The Nest The Student News Site of Brentwood High School Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:43:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sprinting to College: Signing With Drury Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:42:28 +0000 Brentwood was lucky enough to not have only one, but two senior signings last week. Anne Wagner signed with Drury University to run track on Thursday afternoon after school. Drury is ranked the fourth-best for college athletics in Missouri, which is perfect for this athletic senior.

Justine Favazza
Anne signing on Thursday in the library.

Throughout her high school career, Wagner has played soccer, field hockey, wrestled, and of course, run track. Anne began the sport back in her sophomore year and says, “[Track] has helped me make so many more friends and improve myself.” 

Wagner was a part of the girl’s track & field team that advanced to state last spring and she tied 8th for long-jumping over 16 feet! She has even higher hopes for this year, hoping to be in the top five for her jumping events. As for running track at a college-level, Wagner is “so excited to do the sport I love the most!” She’s also pumped to be apart of a new community all on her own. We’re anxious to see what Anne can do at Drury next fall!

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Touchdown for Jaylon Shields: A signing celebration Thu, 05 Mar 2020 15:42:15 +0000 Brentwood’s 2020 senior class has had an incredibly successful year in terms of athletic scholarships and team signings. The most recent addition to the list of soon to be college athletes is Jaylon Shields. MacMurray College signed Shields to their football program on Wednesday the 26th. Football has been a passion of Shields his entire high school career. “Being a part of the Brentwood football team has made me improve myself greatly on and off the field,” said Shields. Macmurray is a private college in Jacksonville, Illinois, home of the highlanders. Shields is looking forward to attending MacMurray saying, “I’m excited to experience what it is like to play for a college team.” Brentwood is sad to lose Jaylon, but so excited to see him succeed at MacMurray!

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Opinion: Who is BHS voting for? Wed, 04 Mar 2020 01:23:28 +0000 With Super Tuesday voting tonight, the 2020 election is at the front of many students’ minds. Young voters are key to the upcoming election, so it is vital that students have an understanding of who they would like to be president and why. Tonight, the democratic candidates trying to get delegates are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Tulsi Gabbard, and Mike Bloomberg. The Republican candidates are William Weld and Donald Trump. So, who does the class of 2020 want to be the next president?

Before the next opinions are read, it is important to remember that every individual has different beliefs and ideas. In order to be productive and valuable young voters, it is crucial to value respect when discussing the upcoming election. The first opinion comes from senior Lydia Smith. Smith claims that she will vote for, “anyone but Trump.” This opinion is shared by a few other seniors as well, including Madison Lawrence. Some seniors already have a specific candidate in mind. One of these students, Edris Roman, states that she would like to see Bernie Sanders in office. William Ma shares this opinion with Roman. On the contrary, Kathryn VandenHoek and Sofia Flores both support the political views of Joe Biden because of his moderate stance and their belief that he will be able to beat the Republican nominee. Recently, a few candidates have dropped out of the race including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, which has led both Vandenhoek and Flores to support Biden. With Super Tuesday elections approaching at a rapid pace, these seniors are hoping to see their favorite candidates at the top of the polls.

Currently, Bernie Sanders has the most delegates followed closely by Joe Biden. Tonight will allow for major development in this tight race. Yesterday, NPR reported, “Top administration national security and intelligence officials released a joint statement today warning voters in tomorrow’s primaries that foreign actors are still trying to influence U.S. elections and that they should be on the lookout for false or misleading information intended to disrupt voting.” So as BHS seniors get ready to vote either next Tuesday or in November, it is important to stay informed and stay active in the political world.


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Sayonara Seniors: The Winter Sports Wrap-Up Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:07:49 +0000 It’s already second semester, and the chilly winter sports season has come to a close. Seniors have experienced many wins and many losses, and are saying their final farewell to wrestling, basketball, and cheer. 


As college decisions are coming near and memories are being made, this time is very stressful for all of these young adults. Seniors are feeling bittersweet vibes, but they have been putting in the work towards their last seasons.  


The boy’s basketball team has been hustling this season, and the seniors have been working hard to lead their team and set a precedent. The squad was full of young adults, and each made their mark this year. They got to play in the brand new gym, as well, and had a great time. William Ma was a new addition to the team and said, “I always loved watching basketball and this year I finally tried playing.” Both Ma and Jonathan Danfort learned a ton about teamwork and have played a large role in building up this team. Danfort thinks, “the most fun part about basketball has been building our chemistry.” Even though he’s ready to get out of here, he said that he will “really miss my guys.” 


Girl’s basketball was led by one individual senior, Danielle Deimeke. They had an eventful year, even with a small team. From the court to the locker room, the team made so many memories in their 2019-2020 season. Deimeke has been playing basketball ever since she was little, and it has been her go-to sport for years. Deimeke is “going to miss not playing next year,” and will never forget her time as an Eagle. 


The winter cheer squad also had its fair share of senior leaders. Being loud and proud, this team shined on the court. From stomping to shouting, clapping to dancing, the cheer squad was a mighty force this year. Senior Jacolbi Morris has been cheering for four years and is sad to be closing up her final season. Morris said, “Cheer was really fun with all the new members this year, and I hope next year they have even more fun than this year!” This team is one not to miss out on, and we are sure next year will bring even happier memories!


Brentwood’s wrestling squad is one to be reckoned with. Large and in charge, this team is full of leaders and learners. The seniors were the true trailblazers and had a constant watch over their team. They were supportive guides for the many young wrestlers who joined the squad, and they will surely be missed in the coming years. Senior leader Nathan Butler has been a vital member and supporter of BHS’s team and had a few memories to share: “My favorite memory from wrestling has been the friendships I’ve made[…]and how close the team has become.” He wishes the absolute best for the remaining team members next year, and wants them to “bring home some hardware.” The statisticians also put in their time for the team, scribbling down records in real-time as pins and reversals were made. This job is quite the task and involves skill and great wrestling understanding. Senior statistician and manager Mackenzie Marentette has experienced all the ups and downs of the wrestling world, and says, “being a manager has led me to make a bunch of friends, and I’m so sad to be leaving them all.” Members on and off the mat make up the wrestling family at Brentwood high that those graduating will never forget. 


Winter sports seniors:



Lulu Martin- Missouri State: Psychology

Jacolbi Morris- University of Central Missouri: Nursing 

Jaidyn Russell- St. Louis Community College: Nursing

Paige Whinery- Crowder University: Psychology and Criminology



Chris Hill- Undecided 

Jordan Mitchell- Southeast Missouri State: Undecided

Reginald Jeffery- Washington University: Aerospace Engineering

Josh Danfort- Undecided

John Danfort- Undecided

Arionne Martin- Undecided

William Ma- Saint Louis University: Biology

Alex Hayes- Ranken Technical College: Electric

Dani Deimeke- Undecided



Jaylon Shields- MacMurrary College to play football

Charles Capps- SIU Carbondale: Automotive Technology or Construction

Nathan Butler- Bellarmine to wrestle

Shekinah Reed- Iowa Western to play softball

Anne Wagner- Drury University to run track

Adelyn Zoellner- Meramac: Undecided

Madison Lawrence- University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill: Biology 

Edris Roman- Truman State University or UIC: Psychology

Mackenzie Marentette- Colorado State University: Animal Sciences

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Senior Superlatives: Who Won? Mon, 02 Mar 2020 17:54:39 +0000

As the school year begins to wrap up and seniors at BHS begin to get antsy about graduation, they also start to reflect over their time in high school. At the beginning of February, seniors came together to vote on senior superlatives to be put in the yearbook. A senior superlative is an award to honor both the serious and funny aspects of the class given to two seniors who receive the most votes. Some of these are most athletic, best friends, and worst senioritis. In total, there are 10 superlative titles that have been awarded this year. Here are the senior superlatives for the class of 2020:


Most Athletic:

Anne Wagner

Chris Hill


Most likely to be an influencer:

Anijah Barringer

Edris Roman


Best friends:

B.B. Elkin

Molly Callihan

Sofia Flores


Most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse:

Reggie Jeffrey

Zach Rahaman


Worst drivers:

Charles Capps

Paige Whinery


Most creative:

Ben Haug

Contessa Smith


Class clowns:

Arionne Martin

Jordan Mitchell


Worst senioritis:

Danielle Deimeke

Jack Otten


Best dressed:

Marco Mathon

Zoe Krause


Most likely to travel the world:

Madison Lawrence

Mackenzie Marentette


These seniors are excited about receiving these awards and cannot wait to celebrate them in the 2020 yearbook. Hooray class of 2020!


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The Feminist Coalition Club Pad Project Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:35:46 +0000

Edris Roman
Period products at the ready for high school students in need

The Feminist Coalition Club started the Pad Project back in January to provide pads and tampons for students in the case of feminine emergencies. It is currently located in the high school women’s restrooms for anyone who needs it. The FCC’s goal is to make it “a school project so it can keep going in future years at Brentwood High.” Please take the survey so the Feminist Coalition Club can know how helpful this idea has been. Feel free to comment down below any ideas or concerns with the Pad Project.

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Brentwood Celebrates Black History Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:48:33 +0000 February is designated as Black History Month, a month dedicated to celebrating Black History. Many African American men and women have made remarkable contributions to America and the world as a whole in different fields such as science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many others. There are many prominent African American figures. From Martin Luther King Jr., a notable civil rights leader, to Harriet Tubman, a leading abolitionist, there are a lot of renowned African American leaders. In honor of these famous and influential individuals, Brentwood High School is executing a number of celebrations to commemorate them. 

A group of students, along with the help of Mr. Swearngin, are making a Black History video. Their goal is to celebrate and commemorate the important strides these historic figures made. Mr. Swearngin advised the students making the video to decide how they will celebrate Black History Month by talking with their friends, grandparents, and anyone else. He gave them a list of ideas from the NAACP website to get them started, ranging from donating to an African American led organization to cooking a soul food meal. Whichever way they choose to celebrate, each individual student will make a short video of their celebration. The final goal will be to put together the video clips in a collective movie for the Brentwood School District Black History Month event on February 27th. Stay tuned for this exciting collage of video celebrations!

Lulu Martin
The Black Herstory mural done and located in the language hall.

In addition to the video, Feminist Coalition Club is making a mural on the board in the language hall in order to honor powerful black women throughout history. The mural is catchily titled “Black Herstory,” highlighting various important black women. Co-President, Edris Roman, had some insight on the mural. “We’re doing this because The Feminist Coalition Club isn’t only about equal rights for women, but equal rights for everyone, no matter their race, gender, or sexuality,” Roman said. She noted that everyone deserves equality and that’s a message their club strongly stands by. Roman voiced that the mural is important because African Americans, especially women, have stuck up for what they believe in throughout history. “It is extremely important to never forget that,” Roman concluded. The mural is located right between Frau Wall and Senor Garcia’s rooms and everyone is encouraged to go check it out!

Lastly, the Brentwood School District is holding a Black History celebration on Thursday, February 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will be at McGrath Elementary School and there will be many performances, speakers, artwork, concert pieces, and videos to celebrate Black History. It will be a fun, educational, and exciting cultural experience!

Brentwood is celebrating Black History Month in different ways. From videos to murals, students and staff are finding ways to remember and honor figures in Black History. Everyone should be thinking of how this month is impactful for all and lending a hand to show respect and love.

Watch the video to hear about Brentwood’s support:

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Brown Tape Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:24:18 +0000  

Welcome! Bienvenue! 

To the most wonderful tour,

of our falling-apart school.

Please keep all arms and legs 

inside the vehicle.


Our first stop is the wet paint

signs hanging on our walls.

Soon followed by the intoxicating

smells of this building of ours.

Coming up, the brown pathways.


Our so-called floors, covered with

brown tape, so they won’t fall apart.

Big blue fans that help us deal with

The smell, the abuse, we take part

in, sadly.


We try to speak but that brown tape 

seems to do more than cover the mess.

Covers our mouths, leaving us speechless.

Students, youth, it seems like they never 

listen to us, I wonder will they ever?


See this is not just a tour of 

our school or a rant about our

complaints. It is about voices

not being heard whether 

they speak of construction or justice.


It is about how youth is mistreated.

Like little not know it alls.

Like we weren’t the ones who 

created the #NeverAgain movement.

A moment of silence, please.


Like we aren’t the ones who are 

fighting for better gun control laws.

Like we aren’t the ones who are

listening to our Earth scream:

Climate change is real. Save me.


Like we aren’t the ones who are 

vocal about #FutureIsFemale

Or the

#MeToo movements.

You are a survivor.


This never-ending tour 

has come to a temporary stop.

Young activists, young feminists;

our time is now. Change won’t happen

until our voices are heard.

by: Edris Roman


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Which Brentwood Teacher Are You? Part 2 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:09:30 +0000 Did you take the “Which Brentwood Teacher Are You” quiz? Did you get Coach Hughes, Mrs. Smoller, Mr. Hamdan, or Ms. Jansen? Coming in at first with the most results was Coach Hughes with 57 people. In second, it was Ms. Jansen with 40 people. In third, it was Mrs. Smoller with 32 people, and last but not least was Mr. Hamdan with 21 people. Brentwood may be tiny, but there are more than just those four awesome teachers! We are here to bring you part two, with four brand new teachers to match your personality. In this quiz, you have the chance to figure out whether or not you are more like Mrs. Haug, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Abshier, or Coach Long. Click the link below to take part two of “Which Brentwood Teacher Are You?” Let us know if we should do a part three, and which teachers you would like to see next!

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Say “Hello” to Spring Sports! Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:50:52 +0000 As Brentwood’s winter sports season comes to a close, new athletic opportunities are arising. That’s right, spring sports are among us! Tennis, track & field, baseball, and girls’ soccer are fast approaching. Here’s what to expect this spring from our Brentwood Eagle teams!

Courtesy of 2019 Yearbook Staff
Ben Haug, “serving” in this serving shot.

Our top-notch tennis team is coached by Brentwood’s very own Mr. Heinrich. Their practices take place at Tilles Park every weekday during the season from 3:30 until about 5:00 PM. This giant, co-ed crew is full of energy and enthusiasm for the upcoming season. Senior Ben Haug has played varsity tennis for three seasons. He says, “I am most excited to get better at tennis and make new friends. People should join the team because it is completely unique to other teams and allows you to play as a team and individually.”

Courtesy of 2019 Yearbook Staff
Kathleen Clay, sprinting towards victory.

The track and field bunch is also open to anybody that wants to join! With a variety of events to participate in, everyone can figure out what’s right for them. From long distance running to long jumping, there’s something for every athlete. Track practices take place here at BHS everyday from 3:30 to 5:00. Junior Kathleen Clay has run relays and distance for one season and even advanced to state last year! She says, “Track is very fun and a great way to stay in shape. Hopefully we’ll do well again this year and get to qualify for state again!” 

Justine Favazza
Alex Ridings, observing the techniques and skills of his team.

Our Eagles baseball team is not one to be messed with. The group is welcoming a new coach this season, Coach Baxter, and are gearing up to get into game-mode. These hard-working athletes practice at Brentwood Park everyday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Although he’s only played for one season, junior Alex Ridings had the highest batting average last year. He says, “Baseball is always a blast. Come win districts with us this year!”

Courtesy of 2019 Yearbook Staff
Lexi Stack Cloud dribbling during an intense game.

Brentwood’s girls soccer season is one that many anticipate for weeks, or even months prior. This sport is not one that is taken lightly by its players. The high-energy squad is constantly working to better their playing skills.They practice either here at Brentwood, Norm West, or Brentwood Park everyday from 3:30 until about 5:00. Senior Lexi Stack-Cloud has been very passionate about the soccer team for her past three seasons. She says, “It’s gonna be a lot of fun this year and I’m expecting it to be a really good time for the team and all the incoming members.”

Whether you’re a fast runner or just good with a tennis racket, there’s something for everyone this upcoming season. Although the practices may sound intense, the student athletes say it all. Many will find not only enjoyment, but great companionship within these teams. And if you decide not to play a spring sport, make sure to go and support all your BHS teams! 



Girl’s Soccer @ McCluer North – March 22nd, 4:00 pm

Baseball @ Home – March 31st, 4:15 pm

Tennis @ Home – April 2nd, 4:30 pm

*No track & field schedule has been posted yet – keep your eye out!

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