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Chloe Parker

Chloe Parker, Staff Reporter

Chloe is a junior and in her second year of Advanced Journalism. She has enjoyed writing from a young age and loves being able to tell the stories of students here at Millard West. In school, Chloe is a member of Student Council and German Club. Outside of school, she enjoys long distance running, trail biking, drawing and photography.

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One of the items the Youth Senate Program looks at during acceptance is a students involvement in their school community. In addition, they also examine a student’s grades and performance in school. Senior Allison Clegg was able to use this to her advantage as she is an exceptional student and involved in several leadership roles. “One of the things they look at is extracurricular involvement as well as G.P.A.,” said Glegg. “I had to submit my transcript as well as name off the various leadership roles I’m involved in, which they looked at in addition to my test scores.”

Senior for Senate

December 20, 2019

Visualizing Vietnam

December 19, 2019

Rolling with flavor

December 5, 2019
In the Advanced Studio class, students are granted a number of freedoms. It allows student’s imagination to run wild and think and execute ideas normally not done in lower level art classes. Senior Aryan Naik has let his creativity shown by painting the back of his denim jacket with the famous painting The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. “This is by far the project I’m most excited for,” said Naik. “The freedom of this class has really allowed me to express myself fully in this class.”

Coordinating the craft

November 26, 2019
After creating the cake base for her cupcakes, senior Alissia Graybill must decide how she will choose to decorate. Here, she demonstrates her piping skills as she finishes her Chocolate Reeses cupcake with her decedent chocolate frosting. She then tops the cupcake with bits of the chocolate peanut butter candy. One of the best parts is finishing the cupcake with frosting and toppings, Graybill said. I have about 30 different piping tips that I can use to decorate. I want to get into fondant in the future and play around with that in addition to the frosting.

Baking miracles

November 15, 2019

Day of the Dead

November 6, 2019
When in the kitchen, freshman Edison Gilbert uses a lot of decorating techniques to elevate her cakes. One of her favorites, includes using the drip technique to emphasize the otherwise basic design. By using this bottle, Gilbert can control the topping and decide where she would like the drips to fall on the cake but the process to get here does take some time. Each cake I make usually takes about two days to make completely, Gilbert said. I like to make the cakes a day prior and then decorate them the next day. I’m a really impatient person and don’t like to wait for the cakes to cool down and would rather just do it all in the same day.

Bold with baking

November 4, 2019
Throughout the play, there are many emotional moments which can be heard through the voices and movements of the actors. Perhaps one of the most beautiful scenes is towards the end. This is when Amelie and Nino reunite and captivate the audience with their captivating performance. “The play has some very moving moments because it’s about a little girl who is very introverted and went through a lot of different traumatizing events in her life,” Moore said. “However, it’s all told through a very whimsical manner so you don’t leave feeling like ‘oh gosh that was really rough”, and has a beautiful, happy ending.”

Applause for Amélie

October 11, 2019
When walking into any fast food establishment this is a very common scene to encounter. Most of the faces youll see are the fresh faces of teens, young and new to the workforce. They hope to gain experience and a little extra cash. These jobs however, require a lot of hard work and long hours by these teens. But, their work is essential to make big name businesses a success.

Fiddling with food

October 3, 2019
When looking at the term Fad diet there are a seemingly endless number of diets associated with it. Each diet boasts different benefits, but also a number of health problems with it. Several individuals have studied certain diets and and written books to convey their findings. There are a multitude of diets and therefore, a large number of resources at peoples disposal.

Following the Fad

September 25, 2019
The Monster Club is filled to the brim with some intriguing decor. Here at the center is the main bar area  that contains a large, glowing sign of their brand. The center area is also surrounded by heads of many famous horror movie characters.

Welcome to the club

September 11, 2019
When one enters the Zieg household its not uncommon to see junior Emily Zieg working diligently on sewing scrunchies for her business ScrunchEEZ. Zieg gained interest in sewing during middle school, but she didnt start producing the scrunchies until this year. All of my friends were really excited when I told them I was going to start this business, Zieg said. They all wanted me make one for them and pay me for it, which I thought was really cool.

Sew those scrunchies

September 3, 2019
When taking an Advanced Studio, each student is given a two week period to complete their assigned project. Here, senior Adrian Judson completes one of his sport realism paintings. Each takes about a week to complete and is extremely detailed.

Larger than life artwork

December 17, 2018

Yuda Band Fundraiser

December 6, 2018
The dangers of vaping

The dangers of vaping

December 5, 2018
Vitality Bowls had a diverse menu with combinations of flavors sure to make your mouth water. Here I feast on the Nutty Bowl,  one of their most popular dishes. It combines their açaí mix, granola, bananas and honey for a delicious and refreshing meal.

Restoring vitality

November 15, 2018
Right in the heart of Skinny Bones sits a massive windmill which is sure to catch the passerbys eyes. This is used, as the pumkin patch would be a bit hard to spot without it. The pumkins in the center are also availible for visitors to take home if they arent able to catch the hayrack ride to the actual pumpkin patch.

Skinny Bones

November 6, 2018
#BeKind with secretary Joyce Dornbier

#BeKind Day

August 28, 2018
Sophmore Eden Steen has always had a passion for drawing ever sence a young age. Over the years she had created many works of art based around a wide veriety of subjects. Here she works on a piece of fanart centered around the populard band TWENTY ØNE PILØTS.  This piece took around two hours to make, Steen said. It is done freehand using marker as the main medium.

Triumph over adversity

August 28, 2018
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