The Weekly

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:

Hope Anderson

Elizabeth Han

Mason Koch

John D. McLure

Madeline Silva

Kai Trepka

Sharon Xiang

Grace Young

Ruiqi Zhang

Jiahua Zhang

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: 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

Anoushka Divekar, a senior as West High, has been recognized as an Outstanding Student of the Arts. Her accomplishments are as follows:

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

The West/City rivalry was on display in the bowling alley on Friday night. The boys team succeeded in keeping the King Pin at West High for the 4th straight year. The girls team competed well, but came up just short in their efforts to win the Queen Pin.


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

Nada Ibrahim has been selected as the Iowa Student Readiness Award recipient for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. She will be honored at a luncheon and ceremony on March 2nd.
"Dreams out of a Winters Night" - Winter with West 2015

Dance Team in Finals at Nationals

The West High Dance Team earned their way to the Sunday finals at the National Dance Championships in Orlando this weekend. They qualified for the finals in both the pom and jazz category. Results were not available at press time, but the final results can be found here.
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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

Grant Details
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.

Selection Criteria
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:

  1. 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.)
  2. Submit a high school transcript.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendation.

For help visit:

Board to Hold Listening Posts to Determine Bell Times

The ICCSD school board will be holding two listening posts in the next two weeks to hear reactions about potential changes to the bell schedule. At issue is whether to switch the current starting time so the elementary schools would start at 8:00 and the secondary schools would start at 8:45, or to look for other possible bell schedule combinations. The final listening post will be held on Thursday at Northwest Junior High.
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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