Zoom university: Freshmen share their experiences

Laying out her papers, freshman Allison VanValkenburgh does her homework. VanValkenburgh is getting used to switching over from paper to digital. “in normal school we would've had more paper assignments.and I learn and test the best on paper,” VanValkenburgh said. “With learning being 90% online, it's hard adjusting to the new norms and expectations.”

October 2, 2020

Virtual schooling has hit the mid quarter mark now, and the freshmen class has adjusted to their first weeks of high school, well actually, virtual school. From online PE to learning music through a screen, they’re experiencing the beginning of high school in a whole new, unexpected way.  Fresh...

Six people, six Zoom classes: The Wright way to do online learning

Showing off his setup, social studies teacher John Wright has gotten comfortable in his new classroom. Before the school year, everyone in the Wright family had to arrange and organize their own learning space. “We basically broke it up into districts,” J. Wright said. “And so far everything has worked great, hopefully it can stay that way.”

Michael Lolley, Staff Writer

October 1, 2020

Being at home can be challenging for students as most lack direct access to their teachers, but for freshman Brian Wright and junior Luke Wright, they can’t escape them. The Wright family consists of two teachersincluding social studies teacher John Wright––and four students, all in different g...

New football coach and alumnus Mario Patton, despite strict COVID-19 rules, still makes connections with athletes

Standing on the practice field after an intense scrimmage, new football coach Mario Patton is adjusting to the new playing style at West. Patton energizes the team everyday with his personality. “ I want our kids to think of me as one of the most passionate coaches that they have been around, also someone who truly cares about the best interests of kids,” Patton said. “When it is business time I think the kids know the difference.”

Tre Bell, Staff writer

September 18, 2020

Handing off his knowledge to football athletes, coach Mario Patton is the new running back coach. Patton has coached for 16 years, but this year is more meaningful than others. “I had an opportunity to come home and coach at my alma mater. I could not pass on this opportunity,” Patton said. “It ...

Photo of the week- Sept. 8

Blowing into his trumpet, senior and trumpet section leader Karl Oswald practices his instrument outdoors at band rehearsal. Band has resumed rehearsals with restrictions put in place to adhere to social distancing guidelines. “One big limitation is that all of our rehearsals have to be monitored very carefully. That means I can't just pick a random day of the week for the trumpet section and myself to come together and rehearse; everything needs to be very planned out,” Oswald said. “This year, I'm looking forward to having an opportunity to play music in person with people I care about and [perform] my solo.”

Ulaa Kuziez, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

Carpe Diem, introverts

Self-isolation as a response to COVID-19 had more benefits beyond containing the spread; it also helped some people discover their introvertedness.

Brinda Ambal, Opinions Editor

September 8, 2020

You say quarantine made you understand the value of a little ‘me time,’ appreciate a little quiet, become a little more introverted. Amazing job, I’m so proud of you. But you did not change, your environment did. Our extrovert-centric society suddenly ceased to function, giving you the room to discover...

Summer Plan B Story

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit communities worldwide, regular summer plans were put on hold. Amongst our community, students wrestled with breaking the spell of boredom while also adhering to national safety guidelines that are still in place. Students were left to figure out alternative ways to enjoy their summer break.

Lilly Francis, Staff Writer

August 25, 2020

Top five albums to come out of quarantine

An arrangement of the cover art for the albums discussed herein.

Tyler Kinzy, Managing Editor-in-Chief

August 24, 2020

COVID-19 may have prompted some musicians to postpone albums or cancel tours, but that’s not to say the past several months have been devoid of good music. Below are my top five albums that have been released since the March 13 national emergency proclamation in response to the pandemic. 5. Thundercat - “It Is What It Is” Release date: April 3 Stephen Bruner was a key contributor t...

Safety first: Athletics Director Brian Kessler plans return to sports

Planning for a safe return to  sports and activities, Athletic Director Brian Kessler sends out new information to parents and students. As back to school approaches, Kessler worked with MSHSAA and other districts to decide the best way to continue with sports and activities. “The workload has been immense, the changes to the schedule have been a lot and then there’s a lot of fatigue,” Kessler said. “It’s hard to think what’s right for your community at this time because things can change quickly.”

Tre Bell, Staff Writer

August 22, 2020

As professional sports teams around the country struggle to create safe seasons, Athletic Director Brian Kessler works with the Missouri Sports High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA) and other groups to create a safe return to sports for students.  “When we had to tell kids last spring that they...

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