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Iowa City Jazz Festival sparks community involvement

Iowa City Jazz Festival sparks community involvement

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter
July 6, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

For three days every summer, downtown Iowa City hosts an annual jazz festival. This past weekend was the 27th jazz fest. The free music festival is popular among jazz enthusiasts, as well as Iowa City inhabitants looking to enjoy a night downtown. The festival kicked off with a performance from Un...

The invisible wall down First Avenue

The invisible wall down First Avenue

Nina Elkadi, Print Editor-in-Chief
June 22, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Politics, Showcase

The last time Donald J. Trump made an appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it was as the Republican nominee for president. He returned to the Double Tree Hilton on June 21 as President of the United States. Outside of the convention center, protesters stood side-by-side with supporters. Car horns blared as pe...

Iowa City gathers together to celebrate Pride

Iowa City gathers together to celebrate Pride

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor
June 19, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Saturday June 17, hundreds of people gathered together to celebrate the LGBT community at the annual Iowa City Pride Festival. Iowa City Pride originated in the 1970s following the Stonewall Riots, and has been a staple of Iowa City culture ever since. The organization aims to promote diversity and...

Earn a Silver Cord this Summer

Earn a Silver Cord this Summer

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
May 30, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

With busy schedules during the school year, getting volunteer hours to earn a Silver Cord can be difficult. As the summer break begins, though, many opportunities arise. Some students find it easier to regularly volunteer during break because they aren’t occupied with school for eight hours a day....

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...

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