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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 ...

In black and white: the 70 percent

In black and white: the 70 percent

Cameron Cook
June 22, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Uncategorized

While microaggressive behaviors against students of color may be common, especially those that lead to underestimation of their academic ability, another predicament rises to focus: discipline. At West, 70 percent of suspended students are African-American, compared to 28 percent Caucasian and two pe...

Marked absent

Marked absent

Fenna Semken
May 22, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Having a baby is described as one of the most joyful experiences in life, yet the Iowa City Community School District maternity leave policy may be exactly the opposite of wonderful. While the district has made it possible for teachers to take maternity leave, some members of the West community believe t...

In black and white: white privilege

In black and white: white privilege

Cameron Cook
May 19, 2016
Filed under Feature, Video, Video

At West, a belief in white privilege and its detriments are common among students of color. “White privilege is like having a torch over every other race,” said Suha Suleman ’16. “[White people] always have a head start. It’s easier for [them] to get to the finish line than it is for othe...

She was strong and her braveness was no mystery

She was strong and her braveness was no mystery

Nina Elkadi
May 18, 2016
Filed under Award winners, Profiles, Showcase

Music is said to connect people in an unspoken way, and heal the soul through its expression of emotion and reality. Lexi Williams '18 knows this healing process all too well. Her story is one of pain and hardship, but most of all it is one of triumph.  Williams’ story begins on the corn...

Fighting in the ring and for his country

Fighting in the ring and for his country

Aaron Carter
May 8, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Sports

Richard Zepeda ’16 is a future Marine, high school graduate and hopeful boxing extraordinaire. Zepeda has overcome many struggles in his life: grades, parental pressures, self-loathing and even lack of motivation. But now, Zepeda has now figured out what he loves in life: boxing and his country. Altho...

Darian’s story

Darian’s story

Isabelle Robles
April 15, 2016
Filed under Feature, Showcase

Dysthymia, or chronic depression is a relatively common diagnosis with approximately four million cases documented annually in the U.S. according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For some, dealing with their depression is just a matter of not being able to regulate emotions, turning things worse ...

Substitutes of West High

Substitutes of West High

Nina Elkadi
April 15, 2016
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Joe Desy: When former science teacher Joe Desy isn’t searching for fossils, listening to music, aspiring to be a vegan or observing birds at the raptor center, he’s taking care of his Quaker parrot: Shamrock. Tweets by @Shambo // “Since he was just over a year old he has learned to say over a hundred words a...

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