The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: February 15 - February 21

West High Swimmers Cap off Season in Record Style

The West High Men's Swim Team competed in the state meet on Saturday, winning 5 of the 11 events and setting 5 state records (actually 6, but more on this below). The team finished second place overall in the team division, but had its sights set on breaking state records and they delivered. The team of McGlaughlin, Scott, Keen and Martin won both the 200- and 400-free relays, winning the 200 in record-breaking time.

Mark McGlaughlin was named Outstanding Swimmer of the meet and the voting couldn't have been close. Mark first won the 200 IM, beating the previous best in the state by over 2 seconds. Next he won the 100 free, also setting a new state record. In the sprint relay, his lead-off 50 was clocked at 20.15 which is the fastest ever in Iowa.

Will Scott didn't miss out on record breaking swims either. His 20:29 in the 50 free was a new state record. He also finished 4th in the 100 free. He also anchored the record-setting 200 relay in an amazing 20:17.

Aidan Keen displayed amazing toughness in the distance events. He actually broke the state record in the 500 freestyle, but was out-touched by a fraction of a second and finished 2nd. His final 50 was pure grit. Aidan also finished 3rd in the 200 free.

Multiple sport athlete, Oliver Martin was also impressive. He won both of his individual heats and moved up to 8th place in both the 100 fly and 100 breast stroke. Oliver is also in the record books in the state tournament, as he has been a member of the fastest 200 medley relay (2015), 200 free relay (2016) and 400 free relay (2015).

Finally, a new crop of West swimmers also competed on Saturday. The medley relay team of Brennan Keen, Nassim Adu-Dagga, Ben Berhow, and Noah Bruns swam above their seeding, finishing 17th, while Lane Griffis competed very well in the 500 free, cutting his best time by over 2 seconds.

West High swimmers now own the all-time state records in 6 of the 11 events at the state meet. These swimmers leave quite a legacy when they go on to college. Best of luck to all for continued success.

Week End Update

District Wrestling Results

The West Wrestling Team competed in the district wrestling meet on Saturday. Winners and runners-up qualify for this week's state wrestling meet. The Trojans qualified 5 wrestlers:

Hans vonRabenau (106)

Nelson Brands (138)

Carter Rohweder (160)

Nate Kelsay (170)

Donovan Doyle (195)

Congratulations to all the varsity wrestlers who competed on Saturday and best of luck in Des Moines this week.

Show Choir Competition Results

Both Showtime and Good Time Company competed in the Benton Community 'A Touch of Class' show choir competition this weekend. Showtime finished 2nd in the prep division. Good Time Company took home a bronze in the varsity division, with the band earning the award for Best Band. Congratulations to our outstanding musicians. The West High show choirs have placed at every competition they have competed in this year.

Silver Cord Changes

The West High Silver Cord program recognizes students who participate in various kinds of community service. Traditionally, the number of hours to earn a Silver Cord has been set at 400 hours. After surveying other Iowa High Schools, it was discovered that this is twice as many as the highest number of hours needed in other high schools. After meeting with student and teacher groups, the West High Administration has decided to lower the number of hours for a Silver Cord to 200 hours, but add a special designation for students who achieve 400 or more hours. Students who complete 400 or more hours will also receive a Golden W to go with their Silver Cord. The Golden W will symbolize the dedication and commitment students have for helping others and making our community a better place. By making these changes, we hope to recognize more students who give back to our community but also encourage the same dedication and commitment that has been honored in the past.

This Week on WesTV

Live shows can 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 event this week:
  • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Dubuque Hempstead, Thursday, February 18, 7:30 pm.

West High Show Choir “Swing Into Spring”

The West High show choirs will host the annual “Swing into Spring 2016” special event on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Show choirs will present two performances – a matinee at 2 p.m. as well as a 5:30 p.m. show at the West High Auditorium (2901 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City).

Both the matinee and evening shows will feature The Good Time Company, which is the premier show choir under the direction of Mr. David Haas, and West’s Showtime, the prep show choir directed by Mr. Jeff Knutson. In addition, the Northwest Jr. High Show Choir, under the direction of Jill Anderson, will perform at the 2:00 p.m. show. The North Central Jr. High Show Choir, directed by Diane Thayer, will perform at the 5:30 p.m. show.

Reserved seating is available for both shows. Tickets are available at West High during the following times:

Week of February 15-19

Tuesday, February 16 - 6:00-7:00 pm outside the choir room at West High

Friday, February 19 - 11-12:30 pm (in the West High commons area)

Week of February 22 to February 26

Wednesday, February 24 - (11-12:30 pm in the WHS commons area)

Friday, February 26 - (11-12:30 pm in the WHS commons area)

Day of Show, February 28

Sunday, February 28 - One hour prior to each show.

Ticket order questions, contact: Theresa Weeks or Kris Smith at

Admission is $8 for the show. Please note that the school district family music passes are not accepted at this special event. Proceeds will benefit Iowa City vocal programs.

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 begins 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.

Finals Schedule Begins on Wednesday

The 2nd trimester ends on Wednesday, February 24 so final exams, for the classes that give them, will follow this schedule:

Wednesday, February 17--English and World Language

Thursday, February 18--Social Studies and Science

Friday, February 19--Math and Practical Arts and Fine Arts

Monday, February 22--English and World Language

Tuesday, February 23--Social Studies and Science

Wednesday, February 24--Math and Practical Arts and Fine Arts

Hoover Uncommon Student Awards Available

Area youth are eligible to apply for the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award program. The HERBERT HOOVER UNCOMMON STUDENT AWARD is a $5,000 college scholarship program for high school juniors in an Iowa high school or home school program.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in West Branch sponsors the award. The program identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa High School Juniors who propose and accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. The application postmark deadline is March 15, 2016.

Students are not evaluated on the basis of grades, test scores, or financial need. Applicants submit a proposal for a goal they want to accomplish. For application materials, visit

High School Juniors: Become a College Prep Scholar

The College Prep Scholars Program was designed to give high-achieving, low-income juniors and early advantage in college admissions to top colleges.

Who should apply?

High school juniors who:

-have strong academic records

-come from households earning less than $65,000 per year

-may be part of the first generation in their family to attend college

How to apply?


Fill out an online application

Apply by March 23, 2016

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