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  • Glow Dance tickets are available in the school store for $10 each. The dance is tomorrow night, 7:30-10 p.m.

  • Seniors: commencement speaker applications are available in Dr. Sink's office.; they are due Fri. March 15 at 2:45 p.m.

  • Did you play a fall sport or participate in a performing art? Have a 3.0 GPA? Pick up your free Best of West tee shirt from Mrs. Debenport!

Hóla oportunidades: Lauren Bernstein pursues her new passion for sales

Hóla oportunidades: Lauren Bernstein pursues her new passion for sales

Maria Newton, Features Editor

February 22, 2019


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After 14 years of educating, Spanish teacher Lauren Bernstein is leaving the field to pursue her new-found passion in SeneGence makeup and skincare sales. She started selling products for the company in April 2017 to fund her own cosmetics buying habit. “I had absolutely no idea I would even be ...

Freshman Grace Eschbach feeds passion for music through concert-going experiences

Freshman Grace Eschbach feeds passion for music through concert-going experiences

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019


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The lights suddenly turn off. The stadium settles into a bated silence. The countdown pops up on the vast display and freshman Grace Eschbach finds herself caught up in the wave of anticipation riding high around the venue. “You can feel the energy changing as soon as the countdown comes up,” Esc...

Freshman Mark Starks ‘raps’ up the year with a brand new mixtape

Freshman Mark Starks ‘raps’ up the year with a brand new mixtape

Julian Shoykhet and Ross Harter

February 20, 2019


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Rap is the name of the game, and freshman Mark Starks is an up-and-coming player. With a natural talent for rhyming, he is moving from hallway freestyles to a full length mixtape. “I started rapping for fun [because I was] curious. I wanted to see how my voice sounds. It just went on from there,” St...

Foreign exchange student Muzamil Umar hopes to change perceptions of Pakistan

Foreign exchange student Muzamil Umar hopes to change perceptions of Pakistan

Caroline Briscoe, Convergent Media Writer

February 14, 2019


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Sixteen-year-old Muzamil Umar traveled 7,556 miles across the globe from Pakistan to attend school as a foreign exchange student his sophomore year. When Umar was just a kid, he received information about the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program. “I was preparing myself for...

Senior four year challenge

Senior four year challenge

Andrew Li, Staff Writer

February 11, 2019


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Zaven Nalbandian                           Freshman Year                                                                   Senior Year What is something you like about yourself? “I am pretty outgoing. It is pretty easy for me to make new friends becaus...

Physics teacher Ellen Wilke says “pharewell” to her physics classroom of 22 years

Physics teacher Ellen Wilke says “pharewell” to her physics classroom of 22 years

Andrew Li, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


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Physics advocate and optics guru, Ellen Wilke is retiring after teaching physics for 22 years. Wilke did not start off as a teacher: she started off as an engineer. However, when her engineering job was coming to a close, she realized that teaching was a viable option. “I’ve been working as an eng...

Miracle Mama tours with Dead and Company band

Miracle Mama tours with Dead and Company band

Maddie Brueggenjohann, Convergent Media Writer

February 6, 2019


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Waving her hands in the air like she just don't care, Special Education Teaching Assistant Karen Graycheck dances to the rhythm of her favorite band, "Dead and Company." Working an additional 20 hours a week at Applebee’s, Graycheck saves her money to tour with Dead and Company. “I honestly lo...

Senior Chloe Hershenow commits to run DI cross country

Senior Chloe Hershenow commits to run DI cross country

Claire Smout, Awards Coordinator

February 5, 2019


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After finishing her final cross country season for the Longhorns with her second all-state finish, placing 21st at the state meet Nov. 3, senior Chloe Hershenow has committed to run DI cross country and track for Tulsa University in the fall. Throughout the process of choosing a college, Hershenow received...

The community gives back to the Swihart family

The community gives back to the Swihart family

Drew Boone, Staff Writer

January 30, 2019


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After their mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor Jan. 2, seniors Kara Swihart and Jacob Swihart set up a Go Fund Me for the surgery, which raised $15,000 in five days, and continue to receive support from the school community. “I would never imagined it would get this far, and I am entirely grate...

Junior Brendan Gordon preserves family name through volunteering

Junior Brendan Gordon preserves family name through volunteering

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


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When a family friend offered the opportunity to participate in a year-round unpaid internship for high school and college students at the Missouri Civil War Museum, junior Brendan Gordon jumped at the chance. “One of my best friends is Thomas Trout and his dad is the one that owns the museum,...

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