Bisa Adero, Youth Poet Laureate, hopes to inspire young poets

Bisa Adero, senior, recites one of her most popular poems

William Miskel-Barker, Staff Writer

May 17, 2017

Bisa Adero has taken her poetry to a place where she never thought it could go. She has been doing poetry since she was six and does not plan to stop. Adero feels as though it is something that can turn into something more than just poetry. It is a source that she uses to expel preconceived notions o...

“Take Notes!”: junior explores Ivy League colleges

Caroline Knapp

Keeley Burke, Expression Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2017

Caroline Knapp, junior, visited seven colleges on the East Coasts during her spring break. The colleges she visited included: Sarah Lawrence University, Yale University, Wesleyan University, Brown University, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Smith College. “My top three choices were Brown, Yale, an...

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, accepted into Missouri Girls State

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, poses in the school hallway.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017

Sophia Schirmer-Beiermann, junior, was accepted into Missouri Girls State, a program that focuses on female leadership, interest in government, and service to others by creating a mock where students vote for candidates and learn how government works through hands-on experience.  Located at University...

Kumari Pacheco, junior, accepted into Stanford creative writing program

Kumari Pacheco writes in her notebook.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

May 11, 2017

Kumari Pacheco, junior, was accepted into a creative writing pre-collegiate program at Stanford University.  She sent her application in January and received her acceptance letter in April. She applied because of the program’s prestigious nature and potential opportunities to receive letters of recommend...

UMSL Bridge Program offers ACT prep, post-high school planning

A stack of ACT test materials stacked on a proctors desk, moments before students began testing on April 19th.

Aurora Phillips, Staff Writer

May 9, 2017

From October to March, ten GCAA students attended the UMSL Bridge Program. For two Saturdays a month, students participated in classes such as math, science, writing skills, career and personal development, and college prep. These classes offered preparatory skills for the upcoming events that every ...

Spanish I & II start Pen Pal program with students in Columbia, South America

 Instiucion Educativia Tenica Agropecuaria de vila Rosa (IETA) students writing letters back to their Pan Pals at GCAA.

Kathleen Boesch, Staff Writer

May 1, 2017

Spanish I and II students have started a Pen Pal program with students in Columbia, South America. A Pen Pal Program works when students of two different cultures and countries befriend each other by writing letters, emails, or even video chatting back and forth. Kassondra Biggerstaff, foreign ...

GCAA art show held in Sun Theatre

Kalleigh Matthews, 8th grade, signs collage project of butterscotch candy.  The project was about taking an everyday object and imagining 14 different ways it could look.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

May 1, 2017

On Thursday, April 20th, an Art Show was held in the Sun Theatre.  It showcased art produced by students from both middle and high school art courses that their teachers considered to be exceptional.  The event served as a fundraiser and also featured an art shop, where prints of student's work were avai...

Urban League provides select students with prom attire at no cost, releases financial burden for families

Dresses hang on a rack in the lobby of the Urban League of St. Louis.

Elyse Luecke, Web Editor-in-Chief

April 27, 2017

On average, families spend up to nearly $1,000 on various prom expenses. This includes renting a tuxedo, buying a dress, shoes, a corsage, a boutonniere, hair, makeup, nails, formal photography, limos, dinner, hotels, and after party events. This puts a significant amount of stress on families who are financi...

Vocal music students compete in district contests

Vocal music students compete in district contests

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

April 21, 2017

This year GCAA has 11 small ensembles going to compete at the state level.  Small ensembles competed at Parkway Central while choir groups participated in the Large Ensemble Contest, an event held at Ritenour Sr. High School. Preather Pruitt, junior, competed in both solo and small ensemble, receiving th...

Vocal music students showcased at annual high school Cabaret Night

Thomas Judkins, sophomore, performs “Together.”  Judkins  says he chose the song before knowing the event’s theme, but he was surprised to find he felt like it fit perfectly in a theme meant to celebrate unity and diversity.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Vocal music students performed at The Franklin Room in Soulard on April 1, 2017.  The event featured choir performances as well as solos.  This was one of GCAA's biggest fundraisers.  The event's theme was kaleidoscope, representing diversity.  The songs performed reflected on the themes of acceptance,...

Vocal music students showcased at annual middle school Cabaret Night

Devontae Graham, 8th grade, performs “Grandma’s hands.” Graham says she chose the song because it was sung by slaves when their grandmothers passed away.

Natalie O'Dell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Middle School students showcased their vocal music skills at an event held on March 31, 2017.  The event, combined with the high school Cabaret Night was one of GCAA's largest annual fundraisers, raising a total of over $6,000.  The selected theme was kaleidoscope, representing diversity.  The songs...

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