WHS Today

Suspenseful speeches

If you want to be a part of the speech and debate team, you can go to room 238 before and after school.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 8, 2019

The season of the Speech and Debate team may have ended, but for junior Anton Kordick, it is only the beginning as he prepares for the national tournament this summer. “We had a very small team this year because we’ve had several students graduate the last two years, so we need to rebuild. The s...

Did you know? Memorable mosaic mural

Joseph Potts, Reporter

October 26, 2018

Did you know that the art piece on the wall by the lunchroom is actually a mural dedicated to a deceased teacher that formerly worked here at West? The art piece (known as a mural, a painting that is made directly on a wall) was made by Stacey Houk, a teacher from Jackson Elementary. Houk graduated...

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...

Moving on: Jason Smith

This year Smith taught Family Consumer Science. He taught foods in particular.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

June 4, 2018

What do you teach at West? A: This year I just taught food classes.   Q: Do you have any advice for people that want to teach? A: Find a content area that you are passionate about and go for it.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West?  A: One year.   Q...

Retiree: Joy Saladino

Joy Saladino helps freshman Samantha Gilliland with advanced Microsoft Office.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

May 30, 2018

Q: How long have you been working at West? A: I have been teaching 34 years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Marycrest College (1976-1980), then earned a teaching degree from Northern Illinois from 1980-82 - this was a total of six years. My husband and I earned a Master's in Education from Wester...

Boys track team goes to Drake

Keenan Dolan  is one of the four legs in the 3200 meter relay that qualified for the Drake Relays.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 26, 2018

On Thursday, Apr. 19, Davenport West’s track teams won six events in the A Division at the Bettendorf ABC Track Invitational. Senior Andrew Wright won the 1600 meter and junior Kameron Morgan took the win for the 3200 meter race. This will be the first time coach Marty Leal will take a 3200 meter rel...

Humans of West: Nic Anderson

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 23, 2018

What do you like the most about working with students? “When kids get creative. That’s my favorite thing. I love it when they are able to figure things out without me telling them what to do.” -theatre, speech and stagecraft teacher Nic Anderson...

Student work ethic

Student work ethic

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 13, 2018

Over the last decade, there has been discussions about the work ethic of high school students. The work ethic of students varies, with some showing effort and going beyond what is expected, while others just do the bare minimum. “Some students have a superb work ethic, but certainly not all do,” Englis...

Army JROTC dedicated to making students better citizens

Army JROTC receives thanks for large quantity of volunteering in the community.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

April 4, 2018

The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps(JROTC) is a class taught by retired military officials teaching lessons on character education, student achievement and leadership. “Sgt. Maj. Matson and Nathan Rozinek came to Walcott and they were talking to all the eighth graders about JROTC...

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