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A day in the life of a performer

A day in the life of a performer

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

October 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Although standing below blinding lights with every move being watched by an audience isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is the environment where senior Alexis Syverson thrives. For as long as she can remember, music and singing have been a tremendous part of her life. “I like that you get to learn more about d...

Breaking the stereotype

Breaking the stereotype

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

She sits at the table during dinner, discouraged and angry. She is over being disrespected and feeling out of place. She goes to her mom to bring her out of this state of mind, her mom reminds her that this is life and things don’t come easy. Her dad reminds her that he went through the same discri...

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Did You Know, Features, Showcase

Did you know that the art piece on the wall by the lunchroom is actually a mural dedicated to a deceased teacher that formerly worked here at West? The art piece (known as a mural, a painting that is made directly on a wall) was made by Stacey Houk, a teacher from Jackson Elementary. Houk graduated...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

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...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Alexa Christiansen is a student that may just break the record for most hours existing within the walls of West. An average week for Christiansen consists of walking to school at 6:35 a.m. for early-bird some days and staying after school until 8:30 p.m. for Robotics on others. Even when not on a sche...

A student today, teacher tomorrow

A student today, teacher tomorrow

Dani Reitz, Voice editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

For senior Noah Hensley, the journey of self-discovery has not been an easy path. Despite facing many obstacles throughout his 17 years of life, Hensley continues to remain open-minded, as well as a person of sound character. Growing up in Davenport, Hensley attended Williams Intermediate. Derived from ...

Finally finals

Finally finals

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

From students’ freshman year until their senior year, at the end of every quarter comes two days worth of exams to test their knowledge over the entire term of the classes they have taken. According to a study from Stanford University, studying strategically before a test or exam can help increase scores ...

Senior superlatives get a new look

Senior superlatives get a new look

Tim O'Leary, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Showcase

The senior superlatives are a tradition in many high schools. A vast array of titles just waiting to be seized by those renowned by their peers. But to those that aren’t able to partake in it, the voting process can be fairly alien. To put it simply it all begins with white. A list of categories ...

The hidden talent behind the quiet boy

The hidden talent behind the quiet boy

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 ...

A photographer on the run

A photographer on the run

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 share. This is senio...

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 Prunchak 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...

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