• ULW

    Winter/Pep Guard

    West hosted the Utah Color Guard Circuit's first competitive show on February 10th with 49 units in attendance

  • ROTC

    Military Ball

    The King and Queen crowned at the annual Military Ball sponsored by the NJROTC

  • ROTC

    Military Ball

    Cadets enjoy the evening of the annual Military Ball sponsored by the NJROTC

  • Reflections


    West Students celebrate success with PTSA Reflections winners at school and district levels

  • mlk

    MLK Award

    Ramis Banuri recognized with Martin Luther King Jr Youth Leadership award from the University of Utah Alumni Association

News & Announcements

Urban Lite West

Our Urban Lite West team made history Saturday by being a part of the first ever WGI Regional held in Salt Lake City. Their placement coming out of Prelims (3rd place) and then in Finals (raising their score 10 points from the week before) in the new higher division was incredible. The pressure is on now as they prepare for their next competition on Saturday at Riverton High School.

Reflection Winners

Congratulations to the following Senior Panthers on their achievements with the PTSA Reflection Competition:
Ada Toydemir: West High Award of Excellence in Music Composition, Salt Lake City School District Award of Merit in Music Composition
Wallace Peaslee: West High Award of Excellence in Music Composition, Salt Lake City School District Award of Excellence in Music Composition
Zoe Putnam: West High Award of Excellence in Literature, Salt Lake City School District Award of Merit in Literature

Noted Author Visits West High

Author Cristina Henriquez visited West High and told students the story of her writing and answered questions that will help students become better writers. The visit was part of the United We Read project, a joint venture with the Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake County Library and Murray Library systems.

Enriquez talked about “falling in love with writing” when she wrote in a notebook for a year for a boy. Though she never had a relationship with the boy, she found a relationship with writing.

She told the students that in “writing something personal, she found her voice.” As a daughter of an American and a Panamanian immigrant, she felt she had a dual identity. Today, she rejects that concept and talks about having one identity with multiple parts.

Her novel, “The Book of Unknown Americans”, helped her to understand the value of diversity. “Don’t think of it as diversity. Think of it as reality.”

She encouraged students by letting them know there is “tremendous value in the stories we don’t always hear.”

Responding to a question about writing, she talked about her job of writing every day from 9 am to 12 noon. She also encouraged the students to write by hand, rather than always using the computer. “Thoughts form differently when you write by hand.” She challenged the students to write by hand and see the difference in their writing.

When asked what advice she would give to aspiring writers, it was simple. “Read, read, read, read, read.” She starts her daily writing with 20 minutes of enjoyable reading.

In explaining what it takes to publish a book, besides the amount of time it actually takes once a publisher buys your book, she gave some very important advice.

“Believe in the process, not the product. The real love is in the actual writing.”


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