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Talking to Titans: A Q&A With Austin Davis

Talking to Titans: A Q&A With Austin Davis

Shelbie Gray and Kristin Taylor April 10, 2023

  This is a new section of the online newspaper where we ask a student a series of questions to get to know them. This month, junior Austin Davis was the feature of this Q&A. Davis has gone to WSH...

The End of a Precedent

Shelbie Gray, Staff Writer June 13, 2022

Student Senate sent a survey to ensure matches were appropriately paired

The High School Equivalent to Blind Dating

Shelbie Gray, Staff writer February 18, 2022

  It’s February and you know what that means, it’s the season of love. Also known as the worst time of year to be single. It can be hard to find someone in high school who shares common interests...

Students scream chants  at the Battle of the Fans pep rally

Getting Hyped Before the Big Game

Shelbie Gray, Staff writer February 9, 2022

  Student senate organized a pep rally to give everyone a sneak peak at how hype the student section at the Battle of the Fans game will be. Student sections are important for every game, but with West...

QR codes are posted in each bathroom for students to report anything they see that is concerning

Bathroom Lock Down

Shelbie Gray, Staff Writer December 15, 2021

  An ongoing problem has resurfaced once again here at WSH. Students are unable to use several of the bathrooms during lunches. This year, the problem has been brought to student voice, allowing many...

The Real Struggle Behind Menstrual Products

The Real Struggle Behind Menstrual Products

Shelbie Gray, Staff writer November 22, 2021

  The average woman is predicted to spend about $6,360 on period products from the age of 12 to 52. The nonprofit organization Period Equity filed a lawsuit on Aug. 11, 2020 regarding Michigan’s six...

TCAPS Board members discuss district mask mandate at a public board meeting on Monday, Sept. 27.

TCAPS Board Requires Masks In Schools Until October

Anna Sperry, Cici Copenhaver, and Shelbie Gray October 1, 2021

  On Monday, Sept. 27, a board meeting occurred regarding the mask mandate throughout TCAPS schools. The TCAPS Board voted 6-1 in favor of requiring masks in all schools but will revisit the issue on...

June 6th 2021, grad. Ceremony

Seniors Celebrate during Graduation of 2021

Shelbie Gray, Staff Writer June 10, 2021

  As the 2020-2021 school year comes to an end, the class of 2021 says their final goodbye to West Senior High. Due to COVID, a lot of special events for seniors were not able to happen; luckily, the...

Elle Hacker and Jacob Sparks attending 2019 prom. Photo Courtesy: E. Hacker

Prom vs. COVID

Shelbie Gray, Staff Writer June 1, 2021

The end of the year is normally a very exciting time for seniors. Prom normally happens towards the end of the school year, but this year's seniors didn’t get a prom their junior or senior year due to...

GSA staff poses during morning meeting

Student Club GSA Works to Create Supportive Environment

Shelbie Gray, Writer April 19, 2021

  The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is a club here at school. The club allows not only LGBTQ+ students but straight alliances to come and talk about things going on in their lives. The GSA is a judgment-free...

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