WHS Today

From success to scholarship

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

February 6, 2019

Maintaining good grades, leading a world class robotics team, and still finding time for typical teenage activities may seem impossible to some, but senior Alyssa Rodriguez seems to balance everything with ease. Even colleges are taking notice of Rodriguez's efforts, as Iowa State University has...

Unstoppable despite the obstacles

Senior Kyle Swanson has been diagnosed with ADD, OCD, and high-functioning autism. Despite his obstacles, he still strives to reach his goals.

Tyler Newman, Reporter

January 17, 2019

He is a student who always has the biggest smile on his face. He is a passionate soul who loves writing. He is an energetic young man ready to overcome the odds any minute of the day. He is a student who never lets his struggles stop him from being successful. All of these characteristics symbolize seni...

Senior Spotlight: Alexis Schutters

Aiden Rushing, Reporter

December 10, 2018

Instead of dwelling in the past on things that can’t be changed, senior Alexis Schutters prefers to live in the present. Schutters is inspired by her aunt who was has taught her a lot about not dwelling on the past and living in the now. Schutters is a very kind and caring student, who tries her b...

Senior Spotlight: Alexa Glandon

“'Everything happens for a reason'. This is something I really believe in,

Naomi Walker, Social Media and Business Manager

November 27, 2018

Throughout high school, senior Alexa Glandon has made many friendships, learned about herself, and participated in many activities. Glandon has been involved in volleyball all four years, she is the Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), a member of the blood drive committe...

A day in the life of a performer

“I like that you get to learn more about different eras of history from the music you’re singing and that the audience and performers can interpret in so many different ways. [Choir] provides a sense of togetherness that I really appreciate,” senior Alexis Syverson said.

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

October 31, 2018

Although standing below blinding lights with every move being watched by an audience isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is the environment where senior Alexis Syverson thrives. For as long as she can remember, music and singing have been a tremendous part of her life. “I like that you get to learn more about d...

Breaking the stereotype

Amia Combs is a person that will always stick up for her friends and anyone and need.

Kate Kealey, Editor in Chief

October 29, 2018

She sits at the table during dinner, discouraged and angry. She is over being disrespected and feeling out of place. She goes to her mom to bring her out of this state of mind, her mom reminds her that this is life and things don’t come easy. Her dad reminds her that he went through the same discri...

Pushing boundaries and making a change

Christiansen is a computer-aided drafter at Deck Supply Services. Utilizing large amounts of math, she designs deck rails in computer-aided drafting software. After high school, Christiansen plans on pursuing mechanical engineering and design.

Zak Keel, Reporter

October 26, 2018

Alexa Christiansen is a student that may just break the record for most hours existing within the walls of West. An average week for Christiansen consists of walking to school at 6:35 a.m. for early-bird some days and staying after school until 8:30 p.m. for Robotics on others. Even when not on a sche...

The hidden talent behind the quiet boy

“You can only do it one time. Once high school is over, it’s over,” Oliver said.

Tori Dierikx, Reporter

October 17, 2018

When you first meet Malachi Oliver, you may just notice him as the quiet kid who sits in the back of class with his headphones on. But there is much more to Malachi Oliver than what meets the eye, or ear. Like every individual at West, Oliver is unique in many ways. Many people may not know that ...

A photographer on the run

 “Don’t take everything so seriously. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Be grateful for what you have because anything could happen,

Tyler Newman, Reporter

October 16, 2018

If you’re ever looking for her after school, you can usually find her on bus 104 talking with bus driver Bob. She’s probably wearing jeans and a grey sweatshirt. She carries her book and her camera with her at all times. She always shares a kind smile and has piles of puns to share. This is senio...

Senior Spotlight: Cailin Prunchak

Kelly Snawerdt, Print Editor

October 10, 2018

When students think of a senior who is involved in as many extracurriculars as Cailin Prunchak, they may think of a superhero. But the truth is that Prunchak is a senior student who is actively involved in band (including Show Choir Pit, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble), Drama Club (she is also an actress in...

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Senior Spotlight: Haley Dawson

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor and Business Manager

October 8, 2018

Q: What is your favorite part about West? “Probably the school spirit we have. Even though we do not win a lot of games we still support our teams.”   Q: What was your favorite class and who was your favorite teacher? “I would say show choir this year because of our new directors, Laura Engles...

Senior Spotlight: Izzy Sheumaker

Emma Day, Marketing Director

October 3, 2018

What are you involved in at West? “I’m involved in volleyball and have been involved in it since 7th grade. I didn’t play last year because I wanted to take a break. I’m also involved with show choir and have been involved since sophomore year.”   What has been the best part of your high school caree...

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