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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

The story of a miracle

The story of a miracle

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
October 25, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Eighteen weeks into her pregnancy, Tiffany Roiseland, an ELL (English Language Learning) teacher at Iowa City West High School, received news that changed her life forever. Doctors informed her that her baby had a cleft nose and cleft palate, a two cord vessel instead of a three cord vessel in th...

Ditching Columbus: why many opt for another way to celebrate

Ditching Columbus: why many opt for another way to celebrate

Cameron Cook
October 10, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Voices too silent Everyone who’s filtered through the American school system probably knows a couple things about Christopher Columbus. He was an explorer; he sailed in 1492, and he was busy looking for India when he ran into an entirely new continent. Most people know that. But what most people ...

Statistic Saturday: the cellphone epidemic

Statistic Saturday: the cellphone epidemic

Grace Christopher, Videographer and reporter
October 8, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Statistic Saturday

According to a survey done by USA Today in 2013, 65% of teens admitted to using their phone during the school day. Featured Image by Leah Dusterhoft...

Fashion and friendship Friday: Sofia and Sasha

Fashion and friendship Friday: Sofia and Sasha

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
October 7, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Fashion, Feature, Showcase

Having a best friend can add an enjoyable aspect to one’s life. Best friends Sofia Perez ’17 and Sasha Tyler ’17 bond over fashion and draw inspiration from each other. Meeting in downtown Iowa City near a graffiti covered wall, the girls came in two different yet bold outfits. Close friends S...

Defining the female Olympian

Defining the female Olympian

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
October 4, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Sports

Like most Olympics, the 2016 Rio games did not escape controversy. Amongst the gold medal moments, the world saw Hope Solo call the Women’s Swedish soccer team cowards, Russian athletes get disqualified for doping and the US Olympic Committee ban Ryan Lochte for ten months. However, South African middl...

The music niche: United Action for Youth provides music studio for teens

The music niche: United Action for Youth provides music studio for teens

Lauren Katz, Reporter
October 4, 2016
Filed under Music, Profiles, Showcase

It was mid-September in that finicky time when days bring gusts of sultry air and evenings a chill. The United Action for Youth’s (U.A.Y.) doors were open to those who sought a respite, with sunken couches and racks of handmade necklaces of cerulean blue shells and wooden turtles. United Action...

Meet the diving coach: Sam Wagner

Meet the diving coach: Sam Wagner

Lauren Katz, Reporter
October 3, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Swimming

A podophobic with a penchant for even numbers. A lover of dogs, black iced coffee with one pump of caramel, and books. A philanthropist, cupcake decorator, and lover of life. “As far as the even numbers thing,” Sam Wagner, West High’s newest diving coach, said, “I like my T.V. to be at an...

TAs: giving back and acquiring experience

TAs: giving back and acquiring experience

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
October 3, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Grading papers, answering questions and preparing labs.  They're here to help.  They assume numerous responsibilities.  And they're growing in numbers.  The classroom teaching assistant (TA) is becoming a prevalent part of the West High campus. “It started probably four or five years ago when Mr...

Statistic saturday: Americans still read books

Statistic saturday: Americans still read books

October 1, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Statistic Saturday

Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. (Pew Research 09.01.16)   "That doesn't surprise me especially given how big readers West High students are. So even though so many peop...

Ride along with an officer

Ride along with an officer

Nina Elkadi
October 1, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

When my phone got stolen at Lake Macbride this summer, I called the University of Iowa police to come help me out. After that interaction, I became curious as to what it was like to be an officer in the United States today. On Sept. 15, I got the opportunity to ride along with Officer Sanda Trestian...

West high students explore college oppurtunites

West high students explore college oppurtunites

September 28, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

With the University of Iowa offering Chinese at West High this year, interest in taking college class high is rising. Many students have shown enthusiasm in taking courses related to subjects not offered at West, and, the classes being free, the courses are an option for all students. This allows students to tr...

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