The West Side Story won 14 awards in the Iowa High School Press Association’s writing, design and photography contest. Ten students received first place awards. Ashton Duncan ’13 received first place in the infographic category for her “Revenue Purpose Statement Visual Presentation.” Duncan also received second place in the local column category for her column [...]
Dr. Arganbright went on the PA system and told the students of West High that a derogatory anonymous twitter account had been created, and he cautioned student’s that consequences would follow. West Side Story investigates what happened, and asks questions regarding anonymous twitter accounts to some West High students.
While many students are preparing for the end of school with excitement, Abby Walling, ’15, is preparing for the Intel International Science and Technology Fair in Phoenix this May. She was awarded this opportunity after winning “Inspiration Award” from the Iowa Academy of Science, first prize in her division, microbiology, two scholarships from the Iowa [...]
By Amiela Canin Rob Nelsen ’14 and Ruolu Liu ’13 discuss their experiences on West’s annual French trip. Photos used with permission of Elizabeth Yang.
We know the drill. Greenhouse gas emissions are bad. Reducing and recycling is good. For better or for worse, people participate in activities that change the world – literally. But how does Iowa specifically influence the environment? Farming. “In general, farming in the past tended to focus more on production and less on environmental services. [...]
West High girls’ and boys’ soccer teams are on their way to a successful season. By Frannie Rizzo and Blake Oetting
By Fiona Armstrong-Pavlik and Abbie Skemp West High’s EATS begins their new season of planting vegetables in the garden to give to the cafeteria and local community.
I’m sure everyone knows about the ELP program for gifted students at the elementary level but now its coming to the high school level too. Starting in the fall of 2013 a new ELP program will be coming to West High. By Tyler Voss and Brenna Deerberg
Olive Carrollhach ’13, Paul Curry ’14, Aileen Norris ’15, Leela Sathyaputri ’14, Pombie Silverman ’13 and Frank Weirich ’13, all earned Gold Keys for their work in the 2012-2013 West Side Story from the Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society. Sara Whittaker is the newspaper’s adviser. A Gold Key is the highest honor a journalist [...]
By Zora Hurst The week of April 8th through the 12th was a true whirlwind. This edition of MWM was full of extremes: be that sheer giddiness at the blessing of warm weather, or sheer awe at the sky’s ability to be the same shad of not-quite-gray for three days. A few tracks that recorded [...]
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Stuck in Iowa City for all of Spring Break? Lucky for you, the WSS has plenty of ideas to keep you busy for all nine days. Apoorva Raikwar ’14 demonstrates how to make a sequin collar in a few simple steps: Continuing with the fashion theme, Emily Hollingworth ’15 shows off her braided headband in another how-to [...]
By Megumi Kitamoto On March 8 2013, many students were sitting in a chair with an IV in their arms in the auditorium lobby, incarnadine streams flowing into collection bags. These students are donating their blood to the patients of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics through the DeGowin Blood Drive. This biannual blood [...]
It’s been a great two years for West High basketball. After usurping Bettendorf from a 25-0 season, the Trojans earned a second state title. What might be more impressive is the continued perfect record of 52-0. West lead Bettendorf almost entirely from the beginning, eventually defeating them with a final score of 54-36.
By Akash Borde Take an inside look at what goes on at a forensics tournament as West High’s nationally acclaimed Forensics program travels to Burlington, Iowa on Feb. 8-9 at the Eastern Iowa Districts tournament.
By Brittani Langland The Iowa City West High girls’ varsity tennis coach, Richie Redfern, has resigned from his position. “He received a great full time job to work with a local TV network,” said Elena Wilson’13, a member of the team. With tennis season just around the corner, search for a new coach is in [...]
Q&A with Jesse Gray ’15 and Lauren Gray ’16 West Side Story: What do you like about the piano? Jesse Gray ’15 (JG): [I like how] the notes are set out for you, and is easier to figure out what to play. WSS: Who is your musical inspiration? LG: I like Adele because she is [...]
By Jordan Rossen On Feb. 15, more than 100 West High students from engineering program Project Lead the Way attended Engineering Day, a conference hosted by Kirkwood Community College. The conference is held annually at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. This year over 500 students from six different high schools attended. At the conference, the [...]
by Juliann Skarda Singing, dancing and sequins make show choir a vibrant spectacle for audience members. However, hidden behind the risers are another set of musicians equally important to the success of the show. Perhaps some of the aforementioned also feel inclined to dance, but they have their hands full. In the final competition of [...]