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Dave Barnham is a sub security guard at Davenport West High School. He has been a great addition to the security staff of West.

Subbing for Security

Lucy Bernick, Reporter January 27, 2023

Keeping a school of over 1,000 kids in check and where they need to be is a big task, especially if that school is new to you.  Guest security guard Dave Barnham is up for the challenge. He is a security...

“My dunk was my favorite part of the game,” said Thomas.

A Memorable Game

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 21, 2023

The Davenport West boys basketball team traveled to play Clinton on Thursday, January 20th. Coming off of losing two close games, they were determined to win. They came out with energy and ready to play. “The...

Head secretary Lisa Rostenbach smiling at her desk. She was soaking in the last moments in the office.

New Beginnings

Isabella Martens, Editor In-Cheif January 20, 2023

Answering phone calls, responding to emails, and writing students passes are only a few things Lisa Rostenbach does throughout her day. Rostenbach is the head secretary for West and has a jam packed schedule....

Senior Paige Sinksen sings at the show choir opening night. This is where they got to showcase all their hard work for the fir

West Connection

Isabella Martens, Editor January 19, 2023

Five hours of practicing the same show a week. The West Connection not only has to perfect their vocals and dances, but also their performance and technique. There are so many components that go into having...

“I am most excited to see the project actually in use and see our hard work pay off,” Shaffer said.

The Final Preparation

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 13, 2023

You turn on the sink and what comes out? Purified water and that's normal in the US but it's not always the case around the world. In Kenya almost 40% of the country does not have access to purified water....

“We kept perseverance even though the game wasn’t going our way. We learned that if we have an open shot we need to take the risk,” junior Sydney Westerhof said.

Falcons Vs Knights

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter January 5, 2023

The Davenport West Falcons traveled to Assumption High School on January 3rd to play in a double header. Unfortunately, the boys varsity lost 50-60 and the girls varsity lost 10-51, it wasn't a successful...

There are many opportunities for festive photos while at the party. This was a great opportunity to capture memories with your family.

Pajama Party at the Putnam

Gracie Sade, Reporter January 4, 2023

The Quad Cities have many events in the winter but some of its major ones include the Christkindl Market, the Festival of Trees and the Polar Express pajama party at the Putnam. The Polar Express pajama...

West High School Student Senate heads down to the River Bend Food Bank to deliver their food collections for the Student Hunger Drive and celebrate all their hard work on loading day.

Helping the Hungry

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 3, 2023

For six dedicated weeks, students in West’s Student Senate have worked tirelessly to collect food and money for the Student Hunger Drive. The Hunger Drive is a competition for students all across the...

“My favorite part about swimming is the relationships that are built. The sport is so tough it brings us all closer together throughout the season. The meets are really fun as well, especially when our team is winning,” senior Nate Hagedorn said.

Falcons take on the Muskies

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter December 9, 2022

Davenport West was defeated in last night's meet against the Muscatine Muskies. West finished with a score of 57-79, improving the team times over 34 seconds. Although the Falcons didn’t win, they put...

 “I mean, they look good on and like, gotta look good to play good. So I feel like its a new turn around its going good and we’re scoring 5-0 right now,” Junior Kaleb English said.

Back but in Black

Makenna Burt, Reporter September 30, 2022

Many things are different about this year's football team. Not only are they having a winning season for the first time in twenty three years but they also have new uniforms. Not new red and white ones...

The band plays throughout the pep rally. They came prepared and ready to pump up the student body for Homecoming week.

Getting Hype for Homecoming

Isabella Martens, Editor-in-Chief September 26, 2022

September 26, 2019. That was the last time a pep rally was held in the gymnasium. Luckily, the return of the pep rally came just in time for Homecoming. The teams performing or speaking had around a week...

Students show their tickets to get let into the dance. Student Senate had to come early to set up and stay late to clean up after.

Hustle to Homecoming

Isabella Martens, Editor-in-Chief September 20, 2022

Crowns, streamers, and tickets, that's all Student Senate has been able to think about since July. They were on a tight schedule with Homecoming being in the third week of school. Student Senate is a class...

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