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  • Student Senate Executive Board elections are on Wednesday

  • The Drake Relays for track start Thursday

  • The orchestra program has a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Functional Programs talent show will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday

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

The West High Marching Band takes on Florida

The West High Marching Band takes on Florida

Mary Vander Weg and Grace Christopher
April 25, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Keeping up with the bi-annual trend, the Trojan marching band traveled to Orlando, Florida this past week to perform. The band marched twice, once in Universal Orlando Resort, and later in Disney World’s Epcot park. The band departed after school on Monday and arrived after braving a 26 hour bus ride....

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
April 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Earth Day (April 22), hundreds of Iowa City citizens gathered on the Pentacrest downtown to demonstrate their unity in support of science. 

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

On a cool and cloudy day, a group of West students gathered in the courtyard to help save Iowa's monarch butterflies. Haley Shook '18 set up a space for the students to make small clay balls with milkweed plants seeds inside them, through a program called "Milkweed Matters."  Shook ...

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

April 18, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared West Side Story Designer Wingel Xue ’18 an International Sweepstakes Winner in Quill and Scroll’s Writing, Design and Photo Contest for her ad design titled “Oyama Sushi.” Quill and Scroll also declared the fo...

Choir director Jeff Knutson announces new position at Waukee

Choir director Jeff Knutson announces new position at Waukee

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

On April 13, West High choir director Jeff Knutson announced he would be leaving West in the fall and moving to Waukee, Iowa. “He’ll be the head choir director at Waukee next year,” co-choir director David Haas said. “He’ll teach choir during the day, including their most elite curricular grou...

The implications of school vouchers on K-12 education

The implications of school vouchers on K-12 education

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Feature, News, Politics, Uncategorized

Every year public education becomes increasingly expensive. According to Ballotpedia, from 2010 to 2013, the yearly cost of education per student in Iowa increased from $9,763 to $10,313. With proposed education budget cuts, many in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) are worried about the i...

“Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr. visits Iowa City

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
March 29, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

  With a nationwide following, 16 TONY nominations in 2016 and the reputation of changing millions’ perceptions of what “Broadway” is, “Hamilton,” a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has changed many people’s views on performing arts and theater. Leslie Odom Jr. played Aaron Bur...

Earth Day run/walk to benefit climate change victims

Earth Day run/walk to benefit climate change victims

March 28, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The Iowa City Climate Advocates will host the Barbara Schlachter Memorial Run/Walk for Victims of Climate Change on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. The 4.1-mile charity run/walk will benefit the American Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Fund as well as honor the late Rev. Dr. Barbara Schlachter, a local...

West students place high in Drake Physics Prize Exam

West students place high in Drake Physics Prize Exam

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
March 24, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

West High students Junhee Lee '18, Max Hill '17, Lien Zhu '18 and Misha Kuznetsov '19 have placed in the top 25 on the recent Drake Physics Prize Exam.  Exact placements are not confirmed. Other students who placed are from Iowa, South and North Dakota, Minnesota and Missouri. Hill's performance...

West Side Story receives 2017 Online Pacemaker finalist award

West Side Story receives 2017 Online Pacemaker finalist award

March 10, 2017
Filed under News

The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized 38 online news sites as finalists in the 2017 Online Pacemaker competition. The West Side Story website, wsspaper.com, is one of three Iowa schools recognized. The last time WSS received this honor was in 2012. “The Pacemaker is the association’s ...

A look into Liberty

A look into Liberty

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
March 8, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Additional hires are to be announced later this week. Stay tuned for more coverage.

20 pieces of student-created art part of exhibit at Veridian

20 pieces of student-created art part of exhibit at Veridian

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
February 28, 2017
Filed under Breaking, Metro, News

Iowa City West High School students, educators and administrators gathered at Veridian Credit Union’s Coralville branch on Monday to celebrate a public exhibit of student art. West High art teachers choose 20 pieces which will remain on public display for one year as part of the ArtShare prog...

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