West High School's Weekly Updates: January 31 - February 6
Ten Graduating Seniors Named Candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
The following 10 students were named candidates in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program:
John D. McLure
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection and announcement of the scholars in April. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholarship Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representative, educators, and other leading individuals in public life.
WesTV Now Hosted On West Web Site
WesTV, West High's student TV station, is now in one convenient location. Live shows can now be found on this page of the West website: http://www.edline.net/pages/WestHighSchool/STUDENT/WesTV. Live shows can be viewed there along with links to the West Livestream page so you can always locate our archived shows.Tune in to the following events this week:
- Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier, Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 pm.
- Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, February 5, 7:30 pm.
Notes From The Guidance Office
3rd trimester schedules: All students should start checking their 3rd tri schedules now on Powerschool. All schedule changes must be made before the start of 3rd tri. Counselors will not be making any schedule changes once the 3rd trimester begins on Friday, Feb. 26th.
2016-2017 Registration: The registration process for the 2016-17 school year will begin on Friday, Feb. 26th. Current freshman, sophomores, and juniors will receive their registration forms on Feb. 26th and must have their online registration completed by Friday, March 4th. Counselors will be available in the Salinger Lab during all lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday, March 2nd and 3rd to answer questions regarding the online procedure.
West Competes, Learns at I'll Make Me A World Festival
30 West High students attended the 2016 IMMAWII, Education Day in Des Moines on Friday, January 29th. West High students participated in the IMMAWII Black History and Biz Pitch competitions, winning 1st place in both.
The WHS Black History team consisted of 12th graders: Zainab Makky (Captain), Hiba & Nada Ibrahim (SSIKED Co-Presidents), & Suha Said; 11th graders: Dejah Dunson & Ala Mohamed; 10th graders: Eman Elsheikh & Mayela Pelayo; and 9th graders: Jillian Baker & Janelle Beemon. The team coach was WHS 2015 graduate, Fatima Saeed.
West High won 1st place after competing in four matches; Match #1 against the Des Moines Chapter of Jack and Jill of America (155-35), Match #2 against Dubuque Sr. (130-50), Match #3 against a City High team (180-65). Undefeated, they advanced to the final match where they beat a second City High team (170-110).
The 1st place Biz Pitch award went to WHS 11th grader Antonio Clipperton Hernandez (SSIKED Vice-President).
Students not participating in the competitions attended various workshops which ranged from discussion on TV shows about crime and police representation to a workshop from the UI College of Engineering with a gravity-defying challenge. Workshops on fashion and appreciating individual differences were also presented by Iowa State University. Another popular workshop was “Just having Fun Soul Line Dancing” by Mary Noel. Read more about this unique event here.
Outstanding Student of the Arts
WHS Wind Ensemble - 3 years
WHS Symphony Orchestra - 2 years
WHS Trojan Marching Band (Drum Major) - 2 years
WHS Choirs - 2 years
WHS Jazz Bands (Piano) - 4 years
Theatre West Pit Orchestra - 4 years
Quad Cities Youth Symphony Orchestra - 2 years
Iowa All State - 3 years
ISU Gold Honor Band - 3 years
Quad Cities Symphony Concerto Competition Finalist - January 2015
Quad Cities Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition 2nd Place - 2015
King Pin Stays at West, Athletes in the News
Aidan Keen was a finalist for KCRG Athlete of the Week last week. Aidan broke the MVC record in winning the 200 freestyle at the conference event. Aidan teamed with Oliver Martin, Will Scott and Mark McGlaughlin to break 6 MVC records last week. Best of luck at the district meet this week!
The West wrestling team competed in the MVC meet on Saturday. Three Trojan wrestlers made it all the way through to the finals, Nelson Brands, Nate Kelsay and Donovan Doyle. Brands and Doyle won their matches and they are MVC champions. Brands was also voted the outstanding wrestler of the meet.
The boys and girls teams pulled out victories on Friday night against Kennedy High School. The boys, playing at home, improved their record to 12-3. The girls took their third consecutive ranked opponent to overtime. They won on the road by a final school or 57-56. Good luck to all of the teams as they enter the last month of competition.
Iowa ACT Student Exemplar
Dance Team in Finals at Nationals
Hills Bank Leadership Grant
The Hills Bank and Trust Company Leadership Grant is awarded to as many as 20 students each year. The recipients, who apply during their junior year in high school, attend nine hours of leadership training sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company during their senior year. They receive $1,000 for the fall semester of their first year of college. The scholarship may be used at any of Iowa’s accredited universities, colleges, or community colleges.
High School Juniors residing in or attending high school in the following counties: Benton • Cedar • Iowa • Johnson • Jones • Keokuk • Linn • Louisa • Muscatine • Washington
Grants are available to students attending any of Iowa’s accredited colleges, universities, or community colleges. Each grant will total $1,000 with $500 to be paid each fall semester of the qualifying recipient’s first two years of college. A total of 20 grants will be awarded each year.
Applicants are evaluated on involvement in:
- Community service
- Student group activities
- Work experience
- High school academic information, including G.P.A. of 2.80 or higher
Recipients of this grant, applying during their junior year of high school, agree to attend a minimum of nine hours of Hills Bank sponsored Leadership Training during their senior year of high school.
How to apply:
- Complete and submit the application by March 1.
(Please note you will need to register for an account, but do not need to be a 4-H member to apply.)
- Submit a high school transcript.
- Provide two letters of recommendation.
For help visit: http://blog.hillsbank.com/high-school-juniors-leadership-grant/