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  • Boys basketball plays Washington Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. away.

  • Girls basketball plays Washington Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at home.

  • SPIT shows take place Jan. 11-12 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.

  • Show choir's Dollar for Scholars concert is Jan. 10 at Liberty High.

“All the Money in the World” delivers standard thriller fare

“All the Money in the World” delivers standard thriller fare

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

January 12, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film

What do you do when your film is rendered unwatchable at the last minute? Everything is complete, save the select few finishing touches one adds in post-production. But, at the very last minute, you get the news that a key player in the film has now been rightfully shunned. This very problem plagued Ridle...

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone: a “Girl in Snow” review

You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone: a “Girl in Snow” review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

January 10, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Literary, Reviews, Showcase

You never know what you're going to get from a debut novel. On its hardcover jacket, there could be a solitary blurb on the back from a well-known author. But if the publishing company wants the book to do well, they'll display a quote from that author on the front and continue with more praise ...

“12 Angry Jurors”: Behind the Scenes

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor

January 3, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase, Theater

From the 1950s to Now Fans of “12 Angry Men” may remember men smoking cigarettes and old-fashioned slang, but the Theatre West production is a far cry from this vision. Rather than being set in the past, this version took place in present day New York. The show centers around 12 jurors decidi...

5 shopping apps for the holidays

5 shopping apps for the holidays

Kristina Rosebrook and Mary Vander Weg

December 20, 2017


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

Many of us are joyful and celebratory during December, finding the perfect gifts for friends and family. However, others are broke and stressed, completely unsure of what to buy. Well, luckily for you WSS has compiled a list of five fantastic shopping apps to help you through the holidays. Target by...

A soft place to land: a “Far from the Tree” review

A soft place to land: a “Far from the Tree” review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

December 20, 2017


Filed under A&E, Arts, Literary, Multimedia, Reviews, Showcase

When this new book from Robin Benway was nominated for the National Book Award shortlist a day after its publication, I was shocked. I had only read one of Benway's books prior to this, and even with the dark background some of her characters faced, there always was breezy humor to counteract those his...

‘Tis the season for sugary sweets

‘Tis the season for sugary sweets

Carmela Cohen Suarez and Ken Wilbur

December 18, 2017


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Food, Showcase

The holiday season is celebrated distinctly by many. While some are happy solely because of the break from school and work, others celebrate holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more. Although there are differences in how each individual celebrates, one thing always seems to ring true for a...

Winter Music Is Not (Necessarily) Holiday Music

Winter Music Is Not (Necessarily) Holiday Music

Nina Elkadi, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

This is a playlist full of my favorite songs that make me think of winter. My rules were:  I can't have more than one song from an artist (seriously, the whole playlist would be Sufjan Stevens). It can be sad, but not too sad (Frankie Cosmos is a stretch on here, but I needed some fem...

Library celebrates release of ‘The Last Jedi’ with STEM project

Library celebrates release of ‘The Last Jedi’ with STEM project

Alyson Kuennen and Eman Elshiekh

December 15, 2017


Filed under Breaking, Entertainment, News, Showcase, Video, Video

Watch the tutorial below to see how you can make your own Lightsaber. Follow @icwestlibrary on Instagram and Twitter for updates on future projects in the library. If you missed it yesterday, come to the library today, Dec. 15, during 7th period to make your own.

Live Like Line movie trailer out with new title, ‘The Miracle Season’

Live Like Line movie trailer out with new title, ‘The Miracle Season’

Nina Elkadi, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

April 13, 2018, the release date for "The Miracle Season," can't come soon enough for many in the West High community. In the summer of 2011, West student Caroline (Line) Found died in a moped crash. "The Miracle Season" chronicles Caroline's impact on the West volleyball team as it continued on to...

What I’ve done: a “These Things I’ve Done” review

What I’ve done: a “These Things I’ve Done” review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

December 14, 2017


Filed under A&E, Arts, Literary, Reviews, Showcase

Young adult contemporaries are mostly a predictable field. If you want books that have girls coming to terms with events in their lives, sweet and safe romances and brief glimpses into heavy issues, you're in the right place. I value them as comfort reads, pillows to rest upon whenever I finish something edgy and out of my comfo...

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