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  • 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

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Prateek Raikwar, Profiles Editor
March 5, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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