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  • Student Senate Executive Board elections are on Wednesday

  • The Drake Relays for track start Thursday

  • The orchestra program has a concert on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Students and staff celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day

Students and staff celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
January 16, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Although classes won’t be held on Martin Luther King Day, that did not stop West students and staff from celebrating. On Friday, January 13th, students spent the day learning about and commemorating the accomplishments of Dr. King through various classroom activities, service projects, and special g...

High school rivals join to perform at benefit concert

High school rivals join to perform at benefit concert

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
January 11, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Iowa City West and City High are known to be big rivals, but yesterday they came together to celebrate and support each other. City High school hosted the Greater Iowa City Area Student Scholarships (GICASS) benefit concert, featuring both West (ICW) and City High (ICH) schools. The show was formerly ...

West student wins second place at national math contest

West student wins second place at national math contest

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
January 10, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

West High junior Junhee Lee won $6,000 at the recent math competition Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The event was part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in Atlanta January 4-7. Over 6,000 mathematicians attended the meeting. Lee finished in second place among ten semifinal...

Fashion to the rescue

Fashion to the rescue

Anjali Huynh, Reporter
January 8, 2017
Filed under Feature, News, Showcase, Video

What began as a collaboration between the Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) became a reality, as twelve dogs gathered on Dec. 16 to make their debut entrance in a foreign location - the runway. Called “Fashion to the Rescue,” this show was held at the Io...

Inside ‘The View’ filming at West High

Inside ‘The View’ filming at West High

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief
January 6, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

This story has been updated to reflect a change in The View's schedule.  Sunny Hostin, Clay Aiken and The View production team paid a visit to West High today, Jan. 6, to film a segment regarding student reaction to the election. Hostin is the Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for A...

Television show to film at West High

Television show to film at West High

Maggie Terry, Reporter
January 5, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

West has been the center of media attention recently. The front page The New York Times article thrust West High school into the national spotlight. Now, another news organization has thrown their hat into the ring. The View, a daytime ABC show contacted Principal Gregg Shoultz a few weeks after Thanksgiving break, indicating they wanted to visit West. ...

Pocketing points – cheating on Pocket Points

Pocketing points – cheating on Pocket Points

Mason Wang
December 19, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Give high school students a new gimmick to get free stuff on their phones, and it takes less than a month for them to cheat on it. A number of students have exploited the new app, getting tens of thousands of Pocket Points, overtaking the leaderboard and potentially redeeming them for thousands of...

New stage, new stars

New stage, new stars

Jessica Moonjely, Abbie Callahan, Lila Terry, and Thomas Peters
December 7, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Standing in a dazzling costume, with dramatic makeup on your face and hair slicked back, you wait off stage. While butterflies dance in your stomach, you look off into the crowd and wait to hear your cue. All performers, from West High to Broadway, embrace these emotions every time they step o...

Pocket Points app now available to high school students

Pocket Points app now available to high school students

Cameron Cook, Reporter
December 6, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Next time you get a message, you may not want to check it right away. West High principal Gregg Shoultz announced last week that an app called Pocket Points was going to be launched at school. “I was notified about it a couple weeks ago that [Pocket Points] wanted to branch out to the high school...

Trader Joe’s is coming to Coralville

Trader Joe’s is coming to Coralville

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 30, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The rumors are true, Trader Joe's will be opening up at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. According to Coralville Mayor Pro Tem and social studies teacher Mitch Gross, the California-based grocery store is going to fill a market in the Iowa City area that is currently vacant -- affordably priced...

Words will guide you

Words will guide you

Luke Reynolds, WSS Intern
November 29, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

In a room tucked behind a shelf on the top floor in a building of books, you’ll find people gathered together, going full speed ahead on their projects of choice. Most have headphones shoved over their ears and are hunched over their laptops, fingers typing away at their keyboards, but others are...

What Iowa City landmark are you?

What Iowa City landmark are you?

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
November 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Metro, Showcase

Whether you live in Iowa City now, or went to the University of Iowa 20 years back, these landmarks are timeless, so find out which landmark you identify as with five simple questions. And when you're done, discover how Iowa City you are here. Photos courtesy of Creative Commons.  ...

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