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Scholarships lead to better future

Senior Adam Parcel is serious about applying for scholarships as he inches his way closer to graduation. Parcel has applied for 24 scholarships so far.

Kaylee Milem, Reporter

November 25, 2019

Senior Adam Parcel is very active in the scholarship application process. He has already applied for around 24 college scholarships, and has already received one.  “It’s from the Quad City area on youth leadership. It is $250 for the book store, which is not much, but anything helps,” Parcel s...

Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

Science teacher Brandon Yoder’s goals for his classes vary throughout the year, but he is always just as involved in the class as his students are.
“I believe that every student is capable of doing well in my classes,” Yoder said. “It is my job to guide them where they need to go, to a certain extent they need to do things on their own, but I want them to pave that path to help get them there.”

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

April 12, 2019

Entering room 119 one will encounter the aroma of fresh air coming from the courtyard windows, and popcorn. Depending on the day, you will find a deceased Anna Garcia mannequin laying on the floor, or students measuring blood splatters. Science teacher Brandon Yoder has been teaching Principles of Bio...

2018 student hunger drive

WHSToday Staff

November 15, 2018

Senior Spotlight: Veronica Chavez

Bright-eyed Veronica Chavez poses for her senior pictures to capture the end of her  senior year. 

Photo published with permission by Veronica Chavez

Michael Davis, Features Editor

April 19, 2018

Q: How does it feel to be a senior? "It feels like high school went by really fast. We can move on from high school now and continue to study in something we’re interested in." Q: What are you planning to do post-high school? "After high school, I plan to attend the University of Iowa and major in healt...

Women of West: Lily Hancock

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

March 23, 2018

"My happy place is my house because I can always count on someone being there; my family, my pets, my friends. My biggest influences are my parents because they support me in everything I do. They give me their input when I need it and let me do my thing when I'm confident in my decisions." -junior Lily Hancoc...

Women of West: Hailey Dormire

“Being in a show choir group has taught me to work well with a team and to not let my frustration get the best of me. I found other ways to express my emotions, singing especially helps.” - Senior Hailey Dormire

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

March 21, 2018

“The most memorable part of my last competition would be getting off stage and realizing that it was my last one. I took a deep breath and started sobbing because I would never do it again. I had a new appreciation of what I’ve been doing and the stresses from this year didn’t matter anymore be...

Women of West: Lindsey Gosse

“Live life with purpose and passion and always be kind and humble.”
-Math teacher Lindsey Gosse

Samantha Makl, Reporter

March 19, 2018

“I teach because I have a passion for helping students grow and learn the skills they need to be successful in life. I had some really influential high school math teachers, and I thought ‘yeah I would enjoy being that person shaping tomorrow’s future.’ I hope to ignite an excitement and pas...

Women of West: Angela Staber

Everyone dressed in black and jeans for the annual Staber family photo in her AP English class.

Elise Frohna, Reporter

March 16, 2018

“Why I teach is difficult to summarize. There are so many reasons, but I think I teach literature and writing because I recognize the great power of the written word. In a world where it appears we listen and follow the loudest voice, I wish for my students to recognize that is not the method to make ...

Women of West: Amanda Bohart

“Because of my own learning issues I’ve been able to help get students through school, learn as much as possible, and identify their own strategies to help them learn and be stronger students because of my own experiences.” 
-Special Education teacher Amanda Bohart

Joseph Potts, Reporter

March 14, 2018

Born in Peoria, Illinois, special education teacher Amanda Bohart loved school and always wanted to be a teacher, despite struggling. “I have a learning disability which causes things that I hear to be difficult for me to understand,” Bohart said. “It is more of a auditory processing issue. I understan...

Women of West: Lori Duquette

What about the movie

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

March 13, 2018

Who is someone you look up to and why? “Even to this day, although she’s been gone for 20 years, it would be my grandmother. She cared. She did things for others; she put others before her. She was born in 1901 and then passed away in 1997, so she lived through so much and she would talk about th...

Women of West: Amanda Loucks

“When it comes to inspiring my students, I try to lead by example as much as I can. When my students start to become negative, I always say ‘we have to find another way if one way isn’t working.’”-English teacher Amanda Loucks

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

March 12, 2018

“When I was younger I had a rough upbringing. These experiences have taught me how to overcome instead of shutting down. I feel that my experiences have given me the opportunity to relate to my students more so than others.” -English teacher Amanda Loucks

Women of West: Patricia Sheehey

“I try to be positive. I can’t tell you what I do, but I think positive attitude is part of it, and being friendly and open to the students.”-English teacher Patricia Sheehey

Kate Kealey, Editor in Cheif

March 10, 2018

“I enjoy seeing my students learn. I am very much an independent person, but I do enjoy working with students and helping them learn. I think English is one of the fields that some people probably think there is not much to, but it is just amazing how much people need writing and reading as a basis ...

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