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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

Hamil-who?

Hamil-who?

George Liu, Reporter
September 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

When you think about American history, what comes to mind? A bunch of white guys arguing with each other? A slew of pointless events that happened a long time ago and not worth learning about? Harambe? I am guilty of assuming all those things as a good enough representation of the history of our country. ...

Freshman 5¢: Katelynn Hillberry

Freshman 5¢: Katelynn Hillberry

September 23, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story spoke to Katelynn Hillberry ’20 about her ideas on the presidential race. WSS: Is Hillary a trustworthy candidate? KH: Yes, she’s held other offices. Everyone makes mistakes, but she still is [trustworthy]. WSS: Is Trump a trustworthy candidate? KH:  No, he ...

Freshman 5¢: Anshul Gowda

Freshman 5¢: Anshul Gowda

Eleanor Ho, Opinion Editor
September 9, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The West Side Story gets a fresh perspective on the early release controversy and academic focus time.

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Covering Trump–as a 16 year-old mixed race girl

Covering Trump–as a 16 year-old mixed race girl

Nina Elkadi
September 4, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

“It’s so great to see a young minority woman here!” an older white woman said to me with exuberance at my second Trump rally. As I interviewed five-year-old girls hiding behind their parents’ legs and men with Confederate flags branded on their arms, I found myself surprised at my own position....

A hot topic

A hot topic

Samalya Thenuwara, Taylor Shelfo, Feature Editor and Producer, Anchor
August 31, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Yesterday, Aug. 30, the ICCSD school's were dismissed two hours early for the heat. Superintendent Stephen Murley later apologized for the dismissal in an email to parents after skepticism was voiced amongst parents. Feature Editor Samalya Thenuwara and Anchor Taylor Shelfo voice opposing viewpoints...

Learning lessons of love

Learning lessons of love

Isabelle Robles
June 25, 2016
Filed under Opinion

This past Thursday afternoon I got home from spending five days at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Free Spirit is a yearly conference that has been held since 2000 to honor one student from each state and the District of Columbia by providing an all expenses paid trip to D.C. ...

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

May 18, 2016
Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Well you did it. Despite advice to the contrary and your better instincts, you became friends with some seniors. If you are not a senior, this poses a problem. In case you didn’t realize, after today they are gone forever and you are left alone. You may be experiencing a confusing mixture of emotions...

Stop killing them, please

Stop killing them, please

Stormy Snyder, WSS Intern
April 14, 2016
Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Your gut sinks as you watch the tragic scene unfold on the screen before you. Tears prick at your eyes and all you can think is: It happened. Again. The trend of writer's killing off LGBT+ characters in TV shows, movies and video games has recently been brought to the public's attention. After an impo...

Column: math can save our society

Column: math can save our society

Fenna Semken and Sarah Longmire
April 1, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

One day, I got a take home math test, and I went home and worked extremely hard on it to get a good grade. I felt like I had done great on it. A few days later I got the test back, only to find out I got a C on it. I went to discuss this with my teacher and he explained to me that he felt I didn’t sh...

Column: violence has no religion

Column: violence has no religion

Maddie Moriyama
March 1, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

On June 16th, 2015, Donald Trump announced that he was running for president. This announcement brought mixed emotions to the American people. His supporters praised his outspoken personality and policies on immigration, while his critics condemned his politics and his intolerance. As an Asian-Am...

Inappropriation

Inappropriation

Simran Sarin
February 20, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Swiping through your daily Instagram feed nearly always entails encountering a photo of a girl showcasing her newest henna designs. Most people make a quick decision as to whether or not the photo deserves a precious like, then move on. The girl’s post doesn’t stick out to most people as offensive...

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Fenna Semken and Shati Cooper
February 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Once upon a time, on a West Side Story exporting night, I, Fenna Semken, went to the bathroom. This should not have been a problem, people use the West High bathrooms daily, but it was far from being just an everyday bathroom use. I headed down the hallway in good spirits, wanting to get back to ...

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