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The student news source of Iowa City West High

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The 2022-2023 Trojan Epic and West Side Story staff members at the Iowa High School Press Associations state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 20.

WSS named 2022 All-Iowa News Team of the Year

Staff October 20, 2022
The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story at its state journalism conference Oct. 20. The West Side Story staff was named a 2022 All-Iowa News Team of the Year, and the 2022 Trojan Epic was named second place Yearbook of the Year.
The 2021-2022 West Side Story online and print staffs.

IHSPA awards 4 of its 5 top awards to West journalists, names WSS staff 2022 News Team of the Year finalist

Staff April 14, 2022

The Iowa High School Press Association awarded five “Best of the Year” trophies this week, with four of them coming to West High. IHSPA named Alaina Greenlee ’23 Videographer of the Year, Kailey...

The Iowa High School Press Association named Kailey Gee as Iowas Journalist of the Year for 2022.

WSS print co-editor-in-chief named Iowa’s Journalist of the Year

Staff March 11, 2022

The Iowa High School Press Association and the Iowa Newspaper Foundation chose Kailey Gee ’22 as Iowa’s Journalist of the Year. Along with the honor, Gee receives a scholarship and is now eligible...

WSS ONLINE STAFF
Front row: Hanah Kitamoto, Camille Gretter, Zoe Smith, Alaina Greenlee, Ijin Shim, Vivian Polgreen
Middle row: Kailey Gee, Lucybelle Gerlieb, Cassie Michaels, Renee Gould, Tessa Gibson, Paige Albright, Mohana Sunkara, Mishka Mohamed Nour, Eleanor Weitz
Back row: Sophie Richardson, Nicole Lee, Laney Prelle, Audrey Parrish, Samuel Rosenthal, Jack Harris, Thayer Abu-Hijleh, Owen Aanestad, Barry Diallo
Not pictured: Maddy Smith, Bella Tisdale, Helena Wa Kalala

NSPA names West Side Story an Online Pacemaker finalist

Staff March 2, 2022
The nation’s top scholastic news sites were recognized March 2 by the National Scholastic Press Association, which announced 47 finalists in its annual Pacemaker competition. The West Side Story's wsspaper.com is one of two Iowa news sites recognized. Owen Aanestad '22 is the WSS online editor-in-chief.
The 2021-2022 WSS print staff. Front row: Aria Khalil, Soomin Koh, Athena Wu, Hanah Kitamoto, Jack Alden, Sachiko Goto, Zoey Guo, Jane Lam, Rosemary Timmer-Hackert, Miguel Cohen Suarez
Middle row: Zaira Ahmad, Kailey Gee, Caroline Mascardo, Katherine Shoppa, Maya Chu, Heidi Du, Krisha Kapoor, Defne Bayman, Caroline Barker, Kamakshee Kuchhal, Ella De Young
Back row: Will Cheng, Xiaoyi Zhu, Lilly Graham, Eva Jordan, Sila Duran, Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab, Lily Prochaska, Misha Canin, Owen Aanestad
Not pictured: Grace Huang, Ginger McCartney, Sofia Wells-Lu, Helen Zhang

West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

November 14, 2021

Honoring the nation’s best, National Scholastic Press Association named West Side Story one of its 29 prestigious Pacemaker winners Saturday, which honors scholastic student newspapers, newsmagazines...

WSS social media staff, Zoey Guo, Hanah Kitamoto, Kailey Gee, Owen Aanestad, Tosh Klever, Krisha Kapoor, Caroline Mascardo and Alaina Greenlee are all finalists in NSPAs individual contests.

NSPA names WSS staffers as top 10 finalists in national contests

November 1, 2021

National Scholastic Press Association announced finalists for its 2021 individual contests, with each contest category including up to 10 finalists nationwide. Winners will be announced at NSPA/JEA’s...

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...

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