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The football team during the run through at the scrimmage. Photo taken by Alex Wallace

Blake Corpening, 11, in Mr. Callaway’s seventh hour stagecraft class. Photo taken by Emily Schaffert




Why Leave Your Mark?

Leave a Mark on the school so that everyone

can remember you. Even after you have gone far away, they can remember the mark you left behind. Why Leave Your Mark? To look back and tell the stories of your experiences at high school, no matter how far you go. Will you Leave Your Mark? Some will Leave Their Mark through athletics, performing, being an artist or doing things outside of school. Some could also Leave Their Mark by just adding character to the school in your own way. How will you Leave Your Mark? Will it be by being the most popular, most dependable, leading actress or actor, M.V.P. of the year or just saying that you were here. In whatever way it may be, Leave Your Mark. 2






Join Your Students protest dance

Ashley Banks, 11, getting her face painted by the Art Club. Photo by Kelsey Scrinopskie

Molly Thomas, 12


t the begining of the school year Stuco hosts the annual Club Carnival and Stuco Dance. Usually, while attending a school dance, you expect to see people moving around, dancing, and just having a good time. If you strolled into this dance though, you may have found more sitting than dancing. At the dance, students began sitting down to protest because the quality of the DJ was less than saticfactory. Many of the students have claimed: “The songs were old...” , “We need a better DJ...” , and “It could have been a lot better.” Although the majority of the students that attended the dance did not enjoy the DJ, many maintained a positive attitude about the situation. Not every student that went to the dance would agree it was a failure. Throughout the dance floor a few students could still be found dancing and having a great time with their friends. Pleasing every student with song choice is probably not the easiest job. With such a variety of students with such a strong willingness to be heard, events like this are bound to occur. The voices of the students will make their mark on the school, and possibly change future dances.

Julianna Lopez, 11

The Club Carnival or Dance? FlorissaHummel, 9

Samantha Scott, 10

Gabriella Vega, 9 “I liked both Club Carnival and the dance. It was different from middle school.”

Marie Fraise, 10 “Club Carnival was better because at the dance the faculty is more controlling. At Club Carnival it is less constricted and free.”

Lonny Jones, 11 “I liked Club Carnival better because there were more people. It was a better opportunity to get to know everybody.”

Cody Alegria, 12 “I liked the dance better because I like to get my groove on.”

Lacee Harrison,11, protesting the Stuco Dance by sitting. Noble Aikman., 9

Photo by Kelsey Scrinopskie


week of: August 16 to 22 1.1

Andrew Martin, 12, sliding on the slip n’ slide. Photo by Kelsey Scrinopskie




1. Mike Callaway, art, Shon Daniels, English, and Ryan McCoy, theatre. 2. Christine Sturges, social studies. after getting pie thrown in her face. 3. Chad Kleppin, resourc officer, and Mick Lowe, principal, enjoying some german bierocks. 4. Matt Baer, debate, about to get dunked in the dunk tank. Photos by Kelsey Scrinopskie



Artist: Spencer Gustin & Gabby Gueary

1. Westsiders pose for a picture. 2. Michael Snowden, 10, at Model UN. 3. Juniors Sam Armfield, Fatima Oubaid, Juan Deras, Kaycie Soper, Chelsea Lutz, and MarieDela Cruz huddle for a quick picture. 4. Sophomores Stephanie Baxter, Olivia Sheele, and Jonathan Brooks,, at the pie thowing table. Photos by Kelsey Scrinopskie





Kody Henderson, 12, having some fun at Club Carnival on the slip n’ slide. Photo by Kelsey Scrinopskie




Show Your Students cheer on teams

Football team members Bo Selly, 12, Dakota Bloodworth, 10, Devin Hinnant, 12, Ryant Kirton, 12, Dylan Sutherland, 11, Ja’Veaughn Perry, 10, Emeka Okronokwo, 10, Blake Barrow, 11, Aaron Plump, 11, and Tevin Rutherford, 12 during the pep rally.


Adonis Stamps, 9

Photo by: Kristy Dekat

chool spirit is a part of the high school experience. On Septemeber 11, the students at our school all gathered together in the gym to show their school spirit at the fall sports pep rally. Seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen all came together to highlight all of the fall sports, each one seated in their individual sections. Activities ranged from saluting the American flag at the beginning of the pep rally to running around in a human obstacle course and dressing up in fire fighter uniforms. Select students and falculty participated in a fun game of “Name that Tune” towards the beginning of the rally. All the students and teachers watched and laughed as hands shot up with incorrect answers. Ending the pep rally, coach Chris Perry took center stage to show some love to all the students and the football team. While the gym roared with laughter and noise from all the students, Perry wipped out his phone, gaining attention from all the students. “Yes, Mr. Obama,” he said. The gym fell silent with the exception of the football team’s laughter. Perry went on, urging everyone to come out to the football game and support the team. With cheering, clapping, and excited faces, the band played the school fight song and the cheerleaders danced. The fall sports pep rally came to a close.

Tuesday Devonta Jones, 11

How is the school spirit? Kelly Young, 9

Mathew Rogers, 9 “I think without it the school wouldn’t be as good as it is and people wouldn’t feel supported when they do [sports activities] things.” Photo by: Alex Rios

Shawna Allen, 10 “I think school spirit sucks. Not very many people have schools spirit, but [those] that do go above and beyond.” Photo by: Alex Rios

Travis Jenson, 11 “It’s not very good. For example, every year during spirit week only ten people dress up. Everyone else will forget about it.”

Abby Brinker, 12 “Definately improved. It’s not where it needs to be. There are students in campus who don’t care, but it has improved.” Photo by: Alex Rios

Lindsey Debenham, 12, Samantha Rice, 12, Noura Saudi, 12, Callen Wright, 12, Karlie Copeland, 12, and Alex North, 12, cheer for their school at the fall sports pep rally.

Salvador Munoz, 11

Photo by: Kristy Dekat

week of: September 6 to 12 Jeffery Fairbanks, 10, Michael Rice, 11, Spencer Gustin, 10, Payge Meddows, 9, Russel Pearman, 11, Joy Baker, 10, attended a “get to know you” meeting for First Priority at CiCi’s Pizza. Photo by: Alex Rios


Monday Damian Padilla, 12, and Kelsey Scrinopskie, 12, taking time to pose for a picture, while eating at Chipotle for free Chipotle day. Photo by Gabby Gueary

Ashley Whelch, 12, serves up some tennis action at Kossover. Photo by Kelsey Scrinopskie


Kritika Shetty, 10

Artist: Spencer Gustin and Gabby Gueary

Stephanie Rohrbach, 11, works hard to keep her composure at the Highland Park game after injuring her hip. Photo by Gabby Gueary

The Ga me

Emeka Okoronkwo, 10, pointing out the offense in the first home game of the year against Junction City. Photo by Gabby Gueary

Kelli Young, 9, putting on a smile while she paints her face in her Introduction to Theater class. Photo by Alex Rios





week of: Homecoming October 11 to 17


Andrew Davids, 11, and Faith Rose, 12, on Super Hero Day. Photo by Emily Shaffert

Win Your



1. Rachael Berg, 12, and Rebecca McNeive, 12, on Era Day. Photo by Taylor Wolfley 2. Homecoming Queen Candidates. Photo by Alex Rios 3. Singers during homecoming serenade. Photo by Kristy Dekat 4. Mr. Newbery’s spirit week door. Photo by Tanner Gabel



Artist: Michael Snowden and Joshua Vega

1. Sophomore on class color day. Photo by Kandace Richardson 2. Seniors on class color day. Photo by Taylor Wolfley 3. Freshmen on class color day. Photo by Taylor Wolfley 4. Juniors on class color day. Photo by Taylor Wolfley





Andrew Smith, 12, at the Homecoming football game. Photo by Alex Rios

What was the best part?

West comes Home

Alex Wallace, 11


urple and white showed bright on the final day of Homecoming. Students and staff members swarmed the streets during the semi-chaotic scramble of the Homecoming parade. Police cars maintained order as the entirety of Topeka West filed out of the gym and onto the streets. The parade was complete with spectators and closed down neighboring streets for around thirty minutes. “[The parade] was fun,” Haley Pooler, 9, said. “Everybody looked like they were having a good time.” Throughout the week, various spirit days were planned in which students coordinated their attire with that of other students from their class or West as a whole. Tuesday was Era Day, where students from different classes dressed from different eras. Wednesday was Class Color Day, where each class wore different colors that were designated to them. Thursday was Super Hero Day, where everyone dressed up as their favorite super hero. Friday was All-Out Purple Day, where every class wore as much purple as possible. “All the spirit days were a lot of fun,” Patrick Stegman, 10, said. The candidates for Homecoming included Aaron Holt, Samuel Landis, and Alex North for the men and Callen Wright, Morgan Velez, and Karlie Copeland for the women. Candidates were crowned at the Homecoming game against Emporia. Although West lost 14-46 to Emporia, Alex North and Morgan Velez were crowned King and Queen. After the game came the Homecoming dance, which marked the end of Homecoming week. When asked the most memorable part of Homecoming, Patrick Stegman said “Getting to see the corvette that Lorna [Vasquez] and Cameron [Schwanke] got to ride in.”



Haley Pooler, 9 “The pep assembly, because of everybody shows pride and you see a bunch of smiles on everyone’s faces.” Photo by Alex Rios

Patrick Stegman, 10 “All of the spirit days were alot of fun.” Photo by Alex Rios

Jaclyn Annis, 11 “Being a part of the Junior class, and just trying to be to be together as a class.” Photo by Alex Rios

Travis Felver, 12 “Seeing ROTC march at the front [as well as] seeing how far the freshman have come and how much they enjoy the school.” Photo by Alex Rios

Homecoming candidates Morgan Velez, Aaron Holt, Karlie Copeland, Alex North, Callie Wright, and Samuel Landis prior to the Homecoming ceremony in the auditorium. Photo by Kristy Dekat

Emily Schaffert, 11

Taylor Wolfley, 11

Tanner Gabel, 11

CaitlynOlsen, 12

Homecoming king Alex North and queen Morgan Velez just after being crowned at the Homecoming Game. Photo by Alex Rios



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