News & Announcements
Panther Athletes Excell Academically
The Varsity teams of Girl's Golf and Boy's Swim were Academic Finalists with Girl's Golf achieving an overall team GPA of 3.9 and the Boy's Swim an overall team GPA of 3.8
Region Theatre Results
Last night at the Region Theatre competition was a huge success for our students! We are so proud of these young actors! Keep in mind that some of these students we have not ever seen in person or seen them this year, and the fact that we only saw them for two terms rather than the three that the other schools had with their kiddos. We had 14 entries and ... 11 of them will move onto State! Eight of the 11 also won a medal (means they earned 65+ out of 75 points from their judges)! AND 2 of them place 3rd in the region!! We couldn't be prouder of this Team! Here are the winners, please take a moment to congratulate them...it was a tough competition!
Mathilde (Tillie) Atria and Jason Hogue with their scene from "Barefoot in the Park"= State qualifier, Medal
Brynna Shale and Olivia Kerby with their scene from "A Streetcar Named Desire"=State qualifier. Medal, tied highest school score and 3rd place overall
Jack Brower with his piece from "Call Me By My Rightful Name"=State qualifier, medal, and tied highest school score
Marley (Finn) Bott with his piece from "Checking in"=State qualifier
Maxim Rassoul-Agha with his piece from "Post Suicide"= State qualifier
Xendría Childs Hutchings with her piece "A Fire Drill"= State qualifier, medal and 3rd place overall
Lawrence Vigil with his piece "The Bully"=State qualifier
Robert (Spencer) Curtis with his song "Sleeping" from Once=State qualifier and medal
Hanna Hobsen-Rohrer with her song "Lost in the Brass" from Band Geeks=State qualifier and medal
Kellen Hunnicutt with his song "What Gonna Happen" from Tootsie=State qualifier and medal
Audrey (August) Kelly with her song "Feed Me" from Little Shop of Horrors=State qualifier
West High student names 2021 General Sterling Scholar
Eight total West students advanced to finals
West High student Daphne Liu was named the Sterling Scholar winner in the area of Science as well as the General Sterling Scholar winner for the Wasatch Front Region at the awards program held Thursday, March 18.
Daphne was part of a strong West High showing as eight of the school’s candidates moved on to the final round. Alicia Zhang (Art), and McKenzie Shafer-Kay (English) were both in the Top 12 of their categories. Ella Kennedy-Yoon (Dance), Sylvia Xi (Skilled and Technical Education) and Sundar (Business and Marketing) were all runners-up (Top 3). Angela Layton (Computer Technology), Vishal (World Languages) and Daphne (Science) were each category winners. As category winners, the last three were all considered for overall Sterling Scholar, which Daphne won.
Here is a little about each of the runners-up and category winners:
Daphne was one of 86 international students selected for a 6-week research camp with the Research Science Institute. She placed first in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and was invited to present at the NIH headquarters. She is the founder of West High's Stem for All and volunteers in the community to expose underrepresented groups to the real world of the stem industry.
Vishal serves as President of MUN and is the co-founder of Global Youth Climate Action Declaration. He has first place best Arabic honors for several prestigious competitions including the Qatar Debate US Nationals. He has earned the seal of biliteracy in Arabic and French.
Angela holds several leadership positions at school and is also a student board member for Women Tech Counsel, . She is the developer of the True Time Productivity app that won the Congressional app challenge for Utah. Angela is also the founder of a mental health podcast, "Literally My Life".
Ella has excelled in dance from a young age. She landed a leading role in the Children's Dance Theater at just 13. She was the first seventh grade admitted to the WHS Dance Company and is currently serving as the President.
Sylvia is one of four students selected for the Northrup Gruman Aerospace and Defense Company High School Internship Program. She was honored by the National Chinese Association for Science and Technology with the Young Elite Award in outstanding Student Scholarship.
is one of the top 10 future business leaders nationally. He is also the founder/president of Utah Branch, Wing Span Solutions, a community organization that raises awareness of health disparity.
A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah. A potential Sterling Scholar presents an all-encompassing portfolio on their work in a specific category and is interviewed by judges in the category’s field at various times. Sterling Scholars are awarded at the high school, semi-final and finals levels. At the awards ceremony, finalists in 14 categories are announced and then an overall Sterling Scholar winner is also announced.
Runner-Up Winners are awarded a $1,000 scholarship and category winners receive a $2,500 scholarship. The overall winner also receives a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $5,000. Finalists are also offered a variety of scholarship opportunities at the various colleges and universities in Utah.
The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the program to focus attention on outstanding seniors in order to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions. The Sterling Scholar Awards Program seeks to commend and encourage excellence among all nominees. All nominees are judged equally on the basis of scholastic achievement without regard to religion, sex, political preference or national origin.
West Debate Wins 6A State Championship
Take a moment to look over the photo above of 30 of the finest Panthers that competed the last two days for the 6A State Debate Championship!!! It was a nice dominant showing against the entire contingent of 6A schools with us making a sweep in both Debate and Speech. Our team scored 125 points and the second place team scored 66! It was a great win for staying online and staying safe. Many coaches thought that the Pandemic hurt their year, and it probably did, but our West members showed them how to triumph over that adversity as the only team in the entire State that has still not practiced nor met in person in over a year. Even our celebration was done in Zoom tonight as you can see by the picture below. We are the proof of the power of Zoom!
Here are the top half individual results in each event as well:
Foreign Extemp with 25 entries:
1st Place - Cash Mendenhall
4th Place - Alicia Du
Impromptu with 39 entries:
15th Place - Megan Tandar
Lincoln Douglas with 33 entries:
3rd Place - Amrita Krishna
National Extemp with 25 entries:
3rd Place - Adelaide Parker
Original Oratory with 37 entries:
5th Place - Audrey Young
7th Place - Diya Oommen
8th Place - Priyasna Sharma
Policy with 17 entries:
1st Place - Taisei Summerhays & Ethan Wall
3rd Place - Sterling Peterson & Ishan Sharma
4th Place - Seiji Aoki & Saathvik Pai
5th Place - Madeline Galian & Hanna Rice
Public Forum with 23 entries:
1st Place Co-Champion - Daphne Liu & Noa Taussky
1st Place Co-Champion - Ronak Agarwal & Brendon Young
2nd Place - Marianne Liu & Cleo Mussett Shaw
4th Place - Lydia May & Sharayu Senthilkumar
Congress with 31 entries:
6th Place - Anika Rao
7th Place - Olivia Hoffmann
8th Place - Tanya Yu
West High Scientists Successful at the DISCO
On Saturday, February 27, the West High Science Olympiad team went to the Disco! Or The Davis Invitational. There were 20 West High kids who gave up their Saturday morning to compete in a variety of science topics, and many left as big winners. Congratulations to these hard-working kids! A special shout out to Crystal King, the team advisor, as well as Janae Hunt and Megan Behles, who proctored events on a Saturday. And to Hilary Thirlwell for providing her infinite Biology knowledge for our team.
Anatomy 1st- Clara Tandar and Chris Li, 3rd Jasmina Frederico and Dora Meiwes, 3rd San Luong (Jr high division)
Astronomy 2nd Kha Luong and Calvin Stevenson
Circuit Lab 3rd Alicia Zhang and Riya Soneji
Codebusters 3rd Kha Luong and Calvin Stevenson
Designer Genes 1st Tim Liang and Zhongyao Zhang, 3rd Kha Luong and Brooklyn Wheeler
Disease Detectives 1st- Clara Tandar and Chris Li, 3rd Jasmina Frederico and Dora
Dynamic Planet 3rd Peri Harward and Linzey Gill
Experimental Design 1st- Clara Tandar, Chris Li, and Alicia Zhang
Forensics 2nd Chris Li
Fossils 1st Tim Liang and Zhongyao Zhang
Geologic Mapping 1st Sydney Koutrouba and Brooklyn Wheeler
Gravity Vehicle 1st Tim Liang and Zhongyao Zhang
Ornithology 1st Ting Ting Li and Chloe Raymond
Protein Modeling 1st Sydney Koutrouba and Dora Meiwes
Road Scholar 3rd San Luong
Water Quality 2nd Doruk Toydemir and Linzey Gill
Write It / Do It 2nd Tim Liang and Zhongyao Zhang
That is a lot of 1st place finishes! The team’s next competition is State on March 20.
DECA StateCongratulations to Alicia Du for her achievements in finishing first place in both Human Resource Management and Personal Financial Literacy at DECA State Conference.. She is now eligible to go onto the Nationals which will be held virtually in April. Let us all give her a big hand and support on this very special accomplishment.
FBLA State Finalists Announced
SLCC Spring 2021 Virtual Multicultural Conference
Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00am - 2:00pm
Details provided in confirmation email
Our Spring Multicultural Conference will be virtual this year!
A special event only for high school juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to connect with students from across the valley! We will be giving away an iPad and other prizes so the more diversity workshops you attend, the better chance you have of winning!
Student Registration | tinyurl.com/SpringMCC
Counselor/Teacher Registration | tinyurl.com/staffmcc
Register before April 15th!
Students must register with personal email address and
don't forget to check the spam folder just in case!
Questions or accommodations?
Please contact Riley Bassett | email@example.com
West's National Merit Scholarship Finalists
West High School is proud to announce that 15 students have been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. These students have been selected about of 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2020 and have met all the requirements to advance to finalists standing in the competition. Students will be notified in March if they have been selected as scholarship recipients.
Congratulation West High National Merit Scholarship Finalists:
Rory T. Beals
Sydney L. Koutrouba
Christopher L. Li
Timothy A. Liang
Liliane S. Morath
Trevor S. Skeen
Clara E. Tandar
Reese K. Whitlock
Rachel E. Willick
Seung Jean Yoo
Maria A. Zaitsev
West Bus Stops and Times starting February 8th
Please go to the top of this page and on the right side you will see a link to Bus Routes
Paraprofessionals & Substitute Teachers
We are in need of additional support staff and substitutes for the remainder to of the school year. To apply for a paraprofessional or substitute position (and information about pay), please visit the Salt Lake City School District Human Resource Services page. For inquiries about paraprofessionals, please contact Ronald Litteral at Ronald.firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries about substitute teaching, please contact Lynette Hilton at email@example.com .
Please review the following link to see what classes West High will offer for next year. Students will self-select their course requests online in early February. Wait for further teacher instructions. Reach out to your alpha counselor if you have immediate questions.
UHSAA Realignment Announced
Click here for the new UHSAA Region Information for next year.
Mental Health Support Groups
Free Mental Health Support Groups for West High Students. In-person group meets every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Zoom session group meets every Thursday from 5-6pm. Let's talk about mental health in a safe and supportive setting. Please contact your counselor to sign up.
Parent Observer Canvas Accounts
If you have a student that you would like to help monitor or "observe", click here for the pdf instructions on how to set that up. Here is another set of instructions as well for both students and observers.