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Spanish teacher Stephanie Hansen proudly holds her go-to meal of chicken nuggets along with her favorite plant. Hansen explained how she ironically had the chicken nuggets at school as she was sharing with those around her. Not surprising, her care for others is always showing.

Life beyond the classroom

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 26, 2021

Helping with everything they do, teachers are constantly working to provide the best high school education and experience that a student can receive. Staying up late to get grades in or waking up extra...

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Statistics collected from a survey of 108 West High students.

Taking a toll

Tiara Soppe, Reporter April 23, 2021

Have you personally experienced mental exhaustion or know someone who does? Has this past year affected your mental health? Has the isolation and zoom meetings drained you mentally? Do you have trouble...

 “If I could describe Matt in one word it would be driven. His work ethic, his leadership, his constant goal setting, and never settling for anything less than perfection,” Oates said.

Music to My Ears

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2021

Name one person you know that can play the tuba, euphonium, french horn, bass clarinet, and the bass trombone...don’t worry, I’ll go first.  Matt Reis is a senior at Davenport West who has a special...

Davenport West Varsity Cheerleaders pose for the last picture of the 2020 season.

Tryouts in a Pandemic

Morgan Hauschild, Reporter April 1, 2021

You see them at football games. You see them up in the air, doing stunts with excited faces. Who might these people be you may ask? The Davenport West cheerleaders!  On March 7th, West held their 2021...

Myriam Stangherlin poses with her “I got my COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker. Originally from Italy, Stangherlin was ecstatic to receive the Moderna vaccine. “Despite my experience, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Stangherlin said.

Teacher vaccines: A costly opportunity

Tiara Soppe, Reporter March 26, 2021

If given the opportunity to take the COVID-19 vaccine, would you? This year has been nothing short of challenging from virtual to hybrid to 100% back in school due to the pandemic. As a community we have...

Aleksiejzyk observed that Klimek often came across as overwhelmed, especially when it came to her desk area. Although this isn’t what it typically looks like, the full schedule has impacted not only the teachers, but the environment around them.

The day that keeps on going

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2021

The day is coming to an end; students are driving away ready for a long nap, janitors are starting to make their rounds, the hallways are filled with an empty silence, the lights begin to go off...but...

Anthony Franklin smiles for a picture, sporting his own merchandise proudly.

A speedy hobby

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter February 26, 2021

The bright lights, the excited cheering from the stands and the loud roar of an engine. When you read that sentence, you might have envisioned a racetrack, similar to the one that sophomore Anthony Franklin...

Passing time can be hazardous with the risk of COVID-19. Principal Williams has made it a point of interest to keep the students as safe as possible throughout the day. “With the COVID, I wanted to limit that extra movement. We’re already back, it’s already kind of new, and then you throw in an advisory, that’s a whole brand new group of kids that you have to worry about contact tracing,” Williams said.

A new look to the school day

Luke Loving, Reporter February 24, 2021

Just because something isn’t broken, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. For the past few years, advisory time has been constantly changing. There were different ways to pick your teachers and there...

 With current events and stressors in the world many find an outlet in order to escape reality. This may include exercising, playing video games, as well as cooking or baking. For freshman Madison Meador, listening to music is what allows her to escape reality. “My favorite artist is Ariana Grande because the songs that she has come out with are really good and I like them. My favorite song by her is ‘POV’,” Meador said.

No energy drink needed

Kaylee Milem, Reporter February 10, 2021

Coming from middle school to high school is a transition for anyone. Even more of a transition for freshman Madison Meador caused by the changes of the 2020-2021 school year. She imagined the bad things...

Kennedy Wink smiling on a game day! She has stayed positive and working hard throughout the year even with obstacles in her way. “Im proud of the relationships I have established through the years and how I have such a good support group and such good friends,” Wink said.

A unique senior year

Isabella Martens, Reporter February 3, 2021

With many struggles happening right in the middle of her senior year, Kennedy Wink still persists. Wink’s senior year has been very different than she expected. She still continues to be a source of...

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. The most exciting things about going off to college is the ability to meet new people, continue in my studies, prepare myself for the work field, and grow more in my relationship with Christ, Parcel said

Scholarships lead to better future

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...

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.”

Yoder ‘kills it’ in the classroom

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...

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