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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 ...

Play Review: “Wicked”

Hanna Seago, Reporter

December 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

“Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz” (commonly referred to as “Wicked”) is a darker retelling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Lyman Frank Baum. The play itself is based off of a book of the same title by Gregory Maguire. According to “The Wrap,” Wicked is Broadway’s...

If you’re sick, stay home

If you’re sick, stay home

Georgia Witt, Reporter

November 27, 2017


Filed under Opinion

During the changing from fall to winter, it seems that a lot of students tend to catch a cold. But why are students coming to school when they are sick? Do they realize the effects of their poor decisions? Bacteria are everywhere. They cause infections, and when one person spreads bacteria to another...

Book review: “How to Hang a Witch”

Book review: “How to Hang a Witch”

Hannah Myers, Reporter

November 20, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

“How to Hang a Witch” was written by Adriana Mather, published July 26, 2016, and is set in present time. Samantha Mather and her stepmother Vivian travel all the way from New York City to live in Samantha’s deceased grandmother's house in Salem, Massachusetts.  In the city of Salem, there is a g...

The dangers of social media

The dangers of social media

Brooke Netcott, Reporter

November 18, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Teens spend at least nine hours a day on social media. In 2016, the “Huffington Post” reported 75 percent of teens in America have profiles on social media. Thirty-nine percent of those teens have been bullied in some way online. Parents and teens do not know the dangers that lurk on social me...

Too early for Christmas?

Too early for Christmas?

Georgia Witt, Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The feel of Christmas and the holiday season has come quite early this year. Numerous amounts of Christmas decorations are displayed and the Christmas songs are playing on the radio. What seems to be the deal with bringing in the Christmas spirit before it is even Thanksgiving? According to popular blogge...

Album Review: Reputation by Taylor Swift

Album Review: Reputation by Taylor Swift

Haley Newcomb, Assistant Media Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Popstar icon Taylor Swift released her sixth album with Big Machine Records titled “Reputation” on Nov. 10. “Reputation” is available at Target for $14.99, and sold 700,000 copies in the U.S. on the first day. 1.05 million copies have been sold to date, and has already been claimed as 2017’...

“Arsenic and Old Lace” play review

“Arsenic and Old Lace” play review

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

November 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

West Falcon Theatre presented “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Nov. 3 and 4 in the Liddy Auditorium at West High School. This was director Nic Anderson’s first time directing a play at West. Anderson and the cast most certainly hit it out of the ballpark. “Arsenic and Old Lace” is about Mortimer...

The ugly truth behind ‘finstas’

The ugly truth behind ‘finstas’

Dani Reitz, Reporter

November 7, 2017


Filed under Opinion

With all the freedom that social media presents to us, negative communication is undoubtedly inevitable.The primary concept behind social media is to create a more efficient form of communication. However, there is little way to control the cynical aspects that may display themselves. Therefore, teen...

TV Show Review: “The Good Doctor”- Season One

TV Show Review: “The Good Doctor”- Season One

Zack Misner, Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

As a person who watches tv shows--some might say too much--I have come to have high standards for shows which were all met by "The Good Doctor". It is a drama but it also spins together romance and comedy to deliver a feeling of renewed interest after each episode. As you can guess from the name of...

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