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West Side Story

  • Student Senate Executive Board elections are on Wednesday

  • The Drake Relays for track start Thursday

  • The orchestra program has a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

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

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...

A messy process: Micah Smith ’17

A messy process: Micah Smith ’17

Ethan Goers, Sports Correspondent and Videographer
March 20, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Micah Smith ’17 can be seen roaming the hallways of West, hands covered in paint, and mind off thinking of what his next creation will be. Smith’s interest for art kicked off in his early years in elementary school. He would find his favorite cartoons and comics, such as “Calvin and Hobbes” and...

Friend Crush: Mitch Gross and Brady Shutt

Friend Crush: Mitch Gross and Brady Shutt

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
March 16, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

When Brady Shutt, Social Studies teacher at West, visited the University of Iowa as a guest speaker for a class about covering controversial issues with students, he had no intention of meeting one of the closest friends of his life. However, he bumped into Mitch Gross, Social Studies teacher, while at West o...

Confronting an online menace

Confronting an online menace

George Liu, Reporter, Web Programmer
March 12, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase

She had never imagined that she would be targeted. But when Amanda Parsons ’18 checked her Instagram at the start of summer last school year, she immediately knew that something was wrong. “[The bullying] really started last summer, when some of my ex’s friends [who were also my friends] got...

Modern mathematician

Modern mathematician

Samalya Thenuwara, Digital Feature Editor, Feature Producer
March 5, 2017
Filed under Feature

Casey McClenathan '17 holding up her collection of medals is a sight to see. Held by the straps, they take two hands to hold up and even then they are strenuous to lift more than a couple feet. The multicolored array of ribbons represent different competitions and, for McClenathan, various victories;...

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