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Senior Spotlight: Malachi Oliver

Senior Spotlight: Malachi Oliver

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

October 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

When you first meet Malachi Oliver, you may just notice him as the quiet kid who sits in the back of class with his headphones on. But there is much more to Malachi Oliver than what meets the eye, or ear. Like every individual at West, Oliver is unique in many ways. Many people may not know that ...

Senior Spotlight: Skylar Hintze

Senior Spotlight: Skylar Hintze

Tyler Newman, Reporter

October 16, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

If you’re ever looking for her after school, you can usually find her on bus 104, talking with bus driver Bob. She’s probably wearing jeans and a grey sweatshirt. She carries her book and her camera with her at all times. She always shares a kind smile and has piles of puns to tell. This is senior...

Senior Spotlight: Cailin Prunchak

Senior Spotlight: Cailin Prunchak

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

When students think of a senior who is involved in as many extracurriculars as Cailin Prunchak, they may think of a superhero. But the truth is that Cailin is a senior student who is actively involved in band (including show choir pit, jazz band and wind ensemble), drama club (she is also an actress in...

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

October 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Q: What is your favorite part about West? “Probably the school spirit we have. Even though we do not win a lot of games we still support our teams.”   Q: What was your favorite class and who was your favorite teacher? “I would say show choir this year because of our new directors, Laura Engles...

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

How did you become a counselor? “I originally was a teacher, then I got my master’s degree in counseling. So now I’ve been a counselor for 17 years.”   Did you always wanted to be a counselor? “I've always wanted to be a counselor, but I knew that I needed to get a master’s degree. To a...

Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Emma Day, Marketing Director

October 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

What are you involved in at West? “I’m involved in volleyball and have been involved in it since 7th grade. I didn’t play last year because I wanted to take a break. I’m also involved with show choir and have been involved since sophomore year.”   What has been the best part of your high school caree...

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Emma Day, Marketing Director

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

How are you liking West so far? “I love being at West. I graduated from here so it’s like coming back to my old stomping grounds."   What do you like to do when you're not working? “I like to spend a lot of time with my kids doing activities, like going to the museum and playing at the park.” ...

Humans of West: Ryan Shelman

Humans of West: Ryan Shelman

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

New gym teacher Ryan Shelman has been a P.E. teacher for the past seven years at West Burlington High School in southeast Iowa. Although Shelman knew that he wanted to become an educator, he thought he might want to become a history teacher rather than a P.E. teacher. “I planned on being a teacher, I just thou...

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

While she sat with her dying father in a bleak nursing home, social studies teacher Jodi Zimmerman learned to crochet. Burdened by chronic back pain and an inability to sit still, Zimmerman kept herself busy by crafting woven rectangles and the occasional scarf. It is a truth well known by Zimmerman...

Senior Spotlight: Tu Vu

Senior Spotlight: Tu Vu

Zak Keel, Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Mainly known for his participation in JROTC here at West and the love-hate relationship he has with advanced mathematics, senior Tu Vu retains an extensive past that has placed him in the positions he remains in today. "I lived in a communist country where education is different than here in Ameri...

Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

September 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Q: What was/is your favorite part of West? A: My favorite part of West is drumline. I’ve been in drumline for four years and I just enjoy it. We are a pretty tight group, so it is fun.   Q: What do you play in drumline? A: I play quince. There are five drums in one instrument and they a...

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