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Part of the Falcon spirit at West includes the victory bell. When sports teams and clubs win a victory, they are able to ring the bell during the morning announcements. In the past the bell has been reserved solely for athletic achievements, but this year victories from any school activity can be recognized with a bell ring.

Sophia Iniguez, Reporter

April 5, 2019

Davenport West High School is much more than just a school, it's a place where students make memories, come together with friends, and join activities and clubs that they will never forget. With more than 1,600 students in the Falcon nation, there is diversity in classes, clubs, and sports teams that ma...

Battle of the Books

Senior Skylar Hintze (Left) and Junior Anton Kordick (Right) holding participation ribbons after the Battle of the Books competition (2017-18) at the Bettendorf Public Library.

Tyler Newman, Reporter

February 12, 2019

Battle of the Books is an Iowa Quad Cities regional competition that involves students reading a wide variety of books. At the competition, there are a series of questions asked about the books’ author, setting, story… There is a level for each grade ranging from third grade to seniors. In addition t...

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

“I love West High School. I bleed red and white. I’ve been running these hallways since 1963. My dad was a teacher here and I remember coming here with him when I was a little kid. I graduated from here in 1976. I’ve coached several sports here: volleyball, swimming and tennis. I’m just a big supporter of West High School,

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Buisiness Manager

September 7, 2018

Jane Kroening has taught English at West for 14 years and claims she bleeds red and white. “When I first came here my son and daughter [went to school here]. I was teaching at Walcott. I was very involved in the Booster Club [at West] and saw a position open up. I was spending a lot of my time ...

Lights, camera, action!

“I have always watched movies and thought ‘wow that was a good movie’ but now it’s more like ‘did you see those transitions? And that lighting?’ Overall it has given me a different way to view movies and a deeper appreciation for them,” senior Vanessa Banks said.

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

September 7, 2018

The director looked upon the audience with nervous anticipation, they laughed at the joke and the nerves flooded out like a rushing river. Being new to film making, Vanessa Banks hopped into the Urban Exposures a 10 week independent film project. The four participants got together every day for four ho...

Fresh faces of administration: Cory Williams

“Mrs.William is amazing. She is a people person, she was in here right away during the summer and is devoted. She is very easy to talk to, student orainanted and I am excited about her ability to communicate. She has been in my classroom twice already in the first two days of school and I think that is very important,” history teacher Christine Coyne-Logan said.

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

August 28, 2018

Cory Williams receives a new principal for the 2018-2019 school year

Moving on: Adam Pagett

Associate principal Adam Pagett shows off his Falcon pride with his

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 29, 2018

Q: How did you find out about the switch? A: We know in our positions as associate principals that there are times where our boss, the assistant superintendent Mr. Scott, can move us around. He is the one who alerted us that we would be moving and changing buildings. There are a lot of different reasons ...

Retiree: Steve Saladino

Science teacher Steve Saladino will retire after teaching at West for 38 years.

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

May 23, 2018

Q:How long have you taught at West? A:38 years   Q: What colleges did you attend? A: I went to North Dakota State. I got by Bachelor of Science, and then I went to Western Illinois and I got my master's degree.   Q: What advice do you have to give to other teachers at West?...

Humans of West: Mason Boland-Lopez

Q: What is something you would never ever do in your entire life?

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Aiden Rushing, Reporter

May 21, 2018

“My favorite sport to watch is football because there is a lot of action, and I have been a Bears fan all of my life. I like to watch the Bears specifically, otherwise I like watching people hit each other. It is a pretty good contact sport, and it’s fun to watch. My favorite sport to play is ba...

Falcons play chess

Here hangs a warning to other students to keep away from the chess board when there is a game in progress.

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

May 2, 2018

Two years ago, security guard Timothy Freemole found out the Exceptional Education department students were playing chess with the Falcon Friends Club. The teachers did not know how to play, so Freemole took the chessboard and moved it into the library, and this is how the ongoing chess game bega...

Humans of West: Stephanie Hansen

Martin Morales, Reporter

April 23, 2018

Stephanie Hansen is a favorite among her students. Her secret?   “Just care about people. I have this freakish empathy... I put myself in people’s shoes and how I would feel if I was in their shoes... so I think if I didn’t think that way, I don’t think I’d be the teacher that I am, a supe...

Madison Cousins awarded Dooley Scholarship

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

April 20, 2018

Senior Madison Cousins was awarded the $20,000 2018 Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley Memorial Scholarship at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018. The scholarship is awarded to a student in the Davenport Community School District in the top 10 percentile of their graduating class. Along with considering the clas...

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