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  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

  • Check @WSSAthletics on Twitter for updates on sports events this week

West’s twitter savages share advice

West’s twitter savages share advice

Asha Irani, Videographer
May 24, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

West Side Story: When did you make your Twitter account? Maddee Whitehead '17: I made my account in 7th grade. I thought I had a lot of funny tweets but looking back, they were super cringe worthy. Ethan Seylar '18: I first made my Twitter account way back in 2012, but I didn't really start getting...

Donnie Binegar: the embodiment of West

Donnie Binegar: the embodiment of West

Ethan Goers, Videographer and Sports Correspondent
May 23, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

As years go by, West high has continued to change. The ninth grade wing was added, the music wing was added, principals have come and gone and left impacts on those around us. Many of the people walking the hallways today weren’t around for all of these events, but custodian, Donnie Binegar, remembers all o...

Hired

Hired

Cameron Cook and Katie Fuhrmeister
May 18, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Most seniors leave high school just to go back to learning for another four years. But not every graduate takes their talent to a University immediately–or ever. West Side Story interviewed four students with three different reasons for taking the road less traveled: working after high school. The Mu...

Effectiveness of sexual assault education for high school students questioned

Effectiveness of sexual assault education for high school students questioned

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief
May 3, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Effectiveness of sexual assault education for high school students questionedFenna SemkenAttempts to educate students about sexual assault in a high school setting sometimes lack effectiveness, revealed by interviews with teachers, administrators and high school students from 18 Iowa school districts, in...

The Changing Climate

The Changing Climate

Nick Pryor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

With climate change being one of the most talked about issues of our time, what really is it? And how do young people today get involved in the fight against climate change?

Leah makes it up

Leah makes it up

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
April 17, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Video by Kristina Rosebrook For many people, doing their makeup is a somewhat meaningless part of their everyday routine, but for junior Leah Brownsberger, it means much more. Brownsberger was always relatively artistic, but she didn’t know she could use her face as a canvas to express her creati...

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

Nina Elkadi
April 16, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Although Jeff Conner failed Mrs. Wikner’s chemistry class, that didn’t deter him from coming back years later to teach that same subject just down the hall. For Conner, teaching just seemed right. He would get the opportunity to do science every day, but also support students who may need it mos...

The Age of Adderall

The Age of Adderall

Nina Elkadi
April 14, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

All sources in this story have been given aliases, as they chose to remain anonymous. “Who got Addy?” These are the words Roger, a West High athlete, heard minutes before he went out to compete. He recalls how one of his teammates just “popped it open and distributed it to everyone.” ...

1.1 percent

1.1 percent

Cameron Cook
April 7, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Earlier this year, the Iowa state legislature voted to allow funding for schools to grow by 1.1 percent for the 2017-2018 school year. But the word “growth” is misleading; just because it’s growth doesn’t mean it’s enough. The amount of allowable growth is supposed to keep schools afloat in case ...

The implications of school vouchers on K-12 education

The implications of school vouchers on K-12 education

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Feature, News, Politics, Uncategorized

Every year public education becomes increasingly expensive. According to Ballotpedia, from 2010 to 2013, the yearly cost of education per student in Iowa increased from $9,763 to $10,313. With proposed education budget cuts, many in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are worried about the i...

An interview with Hep Cat

An interview with Hep Cat

March 29, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Video

Over the past year Nick Burgess '18, Keegan Moore and West High grad Nick Deerberg have worked to form their new band, Hep Cat.

On the rise to success: Zach Frisbie ’17 and his clothing line

On the rise to success: Zach Frisbie ’17 and his clothing line

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
March 27, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Zach Frisbie ‘17 may look like your everyday student at West High, but we all have a story. His story began March 3rd 2017 when he launched his own brand, Elevated Supply Co. Frisbie had been planning, creating, and producing his own line of clothing for months, but the process was nothing short of a...

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