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  • There will be a band concert on Wednesday in the auditorium at 7:30

  • The choir solo and ensemble festival is on May 18

  • The annual "Get Moving For Healthy Kids" event is on Sunday morning

  • Make sure to check the final test schedule

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

NaNoWriMo inspires young authors

NaNoWriMo inspires young authors

Cameron Cook
November 22, 2016
Filed under News

Every November is National Novel Writing Month. Commonly abbreviated as NaNoWriMo, the purpose is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Finishing is winning, because finishing is hard. Below are the stories of three West students that dared attempt the challenge. Casey McClenathan...

Lois Lowry visits Iowa City

Lois Lowry visits Iowa City

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
November 22, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Hundreds of children, students and adults alike lined up outside the Englert Theater, some clutching books, some chatting excitedly and others peering over shoulders looking to see if the doors had opened yet. These people all eagerly awaited a lecture from Lois Lowry, widely admired author of The Gi...

Through the eyes of a Jew

Through the eyes of a Jew

Anjali Huynh, Reporter
November 20, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

“Let me give you an impression of six million,” the man began in a heavy Slavic accent. “A door opens, and a Holocaust victim comes in front of you and says, ‘I was murdered in the Holocaust.’ Sixty seconds after they came in, another will come. Every minute, the door will open, and a Hol...

West High sparks national conversation

West High sparks national conversation

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor
November 20, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

This morning, The New York Times featured West High students and teachers affected by the 2016 presidential election on their front page. The article illustrates the impact the election had on the school just days after Donald Trump was elected president. Along with quotes from principal Gregg Shoultz...

The fight for inclusion

The fight for inclusion

Xena Makky, WSS Intern
November 19, 2016
Filed under Metro, News

Iowa City is home to more than seventy thousand inhabitants. People from all over the world come here for an education, making it seem like a community flourishing in diversity, yet the level of true acceptance and appreciation for different cultures has become a question to many minority citizens who c...

An atlas of Iowa’s local food

An atlas of Iowa’s local food

Ian Prescott, Reporter
November 19, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

What makes a good meal? Is it the friends and family or just the food? Well, both of those come together in Hancher’s Culinary Arts Festival, showing the gourmet dishes that can be made from locally grown food. This was Hancher’s second culinary arts festival and they featured the popular ea...

Elissa Altman speaks at Prairie Lights

Elissa Altman speaks at Prairie Lights

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter
November 19, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

“Live at Prairie Lights” featured an author unlike any other in the most compelling sort of way this past Monday. Tucked away and cozy, a small audience listened intently as she approached the podium and began to explain to them one word: Treyf. The Yiddish word “Treyf” is used throughout ...

Stella under fire for requesting higher charges from Trump supporters

Stella under fire for requesting higher charges from Trump supporters

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

A frequented University Heights staple, Stella, has been the home for those seeking black-bean burgers and Cajun food in the Iowa City area. Within the last 24 hours, their Yelp rating has dropped from a 3.9/5 to a 1.2/5. Over the weekend, the restaurant confirmed that they asked customers at the...

Students lead anti-hate protest, work to end discrimination

Students lead anti-hate protest, work to end discrimination

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor
November 16, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase, Video

  On Nov. 15, people from every corner of the city joined together for one cause- to end the hate. Students from West and City High School organized the gathering which began at 4:30 pm. The community followed close behind them as they marched from the Robert E. Lee Recreation Center...

40 students leave class for sit-in protest

40 students leave class for sit-in protest

Taylor Shelfo, Reporter
November 15, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Today West students planned to sit in silence at 3:30 to protest against recent hate crimes. The West Side Story asked principal Dr. Shoultz how he felt about the incident, but unfortunately, he had no prior knowledge the event was taking place before today. "I don't approve of people using s...

West hosts forum on Trump and race issues

West hosts forum on Trump and race issues

Cameron Cook
November 15, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Social studies teachers Mitch Gross and Brady Shutt hosted an after school forum on Nov. 14 to discuss President-Elect Donald Trump and what might happen over the next four years. The discussion began with political, intellectual topics, but shifted toward Trump’s harmful rhetoric once questions l...

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