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Coalition of young voters

Coalition of young voters

Zak Keel, Reporter

November 6, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Polls will open up today, Nov. 6, for the 2018 midterm elections as Americans across the nation will partake in state and local races that will soon influence the second half of President Donald Trump’s four-year term. There are 435 seats in the U.S. House that are up for re-election, 35 Senate seat...

Anxiety: you’re probably doing it wrong

Anxiety: you’re probably doing it wrong

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor

November 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

I've seen and heard the word almost everywhere I go. Anxiety. With mental health awareness becoming increasingly emphasized in our modern society, the topic has found its way into countless conversations, classrooms, media outlets and other social platforms. However, despite the progressive social accepta...

Friday night fights

Friday night fights

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Opinion, Showcase

Football is a heavy contact sport, but sometimes that contact can go too far. On Friday, Aug. 31, the Falcon football team got a first hand glimpse at what “too far” means when they versed the Clinton Riverkings. At the end of the fourth quarter, with about three minutes left, junior quarterba...

Just a friendly reminder: Grown men hitting on underaged girls is not okay

Just a friendly reminder: Grown men hitting on underaged girls is not okay

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

April 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sunday nights at the gas station where I work are filled with long hours that seemingly drag on like a drama in a soap opera. In between the very few customers, I like to ogle the food we have on display, wipe down an already sparkling counter or recount the money in the drawer— literally anything—to...

Letter to the Editor: Why I chose not to walk out

Letter to the Editor: Why I chose not to walk out

Aunna Romero, West Student

March 26, 2018


Filed under Columns

On Wednesday Mar. 14, I sat in class as seven of my classmates walked out of the building. As a school, West organizers aimed to keep our walkout as a bipartisan, all-inclusive event, which I applaud them for, but I still felt that walking out wasn’t the best choice for me. My peers and myself ...

Adults walk over the walkout

Adults walk over the walkout

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

March 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Wednesday Mar. 14, nine students, including myself, arranged a walkout against school violence on West’s band field.  We met for a total of 20 hours within the five days before the walk out, making posters, ribbons, and writing speeches. Over 150 students marched onto the field ready to fight f...

Hop off the anti-West band wagon

Hop off the anti-West band wagon

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

March 16, 2018


Filed under Columns

West is not a bad school. However, it seems like everyone who doesn’t attend West has a contradictory opinion. The negative things seen on social media or heard on the news do not define who we are at West, nor should it reflect what West is capable of. From the Jan. 28 “Quad-City Times” edito...

Good-bye P.E.?

Good-bye P.E.?

Martin Morales, Reporter

March 16, 2018


Filed under Columns

In early February, the Iowa Senate was introduced to a bill that would no longer have P.E. in schools as a required class. Students would have to do some kind of physical activity, of course. But it would not be the same as an actual class. Initially, after reading this bill I thought, what are the posit...

Alternatives to arming teachers

Alternatives to arming teachers

Michael Davis, Features Editor

March 9, 2018


Filed under Columns

After the recent Parkland school shooting, discussions across America and on social media on how to keep schools safe have been thrust into the spotlight. Some ideas, such as arming teachers with guns, seem to have been taken straight out of a young adult dystopian novel.  Some ideas, quite frankly, are ...

Logic brings awareness to suicide hotline

Logic brings awareness to suicide hotline

Georgia Witt, Reporter

October 7, 2017


Filed under Columns

On April 28, 2017, Logic released an inspirational song titled “1-800-273-8255”. This was the third song off of his studio album Everybody. He wrote it to bring awareness to not only the hotline, but to the act of suicide itself and to remind everyone that things get better. The song itself has...

Hate speech shouldn’t be free speech

Hate speech shouldn’t be free speech

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

August 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The First Amendment is the right to free speech. However due to recent activity, this amendment is being challenged. On Aug. 12, 2017 a riot broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia that started a large controversy over what types of speech the First Amendment protects. At the riot there were peop...

Mental health is taken too lightly

Mental health is taken too lightly

Danielle Stevens, Reporter

April 7, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Approximately 26 percent of kids are under age 18, and 1 in 4 adults have issues with their mental health, The Kim Foundation states. Kids take the words mental illness lightly, and that can be harmful or offensive to people who struggle with it. The most common mental illnesses for high schoolers ...

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