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Davenport cancels school on the first day back from winter break

A North American snow storm shows conditions that would cause a school cancellation. Once wind chill reaches 20-25 degrees below zero, then district officials make the decision to cancel or delay school while keeping student’s health and safety in mind.

Georgia Witt, Reporter

January 10, 2018

West High School rang in the new year by cancelling school on Jan. 2. Some students were quite happy about this decision, while others were pretty disappointed. Dr. Art Tate cancelled school for the first time since Jan. 6, 2015. The Davenport Community School District was one of the few districts back...

West defends home court with a win

The Falcons huddle during a timeout.

TJ Rhodes, Reporter

January 7, 2018

The West Falcons played the Muscatine Muskies on Friday, Jan. 5 at West. The basketball duel started off with little points scored, despite the Falcons passing the ball seemingly with ease. West struggled to put up four points, while the Muskies scored eight through the first quarter. Halfway through...

Play Review: “Wicked”

Hanna Seago, Reporter

December 31, 2017

“Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz” (commonly referred to as “Wicked”) is a darker retelling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Lyman Frank Baum. The play itself is based off of a book of the same title by Gregory Maguire. According to “The Wrap,” Wicked is Broadway’s...

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality, the people behind the vote play a critical role in making this a reality.

Michael Davis, Features Editor

December 31, 2017

On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the net neutrality regulations established during Obama regulations. As reported by the “New York Times”, “consumers will probably not encounter immediate changes to their internet service”. Additionally, if supporters of net ...

GALA goals

A couple enjoys last slow dance of the night.

Zack Misner, Reporter

December 20, 2017

As we march into the new year we will welcome a new slew of senior candidates who wish to claim the esteemed title of GALA king.The candidates were voted by their peers during a senior meeting, and the top 12 voted are: Trevor Burkhardt Gage Coghill Brett Erwin Bailey Garnica Kevin Masterson Xavier Mc...

Anatomy and Physiology class take trip to cadaver lab

Science teacher John Arnold's Anatomy and Physiology class takes a trip to St. Ambrose's cadaver lab.

Georgia Witt, Reporter

December 18, 2017

On Dec. 12, science teacher John Arnold took 19 students from his Anatomy and Physiology class over to St. Ambrose to visit one of the three cadaver labs they have in their science building. Students were able to interact with a cadaver and learn information about some things they are currently cover...

Winter aud cancellation

The Diamond Dancers performing at the 2017 Winter Aud.

Hannah Myers, Reporter

December 15, 2017

In an attempt to kick off winter sports, on Tuesday, Dec. 14 students gathered in the gym to cheer on all the sports with the winter aud. The band performed the fight song along with the drumline performing some of their other cadences. The drumline cadence is a short song consisting of only drum...

Davenport West High holds second blood drive of the year

First time donor and sophomore Hannah Neyens lays patiently while donating.

ShaRonjuante Edwards, Sports Editor

December 15, 2017

On Thursday, Dec. 14 Davenport West High held its second blood drive of the year in the West YMCA. “Yesterday was a little rough because we had to get ready for the blood drive and organize everything today. We are hoping it goes smooth,” junior Mia Nelson said. The blood drive is expected ...

Maddie’s Closet

The Maddie's Closet bus that was parked in the West parking lot on Dec. 14, 2017.

Jennifer O'Hare, West High School Social Worker, Special Reporter to the Beak 'n' Eye

December 14, 2017

Maddie’s Closet made its inaugural visit to West High School on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.  Lots of people were asking, “what’s the red bus in the parking lot for?”   Maddie’s Closet was started by a local Rock Island student and her mom in their home. Through community involvement, ...

The Angel tree

The Angel tree located in the main office of West.

Hannah Myers, Reporter

December 14, 2017

Every year there are students at West who do not have enough money to be able to receive gifts during the holidays. For about fifteen years, West has created a way to give the students in need a way to receive gifts and this is called the Angel Tree. Students in need are able to write down their wants and need. Th...

West faces the Knights at Assumption

Senior Jalen Smith ready to pass the ball from out of bands.

Haley Newcomb, Assistant Media Editor

December 13, 2017

On Tuesday, Dec. 12 boys basketball faced the Assumption Knights at Assumption. The freshman game was 58-38 with Assumption winning. The sophomore game was 66-37 with West winning. The varsity game was 45-44 with West winning. Highlights Freshmen: In the third quarter, freshman RJ Molloy stole a pass from the Assumption offense, making a fast break ...

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