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Senior Falcon festival

Senior Falcon festival

Joseph Potts, reporter

May 24, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

An annual picnic for graduating students was held on May 22 at the Mississippi Fairgrounds as way for seniors to  get together one last time before graduation. The senior picnic has been a long running, approximately 30 years, tradition for the school. “I think it would probably go back around ...

Red-tailed hawk rescue at West

Red-tailed hawk rescue at West

Joseph Heirigs, Reporter

May 24, 2019


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Update: Animal Family Vet Center checked the red-tailed hawk out and stated that nothing was broken. The raptor was thin and had been eaten up by gnats and will be visiting a raptor center to get healthy before being released into the wild. WHSToday.com will update as further information is acquired. ...

Surfing through West’s Charity Week

Surfing through West’s Charity Week

Cameron Wilson, reporter

May 22, 2019


Filed under Multimedia, News, Photos, Showcase

  Once a year West has a Charity Week run by Student Senate to provide for those in need. The $3, 415 dollars raised from this year’s event goes to West’s own Falcon’s Nest. The Falcon’s Nest provides essential needs for more than 1,000 people and their families social studie...

Thoughtful theatre

Thoughtful theatre

Joseph Potts, Reporter

May 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

  West students produced the 59th annual West High variety show on May 10 in the auditorium. Preparations for the variety show began the first week of May. Senior Lily Hancock says that they started late this year and pulled the show together in one week. The variety show is directed by show choir...

Mississippi flooding crashes over West

Mississippi flooding crashes over West

Laurence Walker, Reporter

May 9, 2019


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On Tuesday, April 30, the levee that has been up for over a month holding the record high flooding from the Mississippi river broke, and crashed over downtown Davenport. According to KWQC, the river levels reached 22.64 feet on Thursday, May 2, surpassing the previous record of 21.63 feet set in 199...

Sweeping attendance issues out the door

Sweeping attendance issues out the door

Sophia Iniguez, Reporter

April 25, 2019


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The administrators at West have launched a new effort to help keep students in their classrooms and out of the halls. This method is called the lockout system. The lockout system was used this year to prevent late and tardy students. Administrators, teachers, and students are all affected by this new po...

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


Filed under News, Showcase

     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


Filed under News, Showcase

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...

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