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Graphic (by Kaylynn Crawford) depicting Andrew Cusmano performing his poem at the Poetry Out Loud State competition.

Through Verse and Voice

Kaylynn Crawford, Arts & Entertainment and Opinion Editor April 17, 2024

Andrew Cusmano has been practically living his life on the stage. Since he was the age of ten, Cusmano has often found himself on many stages performing shows from Shakespeare all the way to elaborate...

A photo taken after Large Group All-State, 2022.

Your Next Favorite Extra-Curricular: Large Group Speech.

Kaylynn Crawford, Reporter October 23, 2023

When you think of theater, you might think of your stereotypical musicals or even dramatic plays, but have you heard of Large Group? Large Group Theater is a culmination of 11 categories that can apply...

Wests three drum majors getting ready to do their salute before the band takes the field.

West High Drum Majors Bring Home Award at Band competition

Ally Knight, Reporter September 29, 2023

On Saturday, September 23, our West High Marching band performed at the Linn-Mar High School marching Band competition. Out of the nine Bands that were competing in the 4A division, our Drum Majors Miliagro...

Volunteer band director Janelle Ewing providing critiques to the band during night practice.

Starting off on the Left Foot

Mallory Mills, Reporter September 19, 2023

The West High marching band season is now in full swing, and there's a lot more effort that has been put into it than many realize. The band's first performance was on September 15 at the West Homecoming...

Sophomore Lizzy Whitehead laughing as she prepares to march relays.

PHOTOS: Marching Band

Kaylynn Crawford, Reporter September 11, 2023

Meet the Artists: IB Art Exhibition

Meet the Artists: IB Art Exhibition

Sophia Witte, Reporter February 28, 2023

The International Baccalaureate Art program will be holding the senior art exhibition at the University of Northern Iowa's Kamerick Art Building on Tuesday, February 28. The exhibition is open to the public...

Concert Choir during their performance of Brad Holmes Noel.

Holiday Music Concert

Tyler Hall, Reporter December 19, 2022

On Monday, Dec. 6, the West High music groups held a holiday music concert to spread holiday cheer. In order from first to last, the choirs performed at 6 p.m., the orchestras performed at 7 p.m. and the...

Dance team members pose together after the competition

Dance Team Takes on State

Ali Parkhurst, Reporter December 8, 2022

Friday Dec. 3, the Wahawk dance team performed their state dance routines at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  All four of West's soloists earned Division 1 ratings. This means the dance received...

Medium: Marker on Sketchbook Paper

Artist Spotlight: Jaryn Gomez

Kaitlin Stanford, Reporter November 18, 2022

Jaryn Gomez is a senior here at West High school. They always knew they had a passion for art. Gomez had worked on the Pride Banner at Doughy Joeys during Pridefest. Gomez also had their art displayed...

Artist Spotlight: Bella Deleon

Artist Spotlight: Bella Deleon

Ali Parkhurst, Reporter November 17, 2022

West High is filled with hundreds of students who have different creative talents and abilities. We see our athletics and theater programs promoted throughout the school and on social media. However, we...

A view from behind the conductor during a West High performance.

Marching Band Places 4th and 7th in Area Competitions

Tyler Hall, Reporter October 5, 2022

"Bands Across the Prairie" is a statewide competition for high school marching bands all throughout Iowa. This year's competition marks the 19th annual invitational which took place on Saturday, Oct. 1st...

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