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  • The book drive will continue this week, through Friday

  • The band department leaves for Florida on Monday and will return Sunday

  • Midterm grades are due on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

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

  • There is no school on Friday, April 21

Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new

Molly Howes, Reporter
February 22, 2017
Filed under News

Many students have entertained a class period filled with the complaints of a teacher who is stuck calibrating a SMARTboard. The days of this cruel and unusual punishment are over, as SMARTboards will soon be replaced with interactive whiteboards. These new whiteboards, technical name Epson Brightlink...

Michael Tisserand speaks at Prairie Lights

Michael Tisserand speaks at Prairie Lights

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
February 15, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

“Live from Prairie Lights” has featured many dedicated authors over the years, but none has quite the same passion as Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White. After nine years of extensive research, comic analysis and in-depth searching, Tisserand published his awar...

Patrisse Cullors of #BlackLivesMatter speaks to packed house at Englert

Patrisse Cullors of #BlackLivesMatter speaks to packed house at Englert

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
February 11, 2017
Filed under Breaking, Metro, News, Showcase

On Monday February sixth, Patrisse Cullors, creator of the twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter appeared at the Englert. Part of the UI’s lecture series, Cullors began speaking at 7:30 in the evening to a full house. The audience was lively and mostly very supportive to the cause. Cullors...

West High dance team places in national competition

West High dance team places in national competition

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
February 7, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News

The West High Varsity Poms team recently traveled to Disney World in Orlando, FL to compete against many teams from around the country. After performing their dance routine, the team was able to qualify for finals and place 16th in the nation. Photo courtesy of Taylor Fridrich and team. ...

Rally against Muslim ban draws over 1500

Rally against Muslim ban draws over 1500

Cameron Cook, Reporter
February 6, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase, Video

In response to the executive order placing a hold on people traveling from seven majority Muslim countries, citizens of Iowa City held a rally that featured speakers, music and poetry to show solidarity with those affected. The event was originally organized when members of the Muslim and Jewish comm...

Photo Story: Inside look at the new children’s hospital

Photo Story: Inside look at the new children’s hospital

Sarah Longmire, Photographer
February 5, 2017
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon (UIDM) is a 24 hour event which raises money for childhood cancer. With the new addition of the Stead Family Children's Hospital to the U of I Hospitals and Clinics, all money raised at UIDM will help patients residing in the new building. This year, UIDM celebrated...

Turkish journalists visit West, talk censorship

Turkish journalists visit West, talk censorship

Deniz Ince, Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Just days after the controversy over fake news arose in the United States, Turkish journalists Gokhan Bicici, Mahmut Bozarslan, Diren Celik and Sema Erdogan visited West High, along with the Gazette and the Daily Iowan, to talk to student-journalists about censorship. The recent issues in the US inv...

Students celebrate and compete over Black history

Students celebrate and compete over Black history

Mason Wang, Videographer/Reporter
January 27, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

While the students taking AP European History this year are struggling with White history, students in SSIKED and Truth Squad are voluntarily poring over a 72-page study guide to get ready for their Black history game show competition. At the competition, part of the World in Iowa convention this...

Students react to ‘The View’s segment on West High

Students react to ‘The View’s segment on West High

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2017
Filed under News

West High students appeared on national television in The View's MLK Day special on Monday, Jan. 16. The segment, which consisted of clips from one-on-one interviews with students and a 70 minute student panel, focused on student reaction to the 2016 election. The featured students, and Principal...

Band students show talent in SEIBA band concert

Band students show talent in SEIBA band concert

Grace Yarrow
January 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Underneath the 3D-printed cutout ceilings of the concert hall inside the new Voxman Music Building on Jan. 21, almost 300 junior high and high school students from across Southeast Iowa came together in four honor bands. The bands practiced all day and performed that evening. Almost 300 musicians...

School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2017 SNO Distinguished Site

School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2017 SNO Distinguished Site

January 24, 2017
Filed under News, Uncategorized

Each year School Newspapers Online offers student newspaper programs with outstanding journalism the opportunity to apply to become a SNO Distinguished Site. This past month, the West Side Story web staff earned this status--becoming the second school in the nation to receive this honor. Isabelle Robles '17 is the website editor-in-chief.

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West High Robotics brings home two awards

West High Robotics brings home two awards

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
January 24, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News

The West High robotics team went to competition in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Jan. 21. West was a member of the winning alliance, meaning they were part of the three highest scoring teams overall. They also won the Inspire Award, which is the highest recognition given at an FTC tournament. This award ...

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