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  • The book drive will continue this week, through Friday

  • The band department leaves for Florida on Monday and will return Sunday

  • Midterm grades are due on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

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

  • There is no school on Friday, April 21

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
December 6, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

While many witnessed the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown on television, Jade Merriwether lived it. Before moving to Iowa City from St. Louis during her sophomore year of high school, she witnessed protests firsthand. Now, she has devoted her senior year to being an activist against discriminat...

Beyond the times: a conversation with Mason Hanson

Beyond the times: a conversation with Mason Hanson

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
December 1, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Ever since entering the halls of West High as a freshman, Mason Hanson ’18 has not shied away from sharing his political opinions. As an active member of Young Republicans club, Hanson has established himself as a strong conservative voice among the student body. However, he never thought his views...

West High’s celebrity

West High’s celebrity

Jenna Wang, WSS Intern
November 30, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

The next generation of stars right now are the ones who aren’t discovered, have no money and aren’t even 20 yet. They’re enthusiastic teenagers who hold on to their big dreams and will stop at nothing to pursue them. Meet Abbie Callahan ‘20, who is one of these teenagers.  Passionate abou...

Off-color

Off-color

Cameron Cook
November 23, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

“It’s very cool, but it sucks.” Those are the words Erin Moses ’20 uses to describe being colorblind. Colorblindness is uncommon but not unheard of, and is more common in men than in women. But Moses is a special case; she wasn’t born that way. “I grew up with this colorblind best ...

A day of selflessness

A day of selflessness

Anna Brown, Maddi Shinall, Lydia Guo, and Thomas Duong
November 21, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Every day, millions of Americans work tirelessly in their communities, sacrificing their time and energy in hopes of improving the lives of others. However, their work isn’t always recognized by the public. Nov. 15, National Philanthropy Day, is a special day dedicated to celebrating the hardwor...

Choir funding falls flat

Choir funding falls flat

Maggie Terry, Reporter, Political Columnist
November 12, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Budget woes are nothing new in the ICCSD, with large amounts of students across the district. Funding doesn’t always keep pace with growth in students. This has osmosed as a problem in the swiftly expanding choir department at West, as well. With 375 students enrolled in five curricular choirs, the...

ICCSD students debate a country’s obligation to Syrian refugees

ICCSD students debate a country’s obligation to Syrian refugees

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
November 7, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

This summer, the world rocked to see a boy caked with blood and dust in the back of a marmalade-colored ambulance. This five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, had just been uncovered from the rubble of an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, and was sitting in shock. “Dear President Obama,” Alex, a six-year...

The makeup of a business

The makeup of a business

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
November 4, 2016
Filed under Profiles

For many high school seniors, senior photos are an integral part of remembering their year. However, with the large variety of photographers and the styles they possess, choosing a photographer can be overwhelming. This is why senior Maddee Whitehead jumped at the opportunity of being a spokesmodel for Imag...

Works in Progress 2016 recap

Works in Progress 2016 recap

Mary Longmire, WSS Intern
November 4, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

City Lights, 4th Ave., Good Time Company, Showtime and Primetime show choirs performed at last night's show on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Arganbright Auditorium at the Works in Progress show. This show at West High consisted of show choirs from both City and West. They came together and show off what...

West High students’ pins and keychains

West High students’ pins and keychains

Kristina Rosebrook and Fenna Semken
November 2, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Students of all ages roam the halls of West while sporting numerous keychains and pins on their backpacks. Some use those backpack attentions as a way to show others that they are friendly, while others have sentimental meanings behind them. West Side Story interviewing the owners of the most decorate...

Iowa City’s eerie homes

Iowa City’s eerie homes

Ian Prescott, Reporter
October 30, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Is there something strange in your neighborhood? Hopefully it isn’t the colors red and green spread everywhere; that season doesn’t need to start any sooner. Thankfully families around Iowa City have not decorated their homes with bright green and red colors yet, but they have been decked in boughs...

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