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Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

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

Moving on: Mike Garnica

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

  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

The truth about the future of IGESS

Danielle Stevens, Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Award Winners, News

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: “A Quiet Place”

Danielle Stevens, Reporter

April 14, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

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

Students prepare for solo and ensemble competition

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

March 31, 2018


Filed under News

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

Women of West: Maggie Oates

Danielle Stevens, Managing editor

March 26, 2018


Filed under Features

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

West students accepted into SEIBA honor band

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

January 23, 2018


Filed under News

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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