News & Updates

Meet Mr. Barry
Posted on in High School & Middle School, Staff Introductions

Mr. Barry was born and raised in Iron River and is in his 29th year teaching at West Iron County. He graduated from West Iron County in 1979. He continued his education at Davenport College of Business obtaining an Associates … read more Meet Mr. Barry

West Iron Wins all at U.P. Tournament
Posted on in Sports & Competitions

The West Iron County High School Quiz Bowl took 1st place out of 16 teams at the largest U.P. Quiz Bowl competition held at Gogebic Community College yesterday.  West Iron shut out Philips, Calumet, Hurley, Ironwood, Houghton, Hancock, among others.

Meet Mr. Joel Vanlanen
Posted on in High School & Middle School, Staff Introductions

My name is Joel Vanlanen and we moved back to Iron River in 1995 when I was hired to teach biology and chemistry. I graduated from NMU in 1989 and worked as a wood scaler at Louisiana Pacific Corp in … read more Meet Mr. Joel Vanlanen

Meet Mrs. Lisa Starkey
Posted on in Elementary School, Staff Introductions

Lisa Starkey grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. She went to school In Indiana and then attended college in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Boston, Massachusetts. She is married to her husband Scott and they have two children Jackson who is a … read more Meet Mrs. Lisa Starkey

Congratulations Nick Baumgartner
Posted on in General News

2000 West Iron County graduate Nick Baumgartner and the 2022 Gold Medalist at the Olympics in Beijing. Congratulations Nick! (Photos taken by the reporter)

Meet Mr. Jim Pellizzer
Posted on in High School & Middle School, Staff Introductions

Jim Pellizzer was born and raised in Iron River. He graduated from West Iron in 1978 and attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL, where he played soccer and earned a Bachelor Degree. He pastored in Illinois and Florida before returning … read more Meet Mr. Jim Pellizzer

Meet Mr. Orchard
Posted on in Elementary School, Staff Introductions

Mr. Orchard spent time in different areas growing up. His dad was in the air force so he lived in Germany, Colorado and Turkey. He eventually came to Iron River and attended West Iron County Schools. He has worked for … read more Meet Mr. Orchard

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