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  • 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

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...

The question of a non-binary bathroom

The question of a non-binary bathroom

September 26, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

It’s a typical hot Iowan day. The sun has been blazing down on the school for hours. And, like the smart person you are, you’ve been drinking water consistently throughout your classes. However, the time has come to visit the bathroom. You raise your hand and ask to be excused. The teacher gives...

Statistic Saturday: the homework hassle

Statistic Saturday: the homework hassle

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
September 24, 2016
Filed under Feature, Statistic Saturday

A poll conducted by the LA Times in 2014 discovered that the average high school student spends approximately three and a half hours on homework a day, adding up to 17 hours a week. Read students’ opinions on this number by moving your cursor over the black circles on the photos. Featured ...

Internet famous: Amirah Azhari

Internet famous: Amirah Azhari

September 18, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Internet celebrities are all the rage in today’s day and age. From Twitter to Vine to Instagram, people with mass followings on social media apps are becoming well known household names. Amirah Azhari ’17 is one of those people. The senior has amassed almost a half a million fans on musical.ly, ...

Powder Puff and Manball: upperclassman perks

Powder Puff and Manball: upperclassman perks

September 13, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

The idea of leaving the parking lot legally during lunch time and getting an open hour may seem like the typical upperclassman perk, yet what this year has in store for juniors and seniors might just be the advantage underclassman will be looking forward to later in high school. Powder Puff is a ga...

The clubs fight

The clubs fight

Mason Wang and Nick Pryor
September 10, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

There are tons of clubs at West High, an almost violent amount. Combined with the amount of noise and excitement during the club fair on September 8 in the cafeteria, and it's easy to miss some of them. Club leaders talk about their clubs:   Interviews and Footage by Nick Pryor Editing by Mason Wang...

Orchestra director finds new home at West

Orchestra director finds new home at West

Cameron Cook
September 7, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Exceptional violist, coffee snob and Radiohead fan are only three ways to describe Jonathan Welch. He’s also a dog owner, the son-in-law of the Salmon King of Kansas City and perhaps most importantly, the new orchestra conductor at West High. Welch got his start in music in fifth grade, when he followed in...

Alumnus Tia Saunders ’16 returns from mission trip inspired, leaves part of West High behind

Alumnus Tia Saunders ’16 returns from mission trip inspired, leaves part of West High behind

Gabby Skopec
September 3, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

The effect of West High on the world is always growing; the effect can be seen in Iowa City, across Iowa, across the U.S. and now, in Ghana. This past summer West High graduate Tia Saunders ’16 went on a mission trip to Ghana, a country located in Western Africa. Saunders and her church youth group took...

Speech and Debate kicks off

Speech and Debate kicks off

Mason Wang, Web Developer/Videographer
September 2, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Under the sweltering heat and humidity, about 40 of eager freshmen and sophomores, speech students and seasoned varsity debaters stayed after the two-hour early release to get information about the upcoming speech and debate season. The meeting started off with some information about upcoming tournaments....

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