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Nothing is going to stop her. Irakoze is working hard in her class. Her favorite class she’s taken so far is Art class. “[My sister made me get into drawing] because I was drawing in my room and she was  like ‘I like your drawings, you should actually start drawing’,” Irakoze said.

New faces and new places

Luke Loving, Reporter April 23, 2021

Moving to a completely new area is often difficult because you basically have to start over from scratch. You don’t know anyone and no one knows you. Now imagine moving to a new place AND trying to learn...

This smile isn’t fake as Eckert has a constant look of happiness wherever she goes. Her joy is contagious to everyone around her!

An eagerness for academics

Sarah Bernick, Editor in Chief April 20, 2021

The road to success can start at a young age, especially for junior Sarah Eckert. As only a junior, Eckert is completing an inspiring level of academics that some can only dream of. Currently dual enrolled...

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...

Peyton Flynn smiling during second block. She is a great role model for those around her and she is in lots of clubs/sports at West. “I really like high school and just West in general. I feel like there's a lot of positivity rolling around through like school activities and sports. I just feel like it's a really good place to get involved,” junior Peyton Flynn said.

On the go

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 23, 2021

Chorale, show choir, jazz band, concert band, drum line, dance team, cheer team, and golf. Just to name a few of the many things Peyton Flynn takes part in during her time as a West High Falcon. She is...

McCrery (Left) and Parcel (Right) converse on the field during a River Bandits game. McCrery learned substantial amounts of insight while being a bat boy and was even taught some Spanish by some of the players. “Jake loved his time as a bat boy and gained knowledge and experiences about baseball,” R. McCrery said.

Big league dreams

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 19, 2021

Most kids dream to do incredible things in their life. For instance, playing professional baseball is a dream common in a lot of kids. All of the hard work and dedication, for a chance that it may pay...

Arnold wasn’t always sure about what he wanted to be growing up. He wanted to be a teacher, but did not originally plan on becoming a science teacher. “Early on I thought I wanted to [be a teacher]. I wanted to be a history teacher actually when I was in my early twenties, but I just was a little misguided,” Arnold said.

More than a teacher

Luke Loving, Reporter February 18, 2021

Until time machines are created, the future is unknown. The steps we take now can help determine the future, but we never know what will happen for certain. When Mr. Arnold grows older however, he wants...

 With current events and stressors in the world many find an outlet in order to escape reality. This may include exercising, playing video games, as well as cooking or baking. For freshman Madison Meador, listening to music is what allows her to escape reality. “My favorite artist is Ariana Grande because the songs that she has come out with are really good and I like them. My favorite song by her is ‘POV’,” Meador said.

No energy drink needed

Kaylee Milem, Reporter February 10, 2021

Coming from middle school to high school is a transition for anyone. Even more of a transition for freshman Madison Meador caused by the changes of the 2020-2021 school year. She imagined the bad things...

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.”

Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

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...

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.

50 years and counting

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...

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

Powerlifting record setter

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...

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

2019 Gala court candidates

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...

“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.

Redefining the role of an educator

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...

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