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Anthony Franklin smiles for a picture, sporting his own merchandise proudly.

A speedy hobby

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter February 26, 2021

The bright lights, the excited cheering from the stands and the loud roar of an engine. When you read that sentence, you might have envisioned a racetrack, similar to the one that sophomore Anthony Franklin...

On the grind

On the grind

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 26, 2021

254 points, 47 assists, 46 rebounds, and 39 steals, all in just fifteen games. These are just a few of the accolades that senior John Miller accounted for during the 2020-21 season as a member of the basketball...

 Mr. Schaeffer helps Jaden Nguyen '22 with airbrushing. Airbrushing is used to give an even surface when painting. It's usually used to create realism.

Creative minds

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 26, 2021

Do you want to learn how to airbrush, use a ceramic wheel, or use the dark room? Art club has started back up and they are doing all of those things. There's usually three different art teachers there...

Steven Daily ‘22 bowls during a meet last season. Daily has lots of bowling experience when it comes to bowling. He began bowling seven years ago in seventh grade, at League at 30 Lanes bowling alley. “Bowling is fun, and you are usually independent, so you have to practice endlessly,” Daily said.

Falcons flying high

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 25, 2021

When you come to West High, you are immersed into the winning culture that the school possesses. You come in as a blank slate, and with the help of people along the way, you leave the school a champion....

Passing time can be hazardous with the risk of COVID-19. Principal Williams has made it a point of interest to keep the students as safe as possible throughout the day. “With the COVID, I wanted to limit that extra movement. We’re already back, it’s already kind of new, and then you throw in an advisory, that’s a whole brand new group of kids that you have to worry about contact tracing,” Williams said.

A new look to the school day

Luke Loving, Reporter February 24, 2021

Just because something isn’t broken, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. For the past few years, advisory time has been constantly changing. There were different ways to pick your teachers and there...

Peyton Flynn smiling during second block. She is a great role model for those around her and she is in lots of clubs/sports at West. “I really like high school and just West in general. I feel like there's a lot of positivity rolling around through like school activities and sports. I just feel like it's a really good place to get involved,” junior Peyton Flynn said.

On the go

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 23, 2021

Chorale, show choir, jazz band, concert band, drum line, dance team, cheer team, and golf. Just to name a few of the many things Peyton Flynn takes part in during her time as a West High Falcon. She is...

The auditorium, where concerts are held, empty.

A soundless hall

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter February 22, 2021

A silence lingers in the air, a quiet echo of phantoms in the past that carries the sounds of music to the ears of those who miss it. Music has always been a big part of West and the district as a whole,...

McCrery (Left) and Parcel (Right) converse on the field during a River Bandits game. McCrery learned substantial amounts of insight while being a bat boy and was even taught some Spanish by some of the players. “Jake loved his time as a bat boy and gained knowledge and experiences about baseball,” R. McCrery said.

Big league dreams

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 19, 2021

Most kids dream to do incredible things in their life. For instance, playing professional baseball is a dream common in a lot of kids. All of the hard work and dedication, for a chance that it may pay...

Arnold wasn’t always sure about what he wanted to be growing up. He wanted to be a teacher, but did not originally plan on becoming a science teacher. “Early on I thought I wanted to [be a teacher]. I wanted to be a history teacher actually when I was in my early twenties, but I just was a little misguided,” Arnold said.

More than a teacher

Luke Loving, Reporter February 18, 2021

Until time machines are created, the future is unknown. The steps we take now can help determine the future, but we never know what will happen for certain. When Mr. Arnold grows older however, he wants...

Alyssa Broer ‘22 practices jumps right before she goes on with her team to do their state lyrical dance. In addition to their state competition the dance team danced at halftime for basketball and football games. “One thing I really enjoy about the dance team is our basketball season. It’s always so fun when we are in the hallway practicing before we go out because I get to hang out with my best friends. When performing we are closer to the crowd and it makes dancing for them so much easier,” Broer said.

Performing behind a mask

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 17, 2021

Sparkly costumes, faces full of makeup, and big smiles is what people usually think of when they hear dance, but the Diamond Dancers have proven that there is much more to it.  Since this summer, the...

A poster promoting P3 Campus hangs on a bulletin board in one of several spots around the building. “I had some students and teacher assistants hang some posters up around the building, but I don’t see many out there anymore,” Driscoll said.

P3 Campus: Is it effective?

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 16, 2021

Bullying and harassment is a constant cause of concern in schools. You feel helpless, as if there is nowhere to go. Teachers and other staff have always told you to ask for help, but you don’t feel comfortable...

 With current events and stressors in the world many find an outlet in order to escape reality. This may include exercising, playing video games, as well as cooking or baking. For freshman Madison Meador, listening to music is what allows her to escape reality. “My favorite artist is Ariana Grande because the songs that she has come out with are really good and I like them. My favorite song by her is ‘POV’,” Meador said.

No energy drink needed

Kaylee Milem, Reporter February 10, 2021

Coming from middle school to high school is a transition for anyone. Even more of a transition for freshman Madison Meador caused by the changes of the 2020-2021 school year. She imagined the bad things...

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