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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 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....

In black and white: the white voice

In black and white: the white voice

Cameron Cook
August 24, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Awareness of white privilege may just further the notion that ignorance is bliss. White people who find themselves advantaged often don’t feel comfortable with it. “I have benefited from white privilege and I wish it wasn’t that way… it makes me feel guilty that just because of my skin color...

“Pokemon Go” captures national attention, breaks stereotypes

“Pokemon Go” captures national attention, breaks stereotypes

Junhee Lee, Cameron Cook
August 8, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwa10vKZrRo] When “Pokemon Go” was released in June of 2016, it quickly became the gaming craze of the summer. Pokemon fans all over the world emerged as trainers, walking around in the real world to gather Pokemon in the virtual world and obtain virtual p...

Washin’ Away Cancer Car Wash raises money for childhood cancer

Washin’ Away Cancer Car Wash raises money for childhood cancer

Sarah Longmire
July 31, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Today, West High School Dance Marathon hosted its Washin' away Cancer Car Wash at the Coralville Hills Bank, fundraising for childhood cancer. This event raised over $600 to go to the kids and families battling cancer. See photos from the event below. Read more about the car wash here: http://wsspaper.com/21698/news/washin-away-cancer/    

In black and white: defining racism

In black and white: defining racism

Cameron Cook
July 23, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video

It’s popular to say that racism in America is still alive and well–but what does racism mean, and what does it entail? The answer: It depends. “It depends on how you use the term ‘racist,’” said Dominic Iannone, social studies teacher. “But if you’re talking about racism at an ...

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