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Author, former West teacher’s work comes full circle

Jon Ripslinger’s yearbook photo from when he taught at West in 1973. Ripslinger did not write while he was teaching because he worked part-time jobs outside of West to provide for his six kids. His legacy at West lives on through his daugher and English teacher Jane Kroening.
Jon Ripslinger’s work has been inspired by West, and are now being taught in the classroom
May 31, 2019

When West first opened its doors to students in 1959-1960, an entire school of educators were hired and became West’s first teachers. On Friday, May 24 one of the first wave of West teachers, 86-year-old...

Ex-gymnast takes over the world of diving

After not qualifying for state last year, Negron qualifies this year after pushing hard at every practice.
November 1, 2018

  Sophomore Tiana Negron has gone 11-0 at all diving competitions she has participated in so far this season. Negron started her diving career in eighth grade when she moved schools. Originally...

Students compete in cyberpatriot competition

Seniors Jack Reis, Chase Thompson, Dusty Beehler, and Adam Gibson are working on Packet Tracer.
October 31, 2018

Cyberpatriot is a competition sponsored by the Armed Forces (mainly the Air Force) for kids who want to enjoy the field of cyber security and computer science. On Nov. 2, Dec.7, Jan.11, and Feb.8 the team...

West drives home the Student Hunger Drive

Student Senate, cheerleaders, dancers, and the band went to feeder schools and promoted the student hunger drive and supplied them boxes.
Hundreds of students and staff spend time and money supporting the Student Hunger Drive
October 31, 2018

Throughout the month of October, Student Senate held multiple events and rallies in order to promote the Student Hunger Drive and collect non-perishable food and money for those in need. The series...

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Stacey Houk makes a meaningful painting dedicated to a former west teacher
October 26, 2018

Did you know that the art piece on the wall by the lunchroom is actually a mural dedicated to a deceased teacher that formerly worked here at West? The art piece (known as a mural, a painting that...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen is a social studies and psychology teacher that represents the meaning of authenticity.
October 26, 2018

It's a chilly Saturday, and rows of chairs placed on either side of the aisle. Gusts of wind blow anything and everything around. That’s how Melissa Wallace or should we say, Bertelsen spent her wedding...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Christiansen is a computer-aided drafter at Deck Supply Services. Utilizing large amounts of math, she designs deck rails in computer-aided drafting software. After high school, Christiansen plans on pursuing mechanical engineering and design.
Senior Spotlight: Alexa Christiansen
October 26, 2018

Alexa Christiansen is a student that may just break the record for most hours existing within the walls of West. An average week for Christiansen consists of walking to school at 6:35 a.m. for early-bird...

Not without us if it’s about us

A stress ball was given to each table while training. Students passed the stress ball to one another as they shared stresses in their own life and over the course of the week.
West students and staff become certified in youth mental health first aid
October 23, 2018

Students and teachers from West trained in unison as they received their youth mental health first aid certifications on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Davenport Community School’s Achievement Service Center. The...

How would you spend twenty dollars?

West students and staff answer the ways they spend their pocket change
October 10, 2018

Imagine you are walking outside and someone hands you twenty dollars. They do not give you any explanation but enforce that you keep it. What would you do with that twenty dollars? There are some many...

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson
October 8, 2018

Q: What is your favorite part about West? “Probably the school spirit we have. Even though we do not win a lot of games we still support our teams.”   Q: What was your favorite class...

Fifty-eight students inducted into National Honors Society

Junior Mackenzi Burns takes the
September 21, 2018

On Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., 58 new juniors and seniors were inducted into National Honors Society (NHS) for the 2018-19 school year. These students were joined with the 63 NHS inductees from the 2017-2018...

Friday night fights

The West varsity football game against Clinton was cut short when head football coach, Justin Peters, called the game in the fourth quarter.
West unites after quarterback falls injured
September 6, 2018

Football is a heavy contact sport, but sometimes that contact can go too far. On Friday, Aug. 31, the Falcon football team got a first hand glimpse at what “too far” means when they versed the Clinton...

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