• The Choir Swing Show will take place at both 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25

  • Coe College Jazz Festival will be on Feb. 24

  • The WHS Library will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for finals studying

  • Bowling State will take place on Feb. 22

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Full house

Full house

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor
February 23
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

The Schmidt-Rundell Family What the Schmidt-Rundell family lacks in personal space it makes up for in kind spirit. With seven kids, the Schmidt-Rundell family is accustomed to a multitude of questions, ranging from “How do you do it?” to “Are your parents sex addicts?” Trenton Schmidt-R...

Waste.

Waste.

Will Conrad and Junhee Lee
February 21
Filed under Feature, Food, Showcase

If given a waste bin, a recycling bin and a compost bin in the cafeteria, most students don’t think about where the trash should go. Trash is trash, right? Everyone, even the most environmentally conscious people, can be victims of this line of thinking. However, this attitude is what drives food w...

Working toward peace

Working toward peace

Nina Elkadi, Print News Editor
February 18
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

  After hitchhiking to “save a couple bucks” and huddling in the back of trucks with a buddy from the Peace Corps, social studies teacher Alexei Lalagos made it to Agadir, Morocco. This was part of a three-month expedition in which he also traveled to Northern Senegal and Tunisia, encounterin...

Unsung Heroes: Daniel Carlos

Unsung Heroes: Daniel Carlos

Nina Elkadi, Print News Editor
February 18
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

The daily effort of scratching out graffiti around the school is something custodian Daniel Carlos is all too familiar with. Although for many this may seeming like a taxing task, for Carlos it’s all about mindset. Carlos grew up in Orange Walk, Belize, where he spent his days playing in the yard...

I celebrated national days for one week, and this is what happened

I celebrated national days for one week, and this is what happened

Gabby Skopec
February 18
Filed under Feature, Showcase

In recent years, the popularity of national day celebrations has grown rapidly. Nearly every day, I see posts of people celebrating the various national day. I decided to join in the celebration for a week and see what would happen. Day 1- Today I had a few choices of what national day to celebra...

On-the-spot success: Julie Watkins ’17

On-the-spot success: Julie Watkins ’17

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
February 17
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

  For many students, extracurricular activities include sports, study groups or music lessons, but for Julie Watkins ‘17, they include lively performances, acting-based games and impromptu scene-building. Since September, Watkins has been a devoted participant in the Iowa Improv Club, and the...

Foreign exchange program has potential to expand

Foreign exchange program has potential to expand

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
February 7
Filed under Feature, Showcase

A chance to explore a new country, practice speaking a new language and the ability meet a myriad of new people. A unique and humbling opportunity to travel and learn. The only opportunity that would offer this kind of adventure is the foreign exchange program at West. Although the program has been relatively...

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Sarah Longmire, Photo Editor
January 29
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Every week, West Side Story photographers will explain the story behind some of their favorite photos of the week. This week, Sarah Longmire gives a sneak peek to a story, West's unsung heroes, coming out in the print issue Feb. 17. 

Teachers participate in various activities over winter break

Teachers participate in various activities over winter break

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
January 25
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Dave McNair, World language teacher West Side Story: What did you do over break? Dave McNair: Mostly just stayed at home and relaxed. The highlight was we got our dirt bikes out and during that first bit of snow, we rode our bikes through the snow all over the place. We put on our thick gloves and our ...

A look inside mindfulness

A look inside mindfulness
 

Cameron Cook and Sadie Rhomberg
January 18
Filed under Feature, Showcase

By definition, mindfulness is the state of being mindful or aware of something. But on a psychological level, mindfulness is a technique where one focuses their full attention on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them. Mindfulness can be practiced any time,...

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