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Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Emma Day, Marketing Director

October 3, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

What are you involved in at West? “I’m involved in volleyball and have been involved in it since 7th grade. I didn’t play last year because I wanted to take a break. I’m also involved with show choir and have been involved since sophomore year.”   What has been the best part of your high school caree...

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Emma Day, Marketing Director

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

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

Humans of West: Ryan Shelman

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

September 28, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

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...

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

While she sat with her dying father in a bleak nursing home, social studies teacher Jodi Zimmerman learned to crochet. Burdened by chronic back pain and an inability to sit still, Zimmerman kept herself busy by crafting woven rectangles and the occasional scarf. It is a truth well known by Zimmerman...

Senior Spotlight: Tu Vu

Senior Spotlight: Tu Vu

Zak Keel, Reporter

September 21, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Mainly known for his participation in JROTC here at West and the love-hate relationship he has with advanced mathematics, senior Tu Vu retains an extensive past that has placed him in the positions he remains in today. "I lived in a communist country where education is different than here in Ameri...

Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

Senior Spotlight: Carson Kahley

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

September 17, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Q: What was/is your favorite part of West? A: My favorite part of West is drumline. I’ve been in drumline for four years and I just enjoy it. We are a pretty tight group, so it is fun.   Q: What do you play in drumline? A: I play quince. There are five drums in one instrument and they a...

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

Tyler Newman, Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

The main office in West High School is the primary source of information for staff and students alike. With that, it takes a certain group of individuals to manage the tasks of the building. One of these workers is Beth Campbell, the new office secretary, who gives you a warm smile and her undivided ...

Senior Spotlight: Christian Jacobsen

Senior Spotlight: Christian Jacobsen

Tim O'Leary, Reporter

September 13, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

The West High spirit of helping other Falcons fly demonstrates itself in senior Christian Jacobsen. Jacobsen went to Williams Middle School, where he played football and made his way through each class. Though the Williams team was a powerhouse on the field, Jacobsen noticed the team was lacking i...

Theatrical outlook

Theatrical outlook

Zack Misner, Features Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Showcase

Theater is an activity which has been around since 6th century B.C. when a greek man by the name of Thespis (hence thespian), first took to the stage. Flash forward to the present day where theater is a widely known and enjoyed concept with new and old productions alike being created and put on by the...

Senior Spotlight: Vanessa Banks

Senior Spotlight: Vanessa Banks

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Not many teenagers can say that they have written, directed, and produced their own short film, but senior Vanessa Banks can. After being encouraged by West iJAG teacher Cynthia Safford, Banks decided to enroll in a 10 week independent film project program through Urban Exposures and the Figge Art Museum. “I mentioned [th...

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Buisiness Manager

September 7, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Jane Kroening has taught English at West for 14 years and claims she bleeds red and white. “When I first came here my son and daughter [went to school here]. I was teaching at Walcott. I was very involved in the Booster Club [at West] and saw a position open up. I was spending a lot of my time ...

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