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Saving lives one drop at a time

Saving lives one drop at a time

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

April 19, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

West hosted its first blood drive since Sept.on Thursday, April 18. Due to snow day cancellations, West was not able to host two of their four annual blood drives. By collecting an estimated total of 80 pints, the amount of blood taken in could potentially save 240 people. “We host blood drives wit...

Quality of life or quality of security?

Quality of life or quality of security?

Laurence Walker, Reporter

April 19, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Approaching West’s doors near the YMCA entrance, it’s not uncommon to see groups of people peering through the windows, knocking on the doors, or calling friends. The doors near the Y entrance, or the Y doors, are almost always locked, leaving some students confused as to why. “I used to go i...

Iowa standardized tests go digital

Iowa standardized tests go digital

Cameron Wilson, reporter

April 18, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

     Iowa Assessments are given to students in order to rate the state in education by comparing scores nationally. This will be the first year that Iowa Assessments go online.      The new test, the Iowa Student Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP), will be taken on Chromebooks this April. ...

Brilliant biomechanics

Brilliant biomechanics

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

West students from Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) classes went on a field trip to St. Ambrose University to explore their kinesiology department on April 10. The trip was organized by science teacher John Arnold and St. Ambrose Assistant Professor, Doctor Rhiannon Seneli, as a way to celebrate N...

Suspenseful speeches

Suspenseful speeches

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 8, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

The season of the Speech and Debate team may have ended, but for junior Anton Kordick, it is only the beginning as he prepares for the national tournament this summer. “We had a very small team this year because we’ve had several students graduate the last two years, so we need to rebuild. The s...

Serves up

Serves up

Sarah Bernick and Sophia Iniguez

April 8, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Tennis

Figuring out exactly what you want to join in high school can be nerve-racking, but also an exciting journey. It opens up opportunities, while challenging people to do activities they would never think of doing. West’s girls tennis team and coach give some tips on this active spring sport. For m...

A looming threat draws ever closer

A looming threat draws ever closer

Tim O'Leary, Reporter

April 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The point of no return draws ever closer for mother earth. A number being commonly thrown around is 12 years, making the march to the tipping point dangerously close. Yet still many superpowers, notably the U.S., seem to be doing little to stop it, or perhaps doing more to speed it forward. “Our...

The keys to living a happy and healthy life

The keys to living a happy and healthy life

Tyler Newman, Reporter

April 7, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Life is the most wonderful joy in the world. Even with all the negativity in the world, people should try to lead a enjoyable life. Having faith, forgiveness, and compassion are some ways people can make a change for themselves. Research shows that if people are more happy, it can even lead to better relati...

West is best

West is best

Sophia Iniguez, Reporter

April 5, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Davenport West High School is much more than just a school, it's a place where students make memories, come together with friends, and join activities and clubs that they will never forget. With more than 1,600 students in the Falcon nation, there is diversity in classes, clubs, and sports teams that ma...

Falcons and foreign language

Falcons and foreign language

Laurence Walker and Thomas Yates

April 3, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Hola! Hallo! Bonjour! Davenport West offers three language programs and a classical languages course. Ask any foreign language teacher or student, and they’d say that language is an important part of life, and that learning a new language is beneficial to anyone. In fact, West offers more college ...

West hosts first mobile food pantry

West hosts first mobile food pantry

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

March 30, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Pushing a shopping cart down a long aisle lined with fresh produce and a variety of food products may be a common activity, and even sometimes a hassle, for most people. However, a percentage of community members in the Quad Cities cannot afford this luxury, which is why the River Bend Foodbank has bec...

Surreal surnames

Surreal surnames

Sarah Bernick, Reporter

March 29, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Something we’ve all seen, something we all hear, something we all struggle to pronounce… Last names are part of a title that every person has, whether we like them or not. We’ve all seen our names in the yearbook, or on the attendance list, but have you ever looked at someone else's last name and...

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