The Nest The Student News Site of Brentwood High School Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:43:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Valentine’s for Veterans Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:37:11 +0000 With veterans making up almost 10% of the Missouri population, Brentwood student council showed their respect and support. Stuco headed out on their annual trip to Jefferson Barracks on Valentine’s to salute our nation’s finest, spread the Valentine’s spirit, and serve lunch. This annual tradition is a staple of student council’s service events. Jefferson Barracks is the oldest military installation west of the Mississippi. Active as an army base from 1826 to 1946, it now functions as a hospital and residential area for veterans. The students began the trip by handing out gifts and decorating the gymnasium. Once they were done, they served lunch and spent time with the veterans. Students helped out by wheeling disabled vets to and from their hospital rooms, exchanging stories and experiences all the way.

Stuco President and senior, Madison Lawrence said, “The field trip to Jefferson Barracks is one of my favorites of the year. Connecting with the veterans and hearing their stories and sharing ours always brightens up my Valentine’s Day.” Being able to give back and serve the Brentwood and larger Missouri community is one of the core values of the student council. 

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Is Too Much Screen Time Becoming an Issue? Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:00:42 +0000 “Computer Vision Syndrome […] describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from a prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.” According to the American Optometric Association, the average American takes up 7 hours a day looking at screens, maybe even more. Spending this much time on computers and phones, whether it’s for work or play, can have negative effects on the eyes, body, and brain. 

Katelyn Kimmel
Night Mode is a feature on many phones and computers that reduces the blue light emitted from screens.

CareWell says using electronic devices too much each day can cause symptoms like eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches. This is because of the blue-light that the devices emit. “My average screen time is 4 hours and 41 minutes. Sometimes it gives me headaches if the screen is too bright,” says sophomore, Kya Hawthorne. Some ways to combat the blue light include holding the phone or keeping the computer screen a reasonable distance away from the user’s face, usually at least 20 inches. Another thing that people find helps reduce these symptoms are blue light blocking glasses. The lenses in these glasses absorb or block the blue light, preventing it from reaching the eyes. “Night Mode” is a feature on many phones and computers that does the same thing by using warmer colors on the screen to reduce blue light. Sophomore Camille Harris also gets some symptoms from looking at screens. “Sometimes the screen makes my eyes burn, but I use night mode a lot and it helps with that,” she explained. 

The blue light emitted from screens also can have an effect on sleep schedules. It prevents melatonin from releasing, causing our bodies’ internal clock to shift off balance. Using Night Mode after a particular time, such as sunset, will help to keep your body on time, as reported by the National Sleep Foundation. Hawthorne admitted that when she’s trying to sleep, if she gets a notification, she automatically checks it. 

High screen time also causes people to have poor posture, which can be the cause of neck and back pain. Many schools and office-style workplaces have tackled this issue by introducing standing desks, which are beneficial for many reasons. The standing desk is exactly as it sounds. It allows computer use while standing up, which the American Cancer Association claims reduces back pain. “I would not want a standing desk. I need to be sitting 24/7. It hurts my knees,” Harris added. 

With the rising popularity in children’s videos and songs on YouTube, many children are being introduced to screens before they even turn one. CNN Health reported that a high screen time “has been associated with unhealthy dietary patterns, poor sleep quality, cardiovascular disease, and obesity in children.” Harris believes that kids’ access to screens should be limited. It is recommended that the use of cellphones should be avoided for kids under the age of two, and then kids from age two to five should have one hour of screen time.

Google “Baby Shark” was one of the most popular kids videos over the last few years.

Once kids are older, they can have three-five hours a day. “My thoughts on technology at such a young age, is it makes them used to technology really quickly but there’s some things that should be kept being taught without technology,” explained senior, Edris Roman. 

Lowering screen time, using different blue-light-blocking methods, and getting a standing desk are all things that can help fight against the issues that electronics bring along with them. Various games and social media apps can be addicting, but it’s important to have boundaries and know when to take a break.

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Play Ball: Signing with Rockhurst Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:07:08 +0000 This year, a few students in Brentwood’s senior class have signed to play sports across the state of Missouri when they start college next year. Last Thursday, senior Marco Mathon joined those students and signed to play baseball at Rockhurst University. Rockhurst is the second-best team in Missouri for college-level baseball and it is also the seventh-best college in the state! Thursday afternoon, the library was packed with Mathon’s friends, family, and teachers, ready to celebrate his huge success. Mathon is very athletic and has played many sports in high school. Some of these are soccer, baseball, and he has also run track. In every sport he has participated in, his favorite memory has always been “beating Maplewood.” Mathon plans to continue this competitive attitude at Rockhurst next year. He said he is “very excited about playing baseball” during his first year in college. We cannot wait to watch Mathon succeed on the field and at Rockhurst next year!

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High School Sweethearts Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:03:41 +0000 Valentine’s Day is here, and everyone knows those high school sweethearts that you love to loathe. Although you’re envious, you want to know how they got there, how they feel about each other, and what goes on with them every time they’re together. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you all about some of Brentwood’s cutest couples, from two athletes that just celebrated their one year anniversary to a junior and a senior who don’t want to talk about graduation closely approaching. These modern fairytale couples show that you’re never too young to love.


Penny and Ian 

Penny (left) and Ian (right) stroll up to their first hoco together as a couple!

A whole year has passed since Penny Herrera (sophomore) and Ian Lawrence (sophomore) started dating, and they’re stronger than ever.

“I like Ian because he is someone who, if you don’t ever really get to know, then you honestly don’t know what you’re gonna miss out on,” said Herrera. “He is the goofiest and most loving person you could ever meet. He is my best friend.” It’s evident that Penny loves Ian, and Ian loves Penny. When Lawrence said, “I like her eyes, and I really like her personality, and I love to be around her goofy self,” it was something out of a fairytale. While Ian thinks that Penny is perfect in every way, she has complaints of her own. Penny doesn’t like it when Ian doesn’t take her seriously. “I also don’t like it when he refuses to wipe his mouth!”

Although you might absolutely love your significant other, it’s important what your family thinks of them too. “My parents have grown to really like Ian and they think he is hilarious when he bursts out and starts to sing country,” Penny says. Ian said that his mom likes Herrera a lot and tells him that she misses her occasionally.

According to Penny, Ian is good at any sport, and she enjoys being able to support him and motivate him in everything he does. Ian thinks it’s pretty cool that they’re both athletes because when she struggles, “I how it feels not to succeed when you go out on that mat or court or field.” Says Ian.

Every couple might experience jealousy once in a while, Ian has gotten jealous before, and he says that’s just because he cares about Penny. He has realized that it’s a waste of time being jealous because he knows that she is loyal. “I realized that Ian’s great, and I’m lucky he chose to be stuck with me.” Said Penny.


Everyone’s wishing someone would look at them the way Marco (right) looks at Anne(left)!

Marco and Anne

Seniors Marco Mathon and Anne Wagner were friends for a month before they began dating for the last three years. Wagner and Mathon sat next to each other in algebra freshman year. “Marco moved away from me because he didn’t know me,” said Anne. For their first date they went to Cici’s Pizza.

Since they’re both incredible athletes, it was only right to ask them who would win in a race. According to Wagner, Mathon would win but she can most definitely jump farther.

It seems like in the past three years these two have gone on a lot of adventures and made a lot of memories. Marco says: “My favorite memory is from last summer when I went to Universal Studios with Anne and spent time with her and my family.” Having similar music interest is good for this couple because Anne’s favorite memory is when Marco got her tickets to the “Tyler the Creator” concert. 

To Anne having her friends and her sister approve of Marco is really important to her because they want what’s best for her. 

Although Marco loves Anne he says, “I hate it when she turns down my music.”Anne hates when Marco burps in her face or when he bites his fingernails.

Although these two are unsure about their future, they’re having fun living in the now.


Jaidyn and Jacob

Jaidyn (right) and Jacob (left) getting ready to dance the night away at homecoming!

Jaidyn Russell (senior) and Jacob Wathall (junior) have been dating for a year and four months and are happier than ever. They met at the beginning of school last year at lunch when he gave her a bunch of dead flowers. They talked for a month before they started dating but they hit it off instantly. “The fondest memory I have of “Jaidy” was the day I asked her out, the best decision I ever made,” Wathall said. For Valentine’s Day, they’re gonna watch movies and eat food just like their first date. 

Good for this happy couple, their parents really like each other, “I’m convinced my mom loves him more than she loves me,” Russell says. According to Jacob, his parents love Jaidyn because they see how much she does for him. 

When Jaidyn graduates they won’t be able to see each other every day. This will be very difficult for the couple because if you see one of them the other is close behind. “We always had at least 1 class a day together, but I am going to be such a proud boy when I see her graduate,” Wathall said.

When asked what he likes most about Jaidyn, Jacob told us that he loves her amazing smile. With all the love between them, you would probably think that they admire everything about each other, but that’s not true. “I hate it when he pokes my sides because I’m so ticklish and he knows that,” Russell remarks.

With Jaidyn’s graduation coming up they’ve already started planning for their future.

“I see us living in a nice house with our pups and living our best life making our “shmoney” going on adventures together traveling the world,” says Jaidyn. Jacob says that he sees more fun adventures and laughs with Jaidyn by his side helping him through all of the rough times and smiling through the fun times.


Jordan and Raquel

No filter needed when Raquel (left) and Jordan (right) take a selfie!

Lastly, Jordan Shields (sophomore) and Raquel Brock (sophomore) have only been dating for 4 months and they’re already a fan favorite. For their first date, they went to the movies at the Galleria. They don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans but they’re trying to hang out this weekend, maybe go to the movies and the ferris wheel downtown. 

In the short time they’ve been dating, Jordan and Raquel have made so many memories. “My favorite memory would have to be her coming over for the first time, watching Disney movies together and chilling,” says Jordan. Raquel says, “I love just staying up super late and talking on the phone for hours.” 

Supportive friends and family are very important to a relationship, lucky for Shields, Brock’s parents don’t have a problem with him at all, they like him and they think he’s super sweet and respectful. Jordan mentioned that his parents think she’s extremely kind and respectful, they have no complaints about her at all. Friends are also important to a relationship since they care about who their friends spend time with, too, “I don’t really have a problem with them. They’re cool,” Raquel says. Raquel might like Jordan’s friends but Jordan says, “Her friends are alright, gonna be honest a few I don’t like but the rest are pretty cool.”

When asked what their favorite thing about each other is, Raquel said, “He’s just super sweet and he’s such a gentleman. He’s always so respectful towards me. I also love it when he smiles, because I get to see his cute little dimple. I also adore his little curls!” Jordan says that Raquel is a really nice and caring person, “she’s the person I can go to about anything and she’s there to listen to me, she’s the sweetest girl I’ve had the pleasure to ever meet.” Being in a new relationship can have some pros and cons, although they enjoy each other’s company they do have a few things they don’t always like about each other. It bothers Jordan when Raquel is too nice: “whenever she’s mad or when people are mean to her she just lets it slide.” One thing that Raquel dislikes about Jordan is that he holds in his feelings a lot and it’s very hard to get him to talk about it.

No one knows what the future holds for this new couple, but they both see a lot of fun and happiness.


Happy Valentine’s to all the sweethearts have an amazing day and keep being an inspiration to everyone.

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Brentwood’s Own Rising Star: Ruqqiyah Muhammad Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:16:09 +0000 Imagine being a famous singer, traveling, performing, and living the dream. Brentwood alumni, Ruqqiyah Muhammad, is on her way to doing just that. Graduated only in 2017, she is already on her rise to stardom. 


When it comes to her love of music, Muhammad says neo-soul is what she naturally gravitates toward, as that is what she grew up enjoying. Artists such as Lauryn Hill, India Arie, and Corinne Bailey were singers who made up her childhood. Muhammad has known she wanted to sing her whole life. Back at Brentwood High, her favorite musical highlight was in her senior year during the “Lights of Broadway Musical Revue,” directed by Mitchell Madry. The musical consumed those 3-4 months of Muhammad’s second spring semester, and it was bittersweet to take that final bow on the last performance. 

Ruqqiyah Muhammad
Muhammad is on her way to beginning a musical path.

Being a singer is a daunting goal, and she said she was always a little afraid to want it. Muhammad explained, “I knew that if I allowed myself to dive into it like I knew I could, it would swallow me whole.” And that is precisely what happened. 


Muhammad said she prefers to take things as they come, and that’s exactly what she did upon graduating from BHS. Despite Muhammad’s immense talent, the confidence wasn’t instantaneous. She had to practice songwriting and build up the skill. She’s had the singing talent since she was very young and began to practice by first singing covers. Her first year post-Brentwood was “liberating and exhilarating at first.” By posting her covers and focusing on growth, Muhammad got to where she is today. Through scary, new experiences and many mistakes, she realized “the true power of my own mind.”


Muhammad has a brand new single titled “Someday”, releasing on February 15th, 2020. The song originated as a poem, written by Muhammad about a year ago. After finding an instrumental track on YouTube, the piece began to fall together. Despite the flow, she felt that it might not be strong enough since the music-making process was so new to her. Towards the end of the summer of 2019, she completed the piece after a newfound fondness towards its sound. The hardest part, Muhammad says, was “getting out of my own way because it’s really easy to overthink your own work, especially as an artist.” 


Ruqqiyah Muhammad
Muhammad performing live with other talented musicians.

Her main goal for the future is to be able to make a living off of making music. She plans to take her earnings and reinvest them into something that will “touch generations after me.” Muhammad’s biggest word of advice to all current Brentwood students is to “take time to truly learn yourself.” She says this isn’t something instantaneous, but that it’s a lifelong journey full of growth and evolving. Starting with yourself and exploring passions, no matter the intimidation, is key. She says no matter where you end up, it will be extremely rewarding. By being kind, empathetic, and open-minded, Muhammad feels you can learn from all opportunities. “And don’t forget to appreciate the simple things,” she adds. 

Congratulations to Ruqqiyah and her first big steps into the world of music and songwriting. You can find her brand new single on all major streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. We wish her the absolute best as one of Brentwood’s brightest. Muhammad has proven how anything is within reach, as long as we stretch out and take it.


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