Senior Spotlight: Whitney Martinez


Billie Jo Sherman

Senior Whitney Martinez

Billie Jo Sherman, Reporter

In her freetime, you can catch Whitney Martinez trying new coffee places, volunteering in the community, creating art, and checking out local bands.

Martinez is a well-involved and active member of the West High community. Throughout her four years at West, she has achieved many accomplishments. Martinez holds the position of Vice President of both Student Council and Ecology Club, as well as treasurer for the National Honor Society. During her senior year, she landed a spot on Homecoming court as well.

As she approaches graduation, she has been reminiscing about the impact West has had on her along with her greatest memories.

Martinez’s favorite high school memory comes from her freshman year when she attended her first football game.

“I’m not a huge fan of sports, but the environment of the game was so exciting. Everyone in the stands was cheering and doing chants. I met so many new people at that game, who are now some of my best friends,” Martinez said.

Martinez is grateful for the influence of her AP English teacher Pat Sheehey.

“Mrs. Sheehey has the sweetest, most genuine soul and her teachings on literature exhibited essential life lessons that I will cherish infinitely,” Martinez said.

Her favorite class has been AP English because she has a passion for writing and analyzing literature.

Martinez plans continue her education next fall at the University of Iowa and plans to major in communications.

Martinez’ advice to underclassmen is to not be afraid to be yourself and express who you are. She also encourages others to cherish their times in high school and make the most of it.

“My biggest regret freshman year was not getting as involved as I am now,” she said. “Also, don’t hesitate to talk to and befriend that boy or girl sitting alone at lunch.”