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Rockford West Warriors Alumni and Friends

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Welcome to the online home of Rockford West High School Alumni & Friends! Please be sure to also visit the Rockford High School and Associates site Shunda and I are trying to reconnect all of our friends regardless of high school.

Please feel free to utilize this network to reconnect with friends, enjoy fun interactive social networking, share pictures, memories, upcoming events, news and more...

Before you get started please review our network rules, the "how to" section and our guidelines for group forums.

If you joined the network for the purpose of creating strife and gossip please note that we will without warning ban you, your I.P. address, your email and your content immediately if we determine with certainty that you have used individual content (i.e. comments, photos, etc.) to slander others.

An online community to connect with Rockford West High and surrounding area high school alumni.

Network Administration Team

I am thankful to have a group of people that have agreed to lend a hand in keeping our network running smoothly. Here's the team helping to manage the network activities and operations.

Henry Patterson - Administrative Oversight, Chat Moderator and Music Management

Michael Beeks - Administrative Oversight, Chat Moderator, Social Events

Shunda Milan - Administrative Oversight, and Ning Liaison

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D'Andre Mathis - Administrative Oversight, Technical Support and Ning Liaison

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Rockford West High School 1940 - 1989

West High School "Quick Facts":

Year opened: 1940
Year closed: 1989
Building used for now: West Middle School
School Nickname: "Warriors"
School Colors: Red & Black
School Song: "Three Cheers for Rockford High School"

Three cheers for Rockford High School
Cheer Rah Rah Rah !!
We’ve got a team boys
Cheer them Rah Rah Rah!

Faithful loyal fellows
They shall not lack
Cheer them they fight
For the red and the black

Yeah Warriors!!!

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Kevin Thompson replied to Kevin Thompson's discussion The New & Improved Questions Game
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Kevin Thompson replied to Kevin Thompson's discussion The New & Improved Questions Game
"Why am I sayin' what's up to my people? Queen, for some reason I believe you were twerkin' it ok? Won't I holla back?"
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Jacquie aka "J Marie" replied to Kevin Thompson's discussion The New & Improved Questions Game
"Can I say maybe I was twerkin' instead of working? ....shut yo' mouth! LOL"
Kevin Thompson replied to Kevin Thompson's discussion The New & Improved Questions Game
"Can I check in this afternoon? Queen, what are you doing to them old fellas at the gig? Aint an 80 y/o man too young for you? Don't you want a man about your age? Will I holla back?"
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"What's up people, what's really going on up in here up in here? Can I give y'all a little glimpse into my job world? Why did one patient punch another patient in the face because he was mad that the other was spending time talking…"
Kevin Thompson replied to Tim Moore's discussion Flick Night
"Did y'all do both options?"
Kevin Thompson replied to Rashema Barringer-Mitchell's discussion The Music, The Melody
"That's smooth....."
Kevin Thompson replied to Kevin Thompson's discussion The New & Improved Questions Game
"Why am I sayin' what's up to my people? Uh oh, Queen, could you pass the popcorn please?"


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The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s everyone’s favorite time of the year.  We get to enjoy fabulous family meals, catch up with old friends and celebrate the season.  It’s also the busiest travel season of the year and with busy travel seasons comes theft. Airports recently reported that there’s been an increase resulting in hundreds Keep Reading →

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John 5:24

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.


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Dead cruise passenger ID'd as Clemson student

A Clemson student from Buncombe County died after falling from the mast of a cruise ship.

Law enforcement in Miami-Dade, Florida said Kendall Wernet, 20, fell about 20 feet.

Wernet was on a Student Painters company awards cruise to the Bahamas.

Owner of Student Painters, Steve Acorn, told Channel 9's sister station, WLOS, that Werner and four others had climbed the forward-mast of the ship to sit on the radar platform and watch the sunrise on return to Florida.

Acorn says that's when the radar-antenna engaged, which knocked Kendall to the deck below. The on-board medical team could not save him, and he later died at the hospital.

Wernet, of Arden, graduated from TC Roberson in 2012 and was a stand-out student, athlete and member of the band.

"It is so sad to know that somebody like that, who was so positive and such a bright star, is no longer with us." Mike Wilson, Wernet's former band director, said. "[Kendall] always wanted to do his best, wanting to learn, wanting to do more, pushing himself to be the best at whatever he did."

Outside of the band room, Wernet was captain of both the cross-country and track teams and a member of the National Honor Society. In a statement, Clemson officials said Wernet was a junior management major.

Acorn was on the cruise and said no drugs or alcohol were involved. He said the students had seen other passengers climb that same mast to get a good view.

Police in Florida have ruled his death accidental.

Ebola patient won't cause U.S. outbreak, doctors say

Following confirmation of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., Texas health officials held a separate press conference Tuesday to reassure the public Ebola will not become widespread in the states.  

Much of what was said in the second press conference has already been said before:

DR. EDWARD GOODMAN VIA KDFW: “It is not an airborne disease.”

“We’re not talking about a chronic illness, like HIV. … We’re talking about an illness with a well-defined incubation period and well-defined symptoms.”

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But we also learned that the patient first went to the hospital Friday with non-specific symptoms and was given antibiotics. He was then brought back to the hospital by paramedics Sunday after symptoms worsened.

Health officials said they were ready for something like this and have already begun the process of tracking down people who might have come into contact with the patient — which CDC Director Tom Frieden said was one of the next steps in stopping the virus in its tracks.

Dallas Fire-Rescue told a KXAS reporter the paramedics crew that came into contact with the patient over the weekend will be monitored for 21 days, the virus' incubation period.

Texas health officials also said the patient is not being treated with the experimental drug ZMapp, which was given to earlier U.S. patients. Supplies of the drug were exhausted in August. (Video via Euronews)

WFAA: "The treatment is really the normal things that you would do with infectious diseases, like influenza: you'll give them fluids, you'll maintain their blood pressure. If they need blood products, you'll get that." 

Frieden told reporters during his press conference there's little chance anyone on the flight with the patient, who was traveling from Liberia to the U.S., is at risk of being infected. He said Ebola is only contagious once someone begins showing symptoms and can only be spread through bodily fluids.

Man going on coffee dates with 1,000-plus Facebook friends

Let's be honest. How many of your Facebook friends do you actually know? 

Well, Matthew Kulesza, a student from Melbourne, Australia, is planning to meet up and have coffee with all his "friends" on Facebook. 

Which is a lot of coffee because the 28-year-old has more than 1,000 "friends."

Kulesza knows he doesn't actually have 1,000-plus friends in real life. As he puts it on Tumblr, this is "an exercise in remembering to socialize with and get to know people outside of the 'book.'"

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The average person can actually only keep about 150 meaningful relationships — a limit also known as Dunbar's Number.

So, although it might seem like social outlets expand our social circle, liking or commenting on pictures or statuses don't necessarily make a meaningful relationship. 

Kulesza also made a separate Facebook page dedicated to his coffee-date updates. He uses the page to tell viewers when he became friends with the person on Facebook and how many mutual friends they have.

And he's already taken advantage of the networking opportunities this project brings, as he was recently offered a job by one of his "friends." He told News Limited:

"I've known [my new boss] for quite a few years, and she was one of my early 'coffees.' She was looking for someone to do some part-time work and said, 'Why don’t you work for me?'"

He estimates his project will take about three years to complete.

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