bell rang and everybody started moving, but now I actually like the concept better. With the time I have spent so far in the States, I have encountered so many cultural shocks. People here greet you even if they don’t know you, which is very rare in Pakistan. I remember my second day here when I went for a walk. A man who was walking past said hello. It was so awkward and weird, but after coming home and talking to my host mom, I found out that is the norm here. One of the biggest cultural shocks I have encountered so far was when I saw a dog on my host mom’s bed. I almost freaked out because I am not used to being around dogs and cats. You would hardly find dogs and cats as pets in a Pakistani house. However, I have now adjusted to living with them. I love them so much that when I think about going back to my country, the first thing I wonder is how will I live without my dog and cat. Overall, it’s been great experience for me and I am enjoying my time in the United States.

Gap years provide unique opportunities

hrough the majority of my high school education there has been a strong focus on preparation for college and the “real world” with the central idea that after high school we are to either start college or get a job. However, there is a third option that is rarely talked about: gap years. Personally, I felt completely prepared and confident with the prospect of starting college in the fall. Although, I wasn’t positive on which college, I have a burning passion for political science and international relations. In December, after already being accepted to my first two colleges, I applied to two gap year programs. Honestly, I knew about the concept of gap years and as unique of an experience as it might be, I did not think it was the right fit. I thought I was ready for college and could always take a semester abroad. I didn’t need an extra year to figure it out. After years of writing off those who decided to take a gap-year, I now understand their excitement. More importantly, I recognize

that it is not an immature action, rather a mature decision. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel internationally without the responsibilities of everyday life. There is no worrying about leaving a job or school, no bills to pay, no family to miss; it is the perfect time in life to take a year for myself. The concept of taking a year to enjoy myself, living in a foreign country and experiencing global cultures seems so amazing. Even better, I’m still receiving 30 college credits through Oxford University that will transfer. Yet, for years the stigmas of a gap year made me feel as if I’m acting immaturely. Students deferring college for a year to attend a gap year program are not only increasing in popularity but the number of programs are increasing as well. Colleges are recognizing these unique travel opportunities and are supportive when you ask to defer. I don’t believe that the culture will change in America, but that shouldn’t stop students from taking a gap year. Every student understands their personal needs and not rushing into college and life can often be beneficial. When faced with the social pressures of college, it is necessary for each individual to decide: Is it time for me to join the real world? Without a doubt, I know this will be a positive life changing moment when I look back in 20 years.

CORRALC 2013-2014 Staff

Editor in Chief Jason Sobelman

Managing Editor Clare Conlisk Production Manager Lillie Wasserman Business Manager Meaghan Flynn Digital Integration Editor in Chief Nathan Kolker Online Content Editor Matthew Bernstein Online Sports Editor Sam Winter Multimedia Manager Emily Schenberg Social Media Editor Catherine Melvin News Editor Matt Frischer Features Editor Jack Blethroad Kate McNeal Opinions Editor Katie Richards Sports Editor Dean Trail Entertainment Editor Matthew Walter Staff Writers Jeffrey Eidelman Joe Goldberg Jill Kealing Nazish Panhwer Kirk Randolph Matt Stern Hanna Whitehouse Adviser Ms. Tara Stepanek The Corral is a student-written, edited and produced publication of Parkway Central High School, 369 N. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017; 314-415-7978. The Corral is given away free of charge to students and faculty. Subscriptions and patronships for one year may be purchased, starting at $20. The goal of this publication is to provide accurate, informative and entertaining information in the true spirit of responsible journalism and to operate as an open forum for students, faculty, administrators and parents. The Corral is created on Hewlett-Packard computers using Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and is published by PressJournal Printing. Unsigned editorials reflect the views of the majority of the staff. Signed columns and artwork reflect the views of that individual. The staff appreciates comments and suggestions. Letters to the editor, guest editorials and other correspondence are encouraged but must be signed. The Corral reserves the right to publish or refrain from publishing, as well as edit, all submitted material.


May 9, 2014


Criticisms of field trips too extreme


A Lil Crazy A Lil Sentimental

Lillie Wasserman Production Manager


ere we are at the end of yet another school year. However, this ending has many different implications for everybody. Change can be tough, but no matter what grade, change is happening. To start, current freshmen are ending their first year of high school. That’s pretty big considering all that can happen in the three years you have left of high school. Over the next years, there may be ups and downs, but just remember to have some fun every once in a while. Next, the sophomores. The change from underclassmen to upperclassmen is pretty exciting. Don’t let your head get too big though junior year is important. Don’t forget to take a deep breath and relax from time to time. Juniors, you’re on top now. I mean, not necessarily. You’re just old. So congrats on your wrinkles and canes, guys. The next year ahead, you will make critical life decisions and at the end find yourself more grown up that you anticipated. Don’t forget to live in the moment before it’s over. Of course, then comes the current seniors. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. If you’d call the past four years fun...just kidding! They definitely had their good moments. This ending has major implications. It’s a new kind of beginning. We’re closing out our high school career. All will be said and done, and before we know it we’ll be in a red robe shaking Mr. McCarthy’s hand (shout out) on stage at Queeny Park. Hopefully all are leaving with #noregrets and big plans for the future. The next four years are just as important, if not even more important as the four years we’re leaving behind. Make sure you tell those teachers and just general people that meant a lot to you the impact they’ve made on your life. They’ll appreciate it, and you’ll probably make their day which will in turn make yours. Use the summer to tie up loose ends, relax, enjoy yourself and prepare. Also you should probably spend some time with your family. For seniors, the fact that we’re graduating seems too surreal to us, so think how your parents must feel. Whoa. That’s deep. Anyway, who we are has been shaped and will continue to morph. I can sincerely say that while I’m excited high school is over and that I’m moving to the next chapter of my life, the nostalgia is real. If you want to bring on the emotions and stress eating, go back to your elementary school playground. Remembering all those times that seemed like just yesterday, and looking at where you started this whole thing is a great way to close it out. There are things to miss about everything that ends but also exciting factors about new beginnings. Each day and each calendar or school year are new beginnings. So make the most of all of it. As a senior myself, with exasperation and senioritis aside, it’s been real, Class of 2014 (and everyone else). Now go do something with your lives, crazies. HE



May 9, 2014

Tornado procedures lack safety Jill Kealing Staff Writer


issouri’s location can be both helpful and harmful to its citizens in regard to weather. Its landlocked state shields it from the possibility of hurricanes but places it inside of the infamous “tornado alley.” As such, Missouri a greatly elevated risk of being hit by tornadoes. Despite this very real threat, the school’s means of providing shelter from tornadoes does very little to protect students. Tornadoes are very different from many other disasters that could occur. The other typical emergencies, mainly fires and earthquakes, allow for little reaction time and require the immediate seeking of shelter. A tornado, being a moving storm, does not occur in this manner. Usually tornadoes are readily spotted and tornado warnings immediately follow. Once a tornado warning has been issued, civilians typically have 30 minutes to seek shelter. Then, in the event of a tornado, certain shelters must be sought for the greatest safety. Experts advise that the safest place for someone to be in a tornado is underground. Understandably, this is not an option at school. When underground shelter is unavailable, it is advised to seek shelter in small places with reinforced walls, like a bathroom. The issue at school is not whether or not shelter is available but rather how it is utilized. The current emergency procedure devised by the district plans to keep entire

classes together in the safest area immediately surrounding their classroom. However, there is often times not an adequately large protective shelter that is also close enough to accommodate an entire class of students. This leads to many illogical tornado shelters. One example being the designated shelter for those in the business wing. Students in these classes are advised to seek shelter in the hallway that connects social studies and English to the rest of the school, known as “hell hallway.” This area features only two reinforced walls and many outlets that feed into hallways some of which are almost entirely windowed. This would leave those seeking shelter vulnerable to flying glass should those windows be broken in the storm. The tornado shelter for the art department faces similar safety hazards. These problems can easily be remedied with a simple philosophy change of how shelter is allocated in the school. In both of the instances listed above, bathrooms are readily available. They do have a smaller holding capacity than the hallways, but would provide much better protection than the shelters currently in use. Once the bathrooms have reached capacity, thanks to the large time frame available for seeking shelter, students can be taken to other parts of the building where adequate shelter is available. Yes, this could cause some confusion in the stressful situation of a storm, but proper preparation and instruction can lead to a safer process overall. It is a small price to pay for greater safety for all of those who inhabit the school.

Letter to the Editor


’m foolish enough to believe that we are fighting the last battle in the Global War on Terror, that after over 10 years of combat in southwest Asia, Americans have finally had enough. The damage inflicted and the deaths of thousands of America’s sons and daughters will surely leave a searing reminder on our national conscience. We emerge from this episode wounded but wiser, ready to consider alternatives to protracted exercises in nation-building abroad. We have fought and died and learned. Except we haven’t. A 2011 New York Times article confirms that since 2001, less than one percent of the national population has served in the military on active duty. Think about how it is conceivable that our country could sustain a decade-long war on two fronts with less than one percent of the populace carrying this burden on our behalf. After the Towers collapsed in 2001, this country roused itself into a national fervor unlike anything seen since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Singers and songwriters like Alan Jackson asked where we were “when the world stopped turning.” The Patriot Act brought together political leaders from both parties, and Americans withstood long lines at airports and stadiums, understanding the importance of heightened security measures. And that was the extent of our national commitment to the cause. It was happening “over there,” and our allvolunteer military would, of course, dismantle the terrorists’ infrastructure so we could go to concerts, football games, and Tri-Delt kickball tournaments. Our commander in chief proclaimed that the mission was accomplished, and the media found a Kardashian for us to ogle instead. But the mission wasn’t accomplished, and the troops did not come home. And why should any of this matter to you? Most of the older people in your life are incredibly jealous of you. You are graduating high school, starting college, waiting for the starter’s pistol to pop on the beginning of your independent life. The world is both your oyster and at your doorstep. Opportunity knocks. YOLO! And all of that is terrific, it truly is. This is an exciting time for you.

Consider, for a moment, a vastly different opportunity. You’re smart. You’re a hard worker. And your country needs you. The men and women who have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting older, getting tired and leaving the military in large numbers for personal and professional reasons. The one percent of this country that has fought the Global War on Terror has had its shining moment, devoting years to honorable service. Now our country needs your energy, inspiration and passion. While community service projects, charitable work and philanthropy are integral to the culture of Parkway Central, military service is a fairly “un-Centralian” choice. With the dust still settling at Ground Zero, just a handful of the 330 graduates of the Parkway Central Class of 2002 elected to join the military, and those numbers did not change much during the subsequent decade. This is not an indictment of our community values or our patriotism. It is simply a reminder that in many high schools in many similar communities across the country, a student’s decision to serve in the armed forces is a rare one. This decision is not for everyone, and it’s not a decision to be made lightly. It is a deep, sometimes agonizing commitment to something bigger than ourselves. It can be physically painful and mentally draining. It is also exhilarating, terrifying and ultimately uplifting. It brings people together at their best and at their worst. And it is necessary. We have it good at Parkway Central. In our community, military service is an option not an escape. It’s a choice we get to make, not an imperative forced on us by an unending cycle of regional poverty or a lack of opportunity for higher education. For us, selfless service is optional and so, by definition, it is truly selfless. We don’t have to do it. We get to do it. We should be honored to do it.

Mr. Ben Silvermintz Captain, United States Army Director of Choral Activities, Parkway Central High

Water polo makes improvements Kirk Randolph Staff Writer


oming off a season with a final record of 1-20, the varsity water polo team has made strides towards improvement and have seen some positive results. “The constant effort by our team has led to vast improvements in games,” sophomore Adam Barr said. “It takes a long time to fully understand this game, but we’re

Sophomore Adam Barr attempts a pass while avoiding two defenders against Rockwood Summit on April 28. Photos by Kirk Randolph.

constantly improving as a team.” These improvements were a goal for the team at the beginning of the season. “Our team goal this season was to be one of the top 16 teams in the state and play a game at the Rec-Plex during the District tournament,” Barr said. “I think that we are in a very good position to do that.” These are high hopes for the team since it suffered a loss in the first round of the tournament a year ago. However, they stayed optimistic. “I definitely had higher expectations leading into the season,” senior captain Natsu Gavin said. “Much of our team has been improving individually this past year, so I wanted to see us place higher this year at conference.” Over the off-season, many players such as Barr, Gavin, junior Tess Coulson and sophomores Hiroki Gavin, John Destefano and Luke Oliver played club water polo to gain that individual improvement. The team has a better record as well; it is 5-11 as of press time, but, according to head coach, Mr. Andrew Schonhoff, many of those games have been against top 10 teams in the state. Taking this into consideration, they are making steps toward improvement. Along with the improved skill level and record, the team had a signature moment in its 11-9 victory over Chaminade in the first game of the season. “Beating Chaminade was terrific,” senior Zach Farkas said. “It was a huge morale boost. Our varsity team had not been able to beat them for a while, so it was exciting to defeat them and start the season off with a win.” The athletes say they have worked individually in

Senior captain Natsu Gavin defends a pass against Rockwood Summit on April 28.

order to improve as a team. However, they still realize the importance of the job that their coach has done. “We’re playing a lot better this year because a lot of us spent the last year working hard and improving individually but also because Coach Schonhoff has been harder on us and pushing us to our limits in practice,” Gavin said. This is just his second year as the coach of the team, but Schonhoff, a competitive water polo player himself, has already been able to make an impact. Schonhoff believes that all of the hard work and his positive influence on the team does not have much importance if he does not get to see his athletes succeed though. This is why he is looking forward to the rest of the season and the possible wins on the horizon. “It’s been a great opportunity for us to learn and improve by playing higher competition,” Schonhoff said. “The rest of our season has a lot of winnable games for us, and I’m confident that all the improvement the team has made so far will pay off in wins as we push towards the post-season.”

Girls credit roster depth to soccer team success


Senior Christie Bergesch watches as sophomore Natalie Kesselring heads the ball at Parkway North on April 30. Kesselring leads the team with 10 goals and 23 points as of May 2. Photo by Meaghan Flynn.

ith six seniors, five juniors, six sophomores and three freshman, the varsity girls soccer team will be looking to its depth to bolster the team’s chances of making a State Championship run. “Everyone has their own role, so it really works when they mesh together,” junior forward Gracie DeVasto said. “Offensively we can be really good so I think we have the opportunity to make a run as long as everyone does their job and works hard.” The team’s championship hopes took a hit when DeVasto tore her ACL in a game against Hickman. With the injury, the team will be looking for their younger forwards to step up. “Goals are the main thing for us,” freshman Devon Ware said. “Natalie (Kesselring) and I are the other forwards, so we’re going to have to do the scoring without her.” Ware, who is one of nine underclassmen on the team, said that she felt like she has been making an impact despite being a freshman. Another underclassmen trying to

make an impact on the team is sophomore goaltender Lauren Greenstein. “It can be nerve-wracking,” Greenstein said. “If we’re up in a game, or if we’re tied and then we lost, I’d feel bad for losing.” Greenstein, who took over the starting goaltender job, believes that the team’s grade diversity will benefit them in the long run, as well as backing her up on the field. “We will have a lot of people that will still be here next year, and we won’t be losing a lot,” Greenstein said. The team will be losing senior midfielder Molly Cagle after this season. Cagle, who has played on varsity all four years, thinks this team is her best shot at a State title. “I think this is going to be a really big peak for our team,” Cagle said. “We’ve improved a lot from the last couple of seasons so there’s a lot of potential.” Although Cagle will not be a part of it, she thinks the team’s depth will help them make a state title run in the future. “It really works to their advantage because it builds for seasons to come,” Cagle said.


May 9, 2014


Matt Stern Staff Writer


Concussions take athletes out of the game Jessica Brady (12): “I got

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hit in the head with the ball, but I didn’t see it coming and it hit me in the temple,” Brady said. Brady opted out of going directly to the hospital. However, she did end up visiting the hospital after her symptoms didn’t go away. “My concussion happened the same night as sophomore Lauren Greenstein’s concussion and she ended up going to the hospital,” Brady said. “I didn’t, I just went home and went straight to bed. I woke up the next morning, and I didn’t go to the doctor for a couple days, but I ended up going to the doctor three times over the course of my recovery.”


here were 2,732 concussions reported by MSHSAA in the 2012-13 school year. High school athletes suffer two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year, according to Cleared to Play concussion management. Concussions severely damage the brain of athletes. “Short term, teenagers have headaches, trouble thinking and concentrating, sleep problems, and mood changes,” Dr. Sarah Alander, pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Mercy Hospital, said. Athletes from many different sports have to deal with the effects of concussions, which have caused them to sit out of games and practices. These injuries have also made an impact on their school work and social lives. Concussions also prompted many trips to the hospital to have tests done on the athletes to ensure their safety. “Concussions are diagnosed by signs and symptoms, there is no scan or blood test,” Alander said. “The symptoms have to make sense with the mechanism of injury.” There is no definite way to fully eliminate concussions but there are ways to make a difference in limiting concussions. “Playing smart and not leading with [the] head, etc., helps to prevent concussions,” Alander said. “Helmets help some, but can’t stop the shaking motion of neck/head that causes concussions.”

Brendan Hynes (12):

“It was a lacrosse game against John Burroughs and I was clearing the ball,” Hynes said. “There was a guy in front of me and I was planning on running through him. Just as I was about to hit him, another player run up from behind me and hit me in the back of my head with his stick. Next thing I remember I was on the bench with my helmet off and my head hurting.” Because his concussion took place on May 13, 2013, Brendan couldn’t finish out his junior year. “I could not go to school the rest of the year, which was about two weeks, and I didn’t have to take any of my finals,” Hynes said. “My head hurt really bad and I couldn’t focus.”

Johnny Naughton (12):

“From what I’ve been told, I was diving in the outfield trying to cut off a ball from getting by and my head hit the ground on an all-out dive,” Naughton said. Naughton suffered his concussion during a practice in early April. Although it’s tough to eliminate concussions in the outfield, Naughton believes there is a way to prevent them. “Some sports concussions could be prevented with better head gear or with helmets, but for baseball it’s tough because we don’t have protection. Better form and practice could prevent a concussion from diving,” Naughton said.

Baseball strives for consistency


inners of three games in a row, varsity baseball opened the Suburban South Tournament with losses to Rockwood Summit on Apr. 21 and Parkway West the following day. “As a team we have to execute when we have runners on and stop trying to do too much,” junior Austin Mischel said. After starting the season 0-7, the Colts started to get on track in April with a 7-3 win over the number one ranked team Francis Howell on April 11. After that, the team defeated University City and Parkway West in the following two games, winning 9-4 and 14-3, respectively. “We had a team meeting after a few losses where the seniors discussed a few issues the team needed to overcome,” senior Johnny Naughton said. “The younger guys really bought in to what we had to say and ever since then we have been way more focused during practice and in our last couple of games.” In the eight team Suburban South Tournament, the sixth seeded Colts were paired with Summit first, who they had previously lost to 10-5 on Mar. 31. After three innings of no-hit pitching by senior Matthew Bernstein, the Falcons

broke through with a lead-off homer in the 4th inning followed by three runs in the 5th inning and four runs in the 6th inning to give Summit the 8-1 victory. “Matthew pitched very well,” Naughton said. “It’s just a shame we weren’t able to back him up with some runs.” Naughton accounted for the teams only run with an RBI double early in the game. In Apr. 22 rematch against Parkway West, the Colts fell 4-3 at home with senior Connor Kraus starting the game on the mound. “Some games we pitch well and don’t hit and some games we hit well and struggle on the mound,” Kraus said. “When we put all the areas together well be in good shape.” Kraus pitched all seven innings Tuesday and had a lead until the 7th when West scored two runs. The team had a chance to extend their lead in the 5th inning, but senior Sam Riley was thrown out at home which shifted the momentum of the game in West’s favor. Sitting on a 8-11 record as of May 5, the team has gone on to beat conference rivals Kirkwood and Webster, as well as defeating non-conference opponents St. Charles and Vianney. According to Kraus, there’s still room to imrpove. “We have to stay the course and keep putting in the work in practice to fix the things we struggle with,” Kraus said. “What really matters is that we’re firing on all cylin-

Junior Austin Mischel steals third base in an Apr. 22 loss to Parkway West. A year after winning the Suburban South Tournament, the Colts played in the seventh place game against University City. Photo by Ms. Tara Stepanek. ders when districts come around so we can make a playoff push.”


May 9, 2014


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Spring into hot summer style Jack Blethroad Features Editor


s the season continues to heat up, so does the summer 2014 fashion scene. This season, expect to see some bold new trends. Overall, the styles will contain bright and neon colors and striking prints. A lot of these will be reminiscent of 90s styles. Luckily, a lot of the summer fashion will be cool and comfortable to wear. Athletic wear and fun sporty looks are definitely in style. In women’s fashion, bomber jackets with fun prints are perfect for sunny spring days with a chill in the air. A jacket with a floral print or geometric pattern especially pops when worn with solid-color shorts or jeans. Brightly colored activewear is another major trend this year. With these, it’s OK to mix materials and patterns as long as you have fun with it and keep a color palette in mind. Bold colors are in, particularly canary yellow and aquamarine blue. A bold pop of color would also look great for swimwear, especially against tanned summer skin. If you like a brightly-colored variety, color block is always a good choice that is in this season. In terms of materials, lace is very big this year, which is a perfect for a cool summer look. Other big trends include boho head-

bands, crop tops and high waisted shorts and skirts. Maxi dresses are also still in style. Floral and watercolor prints are also a big part of this season’s menswear. Camo print is also in style for blazers and bags but should only be used sparingly and with extreme caution to avoid a “Duck Dynasty”inspired overload. Polkadot print on tees and shorts in common, especially small white dots on dark blue or black. In footwear, bright trainers like Nike Flights in neon colors are stylish, comfortable and casual. If you’re comfortable carrying a bag, a leather or canvas over-theshoulder bag is a stylish way to conveniently carry belongings rather than relying on a backpack or pockets. When shopping for this summer, shoppers don’t have to break the bank in order to be in style. Stores like H&M, Express and Forever 21 will have many of the same trends in stock for less than an actual designer label would cost, even at an outlet mall. If you enjoy online shopping, American Apparel is a great place to find colorful, androgynous basics which are very in this year. They also have cool pattern and prints available in tops and bottoms. They certainly aren’t as cheap as most mall stores, but their clothes are on point and made in Los Angeles.

(Upper-left) Fashion-forward menswear on display at H&M. (Lower-left) A cute bohemian print top with bold colors from Body Central. (Above) A lace crop top and skirt from Delia’s. Photos by Jack Blethroad

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Finding Freshness Incorporate summer flavors in a healthful way

Jill Kealing Staff Writer


very year in America, the majority of attempted diets fail. As a result, focus has shifted from the short term and extremely restrictive “diets,” to attempts at healthful “lifestyle changes.” One of the current trends is the “whole food” movement. This is a movement that attempts to get the freshest food and synthesize it as little as possible to preserve the nutrients it contains. Here are multiple recipes that are delicious, healthy and perfect for the summer months.

Breakfast “Ice Cream”

Italian Salsa



1 tub (5.3 oz) of Greek yogurt 1 banana 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp maple syrup (honey or agave can also be used) 1 tsp vanilla extract stevia to taste

5 medium tomatoes 1 handful of basil 2 cloves raw garlic, peeled and crushed ½ onion roughly chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese



There are no fancy tools involved in this recipe all it takes is a decent blender, a knife and a few small measuring tools. With only one small inconvenience: before you intend to make this recipe you must chop your banana into slices of similar thickness to poker chips and put it in the freezer until it is frozen all they way through. As far as the actual construction, begin by adding spice, this includes the stevia, to the liquids. Then add in the Greek yogurt, and finally the frozen banana. It is the incorporation of the frozen banana that should make give the dish that creamy frozen consistency everyone likes in ice cream. Consume immediately with toppings of choice, but try to keep them healthy.

This is mostly just a dump-and-go recipe. Take every element of the recipe, barring the mozzarella, and chop it only to the point necessary for your food processor to be able to blend it up. Then, pulse it a few times, making it as chunky or smooth as you would like. Finally, place it in whatever dish you will serve it with and simply rip the mozzarella into pieces of your preferred size and then sprinkle it over the top. This provides some color contrast to the mostly red mush that is salsa.



The beauty of this recipe is how sinful it feels, despite its many great properties. For some reason the minute yogurt transforms to frozen yogurt, it is immediately labeled as “unhealthy,” but this does not have to be the case. This frozen yogurt is kept sweet but with little effect on the blood sugar. This effect is produced by balancing the amounts of stevia and maple syrup. The maple syrup is there to give the “ice cream” a deeper depth of flavor, but the cinnamon helps regulate the release of insulin into the bloodstream to prevent an immediate spike in blood sugar. Unlike many other no-calorie sweeteners, stevia was not created in a lab; it is actually an herb derived from a South American plant that has a sweetening effect. However, it is about 100 times sweeter than sugar, so be careful. In addition to the stevia, the banana and Greek yogurt add a burst of flavor. The banana brings some of the mineral potassium to the dish. Then the Greek yogurt acts as a triple threat, bringing protein and calcium to support bone and muscle health, and the large active culture (live good bacteria) content helps regulate the digestive system.

This recipe is nothing more than simple party food with a unique twist. The Italian flavors separate it from other salsas but retain the freshness. The garlic and tomatoes are what enrich this dish health-wise. Each are full of many miscellaneous vitamins, but what is most helpful is the potassium and selenium. Potassium is a mineral that each cell in the body requires for proper function, yet very few Americans take in the minimum recommended amount of potassium. Selenium is another mineral and is most beneficial to the thyroid. This gland, among other things, is responsible for the release of hormones that control the body’s metabolic rate. In other words, the thyroid is responsible for telling the body how quickly or slowly to burn calories. Selenium also works with the body to help prevent cancer causing mutations from forming. However, the dish does not have to be made this way to be healthy. Simply follow whichever tomato sauce recipe you prefer, just omit the oil, which takes away the vast majority of the fat from the dish.

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Above: The “ice cream” and salsa are some unique and summer-inspired dishes. They are nutrient dense, appealing to the eye and quite tasty overall. They are perfect for any summer party or even an empty bedroom. Photos by Jill Kealing.


A smooth start to summer Catherine Melvin Social Media Editor

always introduces the struggle of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are so many options to eat fast food, Siceummer cream or simply overload on the junk that seems to be om-

DID YOU KNOW? Berries are powerful antioxidants with endless health benefits. Antioxidants strengthen hair, lower stress levels and provide radiant skin. Another bonus is that berries consist of mostly water so they are hydrating and low in calories. DID YOU KNOW? Kale, a stiff leafy plant, is a popular superfood that has recently become all the rage. Kale can help lower cholesterol levels and it helps detox your body. Warning: It will turn the smoothie green. Info from Women’s Health online.

nipresent. This summer, do not fear. There is an alternative that is sweet, nutritious, filling and can always be prepared with a different flavor: the smoothie. Smoothies have the potential to contain all of the necessary food groups while the prep time is only about five minutes. Plus, they can be made to take on the go. Grab your favorite Greek yogurt, throw in fruit and blend with a sweet juice to begin the concoction of this healthy creation. If the fruit is not frozen, consider adding ice for chill and thickness.

1 C fruit + 3/4 C juice + 1/2 C yogurt + favorite extras

( ) = smoothie stevia kale goji

Blackberry Blast -1/2 C blackberries -1/2 C frozen raspberries or blueberries - 3/4 C coconute milk -1/2 tsp stevia -1TBSP goji berries

Kiwi Crash - 1 full kiwi - 1 C shredded kale - 1 frozen banana - 3/4 C coconut milk - 1/4 tsp stevia



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Photos by: Catherine Melvin

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