WHS Today

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 with ease. Even colleges are taking notice of Rodriguez's efforts, as Iowa State University has...

Unstoppable despite the obstacles

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

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 never lets his struggles stop him from being successful. All of these characteristics symbolize seni...

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 on the past and living in the now. Schutters is a very kind and caring student, who tries her b...

Senior Spotlight: Gunner Avis

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

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 to work. Avis plans to go to Kirkwood for his first year after high school then move on to Io...

Senior Spotlight: Alexa Glandon

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

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 Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), a member of the blood drive committe...

Senior Spotlight: Kaitlyn Mays

Senior Kaitlyn Mays is known for her sense of humor and comical personality.

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

November 20, 2018

Senior Kaitlyn Mays is known for her good sense of humor and ability for making everyone around her laugh and smile. Her primary focus, however, is on school and getting good grades, rather than spending all of her time at sporting events. Mays has learned many things from her high school experience tha...

Ex-gymnast takes over the world of diving

After not qualifying for state last year, Negron qualifies this year after pushing hard at every practice.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

November 1, 2018

  Sophomore Tiana Negron has gone 11-0 at all diving competitions she has participated in so far this season. Negron started her diving career in eighth grade when she moved schools. Originally a gymnast, she made the switch to diving primarily for financial reasons. “I miss it a lo...

A day in the life of a performer

“I like that you get to learn more about different eras of history from the music you’re singing and that the audience and performers can interpret in so many different ways. [Choir] provides a sense of togetherness that I really appreciate,” senior Alexis Syverson said.

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

October 31, 2018

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

Amia Combs is a person that will always stick up for her friends and anyone and need.

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018

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...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Christiansen is a computer-aided drafter at Deck Supply Services. Utilizing large amounts of math, she designs deck rails in computer-aided drafting software. After high school, Christiansen plans on pursuing mechanical engineering and design.

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 26, 2018

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

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor

October 24, 2018

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 ...

The hidden talent behind the quiet boy

“You can only do it one time. Once high school is over, it’s over,” Oliver said.

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

October 17, 2018

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 ...

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