West Side Story

  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Feature, Profiles, Showcase, Theater

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Theatre West was left in a difficult position. Longtime technical director Jeff Smith moved to New York City and his replacement, Beth Halverson, had just gotten a new teaching position which required her to move away from Iowa City as well. This left Theatre We...

“Kidding” is the bittersweet tragicomedy we need

“Kidding” is the bittersweet tragicomedy we need

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews

Over the summer, many proclaimed Mr. Rogers, of the PBS television series “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”  to be just the person we needed in “times like these.” A man who uplifted many with his unbridled kindness and notions of equality. Mr. Pickles, star of the fictional series “Puppet Time...

That’s my opinion

That’s my opinion

Ting Gao, Reporter

October 7, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Everyone is opinionated. From politics to fashion to whether the dress is blue and black or white and gold. Everyone always has something to say about anything. Judging from the success of social media as the ultimate platform for airing one’s attitudes, everyone wants to share their opinions. Here are so...

Cynical alternatives to homecoming

Cynical alternatives to homecoming

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

October 5, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Multimedia, Showcase

For some students, West’s homecoming is one of the most exciting nights of the year, yet others would like to be as far away from the event as possible. If you fall into the latter party, and would rather listen to “Never Gonna Give You Up”` on a loop for two hours than attend the dance, here ar...

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Literary, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Whether you’ve read the books, watched the movies or have not done either, it is very likely that you’ve heard of the Harry Potter franchise at some point in your life. This year, the series will celebrate 20 years since it kicked off in the United States with the release of “Harry Potter and ...

The art of makeup

The art of makeup

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under A&E, Feature, Showcase

When she was younger, Olivia Barker '20 did not believe she was ever going to wear makeup, but now she has developed a passion for it as a form of art which is shown on her Instagram page dedicated to makeup. Barker shares with West Side Story how her relationship with makeup has grown as well as her op...

Autumnal Tunes

Autumnal Tunes

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 1, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Entertainment, Music, Uncategorized

With fall now in full-swing, you’re probably looking to replace your overused summer playlist and maybe even the one you used to get through the beginning of the school year. Well fear not, because here is a strong list of light-hearted songs for you to bop to as the weather turns more brisk. C...

Fashion Friday: Prisca Namutchibwe ’20

Fashion Friday: Prisca Namutchibwe ’20

Kristina Rosebrook, Broadcast Entertainment Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Fashion, Showcase

A mix of professional and urban casual, Prisca Namutchibwe '20 enjoys the confidence she obtains from dressing like she's ready for business. Her Congolese background has played a large part in her style. "As being Congolese, one of the most important things after food and celebrations is the way y...

6 West high hot spots

6 West high hot spots

Sidney Kiersch, Online Graphic Designer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia, Showcase

The Java House and Heirloom Salad Company Located just down the street from West, The Java House is a favorite study spot for many Iowa City students. With their quiet and relaxing atmosphere, teens can enjoy coffee and baked goods while catching up on homework. Just on the other side of the coffee shop is He...

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