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Maddy Cook

(She/her) Maddy is a sophomore and this is her first year on staff as a reporter. She dances at the National Dance Academy and is on the West High Dance Team. In her free time, she likes to read, listen...

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November news briefs

With the first trimester coming to an end, WSS recaps memorable moments for the Trojans.
Anna Song
As the weather gets chillier, WSS looks back on some special fall moments.

Boys golf state

For the first time since 2009, the boys golf team qualified for the state meet, placing second in their district at the Mississippi Valley Conference. Team captain Dillon Croco ’24 finished first with five-under 66 and earned medalist honors. The team placed 12th at the state meet after a historic season.

Football season recap 

Varsity football ended their regular season with a 4-5 record. Jack Wallace ’25 set a new school record for most passing yards in a single game against Cedar Rapids Prairie Oct. 20 with 484 yards. 

Izaiah Loveless ‘24 runs past a Liberty defender at the first game of the season against Liberty. (Ceci De Young)

All-State auditions

Over 80 West orchestra, band and choir students auditioned for All-State at Washington High School Oct. 21, with 26 students from orchestra, 12 from band and four from choir accepted. They performed at the annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Nov. 16-18 at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. 

Gabe Conrad ‘26, Lexie Vogt ‘24 and Maya Hanna ‘25 were accepted into the IHSMA All-State. (Photo Courtesy of Lexie Vogt)

Fall spirit week 

West celebrated the arrival of fall with a spirit week Oct. 23-27, culminating in a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Student Government sold pink merchandise during lunch, including heart-shaped glasses, bandanas and cowboy hats, raising $608 for local non-profit Team Breast Friends.

Claire Hahn ‘25, Jeffrey Conner and Anjali Lodh ‘25 wear matching outfits on “Twin Day”. (Photo Courtesy of Claire Hahn)

Cross country state 

Eight West runners individually qualified and competed in Fort Dodge, Iowa, at the 2023 State Championships Oct. 27. Susanna Olson ’27, Kate Van Waning ’26 and Kalli Titus ’25 placed 73rd, 100th and 127th, respectively, in the girls 5000-meter. Moustafa Tiea ’25, Michael Lee ’24, Cade Benson ’24, Sam Showers ’25 and Brice Wahe ’25 placed 47th, 81st, 85th, 107th and 115th in the boys 5000-meter, respectively. 

The boys cross country team state qualifiers pose for a picture outside of West High. (Photo Courtesy of Boys Cross Country Instagram)

UNICEF halloween fundraiser

UNICEF club held its annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser Oct. 31, distributing collection boxes to classrooms and students. They raised over $100, which will go towards numerous causes such as delivering vaccines and providing people with winter clothes. 

Donations to UNICEF can be made by scanning the QR code on boxes. (Gianna Liu)
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Jane Lam, Print Assistant Copy Editor
(she/her) Jane Lam is a senior at West High. This is her third year on staff reporting for the print publication. As an assistant copy editor, she loves the little details. Outside of the newsroom, you can find her on the Speech and Debate team, on the tennis court and baking with her friends among other things.
Anna Song, Print Assistant Design Editor
(she/her) Anna Song is a junior at West High School and is excited for her second year on the West Side Story staff. This year she will be the assistant design editor on print staff. Outside the newsroom, she can be found either playing the violin, listening to music, browsing Pinterest, napping or eating.
Ceci De Young, Yearbook Photo & Video Editor
(she/her) Ceci De Young is a senior at West and this is her third year on the Trojan Epic staff. She is the photo and video editor this year and loves everything sports.
Gianna Liu, Print Sports and Photo Editor
(she/her) Gianna is a Junior and is starting her second year on staff! She is the Photo and Sports Editor this year for print, which is exactly what she loves to do: photography and volleyball! When she isn't doing those or writing, you will catch her binge-watching K-dramas, reading (fiction), biking or perfecting her skin-care routine.
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