• WG

    Winter Guard Brings Home Gold at State Championships

  • math

    ELP Math Counts

  • science

    Congratulations Science Olympiad


    Navy JROTC Takes 2nd

  • FBLA

    FBLA Brings Home Many Awards

    Future Business Leaders of America at West took 4th Place out of 106 schools in Utah at the State Leadership Conference this year

  • DECA

    Rohan Jairam

    DECA Panther, Rohan Jairam, brought home the GOLD at the State Conference on February 24th.

  • Debate

    Debate Team

    The West High Debate Team won their Region Tournament on February 25th.

  • Asay

    Super Fan of the Year

    Steve Asay is the recipient of the UHSAA Super Fan of the Year!!!

  • Reflections

    PTA Reflections Contest Winners

    Congratulations to the PTA Reflections Contest winners this year! Sydney Koutrouba, Lauren Antley, Zoe Putnam, Titus Quah, Kennede Wren, and Persimmon Stetich went on to receive an Award of Excellence at region, and are currently representing West High at the state competition level.

News & Announcements

Welcome Ford White, Principal

Dear Panthers,

I take great pride in this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Principal of West High School. Becoming a Panther has been a decade long journey for me as my dream was to work in an inner city school somewhere in America. This dream has finally been realized. Nine years ago, as a newly emerged administrator, I applied for an Assistant Principal position at West High only to be learn that a more experienced internal candidate received the position. Fast forward through two other serious efforts to be added to the SLC community, I finally landed the best job in Utah.

Born and raised in Michigan I left the comfort of a small town to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a Tank Commander during Gulf War until I exited active duty to take advantage of my G.I. Bill, allowing me the financial means to finish college.

My love of teaching drove me to explore a passion discovered as a mentor and teacher leader operating internally to improve student achievement and support teaching and learning. This interest and desire to create improved systems of support for students led me swiftly into a second echelon of school leadership as an administrator. I firmly held to a basic belief that all students can learn at high levels if provided access, structure, and encouragement to succeed. I have never waivered in this commitment and belief to act and provide the necessary material, emotional, and educational support necessary for all to navigate the high school experience and become college and career ready.

I stand prepared, ready, and willing to serve the West community with all the strength, vigor, and drive that I've provided my own children. I enthusiastically look forward to the success that lies ahead for this great school. Lastly, twenty years of experience as a Utah educator has proven the timeless saying to be true, "Everyone knows someone who went to West. " Go Panthers!

Ford White
West High, Principal
SLC School District


Softball win First Place in State Tournament Play

Congratulations to West Softball on their State Championship in 5A!

Brianna White Wins State Track

During the State Track Tournament at BYU, Brianna White was seated 3rd going into finals for the 100 hurdles and ended up winning in the final heat! Congrats Brianna on taking 1st in the 100 Hurdles and being a State Champion!!! For other results, click here.

Unified Track

The Unified Track did outstanding at State! Our girls took 2nd and boys finished 4th. Congratulations!

Winter Guard/Pep Club Wins STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

West' Winter Guard, under the direction of Susan M Raymond, traveled to Copper Hills on Saturday and brought home THE GOLD MEDAL and are now STATE CHAMPIONS! With 53 guards from Utah and Idaho in attendance and 9 in our division (the largest in the Circuit), our own Panthers brought on the fire with their "Never Alone in Silence" show. Many thanks to all that supported these hard-working, fabulous performers and a special thanks to Shannon Wilson and Kristy Proesch who came and cheered them on!

Madison Perrigo, Captain
Jessica Hueletl, Captain
Jess Lopez
Shayla Steinfels
Cheyenne Trujillo
Tanisha Tarness
Elizabeth Estrada-Murillo
Harmony Lafo
Ryan Hempel
Emma Esparza
Annie Than
Miranda Lunn

ELP Math Club Competes at MathCounts

Last month, the West High ELP Math Club competed at MathCounts State Chapter, a competition that tests the math problem solving skills of middle school students. The West High team placed fourth in the state. Malavika Singh and Giyoung Kim placed in the top ten. Sanjula Pingali, after climbing up the ranks in the Countdown Round, landed in the top four. She will be representing Utah along with three other students at MathCounts Nationals in Florida this May! Great job to Sanjula and all of the West High team!

Congratulations Science Olympiad

On Sat Apr 15, while the rest of West High was enjoying the end of Spring Break, the Science Olympiad teams were competing in their state event. The State competition wraps up a 5 event season. Science Olympiad consists of teams of 15 competing in 25 different events in all areas of science and engineering.

The Jr High team had previously competed in regional competitions at Davis, Weber State, and Snow College. They were the reigning regional winner at Snow College. After some bad luck with the bottle rockets they ended the day 3rd in their division of 30 schools, just 6 points out of 2nd. They won individual medals in 12 events.

The high school team was under-staffed this year with only 13 students on their roster, they had previously competed in regional competitions at Nebo, Davis, Weber State, and Snow College. Due to lots of conflicts this was the first competition with the entire team. They were the 5th place winner at Nebo. They ended the day at state in 4th place out of 30 teams. They won individual medals in 6 events.

Robotics Team Wins Regional

West High’s FIRST Robotics Competition team spent the last 3 days competing in the Idaho Regional in Boise. The Idaho regional hosted 38 teams from a variety of states including California, Idaho, Utah, and several Canadian teams. We were able to come away victorious, winning first place with our alliance. As a result, we are invited to participate in the World Competition in Houston, Texas from April 19-22. This is the first time in nine years we have been invited to go to a World’s competition (we went in 2009 as rookie team of the year). In addition, this was the first time our team has ever we have won a regional competition. Thanks to those students who came out to the Idaho Regional: Ross Kilpatrick, Robert Morelli, James Bartholomew, Teancum Hadden, Ben Kieda, Sam Dunn, Sebastion Jenson, Timmanee Loveless, August Muller, Rodrigo Gallegos, Alex and Nick Engstrom, Dawson Wall, Zach Cloward , Avery Shumway, Katherine Waterson, Elijah Greenfield, Henry Main, and Duncan Kelley. We must especially thank our drive team: Ben Kieda-Driver, Ross Kilpatrick-Software, Alex Engstrom-Pilot, Sam Dunn-Field player, and Sebastion Jenson-field player. They had a lot of pressure put on their shoulders and had to endure many defeats before finding a way to come out victorious. We had a lot of trouble in practice rounds and struggled to calibrate the vision tracking software and camera we had installed. We finished the qualifying rounds with 5 wins and 6 losses and were ranked 20th overall. Our autonomous code ended up working about half the time in matches. We must also thank our team captains, including: Eddie McConkie-Hardware, Timmanee Loveless-Scouting, August Muller-Awards/Outreach, Annie Yun-Marketing, Henry Main-Safety, and Sophie Portman-Outreach. Our scouting team worked feverishly all three days, working with a new software developed by Eddie McConkie. We ended up being selected by the number one alliance, Team Taters from Boise (who we partnered with in the Utah Regional), and the Bay Orangutans (alliance captain), a team from the University of California Berkeley.

Our team demolished our opponents in the quarterfinals before facing an alliance which included Prototype X, the Leonardo Team from Salt Lake City in the semis. We defeated them in three close contests in a best of three match. We then competed in the finals against an alliance that featured Waterford’s Ravens team from Sandy, Utah. We came out triumphant in two close matches in a best of three final. Our robot was able to climb the airship in all round of the playoffs except one. In addition to winning the regional, our team was selected as winner of the Industrial Design Award for excellence in electrical component design.

Utah State Military Drill Championships

West HS Navy JROTC took 2nd in the Utah State Miliary Drill Championship. The Unarmed Drill team took 1st place in their category and Kiara Bahena was awarded the top commander medal.

FBLA Rocks it at State Leadership Conference

West's FBLA Chapter attended the State Conference Competition in Davis on March 6th - 8th with co-advisors, Susan M Raymond and Bill Brown, and walked away with several awards including 4th Place for Outstanding Chapter of the Year out of 106 in Utah! Here is a list of all of the winners that are now eligible to attend the National Leadership Competition in Anaheim California this summer:

State Officer: DoHwan Kim
Accounting I - Gretel Zumwalt (6th) and Octavio Morales (10th)
Accounting II - Gretel Zumwalt (1st)
Agribusiness - Eric Hon (1st)
Banking & Financial systems - Marten Alires and Sean Deegan (9th)
Business Communication - Rohan Jairam (3rd) and YaFeng Xiong (6th)
Client Service - Sean Deegan (1st)
Computer Applications - Juan Rubio (1th)
Computer Problem Solving - Juan Rubio (6th)
Database Design & Application - Juan Rubio (6th)
Economics - Rohan Jairam (1st) and Eric Hon (4th)
FBLA Principles & Procedures - Anna Tang (4th)
Help Desk - Sean Deegan (2nd)
Insurance and Risk Management - Rohan Jairam (1st) and Eric Hon (2nd)
Introduction to Business - Octavio Morales (9th)
Introduction to Financial Math - Anna Tang (2nd) and Grace Wang (9th)
Management Information Systems - NaYeon Kim, DoHwan Kim, and Sam Loveland (8th)
Marketing - Marten Alires, Sean Deegan, Jesus Escobar-Medina (5th)
Mobile Application Development - Juan Rubio and YaFeng Xiong (2nd)
Organizational Leadership - NaYeon Kim (9th)
Personal Finance - Eric Hon (1st) and Rohan Jairam (2nd)
Sales Presentation - Moon Choe (6th)
Website Design - Samson Osime and Abraham Miranda (10th)

Steve Asay Wins Award

The UHSAA honored our very own Steve Asay Friday, February 24, 2017 during halftime of the semi-final basketball game at the SLCC as the Super Fan of UHSAA. This distinguished award is given once a year to honor outstanding contributors to Utah High School activities and the youth those activities serve. Congratulations Steve!


Our CASA was featured in an article recently in the Deseret News. Check out this link to see quotes and some beautiful pictures!

DECA at West bring home prizes

West High School's DECA club went to the State Conference on February 23rd-24th and brought home awards. With Co-Advisors, Bill Brown and Susan Raymond, the CTSO Club had an increase in their membership of 654% and received a Gold Certification and Certificiate of Achievement. Gretel Zumwalt scored in the top 10% of the Hospitality Management Test. Sean Deegan advanced to the top 10 in Finals in Marketing Communictions. Rohan Jairim scored in the top 10% of the Business Finance test and took home First Place in State in the Role Play for the same test.


West High News

Here is a flyer in English and in Spanish that was sent home this week detailing crucial information for the remaining of the semester. Please review it carefully.

New Policies at West

There is a new Tardy and Red-Card Policy at West. Please go to Policies and Procedures to view these new changes.

Early Open Enrollment Starts December 1st

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