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Saving lives with blood

Saving lives with blood

Tim O'Leary, Media Editor

February 24, 2020

On Thursday Feb. 27, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center held a blood drive at West. During student’s second block, they could come down and donate blood. These blood drives are held once a term at West, however mobile units are always on the move.  “We’re a mobile unit, so we’re in a di...

Secret clubs of West

Secret clubs of West

Madison Barton, Reporter

February 18, 2020

With 34 clubs at West, there is a chance students may not know all of them. Not everyone may not be aware of the more “unknown” clubs. Every student is encouraged to join a club, sport or some kind of activity to get involved. With all these choices, there is no way a student cannot find what they...

Who is most likely…?

Who is most likely…?

February 14, 2020

Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits at West

Civil Rights augmented reality exhibits at West

Kaylee Milem, Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, West received new exhibits in the library. These exhibits use a type of technology called augmented reality (AR), which takes advantage of current hardware, such as a smartphone, to show more information as an overlay for the object shown. West is the third school in the country to ...

Importance of security

Importance of security

Cierra White, Reporter

February 13, 2020

Fights, arguments, disagreements, and other conflicts occur at schools, so administration and school staff hold a lot of responsibility to help keep staff and students safe. Security professionals Chris Carr and Shay Serrano are two of six security guards at West.  Security guards go by many names. They could...

Thoughts behind SEL (social and emotional learning)

Thoughts behind SEL (social and emotional learning)

Reagan Hoffman, Reporter

February 11, 2020

You walk into school on a Monday morning to a room of familiar faces. You sit down, pull out your chromebook, and sign up for flex. This is the usual, however, what about the occasional lessons and slideshows? Some teachers try to connect and open discussions with their students, some get through them...

Behind the locker tags

Behind the locker tags

Vu Tran, Business Manager

February 11, 2020

Freshman Faith Rettler is on the volleyball team and is a varsity cheerleader. Senior Ellie Mirfield is in the Ecology Club and Health Careers Club (HOSA). Something you may overlook are the locker tags that hang on students' lockers in the halls of West honoring membership in Falcon sports and clubs. ...

Student first, athlete second

Student first, athlete second

Diana Garcia, Reporter

February 7, 2020

Throughout the years West High School has been a competitive school with sports. In every sport, all  teammates and their coaches support one another, become close, and encourage academic success.  As an athlete, it is important to keep up with grades in order to be able to play and compete for Wes...

Helping hands of West

Helping hands of West

Madison Barton, Reporter

February 6, 2020

On average the student to counselor ratio is 482 to one, according to the American School Counselor Association. As a school counselor, his/her job is not only to figure out students’ schedules, but also to help students with concerns or questions, and help with career counseling. With over 1,500 stu...

What is MVP?

What is MVP?

Olaoluwa Johnson, Reporter

February 6, 2020

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program was created in 1993 by Dr. Jackson Katz and his colleagues reports MVP Strategies. MVP was established in order to bring awareness to and prevent gender based violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.  Mentors in MVP  consist of 38 students who ...

Rise of cultural diversity

Rise of cultural diversity

Kaylee Milem, Reporter

February 5, 2020

The Cultural Diversity Club began two years ago at Davenport North by math teacher Ayola Vesey and world language teacher Monica Jager. North staff was required to join a faculty focus or extracurricular team for the school. Among these teams was the Faculty Diversity Team, which had the goal of fig...

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