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 “Don’t take everything so seriously. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be grateful for what you have because anything could happen,

Tyler Newman, Reporter

October 16, 2018

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

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

October 10, 2018

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

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...

Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Emma Day, Marketing Director

October 3, 2018

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...

Senior Spotlight: Tu Vu

Zak Keel, Reporter

September 21, 2018

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

Kahley poses with his quince drum in the band room.

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

September 17, 2018

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...

Senior Spotlight: Christian Jacobsen

“No one changes over just one year,” senior Christian Jacobsen said. “But over their four years at West High, they definitely could.”

Tim O'Leary, Reporter

September 13, 2018

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...

Senior Spotlight: Vanessa Banks

Senior Vanessa Banks poses with a photo of her beloved pet cat.

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

September 10, 2018

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...

Senior Spotlight: Breelyn McMahon

“When applying for scholarships, really try hard on the essays. If you put your heart into it even in the interview, the committee will look up to you,

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 17, 2018

Senior Breelyn McMahon received the Prewitt Scholarship for a full ride (all tuition and room and board paid for) to attend Iowa State starting in the fall of 2018 to spring of 2022. “I am in the intro to education class and they gave us a list of scholarships, and I started to apply and one of...

Senior Spotlight: Rachel McCullough

What advice would you give to incoming students?

“Do not skip school, be involved, go to all the games because you will regret not going, and have fun,

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 1, 2018

What are your plans after high school? “I am attending Kirkwood Community College to get my associates degree in nursing, and then later on I will get my bachelors degree in nursing as well.” What was your favorite year of high school and why? “I would say my freshman year because it was my favorite...

Senior Spotlight: Shayla Cooper

Shayla Cooper loves spending time with her dogs and will miss them dearly while attending Iowa State.

Billie Jo Sherman, Reporter

April 26, 2018

Q: What is your favorite West High memory? "A bunch of my favorite memories were at the football games- being there with all of my friends, cheering the team on together. It didn't matter if we won or lost, we were a family and supported them." Q: What class did you enjoy the most at West? "...

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