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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

West dominates at All-State auditions

West dominates at All-State auditions

Cameron Cook
October 24, 2016
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Bus rides, early Saturday mornings and donuts are only a few words that come up when interviewing an All State musician. But there's more to the weekend in Washington, Iowa than can be seen from the outside. Take a look at the outcome of this year's All State auditions, through the stories of four West...

Run for the Schools recap

Run for the Schools recap

Asha Irani, Videographer
October 21, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase, Video

The Iowa City Community School District held their annual Run for the Schools event last Sunday. Among the many ICCSD residents, West High wast very well represented, with teachers and students traveling to Washington Street in downtown Iowa City at 9AM for the beginning of the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon...

Rick Riordan hammers in on Iowa

Rick Riordan hammers in on Iowa

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
October 20, 2016
Filed under Breaking, Metro, News, Showcase

  His stories bring ancient myths out of history textbooks and into the hands of millennial readers across the world. Starting in Massachusetts and working his way across the United States, Rick Riordan came to the Englert Theatre for the Magnus Chase Tour in his first ever Iowa event ...

Suki Kim visits Iowa City

Suki Kim visits Iowa City

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

Over a hundred people gathered in the rows of the HLN Auditorium on Sunday, October 9th to listen to a one-of-a-kind investigative journalist tell her cautionary and heart wrenching tale. All eyes and ears were focused intently on Suki Kim, the only writer ever to go live undercover in North Korea. Her ...

Brian Alden joins Iowa City tennis community

Brian Alden joins Iowa City tennis community

Jiung Jung, Copy Editor
October 18, 2016
Filed under Breaking, Showcase, Sports

Brian Alden has an extensive resume of tennis accomplishments. Originally from Inverness, Illinois, Alden has played in numerous national tournaments all across the country. He ended up becoming a top 50 recruit in the country for his recruiting class and received a scholarship to the University of Illinois, ...

Welch’s first concert different, successful

Welch’s first concert different, successful

Cameron Cook, Videographer, Reporter
October 14, 2016
Filed under News, Showcase

Wednesday, Oct. 12 was the first orchestra concert of Jonathan Welch’s career at West. Welch himself was satisfied with the orchestras' effort and was pleasantly surprised by the Concert Orchestra's performance. “I am very happy with the way [the concert] went,” he said. “I programmed a l...

Iowa City Book Festival celebrates the city of literature

Iowa City Book Festival celebrates the city of literature

Fenna Semken and Mary Vander Weg
October 11, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

This weekend, The Iowa Book Festival took over the streets of Iowa City with widely admired visiting and local authors, compelling panel discussions, informational workshops and dozens of book vendors covering the ped mall. The six day long event, with as many as 46 different events taking place in ...

University of Iowa hosts annual homecoming parade

University of Iowa hosts annual homecoming parade

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The University of Iowa hosted its annual Homecoming Parade Friday Sept. 30 at 5:45 p.m. The route changed from last year due to street construction, and started on Iowa Avenue. The pep rally and concert were held in front of the Old Capitol, while the Float Judging, Grandstand and Announcer were on...

Jeffrey Toobin: inside the secret world of the supreme court

Jeffrey Toobin: inside the secret world of the supreme court

Lauren Katz, Reporter
October 5, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Politics

The gas lantern chandeliers were dimly lit in the Main Lounge of the IMU on September 15. University of Iowa alumni sat in the the first 10 rows, dressed to the nines. The remaining seats were up for grabs: first come, first serve. A woman wearing a shirt with splashes of red and dollops of velvet flowers,...

What it means to be a man

What it means to be a man

Alyson Kuennen, Photographer
October 3, 2016
Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The University of Iowa Lecture Committee brought sports fans, coaches and students athletes together on Sept. 28, 2016, for a man that has become a mentor across America. Located at the Englert Theater in Downtown Iowa City, Joe Ehrmann spoke of the pressures put on boys reaching manhood and how it...

Dress coded

Dress coded

September 30, 2016
Filed under News

Following a multitude of complaints, West High principal Dr. Gregg Shoultz is to establish a committee including West High parents, faculty and students to discuss the current school dress code policy. Specifically calling into question the “no bare midriff” rule, the committee will convene early t...

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