John Gualtier from Vinton, Iowa, spoke about his role as medic and experience as a liberator of the camp, Gunskirken Lager, the one that General Eisenhower visited. He spoke about the unspeakable–as seen from his 18-year-old perspective both as a medic and as a liberator. He detailed the toll his participation took on his life after the war ended. He asked the students to do something for him as he closed…”Get your education. Listen to your teachers. Go home and tell your parents you love them.” [For all those who never had a chance to do so.] His most prestigious award received to date is the Jefferson Award, a national award created by Jacqueline Kennedy for volunteerism. Last night at the Yom Hashoah (Night of Remembrance) John received a local award for his service as a WWII veteran. Thanks to Ms. Toppler for bringing him to West.
News, Events, and Announcements
Congratulations to another Falcon, Chelsea Oberbroeckling, for making the Iowa State University Dance Team! The Falcon Nation is proud of you!
Congratulations to Skylar Hintze, Kaitlyn Mays, Dani Reitz and Valicia Williams for proudly representing West High School in the Eastern Iowa High School Regional Battle of the Books held Thursday, April 28 at Bettendorf Public Library. Our West students received a Battle of the Books ribbon and a Falcon athletic sweatshirt in appreciation of their participation in representing West in the first Eastern Iowa High School Battle of the Books.
Congratulations to Falcon basketball players Dylan Hansen and Mason Carney for raising pledges to have their heads shaved for the “Shave to Save for the Optimist International Childhood Cancer Campaign.” They traveled to Iowa City on Saturday and stood up for a great cause by following through with a shave! Check out the before and after pictures! Falcon Nation and I are very proud of you!
Congratulations to Falcon Basketball’s Davarea Loggins for accepting the opportunity to join the Iowa Central Triton men’s basketball team next season! Iowa Central (NJCAA II) is located in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Association. Coach Dennis Pilcher is one of the most successful coaches in the nation with over 800 career victories. “I am very proud of Davarea and his opportunity to move on to the next level. Coach Pilcher and I have been friends for many years and Davarea is getting the chance to play for one of the most successful coaches in the nation.” —Coach Mark Bigler
iJAG and Mr. Massey’s Computer Science classes participated in the United Way Education Day of Caring. The students met one-on-one with local business professionals in an Employability Skills Workshop. Each student met with one professional to discuss his/her resume, met with another professional to perform a mock interview, and got to speak with them about what it takes to get and keep a career. Each student received feedback they could take with them into a real world job application and interview. Two students were offered employment opportunities at a local business. Kameron Houston was interviewed for the John Deere World Leaders meeting and on May 18th will be speaking in front of 200 John Deere World Leaders about his experiences with iJAG and the Day of Caring. Proud Falcons. Latebreaking news: Marcus Seay was interviewed by the QCTimes. The article appears below.