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Student Senate competes for pounds instead of gold

Student Senate competes for pounds instead of gold

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

September 25, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On Monday Sept. 24 Davenport West student senate competed in the River Bends student hunger drive kick off. Each school had the chance to create a one minute skit about the hunger drive. The winning team would receive 2,000 pounds of food to start off the hunger drive. "We all win when we donat...

Fifty-eight students inducted into National Honors Society

Fifty-eight students inducted into National Honors Society

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

September 21, 2018


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On Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., 58 new juniors and seniors were inducted into National Honors Society (NHS) for the 2018-19 school year. These students were joined with the 63 NHS inductees from the 2017-2018 school year. “The initial criteria is that students have to have a 3.5 or higher GPA at the en...

Welding students refurbish 9/11 memorial

Welding students refurbish 9/11 memorial

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager

September 20, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

On Sept. 11, Mr. Zinn’s Vocational Welding class began their project to refurbish the 9/11 memorial located in the front of the school. “We built the memorial 17 years ago in my class and refurbished it once about five or six years ago. I was driving by it and thought it was time to make it look...

Pepper spray mishap sparks concern about safety

Pepper spray mishap sparks concern about safety

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

September 14, 2018


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Students in English teacher Katie Choate’s Introduction to Newspaper had a first hand experience with pepper spray on Sept. 6. “It didn’t take long for us all to start coughing,”  junior Nakia Allen said. Choate said the incident happened as a joke, but within a span of thirty seconds, i...

Drumming up awareness to beat the stigma

Drumming up awareness to beat the stigma

Zak Keel, Reporter

September 11, 2018


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Students in Davenport West High School’s drumline are raising awareness to beat the stigma of mental health through an outreach partnership with the Vera French Community Mental Health Center. The goal is to raise funds to support community programs that Vera French offers while creating an open disc...

West’s Nest ready for new school year

West’s Nest ready for new school year

Hanna Seago, Managing Editor

September 8, 2018


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West’s own food pantry has begun operation for the school year. The Falcon Nest is run by Jenn O’Hare and provides students and their families with a full service food pantry, clothing closet, laundry room and basic need supply center. “I would say we try to help with basic needs. So food, to help...

Lights, camera, action!

Lights, camera, action!

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

September 7, 2018


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The director looked upon the audience with nervous anticipation, they laughed at the joke and the nerves flooded out like a rushing river. Being new to film making, Vanessa Banks hopped into the Urban Exposures a 10 week independent film project. The four participants got together every day for four ho...

Modern Shakespeare

Modern Shakespeare

Zack Misner, Features Editor

September 6, 2018


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One might know the tale of the forbidden love of Romeo and Juliet, a tale filled with bloodshed, banishment, poison and (spoiler alert) the death of the Veronian lovers themselves. That was a tale spun by the famous author William Shakespeare, a man whose tales are still told today by teachers in class...

Pre-cap of show choir season

Pre-cap of show choir season

Emma Day, Marketing Director

September 4, 2018


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West High School’s show choir groups, This Just In! and West Connection, have been rehearsing for their upcoming competitions in November. Rehearsals started on July 23 with a choreography camp where the students found out the setlist for the upcoming competitions and show choir season. “We...

District budget reduction plan passed

District budget reduction plan passed

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

September 4, 2018


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On Tuesday Sept. 4, a special call school board meeting was held in the new Davenport Community School District board room located in the re-purposed J.B. Young school building. The meeting was called to approve the five year budget reduction plan created by the district administration, including Chief Financial Officer Claudia Wood. The plan passed in a close 4-3 vote. The plan ...

West High way

West High way

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager

August 28, 2018


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Falcons begin the 2018-2019 school year with an almost all new administration headed by new Principal Cory Williams.   New Falcon faces Imagine sitting at home recovering from surgery and getting a text from the Associate Superintendent Rob Scott. Williams was in this exact position when s...

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