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West Side Story

  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

  • Check @WSSAthletics on Twitter for updates on sports events this week

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...

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 Award winners, 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...

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