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Social Studies teacher Coyne-Logan teaches AP Human Geography the world map. This is a course only able for incoming freshmen and the only AP class a freshman can take.

A New Change All Around

Addison Aleksiejczyk January 26, 2024

Finals over, no assignments, no homework, no studying; all to do it again. With the first semester coming to an end, a new one is just beginning. Each semester staff and students schedules reset, making...

“I was hands on with everything during the project, such as welding and helping put up the base,” Carter said.

From Classroom to Real World

Makenna Burt, Editor In-Cheif November 29, 2023

While most classes leave you sitting at desks all day, Welding is a different story.. The Vocational Welding Program just recently finished a project atVeterans Memorial Park, where they built a steel...

“I am most excited to just get back on the court,” Thomas said.

The Start of Something New

Makenna Burt, Editor In-Cheif November 27, 2023

With the ending of fall sports, comes the winter sport pre-season. Boys basketball is one of those sports that puts in an abundance of time preparing for their season. With this, the team has new players...

Mrs. Staber helps Sophomore Emmalynn Golinghorst with the novel The Great Gatsby, igniting the spirit of reading in another student.

Fables of Staber

Jimmy Hepler, Reporter May 25, 2023

The world of literature is a wondrous world to dive into, though it can tend to be massive and intimidating to traverse. Luckily, teachers are here to help guide students through its intenseness, and to...

Mary has a big personality and a lot of love for her students and swimmers.

From West to the South

Lanora Sprague, Reporter May 25, 2023

Yee-Haw! Mary Mandel’s moving to Texas. Mandel is a self contained special education teacher and head girls swim coach here at West High School and she’s been teaching for seven  years. She has made...

“The confidence he had in us, it just made us have more confidence in ourselves to go out there and do the best we can,” said Mitchell.

Leaving an Impact

Lucy Bernick, Reporter May 25, 2023

Coaches and teachers can leave a special impact on the kids that they coach and teach which is exactly what Coach Krusey did during his time at West. Krusey is a special education and behavior disorder...

“She’s pretty laid back as a teacher. She’ll help you with anything you just go through with questions. She teaches really well, like, if you aren’t understanding things she’ll like to come over and explain it to you and everything,” Fellner said.

Gosse leaves the Nest

Makenna Burt, Reporter May 25, 2023

West after 12 years 12 years, 2,160 school days, 12,960 hours of classes, plus countless hours of preparation and grading outside of the school day; that's how long math teacher Mrs. Gosse has spent teaching...

“I think this years golf season will be fun and we have a pretty good team,” senior Clare Lotspeich said.

“Par”fect Meet

Makenna Burt, Reporter April 12, 2023

Staring at the top of the hill looking at a small hole 338 yards away, with one goal to put that ball in the hole in the least amount of shots. That’s how the West girls golf teams first meet started...

Ms. Gascho and Ms. Bross  participating in one of their many outburst of hallway shenanigans. This is  common occurance in the math hallway.

Westy Besties

Lanora Sprague, Reporter April 4, 2023

Have you ever been on your way to class and been stopped by two teachers dancing and singing in the math hall? There are many teacher friends around the school, but Ms. Gascho and Ms. Bross are the most...

West students get hands on with preparing tree saplings to be planted. Living Lands and Waters informs students on the native trees to our environment, as well as the process of growing the saplings.

Trees on; air pollution gone

Lucy Bernick, Reporter March 31, 2023

While around 42 million trees are getting cut down worldwide every day, Living Lands and Waters is offsetting that with having West students bag tree saplings to keep air quality efficient, and soil erosion...

Central was one of the schools that was targeted. Tensions have been high ever since that call around Davenport.

Swat Scares

Jimmy Hepler, Reporter March 31, 2023

Many students around Iowa at the beginning of a Tuesday morning were rudely awakened by the threat of an active shooter at their school. Fearful and confused, many got called out by their parents, some...

“I love being so involved at West, it can be a lot to handle at times but ultimately its fun. I have met so many people and created so many memories in each activity I’m involved in,” Westerhof said.

A Balancing Act

Makenna Burt, Reporter March 30, 2023

Three sports, two clubs, and a 4.0 GPA, that’s a dedicated student. With being so involved the balance between academics and extracurriculars is a difficult one. Junior Sydney Westerhof has that balancing...

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