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Dave Barnham is a sub security guard at Davenport West High School. He has been a great addition to the security staff of West.

Subbing for Security

Lucy Bernick, Reporter January 27, 2023

Keeping a school of over 1,000 kids in check and where they need to be is a big task, especially if that school is new to you.  Guest security guard Dave Barnham is up for the challenge. He is a security...

 Caleb McDaniel ‘23 and Zane Augustine ‘24 sit at monitors in the esports room by the library. Esports are a big deal in other countries, such as South Korea. According to Dearborn, entire stadiums have been sold out just to watch people play games.

A Challenger Approaches

Morgan Ware and Jimmy Hepler January 24, 2023

Everyone loves sports! Football, basketball, volleyball, and…video games? This spring, a brand new Esports Team is coming to West, and students are pumped to join. Over fifty Falcons showed up to the...

Head secretary Lisa Rostenbach smiling at her desk. She was soaking in the last moments in the office.

New Beginnings

Isabella Martens, Editor In-Cheif January 20, 2023

Answering phone calls, responding to emails, and writing students passes are only a few things Lisa Rostenbach does throughout her day. Rostenbach is the head secretary for West and has a jam packed schedule....

Senior Paige Sinksen sings at the show choir opening night. This is where they got to showcase all their hard work for the fir

West Connection

Isabella Martens, Editor January 19, 2023

Five hours of practicing the same show a week. The West Connection not only has to perfect their vocals and dances, but also their performance and technique. There are so many components that go into having...

“I am most excited to see the project actually in use and see our hard work pay off,” Shaffer said.

The Final Preparation

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 13, 2023

You turn on the sink and what comes out? Purified water and that's normal in the US but it's not always the case around the world. In Kenya almost 40% of the country does not have access to purified water....

My favorite thing throughout the season so far is our competitiveness throughout our game and how much fun we are having as a team, senior Landon Winston said.

West vs PV

Alexandria Petersen, Web Editor January 2, 2023

The Davenport West boys basketball team played on their home court on Tuesday, December 13th against the Pleasant Valley Spartans. The Falcons lost by only one point in overtime, with the final score being...

The Davenport West Competition Team has a team huddle right before they go out and perform at State. The team motivated each other with speeches and prepared each other to give their best performance.

Soaring to State

Isabella Martens and Alexandria Petersen December 6, 2022

Four months of training, focus, and determination is what set up the cheer team for success.  The West High cheer team went to state on October 29th and earned 6th place with their routine. It was...

“I’m so grateful for the amazing friendships Ive made not only with my peers but with the staff as well,” Martens said.

Busy Izzy

Addison Aleksiejczyk, Reporter December 6, 2022

Have you ever met someone who's been Freddy the Falcon? Well senior Isabella Martens was our school mascot for our Homecoming football game this year. School spirit isn’t the only thing Martens is passionate...

“My biggest takeaway is I would say the people who are on the team, like all of us, I consider each and every one of my brothers. And we all became really close and you can tell from how much we appeared as a team,” said Haines.

The Turnaround of a Decade

Makenna Burt and Stoyota Nguyen November 22, 2022

Bright lights, brisk air, a loud stadium, and cheers from all around. Davenport West’s football team took in this experience during their game on Friday, October 28. The football players and cheerleaders...

“My advice to students is get as involved as you can, because when you get to be an upperclassman, and you do end up getting involved, youre gonna look back and be like, wow, people have done this for four years and I just now started and youre gonna regret it,” said Izzy Martinez.

Dedication Goes a Long Way

Makenna Burt, Reporter November 22, 2022

Upperclassmen always tell you to get involved in the school but how do people manage it all? Senior Izzy Martinez took the advice of those upperclassmen and became very involved and does not regret it....

Mr. Flaherty and Mr. Baldry sit and play outside of Flaherty’s classroom during the second to third block passing time. “[We] decided to do something goofy that gets people’s attention and bring it to the hunger drive, I guess,” Baldry said.

Getting loud

Morgan Ware, Print Editor October 21, 2022

The performance of a lifetime by Baldry’s Big Brass Band is happening right here in our very own West High School, during passing time in the social studies hallway. A beautiful concert of chaotic noise...

Kel Andrews smiles with his brother after not seeing each other for 8 months. Everyone in the office watched with excitement while they were reunited.

Coming Home

Isabella Martens, Editor-in-Chief October 20, 2022

Creative, talented, and smart are just a few words people have used to describe Daniel Andrews. Andrews is a junior at West and has made a positive impact on so many students and staff here. Andrew’s...

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