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Feb. 8, 2013 Vol. 53 Issue 5

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Drama club presents “The Odd Couple”

Senior Jacob Stewart, left, and freshman John Dubberke rehearse for their scene in the upcoming play, “The Odd Couple” after school on Feb. 4 (photo by Catherine Goodall)

Beak ‘n’ Eye Staff Editors in chief Emily Thumann Becca Sandry News Editors Emily Thummann Becca Sandry Catherine Goodall Voice Editors Meagin Taylor Renata Marquez Leisure Editor Corralle Whalen Focus Editor Hannah Fandel Sports Editors Malik Salsberry Tyler Masterson Faces Editor DesaRay McGee Adviser Steve Lyle The Beak ‘n’ Eye is published eight times a year from 3505 W. Locust St. Davenport, Iowa 52804. Member of the Iowa high School Press Assocation, and Quill and Scroll Internation Honor Society.

Athletic director Al Blocker and principal Mike Lawler pose with the state cheerleading competition trophy won on Nov. 3. (photo by DesaRay McGee)

Kellie Nelson dances in the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. (contributed photo)



12-13 GUN CONTROL- President Barack Obama faces stiff opposition to his plan to stop gun violence.

8 HONORING TEACHERS- Several teachers risk their lives to protect their students.



3 SCHOOL SAFETY- Davenport schools

10 VALENTINES DAY- Learn the history of Valentine’s Day.

make security impovements.

6 BURGLARY- Several break-ins have taken place over the past few weeks. 7 SENATOR GRASLEY- The senator paid a visit to West students.


17 ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS- Teens sometimes find themselves in a controlling situation.

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Cover Photo: An estimated 800 pro- gun activists turned out for a rally inside the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho Saturday, January 19, Chance Novak, 18, left, and his father, Chet Novak, both of Boise, stand outside the Idaho Statehouse after the rally. (Chris Butler/ Idaho Statewman/ MCT)

SPORTS 16 DANCER TAKES TRIP- See what two students took a trip to London to dance

FEATURES 18 NEW WEBSITE- Take a look at who is behind the new features of the West High Website.



District boosts security to buildings BY EMILY THUMANN he Davenport Community School District plans to boost the security in all schools after the elementary school shootings in Connecticut on Dec 14. Superintendent Art Tate said that the shooting in Newtown Conn., prompted him to talk about security changes, and laid out some steps at the board meeting. The approved improvements are: •The district will secure entrances to six schools (Garfield, Hates, Buffalo, Smart, Sudlow, and Central High School) by the end of the summer. The rest of the buildings have already been secured. •Intruder locks will be put on all classroom doors. The district says that has been done in 10 of the buildings, but 1,015 classrooms remain. The cost will be approximately $275,000. •Exterior doors and some windowswill be upgraded. •Intercom entry system for security will begin immediately and be completed by the start of the 2014-15 school year. Students feel that the security guards need to be upgraded. “I think that the school district needs to have more strict rules,” said senior Tyler Hoth. “The security needs to pay more attention because students get away with way to much stuff,” said sophomore Brianna Bohland. “I’ve seen fights here before that didn’t even get stopped.” Having an upgrade in security, would make students feel much safer at school. “I absolutely don’t feel safe at school because of all the scary


Mrs. Coons tells students they cannot enter the side doors during Block 4 on Feb. 5. (photo by Becca Sandry)

people and gangs,” said senior Blake Rees. “I would feel better if there was more security.” Bohland also would feel safer. “I think I would feel better at school if they had more cameras,” said Bohland. “The gun threats and gang fights really scared me. How the district plans to pay for the upgrades is unknown, but the security changes are supposed to be completed by the beginning of the next school year.

Gun threat rumors put to rest BY CATHERINE GOODALL On Dec. 13 and 14, there were many calls to West by parents concerning gun threats and rumors of guns being present on school grounds. Rumors began after several fights broke out in the halls. Many students were called in and called out of school by their parents because they felt it was not safe for their children to attend school on those days. “There were more than about 30 students called out of class by their parents concerning the gun threats and rumors,” said security guard Ricky Terrell. “I cannot give out any other information about that day, however. There were no guns present on school grounds.” According to security, students had been sending text messages about the rumor of guns being on school grounds and the rumor of an ongoing gun threat. This caused lots of fear and confusion with students and parents. However, some students felt safe with our school’s current security system and went on with those days at school normally. “There was a lot of talk about guns and a gun threat at West, but I knew nothing would happen,” said senior Laren Skulte.

“But I was still cautious. But later that night I did dream that I was being shot at in the hall with no cameras.” “I wasn’t really scared, I didn’t think that it was actually going to happen, and it didn’t.” said junior Chelsey Davis. There were also several rumors that there were kids from other schools in our building on those two days. Students found the idea of unknown students at our school shocking and frightening to think about. “I had seen someone I hadn’t seen in a long time walking around the halls with other kids,” said junior Hannah Fandel. “Then later that day I found out that he no longer went to West.” With the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and talk of increased violent shootings looming above students and parents’ heads, it makes them eager to see the new security systems and improvements that are being made to all Davenport schools. “I’m eager to see the new changes because I feel that improved security will make a better image for West,” said junior Malik Salsberry. “And it’ll make it less likely for school violence to occur here at West.”


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Show Choir season begins




Students, Alexis Lotspeich, Jorge Caldera, and Amy Pham perform at North High School on Jan. 20. (photo by Renata Marquez)

Sophomore Ellie Reis performs a solo at North’s Big Dance competition Jan. 20 (photo by Renata Marquez)

s singing, dancing, and performing your passion? For the show choir students here at West, it is. This Just In and West Connection are the two show choirs that perform and compete in many different shows and competitions all around Iowa. This season for show choir is just beginning to kick off and many students have high expectations for their performances. “I expect a very productive year for both show choirs,” said senior Jake Stewart. “There are 4 remaining big competitions, we expect to make finals for 3 of them, which is a big achievement due to our many competitors.” Finals are after day rounds which consist of different rounds of judging to advance. Judging is a lot more intense and picky. Instead of looking at how fun the performance is, judges look and listen for clean word diction, if motions are together, and energy. “Finals are cuthroat business,” said senior Jake Stewart. “A lot of people freak out and become really tense because it’s our last shot to wow the judges and win.” The West show choirs’ first performance was their dinner theatre on January 20, at North High School at their Big Dance show choir competition. “We didn’t do as well as we expected,” said senior Jake Stewart. “It was a learning experience and only our first perfor-

mance. I think we’re moving in the right direction from that performance.” Both show choirs perform five songs from different genres in each of their routines. Students involved in the two show choirs have many different favorite songs from their performances. “My favorite song is the ending song, Lucky Strike by Maroon 5 because it is very energetic,” said junior Jorge Caldera. “During that song I just want to be done with the show, because I am dead from singing and dancing my little heart out.” The show choir program started about 30 years ago when show choirs were called Swing Choirs. Since the 90’s show choirs have been building up and improving to become the show choirs you see today, with big voluptuous hair, bold makeup, flashy clothes, and captivating stage effects. “It was like a snowball effect, to become bigger and better than the previous years of show choirs,” said show choir director Tyler Finely This Just In and West Connection has won over 100 trophies in all the years they have been performing. Many students in show choir would recommend joining this program to anybody that loves music and performing. “I would fersure recommend joining,” said senior Jake Stewart. “Overall it’s a good experience, regardless of what you’ve heard. Rehearsals can be strenuous and relationships with people can be tested, but its a lot of fun! What you put in, is what you get out.”

Miss Iowa places fifth BY CATHERINE GOODALL The glitz, the glam, and the big sparkling crown is what a select few girls from each state strive to win at the Miss America pageant. Mariah Cary, age 21, represented Iowa at the pageant this year and had many supporters from West. “It was awesome to see Cary represent Iowa so well at the pageant and place 5th in the nation,” said senior Laren Skulte Cary’s talent was tap dancing for the talent portion of the pageant. She wowed many people with her black, flashy, sequined outfit, her high energy, bright smile, and gymnastic-like moves.

“My favorite part was her tap dancing,” said senior Tayler Osborn. “It was really entertaining and fun to watch.” “She showed a lot of heart and skill while tap dancing,” said junior Chelsey Davis. Cary’s charity platform was for Tourette Syndrome: The Involuntary Companion Syndrome. Cary was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 9, and struggles with it herself. “I found it inspiring that Miss Iowa had Tourette’s syndrome, and she put that aside to make it that far in life and in the pageant,” said junior Ally Walters. Cary is currently a student at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is studying to become a pharmaceutical Mariah Cary placed 5th overall in the sales representative after college. Miss America pageant on Jan. 12.

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BRIEFLY Blood Drive

The Science Department is signing up students 16 and over for donating blood on Feb. 14th in the West YMCA.

Engineering and Design Upcoming challenges

On Feb. 20th there is the PLTW LOST Room Renovation Ribbon Cutting. On Feb. 22nd and 23rd is the FTC Robotics State Championship.

Show Choir competition and performance dates

This Just in and West Connection’s next performances are on Feb. 2 at the Music in Motion competition in Mount Pleasant, Feb. 9 at the Keokuk Invitational, February 15-16 at the Adler for the Great River performance in which West hosts. This Just In and West Connection conclude their season with the Main Even competition in Epworth Feb. 23, the Mo’ Show competition in Cedar Rapids Mar. 9 and a final performance Mar. 4 at the Adler theatre.


Two West Students/ cadets were selected for Army JROTC Officer Leadership positions. Brent Morales was selected/ promoted to Executive Officer/ Major, and Sterlin Dieken was selected/ promoted to Administrative Officer/ Captain.

Speech and Debate

The Speech and Debate team competed in Iowa City Feb. 1-2. Greg Windeknecht and Noah Kirschbaum received first place in the Public Forum Debate. Anna Wells received second place in Humorous Interpretation. Aubrey Kohl received third in Original Oratory. Lexie Fairbanks received sixth in Oral Interpretation. The Speech and Debate team also compete Friday and Saturday Feb. 8-9 in Burlington, Iowa for the District Tournament to see if anybody qualifies for Nationals in Birmingham, Alabama, Jun. 16-21 written by Catherine Goodall


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Rare parrots visit class BY RENATA MARQUEZ


Niabi Zoo brought rare parrots to Strunks the Enviromental Studies class. (photo by Catherine Goodall)

Four alumni will be inducted into the West High School Hall of Fame BY BECCA SANDRY Four new alumni members will be inducted into the West High School Hall of fame, at 6 p.m, Feb. 9 at Modern Woodman Park. The celebration will honor Erin McGarry ,Dr. Kathryn Kell, D. D. S, Matthew Clemens, and Patrick Tangen for their various achievements. McGarry, Class of 1995, has achieved a high level of success as a television producer. She currently works at NBC. She has received an Emmy Certificate for live coverage of September 11, 2001, along

hat has a strong beak, stocky body, and varies in color? If you are thinking of a parrot, you are absolutely right! On January 29, Sharon Freedman from the Niabi Zoo came to Kim Strunk’s Environmental Studies class in room 122 to talk about parrots from the rainforests around the world. She brought in Eduardo the male parrot and Ruby the female parrot. The type of parrot she brought in is called an Eclectus Parrot. Freedman said there are nine different kinds of them. They are not rare and not endangered as most kinds of species in the world. According to research, most parrots in the rainforests of South America, and Africa are endangered. Parrots are birds that are thought to have evolved from penguins. They vary in size and color. Males are mostly always green

Kathryn Kell

Erin McGarry

with an added color. Females are mostly red with an added color. The biggest parrot recorded was four feet long from head to tail. The smallest recorded was about as small as your thumb. “I don’t recommend a parrot as a pet, unless you want to spend about $1,000 on it!” Freedman told Strunk’s class as she held “Eduardo,” one of the parrots that she brought in. Strunk’s class was surprised at how incredibly loud the noises were. They were also scared because the noises. They like to be loud, but don’t like loud noises. They can mimic car alarms, cat meows, they can even say hi and goodbye! Any kind of parrot is easily entertained and easily bored. Learn to entertain them because they develop a bad habit of feather plucking if in extreme boredom! They like peaceful environments. Overall, the class loved the colors of parrots and the excitement of seeing a rainforest bird.

Matthew Clemens

with a Peacock Passion Award given to NBC employees who exhibit passion. Kell, Class of 1970, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa and has a master’s degree in Health Care administration from St. Ambrose University. Kell has taken active roles in the American Dental Association and the National Council on International Health. She has also helped young professionals and local organizations. Clemens, class of 1974, has authored or co-authored short stories is such anthologies such as Private Eyes, the Ho Blood series and Flesh and Blood series. He has

Patrick Tangen

also worked with Max Allan Collis on books based on the television series CSI. Tangen, Class of 1982, has had nearly 20 years of experience as a design architect for sports architecture. He has played important roles on some of the biggest baseball stadiums in both the major and minor league. He did work on Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and participated in the renovation of the local stadium, Modern Woodman Park. Tickets to attend the even are $25.00 and can be purchased from Marcia Jensen in the library.

Burglaries in The Quad Cities affect West High students and their families BY EMILY THUMANN Scott County has had many burglaries that have affected student’s lives. Davenport Police arrested 3 men in connection with the crimes on Jan 21. Shane Smeltzer, Joshua Hayes, and Brandon Barnett were charged with over 35 burglaries, mostly in Davenport. Some West students were affected. “Last Monday my family’s dance studio got broken into in the middle of the

night,” said junior Abby Thumann. The thieves used a crow bar to enter Dance Works. “Luckily we are in the middle of moving to a different building so there wasn’t much for them to take, but they did get away with $150,” said Thumann. Dance Works was just one of the dance studios in Davenport that got broken into. “When I came to dance at Jeanette’s, the parking lot was filled with crime scene investigators,” said junior Hannah Fandel. The robbers took money.

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“I found out the safe had been torn out of the wall so that they could get the money,” said Fandel. “I’m not sure how much they stole, but it was all really scary.” Owner of Jeanettes, Beth Place, was really upset about the break in. “It was devastating because the studio is my whole life,” said Place. The police were able to track footprints leaving the burglary that went past a building that had security cameras that helped police identify the suspects. PAGE BY EMILY THUMANN

Senator Grassley visits West BY BECCA SANDRY


bout 65 students listened to Senator Chuck Grasley answer a few questions in an informal Q&A in the library on January 18. Grasley assumed office in January of 1981 and is currently still in office. At the meeting, Grasley touched on a few topics such as Obama care, taxes, gay adoption, and what it is like to be a Senator. Grasley discussed a simple day as a Senator. “I spend 40% of my time in Washington D.C. and 60% of my time back here in Iowa.” Said Grasley As a senator of 32 years Grasley has been through some tough decisions. “In 2002 we created a new legislative act that allows the CIA to talk to the FBI.” Grasley said now that the two groups can talk to each other there can be more prevention against attacks such as 9/11. “We now monitor phone calls of those who have suspicion of being a terrorist.” Students thought the visit by the Sena-

tor was an educational experience. “I thought it was cool that he takes time out of his day to come visit schools.” said junior Michelle Nguyen. “I learned stuff I never thought of.” Grasley also thinks visiting schools is “cool.” “I was in Makoekita High School (yesterday).” said Grasley. I do these visits because I want to get in touch with the youth. Most teens can not attend the towns meeting Grasley has and he is aware of that. “Everything is changing in government is always changing and teens should always be informed.”

Senator Grassley shakes Principal Lawler’s hand before his presentation. (photo by Steve Lyle)

Drama Club prepares for two versions of ‘The Odd Couple’ BY EMILY THUMANN The West Drama Club is presenting the first comedy play they’ve done in four years, “The Odd Couple” on Feb. 28 through March 4. Two full length plays are going to be put on by the Drama Club; there will be a female version and a male version. “Both shows center around two very unique individuals that have to start living together,” said director Wayne Hess. “From there the laughter ensues.” It’s been a very long time since the drama department has put on a comedy. “I decided on this play because we haven’t done comedy in four years,” said Hess. It’s very different from previous plays they have done. “I think it’s one of the funnier plays we’ve done while I’ve been here, it’s more modern,” said sophomore Shelby Johnson. “I’m really excited.” She plays Florence, one of the main

characters in the female version. “She is kind of annoying and a major neat freak,” said Johnson. In the male version the main character is named Felix, played by freshman John Dubberke. “He is the character that gets suicidal after his wife divorces him,” said Dubberke. Students participating in the play anticipate the audience’s reaction. “I think the audience will be very shocked at how dirty the play is,” said Dubberke. “It’ll be funny to see how they react because we’ve never done something like this before.” During rehearsals students have been learning their lines and the different things they have to do. “It’s really fun to be apart of,” said Johnson. “I don’t want to give it all away but there are some really fun scenes, like smashing cups.” Dubberke enjoys being a part of the production. “I’m excited to do the show,” said Dub-


berke. “Being a freshman and getting a lead role is a big deal!” Hess says he is most excited for the students to show off their hard work. “Both shows have a lot of opportunities for students,” said Hess.

Senior Jake Stewart rehearses his lines for the play. (photo by Catherine Goodall.)

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Judge gives unusual sentences


art by Mayli Grady


Praise for heroic teachers


s our nation mourns for the 20 students who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, they also mourn for the lives of the six teachers who also died with them. Not only are they seen as teachers, but now are seen as heroes. Not only did they teach the kids but they were also there to protect the kids. Dying for someone is a big thing to do. The teachers were willing to do it. Being able to see that the teachers cared so much for the kids they taught should make us think about how little respect teachers get and how much they actually deserve. Victoria Soto, 27, reportedly hid kids in a closet and died trying to shield the kids from the gunman. Another teacher that taught at Sandy Hook was Anne Marie Murphy, 52, who was found in a corner with 6 year old Dylan Hockley. The bravery of the teachers who tried to protect a little over 600 students brought some hope to the devastating tragedy. Should someone at the school have been armed as the NRA proposed? Teach-

ers don’t need guns in school. “The vast majority of teachers want to be armed with textbooks and computers, not guns,” said Kenneth S. Trump, President of National School Safety and Security Services, according to, in response to the discussion about arming teachers and staff. They won’t be able to use them it because if they try to get the weapon, they will take more time trying to unlock it from wherever it will secured in, instead of trying to get the students to safety. Allowing teachers to be armed begs a number of questions from parents, staff, and the community. There are other approaches to secure the schools. 1. More cameras 2. Locked doors at all times 3. Security guards in the hall ways at all times 4. Security gate 5. Metal detectors School security needs to be tightened across the country to prevent future tragedies.

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judge in Ohio is making a name for himself by giving unusual sentences. Judge Mike Cicconetti sentenced a 27-year-old man operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He sentenced him to $600 fine, a suspended license, and viewing bodies from drunk driving accidents. Because Jonathan Tarase was a first offender, Ciccinetti suspended 60 days from his 65 day sentence. Tarase will spend 3 days at a driver intervention program, and the other 2 days will be spent “on call” so he can go see the two bodies to hopefully help him learn his lesson. “This is not some morbid curiosity. This is to prevent acts like this, and as a notice to everyone else in my community: There will be consequences that you may not like” Cicconetti told ABCNews. com. In 2005, Judge Mike Cicconetti sentenced a 26-year-old woman to spend a night out in the cold for abandoning 33 kittens during the winter cold. Nine of which died. There have been fewer cases of mistreated cats since then. The solicitations of prostitutes have also declined since 2009 when Cicconetti sentenced a man to wear a chicken costume on a street corner. Not many learn their lesson but the sentences are more effective than jail. We have so many repeat offenders that I think we could all agree that we need a judge like Mike Cicconetti.

Letters wanted See this empty space? This is where your letter to the editor should be. All letters should be 300 words or less, and there’s a good chance that it will be shortened if it’s too long. Don’t forget to include your name and grade in your letter. Just drop them off in Room 161, and staff will kindly take care of the rest! PAGE BY RENATA MARQUEZ

Reality TV hits all time low Not all reality TV shows are horrible, but they always seem to be getting worse. The first reality TV show was “Candid Camera,” first aired in August 1948. “Candid Camera” was a hidden camera show that played pranks on people. When I think of reality TV, I think of Jersey Shore- a bunch of “guidos” and “guidettes” fight and acting stupid- not people getting pranked. There are still a few decent reality TV shows like “Survivor” and “The Biggest Loser,” but they seem to be far less popular than MTV’s spin on reality TV. And just when I thought reality TV couldn’t get any worse, it did. There is a new show coming out called “All my Babies’ Mamas.” Yeah you read that right. “All my Babies’ Mamas” features rapper Shawty Lo- aka Carlos Walker- his ten ex-girlfriends, and his eleven children. All of them are living together in a mansion in the suburbs of Atlanta.

This set-up sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. What do you get when you put a man and his ten “babies’ mamas” in one house? Lots of drama! But that’s probably the point. Having kids by ten different women is not something to be proud of. Walker is not sending a good message; he’s not a good role model. Imagine if a child watched the show. Would that child think Walker’s situation is okay? Or what if they aspire to be like him, to be on TV? Think about all eleven of his children. I can’t help but wonder how well each of them know their father, or how often they see him. He’s a rapper and always on the road, so how much quality time can he really spend with each of them? The world doesn’t need another horrible reality TV show, especially not one that gets views because of the drama and sadness in these peoples lives.




Riverfront ferris wheel The owner of the Quad-Cities River Bandits is looking into getting a ferris wheel as a possible addition to the riverfront. It would give people something to do. Early spring expected The groundhog did not see his shadow on Feb 2nd. According to folklore, if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow then spring will come early. Let’s hope its right. Snow angel program A new snow removal service in, for elderly and disabled residents ran by volunteers from the community. This service will come in handy for those who need it.

DISLIKES Roundabouts The city of Davenport has proposed roundabouts at ten intersections along 3rd and 4th streets. Davenport would be under construction for a long time. The roundabouts proposal has been postponed for the time being. Rising Gas Prices Gasoline prices usually go up every spring, but this year they are getting an early start due to lower supplies. The average price of gasoline in the U.S. went up thirteen cents in just two weeks. It was great watching prices fall to $2.95 per gallon in January, and after seeing them fall its hard to watch them rise so quickly again.


Banned names 15-year-old Blaer Bjarkardottir was granted the right to legally use her name Thursday, after the Reykjavik District Court overturned an earlier rejection by the Iceland government because it wasn’t in the list of approved names and it did not protect the Icelandic language. Since the name “Blaer” was not on the list of 1,853 government approved names for females, she was told she couldn’t keep it. The government has not yet indicated whether it will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. The governments’ reasons for not letting her keep it? The name is not on the list of names that fit the Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules. They also want to protect children from embarrassment. Names like Cara, Caroline, Cesil, and Christa have been rejected because the letter “C” is not part of the 32-letter alphabet in Iceland. She was referred to as “Stulka” or “girl” on all of her official documents before the decision was overturned. Do you think it is fair? One family even named their child Hashtag! Let’s see what top ten names should be banned from America to prevent any embarrassment to any child! These are the top ten ugliest names for boys and girls in America for 2012, according to Boys: Girls: 1.Navaryous 1.Queenie 2.Villiam 2.Twisha 3.Hoop 3.Shoog 4.Mowglie 4.Ummie 5.Pawk 5.Vinique

What is the worst reality TV show? Why? “Washington Heights because it’s all drama everywhere!” Miranda Salkil, 9

“Jersey Shore because it’s all just dumb stuff.” Aubrey Rogers, 12


“Jersey Shore because it’s all about drama and girls fighting all the time.” Amanda Reyes, 12

“Jersey Shore because it’s all inappropriate.” Jaylyn Phipps, 10 FEB.8, 2013 ● BEAK ‘N’ EYE 9


How sweet is your


Students have special ways to show that they care By CORRALLE WHALEN round the world, people from all over share with their love all different types of ways to show how they care for them. Even West High students have some cool stories from remembering a way someone shared their love! Some students remembered an unusual gift such as metal fl owers, and grapefruits. Kayla Garcia, sophomore, said, “For Valentines Day, my boyfriend welded a fl ower together and put it on a stand and put ‘I love you’. It was probably the most different from a teddy bear!” Olivia Grubbs, sophomore, said, “Last year my mom bought me a big box of Florida grapefruit. That’s something that we share because no one else in our family likes them and they were the freshest I’ve ever tasted. It was silly but really awesome and made me happy…because, well, food is the way to my heart!” The more traditional gifts are also always fun to receive. Kayla Rodriquez, senior, said, “Last year, on Valentine’s Day my ex-boyfriend got me a build-a-bear and recorded his


The origins of Valentine’s Day date back to the early Christianity. The Feast of Saint Valentine is what we call Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine was an early Christian saint. He was known for being imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution, he wrote “from your valentine” as a farewell to her. Throughout the day, couples send fl owers, cards, chocolates, and even stuffed animals to one another. The day is fi lled with love and happiness. Common symbols people use for Valentine’s Day are hearts, red and pink roses, and the baby Cupid. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, affection and erotic love. Legend says that Cupid’s 10 BEAK ‘N’ EYE ● FEB. 8, 2013


Candy Flower Stuffed Other Animal

SOURCE: Beak ‘n Eye survey of 161 students voice saying ‘will you be my girlfriend’” Kassy Melton, junior, said,“The best gift I’ve gotten for Valentine’s Day was a box of heaven’s chocolate. Its crunchy circles that have chocolate in the middle and on the outside. So Delicious!” You have the gifts that give a shocking and surprised reaction: Steven Anderson, senior, said, “My girlfriend bought me a box of Cheez-Its and inside was Black Ops, and Cheez-its!” And some students that do things for fun, and humor. Jesse Stites, junior, said,“Well this one time, I was feeling lonely so I sent myself fl owers’’ So it really doesn’t matter as you can tell what someone gets for Valentine’s Day. As long as you remembger to at least get something for the person you love you will be good!

History and myth create Valentine’s Day By CORRALLE WHALEN

What did you receive on Valentine’s Day?

mother Venus became jealous of Princess Psyche and ordered Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. Cupid snuck into her room to shoot Psyche with a golden arrow, but when he saw how beautiful she was he pricked himself with his own arrow, and fell deeply in love with her. The fi rst Valentine’s Day card was by Esther Howland in 1875. It was white ribbon laced, with baby Cupid on it, and a couple together on the bottom. Over 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year, 196 million roses are produced, and the average consumer spends about $115, according to,

FIRST CRUSHES Kris Burney, senior: “I kept riding rides with her, when I went on the Florida band trip, and I guess she just kind of knew!” “When she found out I fi nally liked her, she was really shocked. She said that she never saw herself dating me, and when I asked her out, she was pretty psyched. I’m glad she liked me back otherwise we still wouldn’t be dating today!” Christian Heistercamp, junior: “I got her candy and fl owers, hid them in her locker. When she got to her locker, she opened it and noticed it was from me.” “When she knew I liked her, and that I fi nally asked her out, she was excited and speechless. But when she fi nally found the words to speak, she said yes!” PAGE BY CORRALLE WHALEN

Games people love to play By CORRALLE WHALEN ver the years, there have been a lot of varieties of games for people to play, from board games, App games, card games, and even game system games. Since the first game system came out, most teenagers have forgot what it’s like to either play a board game or card game. Everyone likes different ways to play games. Sam Riley, sophomore, said her favorite app game is Ruzzle. “I would say that it’s my favorite game to play because it’s a fun way to play against your friends. It makes you think more and if you win, it gives you and your friends something to talk about the next day.” Cody Trail, sophomore, also prefers an app game. “My favorite game is Temple Run because it’s the most addicting game to play, and I say not only does it feel like times going faster but it’s a good way to relieve stress as well!” Nate Mosier, junior, likes to play Crazy 8’s. “It’s my favorite because I play it with my sister, and sometimes with my friends like every night. It’s not only easy, but also fun too!” Junior Kaylee Roland’s favorite board game is The Game of Life. “It’s my favorite game to play because I like messing around, and pretending like its real life. It’s also fun seeing how life “could” turn out like.” Blake Schneider, junior, likes the game Monopoly. “It’s my favorite board game because it’s a time consuming game. And it’s also a family game. At home, we usually play when we want some family bonding time, and that’s a great way to bond with family. It’s my favorite because I’m like a boss at it! ” West students have a variety of favorite games,including games from the older times.

O Game history 2013 Board: The Cave App: Ruzzle 2012 Card: Slamwich App: Draw Something 2011 Board: Whats A Dame To Do? Card: Sardines App: Temple Run 2010 Board: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Card: Cabo App: Instagram 2000 Board: Blokus Card: Parlay 1971 Card: Uno 1950 Board: The Game Of Life Card: “B.S.” –I Doubt It 1940 Board: Scrabble Card: Snap! 1920/1930 Board: Monopoly Card: Gin Rum


Supernatural plot creates suspense

UPCOMING Feb 1-24 RENT 8 p.m .at District Theatre, Rock Island $20

One of the newest horror films is worth a look. Produced by Mexican horror director Guillermo del Toro, Mama keeps you on the edge of your seat. Two little girls go into the woods one night when their mom was murdered. Years later, when starting a new life, something returns every night and wants to tuck them in. The thriller also builds tension with its creepy and suspenseful soundtrack. Mama is kind of an original, but keeps an up-wrenching tease, and invites you to actually care into what’s scaring the characters. Grade: B By Corralle Whalen PAGE BY CORRALLE WHALEN

Every Friday Public Skate at River’s Edge 7 - 10 p.m. Cost: $5, plus skate rental Feb 8-10 Auto Show at River Center Cost: $3 (ages 7-12),$6(62 & Up), other than that, $7 Feb 14 Outdoor Show at Expo Center-

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Can we stop gun violence?


Obama wants Congress to pass tighter gun controls BY HANNAH FANDEL


Death Count: 1,545 Americans killed by guns since Sandy Hook massacre Visit Gun Rate at to see who each of the victims are

1940 SEPT. 5, 1949- In Camden, New Jersey, 28 year- old Howard Unrah, shoots and kills 13 of his neighbors.

1945 AUG. 1, 1956- at the University of Texas in Austin, Charles Joseph Whitman age 25, killed 16 wounded 30.



SEPT 25,1982- In Wilkes Barre, PA, 40 year old George Banks kills 13 people including 5 of his children.

rying to find the middle ground on gun control has been a controversial topic for decades. With Obama pushing to tighten gun laws, and the NRA refusing to change the way they are now, deliberation is ahead. Many Americans think gun ownership is a right. Eighty nine out of 100 Americans have a gun. One study reported 57 percent of people think gun laws should become stricter. Those numbers go to show there are even some gun holders believe that we need change. Not even a month after 26 students and teachers were shot at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Obama proposed 23 executive actions he plans on taking to congress, his main points were focused on reinstating the ban on military assault weapons, limiting high-capacity magazine rounds, and enforcing background checks. Other actions include a ban on possessing and importing of armor piercing bullets, confirmation of an ATF director, addressing health care laws that limit people from having guns, making sure no laws prevent health care providers from reporting when a patient threatens to use violence, as well as launching a campaign on responsible gun ownership. However, the change lies in the congress hands. There might be a slight favor towards tightening gun control due to our Democratic congress, but getting support from their lobbyists might not be so easy. With over 4.3 million members of the National Rifle Association it’s easy to see




JULY. 18, 1984- In San OCT. 16, 1991- in Killeen Ysidro, CA, 41 year-old TX, 35 year old George James Huberty shoots Hennard, Shoots and kills and kills 21 people at Mc. 23 people. At a cafeteria. Donald’s. 12 BEAK ‘N’ EYE ● FEB, 8. 2013 PAGE BY HANNAH FANDEL

why they are one of the most effective advocacy groups. The NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook shooting was to arm schools to prevent more mass school shootings. While there haven’t been new gun rights at the federal level, the states have been taking maters into their own hands. By late 2012, 15 states legalized people to openly carry firearms with a license. Several other states passed laws that allowed unconcealed firearms to be carried without a license. In Michigan a bill even passed which allowed concealed carry weapons in schools. Passing laws at the state level are easier to come by, and without a change in federal laws, the risk could keep rising. Obama is pushing for stronger gun control. Two weeks ago he called for these three main actions; LIMITING AMMUNTION ROUNDS Reason: Adam Lanza, the shooter involved in the Sandy Hook shooting could of still had access to guns, or even bought one himself. However, if he wasn’t able to buy mass ammunition like people can now, over half of the children would have been saved. Even though 26 people died, he was capable of shooting hundreds more. When found at the scene he had many high-capacity clips that held 30 rounds each. Pros: Multiple rounds are not necessary for someone protecting themselves from an intruder, or people who hunt. This Ban will help to prevent people planning to mass shoot. Cons: Ammunition costs less when it is bought in bulk. REQUIRING BACKGROUND CHECKS Reason: The needs to improve states reports on felons, and mentally ill persons, to be recorded in a national registry, available for background checks to be done correctly. Pros: A background check policy will stop black market gun sales and close the loophole gun show purchases. Ninety percent of background checks take no longer than 10 minutes, and it wont stop good citizens from buying guns, only criminals, and terrorists. Cons: Background checks are an extra step, creating more of an inconvenience for the seller, and buyer. REINFORCING THE BAN ON MILITARY ASSAULT WEAPONS Reason: There was a previous ban on




Concealed carry allowed in Iowa In January 2011 Iowa passed a law allowing citizens to carry weapons such as handguns, rifles, knives or Tasers in public if they have a permit. It is an aggravated misdemeanor for a person to go armed with a dangerous weapon unless it is required by one’s profession, it is used for hunting, fishing or target practice, or one has a valid nonprofessional concealed carry permit. Persons apply through their county sheriff and receive permits from Iowa Department of Public Safety. To qualify, persons must pass an approved handgun safety program and be at least 21-years old. They are ineligible if they have an alcohol addiction, have a serious misdemeanor or felony conviction, or have been committed for mental illness or disability. Applications are checked by the FBI’s national instant criminal background check system. The permit allows persons to carry a loaded weapon on them or in their vehicle. The weapon may be concealed or carried openly. However, persons may not carry a weapon on the grounds of a public or nonpublic school. A “weapons free zone” means the area in or on, or within 1,000 feet of the real property of a school or public park. Iowa law does not address whether or not the owner of a private property or business can ban weapons on its property or workplace, according to the Department of Public Safety. SOURCE: Chapter 724 of the Iowa Code

Neil Heslin holds a photograph taken with his son Jesse, while appearing at a hearing of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force On Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety in Hartford, Connecticut, January 28. Jesse, 6, was one of the twenty children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. “Jesse was my buddy and my best friend,” Heslin said. (Cloe Poisson/ Hartford Courant/MCT)

military assault weapons from 1994-2004 in order to prevent gangs from having the high powered guns. Pros: This ban would help take away unnecessary powerful weapons from the wrong peoples hands. Cons: The ban conflicts with certain people beliefs on the government becoming a tyranny and they need to protect themselves.

Do you think gun control laws should be more strict?


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Meet the wrestlers

Khamani McQueen sticks his opponent druing the Muscatine vs. West meet on Jan. 31st. (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

Zach Blizzard breaks down his opponent during the West vs. Muscatine Meet on Jan. 31st. (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

Travis Pulse works on sticking his opponent in the Muscatine vs. West match Jan. 31st. (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

Senior Khamani McQueen looks to build on his 17-11 record and get to state for wrestling. Khamani prepares for this hard task by working hard and cutting weight so he can get down to 152 lbs. for districts on Feb. 9th. To prepare for a match, Khamani said, “I put on my beats, turn the music on, watch the other matches and get jacked.” “Khamani is a leader vocally and by example and never miss’s practice. He stays after and works with the coaches and is more vocal,” said Coach Michael Crane. Khamani said, “My goal is to get to state, that’s what my dad would have wanted. “My personal goal is to go to state and maybe get a better scholarship, to see what state is like, and to try to place on the podium,” said Mcqueen.

Junior Zach Blizzard wrestles at 112 lbs. and has an obstacle to face to improve on his 22-8 record this season. “I have focused on one match; he said there is the North Scott match against Ryan Renken that I have lost already in the season that I need to win at districts to go to state.” Zach is motivated when he loses because he doesn’t like to lose. “I learn more from my losses than my wins” said Zach. Zach thinks his chances of going to state are really good because he can dominate all of two kids in his district. Zach said he will prepare by winning his first match and having a good mental approach. He says, “Your mental approach and your work ethic can take you a long way.” His coach Michael Crane says, “Blizzard is very quiet and mellow and you don’t really notice him during practice, but he is always working hard.

Sophomore Travis Pulse uses the thought that he actually has a chance to make it to state for wrestling as motivation to keep going strong and to work harder. Travis is 20-10 on the season wrestling at 103. He said he has to prepare for districts by “focusing on my basics and perfecting moves that I already know instead of trying new things.” “I think I have pretty good chances this year, much better than last year because last year because I was on J.V. and I feel like a better wrestler this year.” “Travis is the hardest working kid in the room, and never misses a practice,” said Coach Michael Crane. “State is tough,” Travis said. If he makes it he will just prepare the same way by listening to music and just warming up and not changing anything he does, said Travis.

Khamani McQueen

Zach Blizzard

Travis Pulse

No bad practice!


West wrestling team practices while coach Michael Crane watches over them as they prepare for a meet. (photo by Tyler Masterson)

A young west wrestling team has captured a 7-10 record as of Jan. 12th. The wrestling team has dealt with injuries, illness, and the lack of good wrestlers not coming back out. They started out with 45 people and are down to 28 people due to people quitting. The attendance is improving even though practices are getting more difficult, resulting in an improvement in the team, said Coach Michal Crane. “It’s not the refs fault, it’s not the coaches fault, it’s your fault,” said Crane. This is why wrestling is an individual sport as well as a team sport and why a lot of it is mental and physical toughness. According to Crane, most wrestlers are starting to reach their peek which allows them to start practice on their own and have no bad practices. The team has had some recent success winning at North East Goose Lake on Jan. 17th against Goose Lake and West Carroll. The team will participate in districts on Feb. 9th at North Scott starting at noon. Travis Pulse will try to improve on his third place finish from MAC at districts.

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PAGE BY Tyler Masterson

Basketball team ‘improves’ BY TYLER MASTERSON

Tyrus Johnson heads off the court after playing the fourth quarter during the close Burlington vs. West game on Jan. 18th. (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

The boys basketball team has struggled with defense and has resulted in a 5-10 record with a number of close losses. According to Coach Mark Bigler, “Our record is reflecting our extremely young team in one of the top two conferences in the state of Iowa.” Bigler says that they are not at the level they need to be in their practice effort to compete with the best teams in the MAC, but it has improved. “Our defense has been a glaring weakness,” said Bigler. To improve upon it he said they need to be more intense when preparing during practice. He says they need to show maturity and have a consistent approach when competing in practice, but until then they will struggle in games. The team has success when it comes to ball handling and they are athletic. “Our fast break has been our strength in regards to team,” according to Bigler. “Andrew Shipman does an excellent job

of helping keep his teammates organized and focused,” said Bigler. But he also says leadership has been a “very big” weakness to this point. A step in the right direction is where the team is heading and Bigler says they do have players stepping up and demanding accountability out of other teammates. But Bigler said, “It has to be an everyday thing for us to compete at the highest level.” They lost their last two games, 85-66 against Pleasant Valley and 73-59 against Muscatine. The leading scorers include Geo Butler, Marlon Stewart, Jerry Miles and Nasir Shabazz who all are averaging in double figures. “We would like to thank the Falcon Nation students for the tremendous support they have shown us at home games. We hope to reward them with a late season run,” Coach Bigler. The next game is Friday Feb. 8th against Central at West and is a girls/boys varsity double header starting at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Girls basketball lack experience BY TYLER MASTERSON The girls basketball team is 3-14 as of Feb. 1st. The girls need to work on fundamentals according to Coach Steve Saladino. The girl’s team played Muscatine on Jan. 29th and lost 57-23. They scored nine points in the first quarter and just one in the second. They then scored seven in the third and ended the game scoring six in

the fourth quarter. Sal said that they have, “good kids academically and athletically, but some of them lack experience and knowledge of the game.” Sal said that, “his seniors” Alex Finn, Justina Crawford, Alexis Quandt, and Mariah Bundy lead the team by example and pure coaching. The girl’s next game is Feb. 8th against Central at West in a girls boys double header startiing at 6 p.m.

Brooke Garnica attempts to inbound the ball to a close guarded Mariah Bundy during the North Scott vs. West game on Jan. 22. (Photo by Malik Salsberry)

Boys swimming shows growth


Kris Burney dives into the pool to begin practice. (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

Although the boys swimmers close out their season with a 0-11 record, Coach Brian Heller, sees the accomplishments that the team made as individuals. “I think we made a lot of growth,” said Heller. “Everyone did phenomenal at the last season meets.” Heller also saw that the team was learning the definition of competing this season. Heller was pleased with the Davenport North and the JV conference meets in particular for their effort and competitive

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spirit. “They all swam way beyond my expectations,” said Heller, “At those meets they set personal records and they realized what it took to compete and swam their hearts out.” Conditioning is the key for preparing for next years season, Heller said. “I think we just need more pool time.” said Heller. “They are strong kids but nothing makes up for laps in the pool.” Heller also added that he does not know of any swimmers going to go to the collegiate level, but he stated that “any one of my seniors could walk on and be a part of that team and become a major contributor.” FEB. 8, 2013 ● BEAK ‘N’ EYE 15

New workout program replaces BFS



Coach Russ Monk teaches girls track members proper form to warm up and stretch before lifting (Photo by Tyler Masterson)

A new strength and conditioning program has replaced the outdated BFS workout system with high emphasis on form and technique before adding on more weight. Coach Russ Monk has taken on the challenge of reemphasizing the importance of technique and form to athletes and non athletes alike at West High School. Monk is the BD Para at West and he is the head coach of strength and conditioning; the areas where he looks to improve us the most. “BFS is outdated, just like any program if the kids don’t buy into it, it won’t work,” said Monk “We just need a little change.” Monk hopes to rebuild and update our lifting program and build one on one relationships with student athletes.

Diamond Dancers march in London parade BY MALIK SALSBERRY

West Diamond Dancers Kellie and Paige Nelson traveled across the pond to participate in the New Years Eve parade in London England on Dec. 31 sponsored by the company Varsity. Kellie and Paige Nelson were some of the few dancers from Davenport to participate in this invitation-only parade through the Universal Dance Association, where they performed at a summer camp in Wisconsin Dells to become an All American. Kellie and Paige Nelson performed a pom routine to the song “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction. This was also performed by other dancers from the Midwest. This was Kellie and Paiges’ first trip to Europe and their first trip to a competition overseas. “It was crazy!” said Kellie. “There were a lot of people and security; it was so much more different from America.” Paige Nelson found the new environment exciting but confusing. “It was really fun, different but fun.”

said Paige. “They drive on the opposite side of the road and go up the opposite side of the stairs, so I kept bumping into people. Kellie and Paige explored Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, churches and castles. Although Kellie and Paige enjoyed their stay in the U.K., it wasn’t all fun and games. “We had practices at our hotel,” said Kellie, “and they sent us a DVD so we could learn the dances at home.” “I practiced my dances and ate a good breakfast,” Paige said. From Big Ben to the big stage for the parade, Kellie and Paige took home memories that will last a lifetime. “My most memorable moment was probably the parade, there were almost a million people there and it was crazy!” said Kellie. Paige’s moment she will always remember puts Kellie in a different spot light. “I’ll always remember when Kellie fell down the subway steps.” said Paige. “Kellie was trying to put her umbrella away and she slipped down like five stairs!”

One of coach Monks favorite quotes is, “Having a rough day? Place your hand over your heart, feel that? It’s called purpose, your alive for a reason, don’t give up.” Coach Russ Monk was born and raised in Monticello, Iowa where he played football, soccer, track and field, baseball, and wrestled. Monk moved on from there to play football at St. Ambrose University where he majored in Kinesiology which is a non-teaching Phys. Ed. Degree. Coach Monk then played pro football for five years; two with Q.C. Steam wheelers, two with the Cleveland Gladiators, and the 2012 season with the Chicago Rush. Monk then went to North High School where he worked with BD kids and was coaching football at St. Ambrose. He was released from North and was picked up by our associate principle Mrs. Moyer and brought to West.

Kellie (front) and Paige Nelson march at the New Year’s parade in London, England (Photo contributed by Kellie Nelson)

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Ending abusive teenage relationships (photo illustration by Emily Thumann)

BY LEXI STEWART ne in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from dating, according to Abusive relationships are becoming a growing issue is high schools around the world. Abusive relationships can affect anyone. Jenny Crompton, who was a student at Pleasant Valley High School, was killed by her boyfriend, Mark. Their relationship started off like any normal relationship, but after about a year Mark started to abuse her. In the fall of 1986, Jenny was stabbed 63 times by her boyfriend, who is now serving a life sentence for his crime. People start to show violent behavior between the ages of 12 and 18, which is when most people start getting into serious relationships. Those who are in violent relationships have a higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and further domestic violence. Girls 16-24 have the highest rate of intimate partner violence, according to Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence. All girls at West fall in this age range. A teen girl being physically or sexually abused makes them six times more likely to become pregnant and two times as likely to get an STI, according to Love is Respect. Anything from mental instability of the abuser to the use of drugs or alcohol can cause an abusive relationship. When people are abused in a relationship, it is likely because they have a high need to be in control. They feel this need because they may have low self-esteem or extreme jealousy. Those abusing their partner could have also grown up in an abusive home,


which makes them believe that it is okay, and that abuse is normal. Drug and alcohol abuse also make it much more likely that abuse will occur within the relationship. According to the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug, and Other Addiction Services, “Violent men are more likely to abuse alcohol than nonviolent men. Estimates of drug and alcohol abuse by violent men ranges from 52 to 85 percent – rates three times those of nonviolent men.” An abusive relationship is a pattern of destructive behaviors that are used to take power and control over ones partner. You may be in an abusive relationship if tour partner is constantly putting you down, checking your cell phone or email without permission, has an explosive temper, is extremely jealous or insecure, is


isolating you from your family or friends, making false accusations, has frequent mood swings, is physically hurting you in anyway, or is overly possessive of you. To minimize the risk of your injury if you are in an abusive relationship, you should come up with a safety plan. Your plan should be used to identify areas of your home in which there are no weapons, this way if an argument starts you can try to go towards those safe areas. The only real way to end an abusive relationship is to get out of it. It’s important to remember that things like this could happen to anyone, at any time. Watching for the warning signs within your own relationship, and keeping an eye out for these signs with your friends, could potentially be life saving.

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Students share their highlights of 2012



Katherine Searle runs the newly designed West High web site. (photo by Sara Neavor)

Overcoming obstacles BY TARA PEETERS Reporter


ometimes bad things happen, but it’s what choice you make and what you do with it that counts,” language arts teacher Katherine Searle said. She has been able to use this philosophy to help her students deal with their own problems by having them write about them. New to West High School after spending 30 years at JB Young Intermediate School, Searle says she really likes it here. When she came here she volunteered to run the school website, and really enjoys that too. Searle says she didn’t how much of a challenge it would be, but she loves doing it and hopes to soon have students helping her. Her switch to West was not by choice, but she wouldn’t take it back. Searle attended Bettendorf High School and was “the girl in the back with the look on her face like ‘who do you think you are lady?’” As a student she was dissatisfied with the way her teachers taught; she felt they didn’t realize how much of an impact they had on their students. She decided she could do a better job. After high school, her parents gave her an ultimatum either go to college or get married. Being the independent person she is, she had no desire to get married just yet. Searle went to her guidance teacher for a college application, but ended up learning a huge lesson instead. “When I asked my guidance teacher for an application to Iowa she said, “No, why don’t you go to charm school instead.” Now, granted I may need charm a time or two, I’m not the most tactful person in the world, because what you see

is what you get. I don’t sugar coat things, but if any no-neck football player had gone in there for an application, he would’ve gotten it. So, I was fit to be tied,” Searle said. She knew better than to let that stop her, she wrote to the University of Iowa and got an application on her own. “You can bet she got that application in her face as soon as I got it,” Searle explained. She got accepted and graduated from the University of Iowa. “There’s a lot of bad things, but they make you who you are,” Searle said. Working at JB Young, Searle explained that a lot of the students go through hard times. One young lady had a hereditary disease and she knew she was going to die young, so she had a very hard time with this. She helped the young lady write a story relating to her about a train. After the girl moved on Searle didn’t hear much from her, then ten years ago while reading the paper she saw the young lady in the obituary section. She had lived years longer than she ever expected, and she was able to get married and have children. “A lot of kids don’t know that writing is therapy, and it can get you through hard times,” Searle said. She said it is difficult for teachers to know how they have impacted a student. “You don’t have very many accomplishments as a teacher. A lot of times I’m in public, and people, grown ups, will come up to me and say ‘I still have that research paper on my refrigerator, it’s all yellow and curled up, but I still have it,’ So, you do have an effect--it just takes awhile to find out.”

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On New Year’s Eve many people look back on the great times they had over the year. For several West High students, the highlight of 2012 ranged from sports accomplishments to big vacations. Makayla Morrow, sophomore, recalled a big play on the softball field. “When I dove and caught the ball at second base, I got two people out instead of one,” she said. She has been playing softball for eight years. Sports also was important for Aubrey Sennett. “My highlight was getting a full ride scholarship to Southeastern Community College for softball,” she said. “I was really excited and relieved because I don’t have to pay for it.” Traveling was a high point of 2012 for Molly Petrzelka. “I liked when I took a trip to Austin, Texas,” she said. “It was fun because it was a huge city and a lot different from here.” A special moment for sophomore Lakin Fix was when a boy asked her out. “He asked me to be his girlfriend on May 2012,” she said. She got really red but said yes. Getting a dog from her sister was a highlight for sophomore Nicole Benisch. “He’s my godbaby and is very cute and I love him,” she said. “I haven’t had a dog since I was eight, so it’s very exciting.” For sophomore Abby Kranz, Jan. 14, 2013, was a special day. “I got my braces off,” she said. “They’re like training wheels for your teeth.” Whatever was a special or meaningful moment will be cherished for years to come.

AAAA Driving School Classes held at West High 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. Room 102

563 332-6941 Steve Verdon, instructor

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Dancing the night away

For students, Gala is all about spending time with friends, taking pictures, and dancing BY EMILY THUMANN


Students get their pictures taken at the Black Hawk on their way to Gala on Saturday Jan. 26. (contributed photo)

tudents danced with friends, got pictures taken, and saw the Gala king being crowned on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Col Ballroom, After many votes, Khamani McQueen was announced this years Gala King. “I felt honored to be voted Gala king,” said McQueen. “Knowing that so many people voted for me was awesome.” Many people congratulated McQueen, but there was one person who was most important to him. “The most special part was being congratulated by my father figure, Ron,” said McQueen. Being Gala king comes with perks. “Everyone keeps calling me king,” said McQueen. “I’ve also been getting a ton of friend requests on Facebook.” McQueen’s friends were excited that he won. “I was really happy for Khamani,” said senior Haley Brock. “He deserved it the most.” While McQueen and friends celebrated his victory, other students enjoyed their time dancing. “It was really fun to dance with my friends,” said junior Reed Jennings. “I had a really good time. Brock didn’t have the best luck during Gala. “My group was almost an hour late because the resturaunt we ate at took over an hour to get our food,” said Brock. “Once we got to the dance it was a blast.” Most students just enjoyed getting to spend more time with friends. “My favorite part of Gala was getting crazy with my best friends,” said sophomore Alyssa Felix

Ally Walters, (left) Kyle Bramann, Catherine Goodall, Evan Felix, Dawn Vickers, and Kris Burney pose for a picture at the Col Ballroom during Gala. (contributed photo) PAGE BY EMILY THUMANN

McQueen gets crowned as the 2013 Gala King at the Col Ballroom on Saturday Jan. 26. (photo by Corralle Whalen)

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