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Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Signs of love through the vines of valentines

Joseph Potts, Reporter

February 16, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Feb.14, Valentine’s Day, a group of students covered the hallways with sticky note hearts filled with uplifting messages like “Be the Change” and “Embrace the Journey.” The event was a service project done by Youth Mental Ambassadors as way to celebrate the holiday and make fellow Falcons...

The appeal of JROTC

The appeal of JROTC

Thomas Yates, Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

“Present colors!” The cadet wielding the saber issues the command for you and your fellow Color Guard members to move into the next position. Carrying a decommissioned rifle, you change your hold on the rifle, sweat forming under the brim of your cover as you feel the eyes of the hundreds of onl...

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Tyler Newman, Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Battle of the Books is an Iowa Quad Cities regional competition that involves students reading a wide variety of books. At the competition, there are a series of questions asked about the books’ author, setting, story… There is a level for each grade ranging from third grade to seniors. In addition t...

Wrestling at West

Wrestling at West

Joseph Potts, Reporter

February 11, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

As the winter sports season is getting closer to a conclusion, the wrestling team will be competing to qualify for state in their next tournament. Currently they are getting themselves ready to be in their best shape to end a successful season. As of Feb. 11, Travis Hodges came in second place in the dis...

2019 Gala court candidates

2019 Gala court candidates

Laurence Walker and Sophia Iniguez

February 8, 2019


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

Carson Kahley Carson Kahley is involved in many activities at West including band, drumline, show choir pit, and jazz band. He’s president of the National Honor Society, a Junior Rotarian, and West’s school board representative. His favorite memories at West are his experiences in drumline. ...

From success to scholarship

From success to scholarship

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Maintaining good grades, leading a world class robotics team, and still finding time for typical teenage activities may seem impossible to some, but senior Alyssa Rodriguez seems to balance everything with ease. Even colleges are taking notice of Rodriguez's efforts, as Iowa State University has...

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Snow days pile up, cause school year to end in June

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

February 4, 2019


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

The Davenport Community School District has taken six days off this year because of some of the most dangerous wind chills in years. Due to recent life-threatening temperatures and extreme travel conditions, the district has had to shorten and cut days out of the school year for the safety of all staf...

Gala gets a fresh new look

Gala gets a fresh new look

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Update: Gala has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m. at CASI.  The theme is Starry Night. Tickets are $15 and and can be purchased before or after school and during lunch in the activities office. Students attending this year’s Gala dance should expect to see signi...

Unstoppable despite the obstacles

Unstoppable despite the obstacles

Tyler Newman, Reporter

January 17, 2019


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

He is a student who always has the biggest smile on his face. He is a passionate soul who loves writing. He is an energetic young man ready to overcome the odds any minute of the day. He is a student who never lets his struggles stop him from being successful. All of these characteristics symbolize seni...

Dance team dismantles gender stereotypes

Dance team dismantles gender stereotypes

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

January 16, 2019


Filed under Dance, Showcase, Sports

Those who attended the Jan. 4 basketball game may have been expecting a fun 15 minutes between the second and third quarter due to the annual dance to be put on by the dance team. This time, however, there was a major change that would surprise the audience. Instead of the typical all female team, fr...

District special education approach being revisited

District special education approach being revisited

Timothy O'Leary, Reporter

January 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The Davenport School District has recently been under scrutiny by the state due to failures in the current special education programs provided. The district has received several audits across 2018, multiple relating to the special education department, namely being out of compliance with disproportio...

Catastrophically cautious cuts

Catastrophically cautious cuts

Joseph Potts, Reporter

January 11, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

On Nov. 29, the Davenport School Board agreed to a two-year budget plan to remove 83 positions and cut $13 million for the 2019-2020 school year. The district was hoping to have to make less cuts due to retirements and attrition. Thirty-one teachers have taken the early retirement incentive, however, ...

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