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Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

Science teacher Brandon Yoder’s goals for his classes vary throughout the year, but he is always just as involved in the class as his students are.
“I believe that every student is capable of doing well in my classes,” Yoder said. “It is my job to guide them where they need to go, to a certain extent they need to do things on their own, but I want them to pave that path to help get them there.”

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Entering room 119 one will encounter the aroma of fresh air coming from the courtyard windows, and popcorn. Depending on the day, you will find a deceased Anna Garcia mannequin laying on the floor, or students measuring blood splatters. Science teacher Brandon Yoder has been teaching Principles of Bio...

50 years and counting

Language arts teacher Pat Sheehey assists senior Brooke Hildebrant with paper revisions sporting a smile. “I think it is very important to develop skills in English, and to write well, speak well, and to read,” Sheehey said about the subject she has been teaching for the past 50 years.

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

March 27, 2019

50 years of grading papers. 50 years of finals. 50 years of watching kids grow. 50 years of kindness and hard work. 50 years with generations of students preparing them for what’s to come. This has been the everyday life of language arts teacher Pat Sheehey for the last 50 years of teaching at Davenpor...

Powerlifting record setter

“I lifted for two years,” technology teacher Jason Franzenburg said. “[Bruce] is on a different level.”

Thomas Yates, Reporter

March 5, 2019

Squatting down over the barbell, sophomore Carter Bruce tightly grips his hands around the cold metal. His fingers tighten around the grate-skinned grip of the bar as he stands, his entire body shaking as he pulls the weight against the force of gravity. Sweat pours down his face as he slowly comes to ...

2019 Gala court candidates

Fellow Gala court candidates watch as candidate William Zogg is escorted on stage by Emily Ratermann.

Laurence Walker and Sophia Iniguez

February 9, 2019

Carson Kahley Carson Kahley is involved in many activities at West including band, drumline, show choir pit, and jazz band. He’s president of the National Honor Society, a Junior Rotarian, and West’s school board representative. His favorite memories at West are his experiences in drumline. ...

Redefining the role of an educator

“I am not going to give up. This is the life that I want. I will be at West High until I am not needed here anymore,” math teacher Michelle Pearce said.

Zak Keel, Reporter

December 5, 2018

Through enduring an existential realization, sustaining a career change, and pursuing seven college degrees, AP Calculus teacher Michelle Pearce has managed to pinpoint exactly how she will imprint the minds of future generations. Stemming from her experiences as a teacher, Pearce has reached the underlyi...

West receives new addition to behavioral support team

Shiltz poses speaking to a student, handling a plausible situation in which he must calm a boy or girl down in order to have a serious discussion to change the behavior which must be fixed.

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

November 16, 2018

All teachers have a distinct reason for why they chose to have the profession they have today. Whether it be that their mother or father was a teacher, they love shaping the minds of the future, they truly love children, or maybe a combination. The new behavioral support teacher Justin Shiltz’s reaso...

Volunteer extraordinaire

“I just go with whatever life throws at me. If something goes wrong just keep going because there is nothing you can do to change it now. If you do bad things and don't move forward then you won’t grow,” said E. Brooks.

Naomi Walker, Social Media and Business Manager

November 9, 2018

Taking time out of her day to volunteer and further her own personal growth, junior Emily Brooks is known for her kindness and many involvements at West. Brooks participates in Student Senate, is Junior Class President, and a member of the junior varsity and competition cheer team. “I am p...

Humans of West: Doyle Massey

Tyler Newman, Reporter

November 2, 2018

Teacher Doyle Massey has a passion for tinkering with computers and enjoys sharing his technological knowledge with students through computer science courses at West. Massey grew up in Sioux City, IA in a middle class home on the west side of the city. As a child, he occupied time by tearing apart e...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen is a social studies and psychology teacher that represents the meaning of authenticity.

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

October 26, 2018

It's a chilly Saturday, and rows of chairs placed on either side of the aisle. Gusts of wind blow anything and everything around. That’s how Melissa Wallace or should we say, Bertelsen spent her wedding day three weeks ago. Outside in the cold, surrounded by her family and friends. A trip to Minn...

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

“I just love the students at West. It’s a great population of kids that work hard, and it’s just a fun place to be.” guidance counselor Amy Murphy said.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 5, 2018

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...

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Security Guard Shamane Serrano communicating to her fellow colleague regarding a clear patrol.

Emma Day, Marketing Director

September 28, 2018

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

“Health and wellness is something that inspires me and something I like to do in my spare time,” Shelman said.

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

September 28, 2018

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...

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