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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

“Spotlight” reporter visits national journalism convention

“Spotlight” reporter visits national journalism convention

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter
November 12, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

In 2002, The Boston Globe’s editor and reporter Walter “Robby” Robinson and other reporters, all part of the “Spotlight” team from the publication, began publishing the findings of an extensive investigation on Catholic priests in Boston, Massachusetts. The team of journalists uncovered, in to...

Anti-hate protesters take to Iowa City streets

Anti-hate protesters take to Iowa City streets

Fenna Semken and Ala Mohamed
November 12, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Anti-hate protests against newly elected President Donald Trump commenced at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 in Iowa City, Iowa. These protests began at the Pentacrest, as people spoke to the crowd, telling them why Donald could not be the next president.  As people became fired up, they went to ...

Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Students oppose hateful rhetoric with afternoon protest

Harry Westergaard, Caroline Young, and Alyson Kuennen
November 12, 2016
Filed under Breaking, Columns, News, Opinion, Showcase

It has been two days since Donald Trump was appointed President Elect of our country and there has already been significant hostility towards those he has targeted. Conversely however, there have also been many protests against Trump’s ideals and the bullying perpetrated by him. On Nov. 11 at...

College representatives visit national journalism convention in Indianapolis

College representatives visit national journalism convention in Indianapolis

Grace Yarrow
November 11, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Candy was collected, pamphlets passed out and wisdom exchanged. Hundreds of students crowded tables and informative displays about colleges and the programs to participate in to get there. Over 3,000 students attending the JEA/NSPA national journalism convention of 2016 in Indianapolis experienced bot...

Liberty high offerings a ‘bare minimum’

Liberty high offerings a ‘bare minimum’

Cameron Cook
November 7, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Late last week, the list of class offerings for Liberty High School’s opening year were released, causing some confusion over why certain classes–such as physics–weren’t included. Liberty High Principal Scott Kibby claims this list of classes is only a template written up with the minimum of...

Sanders returns to Iowa City

Sanders returns to Iowa City

Nina Elkadi, News Editor
November 6, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Bernie Sanders made a stop in Iowa City on Friday, Nov. 4 at College Green Park to campaign for Hillary Clinton. Using the unseasonably warm weather to his advantage, Sanders spoke in length about the importance of climate change. “We assemble together today, on this beautiful July day,”...

Ted Waitt speaks about breakthrough philanthropy

Ted Waitt speaks about breakthrough philanthropy

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor
November 6, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

On Oct. 20, the stage in the IMU’s ballroom was set up in a talkshow-esque manner: two gray couches and a small table with a bouquet of white flowers, distorted by boysenberry lighting. College students with entrepreneurial majors ambled in, and a girl with a bob cut and a currant berry headba...

West alum Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio ’96 killed while on duty

West alum Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio ’96 killed while on duty

November 2, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Early Wednesday morning, police sergeant and West High alum Anthony Beminio ’96 was shot and killed in Des Moines, IA. The murder of Beminio was linked to the killing of Urbandale police officer Justin Martin, as both ambush attacks took place within two miles of each other shortly after 1 a.m on We...

WSS staffers place in state on-the-spot photo, news writing contests

WSS staffers place in state on-the-spot photo, news writing contests

WSS Staff
November 2, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Three West Side Story staffers landed awards at last week’s state journalism conference sponsored by the Iowa High School Press Association. Sarah Longmire ’17 received first place in the state for on-the-spot photo coverage and Nick Pryor ’18 received third place in the same contest. Prateek Raikwa...

Student Senate Fall Fun Fair

Student Senate Fall Fun Fair

Jessica Doyle and Allie Schmitt-Morris
November 1, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Student Senate held their annual Fall Fun Fair Friday on Oct. 28 to advertise their upcoming event Walk It Out.  The event was filled with an assortment of games, music and food.  To see more of the event, click through the photo slideshow below.  ...

West’s first Walk it Out sets a high bar

West’s first Walk it Out sets a high bar

Cameron Cook
October 31, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

The lights dimmed in the West High cafeteria as Yiwen Gao and Sarah Ahmed, both seniors, took the stage. Together, they explained what the audience was about to see; more than 60 models from five different cultural groups, dancing, music and more. The performance started out with fashion from East Asia, then mov...

Shoultz wins Iowa’s Administrator of the Year award

Shoultz wins Iowa’s Administrator of the Year award

Emma Brustkern, Entertainment Editor
October 27, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Between the many publications of the West Side Story, and the amazing reveal of the Trojan Epic yearbook each year, there is no doubt that the journalism community at West High is very active. However, none of these projects would be nearly as successful without support. Today, the Iowa High School ...

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