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Saving lives one drop at a time

Saving lives one drop at a time

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

April 19, 2019


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West hosted its first blood drive since Sept.on Thursday, April 18. Due to snow day cancellations, West was not able to host two of their four annual blood drives. By collecting an estimated total of 80 pints, the amount of blood taken in could potentially save 240 people. “We host blood drives wit...

Quality of life or quality of security?

Quality of life or quality of security?

Laurence Walker, Reporter

April 19, 2019


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Approaching West’s doors near the YMCA entrance, it’s not uncommon to see groups of people peering through the windows, knocking on the doors, or calling friends. The doors near the Y entrance, or the Y doors, are almost always locked, leaving some students confused as to why. “I used to go i...

Iowa standardized tests go digital

Iowa standardized tests go digital

Cameron Wilson, reporter

April 18, 2019


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     Iowa Assessments are given to students in order to rate the state in education by comparing scores nationally. This will be the first year that Iowa Assessments go online.      The new test, the Iowa Student Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), will be taken on Chromebooks this April. ...

Brilliant biomechanics

Brilliant biomechanics

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 15, 2019


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West students from Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) classes went on a field trip to St. Ambrose University to explore their kinesiology department on April 10. The trip was organized by science teacher John Arnold and St. Ambrose Assistant Professor, Doctor Rhiannon Seneli, as a way to celebrate N...

Suspenseful speeches

Suspenseful speeches

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 8, 2019


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The season of the Speech and Debate team may have ended, but for junior Anton Kordick, it is only the beginning as he prepares for the national tournament this summer. “We had a very small team this year because we’ve had several students graduate the last two years, so we need to rebuild. The s...

West hosts first mobile food pantry

West hosts first mobile food pantry

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

March 30, 2019


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Pushing a shopping cart down a long aisle lined with fresh produce and a variety of food products may be a common activity, and even sometimes a hassle, for most people. However, a percentage of community members in the Quad Cities cannot afford this luxury, which is why the River Bend Foodbank has bec...

“Little Shop of Horrors” preview

“Little Shop of Horrors” preview

Zack Misner, Co-Managing Editor

March 26, 2019


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Every year the West High Falcon Theater puts on a musical, and this year they decided to put on the modern classic “Little Shop of Horrors.” “Little Shop” is about an alien plant called Audrey II, voiced by senior Robert Greve, who tricks the male lead Seymour, played by senior Ben Gabriel, i...

Crisis drills in the Davenport Community School District

Crisis drills in the Davenport Community School District

Cameron Wilson, Reporter

March 20, 2019


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Safety drills are important to practice in order to be prepared for a dangerous event. West is required by law to have four fire drills, four tornado drills, and two A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Encounter, Evacuate) drills per year. Fire drills Fire drills were introduced into schools in 1958 af...

STEM goes to the Capitol

STEM goes to the Capitol

Joseph Potts, Reporter

February 24, 2019


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On Feb. 19, West engineering teachers Greg Smith and Jason Franzenburg, and seniors Alexa Christiansen, Zak Keel, and Jalissa Peiffer went to the Capitol of the U.S. and joined United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO) and  Lemelson-MIT program to promote STEM education. “Last Wednesday wa...

Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Joseph Potts, Reporter

February 16, 2019


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On Feb.14, Valentine’s Day, a group of students covered the hallways with sticky note hearts filled with uplifting messages like “Be the Change” and “Embrace the Journey.” The event was a service project done by Youth Mental Ambassadors as way to celebrate the holiday and make fellow Falcons...

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Tyler Newman, Reporter

February 12, 2019


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Battle of the Books is an Iowa Quad Cities regional competition that involves students reading a wide variety of books. At the competition, there are a series of questions asked about the books’ author, setting, story… There is a level for each grade ranging from third grade to seniors. In addition t...

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

February 4, 2019


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

The Davenport Community School District has taken six days off this year because of some of the most dangerous wind chills in years. Due to recent life-threatening temperatures and extreme travel conditions, the district has had to shorten and cut days out of the school year for the safety of all staf...

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