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 “If I could describe Matt in one word it would be driven. His work ethic, his leadership, his constant goal setting, and never settling for anything less than perfection,” Oates said.

Music to My Ears

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2021

Name one person you know that can play the tuba, euphonium, french horn, bass clarinet, and the bass trombone...don’t worry, I’ll go first.  Matt Reis is a senior at Davenport West who has a special...

 Kathy Truong ‘21 manages to stay upbeat amidst her heavy course load. “I definitely will miss just being a kid during high school because I know during college there will be a lot of pressure and responsibility, whereas during high school you can still have fun with your friends and mess around.”

Striving under pressure

Tiara Soppe, Reporter April 5, 2021

Throughout high school, senior Kathy Truong has been one to stay behind the scenes but make moves in silence; Truong has maintained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of a 4.0, challenged herself in...

Lantz still holds Kansas close to his heart. He has been a fan of Kansas athletics his whole life. “Nothing is going to change. [I will cheer for Iowa] if I go to the games, but I was born a Jayhawk,” Lantz said.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Luke Loving, Reporter March 31, 2021

The butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a small localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Life is full of decisions and some of those decisions are more life changing...

On the grind

On the grind

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 26, 2021

254 points, 47 assists, 46 rebounds, and 39 steals, all in just fifteen games. These are just a few of the accolades that senior John Miller accounted for during the 2020-21 season as a member of the basketball...

Erwin shares some qualities with his older brother, Brett Erwin, who graduated from West in 2018. They both played basketball all four years of high school. “They’re both hard working. They were obviously raised really well so they’re both great kids. I think Derek is a little more outgoing towards everyone else,” Paulson said.

Never give up

Luke Loving, Reporter February 10, 2021

Imagine climbing a mountain, but every time you almost reach the top, you trip and fall right back down to the bottom. Imagine having to rehab through the whole off-season leading up to your senior year....

Kennedy Wink smiling on a game day! She has stayed positive and working hard throughout the year even with obstacles in her way. “I'm proud of the relationships I have established through the years and how I have such a good support group and such good friends,” Wink said.

A unique senior year

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 3, 2021

With many struggles happening right in the middle of her senior year, Kennedy Wink still persists. Wink’s senior year has been very different than she expected. She still continues to be a source of...

Denny Dang is a person who wants to put himself out for others to see. With the influence of engineer teacher Jason Franzenburg,

Oh, Dang

Vu Tran, Reporter January 27, 2021

Picture a freshman going through high school, having no complete idea of what he wants to be in the future. Then engineering comes along and that is what sparked an interest to become an engineer as a...

From success to scholarship

Emma Bernick, Media Editor February 6, 2019

Maintaining good grades, leading a world class robotics team, and still finding time for typical teenage activities may seem impossible to some, but senior Alyssa Rodriguez seems to balance everything...

Senior Kyle Swanson has been diagnosed with ADD, OCD, and high-functioning autism. Despite his obstacles, he still strives to reach his goals.

Unstoppable despite the obstacles

Tyler Newman, Reporter January 17, 2019

He is a student who always has the biggest smile on his face. He is a passionate soul who loves writing. He is an energetic young man ready to overcome the odds any minute of the day. He is a student who...

Senior Spotlight: Alexis Schutters

Aiden Rushing, Reporter December 10, 2018

Instead of dwelling in the past on things that can’t be changed, senior Alexis Schutters prefers to live in the present. Schutters is inspired by her aunt who was has taught her a lot about not dwelling...

Senior Gunner Avis is excited to finish high school and pursue his career, however, will miss the many relationships he created at West.

Senior Spotlight: Gunner Avis

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter November 28, 2018

If you’re out and about at the mall anytime soon, you may come across Hollister sales associate and senior Gunner Avis. Working retail is something Avis has been involved in ever since he was eligible...

“'Everything happens for a reason'. This is something I really believe in,

Senior Spotlight: Alexa Glandon

Naomi Walker, Social Media and Business Manager November 27, 2018

Throughout high school, senior Alexa Glandon has made many friendships, learned about herself, and participated in many activities. Glandon has been involved in volleyball all four years, she is the...

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