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West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The 2021-2022 journalism team pose with  the News Team of the Year banner at the IHSPA state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 21.

WSS named 2021 All-Iowa News Team of the Year

October 21, 2021

The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story staffs at its state journalism conference Oct. 21. The West Side Story staff was named a 2021 All-Iowa...

NSPA names top newspapers, magazines in its Pacemaker contest. In this competition, only the print news product was judged. Online Pacemaker finalists will be announced in February.

NSPA names West Side Story a Pacemaker finalist

October 21, 2021

The National Scholastic Press Association named the 2020-2021 West Side Story staff a Newspaper/Newsmagazine Pacemaker finalist on Oct. 21. Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners...

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Hanah Kitamoto Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Hanah Kitamoto Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

April 29, 2021

The Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. awarded West Side Story staffer, Hanah Kitamoto ’22, as Iowa’s winner in the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for 2021. The program...

INF names Alyssa Skala scholarship winner

INF names Alyssa Skala scholarship winner

April 29, 2021

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation offers a limited number of college scholarships for students preparing for careers in journalism. Alyssa Skala '21 received one of those scholarships. Skala is currently...

IHSPA names WSS staff 2021 News Team of the Year finalist, winners announced this fall

IHSPA names WSS staff 2021 News Team of the Year finalist, winners announced this fall

April 14, 2021

The Iowa High School Press Association determines News Team of the Year finalists by choosing the schools with the highest number of individual award winners from its annual writing, photography, design...

2021 Quill and Scroll winners: Tosh Klever 21, Owen Aanestad 22, Zoey Guo 22, Maddy Smith 22, Soomin Koh 22, Fareeha Ahmad 21, Helen Zhang 22, Maya Chu 23, Hanah Kitamoto 22, Heidi Du 23, Grace Huang 22 and Alice Meng 21.

Quill and Scroll awards WSS staff in annual writing, photography and multimedia contest

March 23, 2021

Quill and Scroll, a journalism honor society, recognized West Side Story members in its 2021 International Writing, Photo and Multimedia Contest. Students from five countries submitted 2,508 entries and...

NSPA names a record-breaking number of WSS staffers as finalists in national contest

NSPA names a record-breaking number of WSS staffers as finalists in national contest

November 13, 2020

National Scholastic Press Association announced finalists for its 2020 individual contests, with each contest category including up to 10 finalists nationwide. Winners will be announced at NSPA/JEA's national...

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Marta Leira Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Marta Leira Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

April 29, 2020

The Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. awarded West Side Story staffer, Marta Leira ’21, as Iowa’s winner in the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for 2020. The program...

The 2019-2020 West Side Story and Trojan Epic journalism staffs.

IHSPA names WSS staff 2020 News Team of the Year finalist, winners announced this fall

April 15, 2020

The Iowa High School Press Association determines News Team of the Year finalists by choosing the schools with the highest number of individual award winners from its annual writing, photography, design...

The ICCSD has seen an increase in the number of intradistrict transfers since the opening of Liberty High in 2017.

Transfers on the rise for West athletics

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor March 5, 2020

It’s almost an unspeakable phrase in Iowa high school sports: transfer. Whenever a student-athlete transfers to a new school, particularly without changing their residence, rumors and speculations...

West Side Story investigates vaccine enforcement within the Iowa City Community School District.

Calling the shots

Annabel Hendrickson and Marta Leira March 4, 2020

One thousand four hundred eighty-five students. All with different backgrounds, and most importantly, different germs. With 1485 opportunities for disease, the school can provide a breeding ground for...

Hayate Mustefa 23 wears a niqab, a garment that incorporates a face covering in addition to a headscarf.

More than a head covering

For some women, leaving the house without having their favorite ring, watch or scrunchie is an abnormality. For many, there is a specific article of clothing that they would not feel comfortable going...

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