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Teacher Maritza Sloan works in her home office on a presentation for the College Board. She teaches AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture and Spanish 4. Maritza began teaching Spanish in 1993, and now works for the College Board grading AP tests. Maritza was inspired to teach by her own learn-
ing journey. “When I was learning English, I really liked the process of learning another language and being fluent, so I wanted to do the same with students,” Maritza said.
Mapping Maritza
Rory Lustberg, ID Editor in Chief
While writing “I am Fearless,” Fearless wears a handmade bracelet displaying his name, which showcases his appreciation towards his name. During high school, Fearless finally accepted the significance of his name. He felt proud and appreciative to have such a memorable name. “My parents gave me a solid, unique name that is an adjective and you can [find] my name in the dictionary,” Fearless said.
Fearless
Annie Zhao, ID Editor in Chief
Senior Gabe Bernstein works in the school greenhouse. This past summer, Bernstein explored various research opportunities to finally recognize what science fields he would like to pursue. [Research in the summer] helped me narrow down my focus for what I wanted to go into, Bernstein said. I know which sides of plant science and ecological studies I didnt like and which ones I did.
In the Lab
Marie Demkovitch, Staff
Sophomore Jin Zhang performs his routine at the start of class, which can take up to two minutes. Zhang has performed at many cultural events like the Festival of Nations in preparation for upcoming competitions. Zhang utilized the skills and his experience from the cultural events, he feels more prepared for the upcoming competitions. “I am taking more private classes with my coach instead of a big class,” Zhang said.
Kickin' It: Kung Fu Style
Nitya Nara, Staff
Junior Adam Ye performs the violin in the Performing Arts Center. He has practiced and performed in many orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Community Music School’s Preparatory Program, and the Missouri All-State Orchestra. Through his numerous performances, Ye has found an outlet for self expression through the violin. “The instrument shouldnt be a prison,” Ye said. “It should be a key, a tool for you to explore yourself.”
Serenading Strings
Aaron Lin, Staff
Sophomore Eva VonAllmen models at a photo shoot to expand her portfolio. Her main projects usually consist of photo shoots with her agency, however her favorite part of being a model is walking runway shows. So far, she has walked several events, including the annual Tribute fashion show and the Fashion Design Show at Washington University in St. Louis. “[Preparing for] runway is a long process, but its really worth it because its always an incredible experience,” Eva said.
Model Off-Duty
Kelly Zhang, Staff
Junior Jack Finney practices the piano in his living room. He possesses perfect pitch, a rare musical talent that roughly only 1 in 10,000 people have. Jack commits at least an hour most days to perfecting his piano skills. “Through music, Im able to show off some skills that Ive been practicing,” Jack said. “I can also connect with my audience emotionally.”
Off-Key
Grace Huewe and Ryan Snyder
Freshman Amelie Lock rehearses in the high schools Performing Arts Center. She has acted in various environments, from massive open-air theaters like the Muny, to competitive audition rooms in New York City, to her own bedroom on tape for send-in auditions. No matter the environment, she strove to perform at her best—to treat acting as the art form that it is instead of a job in an industry. There were are a lot of auditions that Im super proud of, and I think that any actor that youll talk to will say the same thing because so often we get really close to a role, Lock said. I think that any actor that youll talk to will say the same thing. Tens of thousands of people submit for every single call that we get, so there are so many auditions that Im proud of my performance for, even if I dont get the role.
Setting the Stage
Celina Zhou, Staff
Juniors Balkis, Nephthys and Fauziya Prothro  prepare for their upcoming season playing in the Elite Clubs National League with Saint Louis Scott Galigher. The Prothro triplets have played many seasons together on the same team, and found they have a special connection on the field. I feel like we have an advantage on the field because we know each other, Fauziya said.
Prothro
Josh Devine, Staff
Holding her most prized possessions, Talya Weinstein presents her sashes, gear and award pins from various  National American Miss competitions over the course of the year. Talya first won Miss Ladue, then continued on to win Miss Saint Louis, and finally earned her spot to go to the national competition. Talya was excited to present herself in front of a national panel and got to see her pageant friends that shes made along the way who make the long pageant days easier. “Miss Missouri Teen USA was my favorite because I bonded with these girls on a different level,” Talya said. “Most of the girls are very friendly and easy to talk to, and I have a lot of friendships with the girls from the pageants I compete in. I communicate with my pageant friends weekly.”
Pageant Princess
Madeline Awad, Staff
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