Our school showed a lot of longhorn pride at homecoming week. Here are some of the highlights.

Life of a longhorn

Achyuta Ambal, Staff Writer September 27, 2021

As Homecoming draws near, a timeline of the week gets created.

Countdown to Homecoming

Madi Michajliczenko, Staff Writer September 17, 2021

With homecoming week on the horizon, anticipation is rising within the student body. Making plans with friends and deciding on outfits, students are preparing for the long-awaited week. Behind the scenes,...

Junior Aly Kroner and her family help arrange the flags on Forest Park’s Art Hill. More than 7,500 flags were displayed in honor of each life lost as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “When commemorating the lives of everyone who died that day I wish people paid more attention to the third plane headed towards Washington that crashed on the field. Everyone died in that plane and we need to honor those brave people just as much.”

Commemorating 9/11: 20 years of remembrances and reflection

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

This past Saturday marked 20 years since our country experienced the deaths of 2,996 individuals. Students and staff took the weekend to reflect on the momentous events of Sept. 11, 2001. While each Academic...

Team Blue Brains (5430A: Seniors Kunal Addagarla, Jack Wild and Levi Ladd, juniors Rick Biswas and David Meisinger, sophomores Joseph Britt, Anushka Dharmasanam and Isaac Porter) display their newly built automaton.

Worlds VEX Robotics Competition: Robotics team assembles a successful weekend

Makinsey Drake, Staff Writer June 4, 2021

Robotics Teams Blue Brains and Memory Leak advanced to the 2021 VEX Robotics Competition at the end of this May. In a successful four days team Blue Brains, led by senior Levi Ladd, reached the World...

A collage of coasters painted by the Special Education program.

Special education students coast through communication skills

Sara Albarcha, Staff Writer May 14, 2021

At 12:50 p.m. room 2302 changes from a classroom to a full-fledged business operation for students in Jessica Bowman’s Job Experience class.  Bowman found an innovative way to teach life skills,...

Scholar Bowl participants meet with club sponsor Patrick Troy for a meeting on Zoom.

Scholar Bowl season Zooms to an end

Fatema Rehmani, Conceptual Editor-in-Chief May 12, 2021

Four teammates work together diligently. Hands ready on their buzzers. Eyes concentrated on their moderator. This is the scene of a Scholar Bowl tournament where students delve into the world of academic...

While credit recovery classes are going to be in-person, credit advancement classes will be virtually asynchronous.

Summer school still on despite COVID-19 challenges

Haley Patel, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

As summer school forms roll out, the choice for each individual to go virtual or in-person is no longer the case. Instead, depending on if the course is for credit advancement or recovery, the student's...

French and Spanish teacher Blair Hopkins evaluates Spanish 1 students speaking abilities during a speaking test. Tests in the third quarter are taken outside the classroom for 3 minutes to evaluate the curriculum learned in that unit. “Since we’re in-person, each student has to scan the QR code to be outside the classroom,” Hopkins said.

Saying hola to new teaching strategies

Lydia Kirkou, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

“I can’t hear you.”  “Please turn on your screen.”  “My screen can’t be on while you are presenting or my computer knocks me out of Zoom.”  “There is such a lag with what...

Sitting behind the A-team’s robot, junior and robotics team president Rick Biswas converses about the bot with Donaldson, who is behind the camera. Since joining the robotics team, Biswas decided to pursue a related career such as mechanical engineering or computer science. “. After I joined [the robotics team at West], I knew for sure that this was what I wanted to do,” Biswas said. “In general, everyone’s really supportive, especially Mr. Donaldson and the teams. Before I joined the robotics team, I was new here and I didn’t talk to many people. At robotics, I met new people, made new friends. They supported me to be [who] I am right now. ”

A winning streak: the robotics program’s recent successes and struggles

Tanvi Kulkarni, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

“We had made it our goal to win this award two years ago. I was actually assuming that they were going to say [the name of another] team that had won last year,” senior Ankita Gupta recalled. Gupta...

A Virtual Campus High student checks his schedule on Infinite Campus in preparation for class.

Behind the scenes: conflicts and collaboration in Virtual Campus High

Ulaa Kuziez, News and Sports Editor March 2, 2021

Four school systems. Thousands of students. Dozens of classes. This year’s Virtual Campus High (VCH) was created to accommodate students who wanted to continue their education in a virtual format. Across...

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