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West High School 23-24 year in review 

The 2023-2024 school year has been, according to some, the first truly normal school year since Covid-19. Numerous businesses came to Morristown, several members of the Trojan Nation did incredible things with their abilities. As the academic year draws to a close, West High School reflects on a year filled with triumphs, challenges, and remarkable accomplishments. From thrilling victories on the field to inspiring achievements in academics and the arts, the West High community has showcased resilience, talent, and unity throughout the year.


West v Cocke County
West v Cocke County

In October, the West High School football team ended their season on a high note with a resounding victory against the Fighting Cocks from Cocke County. The Trojans demonstrated their prowess with a 48-0 win, capping off a season marked by dedication and teamwork. The evening was not only a celebration of athletic success but also a festive occasion as students and fans donned Halloween costumes in the spirit of camaraderie.


West High Newspaper and Yearbook Staff
West High Newspaper and Yearbook Staff

Prior to this, West High's Yearbook and West Side Story staffs embarked on a journey of learning and growth at the annual Journalism Conference held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in November. Through insightful presentations and workshops, students honed their skills in multimedia storytelling, social media management, and journalistic design. Armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration, the staffs returned to West High with a renewed commitment to excellence in journalism.


Grudger receives homecoming crown
Grudger receives homecoming crown

In October, West High crowned Bricyn Grudger as Mr. Homecoming King, marking a momentous occasion for both Grudger and the school community. Grudger's selection was a testament to his impact on campus, both through his involvement in extracurricular activities such as football and basketball and his positive influence on his peers. His plans for the future, including pursuing a career in plumbing and entrepreneurship, reflect his determination and ambition.


CNA recipients
CNA recipients

In the realm of academic achievement, West High celebrated the success of 13 students who earned their Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification. These students, under the guidance of Mrs. Sherry Skeen, demonstrated dedication and perseverance as they underwent rigorous training and testing. With their certification in hand, they are poised to make meaningful contributions to the healthcare industry and embark on promising careers.


West Side Story
West Side Story Staff

The year also saw West High's online newspaper, West Side Story, clinch the top spot in the state as the best high school news website. Led by editor Aidan McCauley and advisor Amy Whaley, the staff's dedication to journalistic excellence and student life coverage earned them this prestigious accolade. This achievement reflects the hard work and commitment of the entire staff in delivering informative and engaging content to the school community.


Jeremy Emmons being honored by superintendent, Arnie Bunch
Jeremy Emmons being honored by superintendent, Arnie Bunch

Amidst these achievements, West High also witnessed acts of heroism and compassion. In November 2023, athletic trainer Jeremy Emmons displayed bravery and quick thinking when he responded to a shooting near school grounds. Emmons's swift actions in stabilizing the victim and assisting law enforcement earned him recognition from Superintendent General Arnold Bunch and Hamblen County Sheriff Chad Mullins. His selflessness and courage serve as a shining example of the values upheld at West High School.

Six
Six






In the realm of performing arts, the West High Theater captivated audiences with its electrifying performance of "SIX: The Musical (Teen Edition)." Through dynamic storytelling and stellar performances, the production illuminated the untold stories of King Henry VIII's six wives, emphasizing themes of empowerment and resilience. Led by talented actors including Ali Howerton, Emma Miracle, and Caroline Best, the production showcased the power of theater to educate, entertain, and inspire.


As the academic year comes to an end, West High School looks back on a year filled with achievements, growth, and moments of triumph. From athletic victories to academic excellence, from acts of heroism to artistic expression, the West High community has demonstrated the spirit of resilience, unity, and determination that defines the Trojan experience. As students, faculty, and staff prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, they carry with them the lessons learned and memories made during a year that will be remembered for its remarkable achievements and unwavering spirit.


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