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The Catalyst

Graduates share their plans and hopes for after high school.

The future of the Class of 2020

Olivia Oeth, News Director
April 16, 2020
Many local businesses and restaurants such as Scooter’s continue to stay open despite the pandemic. “Customers that still come to Scooter’s during this whole situation seem really grateful that we can provide some source of normalcy,” senior Olivia Oeth said. “We get a lot of calls asking if we’re still open, and there’s always a sigh of relief once we tell them they are allowed in for a drink.”

Working during a pandemic

Anna Blumenthal, Staff Reporter
April 16, 2020
Junior Jon Willis began commentating in his junior year of highschool and continues to pursue his dream of being a professional sports commentator.

From the field to the booth

Miguel Paredes Reyes, Assistant Sports Director
April 15, 2020
Millard West clubs like Knitting and Crocheting club have been meeting on Zoom every Thursday to work on their projects. “We just

Clubs during COVID

Logan Berggren, Features Editor
April 14, 2020
During quarantine junior Emma Cavalier collects litter around her neighborhood. Cavalier picked up garbage on trails nearby to brighten pedestrians days. “I think it was helpful during quarantine to inspire others that you can still be involved with your community during these pressing times,” Cavalier said. “It was awesome to see all the trash we had collected, and how much cleaner the environment looked.”

Positivity in a pandemic

Kaitlin Reynolds, Staff Reporter
April 5, 2020
Junior Ahnysia Jackson is photographed by Kody Horrocks while dancing on stage during the Lewis Central show choir competition. “Kody has always been a passionate person for arts, music, and people in general,” Jackson said. “As soon as she started photography she began to capture not only things she was passionate about but what everyone else loved too.”

An eye for photography

Anna Blumenthal, Staff Reporter
March 19, 2020
Forensics sponsor Jennifer Jerome and senior Aaryan Naik celebrate after qualifying for the NSDA nationals. “Aaryan didn’t join the team until February of his Freshman year,” Jerome said. “He was a strong competitor from the get go. It’s like he had found his calling. He experimented with multiple events before finding his strength in Informative speaking.”

Qualifying for success

Olivia Oeth, News Director
March 12, 2020
Heading for the elevator, junior Miles McDonald leaves class just in time to beat the traffic of the crowded school hallways. Usually accompanied by a friend, McDonald has adjusted quickly to his new means of transportation at school. “Although Miles is totally capable of independent movement, the risks associated with his condition has confined him to a wheelchair,” junior Luke Skrabal said. “Besides the obvious restrictions that come with being in a wheelchair, Miles has also been unable to drive and he travels with an escort wherever he goes in the school.”

Fighting the unknown

Dana Summers, Staff Reporter
March 11, 2020
Senior Audrey Koesters prepares before she steps onto the rink. Skating around the rink, senior Audrey Koesters is concentrated at improving her foot work. Ice skating takes precision and skill to stay on your feet.

Passion on ice

Logan Berggren, Features Editor
March 10, 2020
Junior Jasmine Hermosillo-Padilla poses in front of a background at the Arnold Clark studio. Hermosillo-Padilla has been modeling for Arnold Clark since she was little and hopes to continue her career with them. “I have taken pictures with them since I was little for cheer,” Hermosillo-Padilla said. “I plan on doing more modeling with them in the future.

Strike a pose

Annabelle Harshbarger, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2020
For Junior Abby Buckley the chance to perform and compete with Team USA has left a lasting impact on her life. Her drive and endurance continues to shine through her work. “Team USA has changed my life by knowing that if you work hard enough you can accomplish great things,” Buckley said. “Just getting the chance to represent the USA in Holland is an accomplishment on its own.”

Coordination with character

Michelle Zhang, Opinions Editor
March 9, 2020
Senior Seth Claybourne pitching a ball at one of his games in the 2019-2020 school year.

Perfect pitch

Natalie Eljamal, Online Editor
March 9, 2020
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