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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...

Human of West: Melissa Wallace/Bertelsen

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

Hannah Andrews, News Editor

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

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...

Retiree: Martha Adams

Martha Adams says farewell to West High School after six years.

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

May 30, 2018

Q: How long have you worked within the school district? A: 15 years   Q: How long have you been working at West? A: Six years   Q: Why are you retiring? A: I am really ready to retire. I want to be able to travel and spend time with my grandkids.   Q: What is your most memora...

Moving on: Amanda Loucks

“I think one of my favorite memories at West is one of my first English classes of the school year. The kids came in and it started off pretty rough, but by the end of the term, I noticed the change and how much they had grown. I loved how into the things we were doing [they were] and actually enjoyed being there,”
English teacher Amanda Loucks said.

May 25, 2018

“When I found out I had to move schools, it was really bittersweet. I was sad because I love my students and the kids here at West. I was a little bit relieved because I knew I had a job this coming school year. But overall, mostly sad,” Loucks said.    “I’m definitely going to miss my student...

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...

Humans of West: Ryan DeGeeter

Geometry teacher Ryan DeGeeter displays some of his favorite items.

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

April 19, 2018

“I have a bucket list that I made in college at some point. I want to travel the world, and buy someone else's groceries. As a teacher, I want to be the type of teacher a student remembers  for the rest of their life." “I was the first person to go to college in my family. I was also the first per...

Humans of West: Doyle Massey

“One of my biggest influences would be my high school social studies teacher Mr. Flom. He took a subject that I wasn’t interested in and that I thought was boring and actually made it fun,” Massey said.

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

April 11, 2018

“There are so many superpowers to choose from. I would say big, but I’m already big. Or, the ability to grow white hair… no, no. I already do that too. I guess I would choose the super ability to read people’s minds so I can know beforehand when the kid who throws the spitball at me,” -comp...

Did you know: tunnels under West

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

April 9, 2018

Did you know there are tunnels running beneath West? These tunnels were created as a fallout shelter during the times of the Cold War in case of a nuclear threat. They would provide protection for the whole west side of Davenport.

Soccer holds trivia night for new scoreboard

Soccer trivia night is Saturday, Apr. 7 at the Walcott Coliseum. Proceeds will go to purchasing a new scoreboard for West's soccer field.

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

April 4, 2018

On Saturday, Apr. 7, the boys and girls soccer teams will be hosting a trivia night at the Walcott Coliseum. You can reserve a table that seats up to eight people. It is $10 dollars per person to attend. The trivia night has been a recurring event for the past two years. “Our previous trivia ni...

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