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In the Blink of An Eye

In the Blink of An Eye

Lea Despotis, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019

Every conscious moment the human mind confronts a perpetual stream of decision-making processes with infinite possibilities and outcomes. In fact, an individual is tasked to make 33,000 decisions throughout the course of a day. That equates to roughly 2,000 decisions every hour—and one decision every...

Ella Polski: The Drama Queen

Ella Polski: The Drama Queen

Grace Skiljan, Staff Writer

March 19, 2019

Ella Polski, junior, steals the show in her recent production, Twelfth Night, and continues to pursue her love for theatre. The adrenaline pumps through the veins of the performers as they wait, standing behind the curtain. Ella Polski, junior, waits for the lights to come up and the show to start....

10 Ways to Survive Second Semester (Post Spirit Week)

10 Ways to Survive Second Semester (Post Spirit Week)

Ava Bidner, In-Depth Editor

March 19, 2019

Christmas and New Year’s are long past gone. Spirit Week has sadly come to an abrupt close. The rain and constant flurries struggle to break up the incessantly cloudy skies. But no snow days. Spring break is a distant hope in the future. Nothing to look forward to — no long vacations, no holidays,...

Kiley Mckee Makes 1000 Points Look Easy

Kiley Mckee Makes 1000 Points Look Easy

Amanda Espy, Feature Editor

February 26, 2019

Kiley McKee has been a top player on Varsity Girls Basketball since her Freshman year, averaging about 12 points per game for the last four years. Throughout her high school basketball career, she’s been working towards her goal of scoring 1000 points, and on Senior Night against Lutheran South, she...

What Princess Leia and I have in Common

What Princess Leia and I have in Common

Rebekah Sems, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019

Personality types describe how different people interact in situations and what makes them have those unique traits. Personalities are a unique part of each person’s life and impact major areas in relationships. In my own life, I have taken personality tests such as the Myers Briggs 16 Personalities....

The Finals Feud

Ava Bidner, In-Depth Editor

February 1, 2019

Pure exhaustion. Anxiety. Stress. Worry. Caffeine. Sleep-deprived brains. Study guides and notes galore. And test after test after test. The worst week(s) of the year, but you power through with the knowledge that if you just get through your finals you will be compensated with a much-needed break, whether...

Rewiring Intelligence

Rewiring Intelligence

Lea Despotis, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019

Today we stand at the juncture of a revolution where the product of our own inventiveness has the ability to alter the course of history. In an era of smartphones, Amazon Alexas, and Google assistants, there is no doubt technological advancements have cast rippling waves and driven generational shifts....

Homeschool Versus Westminster: The Pros and Cons of Each and my Own Experience

Homeschool Versus Westminster: The Pros and Cons of Each and my Own Experience

Rebekah Sems, Staff Writer

January 31, 2019

My paddle slices through the clear, blue water of the Baja. Red cliffs jutt out at odd angles, emerging from the water. I glance behind me to see my sister paddle the kayak along with me as we push the pedals of the kayak to glide across the smooth, glassy surface of the water. My brothers race each...

Is St.Louis Really “Better Together”?

Is St.Louis Really “Better Together”?

Isabella Francois, Editor In Chief

January 29, 2019

On August 22, 1876 St. Louis voters cast their ballots and it was decided that St. Louis City and St. Louis county would become separate entities with separate governments. Today, 143 years later, this issue is finally being revisited with the “Better Together” initiative. In order to better...

Where Are They Now: Aaron Cook

Where Are They Now: Aaron Cook

Koby Schmer, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018

Number 10. How can we forget? As a Division I basketball recruit, Aaron Cook will go down in history as one of the best basketball players to ever come out of Westminster. In his senior season, Cook was in the top ten for points scored in the St. Louis area, scoring 464 points on his way to averaging...

“Fish are Friends, not food”

“Fish are Friends, not food”

Ava Bidner, In-Depth Editor

November 26, 2018

A quick scroll through Instagram or a stroll down a grocery store aisle yields an abundance of vegan or vegetarian recipes and options. These diets have become both more popular and more accessible over the past few years, and people all over the country and globe are choosing to try them. Adding labels...

Strong Is

Strong Is

Ava Hollmann, Opinions Editor

November 26, 2018

A surge of excitement rushes through me as I scroll through the Instagram pages of professional steeplechasers Emma Coburn, Colleen Quigley, and Courtney Frerichs. Their posts, from their ab workout videos to their track victory pictures, inspire me to have a stronger physique and be better runner. Even...

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