WHS Today

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Mark Kretschmer stands next to the awards the band has been awarded from the State Music Festival.

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018

Q: What college did you attend? A: I attended The University of Iowa.   Q: How many years have you been a band director? A: I have been teaching overall 39 years.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West? A:I have been teaching at West for 38 years.   Q: Why did you de...

Moving on: Mike Garnica

Q: What will you miss most about West?

A: Just the people here. I have so many great relationships here. It’s going to be really hard not to see everybody on a weekly basis.

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018

  Q: How long have you been working at West? A: I have been working here for six years.   Q: What school are you going to after this year? A: I’m going to be transferring to Walcott.   Q: What is your favorite part about West? A: I really like all the different...

The truth about the future of IGESS

IGESS teachers Ryan DeGeeter and Jason Hensel assist a group with an assignment.

Danielle Stevens, Reporter

April 16, 2018

IGESS stands for Integrated Geometry Earth and Space Science, a class run by math teacher Ryan DeGeeter and science teacher Jason Hensel.  Both teachers have been a part of IGESS for four years, but there has been a rumor swirling around that IGESS might be over as of next year. IGESS is different...

Movie review: “A Quiet Place”

Movie review:

Danielle Stevens, Reporter

April 14, 2018

On Apr. 6, the newly anticipated thriller movie "A Quiet Place" hit theatres. It made 50 million dollars in the box office once it was released and rated a 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. "A Quiet Place" highlights a family that is coerced into being silent because of blind creatures in the forests that hunt ...

Students prepare for solo and ensemble competition

West’s music department will hold solo and ensemble at West on Apr. 14. This is an example of what a solo might look like.

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

March 31, 2018

On Apr. 14, West’s music department is holding solo and ensemble at West. Students from the band, orchestra, and the choir department are able to participate. As of 2018, there were 49 entries, all from soloists and ensembles. “These competitions have been going on for about 70 years,” band director Mark ...

Women of West: Maggie Oates

 “My favorite part of being a band director is watching my students grow not only musically but also as people,” band director Maggie Oates said.

Danielle Stevens, Managing editor

March 26, 2018

A funny story from Maggie Oates about traveling with her honor band students: “One time, I was driving a Suburban with some kids to an honor band in Cedar Rapids and the district had not put more windshield wiper fluid into the vehicle, plus it was snowy, muddy and I couldn’t see anything. I lit...

West students accepted into SEIBA honor band

Top: Freshman Matt Reis-Tuba, Junior William Zogg- Saxaphone
Bottom: Freshman Chase Bruns- percussion, Sophomore Danielle Stevens- clarinet, Sophomore Michael Hill- percussion

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

January 23, 2018

South East Iowa Band Association [SEIBA] has been around since the late 1960s. SEIBA is an honor band that selects students from junior high, and high schools that meet the superior playing criteria as determined by professional judges. There is a concert band and a jazz band students can try out for...

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