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Women of West: Bree McMahon

Women of West: Bree McMahon

Billie Jo Sherman, Reporter

March 31, 2018

"Getting involved in high school is important because it allows you to create great friendships, as well as good experiences that you can potentially use when you graduate high school!" - senior Bree McMahon...

Women of West: Kassie Remley

“In my four years at West, it has taught me that you will always meet new people, teachers are always willing to help you, and there are so many opportunities that you will discover everyday at school.”

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

March 29, 2018

“In my four years at West, it has taught me that you will always meet new people, teachers are always willing to help you, and there are so many opportunities that you will discover everyday at school.” - senior Kassie Remley

Women of West: Lisa Rostenbach

What is your goal for the future? 
“I’d like to travel out of the country because I think it would be a nice experience.”

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

March 28, 2018

Words of wisdom from West's head secretary: “Treat others how you want to be treated because of the way things are today in the world and society. I think if people treated everybody the way they want to be treated, the world would be a better place.” -secretary Lisa Rostenbach...

Women of West: Tatiana Stepanek

Michael Davis, Features Editor

March 27, 2018

"Don’t worry about what other people think because in the end you’re there for yourself at the end of the day. Live life to the fullest and do what you like to do because if you worry about what other people think of you, then you won’t enjoy yourself. If you’re doing what you want to do a...

Women of West: Maggie Oates

 “My favorite part of being a band director is watching my students grow not only musically but also as people,” band director Maggie Oates said.

Danielle Stevens, Managing editor

March 26, 2018

A funny story from Maggie Oates about traveling with her honor band students: “One time, I was driving a Suburban with some kids to an honor band in Cedar Rapids and the district had not put more windshield wiper fluid into the vehicle, plus it was snowy, muddy and I couldn’t see anything. I lit...

Women of West: Lily Hancock

Emma Bernick, Media Editor

March 23, 2018

"My happy place is my house because I can always count on someone being there; my family, my pets, my friends. My biggest influences are my parents because they support me in everything I do. They give me their input when I need it and let me do my thing when I'm confident in my decisions." -junior Lily Hancoc...

Women of West: Hailey Dormire

“Being in a show choir group has taught me to work well with a team and to not let my frustration get the best of me. I found other ways to express my emotions, singing especially helps.” - Senior Hailey Dormire

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

March 21, 2018

“The most memorable part of my last competition would be getting off stage and realizing that it was my last one. I took a deep breath and started sobbing because I would never do it again. I had a new appreciation of what I’ve been doing and the stresses from this year didn’t matter anymore be...

Women of West: Lindsey Gosse

“Live life with purpose and passion and always be kind and humble.”
-Math teacher Lindsey Gosse

Samantha Makl, Reporter

March 19, 2018

“I teach because I have a passion for helping students grow and learn the skills they need to be successful in life. I had some really influential high school math teachers, and I thought ‘yeah I would enjoy being that person shaping tomorrow’s future.’ I hope to ignite an excitement and pas...

Women of West: Angela Staber

Everyone dressed in black and jeans for the annual Staber family photo in her AP English class.

Elise Frohna, Reporter

March 16, 2018

“Why I teach is difficult to summarize. There are so many reasons, but I think I teach literature and writing because I recognize the great power of the written word. In a world where it appears we listen and follow the loudest voice, I wish for my students to recognize that is not the method to make ...

Women of West: Amanda Bohart

“Because of my own learning issues I’ve been able to help get students through school, learn as much as possible, and identify their own strategies to help them learn and be stronger students because of my own experiences.” 
-Special Education teacher Amanda Bohart

Joseph Potts, Reporter

March 14, 2018

Born in Peoria, Illinois, special education teacher Amanda Bohart loved school and always wanted to be a teacher, despite struggling. “I have a learning disability which causes things that I hear to be difficult for me to understand,” Bohart said. “It is more of a auditory processing issue. I understan...

Women of West: Lori Duquette

What about the movie

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

March 13, 2018

Who is someone you look up to and why? “Even to this day, although she’s been gone for 20 years, it would be my grandmother. She cared. She did things for others; she put others before her. She was born in 1901 and then passed away in 1997, so she lived through so much and she would talk about th...

Women of West: Amanda Loucks

“When it comes to inspiring my students, I try to lead by example as much as I can. When my students start to become negative, I always say ‘we have to find another way if one way isn’t working.’”-English teacher Amanda Loucks

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

March 12, 2018

“When I was younger I had a rough upbringing. These experiences have taught me how to overcome instead of shutting down. I feel that my experiences have given me the opportunity to relate to my students more so than others.” -English teacher Amanda Loucks

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