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  • The GMNDC will be held on Mar. 24 & 25 at 3:50 p.m. and 8 a.m.

  • Boys track will compete at 10 a.m. on Mar. 25 at Cedar Rapids Jefferson

  • Girls track will compete at Muscatine on Mar. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

  • The AIME II will take place on Mar. 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • School starts back after spring break on Mar. 20

A messy process: Micah Smith ’17

A messy process: Micah Smith ’17

Ethan Goers, Sports Correspondent and Videographer
March 20
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
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
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
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;...

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Prateek Raikwar, Profiles Editor
March 5
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

“I find it puzzling that you would choose math, science and French instead of home economics,” said school counselor Mr. Randolph. “After all, you will be in a classroom environment filled with young men." “You see, becoming an engineer has always been a dream of mine, and I’ll do whatever it...

Finding her faith

Finding her faith

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
March 3
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

When Gracie Tovar ’17 moved to Iowa City last year, she was ready for a change. However, when she met Hirsche Henstrom ’17 on one of her first days at West, she did not realize that it would be the start of a six month spiritual transformation. “We met in the library. He added me on Snapcha...

What’s the 504?

What’s the 504?

Maggie Terry, Reporter
February 27
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Section 504 protect people with a mental or physical disability from discrimination based on that disability. -West High School planner, pg. 42 Unless you’ve read your planner cover to cover, this is probably new information to you. It may seem like common sense, prohibiting discrimination based o...

WSSPodcast Episode 1: Anne Schularick

WSSPodcast Episode 1: Anne Schularick

Prateek Raikwar, Profiles Editor
February 26
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

In this episode, English Language Learners teacher Anne Schularick speaks about her experiences around the world that have inspired her to become an ELL teacher.  ...

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...

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