Weekly news wrap-up

Online Co-News Editor Audrey Parish discusses the musical, COVID-19 hospitalizations, maple syrup shortages and other top stories you might have missed this week


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Hey everyone and welcome back to the West Side Story Weekly News Wrap Up. My name is Audrey Parrish and today I will be bringing you a whole bunch of news from around the school, in Iowa, in the nation, the world, and some wacky news to finish up. Let’s get into it. 


First of all we’ve got some West High news. Of course, we have to talk about the school musical Footloose. The first show was on Thursday, so congratulations on a great first performance to all of the talented people who put on the show! The theater program also put on teasers on Wednesday this week so many students got to see a bit of the show early. There will also be performances tonight at 7:00 pm and tomorrow at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm


For some Iowa news this week, it was reported Wednesday that hospitalizations in the state have reached a high for this year with 721 people being treated. The last time the state saw these numbers was back in December of 2020. 


Alright. Now for some national news. There was a school shooting at Oxford Highschool in Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 30. A 15-year-old student opened fire, killing four students: Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14 and Justin Shilling, 17. He also wounded seven others, including one teacher.


And here is some world news. In November, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdock was reinstated after being under house arrest for four weeks when he signed a deal with the military to end the bloody coup that had been going on. This was met with anger from protesters, as the deal was a concession to a controlling military and this agreement is likely to set the country back in its efforts toward democracy. 


And, here we are at the end. Feels like we just began. The wacky news! This one is a doozy, folks. Be thankful for your next stack of pancakes because we very nearly escaped a major maple syrup shortage. Canada had to tap into their strategic reserves of maple syrup in late November because they were facing shortages. They removed roughly 50 million pounds of syrup, which accounted for almost half of their reserve. And most of that syrup will be coming back to us because the US accounts for around 60% of Canada’s export volume.


Ok everyone! I hope you all have a great weekend and see you next week!