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We Are... Topeka West High School 2001 SW Fairlawn Rd. Topeka,KS 66604 Phone: (785) 438-4000 Fax: (785) 271-2497 Volume 50 2010-2011 Enrollment 1032

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We Are... Dancers Rose Wilder during the Westsider Senior Night dance. Photo By S. Markham

International Amy

Roeckers and Anna Wenner dressing up as South Korea and the United States at Model UN. Photo By L. Bartel Not Pictured

Nerds Taylor Wolfley

dressing as a nerd for a football spirit day. Photo By E. Schaffert

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Zakariah Schaefer - Band, Basketball, Concert Choir, Football, JROTC, Track Emily Schaffert - Publications Sarah Schell - Soccer, Volleyball Chloe Schellhorn - BSU, Spanish Club, Tennis, Westsiders Nathan Schmidt - Tennis Stephanie Schmidt - German Club, JROTC

Cody Schroeder Colin Scott - Band, Football, Orchestra, Spanish Club, Theater Crew, Theater Productions Ryan Scott - Band, Scholar’s Bowl, Theater Crew, Theater Productions

Samuel Seeley Gabriela Serrano - Forensics, Spanish

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Club, Theater Crew, Volunteer Initiative Disa Shore - Band, Spanish Club

Kathryn Short Corey Shughart - Baseball, French Club, German Club, Spanish Club Michael Shughart - Baseball, Football Brett Sidesinger - JROTC, Skills USA, Wrestling Randy Silva - Soccer, Spanish Club Kevin Simons - Basketball, Players, Theater Productions

Keyonna Simpson - Cheerleading, Spanish Club, Spirit Club

Jessica Smith - Cheerleading, Softball, Spanish Club, Spirit Club, Volleyball, White Rose Kaycie Soper - Concert Choir, Singers Dejanee Spencer - Boys’ Basketball Manager, ROTC, Spanish Club

Jeremy Spencer Ashlea Spivey - French Club, Spirit Club

Dessa Stephenson - Bowling, Choraliers, Concert Choir

Lee Sterrett Nicholas Still Taylor Streff - Basketball, Football, Golf, Homecoming Court, NHS, Spanish Club, Spirit Club, Track Conner Strother- Concert Choir, Forensics, Soccer Dylan Sutherland - Baseball, Bowling, Football, StuCo

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Ernest Howard Emily Huggins Alex Hulse Heather Immenschuh Jovan Inyard Ryan Jack Levi Jenkins Colin Johnson Nicholas Jones Shaunicere Jones Ryan Kaufman Michael Keatley Austin Kelly Adam Kinsinger Randall Kirton Curtis Klein Austin Krug James Landsaw Sarah Leathers Jody Lenth Dalton Lierz Alysia Lindsay Cassandra Lopez Malcolm Lucky Adam Lyons Ruth Macias-Camargo Bryce Maes Pedro Maldonado Cheyenne Mandeville Shelbi Markham Dillon McDaniel Patrick McKinney Raven Mendez Dustin Michaelis Jamel Miller Mitchell Montague Mariah Moran Steven Morris Katelin Moser Diondre’ Moss

What will

you miss about West? Lauren Roberts, 11

Tuesda Wilder, 11

”My friends, my teachers, and just the atmosphere because you spend four years here.

“My friends and the people.”

Zach Watson, 11

“The atmophere, school spirit, the teachers, and lunch.”

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Best thing about West? Heather Immehschuh,11 “Swimming and diving because I like it and I make alot of friends.”

Jamison Wheeler, 11 “The people here because they are down to earth.”

Sam Velasquesz, 11 “The sports.”

Damian Neal Cheyanne Nelson Colin Neukirch Alison O’Hara-Arrington Emeka Okoronkwo Asia Ortiz Blakelea Parks Eric Pasley Weston Peoples Adolfo Perez John Perrine Barrett Perry Ja’Veaughn Perry Christopher Peterson Benaiah Phelps Lydia Phelps-Davis Stephanie Phillips Sarah Press Bailey Pruitt Macee Quast Tyler Quintin Isran Rahman Spencer Raymond Alexus Renyer Gage Reynolds Xavier Riley Alex Rine Patrice Risby Lauren Roberts Zara Robinson Zoe Robinson Raeley Robledo Kaitlin Roesch Derek Rohrer Marcus Ross Lindsey Rubottom Justin Rugar Laura Ruhnke Fernando Ruiz Edgar Sanchez Jonathan Sanchez Samuel Sawyer Olivia Scheele Jason Schmidt Zachary Schmitter Samantha Scott Toni Searcy Masen Seelbach

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Graduates on staff

After students graduate from high school, they usually miss their school, their friends, and their teachers. So after these Topeka West graduates went to college, they came back to teach. The school has changed since they were students here.The covering over the walkways, while in the original plan for the school, were not added until recently. “We didn’t have any awnings,” Charles Thomson, ELC, said. “You just got rained on or snowed on.” The canopies are not the only things that have been added. Before the classroom behind the auditorium was added to A Building, the students knew the large, grassy, area that stretched from the Café to the library as ‘the hill.’ Pep assemblies were held there on nice days, and the students could eat lunch there. “Everyone would be on the hill,”Liz Fisher, Gear-Up, said. “Kids would be doing somersaults on it. We lived on the hill.” Granted, there were not as many students attending Topeka West as there are now. There was not a freshman class. There were only sophomores, juniors, and seniors on the campus until 1980. Students would still be at middle school for their freshman year, and come to high school as sophomores. Topeka West did not have a tardy system either. “We have really firmed up on attendance and tardies,”Shari Waters, associate principal, explained. ”Everyone used to be responsible for themselves; it was really up to the teachers. But the teachers had high expectations; you needed to be there.” Words by Jamie Ladner

What was your favorite thing about West?


“I liked my history classes.” -Steve Roberts ‘69


in 1985 showing off his air guitar at the “Get Acquianted Dance” after the Club Carnival.

“Pep club, junior class skits, and the different activities.” -Debbie (Blackburn) Sparks ‘75

“I’d have to say that my most favorite thing in high school were my friends.” -Jenny (Dahlstrom) Banks ‘71


Kevin Harry

“My friends and sports were my favorite things.” -Vickie (Hopkins) Manns ‘74

“I loved the open campus, because I liked being able to go outside.” -Kay (Kelly) Usrey ‘80



“School itself, friends and athletics.” -Mike Werner ‘84



“The fact that I am still friends with people I went to school.” -Liz (Irwin) Fisher ‘77

Photos and Interviews by: Jamie Ladner and Destiny Crawford



“I loved being editor of the yearbook my senior year.” -Shari Waters ‘82

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Flashback to teachers’ pasts Matt Baer in 2003 playing bass guitar in his band “Lightly Tosated”. Shari Waters in 1982 setting the ball during a volleyball game.

Tina Towle in 2002 singing along with Deborah Abbo, Hayley Kohake amd Andrea Ornelas in West Side Story.

“I enjoyed my classes and playing volleyball.” -Kathy (Bauman) Bartels ‘86

“The friendships I made at Topeka West.” -Jerrick Jorgenson ‘94




“I liked band and the music department. I was pretty active in it.” -Kevin Harry ‘85

“I enjoyed choir and the musicals.” -Tina Towle ‘02

“Teachers, and how close everyone was on campus.” -Kenny Swartz‘98

“I liked football and baseball.” -Charlie Thompson ‘94



“I enjoyed the extracurricular activities such as Players, Singers, and theater.” -Ryan McCoy ‘99





“My entire Senior year, because I was involved in so many different things.” -Matt Baer ‘03

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Rose Wilder

Joe Bourne

Lexi Chitwood

Tegan Michael


FIVE FACES, FIVE STORIES We Are active in many things at school and beyond the walls- from sports to church activities. We Are recognized for our accomplishments.

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Emily Dicus is active in school with StuCo, NHS, swimming (freshman), Spanish club, Volunteer Initiative, White Rose (junior), and yearbook (business editor, junior-senior). Outside of school, Dicus is active with her church’s youth group, swimming with Topeka Swim Association (TSA), and youth court. “My favorite activity is swimming,” Dicus said. “I enjoyed swimming for the school, but swimming for TSA is rewarding.” She intends to swim in college at the University of Virginia. Dicus made the cut to be a All-American swimmer her freshman year, along with winning state. Tegan Michael is active with basketball, track, and cross country, all of which he participated in all four years of his high school career. “I have been involved with these types of sports all my life,” Michael said. “My favorite one is track.”

Emily Dicus

His sophomore year, he won state with the 4x8 relay team.

Lexi Chitwood has been a part of both the gifted and theatrical programs since her freshman year. She has also been a part of her Youth Group for eight years. “In my Youth Group, the members have bible studies two times a week, meet every Sunday, and also take mission trips every summer out of state; which involves the group building new houses for those in need,” Chitwood said. “The coolest part about my Youth Group is that every three years we have the opportunity to go to a major city and meet 30,000 other Youth Group leaders.”

Joe Bourne is involved in Drill Team, Raider Team, and Color Guard. Outside of school he is part of his church’s youth group. “I’ve been on the Drill Team for three years, Raider Team for four years, and Color Guard for four years,” Bourne said. “Drill Team and Raider Team are both my favorites; I can’t pick between the two of them. The coolest thing that happened was when we took second overall at the Third Brigade Raider Meet.”

Rose Wilder has been a part of the Westsiders Dance Team for one year now. Wilder played volleyball for three years, but was unable to play her senior year due to a knee injury. This will be her fourth season of playing soccer. “The thing I love most about soccer is being able to play with a talented and fun team, and having fun memories on the bus rides to games,” Wilder said.

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