WHS Today

The new normal

In the back of my car is an abundance of cleaning supplies including Lysol wipes, wet wipes, and a bleach spray. Every item that groceries come into our house, they have to be thoroughly disinfected, and if possible let sit for three days.

Megan Dunn, Reporter

May 11, 2020

What was once an easy task now takes 30 minutes longer. As you enter the grocery store, you head straight for the wipes to disinfect your cart. The aisles are now one way. There is no more browsing through the grocery store.  Coming home with the groceries is a whole different task. Trying to swiftly t...

Gone too soon

 “It’s really upsetting that I had my last day stepping foot in West High School as a student and I didn’t even know it,” senior Alex Solbrig said. 

Unable to celebrate on the graduation stage, Solbrig celebrates her high school accomplishments at home and is ready for whatever her future brings.

Sarah Bernick, Managing Editor

May 11, 2020

Many high school students dream of walking across the stage on the day of their senior graduation, celebrating the past four years they have had with their classmates. Parents and guardians are planning graduation parties ahead of time, with a long list of family and friends to invite. Seniors have imagine...

An unusually alert spring break

As flights were cancelling, Westerhof noticed a large drop in the amount of people traveling through the airports. “The airports were pretty busy when we were on our way there, but on the way home people were more scarce and everything was closed,

Sarah Bernick, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

“Ahhhh-Chew!” A sneeze that would usually be recovered by a smile and a “bless you” has now turned into an uncertain look and the social distancing of another person.  COVID-19 is the most serious health threat that has faced the country in over 100 years, according to Dr. Robert R. Redfie...

I can’t vote, but I can still change the future

Keeping morality high is a priority in all campaigns, which is why the Warren office got a cardboard cut out of her. It makes a fun conversation piece too.

Megan Dunn, Reporter

February 1, 2020

A long line of public service and doing what's right is in my “genes” one could say. I’ve been advocating and volunteering since before I was born. When my mom was eight months pregnant with me she was going around my neighborhood petitioning for street lights, while also terrifying my grandma.  ...

Living up to the ‘West High Way’

'We win, We engage, We are safe and We teach' is West High School's mantra known as the West High Way. It is a part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support' (PBIS)  systems that West has adopted to help maintain expectations and behaviors.

Farnaiza Gulam, Reporter

December 7, 2019

Like any other institution, West is bound by its goals and ideals to provide quality education to students. However, the role of the school goes beyond that. While its main purpose is to give students the knowledge that is necessary for them to survive in the future, it is important to note that regul...

‘To be, or not to be: that is the question’

All of the Hamlet actors gathered on stage for a mic check. The cast went onto the stage, costume and all, to do a final check of the mics to make sure they were all working in preparation for the show.

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter

December 7, 2019

This winter West is showing a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet from Dec. 6-8. Hamlet is a show about the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, who seeks out vengeance for his father’s death while also slowly slipping into insanity due to over-contemplating life and death. The cast is provided a preview o...

Falcons give back with annual Thanksgiving feast

Through donations and with the help of Falcon and community volunteers including the boys soccer team, the Falcon Thanksgiving feast was able to feed over 80 people.

Olaoluwa Johnson, Reporter

November 27, 2019

On Monday, Nov. 25, Falcons contributed to the third annual Thanksgiving feast in the West High cafeteria started by social worker Jenn O'Hare. There were approximately 80 people that attended and 24 families were given food.

Red-tailed hawk rescue at West

Jessica Winkler of Wild-Wildlife Rehab of the QC cradles the red-tailed hawk that is about to be transported to Animal Family Care Center. The bird of prey will be evaluated before either being released back into the wild or to the organization RARE (Raptor Advocacy, Rehabilitation, and Education)if further rehabilitation is required.

Joseph Heirigs, Reporter

May 24, 2019

Update: Animal Family Vet Center checked the red-tailed hawk out and stated that nothing was broken. The raptor was thin and had been eaten up by gnats and will be visiting a raptor center to get healthy before being released into the wild. WHSToday.com will update as further information is acquired. ...

Thoughtful theatre

Junior Gillian Collins wins the viewers choice award.The audience voted her as the winner of the variety show as she had the most money in her bucket by the end of the even. She did a duet with senior Rolando Gonzalez. They sang a song called

Joseph Potts, Reporter

May 15, 2019

  West students produced the 59th annual West High variety show on May 10 in the auditorium. Preparations for the variety show began the first week of May. Senior Lily Hancock says that they started late this year and pulled the show together in one week. The variety show is directed by show choir...

The world could end tomorrow…

This image is a realistic interpretation of a black hole bending the fabric of spacetime.

Cameron Wilson, Reporter

May 10, 2019

  People are selfish; it’s a part of who we are. Naturally humans will worry about problems in their lives that affect how they operate and how they appear to others. This can and usually does lead to people putting themselves at the center of their universe subconsciously, or sometimes ev...

Saving lives one drop at a time

As blood stations are set up, phlebotomy nurses are ready for the incoming donors. Giving blood can be a hesitant choice to some people, but the outcome is life-changing. “Just knowing that I can help other people just by giving blood, and [the fact that] it takes so little time, that the thought of being able to save someone’s life motivates me to give blood,”  senior Alexa Glandon said.

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

April 19, 2019

West hosted its first blood drive since Sept.on Thursday, April 18. Due to snow day cancellations, West was not able to host two of their four annual blood drives. By collecting an estimated total of 80 pints, the amount of blood taken in could potentially save 240 people. “We host blood drives wit...

Quality of life or quality of security?

At 8:15 a.m., junior Hailee Boisen walks up to the West Y doors and struggles to get them open.  She debated finding another way in or calling a friend to open them for her. 
“The Y doors are locked every day. I’ve gone through them four times all year,” Boisen said. 
She ends up resigning to the Life Skills doors once again.

Laurence Walker, Reporter

April 19, 2019

Approaching West’s doors near the YMCA entrance, it’s not uncommon to see groups of people peering through the windows, knocking on the doors, or calling friends. The doors near the Y entrance, or the Y doors, are almost always locked, leaving some students confused as to why. “I used to go i...

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