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Dave Barnham is a sub security guard at Davenport West High School. He has been a great addition to the security staff of West.

Subbing for Security

Lucy Bernick, Reporter January 27, 2023

Keeping a school of over 1,000 kids in check and where they need to be is a big task, especially if that school is new to you.  Guest security guard Dave Barnham is up for the challenge. He is a security...

“My dunk was my favorite part of the game,” said Thomas.

A Memorable Game

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 21, 2023

The Davenport West boys basketball team traveled to play Clinton on Thursday, January 20th. Coming off of losing two close games, they were determined to win. They came out with energy and ready to play. “The...

“I am most excited to see the project actually in use and see our hard work pay off,” Shaffer said.

The Final Preparation

Makenna Burt, Reporter January 13, 2023

You turn on the sink and what comes out? Purified water and that's normal in the US but it's not always the case around the world. In Kenya almost 40% of the country does not have access to purified water....

“We kept perseverance even though the game wasn’t going our way. We learned that if we have an open shot we need to take the risk,” junior Sydney Westerhof said.

Falcons Vs Knights

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter January 5, 2023

The Davenport West Falcons traveled to Assumption High School on January 3rd to play in a double header. Unfortunately, the boys varsity lost 50-60 and the girls varsity lost 10-51, it wasn't a successful...

There are many opportunities for festive photos while at the party. This was a great opportunity to capture memories with your family.

Pajama Party at the Putnam

Gracie Sade, Reporter January 4, 2023

The Quad Cities have many events in the winter but some of its major ones include the Christkindl Market, the Festival of Trees and the Polar Express pajama party at the Putnam. The Polar Express pajama...

“My favorite part about swimming is the relationships that are built. The sport is so tough it brings us all closer together throughout the season. The meets are really fun as well, especially when our team is winning,” senior Nate Hagedorn said.

Falcons take on the Muskies

Stoyota Nguyen, Reporter December 9, 2022

Davenport West was defeated in last night's meet against the Muscatine Muskies. West finished with a score of 57-79, improving the team times over 34 seconds. Although the Falcons didn’t win, they put...

“I’m so grateful for the amazing friendships Ive made not only with my peers but with the staff as well,” Martens said.

Busy Izzy

Addison Aleksiejczyk, Reporter December 6, 2022

Have you ever met someone who's been Freddy the Falcon? Well senior Isabella Martens was our school mascot for our Homecoming football game this year. School spirit isn’t the only thing Martens is passionate...

“My biggest takeaway is I would say the people who are on the team, like all of us, I consider each and every one of my brothers. And we all became really close and you can tell from how much we appeared as a team,” said Haines.

The Turnaround of a Decade

Makenna Burt and Stoyota Nguyen November 22, 2022

Bright lights, brisk air, a loud stadium, and cheers from all around. Davenport West’s football team took in this experience during their game on Friday, October 28. The football players and cheerleaders...

“I run because it refreshes my mind. said Kylie Daily.

Determination is Key

Makenna Burt, Reporter October 20, 2022

3.1 miles, 5k, 19 minutes 11 seconds. That's the West High School cross country girls record. Most people wouldn't even want to run a 5k, let alone do it that fast. Junior Kylie Daily chooses to do that...

 “I mean, they look good on and like, gotta look good to play good. So I feel like its a new turn around its going good and we’re scoring 5-0 right now,” Junior Kaleb English said.

Back but in Black

Makenna Burt, Reporter September 30, 2022

Many things are different about this year's football team. Not only are they having a winning season for the first time in twenty three years but they also have new uniforms. Not new red and white ones...

A policeman, played by David Beitzel ‘23, reprimands Mercury Theater director Orson Welles, played by Nate Gaghagen ‘22, and tells him to stop broadcasting the story since people are getting hurt. Gaghagen’s character refuses, saying that it isn’t Mercury Theater’s fault if the listeners aren’t able to tell the difference between truth and fiction.

Until the curtains close

Morgan Ware, Reporter December 13, 2021

Bravo! Bravo! Cast and crew from the West High Drama Club recently showed "War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast", as their 2021 play.  This play is based on a true story. In 1938, CBS radio broadcasted...

One thing I struggled with in the first couple weeks of high school was talking to new people. Talking to new people helped me make amazing friendships, freshman Addison Aleksiejczyk said.

Starting off Strong

Isabella Martens, Reporter September 17, 2021

Busy hallways, long classes, piles of homework; we all know how overwhelming freshman year of high school can be. The class of 2025 went into the school year a little unsure and behind after spending a...

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