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Powerlifting record setter

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

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 as he pulls the weight against the force of gravity. Sweat pours down his face as he slowly comes to ...

Redefining the role of an educator

“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.

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 minds of future generations. Stemming from her experiences as a teacher, Pearce has reached the underlyi...

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 in a middle class home on the west side of the city. As a child, he occupied time by tearing apart e...

Humans of West: Amy Murphy

“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.

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 a counselor? “I've always wanted to be a counselor, but I knew that I needed to get a master’s degree. To a...

Humans of West: Shamane Serrano

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

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 like to spend a lot of time with my kids doing activities, like going to the museum and playing at the park.” ...

Humans of West: Jodi Zimmerman

I've always loved subject matter. I like the freedom, and teaching gives me a degree of freedom,

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 busy by crafting woven rectangles and the occasional scarf. It is a truth well known by Zimmerman...

Humans of West: Beth Campbell

“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.”

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 workers is Beth Campbell, the new office secretary, who gives you a warm smile and her undivided ...

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 ...

Retiree: Mark Bigler

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

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 was an assistant track coach for 15 years and also coached baseball and softball.   Q: What a...

Humans of West: Mason Boland-Lopez

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


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...

Humans of West: Nicholas Nahnybida

Nicholas Nahnybida is a junior and started running track two years ago.

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 15, 2018

What is your best piece of advice in general? “Give your best so you never look back on it and think there was more you could have done. In the past in some sports I’ve played there has been times when I didn’t give my best. Looking back on it now, it was something I could improve upon," Nah...

Humans of West: Kris Castelluccio

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 8, 2018

"I love languages and I love learning new languages still. I want to start German in the summer. I also love traveling, but I can't travel right now, so I hope to get back to it soon. I just love going to new places because of different cultures, learning new things, and seeing new places. I just love...

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