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Volume 56, Issue 4

Parkway North High School


May 8, 2019

12860 Fee Fee Rd. St. Louis, MO 63146

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One Acts Pg. 4 Dear Parkway North, Four years ago, while seeing our classes for the first time during freshman orientation, I found out I was the only person in my grade taking Newspaper. It meant that everyone in the class would be older than me. These days, I laugh about how scared I was to take the class not knowing anyone. However, what I take to heart are the valuable lessons that bettered me. I’ve learned that no two people, places, and things are alike, and that once in while, you have to approach situations and obstacles in a new perspective. Sil, our adviser, has become a second mom for me. I want to thank her for guiding me during my ups and downs, my transition to editor-in-chief, and for being there during hard personal times. For the staff, the beach balls, tea-spilling, and on the edge late nights literally made my four years. Turn in your work on time and I promise you’ll survive. To North, thank you for the memories and helping teachers say my name right. I’ll never forget it.

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Sincerely, Ijeoma Nkenchor Dear Parkway North, I still cannot believe my time is high school is over. There have been so many defining memories in these past four years that I can hardly imagine not coming back to North after summer is over. It’ll mean I’ll never have to walk through a scorching-hot hallway only to sit in a freezing-cold classroom, or be subjugated to quite possibly some of the worst wifi I’ve ever experienced, or even be late to a class because people have an unhealthy obsession with blocking the hallways outside the library. Even with a track record like that, I’m still going to miss North. Choosing to write for the Norsestar Newspaper has been my greatest decision in the past four years because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about what goes on at this school, and for once, I was interested in experiencing some of it. So as I graduate Parkway North a (questionably) wise senior, 18 years young, I want to thank Ms. Silvagnoli, the Norsestar staff, and everybody at North for making my high school life unforgettable!

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Sincerely, Tanner Boyd Dear Parkway North, I’ve been writing for the Newspaper for the past year. I’ve wanted to write for the newspaper since freshman year, but I’ve never had the time. But after three years of being encouraged by members of the staff, I finally decided to give it a shot. Looking back on the year, I worked a lot harder than I honestly thought I’d have to and learned to appreciate all journalists on a different level. I also learned the value of getting something done way before it’s due. I remember after my first print issue, we had to stay after school for so long just to make sure everything on the page was perfect. After that night, I tried to bring that mentality to everything I do. That goes for newspaper and everything else in my life. I hope that the rest of my younger peers in band, football, and newspaper enjoy their time at North just as much as I have, or at least graduate.

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Sincerely, Jack Wright

Mercedes Nesbit - Editor-in-Chief Ijeoma Nkenchor- Editor-In-Chief Tabitha Bevan Tanner Boyd Jordan Eisen Madeline Fischer Sara Hong Zainab Khan Brandon Lightfoot Aiden Petrofsky Cassie Schoene Sophia Strathman Sereniti Wrancher Jack Wright Tracy Silvagnoli...Sponsor


Norsestar encourages students, teachers, parents, administrators and other readers to publish their opinion in the form of a letter to the editor. However, due to space limitations, not all letters can be published. Any student or faculty member may submit an article or photo to the Norse Star by placing the item in the mailbox in the library or by giving it to a staff member. Letters must be signed; no anonymous articles will appear in the newspaper. Norse Star will accept any letter submitted regardless of whether or not the staff agrees with its opinion, unless the material presented is libelous, promotes illegal activities, or is deemed in poor taste by the editorial board. The staff reserves the right to edit letters for length or clarification.

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May 8, 2019 Parkway North High School

Dear Class of 2019, Congratulations!! I can’t adequately describe how excited I am for you, as you are finally ready to wear the purple caps and gowns! You have worked hard for this achievement, and I can’t wait to help you celebrate at the Senior Farewell and Graduation ceremonies. I know that students come to high school to learn, but I need you to know that I have also learned many things from the Class of 2019 during the last four years. Here are just a few of the things that I learned from you: 1. Be patient. Be patient. Be patient. 2. Look beyond the surface to identify the real problem. 3. Say you are sorry & ask for forgiveness.

4. Appreciate your parents. 5. Assume good will. 6. Don’t spend too much time working on problems… you’ll wind up neglecting very important and good things/people. While I am confident that we have taught you how to be better writers, mathematicians, scientists, thinkers, etc., I hope that we have been able to teach you far more than that…how to be good husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, friends, and members of the community. You are a talented group of young adults, and it has been an honor to be a small part of these last four years. I can’t wait to hear about your next adventures. Go do great things!

Dr. Page Senior Class Principal

Dear Class of 2019, Welcome to “Adulting”!!!! Senior year started and is ending quicker than you or I anticipated, I bet! You will be starting in your chosen second phase in life before the end of this year. On May 10, you will begin your chosen path in adulthood!! I hope that you end your senior year feeling refreshed, renewed, and refocused. This year ends with new goals, a better outlook on your future and expectations to be the best YOU possible in society. While I will miss each of you dearly, I know we have equipped you with the tools for your success after Parkway North High School. You all have developed into selfdirected, creative, critical thinkers who are socially responsible people prepared for an ever-changing world (PNH mission statement), and I look forward to learning of your new adventures that await you all in the future. Here are a few helpful hints for beginning your life after high school: Organization:Use your electronic device to organize your time and establish routines for each day. Routines help with meeting


deadlines, finishing projects, remaining current in class or at work and ensuring you have time for yourself. Plan ahead & schedule time for your activities and work. Schedule sufficient time to study, entertain friends, and complete tasks. Don’t forget to plan for enough time for rest, and enjoy your family and friends, too. Self- Advocacy: YOU are your number one advocate. Use your voice to ask questions, to verify information, to clarify understanding. Feel free to continue to visit me, as needed. Get Involved: Find a club, sport or extra-curricular activity to get involved in. You can get caught up in “adulting” and the paying bills part of life. There is more to life than just earning a paycheck. While this is a bittersweet moment, I am convinced that you all are more than prepared for whatever your next step in life is, and I look forward to learning about your future accomplishments! Ms. Chandra Brown Senior Counselor & Guidance Department Leader 314-415-7619


May 8, 2019 Senior Issue Parkway North High School Rice, Welge, Goldberg Wrap High School Career With One Acts

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On April 25, audiences stowed their belongings, sat in their seats in an upright position, and turned off all electronics to prepare for the take-off of senior Kendall Rice’s “Relative Strangers” by Sheri Wilner. Rice has been in theatre throughout his entire high school career as various roles from acting to technical. “I just like theatre. It’s such a nice community. I mainly stayed and [did the play] for the people. I love the people there,” said Rice. This was the first play where Rice was in charge as director instead of actor, meaning he was developing his newfound directing skills as he went. “The biggest challenge was staying focused. There’s a lot of times where we kept getting sidetracked. Sometimes it was hard to focus, but we pulled through and had a great performance,” said Rice. A problem that came across during the beginning stages of the shows was the lack of male characters along with the given stress of casting in general. All in all, things worked themselves out during the audition process. “Just building characters with everybody was nice. It all worked together well because Sara Hong, Alex Kendall, Javon Spearman, and Kaylyn McKoy are all experienced actors, so I feel like they were already good at acting, that we played well with each other and could bounce ideas together,” said Rice.

Freshman David Brooks and junior Sophia Strathman face down Freshman Abby James and senior Dan Ard.

Sophomore Aseda Opoku, juniors Saloni Shringapure, Rome Little and freshman Andrew Goldberg breathe in the magical and questionable spray.

Senior John Williams makes the finishing touches to the play directed by Actors Studio 1 teacher, Chad Little

After years of prerequisite classes, senior Justin Welge makes his directing debut with “A Ringing of Doorbells” by Thornton Wilder. Welge has aspirations to become a film director in the future. “I’ve always wanted to [direct]. Since I was a little kid, I can remember wanting to direct and make movies, so I thought that directing a play would help me get the skills for that. I keep seeing movies and TV shows and every time I look, I go ‘Hey I want to make that one day.’ I cannot look at a screen without thinking ‘I want to do that for the rest of my life,’” said Welge. Welge’s interest in film has led him to watch many movies, and he started to critique them - something he is excited for others to do to his work. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the audience reacts. I’ve always been a sort of critic of plays and movies myself, so hearing how I stack up in comparison is going to be a fun experience,” said Welge. Due to the fact that this was his first work, Welge is still working to develop his skills as a director and hopes to continue to develop these skills.. “This show is my first work. It is the Indie film documentary of sorts. I hope it’s the best work I can make [right now], but I don’t want it to be my best work, period. I’m hoping to only go up and up from here,” said Welge.

Senior Danielle Goldberg is the current president of the International Thespian Society troupe #4551, along with being a long time actress in theatre. With this year’s One Acts, Goldberg adds playwright and director of “The Art of Therapizing” to her theatre resume. “It is weird being in charge of a show. People would ask me about their character or how to react in certain points in the show, and I would be like ‘I don’t know. What do you think?’ and [the actors] would be like ‘It’s your call; you’re in charge’ and I was like ‘Oh yeah!’” said Goldberg. Goldberg wrote the play herself, which got turned into a dramatic reading in the One Act production. This is unique because in previous years, it has just been three professional one-act plays that the students have chosen to direct themselves. “I took an independent study in playwriting, and Mr. Little let me direct a staged reading of it. I knew I wanted to write a comedy and planned on entering it into a contest called Page to Stage. Page to Stage is a contest at the Thespian Conference. “One of the contest categories was research, so I researched what made a bad therapist to base my main character off of. I ended up making the character a kind of crazy life coach instead of a therapist,” said Goldberg.

Another addition to the Senior One Act performance this year was the short play performed by the Actors Studio 1 class. Their play was “13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview” by Ian McWethy. The Actors Studio class had the option to choose whether to do a play or perform the monologues that they had prepared for in-class assignments. “The cast is not made up of your usual theatre kids that are there day in and day out. It’s also people who play lacrosse or baseball. They are all really great actors, despite them [not being in theatre], they could still kill it on stage,” said senior John Williams, who played one of the lead roles of Interviewers. Williams was a devoted thespian member. He has acted in various shows in and out of the school’s theatre department and has found ways to help in theatre outside of just working on shows. This was his grand finale of high school theatre. “It’s going to be weird seeing people with new skill sets and just new people in general. It’s kind of sad, but [I’m] kind of happy [that] I get to experience something new. It’s also scary and nervewracking, but overall it’s a bittersweet, happy, sad thing,” said Williams. Williams will be pursuing Musical Theatre as a career at Southeast Missouri State University.

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May 8, 2019 Parkway North High School

Seniors Reflect on Top 3 Sports Moments Girls Water Polo Tournament

In recent years, the Parkway North girls basketball program has been consistently dominant; however, the 18-19 season was something special. In 2018, the Vikings made it to State quarter finals. Team captain and senior Je’Naiya Davis’ performance was a large factor in the team’s astounding push to win State, but she credits the team around her. “We had a close, natural bond which helped our chemistry on and off the court,” said Davis. Time and time again, the Vikings continued upsetting their opponents. Though they had many victories, one stood out most. “The highlight of the season was beating Incarnate Word at their school because that was their first loss at home in about four years. No one thought we were going to come close to winning, but we proved them wrong,” said Davis.

On March 30, 2019, for the first time in 13 years, a girls water polo tournament was held. Of the four teams that competed, North placed second. Besides North’s stellar performance, the fact that enough girls play water polo to have their own tournament was the best part. “I love playing the sport, and coed doesn’t bother me, but having the opportunity to play with girls and see all of these female water polo players showed me how amazing girls in athletics are. It made me so proud to be a part of the tournament,” said senior Charlotte D’Alfonso. At the tournament, everyone felt the aura that this special event brought into the room. This feeling helped bring the North girls success. “Every single girl was so passionate about playing; you could really see every girl shine,” said D’Alfonso.

For most seniors, their favorite sports moment was undoubtedly the 16-17 football season. The team was exceptionally fun to watch. They had a great season, and they came really close to going to State. Going into the season, the team knew that they had the talent and coaching needed to go a long way and that helped drive the team to success. “Everybody on the team had high expectations of how far we could go. Everyone knew that year could be our year,” said center and senior Grant Pennington. North typically has a talented rosters and is known for great coaching, but what made the 16-17 team different was the team’s tight, unbreakable chemistry. “Everyone knew their role and what they had to do in order to win. Everyone


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North was advancing closer to the State final when they were matched up against Incarnate Word again. This time North’s majestic streak came to an end and they fell to Incarnate Word in the quarter finals. “Losing to Incarnate Word was tough, especially after proving that we had what it takes to beat them. They got off to a good start. In the second half, we started coming back, but it wasn’t enough,” said Davis.

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Girls Basketball 2018-19 Season

Football 2016-17 Season


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Another aspect that made this tournament so special was how close the Vikings team is. “Every single girl on our team contributed to us placing second,” said D’Alfonso. With the tournament, now in the past, many are hopeful that this tournament will now occur annually. “If the girls are encouraged by us, and sign up, there will be another tournament. All the coaches, referees, and players loved it and want it to happen next year,” said D’Alfonso.

got along really well and we wanted to win. We knew we had the skill to go a long way,” said Pennington. With this tight and talented team, North breezed by many rivals, racking up wins every week in the regular season including a blow out of University City High School, 52-0. “Even though we nearly made it to State, the best part of that season was the University City game. I can’t remember the score, but we won by a lot of touchdowns. That game was a ton of fun because everyone got to play and even a lineman scored,” said Pennington. The Vikings continued to advance toward State, but eventually lost to Harrisonville High School in Kansas City in the state quarter finals with a score of 32-15. “We were a solid team and everyone knew that, but we still were better than what we thought,” said Pennington. February 9-25, 2018 City of PyeongChang hosts Olympic Winter Games

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May 8, 2019 Parkway North High School

Seniors Look Back On Favorite Year Of High School Sereniti Wrancher


Personality Perfectionist

Many seniors experienced a shift in their academics during sophomore year as they were able to sign up for more AP classes or classes to their liking. Work ethic was also tested, as some were getting their first jobs or going for their drivers license at the same time. “I think it was the most intellectual [year]. It was my hardest year for classes, so it was the most for me to do at once,” said Kirsten Davies. By their second year, they’ve somewhat gained a sense of the culture at North and started to form relationships with certain teachers. “Ms.Pomerantz, specifically her class, just made English fun. It was a lot of work but it was fun work,” said Davies. Looking back, sophomore year and soon junior year proved to be work intensive. Likewise, the intensive work made underclassmen years worthwhile. “This year, I’m not really doing anything. My classes have nothing to do with anything. I feel like sophomore year actually mattered,” said Davies.

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“Freshman year was a great experience because you got a fresh start to do what you want to do. There was so much new freedom. You could join clubs or make friends with people you didn’t know before,” said Anna Law. Many seniors took freshman year as a chance to expand on different things, stepping out of their comfort zones, as well as a chance to explore their interests. “I chose colorguard because I thought it seemed like a cool thing to do. I honestly wanted to quit right off the bat because I had no idea what I was doing, but I learned to really appreciate the people and the teamwork put into it. I think joining colorgaurd was the best decision I made freshman year,” said Law. Seniors will look back at their first year of high school and remember it as the year that they grew the most. “There weren’t as many responsibilities, and school was easier. It was the biggest transition, so I feel like I grew the most freshman year,” said Katy Baker.


Sophomore 15.0%

Senior 62.5%


For many, junior year was challenging, but, for others, it was used as an opportunity to learn, grow, and push their boundaries. “I got to do so many amazing things, events, and meet new people,” said Emily Baughman. Junior year came along with many responsibilities, but with new responsibilities come new experiences. “I was finally able to drive, I had better classes, and I could work. I also made my closest friends through mock trial, which is genuinely one of the best clubs here,” said Katherine Larson. So many accomplishments were made. “Junior year was the year where I started to hang out more with my friends, and I also had a really successful track season,” said Nicholas Galindo. For the class of 2019, this year was full of memorable moments. “A moment that made it my favorite was that I was at a party with all of my best friends, and we were sitting around the fire playing games, singing bad karaoke and just having a good time free from school,” said Baughman.

Junior 17.5%

62.5% of seniors chose senior year as their favorite year of high school.


Many seniors found their last year to be their best, using it to look back and reflect on their previous years. “Senior year was my favorite year of high school because you just have a lot more freedom, and it’s fun to just look back and know that you’re done,” said Meagan Sotolar. After junior year brought on many hardships, seniors took advantage of their last year to do what they wanted. “Junior year was definitely harder than senior year school-wise, but I did a lot more activities during senior year,” said Caius Buckley. Compared to all of the previous years of high school, most seniors found their final year easiest. “Senior year was more fun. Junior year was too hectic year-round and was the hardest classwise,” said Jordan Carles. Overall, the majority of seniors can agree that their final year was their top memorable year.

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Seniors Decide On Alternate Post-Secondary Plans Mercedes Nesbit Editor-in-Chief

For the past four years, the class of 2019 has worked to prepare for life after high school. For most, this means college. However, there are some students in the North community that have decided on other routes. While North offers countless traditional courses for students, they also offer many programs that prepare students for non-traditional opportunities that occur after high school. “You guys have so many options, especially at North. You can take construction tech, engineering, fashion, FACS. I would like to see students take advantage of those things more,” said College and Career Counselor Christy Wills. North offers a South Tech program to both junior and senior students. South Tech is a hands-on learning environment for students going into the trades. “If somebody really likes handson things, college can be hard because you’re not really going to get that practical application in most majors,” said Wills. South Tech has helped many seniors decide on a path that does not include a traditional college.

Etai Dean attended a leadership camp in February of 2018 with his fellow Israel Scouts, in Oja, California. Dean, along with other individuals from North America, will be attending Nachshon after graduating from high school.

“South Tech helped me realize I was really good with my hands and working just in general. I like working; I just don’t like sitting down and [South Tech] showed me that I can get really good at [carpentry] and do a lot with it,” said senior Ethan Collins, who is applying for a job in carpentry after high school. Despite common opinion that trades don’t make as much money, there has been a decrease in trade workers, so the income is steadily increasing. “I would like to see more people going

into trade and technical,” said Wills In addition to trade schools, there are many medical programs for students to go straight to training after high school and then enter the workforce. “My plan after graduation is to go into an EMT academy,” said senior Tayler Davis. “The program will prepare me to take a test that will get me my EMT license, so I will have a job right after the program is over.” The program is six weeks long and is based in St. Louis.

“I’ve always wanted to be within the medical field, and I think that this will be a good fit for me,” said Davis. After high school, some students like Etai Dean, have decided to take a gap year. “I will be going to Israel. I will be doing a gap year program called Nachshon,” Etai Dean. Nachshon is a program that will help participants explore career and community service opportunities. “For me, the benefit is gaining life skills and increasing my connection to Israel. I am preparing by practicing my Hebrew and working in order to help pay for it...My plan after is to return to America for college; although, it is not 100% certain,” said Dean. Other students, like Diamond Wilson-Boyd are choosing to join the military after graduation. “I’m going into the military because I think being a Marine will give me that push into the next step of my life,” said Boyd. The military can supply skills, open opportunities for a career, or help pay for college after a specific amount of time. “The military is a very specific thing. Every year, we have between 1 and 3 students do that right out of high school. That really has not changed since I’ve been here,” said Wills.

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May 8, 2019 Parkway North High School Ijeoma Nkenchor Editor-in-Chief

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Senior Issue How, Why Parkway North Has Changed In Four Years: Four W’s

May 8, 2019 Parkway North High School

WHO: Seniors Go, Cain Stays

With another year behind it, Parkway North must once again say goodbye to it’s graduating senior body. As their final day in class approaches, students have time to reminisce on their favorite aspects of North. One of the changes the senior class witnessed was the change in head principal beginning their junior year. Tori Cain officially replaced Jenny Marquart on July 1, 2017 after Marquart retired after her 17th year at North. Cain was assistant principal since 2013. Senior Savanna Javaux believes Cain has handled her newfound position very well. “I think Dr. Cain did well. The transition to a new principal can be rough, but it didn’t seem to cause any problems in her case,” said Javaux. This will also mark the second full year, Cain has been principal and, although the position of principal held a lot of weight, Cain received a unanimous

WHERE: New Fine Arts Wing

In addition to the changing of school policies, Parkway North’s Fine Arts wing has undergone a complete renovation. Hardwood floors, expanded rooms with

WHAT: Community Changes

vote from the board of education in support of this recommendation. Cain is grateful to be principal at North and is excited about the next year. “[I am] grateful and humbled by the individuals that I serve. [I am] learning all the time, learning more about myself as a leader, a person, a learner, and an individual,” said Cain. “I feel that I’m in a better place than I was last year.” acoustics, and large windows allowing for natural light were just some of the additions made to the wing. The increased size can be clearly seen outside of the building as an addition had to be made to accommodate the new space. “The new art wing is clean, well organized, and the new music rooms are excellent,” said senior Jack Nimock. Nimock feels that the changes to the Fine Arts wing have greatly improved it compared to its previous iteration, where students in the performing arts would have to rehearse in actual classrooms not designed to support sound. “The old orchestra room had low ceilings with abysmal acoustics. The new room is massive and our music reaches the rafters,” said Nimock. “The concert hall-like atmosphere adds more depth to what we play.”

The addition of leadership labs and Service Learning Day has given the school new ways to engage with it’s student body in educational ways. Leadership labs occur approximately once a month during regular academic lab where teachers go over different subjects such as study methods and ways to build characters. In addition, they can also serve to prepare students for Service Day, which was also a new addition the senior class witnessed. On Service Day, students go to a site that they signed up for prior and participate in volunteer work, including food preparation and assisting workers in community gardens. One such site is Paraquad, a nonprofit organization assisting people with disabilities. Senior Abbie DeMichieli enjoyed helping at the site, but wishes North could provide students preferred sites more reliably. “It’s great for the community, but many kids didn’t even get any of their

WHEN: Upcoming Changes

As a result of Proposition S, Parkway North is planned to receive a multitude of additions. One major change will be a new check-in system resembling what certain elementary schools have. This will be made in order to provide an increased security for both students and

choice destinations to volunteer,” said DeMichieli. “I personally didn’t even sign up for Paraquad, even though it was amazing when I went.” This was the third year that North has both utilized leadership labs and has participated in Service Learning Day. While leadership labs occur in all but the senior labs, students of all grade levels participate in Service Learning Day. staff members. English teacher Allison Cundiff believes this will greatly benefit the schools learning environment. “I think that, in the wake of all the violence in the United States, especially located in schools, that that’s a sort of psychological thing that’s on all of our minds while we’re inside these buildings, so I think any security measures to help keep us safe are warmly welcomed by staff and students,” said Cundiff. Other changes in addition are expected to arrive in the next few years including a new FACS area, and Cundiff is hopeful that they will benefit the success of student learning. “I think that anything that allows for students to maximize the learning environment, and to be comfortable and to feel safe here so they can learn is probably the best,” said Cundiff.

Retiring Staff Members Reflect On Time At North Jack Wright

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Bob Bunton has been at North for 36 years. He has coached football and baseball along with teaching drivers education and social studies. Bunton has impacted the lives of students all across North. “I’m more comfortable at this stage than I ever have been at any other point. You just get a little older, a little more experienced, a little more wiser and you just seem to appreciate your job a little bit more,” said Bunton. “I don’t have any regrets, ... I’m fulfilled.”

Band Director Mark Linn has been at North for 27 years. Linn has directed the marching and symphonic band, as well as coaching freshman baseball. After years dedicated to the fine arts community, Linn leaves behind a legacy of perfectionism and organization in every program he’s been a part of. “I’ve always loved teaching kids how to play music. And the best part about this school is the kids I’ve come in contact with over the last several years, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” said Linn.

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Retiring Staff Members Reflect On Time At North Susan Kamp has been with North for the past 11 years. Kamp has been a part of the Special School District working one on one with students with special needs. Kamp spends much of her time teaching her students not only their core subjects, but also skills that they can use for the rest of their lives: things that will help in the workforce and as a community as a whole. “They are learning English, math, and history, but they’re also learning how to get along with people, how to work well in groups. They have a cooking class. This for them is life changing,” said Kamp.

Michelle Knight has been working at Parkway for 19 years. Knight is also a part of Special School District and works one on one with students with special needs. She also is a part of a work expo at McAlister’s so students can get experience in the workforce. “When I make a difference in someone’s life is the most fulfilling part of teaching. I love when those struggling students come back to visit, and I hear that they’ve done something wonderful with their lives and are productive members of society,” said Knight.

12 Seniors Say Goodbye To North With Six Word Memoirs Senior Issue

“Freshmen: please learn to use deodorant.” -Charlotte D’Alfonso “I want to go to sleep.” -Rylea Smith

“Sounded much better in my head.” -Courtney Turner “It can't be that bad, right?” -Anna Law “I literally don’t have a clue.” -Madolyn Jewell

“Me and North’s wifi barely worked.” -Lauren Kiburi

“Procrastinated but still got it done.”-Tayler Davis

“Oops, forgot to turn that in?” -Luke Frankenfield

“Good friends get you through everything.” -Jordan Welge

“The water fountain by cooking is coldest.” -Shannon Brackin

“Oh great, another ac lab discussion.” -Sydney Eikmann

“Jody Chambers is my best friend.” -Christian Prayer

“If knocked down, get back up.” -Emily Baughman

“I regret a lot of things.” -Jeremy Lau

“Right way, wrong way, Parkway.” -Katy Trebing

“Thank you ctrl C and ctrl V.” -Sasi Velchuri “One door closes, another door opens.” -Joshua Prila

“Struggling just makes you smarter longer.” -Anya Carpenter

“Great Day to Be a Viking.” -Michael Siler

“A backbone instead of a wishbone.” -Bailey Annan

“I’m just really not having it.”-Abbie DeMichieli “Bro, what am I doing here?” -Clayton Wood

“North, why did you ban Reddit?” -John Williams

“I’m slowly becoming an adult, yikes.” -Alyssa Chapman “Move forward and never turn back.” -Kirsten Davies

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“Learn the best lessons from kids.” -Jillian Wolfman “I’ve had senioritis since freshman year. ” -Nicky Shura

Seniors Give Advice To Underclassmen Alyssa Altmayer

Rushi Patel

Torin Hylan

What advice would you give What advice would you give What advice would you give to underclassmen? to underclassmen? to underclassmen? “Get involved in as much as possible! I know some events, dances, or sporting events may seem pointless, but when high school is almost over you will wish had gone to all of these.”

“Give your best effort from the start and maintain that effort. As long as you’re putting forth your best effort, you’ll do well in high school. “

“Don’t get overly stressed about grades or test scores. Focus more on doing what you feel passionately about. There’s a huge misconception that your GPA and ACT mean everything, but that’s not true.”

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Graduation Speakers Prepare for Their Speeches Tabitha Bevan Staff Writer

On May 14, 2019, the senior class will walk across the stage at the Family Arena and receive their diplomas. Every year, three students are given the privilege to speak at graduation and represent the student body. This year, Lorne Saint Christopher will give the welcome speech, Jackie O’Donohue will give the commencement address speech, and Braniyah Thomas will finish off the night with her closing speech. Selecting student speakers for graduation is a two-tier process. Any senior who wants to speak at graduation is given the opportunity to submit a speech draft to a panel of faculty. The faculty selects six students to perform their speeches in front of their class on stage. Then, the class chooses three out of the six speakers who they feel best represent them. Christopher decided to audition after talking with his dad. “My dad told me to audition. He says I’m a good public speaker, so he told me to go for it. And the more I thought about doing it, the more excited I got,” said Christopher. His speech incorporates humor and the use of a prop in order to hook the audience. “Getting your audience’s attention at the beginning of a speech is crucial,” said Christopher. “I looked up graduation speeches online and there was this guy

Rubina Thomas

with a Rubix Cube, and I didn’t know how to solve one so I thought I should learn. I tried to do something different.” Christopher is a student who is heavily involved in the school community. He runs varsity track and cross country, was the secretary of Mu Alpha Theta, a member of the National Honors Society, and a part of ASAP. O’Donohue initially auditioned to be a graduation speaker because she felt she had a very relatable high school experience. A lot of revision was done to get the speech down to the final product. “I kind of had a theme for my speech. It’s the famous St. Louis question: where did you go to high school? In my speech to my class, I answer that question. [I talk about] what makes North, North,” said O’Donohue. Like Christopher, O’Donohue spent

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time looking up graduation speeches in the hopes of writing something unique. “I didn’t want mine to be basic. There’s parts where people laugh but also parts where people might cry. North has taught me the importance of embracing our difference,” said Donohue. Thomas is closing off the evening with a speech written entirely in the form of a poem. As the captain of the poetry team, Savage Stanzas, it only seemed natural that the speech would be composed in verse. Parkway North has had a large impact on Thomas as a person, and she hopes to reflect this in her speech. “North never fails to prove how diverse and inclusive it is. It made me realize that there are more things to the real world than the sort of bubble I was used to,” said Thomas. Thomas attended the 2018 graduation

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ceremony and knows what to anticipate from the audience. She is nervous but nonetheless excited to present to her class. “This speech was written to be full of personality with a little sentiment and full embodiment of who I am. And I hope everyone feels that like I do,” said Thomas. English teacher Megan McCorkle has been helping all three students practice and revise their speeches for the big night. Addressing the audience, adding nostalgia, and being vulnerable are all elements she feels make a good graduation speech. “Their speeches will make people want to attend the ceremony. The speakers have done a fabulous job of capturing themselves and the heart of this senior class,” said McCorkle.

Morgan Arnold

What advice would you give What advice would you give What advice would you give What advice would you give to underclassmen? to underclassmen? to underclassmen? to underclassmen? “Live high school to the fullest and take it one day at a time. It can get tough at times, but it goes by really fast, and you want to enjoy it as much as you can, so when you look back, you’re proud of what you see.”

“A lot of advice seniors give doesn’t change through the years because good advice doesn’t necessarily need to change. So I would say do your homework. This is what separates borderline grades from steady ones.”

“Ask for help when you need it, whether it be from friends, family, or teachers. I was advised to try to be the best student I could be and give my all always.”

“My advice would be asking for help when you need it. It is nothing to be ashamed of, taking care of yourself and your mental health should be your first priority.”


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Athletic Senior MVPs

Christian Prayer

Christian Prayer has been playing volleyball since he was 12. He made the first team All Conference and has been on the varsity volleyball team all four years of high school. “My favorite memory has to be making a run at state during my senior year, it’s good to see our hard work as a team pay off,” said Prayer. As a reward of his hard work and dedication, he was looked at by many college across the country. Christian will be continuing his volleyball career at the St. Francis College Brooklyn. “I decide to commit there because I feel like it’s the best fit for me, and it was also one of my goals to commit to a D1 school,”said Prayer. Overall, throughout his four years here Christian was able to make a impact here that nobody will forget.

Julia Brooks

When it comes to Volleyball, Julia Brooks excels. She joined the team in freshman year as a sport she could do during the soccer off-season, but realized she enjoyed it much more. Through practice, she worked her way up to one of the team’s top players and now has a full ride scholarship to Troy University to play for their volleyball team. “It’s [volleyball] definitely something I look forward to everyday, it’s a way to get all of my energy out and have fun with.” Not only does she love volleyball, but her teammates appreciate her leadership. “She just has a really good work ethic in sports and in school. She tries to help everyone get better at volleyball no matter if it’s their first year or their last year. She’s always encouraging you to get better,” said senior and teammate Kamryn Smith.

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Cameron Foster

Varsity quarterback Cameron Foster has been playing football ever since the fifth grade. Foster has had an outstanding career here at North, leading his team his senior season to a positive record while braking many records at the same time. “My biggest accomplishment was beating Parkway Central in my last game against them,” said Foster. Along with many great moments like those there were struggles along his four years here. “My biggest struggle throughout my career here was rebounding after a 0-3 start to the season. Although we had a slow start, we ended the season well,” said Foster. Cameron will be continuing his academic and football career here locally at Missouri Baptist University.

Fine Art Senior MVPs

Madolyn Jewell

Madolyn Jewell has been drawing and painting since she was young, but started to take it more seriously in 6th grade. She has been around art her whole life as her dad was an artist. “Ever since I was little, I’ve had such an infatuation with drawings. I remember when I was little, I would see drawings and I would love them. I wanted to be able to create that,” Jewell said. While she doesn’t plan to be an artist as a career, she does want to continue doing it as a hobby or on the side. It is clear to art teachers, like Clint Johnson, that she has a serious passion for the arts. “Besides her given talent and her inclination to drawing, she works at it. She’s diligent at it, and she has created a lot of work, which is indicative of a hard working artist,” said Johnson.

Nick Shaughnessy

Singing in choir became an important part of Nick Shaughnessy’s life in 6th grade. His interest in it was sparked by his then choir teacher, Mr. Brown who impacted him through his teachings and who Shaughnessy started to view as a mentor. After seven years in choir, it has taught him many life lessons. “I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone and be okay with being different,” said Shaughnessy. By his personal growth, he has now become a leader in his high school choir. “He is not only a very fine musician who cares not only about his growth, but about the growth of the ensemble. He is somebody who has the ability to lead and to make the group better they appreciate his leadership,” said Brown. He will continue to participate in choir or a cappella groups in college and is studying to be music educator.

Sydney Eikmann

“It’s my favorite thing in the world to know that I’ve been on a stage, and I’ve affected someone sitting in an audience in a positive way,” said Eikmann, who has been involved in theatre since middle school. Over the course of high school, Eikmann has played a role in a total of nine theatre productions, but her favorite production she has been a part of is “Schoolhouse Rock”. “It was the closest that I’ve ever gotten to a group of seven people in a couple months,” said Eikmann. Eikmann has been a part of Parkway North’s choirs, A Capella groups, the Sparklers, and the Troupe 4551 International Thespian Society (ITS), even serving as an ITS Board Officer this year. After graduation, she wants to continue participating in theatre and music as she pursues an education degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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Academic Senior MVPS

Meher Arora

Meher Arora started her high school career with great ambition, balancing all-honors classes with extracurriculars including Vikettes, A Capella, and Medical Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and Green Schools Quest, an environmental competition. Over the past two years, she has become the president of Medical Club and the National Honor Society, and is a choreographer and captain for the Vikettes. “It’s hard work drives me to do well, because, no matter what the end result is, knowing that you’ve put in your maximum effort is something that you should feel proud of,” said Arora. Due to her interest in Biology, Arora attended the STARS Summer Research Program over last summer, and won an award for the research she conducted. Arora hopes to major in either Biology or Biochemistry and minor in Vocal Performance at Washington University.

Varun Shenoy

In addition to a tough course load all four years, Varun Shenoy managed to be heavily involved in extracurriculars while maintaining academic excellence. Shenoy plays varsity tennis and participated in Lexus Eco Challenge and Mock Trial. He, along with other members of Lexus Eco Challenge team, won the First Place prize of $1,400 each in this year’s competition. “I knew that working hard in that class would benefit my future and it helped me figure out what I wanted to do in life,” said Shenoy. Shenoy said his hardest class was AP Biology. “It was one of my first AP science classes and I had to work hard to catch up with the material. While Biology proved a challenge, Shenoy is majoring in BioChem at Purdue University in the fall.


Amalia Newman

Amalia Newman has challenged herself academically throughout high school, loading her schedule with an abundance of AP and Honors classes. She has demonstrated a strong work ethic in all of her courses. “My motivation started out as me competing with my older brother and now I just try to make myself better,” said Newman. Furthermore, Newman is the vice president of Mu Alpha Theta and a member of both the National Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. “Math is definitely my favorite subject,” said Newman. “There’s always an equation to plug numbers into or a right answer. There’s no guessing.” She is majoring in Mathematics with an emphasis on Actuarial Sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia starting in the fall.

Technology Senior MVPs

James Hanselman

James Hanselman is very interested in engineering and technology. He has taken almost all of the “Power of the Web” (PLTW) classes, courses which surround these subjects, including Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and Civil Engineering and Architecture, offered at Parkway North and is taking Spark Engineering this year. “I like to see how things work and how they’re put together,” said Hanselman. “My favorite aspect of technology is how it functions, the backworkings of it.” In addition to the number of classes he’s taken, Hanselman is also the vice president of the Technology Students Association, the engineering club here at North. After graduation, Hanselman plans on studying aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas because of his interest in technology and engineering and in how these can further space travel.

Madeline Hartranft

Taking engineering classes since her freshman year, Madeline Hartranft has participated in her fair share of engineering competitions. Among these, she has competed to design mock-solar panels and an aid-giving car model that could provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina. “You get to be really creative, and you get to channel that creativity through something that’s very useful to the world,” Hartranft said. “When you’re creative with engineering, you’re really helping people. You’re really changing the world.” Next year, Hartranft will be attending Mizzou Honors College to study engineering with hopes of becoming an engineer one day. “When I was younger I struggled with math, but then, because of that struggle, I really pushed myself and now it’s one of my higher points,” said Hartranft.

Jeremy Lau

Jeremy Lau has spent about an hour and half for two days a week since joining Robotics Club in ninth grade. The club has won regionals, second and third place awards, creativity awards, and sportsmanship awards in competitions. Lau has quickly became a leader in the club. “I’m definitely a leader for the underclassmen, even though I don’t feel like one,” said Lau. His dedication, experience, and expertise in robotics is evident to the other members of the club. “He is really skilled in robotics, he is not afraid to try new things, the entirety of this year he has been my mentor kind of,” said junior and robotics member Katie Catalano. Lau plans on joining a robotics club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he will attend college.


Senior Issue Who was your favorite musical group/singer in elementary school? “B.o.B.” -Sasi Velchuri “Glee Cast” -Ijeoma Nkenchor “The Beatles” -Alyssa Chapman “Mindless Behavior” -Jaylyn Hauck “Gwen Stefani” -Ethan Breit What is your greatest accomplishment? “I planned a robotics outreach program at NEMS” -Jessica Goldberg “Learning how to dance” -Josh Prila “I was nominated as the school’s scholar athlete” -Torin Hylan “Becoming captain of varsity swimming and water polo” -Michael Siler “Receiving the Dartmouth Book Award” -Graham Hampton What was the worst fashion trend of the last four years? “Bike shorts” -Katherine Larson “When the scrunchie came back” -Alexis Almasalmeh “Fanny pack” -Bailey Annan “Flat bill hats” -Rushi Patel “Supreme” -Alec McAulay What was your most embarrassing moment from high school? “None. I am elite” -Mark Dubinovsky “Slipping on ice before getting on the bus” -Cynthia Baeza “Fainting in the middle of choir and falling off the risers” -Courtney Turner “Not knowing where the gym was freshman year” -Ashley Koester “Kicking a kickball in my face and getting myself out” -Clayton Wood “Why would I tell y’all?” -George Cowsert What was your favorite high school assignment? “Neighborhood project for AP Human Geography” -Abigail Graeler “Enjoy the weekend” -Kunj Patel “Plan your own funeral” -Andrew Kinamore “Meal planning in ProStart 1” -Aliah Sullivan “Wood burning art in AP Studio” -Kristin Sheffer What was the most memorable phrase used throughout high school? “Love that” -Dilon Davis “OKURRR” -Alyssa Altmayer “Either yeet, bet, or cash me outside how bout dat” -Bryn Sentnor “It's a great day to be a Viking” -Isaac Young “Scan” -Lavanya Bhargava ANSWERS TO TEACHER GUESSING GAME ON PG. 11: A- D. Dixon D- Dr. R. Page G- S. Kreher J- J. Bell M- T. Frank P- T. Silvagnoli B- B. Hopkins E- J. Jost H- C. Brown K-B. Bunton N- M-Bell Q- J. Mckahan C- M. Bannecker F- M. Yemm I - D. Newport L- M. Hennicke O- J. Church R- J. Parks

S- Dr. M. Rizzo

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