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West Side Story receives 2017 Online Pacemaker finalist award

West Side Story receives 2017 Online Pacemaker finalist award

March 10, 2017
Filed under News

The National Scholastic Press Association has recognized 38 online news sites as finalists in the 2017 Online Pacemaker competition. The West Side Story website, wsspaper.com, is one of three Iowa schools recognized. The last time WSS received this honor was in 2012. “The Pacemaker is the association’s ...

A look into Liberty

A look into Liberty

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
March 8, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Additional hires are to be announced later this week. Stay tuned for more coverage.

20 pieces of student-created art part of exhibit at Veridian

20 pieces of student-created art part of exhibit at Veridian

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
February 28, 2017
Filed under Breaking, Metro, News

Iowa City West High School students, educators and administrators gathered at Veridian Credit Union’s Coralville branch on Monday to celebrate a public exhibit of student art. West High art teachers choose 20 pieces which will remain on public display for one year as part of the ArtShare prog...

Robotics team wins State tournament

Robotics team wins State tournament

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
February 27, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News

The West High Robotics team came out of the state competition on Feb. 26 with a win. The team is the captain of the Winning Alliance, also known as the champions of the whole tournament. They also won a special recognition, the Control Award, for their programming. This makes them one of only 14...

West High BPA participants claim national tickets

West High BPA participants claim national tickets

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

Over the past few days, students participating in Business Professionals of America (BPA) at West traveled to their annual state competition. Many members of the club were awarded with the chance to attend the national competition in Orlando, FL. See who qualified below: Rachel Meyer- State Champion in...

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...

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