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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 track teams put up a fight at the Forwald/Coleman Relays

West track teams put up a fight at the Forwald/Coleman Relays

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer
April 24, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Sports, Track and Field

Girls Results (Top 3 placewinners) 100 meter hurdles: 1. Valerie Welch '17 14.53 3,000 meter run: 1. Bailey Nock '18 10:25.76 2. Gabby Skopec '17 10:35.66 400 meter hurdles: 2. Welch 1:05.56 4x100 meter relay: 3. West High 51.27 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay: 2. West High 1:07.20 4x20...

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
April 24, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

On Earth Day (April 22), hundreds of Iowa City citizens gathered on the Pentacrest downtown to demonstrate their unity in support of science. 

The Changing Climate

The Changing Climate

Nick Pryor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

With climate change being one of the most talked about issues of our time, what really is it? And how do young people today get involved in the fight against climate change?

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

On a cool and cloudy day, a group of West students gathered in the courtyard to help save Iowa's monarch butterflies. Haley Shook '18 set up a space for the students to make small clay balls with milkweed plants seeds inside them, through a program called "Milkweed Matters."  Shook ...

Fashion Friday: Nasim Abu-Dagga ’17

Fashion Friday: Nasim Abu-Dagga ’17

George Liu
April 21, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

While it may seem as though Nasim Abu-Dagga ’17 has always had an engaging style, he only had started making an effort to be fashionable halfway through high school. “[I got into fashion during] sophomore year. [During] freshman year, I didn’t care about clothes at all,” he said. Abu-Da...

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

April 18, 2017
Filed under News, Showcase

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared West Side Story Designer Wingel Xue ’18 an International Sweepstakes Winner in Quill and Scroll’s Writing, Design and Photo Contest for her ad design titled “Oyama Sushi.” Quill and Scroll also declared the fo...

The generation gap

The generation gap

Jessica Doyle, Reporter
April 18, 2017
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

The Center for Generational Kinetics defines a generation as "a group of people born around the same time and raised around the same place" who "exhibit similar characteristics, preferences, and values over their lifetimes." They describe baby boomers as those born from 1946 to 1964, members of Gener...

“Loving blacks as much as you love back culture”

“Loving blacks as much as you love back culture”

Ala Mohamed, Profiles Editor
April 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

  I first heard the term ‘selling the Negro’ in the film “I am not your Negro,” which came out in February. In the 1800s, the term referred to the slave trade, but nowadays the term associates with the popularity and appropriation of black culture. For centuries, blacks have been out...

Leah makes it up

Leah makes it up

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter
April 17, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Video by Kristina Rosebrook For many people, doing their makeup is a somewhat meaningless part of their everyday routine, but for junior Leah Brownsberger, it means much more. Brownsberger was always relatively artistic, but she didn’t know she could use her face as a canvas to express her creati...

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

Nina Elkadi
April 16, 2017
Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Although Jeff Conner failed Mrs. Wikner’s chemistry class, that didn’t deter him from coming back years later to teach that same subject just down the hall. For Conner, teaching just seemed right. He would get the opportunity to do science every day, but also support students who may need it mos...

Booster Club Pancake Day 2017

Booster Club Pancake Day 2017

April 14, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Video, Video

City High and West High put aside the rivalries to sit down, converse and laugh. All the while enjoying some pancakes to support the Iowa City School Districts' athletic department. The annual Booster Club Pancake Day took place April 8.

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