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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...

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Sarah Longmire, Photo Editor
January 29, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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,...

In on the decisions

In on the decisions

January 12, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

West High School’s SPIT (Student Produced Innovative Theater) has two comedy directors and two drama directors. These four students share what it is like to be in charge and making the the decisions.

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Fashion to the rescue

Fashion to the rescue

Anjali Huynh, Reporter
January 8, 2017
Filed under Feature, News, Showcase, Video

What began as a collaboration between the Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) became a reality, as twelve dogs gathered on Dec. 16 to make their debut entrance in a foreign location - the runway. Called “Fashion to the Rescue,” this show was held at the Io...

Why I’m FTK: Maddie Huinker ’17

Why I’m FTK: Maddie Huinker ’17

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
January 3, 2017
Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Maddie Huinker is a basketball player through and through. She comes from a basketball family, with her dad Jon and older brother Gabe both having played. She’s been playing on a club basketball team since third grade. And since then, her dad has been taking her and her brother to the North Libert...

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