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Iowa Hawkeyes defeats previous national champions as they head into the final four against the University of Connecticut Huskies.

Iowa Heading Into The Final Four

Addison Aleksiejczyk, Co-Editor April 5, 2024

As the 2024 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament is in full swing, the Iowa Hawkeyes upset the LSU Tigers as they head into the final four. After the Hawkeyes lost last...

Social Studies teacher Coyne-Logan teaches AP Human Geography the world map. This is a course only able for incoming freshmen and the only AP class a freshman can take.

A New Change All Around

Addison Aleksiejczyk January 26, 2024

Finals over, no assignments, no homework, no studying; all to do it again. With the first semester coming to an end, a new one is just beginning. Each semester staff and students schedules reset, making...

 “The Perry School shooting shocked me, it’s so sad,” Gradin said.

Perry Shooting

Makenna Burt, Editor-in-Chief January 17, 2024

On January 4th, just 20 minutes before the Perry School District would start school back from break, a shooting would occur. Seventeen-year-old gunman, Dylan Butler, took his life and injured six others....

“In the original game I don’t think we could have come out better, so it was hard to be as good as the first game, but we still came out there and played as hard as we could and we kept our energy high,” Green said.

Second Half, Same Energy

Lucy Bernick, Reporter January 17, 2024

On December 8th, 2023 the Davenport West Boys Basketball team versed Davenport Central in a crowd-thrilling game where West dominated. A few minutes into the third quarter, the game was going well with...

“I was super excited to actually get to see her in person face to face and actually talk to her instead of just watching from the stands or on tv,” Westerhof said.

A Change Maker

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter January 9, 2024

Women’s basketball has recently caught a lot of attention and it is thanks to Iowa Hawkeye senior guard Caitlin Clark. If you aren't aware of who Clark is, she is a basketball player at the University...

Caption Counselor Trisha Jones looks over a students schedule plan.

Planning Ahead

Raegan Ware, Reporter January 5, 2024

Every year the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors of west high are offered to plan their schedule for the next school year. Even though returning students will  be getting their actual schedule for the...

“I was hands on with everything during the project, such as welding and helping put up the base,” Carter said.

From Classroom to Real World

Makenna Burt, Editor In-Cheif November 29, 2023

While most classes leave you sitting at desks all day, Welding is a different story.. The Vocational Welding Program just recently finished a project atVeterans Memorial Park, where they built a steel...

“I am most excited to just get back on the court,” Thomas said.

The Start of Something New

Makenna Burt, Editor In-Cheif November 27, 2023

With the ending of fall sports, comes the winter sport pre-season. Boys basketball is one of those sports that puts in an abundance of time preparing for their season. With this, the team has new players...

“We did like over half a year of practice, and it paid off,” senior Karma Caldwell said.

Bringing Home the Trophy

Kaylee Coffman, Reporter November 16, 2023

I'm sure we’ve all heard the saying “practice makes perfect'' at least once? Well for the Davenport West Coed Competition Cheerleaders, practice did make perfect! On November 4th the Iowa Cheerleading...

 “On our team, a win for one is a win for all, coach Stahle said.

Addison represents Davenport West at Miss Iowa

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter November 13, 2023

Recently a new opportunity has formed for the Iowa Dance Community. Talented dancers from all over the community now have the opportunity to compete for a spot to represent Iowa’s most prestigious dancers....

“I owe my confidence to the many fans who brought the energy principal Mr. Orfitelli said.

Math Defends Lip Sync Title

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter November 6, 2023

After weeks of anticipation and numerous setbacks, the day the students and faculty had all been waiting for… LIP SYNC BATTLE. The Math Westie Besties, Security Department and the Silly Singers all went...

Alyssa Diaz ‘27 gets into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as a killer fashionista. On October 26th Art Club hosted a homemade costume contest in room 121 in celebration of Halloween. “A lot of the stuff was mainly just found and I kinda just put stuff together. The mask on the other hand was made basically with white and black paint,” said Alyssa Diaz ‘27.

That’s the Halloween Spirit

Kaylee Coffman, Reporter November 6, 2023

It’s finally Halloween season, and the Art Club is making sure not to miss out on any fun Halloween activities. Art Club has been an afterschool program for around three to four years. It’s primarily...

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