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Gone too soon

 “It’s really upsetting that I had my last day stepping foot in West High School as a student and I didn’t even know it,” senior Alex Solbrig said. 

Unable to celebrate on the graduation stage, Solbrig celebrates her high school accomplishments at home and is ready for whatever her future brings.

Sarah Bernick, Managing Editor

May 11, 2020

Many high school students dream of walking across the stage on the day of their senior graduation, celebrating the past four years they have had with their classmates. Parents and guardians are planning graduation parties ahead of time, with a long list of family and friends to invite. Seniors have imagine...

An unusually alert spring break

As flights were cancelling, Westerhof noticed a large drop in the amount of people traveling through the airports. “The airports were pretty busy when we were on our way there, but on the way home people were more scarce and everything was closed,

Sarah Bernick, Managing Editor

March 30, 2020

“Ahhhh-Chew!” A sneeze that would usually be recovered by a smile and a “bless you” has now turned into an uncertain look and the social distancing of another person.  COVID-19 is the most serious health threat that has faced the country in over 100 years, according to Dr. Robert R. Redfie...

Off Days at West

Sophomore Cristian Agulaira is stressed about an upcoming test.

Karley Eacker, Reporter

February 27, 2020

 Teachers and students have their off days at school and sometimes it’s hard to deal with. All students and teachers have different ways to deal with their emotions. ''When students don’t get on task or want to stay on task, it gets frustrating when you care about their well being,” math teac...

Saving lives with blood

In 2019, the  Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center collected well over 1000 donations from only six schools. This does not include donations from places such as churches or donations given at one the local buildings. 

Tim O'Leary, Media Editor

February 24, 2020

On Thursday Feb. 27, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center held a blood drive at West. During student’s second block, they could come down and donate blood. These blood drives are held once a term at West, however mobile units are always on the move.  “We’re a mobile unit, so we’re in a di...

Secret clubs of West

Medieval Club is not just an extracurricular, it is also a family, says adviser and talented and gifted teacher Jay Swords.

Madison Barton, Reporter

February 18, 2020

With 34 clubs at West, there is a chance students may not know all of them. Not everyone may not be aware of the more “unknown” clubs. Every student is encouraged to join a club, sport or some kind of activity to get involved. With all these choices, there is no way a student cannot find what they...

Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits at West

Cultural Diversity Club students junior Farnaiza Gulam and sophomore Tray Anna Thomas, visited the library during Falcon Flex, along with the rest of the club to see the new Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits.

Kaylee Milem, Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, West received new exhibits in the library. These exhibits use a type of technology called augmented reality (AR), which takes advantage of current hardware, such as a smartphone, to show more information as an overlay for the object shown. West is the third school in the country to ...

Student first, athlete second

Good grades were required to play in the West versus Pleasant Valley boy basketball game on Feb 4. In fact, good grades are required to get play time. A student athlete's favorite part of the game is the opportunity to play. “Don't focus on things that you can't control and always do your homework before you do anything else to be able to play,” senior and student athlete Kyle Burton said.

Diana Garcia, Reporter

February 7, 2020

Throughout the years West High School has been a competitive school with sports. In every sport, all  teammates and their coaches support one another, become close, and encourage academic success.  As an athlete, it is important to keep up with grades in order to be able to play and compete for Wes...

What is MVP?

West social worker Jenn O'Hare talks to student mentors about their next visit to the freshman advisories to discuss violence at all levels for the Mentors in Violence Prevention program.

Olaoluwa Johnson, Reporter

February 6, 2020

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program was created in 1993 by Dr. Jackson Katz and his colleagues reports MVP Strategies. MVP was established in order to bring awareness to and prevent gender based violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.  Mentors in MVP  consist of 38 students who ...

Dual-Enrollment for Falcons

Science teacher Joan Jutting discussing in her fourth block Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class. West is the only school that offers CNA as a dual-enrollment class within the Davenport School Community District.

Farnaiza Gulam, Reporter

February 3, 2020

Davenport West High School has partnered with Scott Community College for a dual-enrollment program. Through this partnership, Falcons will have the opportunity to enroll in dual-credit classes that will earn them a high school credit along with college credit for certain classes.  According to Scot...

Falcons need to lock up

Sophomore Maureen Campbell keeps her things on the gym locker after second block PE class

Farnaiza Gulam, Reporter

February 3, 2020

West provides locker rooms for students to keep their gear and equipment for Physical Education class, but some students use their gym locker as a personal locker. Inside the gym locker room, some students keep their valuable belongings, school materials, and backpacks. “It is supposed to be used for keeping the...

Falcon athletic standouts

Senior Erica Henderson is an example of just one Falcon athletic standouts. Henderson highest bowling score is a 279 and her goal is to surpass this score during her final season on the bowling team.

Marissa Mendez, Reporter

January 16, 2020

Every sport has that one outstanding player. A player that you know is going to be good as soon as they step onto the field, court, mat, or floor. A player that is passionate about what they do and how they do it makes them stand out among other athletes. Senior Erica Henderson is one of those athle...

West theater brings drama to the school in their play Hamlet

Hamlet confronting Leah before they fight. To try and settle what's between them before they fence, Hamlet apologizes to Leah, who appreciates it but doesn't accept

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter

December 11, 2019

  West took the stage with Hamlet from Friday December 6th to Sunday December 8th. They used this show to present several forms of comedy, such as dark humor and a more mocking-style of modern references and language, as well as a plot driven story that ties up all ends which were given earli...

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