The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Jan. 13th-Jan. 19th

Student-Produced Theater On Display

This week, students will take on all of the jobs on and behind the stage as they present two one-act plays. SPIT, or Student Produced Innovative Theater, will present Fire Exit and 10 Ways to Survive the End of the World in the Little Theater this Thursday and Friday. Read more about each play below and be sure to come to West at 7:00 on Thursday or Friday for some amazing student performances.

Fire Exit by Stacie Lents:

Everybody at Westfield High School thinks they know what happened the day of the fire. Fire Exit opens in the aftermath, as the community faces what appears to be a prank gone terribly wrong. But as the kids and adults open up about their lives and the bigger picture of the day's events emerges, the truth proves to be far less simple. Told through a series of poignant and often very funny monologues, Fire Exit is a powerful ensemble piece that proves things, and people, aren't always as they seem.

10 Ways to Survive the End of the World by Don Zolidis

These days, it feels like the end of the world could happen any minute. But are the machines or the apes going to be the first to rise up against us? Are we looking at a killer asteroid or a killer virus here? Better get ready for them all! Any way the end times arrive, you just might have a shot at survival with this hilarious how-to guide called 10 Way to Survive the End of the World, a new comedy by Don Zolidis.

Winter Weather Play Havoc with School Activities

West To Host Rescheduled State Debate Championships

The winter storm that blew through the state last weekend resulted in many cancellations of student activities. In general, most activities will be rescheduled, but, when no open dates are available, some activities are cancelled. Here is a run-down of changes that have been announced as of press time. Make sure you check rschooltoday for all the latest athletic events and the school website calendar for all other events.

  • State Debate Championship will be held on Friday and Saturday January 17 and 18 at West High School. This is a change from Ankeny High school, so the debate team is looking for volunteers to assist with concessions, room escorts and score tabulation. Contact if you can help.
  • The Lepic Dual Wrestling meet has been cancelled and will not be made up this year.
  • The home boys basketball game with Cedar Falls high school has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 8. Sophomore game to start at 2:30 and the boys game will start at 3:30.
  • Swim Meet at Linn-Mar High school has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Students Get Ready for MLK Day

MLK Day at West High is coming soon so this week students will get their first chance to see the sessions that will be offered this year. On Monday, students will be prompted to look over the session selections during AFT period. On Wednesday, students will learn how to register for their sessions and the website will be open for registrations and students will get a complete overview of how to use the scheduling software.

In addition, MLK Day t-shirts are now available! Purchase a t-shirt here until Wednesday, January 15

Sizes available Youth Small – Adult XXL

Shirts will be available on Wednesday, January 22 just in time to wear for MLK on Thursday, January 23.

Students Present Research On eCigarettes to PSTO

At the January 8th PSTO meeting, two West High students presented their research on the effects of vaping. Kareem Shoukih and Chris Kim discussed information they compiled last year in their AP seminar class. This research led Kareem to study second-hand vaping in the AP Research class he is currently enrolled in. Click on this link to see the slides from their presentation:

WHS Events This Week

  1. Boys Varsity Swimming vs Kennedy on Tuesday, Jan. 14th at Coralville REC at 6:00pm
  2. Girls Varsity Basketball vs Waterloo East on Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 7:30pm
  3. Varsity Wrestling vs Liberty on Thursday, Jan. 16th in the Main Gym at 7:00pm
  4. SPIT Drama Production on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 16th & 17th in the Little Theatre at 7:00pm
  5. Midterm Grades Due on Friday, Jan. 17th at 8:00am
  6. Show Choir Competition #1-Muscatine "River City Showcase" on Saturday, Jan. 18th
  7. WHS Dance Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 19th in the Cafeteria 12:00pm-6:00pm
  8. NO SCHOOL (District Offices Closed) on Monday, Jan. 20th

Sign Up For Conferences!

On January 22, West High will be holding parent/teacher conferences. From 4:30 to 7:00 pm, conferences will be prescheduled. From 7:00 to 8:00 pm, conferences are held on a drop in basis. Conferences will be held in teacher rooms, and parents can sign up for conferences using the online service,

Note that families are restricted to three scheduled conferences until the day of conferences.

The Sound of Music Cast and Crew Lists

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to be a part of the spring musical, The Sound of Music. Show dates are April 16, 17 and 18, so please put them on your calendar!

The Sound of Music Cast List

Maria Rainer-Karissa Burkhardt

Mother Abbess-Julia Fink

Sister Berthe-Katherine Yacopucci

Sister Margaretta-Ahjiana Walker Garcia

Sister Sophia-Maia DeGrazia

Sister Catherine-Keira Jones

Sister Agatha-Margaret Penning

Sister Bernice-Jenna Wang

Captain Georg von Trapp-Sean Harken

Franz the butler-Joseph Polyak

Frau Schmidt the housekeeper-Maggy Owen

Liesl-Maggie Callanan

Friedrich-Evan Zukin

Louisa-Samantha Croco

Kurt-Charlie Duffy

Brigitta-Zoe Nolte

Marta-Stella Gefaller

Gretl-Suzy Nahra

Rolf Gruber-Eric Shaffer

Elsa Schraeder-Asha Sandhu

Ursula-Ryann Culver

Max Detweiler-Sam Nester

Herr Zeller-Ronan Smith

Baron Elberfeld-Cyrus Yoder

Baroness Elberfeld-Leah Rietz

A New Postulant-Sarah Dickens

Admiral von Schreiber-Jack Hinman


Harpur Barahona, Emma Barker, Kate Cannon, Ryann Culver, Alina Davis, Maia DeGrazia, Tess DeGrazia, Niyati Deshpande, Sarah Dickens, Quinten Eberly, Miranda Feng, Ava Ferrel, Aniyah Flynn, Emily Granfield, Jack Hinman, Grace Hinrichs, Robert Hooks, Schuyler Houston, Danielle Hribar, Keira Jones, Himani Laroia, Noah Miller, Erin-Leigh Moses, Sophie Nims, Margaret Penning, McKenna Proud, Leah Rietz, Kaitlyn Schmidt-Rundell, Katie Ruppenkamp, Lily Smith, Patrick Taylor, Ahjiana Walker Garcia, Sumner Wallace, Jenna Wang, Emma Westgard, Katherine Yacopucci, Cyrus Yoder

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Show Choirs Appear on Hancher Stage

Just before the winter break, West High held an invitational showcase at Hancher Auditorium. Both West High show choirs, Good Time Company and Showtime, appeared along with choirs from Center Point and West Branch. West High acapella choir, Vox Nousvous also performed. Check out photos from this event courtesy of West High parent, Mike Smithey.

Congratulations to the Good Time Company, Showtime and David Haas and Luigi Enriquez for putting on such a great show!

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