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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. 

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...

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