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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

West’s twitter savages share advice

West’s twitter savages share advice

Asha Irani, Videographer
May 24, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

West Side Story: When did you make your Twitter account? Maddee Whitehead '17: I made my account in 7th grade. I thought I had a lot of funny tweets but looking back, they were super cringe worthy. Ethan Seylar '18: I first made my Twitter account way back in 2012, but I didn't really start getting...

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer
May 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

After weeks of preparation and a little help from a few West Side Story staffers, students from Van Allen published their first entirely student-run newspaper today. The online publication includes articles, interviews, and a countdown to the end of school. To visit the first edition of Rocket Times,...

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter
May 23, 2017
Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

English actor Sir Roger Moore was reported dead today by his family, after a brief fight with cancer. Moore was 89, and most fondly remembered for being the third actor to play Agent James Bond, 007. He began playing the role starting with 1973’s Live and Let Die, until 1985’s A View to A Kill. He played t...

Donnie Binegar: the embodiment of West

Donnie Binegar: the embodiment of West

Ethan Goers, Videographer and Sports Correspondent
May 23, 2017
Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

As years go by, West high has continued to change. The ninth grade wing was added, the music wing was added, principals have come and gone and left impacts on those around us. Many of the people walking the hallways today weren’t around for all of these events, but custodian, Donnie Binegar, remembers all o...

Seniors share their ‘glo up’ experiences

Seniors share their ‘glo up’ experiences

Asha Irani
May 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

“Wow… so-and-so glo’d up…” Pimples come and go, makeup skills are refined and teenage boys shoot up six  inches in a matter of months. But a small group of students have far exceeded the average ‘high school change’ expectations. Only a select few experience the mysterious and coveted ...

West High choirs participate in flash mob

West High choirs participate in flash mob

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
May 20, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

  On May 18, many members of West High curricular choirs participated in a flash mob during the 12th annual United Action For Youth (UAY) Festival of Flowers at the Coralville Marriott. Performing "Singing in the Rain" during the live auction was a highlight of the festival, and gave the choirs a ch...

The ideal diet

The ideal diet

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
May 20, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

Food is a massive part of everyday life; it’s what humans eat every few hours for energy. Imagine getting a stomache ache after eating foods containing common ingredients such as dairy or oil. That’s exactly what senior Mackenzie Voigt experienced until she changed her diet and embarked on a new...

Fashion Friday: Angela Reis ’19

Fashion Friday: Angela Reis ’19

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
May 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

While many young people may try to distinguish their style from their parents, Angela Reis ‘19 finds herself seeking advice from her mother as a way to expand her 70s inspired style. “[My style stems from] the 70s and 80s. My mom will help me out with some stuff I wear,” she said. “[I’ll a...

The class of 2017 presents: Senior Quotes

The class of 2017 presents: Senior Quotes

Eleanor Ho and Michael Moonjely
May 19, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

A “Everything will be OK, just go with the flow. “ Fatuma Abdalla   “Is this necessary? 😒 “ Elisa Abram   “"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" - Nathan Abramoff” Nathan Abramoff "May all your bacon burn." Audrey Adamson “Success is being at the right pl...

Rising star: Gabe Caruthers

Rising star: Gabe Caruthers

Ellie Gretter, Sports Editor
May 19, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

West Side Story: When did you start running? Gabe Caruthers: I’ve always done sports, but I have never really been good at them. Except for in football I could get down the field fast and in baseball I could get to the bases fast. So, I was kind of always liked running but just not as a sport yet....

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