The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: May 2nd - May 8th

Top Five for May 2nd - May 8th

1. AP exams begin this week. Check the schedule, arrive early and don't bring anything extra to the exam.

2. The Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 in Arganbright Auditorium on Tuesday, May 3.

3. Also on Tuesday the boys soccer team will play at home at Ed Barker Field. Reminder to our fans to be loud, proud and show excellent sportsmanship. Absolutely no spectators should be on or near the field.

4. There will be a choir concert on Wednesday at 7:30 at Arganbright Auditorium.

5. Yearbooks will be distributed on Thursday, May 5 beginning at 2:15.


The Hani Elkadi Art Show will be on Tuesday, May 3 at the U of Iowa Credit Union at North Liberty, 5:30-7:00 pm.

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Recognition for Promoting Women in Science

Layla Hannaford, Barbara Badovinac, Leela Bassuk, and Carolyn Walling were all recognized by representatives from the Iowa Department of Human Rights this past Tuesday. Layla, Barbara and Leela won $500 to go to science equipment and a nice certificate for their video about Iowa Women in Science. Kristen Corey, from the Iowa Department of Human Rights' Office on the Status of Women, came from Des Moines to present the award to the four of them. She brought with her a special video congratulations from Governor Bransted.

If you haven't seen the winning video, check it out below.

Women of STEM from Iowa

Colors Club Presents at Governor's Conference

Members of the West High Colors club presented at the Governor's Conference on LGBTQ last Monday, April 25 in Des Moines. Their session was on building a strong Gay-Straight Alliance group in high school. Megan Kann, Anneke Thorne, and Jacob Heid headed the delegation and were joined by Color's adviser, Kerri Barnhouse. Listen to them describe their experience with Dr. Shoultz at this Soundcloud link.

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Colors Club by West High Trojans

DPO Scholarships to Future Educators

Three West High Seniors were awarded District Parent Organization scholarships. Lauren Luce, Kenyetta Johnson and Amanda Duys all spoke during the ceremony and introduced educators who had inspired them.

Also honored at the DPO event were retiring orchestra director, Wayne Thelander and our retiring parking lot superintendent, Elwyn Pearson.

Powerful Results at Drake Relays

Although it was a cold and rainy weekend at the Drake Relays this week, West High had some very fine performances. Here are some notable results:

Valerie Welch, 1st place, long jump, 2nd place, 400 hurdles & 3rd place, 100 hurdles

Grace Young, Valerie Welch, Peyton Steva, Kia Noibi, 2nd place, shuttle hurdle relay

Tia Saunders, Olivia Moore, Gabby Skopec, Bailey Nock, 6th place, 4x800 relay

Chandler Haight, 3rd place in shot put

Leah Dusterhoft, 7th place in discus

Gabby Skopec, 19th place in 3000 meter run

Bailey Nock, 21st place in 3000 meter run

Patrick Karanja, 4th place, 1600 meter run

Ali Ali, 18th place, 1600 meter run & 21st in 3200 meter run

Congratulations to Iowa City West High School for finishing ninth in the nation in Spring 3-2-1

Congratulations to Iowa City West High School for finishing ninth in the nation in Spring 3-2-1. This accomplishment qualifies the West team for participation at the 34th annual National Academic Championship. Note: $10,000 in prizes will be distributed among the top teams. The next stop for the team is competing at one of the four regional events which are held in the summer.

Please see for all the details and team composition requirements, along with results from last year’s Nationals.

YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION IS THURSDAY, MAY 5, at 2:10 pm in the Cafeteria.

Students with 7th Hour open may pick up their yearbook, starting at 1:40 pm.

On Thursday or Friday, SENIORS who did not buy a yearbook in advance may purchase one for $80 (check payable to West High Epic).

Starting Monday, May 9, NON-SENIORS who did not buy a yearbook in advance may purchase one for $80.

Questions? See Dr. Ordman in Room 115 or email her at

Trepka is 2016 Semifinalist for United States Presidential Scholars Program

Kai Trepka was selected as one of 689 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honor for high school students. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.

Students Chosen For Summer Internships at Rockwell Collins

Congratulations to the following three West High students who were chosen to complete summer internships at Rockwell Collins:

Sarah Longmire – Systems Engineering Intern

Megan Hill – Engineering Intern

Joshua Kwok – Engineering Intern

Megan and Sarah are both juniors enrolled in PLTW Principles of Engineering. Their internships begin on June 13. Sara will work with Systems Engineers in Cedar Rapids and Megan is assigned to the Coralville location. Joshua Kwok is in AP Computer Science and he will also be interning at Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins is very selective of their applicants and competition for these paid positions is stiff. The Workplace Learning Connection facilitate the internships. See more information here about the Workplace Learning Connection.

Graduation Information

For information on the 2016 Graduation, click here.

For additional information and announcements, visit the main guidance page.

AP Schedule--Week 1


8:00am - 12:00pm
AP Chemistry Exam
North Band Room

12:00pm - 4:00pm
AP Psychology Exam
Room 132 (students last name S-Z)

12:00pm - 4:00pm

AP Psychology Exam
North Band Room (students last name A-R)


8:00am - 12:00pm
AP Computer Science Exam
North Band Room

8:00am - 12:00pm

AP Spanish Language Exam
Room 132 & Angelou/Cisneros Computer labs


8:00am - 12:00pm
AP English Literature Exam
North Band Room


8:00am - 12:00pm
AP Calculus AB/BC Exam
North Band Room


8:00am - 12:00pm

AP German Exam
West Wing Office Conference Room

8:00am - 12:00pm
AP Studio Art Exam
Guidance Office

8:00am - 12:00pm
AP US History Exam
North Band Room

12:00pm - 4:00pm

AP European History Exam
North Band Room

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Jon Welch Named Next Orchestra Director

Jonathan Welch has been selected to take over as West High orchestra director, replacing Wayne Thelander, who is retiring after this school year. Mr. Welch is in his twelfth year of teaching and his second year at Linn-Mar High School as director of the Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, he was orchestra director at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, OH as well as department chair of strings teaching for the Forest Hills local schools. A native of Cincinnati, Mr. Welch received a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

As clinician/coach, Mr. Welch has most recently conducted in both the 2015 Metropolitan Orchestra Festival and the 2015 Kennedy Honor Orchestra Festival. He has also served as an adjudicator and section coach for multiple OMEA festival groups. Mr. Welch still remains an active performing violist, leaving his ten-year post as principal violist of the Cincinnati Community Orchestra and joining the Iowa City Community Orchestra. He and his wife, Dr. Allison Carr live in Cedar Rapids with their two dogs Elvis and Waylon.

Craig Huegel to Take Over as Athletic Director

Craig Huegel, current athletic director at Marshalltown High School, has been selected as West High’s next athletic director. Pending Board approval, Huegel will take over on July 1 for Scott Kibby, who is moving on to be the principal of the new Liberty High School.

Huegel has been the athletic director at Marshalltown since 2013. While there he oversaw the renovation of the round house, Marshalltown’s iconic competition gym and multi-use sports facility. Prior to working at Marshalltown High School, Huegel was the athletic director at Martensdale St. Marys and North Polk High School.

Prior to becoming an athletic director, Huegel taught social studies and coached football and track at North Polk High School. He grew up near Ionia, Iowa and graduated from New Hampton High School. He earned a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Drake University.

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Mary Beth Tinker to West High on Thursday, May 5

The Hoover Presidential Library is sponsoring a visit of Mary Beth Tinker to West High on Thursday, May 5. She will be giving a one hour presentation in the auditorium.

Students Honored By Iowa City Noon Kiwanis Club

Lauren Luce was presented with the John E. Briggs scholarship award by the Iowa City Noon Kiwanis Club. This award has been presented since 1947 to the designated honor student and is named John E. Briggs Scholarship Award in memory of the late professor at the University of Iowa and Distinguished Member of the Kiwanis Club. At present the award provides for the payment of $2,000 toward the first year's fees of an Iowa City High School honor student who attends a college or university in Iowa. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and benefit to be derived.

Other guests of honor from West High School who attended the Kiwanis High School Honors Day were:

Bryson Adcock

Kathryn Alden

Hope Anderson

Elizabeth Han

Christian Jung

Mason Koch

Lauren Luce

Kailin Lust

Morgan Schmitt-Morris

Anneke Thorne

Kai Trepka

Rachel Weeks

Piper Wenzel

Grace Young

Two New Offerings at West High for the 2016-17 School Year.

Partnerships with both the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College have yielded two new course offerings for next year. Students can earn both high school and college credit for these courses. If enrollment allows, both courses will be offered as a "zero hour" option, which means they will be taught before the first period, approximately 7:55--8:45 am.

Beginning Chinese will be offered as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) to qualifying juniors and seniors. This class will be taught by the University of Iowa's Department of Asian and Slavic Languages. According to the University of Iowa course catalog, this is the first course of a 4-course series of beginning Chinese offered through The Confucius Institute at The University of Iowa and designed for students who have little or no Chinese language background. The purpose of this course is to lay groundwork for the study of modern Chinese. The course will provide instruction in all four language skills of aurally understanding, speaking, reading, and writing.

How College Works is offered by Kirkwood Community College and it is geared to students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or students who are otherwise wishing to learn about how to do college. How College Works explores students' individual strengths and life and vocational goals. Students taking this course will examine college study skills, including goal-setting, time management, note-taking and test taking strategies. The course will also highlight aspects of personal responsibility such as self-advocacy, communicating with professors, social media awareness, physical and mental wellness, gender violence prevention, leadership and student involvement.

Students interested in either of these courses should visit with a counselor as soon as possible, but no later than April 29.

WHS Summer Athletic Camps Open for Registration

Coaches are now preparing for West High Summer Athletic Camps. Camps will occur throughout the summer so use this link to learn about times, dates and locations. Don't get left behind, sign up today.

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Party After Prom

The Party After Prom will be held at the University of Iowa CRWC this year and it provides a fun and safe alternative for after the Prom. Parent volunteers are needed to run this event. For registration forms, stop in the main office or visit:
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Welcome to The West High Weekly

The West Weekly is an on-line publication by West High School administration and staff and will be distributed on Sundays via email and popular online media sites like twitter and facebook. The purpose of the weekly is to keep the West High Community informed of upcoming events and also report the news of the previous week. If you have some suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see in this publication, please email