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Lockers: useful or useless?

Lockers: useful or useless?

Thomas Yates, Reporter

March 23, 2019


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Showcase

The bell rings to announce the end of first block. You don’t need your heavy textbook for the rest of the day, but it’s just light enough that you don’t mind if you have to carry it. The question stands: do you go out of your way to put the textbook in your locker, or do you just deal with it and...

Bowling team rolls on

Bowling team rolls on

Tim O'Leary

February 14, 2019


Filed under Award Winners, Bowling, Showcase, Sports

This past week the bowling team has proved their ability in the sport with 2 of the team’s bowlers, Zach Hainline and Erica Henderson qualifying for the all-district team. The team as a whole takes pride in their sport as well as the odd quirks and boons of it. Bowling is a much different sport compared t...

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...

Who is Freddie the Falcon?

Who is Freddie the Falcon?

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

November 14, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Showcase

What would a school be without their mascot? What would the University of Iowa be without Herkey? Or Frosted-Flakes without Tony the Tiger? Perhaps most importantly, what would be Davenport West High School be without Freddie the Falcon? Davenport West is home of the Falcons, or more specifically Fred...

Midterm election causes mixed emotions

Midterm election causes mixed emotions

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

November 8, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

As the 2018 midterm elections wrapped up on Nov. 6, the Iowa elections went into a late night with Republican Governor Kim Reynolds coming out on top over Democrat opponent Fred Hubbell. With polls closing at nine, part of the night views were told to keep the lights on and drink some coffee because t...

Coalition of young voters

Coalition of young voters

Zak Keel, Reporter

November 6, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Polls will open up today, Nov. 6, for the 2018 midterm elections as Americans across the nation will partake in state and local races that will soon influence the second half of President Donald Trump’s four-year term. There are 435 seats in the U.S. House that are up for re-election, 35 Senate seat...

Clean water courtesy of West

Clean water courtesy of West

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

November 5, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Showcase

8,133 miles away, there is a village in Kenya that lacks what many of us take for granted ‒ clean water. This daunting and very real issue was brought to the Davenport West Invent team by Joshua Ngao, a resident of Muamba who believed the seemingly impossible task could be tackled by Davenport West st...

Breaking the stereotype

Breaking the stereotype

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

She sits at the table during dinner, discouraged and angry. She is over being disrespected and feeling out of place. She goes to her mom to bring her out of this state of mind, her mom reminds her that this is life and things don’t come easy. Her dad reminds her that he went through the same discri...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

Alexa Christiansen is a student that may just break the record for most hours existing within the walls of West. An average week for Christiansen consists of walking to school at 6:35 a.m. for early-bird some days and staying after school until 8:30 p.m. for Robotics on others. Even when not on a sche...

Senior superlatives get a new look

Senior superlatives get a new look

Tim O'Leary, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, Features, Showcase

The senior superlatives are a tradition in many high schools. A vast array of titles just waiting to be seized by those renowned by their peers. But to those that aren’t able to partake in it, the voting process can be fairly alien. To put it simply it all begins with white. A list of categories ...

Welding students refurbish 9/11 memorial

Welding students refurbish 9/11 memorial

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager

September 20, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

On Sept. 11, Mr. Zinn’s Vocational Welding class began their project to refurbish the 9/11 memorial located in the front of the school. “We built the memorial 17 years ago in my class and refurbished it once about five or six years ago. I was driving by it and thought it was time to make it look...

Drumming up awareness to beat the stigma

Drumming up awareness to beat the stigma

Zak Keel, Reporter

September 11, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, News, Showcase

Students in Davenport West High School’s drumline are raising awareness to beat the stigma of mental health through an outreach partnership with the Vera French Community Mental Health Center. The goal is to raise funds to support community programs that Vera French offers while creating an open disc...

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