West Side Story

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A cultural community

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor & Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under A&E, Award winners, Fashion, Showcase

A little girl stands in front of the mirror, grabs the hem of her ruffled skirt and twirls the bright fabric with flower patterns around her body. Across the Atlantic Ocean, another child ties her hair into a bun and uses a headwrap to make intricate shapes. Thousands of miles northeast of her, a th...

Setting the stage for new faces

Setting the stage for new faces

Annabel Hendrickson, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Entertainment

From memorizing lines to managing different sections of tech to coordinating and directing rehearsals, it takes a miracle to get a play done. West High’s play this fall is George Seaton’s Miracle on 34th Street. Although West High puts on a fall show every year, this one will be unique through its...

Citizen Rain (and Harry): The Post-Halloween Pilot

Citizen Rain (and Harry): The Post-Halloween Pilot

Rain Richards and Harry Westergaard

November 17, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Multimedia, Podcast

Rain and Harry talk movies! This episode's topics include horror movies, reboots, Stephen King and more. The xenomorph in the original Alien-- frightening or feeble? Tune in to hear two WSS staffers' thoughts on what makes good horror. https://soundcloud.com/wsspaper/citizen-rain-and-harry-the-post-halloween-pilot

What dog breed are you based on your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

What dog breed are you based on your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

Every dog breed has a different temperament and your personality might just match up with one of the three pooches in this quiz. Answer 5 questions about your favorite Thanksgiving dishes to find out. (Note: Keep track of how many letter A's, B's or C's you have to figure out your result at the end.) (...

5 ways to release creative tension

5 ways to release creative tension

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment

Finals are officially over, and now you might be feeling like you have too much time on your hands. Binge-watching Netflix is fun, but after awhile it starts to feel a little tiring. Maybe you’re want to do something creative, but you’re not sure where to begin or what to do. Here are some tips ...

Recipes to gobble up this Thanksgiving

Recipes to gobble up this Thanksgiving

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

November 13, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Food, Showcase

The season of Halloween and the small, munchable morsels of sugary flavored sweets that came with it has passed.  While the sweetness and candy which define the month of October have subsided, it doesn’t mean the season for good food ends with it. Now is the time for Halloween’s more filling ...

“The Old Man & The Gun” gives Robert Redford the perfect sendoff

“The Old Man & The Gun” gives Robert Redford the perfect sendoff

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 12, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Oftentimes, the great actors from the golden age of film will call it quits without putting much thought into what their last film is. This frequently leads to outstanding careers ending like bad jokes. See Gene Hackman’s sendoff, “Welcome to Mooseport,” or Sean Connery with “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” for evide...

West High schoolers try: pumpkin spice

West High schoolers try: pumpkin spice

Kristina Rosebrook, Online and Broadcast Entertainment Editor

November 11, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Food, Video, Video

Leaves are falling, there's a chill in the air and pumpkin spice lattes have made a reappearance. Is the whole theme of pumpkin-spiced foods and drinks overhyped? West Side Story is here to find out by asking several West High students to try some pumpkin-flavored treats.

A day in the life of ‘Triple G’

A day in the life of ‘Triple G’

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

November 10, 2018


Filed under A&E, Showcase

The life of a principal seems like a mundane job at first glance - always at meetings, taking phone calls or dealing with students called into the dreaded principal’s office. But Principal Gregg Shoultz’s life is much more exciting than that of a typical principal’s -- besides just holding expecte...

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a delightful Queen biopic

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a delightful Queen biopic

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 8, 2018


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

Any fan of the musical hits from the late 20th century should be familiar with Queen, a band that distinguished themselves through their wide range of songs and the distinctive voice of lead singer Freddie Mercury. Even those who aren’t familiar with the music of their time period will likely recogni...

Book review: Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” is a wildly imaginative ride

Book review: Philip Reeve’s “Mortal Engines” is a wildly imaginative ride

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 5, 2018


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

“Mortal Engines” takes place on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic Earth as cities have risen up from the ground and donned wheels, becoming large, mobile fleets. These new, mobilized cities all follow the rules of Municipal Darwinism, a play on Charles Darwin’s famous “survival of the fittest...

8 Trick-or-treating alternatives

8 Trick-or-treating alternatives

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 31, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Multimedia

No matter how sad it may be, there will come a time where we dub ourselves “too old” to trick-or-treat. Maybe the lack of costume options at Walmart was an indicator, or perhaps it was a parent bluntly stating the fact. It used to be customary to walk around the neighborhood in a Halloween costume and then...

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