Weekly News Wrap-Up

Co-News Editor Audrey Parrish discusses ISASP testing, Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson and other top stories you might have missed this week.


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Hi everyone and welcome back to this week’s West Side Story Weekly News Wrap Up! Today I’ll be bringing you an overview of what happened in the news this week at West, in Iowa, in the US, the world, and a bit of weird, fun news to top it all off. Let’s get started!

Today, President Joe Biden is traveling to Poland to meet with NATO leaders to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. In this meeting, they will discuss ways to help Ukraine and attempt to find new ways to restrict Russia without escalating the war.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, after being nominated to the Supreme Court earlier this year, began court hearings earlier this week. During these hearings, Judge Jackson was questioned for days by both Republicans and Democrats, in an attempt to learn more about her and what kind of decisions she would make if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court. If the proceedings are in her favor, she will likely be confirmed in early April.

Earlier this month, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that prohibited transgender females from competing in women’s sports at all school-sponsored events. On Tuesday, the ICCSD school board spoke out against the bill, saying it was discriminating against trans students and an attack on civil rights.

In West High news, ISASP testing is next week, on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. ISASP testing occurs every year because the federal government requires that all students in 3rd grade through 11th grade take a test standardized by their state. If West High did not take these tests, we would not receive federal funding. However, seniors do not have to take these tests and can stay home Tuesday and Wednesday morning next week.

A hotel in Venice, Italy has been giving its guests orange water guns to ward off seagulls that have been stealing visitors’ food. The birds don’t like the color orange and have learned to avoid guests who are carrying them.

That’s all I have for you today, tune in next week for the next episode of the WSS Weekly News Wrap-Up!