• The Choir Swing Show will take place at both 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 25

  • Coe College Jazz Festival will be on Feb. 24

  • The WHS Library will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 for finals studying

  • Bowling State will take place on Feb. 22

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Election panic sparks talk of secession

Election panic sparks talk of secession

Eleanor Ho, Opinion editor
November 9
Filed under Humor, Opinion

Voters voice their outrage at the prospective outcomes of the election. This is satire and is not meant to be perceived as factual.

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Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor
October 21
Filed under Football, Humor, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

Living in Iowa City, Iowa, the Hawkeyes are everywhere. You see tiger hawks on bumpers of cars, hawkeye flags hanging in front of homes, and black and yellow clothing all over the city. I lived in a small neighborhood in Illinois, so the only football gear I saw was brought out for game day - not a part o...

Students vs West High basketball

Students vs West High basketball

October 21
Filed under Humor, Showcase, Video, Video

Chad Johnson '18 and Dominic Weston '18 play small forward Patrick McCaffery '19 and shooting guard Izaya Fullard '17 in a 2v2 game of basketball.

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

May 18
Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Well you did it. Despite advice to the contrary and your better instincts, you became friends with some seniors. If you are not a senior, this poses a problem. In case you didn’t realize, after today they are gone forever and you are left alone. You may be experiencing a confusing mixture of emotions...

4 hilarious April Fools Day jokes to trick your friends

4 hilarious April Fools Day jokes to trick your friends

Allie Biscupski
March 31
Filed under Humor, Showcase

April Fools Day is upon us. If you still need a quick prank to play on your friends, look no further than West Side Story's list of fun April Fools pranks. Tape a dollar bill to the end of a fishing line and lay it down on the sidewalk and so hide behind a bush, out of view. Wait for your victim ...

Students try boys and girls track

Students try boys and girls track

Fenna Semken, Sarah Longmire, and Catherine Ju
February 11
Filed under Humor, Showcase, Video, Video

Track season begins Feb. 15, but that doesn't mean you can't still sign up. Four West High students tried out track for the first time and reacted to the pre-conditioning workouts. Click on the video below to see how they did. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWmH6edS9HU]

Trying food from Chong’s Market

Trying food from Chong’s Market

Fenna Semken
January 25
Filed under Feature, Humor, Video, Video

From silk worms to fried squid, students tried unusual foods and discovered some new tastes. Click on the video below to watch their reactions.

Teachers quizzed on Urban Dictionary definitions

Teachers quizzed on Urban Dictionary definitions

WSS
November 10
Filed under Humor, Showcase, Video, Video

In the newest installment of our quizzing teachers series, West Side Story quizzed three teachers over their knowledge of Urban Dictionary slang. See if you can guess any of these relatable definitions. Thanks to Julie Many, John Boylan and Travis Henderson.

Are passing periods too short? Band hallway edition

Are passing periods too short? Band hallway edition

Nina Elkadi
September 28
Filed under Humor, Video, Video

A little over one year ago, WSS staffer Paul Curry created a video to answer the question: are passing periods too short? There are now new lockers in the band wing, and the West Side Story re-investigated the claim. ...

West high teachers react to: memes

West high teachers react to: memes

Ebony McKeever
June 5
Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Video, Video

Compiled by Ebony McKeever and Kelsey Keranen Check out some of your favorite teachers reacting to your favorite memes.

West alum’s prank goes viral

West alum’s prank goes viral

Allie Biscupski
May 27
Filed under Humor, News, Profiles, Video

When Curt Oren posted a picture of an ongoing prank between him and his friend, he never anticipated the post going viral. “It started out as this silly little joke between Ben [Crouse] and I, and whenever I do a joke I like to see exactly how far I can take it.” said Oren, the mastermind behind...

Quiz: how done are you?

Quiz: how done are you?

Allie Biscupski
May 23
Filed under Humor, Uncategorized, Video

As the school year comes to a close, students' motivation is dropping exponentially. Take the quiz to see if you're still on top of your game or if you're fizzling fast. ...

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