PattonvilleTODAY The Student News Site of Pattonville High School Tue, 03 Mar 2020 18:20:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Key Club Hosts the Semi-Annual PHS Blood Drive Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:32:33 +0000 On Friday, February 28, the Key Club hosted an event with the American Red Cross for the spring blood drive for volunteers.
Volunteers included students and staff who wanted to help the cause of saving lives. Students were encouraged to donate blood over the daily announcements because one pint of blood can save up to three lives. They signed up to donate during lunches. Volunteers had to fill out a paper to make sure they were eligible.
When present, volunteers had to answer more questions from nurses to confirm that they were physically able to give their blood away. After being confirmed, they went to their assigned bed. “I felt obligated to because my blood type is O Negative so it’s universal,” said senior Erica Goryl. “I felt really good after donating blood.”
Nurses from the American Red Cross are the ones who actually draw blood. Patients usually are scared when needles are involved with anything. She also felt that it was not very scary for volunteers.
“They were doing pretty well. They have a lot of support from others which helps them not focus on the needle,” said a Nurse. “It comes naturally to me and I love what I do so that helps as well.” Volunteers are able to relax with the help of friends and nurses which allows everything to go smoothly.

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PHS Hosts Eighth Grade Activities Fair Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:57:51 +0000 On Thursday, February 6, around 440 students from Pattonville’s middle schools, Remington, and private schools around the district were invited to the high school’s Eighth Grade Activities Fair at 1:15 p.m.
Students were given a tour of PHS by current students, and about 40 booths were set up for eighth grade students about clubs and activities that are offered.
An assembly was also held that included performances from Pep Band, Varsity Cheer, and Varsity Drill. Prospective students also received information about the schedule, a typical day, and expectations about PHS to get them excited for their four years at high school.
This was another opportunity for students to get used to the high school environment, and it also encouraged them to get involved during their freshman year.

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#VilleAngels Donate Yearbooks to PHS Seniors Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:47:03 +0000 Want to be a Ville Angel and help a senior at PHS?

The Ville Angels program is for either businesses or individuals who are willing to purchase a yearbook for a senior who otherwise would not be able to get one. Here’s how it works:

1) Businesses or individuals can go online to
They will click Shop the Collection and then select Yearbook Business Ads. On the next screen, they can select Gold Donation – Yearbook Ad from the drop down menu. (The Gold Donation is the Ville Angel yearbook purchase, not a traditional yearbook ad.) Once they select Add to Cart, they’ll be asked to enter their Business Name, which is essential so that we can recognize them in the yearbook.)

2) Administration and counselors determine the seniors who have the greatest need and gift them a book from the Ville Angels.

3) The yearbook has a page in the Ads/Index section recognizing the Ville Angels who contributed, so it’s a bit of advertising, as well.

Please consider helping us make sure that as many seniors as possible get yearbooks!

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Seussical Weekend Kicking Off Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:26:24 +0000 Pattonville High’s spring musical’s opening night was Thursday, February 13 at 7pm. After a dress rehearsal during the day on Wednesday, the cast and crew were ready for opening night and their weekend shows. On Wednesday’s dress rehearsal show, students from Pattonville’s elementary schools and choir classes from the middle schools came to see the show.
The show starts out with Jojo (Lydia McCullough) meeting the Cat in the Hat (Michael Pirrie) who tells Jojo to keep imagining new worlds. Jojo is then thrust into the world of Dr. Seuss where he becomes Whoville’s Mayor’s son.
The show continues to tell the story of Horton who finds the speck that Whoville is on. His friends don’t believe that he can hear the Whos and exile him. The Whos are crying for help from Horton, though.
The story continues to follow Jojo on his adventures through Dr. Seuss’ world with the help of the Cat in the Hat.
The show has many musical numbers that add to the storyline and includes dance numbers for most of the cast.
Cast and crew are putting the show on Friday, February 14th at 7pm, Saturday, February 15th at 7pm, and Sunday, February 16th, at 2pm in Pattonville High’s Auditorium.
There are limited tickets left for Friday night but be sure to check it out Saturday or Sunday.

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International Club Shares Love to Students by Selling Flowers Fri, 14 Feb 2020 16:28:22 +0000 In honor of Valentine’s Day, the International Club sold cards and carnation flowers for $2 each to students during all lunch sessions through February 5-11, and members delivered them this morning.

The deliveries are one of the club’s fundraisers, and, according to member Xmiena Rodger-Stamps, “I’m not sure how but I know it’s been a tradition for many years.”

The money that they fundraise is going to several upcoming events. According to a sponsor of the club, Ms. Korte, “For this current fundraiser we are considering setting proceeds aside to pay for flowers to send to students and staff members facing personal struggles who can use some community support and an act of kindness.”

Some other events that International Club holds throughout the year include Holi, El Literacy Night, Dinner Theater, International Day Show, and World Peace Day.

Club members presented recipients with the carnations during first hour, and the students’ reactions to their flowers and cards ranged from expectant to surprised. International Club brightened the day of a good portion of the school. Ms. Korte reported that the group delivered about 285 cards and 500 flowers.

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PHS Seniors Emily Gamache and Lydia McCullogh Selected for Ceramic Teapots Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:34:02 +0000 PHS Seniors Emily Gamache and Lydia McCullogh were selected to have their ceramic teapots exhibited in the High School Teapot Exhibit held in the Spiritas Gallery at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, which featured 14 schools. The exhibit was a partnership with Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design and was part of Tea and Cookies: 17th Biennial Teapot Exhibition.

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Artist Lydia McCullough constructed her Indiana Jones themed teapot after being inspired by a scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. She was given some help from her teacher, but she put it together and came up with the idea.

As part of a Ceramics 2 class project, Lydia McCullogh worked on hers for over two weeks. The guidelines were to have a not normal but still functional teapot. She believed that she went a step further and made it functional with a different way of pouring. McCullogh was really happy to be selected out of other very talented students. On her teapot design, she explains, “While it is macabre, I thought it would be very unique and interesting to look at.”

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Artist Emily Gamache constructed a teapot for a school project in Ceramics 2. The pot features elements of the ocean.

Another Ceramics 2 student and winner is Emily Gamache, who also worked on hers for the duration of the project. Her teapot was very unique from the others, too, and it was designed with an ocean motif.

Mr. Fader was very proud of his students whose work was recognized. He explained that his belief is that “the creation of art should be as personal of an experience as possible.” He felt his job during the project was to act as an art “coach” to help with their ideas. “I am simply a resource for idea generating processes and sharing techniques or skills that may be helpful for the students to achieve their goals.”

The exhibit runs through March 27 at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

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Beyond the Classroom: Exploring the Da Vinci Exhibit Tue, 11 Feb 2020 16:28:31 +0000 The St. Louis Science Center recently opened a new exhibit called Da Vinci The Exhibition: Inventor, Scientist, Engineer. While the exhibit is an extra cost, it is a limited time experience, closing April 19. The exhibit highlights parts of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life that are not as well known as his paintings, such as his inventions.
“I thought the most interesting part of the exhibit was all of the inventions… I like that some were interactive and you could see how they worked,” a Pattonville parent stated.
The exhibit includes large scale prints of Da Vinci’s painting with informational plaques next to each one. Since the exhibit focuses on his other work, there are over 60 life size models of his inventions. Displayed in the exhibit is Da Vinci’s tank, room of mirrors, diving suit, steam cannon, and much more.
“I didn’t realize how many things he invented and improved upon, everything from complex machines to something as simple as a weather vane. That one surprised me!”
The exhibit also highlights Da Vinci’s codes and manuscripts. There are replicas of the documents as well as information on the journey of the documents from Da Vinci’s hands to the many libraries they’re located at now.

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Two Pattonville Wrestlers Qualify for State Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:45:30 +0000 The girls’ wrestling at Pattonville had their districts on February 7-8. The team had eight girls who went to districts. They prepared at practice the night before and Coach Mueller gave them an inspiring team talk. They had very successful meets; two girls qualified for state, and three others were only one match away from qualifying from state.
This is Autumn’s Otis second time qualifying for state, and she is in one of the hardest weight classes in the state (142 lbs.). When talking about what going to state means to her she says she wants “to show the state of Missouri exactly what I’m made of and the heart I have for the sport.” Autumn had a few setbacks in the season, but she didn’t let this hold her back. “I just knew I wasn’t going to be the same as last year with my injury, but I still had faith in myself. I knew I had it in me to make it state once again,” Autumn says.
Desire Adams (166 lbs.), the other state qualifier, beat the number one seed with a pin in the quarterfinals. Desire just started her wrestling career this year, so she wasn’t sure if she would make it to state.
During districts it was a roller coaster for her. She recalled, “I lost the first round then totally changed my wrestling style and wasn’t sure if that would get me through.” Desire is excited for the state meet and is looking forward to seeing her other friends that wrestle. Both Girls’ and Boys’ Wrestling State Meet will be on February 20-22 in Columbia, Missouri. Go, Pirates!

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Objection! Mock Trial Wins Defense Case Tue, 04 Feb 2020 15:40:00 +0000 Pattonville High’s Mock Trial team recently had their first competition of the year, and they managed to win all three ballots available over Lindbergh High.
The team received a case file at the beginning of the year and have been working hard to sway the jury and judge in their favor. They were given a civil case in which a devastated mother is suing the company which owns the amusement park in which her son died.
Pattonville’s Mock Trial coach Ms. Raymond said the case is “a wrongful death case, but it involves comparative fault and requires students to analyze multiple potential causes for a teenager’s untimely death.”
This complication makes for an interesting and thought-provoking case for the Mock Trial students to learn about.
The first round of competitions decide if the teams go on to regionals or not. The team’s defense and plaintiff sides have to compete on separate occasions to see if they can prove their side of the case to the judge and jury. Each jury member and the judge have a ballot they fill out as they listen to the case that has scores for each section of the case. The side with the higher score on a ballot wins that ballot. Pattonville has won three ballots on their defense side and have yet to compete on the plaintiff side.
Coach of five years, Ms. Raymond used to be a trial lawyer and likes to share her knowledge with her students. She describes her coaching style: “I think I’m fairly easygoing as a coach. I hope to model my own interest for students and encourage them to take the reins and be creative in developing their own theories of the case. I try to provide constructive feedback without micromanaging.”
Ms. Raymond also teaches and coaches Pattonville’s debaters. She finds a lot of similarities between debate and mock trial. She pointed out that “both require an effective delivery, critical thinking, solid argumentation, and convincing character development.”
While the teams share some facets, other aspects set them apart. Ms. Raymond explains, “Mock trial is a team sport with a lot of moving parts. It requires getting everyone on the same page with respect to the same case. There are only two opportunities to present your case and qualify for advancement. In debate, everyone is working on different performances and there are many tournaments throughout the year.”
The Mock Trial team is primarily freshmen this year but the defense side’s win is helping to boost the team’s confidence and will hopefully help them in their future competitions. Their next competition is February 18.

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Eighth Grade Students Attend PHS Curriculum Night Fri, 31 Jan 2020 20:50:08 +0000 On Monday, January 27, eighth grade students from Pattonville’s Holman, Heights, and Remington schools attended the Pattonville High School Curriculum Fair. Students and parents got to see what course selections there would be for the 2020-2021 school year.

The fair included an assembly introducing students and parents to Pattonville High School. Then, parents and students visited booths set up in the cafeteria and commons to meet with PHS teachers and students. Each booth showcased information on different classes and electives offered for next year, and the teachers and students fielded questions. The event was an opportunity for parents and students to get a glimpse into what high school is going to be like.

From a student perspective, Sydney Hoynacki, current eighth grade student at Holman, voiced her opinion about the curriculum night. “It felt useful to look at the classes offered and be able to talk to students currently in that class. I think it is beneficial, and it allows students to start thinking about what classes they will take as freshmen or even upperclassmen.” Sydney thought the Orchestra course stood out the most because “some students and Mr. Dunsmoor were playing a piece of music on their instruments.”

Eighth grade students will also get another opportunity during school to visit the High School on Thursday, February 6th at 1:15 pm, with another round of booths set up for students about the activities offered here at PHS.

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