Titan Tattler: School year through the rearview mirror

Published 12:09 am Thursday, June 8, 2023

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By Claire Reinthaler
For the Clemmons Courier

With the school year finally coming to a close and the Class of 2023 preparing to be handed their diplomas on Saturday, there is much to remember as we brace for what’s to come.

Let’s stop and take a moment to reflect on everything the Titans have accomplished in the 2022-23 school year.

The Titan athletic department had one of its strongest years in recent memory, with nearly all the teams making the state playoffs. The department added two brand new teams, a girls wrestling team for the fall, and a boys indoor volleyball team for the spring, both of which were hugely successful for their inaugural seasons, as well as being state champions in beach volleyball and runner-up state champions in cheer and boys volleyball. Senior Tyson Adams also claimed the No. 1 spot in the country in the indoor long jump. Sophomore Sydney Horton and Adams were awarded the annual Athlete of the Year awards for their successes in softball and track and field, respectively.

The Titan arts departments also had a successful year, with students from all of the different performing arts participating in all-county performances and a variety of students attending all-state performances for their respective fields.

The music departments each attended their own MPA performances, where their pieces were scored by a panel of judges, as well as putting on numerous concerts in West’s very own Anderson Performing Arts Center as well. The drama department put on a total of four productions — the one-acts “I am Angel” and “The Hearing” in early autumn; the full-length play, “Vacancy In Paradise,” later in the season; and the musical “Bye Bye, Birdie” in the spring.

Last but certainly not least, Titan academics were strong as always. We had some new National Honor Society members inducted this year, as well as the village’s many more specific honors societies gaining new members and flourishing. Some senior Titans were also awarded academic scholarships, with senior Ella-Brooke Morgan at the top of them all, being awarded the prestigious Park Scholarship from N.C. State, given out to just 40 students each year. West also had eight students selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School this summer.

West’s first normal year after the pandemic and lockdown restrictions saw many successes and moments to celebrate. Congratulations to the Class of 2023. Just look at all we accomplished this year, Titans, as we wait to see what the 2023-24 school year has in store for us.

Claire Reinthaler is this year’s Titan Tattler.