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Iowa Hawkeyes defeats previous national champions as they head into the final four against the University of Connecticut Huskies.

Iowa Heading Into The Final Four

Addison Aleksiejczyk, Co-Editor April 5, 2024

As the 2024 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament is in full swing, the Iowa Hawkeyes upset the LSU Tigers as they head into the final four. After the Hawkeyes lost last...

 “The Perry School shooting shocked me, it’s so sad,” Gradin said.

Perry Shooting

Makenna Burt, Editor-in-Chief January 17, 2024

On January 4th, just 20 minutes before the Perry School District would start school back from break, a shooting would occur. Seventeen-year-old gunman, Dylan Butler, took his life and injured six others....

“I think this years golf season will be fun and we have a pretty good team,” senior Clare Lotspeich said.

“Par”fect Meet

Makenna Burt, Reporter April 12, 2023

Staring at the top of the hill looking at a small hole 338 yards away, with one goal to put that ball in the hole in the least amount of shots. That’s how the West girls golf teams first meet started...

West students get hands on with preparing tree saplings to be planted. Living Lands and Waters informs students on the native trees to our environment, as well as the process of growing the saplings.

Trees on; air pollution gone

Lucy Bernick, Reporter March 31, 2023

While around 42 million trees are getting cut down worldwide every day, Living Lands and Waters is offsetting that with having West students bag tree saplings to keep air quality efficient, and soil erosion...

Central was one of the schools that was targeted. Tensions have been high ever since that call around Davenport.

Swat Scares

Jimmy Hepler, Reporter March 31, 2023

Many students around Iowa at the beginning of a Tuesday morning were rudely awakened by the threat of an active shooter at their school. Fearful and confused, many got called out by their parents, some...

Falcon Friends join up with the West Connection Show Choir to learn a dance.

Can’t spell West without WE

Lanora Sprague, Reporter March 10, 2023

Inclusivity. It’s a big word with a lot of meaning, but what does it look like? West high school works to include special education students in lots of different activities around school. The Falcon...

Nic Stone standing in the West Library in front of her book display. The library has these books for any student or staff to check out.

Stone’s story

Lucy Bernick, Reporter March 9, 2023

With the motivation of beating the other Davenport schools, the students of West came through with the most registrations of the Davenport public library reading tracker. To reward this accomplishment,...

Myles Creighton, ‘26, along with others, protests outside of West. Some of the chants students used were “We are gay and we are proud,” and “Go gays”.

Wednesday Walkout

Jimmy Hepler, Reporterr March 3, 2023

Grass is getting greener, and the weather is hinting at spring. Change can be felt in the air and… in our Iowa laws. Bills that could shake up the LGBT community are being introduced throughout Iowa,...

Audrianna Tete expressing her sadness about West not having a girls soccer team.

Kicked to the Curb

Lanora Sprague, Reporter January 30, 2023

Out of a student population of 1,445 West is unable to find 11 girls who want to play soccer. For the second year in a row the girls soccer team has been cut due to lack of numbers. This is frustrating...

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....

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