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The best songs of the decade

Jack Harris '22 is here to break down the best songs of the last decade.

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

January 21, 2020

Warning: contains songs with explicit lyrics Does music suck now? For a long time, that’s what I thought. I had my reasons too. Overall lyrics have gotten more simple, the musicality of songs has gotten less diverse, and the sound of music has gotten less complex. But that doesn’t mean that the...

“His Dark Materials” is the next big fantasy show

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

January 21, 2020

Ever since my younger years, I’ve had an innate fascination with the fantasy genre. To be able to slide into other worlds with their very way of doing things and sets upon sets of magical attributes has always been an exhilarating escapade for me, whether that comes from books, movies, or television sho...

“Underwater” is the perfect balance of horror and comedy

“Underwater” is the perfect balance of horror and comedy

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

January 20, 2020

William Eubank’s “Underwater” is a flashy new thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat. With its combination of CGI and underwater cameras, you feel like you are alongside the main characters seven miles beneath the ocean's surface. Each character provides an interesting new lens on each situation that com...

“The Mandalorian” is Star Wars at its best

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

January 18, 2020

By all measures of the word, “The Mandalorian” was always going to be a massive gamble for Disney and Star Wars. First, there’s the obvious: it’s the debut live-action television show for the studio—whether or not it was a success would certainly have a part in determining how future origi...

WSS staffer tries 10 x 10 challenge

Natalie Dunlap '20 shows off the earrings she pair with her day eight outfit.

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2020

It feels like American shopping habits are driven by wants and style instead of needs and function; there’s no time like the holidays to give and receive things we might not use or even want. Many of us gathered around with family and friends over winter break, unwrapped some single-use wrapping paper ...

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is a flawed but satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga

Kylo Ren and Rey face off in ¨The Rise of Skywalker¨~Lucus films

Sam Westergaard, Photographer, Videographer

January 6, 2020

As far back as I can remember I've always been a Star Wars fan. I have a huge collection of Star Wars action figures. I have also seen every film, and every episode of the Clone Wars. Basically, I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I have many fond memories of it.  If I had to describe ̈Star Wars: ...

Styling 1920’s fashion elements 100 years later

Styling 1920's fashion elements 100 years later

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

January 5, 2020

With its drop waists and feathered hairpieces, the 1920's were an interesting time for fashion. Dance-floor-ready outfits were the name of the game and women dressed more for aesthetics than for functionality. Though the style has evolved greatly throughout the past 100 years, the trends of the roaring ...

A look back at the decade that was the 2010s

A look back at the decade that was the 2010s

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

January 1, 2020

For students at West High the 2010s will likely be the decade that raised them. Most people have their personalities and opinions carved out while they are young. Things that they may have experienced or events that rattled them, have been the blueprints for building their conscience. So as the curtain c...

Six predictions for what the next decade has in store


Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

December 31, 2019

In the history of the human race, there has never been a person that can see the future. Back in 2009, who would’ve guessed that Donald Trump would become president, or that Ben Affleck would win an Oscar, or a Swedish sandbox game would become the biggest video game of all time. The point is that ...

Meme of the decade

One of the most famous stock photo to ever be put on the internet a boyfriend checking out a passing woman while his girlfriend is totally rethinking her entire relationship. Showing so much pain, jealousy, betrayal, and heartbreak.

Mariam Keita, Reporter

December 30, 2019

2019 is about to end and that means that a new decade is about to come into focus (BIG PUN). Memes have been a new and exciting way to express ourselves.  We've had our fun these past few years sharing and retweeting the various memes to come in and out of style and WSS wants to revisit some favorites...

Looking back: Hand-holding brings administrative action

Caroline Mascardo, WSS Intern

December 28, 2019

        Hand-holding brings administrative action Published in the March 13, 1970 edition of West Side Story   Recently students have been “grounded”in the study hall for violating a rule which prohibits the showing of affection in the school. Controversy was s...

Four books to read over winter break

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

December 21, 2019

It’s the time of year when the temperature dips, your breath comes out a cloud of fog, sparse snowfalls glitter the air and scintillating lights decorate neighborhoods. This winter, in the moments when the outside environment becomes too much, settle into a cozy spot next to the fireplace and get y...

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