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One big happy family. West High students perform their final dress rehearsal before their big performance. The Addams Family musical was supposed to be performed last year before it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Dressed for the part

Luke Loving, Reporter May 21, 2021

The show must go on! The Addams Family Musical is finally here and it’s a must watch performance. Even through all the ups and downs throughout the school year, the theatre program did not disappoint....

 Two students engage in a fight while a third student records. For some students, pulling out their phone to record would be their first instinct if a fight went down. However a majority of students would do the good and try to avoid it. A survey of West students found that 50 percent of students would evade a fight if it were to break out near them.

School fights: Alarming or not?

Alec Shipley, Reporter April 26, 2021

Fights and other forms of violence are an unfortunate reality in high schools. Students attempt to settle their problems, usually hurting others and even themselves. You hear about them for a couple days...

Suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Statistics collected from a survey of 108 West High students.

Taking a toll

Tiara Soppe, Reporter April 23, 2021

Have you personally experienced mental exhaustion or know someone who does? Has this past year affected your mental health? Has the isolation and zoom meetings drained you mentally? Do you have trouble...

 “If I could describe Matt in one word it would be driven. His work ethic, his leadership, his constant goal setting, and never settling for anything less than perfection,” Oates said.

Music to My Ears

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief April 7, 2021

Name one person you know that can play the tuba, euphonium, french horn, bass clarinet, and the bass trombone...don’t worry, I’ll go first.  Matt Reis is a senior at Davenport West who has a special...

 Kathy Truong ‘21 manages to stay upbeat amidst her heavy course load. “I definitely will miss just being a kid during high school because I know during college there will be a lot of pressure and responsibility, whereas during high school you can still have fun with your friends and mess around.”

Striving under pressure

Tiara Soppe, Reporter April 5, 2021

Throughout high school, senior Kathy Truong has been one to stay behind the scenes but make moves in silence; Truong has maintained a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of a 4.0, challenged herself in...

Lantz still holds Kansas close to his heart. He has been a fan of Kansas athletics his whole life. “Nothing is going to change. [I will cheer for Iowa] if I go to the games, but I was born a Jayhawk,” Lantz said.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Luke Loving, Reporter March 31, 2021

The butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a small localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Life is full of decisions and some of those decisions are more life changing...

Myriam Stangherlin poses with her “I got my COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker. Originally from Italy, Stangherlin was ecstatic to receive the Moderna vaccine. “Despite my experience, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Stangherlin said.

Teacher vaccines: A costly opportunity

Tiara Soppe, Reporter March 26, 2021

If given the opportunity to take the COVID-19 vaccine, would you? This year has been nothing short of challenging from virtual to hybrid to 100% back in school due to the pandemic. As a community we have...

Aleksiejzyk observed that Klimek often came across as overwhelmed, especially when it came to her desk area. Although this isn’t what it typically looks like, the full schedule has impacted not only the teachers, but the environment around them.

The day that keeps on going

Sarah Bernick, Editor-in-Chief March 24, 2021

The day is coming to an end; students are driving away ready for a long nap, janitors are starting to make their rounds, the hallways are filled with an empty silence, the lights begin to go off...but...

Who will play who? Find out what roles your fellow classmates will be performing. “Come see it! It’s going to be great!” Andersen said. “It’s a fun musical that I feel like a lot of our students and community can connect with.”

The second time’s the charm

Luke Loving, Reporter March 12, 2021

Buh duh duh dum (snap, snap). An opening sound that resonates with people everywhere across the country. For those of you who don’t recognize that sound, it is the opening music from the TV classic,...

Passing time can be hazardous with the risk of COVID-19. Principal Williams has made it a point of interest to keep the students as safe as possible throughout the day. “With the COVID, I wanted to limit that extra movement. We’re already back, it’s already kind of new, and then you throw in an advisory, that’s a whole brand new group of kids that you have to worry about contact tracing,” Williams said.

A new look to the school day

Luke Loving, Reporter February 24, 2021

Just because something isn’t broken, doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. For the past few years, advisory time has been constantly changing. There were different ways to pick your teachers and there...

The auditorium, where concerts are held, empty.

A soundless hall

Katie Giebelstein, Reporter February 22, 2021

A silence lingers in the air, a quiet echo of phantoms in the past that carries the sounds of music to the ears of those who miss it. Music has always been a big part of West and the district as a whole,...

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...

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