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Ex-gymnast takes over the world of diving

Ex-gymnast takes over the world of diving

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

  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 a gymnast, she made the switch to diving primarily for financial reasons. “I miss it a lo...

Students compete in cyberpatriot competition

Students compete in cyberpatriot competition

Tyler Newman, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

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 will compete in computer science teacher Doyle Massey’s room in room 102. The club consists ...

West drives home the Student Hunger Drive

West drives home the Student Hunger Drive

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager

October 31, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

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 of events began with a hunger drive kick-off and skit competition on Sept. 24 to get students excite...

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Did You Know, Features, Showcase

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 is made directly on a wall) was made by Stacey Houk, a teacher from Jackson Elementary. Houk graduated...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Humans of West, Showcase

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 day three weeks ago. Outside in the cold, surrounded by her family and friends. A trip to Minn...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

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 some days and staying after school until 8:30 p.m. for Robotics on others. Even when not on a sche...

Not without us if it’s about us

Not without us if it’s about us

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

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 participants attended an eight-hour training session led by Project Aware Mental Health Gran...

How would you spend twenty dollars?

Emma Day, Marketing Director

October 10, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

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 options to spend money on in this day in age but what is most important?    ...

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

October 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Senior Spotlight, Showcase

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 and who was your favorite teacher? “I would say show choir this year because of our new directors, Laura Engles...

Fifty-eight students inducted into National Honors Society

Fifty-eight students inducted into National Honors Society

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

September 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

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 school year. “The initial criteria is that students have to have a 3.5 or higher GPA at the en...

Friday night fights

Friday night fights

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

September 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Opinion, Showcase

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 Riverkings. At the end of the fourth quarter, with about three minutes left, junior quarterba...

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