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Wahawk Insider staff pose with the All Iowa News Team of the Year banner after being announced one of the top five news teams in the state.

Wahawk Insider: A Year in Review

Kaylynn Crawford, Editor in Chief May 30, 2024

With 138 published pieces, the Wahawk Insider is wrapping up their second school year running. This year, the Insider team is a SNO distinguished site and an IHSPA news team finalist for the second year....

JOY at West

JOY at West

Karma Goodson, Reporter May 30, 2024

Ali Parkhurst named 2024 Journalist of the year: On Feb 18, 2024, West High’s very own Ali Parkhurst was named Iowa’s Journalist of the Year, Earning a $500 reward and a chance to represent Iowa...

Dean Widen posing for a picture.

Coach for Life

Mallory Mills, Reporter May 10, 2024

Dean Widen resides in room 233 as a PBDA instructor, where he teaches all social studies. Even outside of the school year, Widen helps instruct students during summer school, which typically begins two...

A view of Connor Heuthorsts phone prepared to film while being held up by a handmade Lego tripod.

Building a Lego-cy One Block at a Time

Lucy Prescott, Print Co-editor May 10, 2024

Some of you might pass by Connor Heuthorst in the halls, thinking of him as being just a normal high school student. While that might be true for the most part, Huethorst, under the name of Cukoo4legos,...

Dave Gettman posing for the camera.

Gettman’s Graduation

Tyler Hall, Online Editor-in-Chief May 9, 2024

With the end of the 2023-2024 school year drawing near, so too is Dave Gettman's final year of teaching. Gettman, one of West High's strength and conditioning teachers, started teaching 38 years ago, soon...

Coloring With Conradi

Reagan Westphal, Reporter May 9, 2024

Photo and design by Karma Goodson

A Fraction Of West

Karma Goodson and Jacy Gomez May 8, 2024

  Irvin Laube has been an educator at West High since 2020 but has been teaching for a total of 33 years. Of those years, 20 were spent as a principal with the remaining 13 spent teaching various...

Mr. Balong standing in front of the German map in his room.

Ich liebe Deutschland!

Mallory Mills, Reporter May 8, 2024

Beginning at West over 12 years ago, John Balong has created long lasting bonds with the German and economic students alike. Abiding in room 330, Balong currently teaches German two, three and four as...

Kellie Knight smiling for a picture.

Kellie Knight: More Than Just A Teacher

Ally Knight, Feature and Multimedia Editor May 8, 2024

Kellie Knight, a dedicated staff member, has been involved with the education profession for 25 years, eight of which have been here at West where she teaches Sociology, Psychology one and two,  AP Psychology...

Jackson McNally stands on a desk during a US History lesson.

McNally’s Magnificent Take on Teaching

Lucy Prescott, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief May 6, 2024

Room 110 is where the future is made. Jackson McNally, a freshman US History teacher, goes above and beyond in creating an environment for students to get an outstanding education while still finding enjoyment.  While...

Matko Sabic, an English teacher, enjoys sitting a classroom that he can now call his own.

A Home of my Own

Ali Parkhurst, Sports and News Editor May 6, 2024

For the first four years of his teaching career, Matko Sabic was known as a ‘traveling teacher.’ Moving between rooms five times a day, Sabic struggled to make any classroom feel like his own at West...

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...

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