• Ms. Muth

    Ms. Muth’s Main Motivation

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    New teacher devoted to connecting with her new students, despite pandemic’s obstacles.   A new job is always a tough but exciting endeavor in a person’s life. What makes this year uniquely challenging? The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. But this doesn’t phase West Side’s newest Jr. High English teacher: Ms. Muth. […]

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  • A Future Changing Trip

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    How a Trip to Ecuador Inspired a New Major The World Language Field gains another teacher, Miss White. Miss White is from Greencastle Indiana. She attended Taylor University in hopes to become a physical therapist, which later changed. She was ahead of the game for the “new normal” of a school year, with being able […]

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  • Bonjour from Dr. Beyogle!

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    A new French teacher joins the staff. A Doctor has joined the school staff and has lots of experience in teaching. Dr. Beyogle is a Purdue University grad so he’s back in West Lafayette for the second time. He also got a degree at University of Illinois Champaign and got his PhD.  He has been […]

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  • Painting a Path

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    From graphic designer to art teacher, Mr Riesterer finds his passion Teaching wasn’t Mr. Riesterer’s first career choice, so how did he find himself as a new art teacher second semester last year? Although he now teaches 7th grade, 8th grade, and 2D art classes here in West Lafayette, Mr. Riesterer actually attended the University […]

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  • Senioritis Episode 1-Jackson Lusk and Isaac Leichty

    Monday, October 12, 2020

    This podcast includes a look at what several seniors think about various relevant topics that occur throughout the year. This particular year 2020-2021, topics will be framed by a very unique lens: the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll explore the perspectives of the students as they prepare to enter the adult world, discussing topics like the college […]

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Sep
21

We’ve Gotcha Covered

We’ve Gotcha CoveredSafety is a growing concern at every school in America. The rate of mass shootings have tripled since 2011 (Mother Jones 2018). I asked Officer Smith what some goals for safety were for this upcoming year, and he said, “Mainly for everyone to remain safe. We try to reduce the number of thefts […]

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Sep
21

Filling the Future with Opportunity

HOSA club members optimistic on future opportunities the club provides Many patients take their doctors’ expertise for granted. From check-ups to physical therapy to nursing, medical professionals can take many different forms. Most people don’t realize how to start the extensive journey of becoming an expert in a health field. Working towards becoming medical professionals […]

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Sep
21

BLAST FROM THE PAST: FOOTBALL RIVALRIES

Big games may seem like nothing more than that weekend’s entertainment, but in reality, they’re the making of nearly 80 years of rivalry feuds. It’s no doubt that football rivalries mean a lot to the team, the fans and the community. The games with the largest crowd turnout are the ones where we are facing […]

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Sep
21

The Mixtape: Episode One

Episode One: A Personal History Through Song The Good Parts is American singer Andy Grammer’s fourth and latest album, released on Dec. 1, 2017. Grammar described this album to be different from his other releases because the lyrics delve deeply into matters of his personal life. Known for his bold lyricism in his songs, this […]

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Sep
21

Tuesday Smackdown

Playing their second home game of the season, this week the girls on the volleyball team were ecstatic. At the Berberian Gymnasium on Tuesday, September 11th, the team faced Twin Lakes. Before the game Kiersten Wood,11, said, “I’m excited for the game tonight since its only our second home game! I think we’re gonna have […]

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Sep
21

A Crazy Good Movie

Without much to do in the sleepy town of West Lafayette on a Saturday night, the idea of seeing a movie sounded somewhat appealing for once. Thinking of the countless movie trailers I had seen over the past few weeks on TV, one in specific came to mind that sounded particularly interesting; Crazy Rich Asians. The movie […]

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Sep
21

Mellowed Out

A Playlist That Can Relate To Your Feelings Every day that passes isn’t always full of positivity. Sometimes, there is a need to let go of the negativity within, whether it be getting over your low self-esteem, a problem in your relationship, or anything else. Below is a small collection with some of my favorite […]

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Sep
21

Pave Paradise, Put Up A Parking Lot

We all know how it feels to try to navigate the parking lot before and after school. It’s frustrating and scary; the only way to express it is in song. I compiled a slightly dramatic Spotify playlist for you to rock out to while you attempt to traverse the blacktop. “Big Yellow Taxi” by Counting […]

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Sep
20

A Spark Starts While Trapped In A Library

The first place you would think of ending up trapped is certainly not a library, but in the novel By Your Side by Kasie West, this is apparently a lot more likely. Told through the perspective of a high school senior, Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in a library for the entire MLK holiday […]

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Sep
20

Pentatonix Brings the Thunder to Indiana

On Wednesday September 12, Pentatonix fans from all over Indiana were finally able to hear the acappella group’s sweet vocals. The Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, hosted Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, for the 2018 Pentatonix tour. Matt Sallee is Pentatonix’s newest member who took the […]

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Sep
20

Getting in the Zone

Everyone can agree that it’s important to get in the zone before any big event. Whether it’s a math test or a big game, we all have different things that get us ready. For the senior football players, it’s music. If you’ve ever been to a game at Gordon Straley Field, you know that when […]

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Sep
20

“Let Your Mind Run” Review

Let Your Mind Run was published on April 10, 2018 by Deena Kastor. This book is written for primarily an athlete-based audience. It talks about how shifting one’s mindset toward training and common tasks can positively affect one’s outcome. She was burnt out of running by the time she was a senior in college. Kastor […]

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Sep
20

Girls Golf Favorite Pre Match Snacks

Girls Golf Favorite Snacks Before every girls’ golf match, the talk among the team is which mom is on snack duty. To the team, getting a good snack is the catalyst to setting up a good mental morale for the team. Since the matches take hours to play, it is important they eat enough not […]

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Sep
20

Sending Love to “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has hit Netflix and if my Instagram explore page is any indication, people have been obsessed with it. Based on Jenny Han’s bestselling novel, this adaptation has been captivating people with its feel-good main couple, relatable self-awareness, and feisty sisters of the Covey household. As for my opinion, […]

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Sep
17

Safety is Key

Officer Miller keeps our school safe   Monitoring the entrances, roaming the halls, and checking the security cameras are a few of the responsibilities school safety officer Adam Miller has to do to keep the  school a safe place. When he’s not patrolling the school, he is a city of West Lafayette police officer. Working in […]

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Sep
17

New Nurse Rolls Into West Side

It’s the middle of the school day and Anna Trautman doesn’t feel well, so  Mrs. Holderly takes her blood pressure and explains everything. In the end Anna was okay and got to return to class pain free. New nurse Mrs. Holderly has wanted to be a nurse since she was a young girl. When she was […]

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Sep
17

Food for Thought

Meet new Food Service Director You might think that planning the meals for a total of ten schools isn’t easy. According to the new Food Services Director Courtney FitzSimons, you are most certainly correct. Courtney graduated from Ball State University and worked at the Anderson School District before coming to West Lafayette. She is married, […]

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Sep
17

NEW ENGLISH TEACHER

  Being new to West Lafayette High School is a different atmosphere than what Sandberg has seen before. She says, “Everyone has been very friendly, My last school was kind of cliquish, and I haven’t seen any of that here.”  Sandberg has three kids, and is expecting one more in January. “I am really excited […]

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Sep
17

An Instructor’s Return to Teaching

As teachers welcomed new and old students to West Side this year, students did the same for many teachers. This school year has brought a great variety of new staff members. Mrs. Boyd is one of those. However, she has a little something that makes her special. Although she is a new teacher this year, […]

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Sep
17

OLYMPIAN TEACHES FUTURE OLYMPIANS

A teacher plays an important role in making sure students learn and live to their full potential. Mr. Josh Hembrough, health and PE teacher, was inspired by his middle school teacher, who was also his track coach, to become a positive influence for kids. Hembrough said, “I really liked how he taught the class and […]

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