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  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

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

Playathon successful despite low turnout

Playathon successful despite low turnout

Cameron Cook
May 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

The now semi-annual Music Playathon–an event where students, staff and local musicians perform for a casual audience–was held in the West High cafeteria this past Saturday. The event featured food from local businesses and student and parent sponsors; all genres of music and a dim lights ...

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer
May 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

After weeks of preparation and a little help from a few West Side Story staffers, students from Van Allen published their first entirely student-run newspaper today. The online publication includes articles, interviews, and a countdown to the end of school. To visit the first edition of Rocket Times,...

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
May 23, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

English actor Sir Roger Moore was reported dead today by his family, after a brief fight with cancer. Moore was 89, and most fondly remembered for being the third actor to play Agent James Bond, 007. He began playing the role starting with 1973’s Live and Let Die, until 1985’s A View to A Kill. He played t...

West High choirs participate in flash mob

West High choirs participate in flash mob

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
May 20, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

  On May 18, many members of West High curricular choirs participated in a flash mob during the 12th annual United Action For Youth (UAY) Festival of Flowers at the Coralville Marriott. Performing "Singing in the Rain" during the live auction was a highlight of the festival, and gave the choirs a ch...

Young minds dominate state math championship

Young minds dominate state math championship

Junhee Lee, Copy Editor and Business Manager
May 2, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Math is clearly not a game of age or size but, rather, a game of the mind. At least, according to last Saturday’s high school state Great Plains Math League competition, at which a team of six junior high students, each looking less than 5 feet 5 inches tall, ousted some of the best high school math...

IHSPA deems West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist, grants WSS 40 awards

IHSPA deems West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist, grants WSS 40 awards

May 1, 2017
Filed under Awards, Breaking, News, Showcase

Iowa High School Press Association awarded the West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist for 2016-2017. Points for the finalists are awarded to schools for placing in individual categories of IHSPA’s spring journalism contest, and the points are tallied to identify finalists. The 15 high...

Des Moines Register recognizes Eugenia Chen ’17

Des Moines Register recognizes Eugenia Chen ’17

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
April 27, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News

Every year, The Des Moines Register recognizes seniors from all Iowa high schools. Ten seniors are chosen, forming the Academic All-State. This year, West High’s own Eugenia Chen '17 was chosen as one of those seniors. “I am very honored that the school chose me to represent our senior class,”...

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. 

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