The Westwind

Arvada West’s newest up-and-coming literary transplant

Louis Herrera, Editor

November 12, 2013

   Who is Zach Free, mysterious newcomer to Arvada West's junior class? Students may have seen him in one of their classes—that is, if they are taking the likes of AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, and AP English Lang & C...

From the fairway to the classroom: John Gallup keeps the course

Scott Kordziel, Reporter

November 12, 2013

JOHN GALLUP: history teacher, former golf pro, facilitator of Peace Jam, citizen of the world. Before Gallup was teaching in the classroom, he was teaching players on the golf course, touring the country by entering state tou...

The many faces of Lindsey Welsh

Brandon Kehiayan-Schimpff, Reporter

April 22, 2013

To teach or not to teach; that is the question. But for Ms. Lindsey Welsh, the question was which subject to teach. Her choices were drama or English and her final decision was to have it all by teaching both. Welsh is the drama...

A-West alumni support school

Sarah Malloy, Editor

April 19, 2013

A-West alumni have a new way to keep in touch with the school they still have love for. The Arvada West High School foundation is a group of 13 committed alumni that come together to raise money, keep up on current news, and ho...


Olivia Hutchings, Editor

February 14, 2013

Soothing Skin Clarifier: (for minor acne flare-ups) ¼ Teaspoon Salt ½ Cup Warm Water Cotton Ball Cotton Swab Honey Mix Warm Water with Salt. Using a cotton ball, apply directly to blemish. Maintain pressure with cot...

Can disorganization be linked to clearer thinking?

Olivia Hutchings, Editor

February 14, 2013

“I think messy people have different learning abilities than clean people because messy people just throw their things all over,” Kaitlyn Keller, sophomore, says. A study by Journal of Consumer Research confirms Keller’s thinking that people with a messier room or desk space can ac...

Arvada West teacher takes walk down memory lane

Rie Misiti, Reporter

February 14, 2013

Investigative reporting, photography, one-on-one interviews, and keeping up with current events are all part of writing for the school newspaper, which has interested a number of high-school students throughout the years. In fact, Bret Thayer, a soc...

Going to a new SKOLA

Brandon Kehiayan-Schimpff

February 14, 2013

High School, a sea of different types of people and faces. With so many unique waves of people, it is difficult for someone to fit in and find their place in the sea, especially if they come for a different ocean. Skola means schoo...

Schools “take control” of obesity epidemic

Rie Misiti, Reporter

February 11, 2013

An epidemic, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is something that affects “a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time.” According to the Colorado Health Institute, “In Colorado one of every eight chi...