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According to The Local Project, there are roughly 6 billion texts sent per day in the U.S. 50 percent of West students say most of their screen time on their phone is from social media.

Who’s controlling whom?

Luke Loving, Reporter April 14, 2021

According to ABC News, teens spend an average of seven hours and 22 minutes per day on their phones. That is over 50 hours every week. However, with so much knowledge and entertainment at our fingertips,...

 “If I could describe Matt in one word it would be driven. His work ethic, his leadership, his constant goal setting, and never settling for anything less than perfection,” Oates said.

Music to My Ears

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2021

Name one person you know that can play the tuba, euphonium, french horn, bass clarinet, and the bass trombone...don’t worry, I’ll go first.  Matt Reis is a senior at Davenport West who has a special...

 Kathy Truong ‘21 manages to stay upbeat amidst her heavy course load. “I definitely will miss just being a kid during high school because I know during college there will be a lot of pressure and responsibility, whereas during high school you can still have fun with your friends and mess around.”

Striving under pressure

Tiara Soppe, Reporter April 5, 2021

Throughout high school, senior Kathy Truong has been one to stay behind the scenes but make moves in silence; Truong has maintained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of a 4.0, challenged herself in...

Davenport West Varsity Cheerleaders pose for the last picture of the 2020 season.

Tryouts in a Pandemic

Morgan Hauschild, Reporter April 1, 2021

You see them at football games. You see them up in the air, doing stunts with excited faces. Who might these people be you may ask? The Davenport West cheerleaders!  On March 7th, West held their 2021...

Lantz still holds Kansas close to his heart. He has been a fan of Kansas athletics his whole life. “Nothing is going to change. [I will cheer for Iowa] if I go to the games, but I was born a Jayhawk,” Lantz said.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Luke Loving, Reporter March 31, 2021

The butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a small localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Life is full of decisions and some of those decisions are more life changing...

In an effort to lower viral spread, posters reminding students to distance and sanitize line the halls.

A year of change changes again

Megan Dunn, Print Editor March 26, 2021

Which mask matches my outfit? Is it an A or B day? During the 2020-21 school year, these are just a few questions students are asking themselves. In a year of uncertainty and change one thing is certain,...

Aleksiejzyk observed that Klimek often came across as overwhelmed, especially when it came to her desk area. Although this isn’t what it typically looks like, the full schedule has impacted not only the teachers, but the environment around them.

The day that keeps on going

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2021

The day is coming to an end; students are driving away ready for a long nap, janitors are starting to make their rounds, the hallways are filled with an empty silence, the lights begin to go off...but...

Lee Jensen’s announcement photo for the Kansas City showcase at the end of March. Jensen believed that the showcase would help boost his football career and get his name into the minds of college coaches. “It will help show some college coaches the talent that I have and show them how much better I’ve gotten,” Jensen said.

Locking in is Key

Alec Shipley, Reporter March 22, 2021

Imagine one day there is a notification on your cell phone saying you have been invited to something that most high school athletes have been working towards for their entire life. The opportunity requires...

Who will play who? Find out what roles your fellow classmates will be performing. “Come see it! It’s going to be great!” Andersen said. “It’s a fun musical that I feel like a lot of our students and community can connect with.”

The second time’s the charm

Luke Loving, Reporter March 12, 2021

Buh duh duh dum (snap, snap). An opening sound that resonates with people everywhere across the country. For those of you who don’t recognize that sound, it is the opening music from the TV classic,...

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...

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...

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