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West Side Stories

Here you can find all of our latest news stories, from Student Life to Athletics

Athlete of the Month - Tucker Dickinson

April 26, 2024 at 4:00:00 AM
With the spring season slowly winding down here at West, there have been many impeccable athletes in soccer, track, tennis, lacrosse, and baseball. On the track team, one runner is a standout freshman who is leaving the competition in the dust. Freshman Tucker Dickinson is not only a star varsity soccer player, but he has also found himself among the top runners in his class by recently competing at the prestigious New Balance Nationals for the winter season. Earlier today I had the opportunity to hear more about his high school career and how he plans to keep excelling in his sport.

West Carteret young receiving core gearing up for 24’-25’ campaign

April 19, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

Women’s 2024 NCAA Competition Will Go Down in History

April 19, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

DJ Burns: America's Big Man Leaves a Legacy that Excellence Can Come from Anywhere and in Any Form

April 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

Spring In's and Out's

April 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM
Spring cleaning shouldn't stop at just organizing your closet! It's about more than just tidying up your physical space; it's about refreshing your entire life. Take the opportunity to declutter not only your belongings, but also your mind and spirit. Let go of any mental clutter weighing you down. Whether it's old grudges, negative thoughts, or self-doubt. Use this time to evaluate your goals, dreams, and aspirations, and remove anything that might be hindering your progress. Spring cleaning offers a chance for renewal, growth, and a fresh start in all areas of your life. So, roll up your sleeves, dive in, and watch as your surroundings, mindset, and life transform for the better with these in’s and out’s for the spring season!

The Origins of Prom

April 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM
From corsages, to limousines, to over-the-top “promposals”, prom has become a staple event of the high school experience. Over the years, it has grown in popularity and significance, so much so that young people (such as myself) anticipate it from elementary school. I still remember thinking there was nothing more romantic than when my babysitter told me she had received a box of Bojangles biscuits with “PROM?” written in icing. The history of prom, however, is one that grew more from formality than fun.

Prom Fashion History

April 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM
Prom fashion has always mirrored the most popular styles of the time. Even today, an appreciation for vintage prom attire still lingers; some teens aim to emulate the luxurious velvet dresses of the 1930s, while others embrace the lace of the 1970s. By incorporating styles of previous generations into contemporary clothing, today’s teens showcase a unique appreciation for creative expression and individuality through fashion.

Hike of the Month

April 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM
This month’s hike is Patsy Pond in the Croatan National Forest! Throughout this review, the pictures shown will help illustrate where I was at that point in the hike to elevate the visuals you already have while reading!

History of St. Patrick's Day

March 16, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

St. Patrick's Day Recipe

March 16, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

Athlete of the Month - Peter Huynh

March 16, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

The Inner Peace Society (IPS)

March 18, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM
Makenna Mayo has recently started a club here at West called the Inner Peace Society through a national program called WORK2BWELL - A student-generated program in conjunction with the Providence Hospital system that will be the club's foundation! IPS will be dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for mental and general student health and wellness. The following is an interview with Makenna where she gives us some more insight into the bright future of the club.

Spring is Near

March 16, 2024 at 4:00:00 PM

Teacher of the Year

The semifinalists of the Morehead-Cain Class of 2028 recognized 445 teachers in the nation as 2024 Impact Educators, with two being from our very own West Carteret!
“Launched last year, the Impact Educators initiative celebrates K-12 educators from around the world who are shaping tomorrow’s leaders. The honorees are recognized by outstanding high school seniors for shaping their lives and leadership learning.” - Carteret County News-Times
Mrs. Butler, a chemistry teacher here at West, and Mrs. Mayo, West’s librarian, were presented with this award. Since it is such a well-deserved honor, I decided to dive deeper into what has shaped their teaching journeys and reveal just how much dedication and hard work they put into their careers every day.

The History of Valentine's Day

March 2, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM
Valentine's Day, the most enchanting day of the year, is just around the corner, and it's time to celebrate love in all its glory! Whether you're professing your love to a special someone, showing appreciation to cherished friends and family, or simply indulging in self-love, Valentine's Day offers the perfect opportunity to spread joy and affection. Picture romantic candlelit dinners, heartfelt exchanges of gifts, and tender moments shared with loved ones. Valentine’s Day wasn’t always this kind of a holiday though…it comes from traditions from many centuries ago!

Heart Cheese Danishes Recipe

March 2, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM
The danish recipe is a perfect sweet treat to make for that special someone! Continue reading to find out the ingredients, recipe, and Itzel's tips on how to make it the best!

Student Ecology Association Christmas Tree Drop Off

December 26, 2023 at 1:15:00 AM
As Christmas season ends, families are trying to get rid of their trees. This year, West Carteret's SEA Club is collecting dead trees to make a difference in our environment!

West Hold Their Annual Talent Show

December 3, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
West Carteret recently held its annual talent show, this year called "Night of the Rising Stars". Featuring numerous acts from singing, to dancing, to even comedy, this year's show was most certainly a night to remember! Read more to learn about our featured acts and the winner of the 2023 Night of the Rising Stars!

Which AP is best for you?

December 1, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
As we approach the end of this first semester, students are starting to decide what classes will be best for them next semester. With so many classes to take, students often turn to APs when looking for a challenge. If you are looking to take an AP next semester, or are just curious what each one is about, this article will help you decide which one is best for you.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Butler

November 21, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
Mrs. Butler is a name that is well known and so beloved at West Carteret. Being at West for over 25 years, Mrs. Butler's dedication to her students and her constant strive for improvement is so admirable, from her famous slushie experiments to making sure we know all of our elements, in this article, we pay this dedication back.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

November 16, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
When thinking of Thanksgiving, two things come to mind: my family and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. From desserts like pumpkin pie, to pecan pie, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake has been a staple in Thanksgiving traditions. This famous dessert is my most favorite dessert of Thanksgiving and after you try it, I am sure you will say the same!

Carteret Collective's Successful Season

November 15, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
Indoor marching season is around the corner! However, that means that the fall season for the Carteret Collective Sound is coming to an end. From endless heat in the sun, to fanning over bands in Conway, South Carolina, the Carteret Collective Sound definitely had a season that we'll never forget.

Top 10 Favorite Halloween Movies

October 30, 2023 at 10:45:00 PM
Movies have become a huge part of American Pop Culture, especially during holidays that invoke certain feelings. Giving you their most favorite Halloween movies, we have compiled a list of movies where many people would enjoy!

The Heritage
Lives On

September 21, 2023 at 1:02:00 AM
The term "Hispanic Heritage Month" has been thrown around for the past few weeks, all over social media, schools, and even your local coffee shops. However, viewers often rarely consider the significance or impact of this month.

Patriot Annual Mullet Bucket Pep Rally

September 17, 2023 at 4:00:00 PM
Friday’s pep rally, in preparation for our biggest game of the year, the Mullet Bucket, was a massive success! The goal of our pep rallies is to boost school spirit, get everyone excited and hyped for the football game, and of course show our support for our varsity football team.

The History of The Mullet Bucket

September 4, 2023 at 7:30:00 PM
Every year students, parents, siblings, and alumni pack in the football field of either West or East Carteret. The energy is electric with the loud student section bearing school colors and signs, the rivals shouting from across the field, random middle schoolers fighting for under the bleacher territory, and the band keeping time with the thumping of anxious heartbeats.

Igniting School Spirit: Community & Unity

September 3, 2023 at 8:00:00 PM
Students here at West are no strangers to school spirit. From going through your first week of FNL football to dressing up with painted-on wrinkles walking through the halls your senior year, there are plenty of opportunities for students to show their love for West. 
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