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New athletic director Michelle Lillis stands proudly by her hall of fame plaque. She was recognized as the first female athletic director at her previous school, Rock Island High School.

Awesome Arrival in the Athletic Office

Makenna Burt, Reporter September 16, 2021

Math teacher for 27 years, head girls track coach for 19 years, going on year 5 of being an Athletic Director. There is a lot to say about Michelle Lillis who is Davenport West new Athletic Director.  Born...

Arnold wasn’t always sure about what he wanted to be growing up. He wanted to be a teacher, but did not originally plan on becoming a science teacher. “Early on I thought I wanted to [be a teacher]. I wanted to be a history teacher actually when I was in my early twenties, but I just was a little misguided,” Arnold said.

More than a teacher

Luke Loving, Reporter February 18, 2021

Until time machines are created, the future is unknown. The steps we take now can help determine the future, but we never know what will happen for certain. When Mr. Arnold grows older however, he wants...

 With current events and stressors in the world many find an outlet in order to escape reality. This may include exercising, playing video games, as well as cooking or baking. For freshman Madison Meador, listening to music is what allows her to escape reality. “My favorite artist is Ariana Grande because the songs that she has come out with are really good and I like them. My favorite song by her is ‘POV’,” Meador said.

No energy drink needed

Kaylee Milem, Reporter February 10, 2021

Coming from middle school to high school is a transition for anyone. Even more of a transition for freshman Madison Meador caused by the changes of the 2020-2021 school year. She imagined the bad things...

“I lifted for two years,” technology teacher Jason Franzenburg said. “[Bruce] is on a different level.”

Powerlifting record setter

Thomas Yates, Reporter March 5, 2019

Squatting down over the barbell, sophomore Carter Bruce tightly grips his hands around the cold metal. His fingers tighten around the grate-skinned grip of the bar as he stands, his entire body shaking...

“I am not going to give up. This is the life that I want. I will be at West High until I am not needed here anymore,” math teacher Michelle Pearce said.

Redefining the role of an educator

Zak Keel, Reporter December 5, 2018

Through enduring an existential realization, sustaining a career change, and pursuing seven college degrees, AP Calculus teacher Michelle Pearce has managed to pinpoint exactly how she will imprint the...

I love teaching because I can give kids an experience on different potential careers, computer science teacher Doyle Massey said.

Humans of West: Doyle Massey

Tyler Newman, Reporter November 2, 2018

Teacher Doyle Massey has a passion for tinkering with computers and enjoys sharing his technological knowledge with students through computer science courses at West. Massey grew up in Sioux City, IA...

“I just love the students at West. It’s a great population of kids that work hard, and it’s just a fun place to be.” guidance counselor Amy Murphy said.

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

Joseph Potts, Reporter October 5, 2018

How did you become a counselor? “I originally was a teacher, then I got my master’s degree in counseling. So now I’ve been a counselor for 17 years.”   Did you always wanted to be...

Security Guard Shamane Serrano communicating to her fellow colleague regarding a clear patrol.

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

Emma Day, Marketing Director September 28, 2018

How are you liking West so far? “I love being at West. I graduated from here so it’s like coming back to my old stomping grounds."   What do you like to do when you're not working? “I...

Ive always loved subject matter. I like the freedom, and teaching gives me a degree of freedom, Jodi Zimmerman said.

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

Dani Reitz, Voice Editor September 21, 2018

While she sat with her dying father in a bleak nursing home, social studies teacher Jodi Zimmerman learned to crochet. Burdened by chronic back pain and an inability to sit still, Zimmerman kept herself...

“I enjoy photography and helping my daughter with her horses. I mostly like photography because it’s a permanent record of what happened, and I like to go back and see what they (family) were doing at the time,” Beth Campbell said. “Whenever they do a family gathering or a wedding, my family always says ‘Beth always has the pictures, ask her, she has a photo of everybody’. I’m like the unofficial historian of our family. I also like reading and I like scrapbooking.”

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

Tyler Newman, Reporter September 14, 2018

The main office in West High School is the primary source of information for staff and students alike. With that, it takes a certain group of individuals to manage the tasks of the building. One of these...

“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, Jane Kroening said.

Humans of West: Jane Kroening

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...

Gym teacher/boys basketball coach Mark Bigler retires after 14 years of teaching at West.

Retiree: Mark Bigler

Emma Day, Social Media Manager May 25, 2018

Q: How long have you been teaching at West and in general?   A: Fourteen years at West and 41 years of teaching.  Head basketball coaching for 37 years and head track coaching for five years.  I...

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