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Just a trend?

Just a trend?

Emma Thalacker, Reporter May 27, 2022

The truth is, conversations and beliefs surrounding crystals and the heath, beauty and spiritual benefits they provide, have been around for a long time. In recent years, trends surrounding crystals have...



Aiden Kroger, Reporter May 27, 2022

97% of scientists agree. First coined by scientific studies published near the mid 1990s, it became something of a mantra used by scrupulous climate activists and scientists for the nearly three decades...

Rows of ranch line the isle of a local Sam’s Club. The demand for the condiment was apparent considering the size of the section.

Raving Over Ranch

Bella Davis, Reporter May 23, 2022

Mmmm, ranch. One of the most popular condiments in the Midwest. We use it on our vegetables, our french fries, chicken strips, and much more, but does West share the love for ranch?  One ranch enthusiast...

Photos from junior Samantha Hancock at Lollapalooza 2021.

Party of a Lifetime!

Sidney Shaffer, Reporter May 6, 2022

Ready for trouble? From music ranging from larger known bands such as Metallica to smaller bands like Horsegirl - people come from all over the world to escape reality and party. Lollapalooza is an annual...

Straightening Out the School System

Straightening Out the School System

Emma Thalacker, Reporter April 5, 2022

Does the Parental Rights in Education bill ring any bells? Or maybe you’ve heard of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that has caused protests throughout the entire country.  According to the Florida...

One of Bella Davis’ ‘23 latest digital art pieces. This piece won Best of Show in the Festival of Trees showcase.

A Life Passion

Maddox Hauschild, Reporter February 16, 2022

Creating art is a peaceful pastime that many West students partake in. Sculpting, painting, photoshop, photography; anything to satisfy their creative minds.  Bella Davis is a junior at West and has...

Sophomore Brant Beaston poses while following the dress code at West. Students dont always follow the dress code at West.

Opinions on the Dress-Code at West

Karley Eacker, Reporter February 4, 2022

Have you ever been dress coded before and do you feel it was justified? Do you feel that the dress code is nonexistent? What is the dress code at West?  Per the West High Student Handbook, “School...

Book club is welcoming to anyone who wants to meet new people and discuss their opinions. This was a poster found in the hallway advertising book club.

Book worms

Isabella Martens, Reporter January 31, 2022

Do you like to meet new people with your same interests and get involved with clubs at West? A book club has been started at West and all students are welcome. Book club meets after school on Wednesdays...

Keeney stands in the box awaiting a pitch.

Involvement is key

Alec Shipley, Web Editor January 12, 2022

Involvement in high school is something that is drilled into the heads of students before and during their high school careers. Being involved allows you to stay busy while meeting new people. However,...

Junior Kenzie Schertz studied her final reviews to get ready for finals. She has four finals this term and shes aiming for all As.

Stressed for the test

Isabella Martens, Reporter January 12, 2022

Pulling all nighters to finish late assignments, staying after school to retake tests, filling up notebooks full of notes; everyone feels the stress during finals week. Finals are student’s last chance...

Music was playing over the speakers so that attendees could dance. Of course, there were other activities available, such as cornhole.

Kicking back

Morgan Ware, Reporter January 12, 2022

Aah, the last week before winter break. Classes are slowing down, students are getting rowdy, and some teachers hold some mini celebrations for the holidays. Many students have classes where, on the last...

A policeman, played by David Beitzel ‘23, reprimands Mercury Theater director Orson Welles, played by Nate Gaghagen ‘22, and tells him to stop broadcasting the story since people are getting hurt. Gaghagen’s character refuses, saying that it isn’t Mercury Theater’s fault if the listeners aren’t able to tell the difference between truth and fiction.

Until the curtains close

Morgan Ware, Reporter December 13, 2021

Bravo! Bravo! Cast and crew from the West High Drama Club recently showed "War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast", as their 2021 play.  This play is based on a true story. In 1938, CBS radio broadcasted...

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