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Transfers on the rise for West athletics

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 inevitably begin to circulate. The word “transfer” itself conjures up accusations of recruiting a...

Calling the shots

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 bacteria. is is the reality that West is hoping to avoid with increased enforcement of Iowa’s vaccination...

More than a head covering

More than a head covering

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Jillian Prescott, Cymry Hieronymus, and Paras Bassuk

February 26, 2020

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 in public without. For some Muslim girls and women, that item of clothing is their hijab. Although s...

Regrowing confidence

Regrowing confidence

Fareeha Ahmad, Reporter

February 25, 2020

Like any typical teenager, Ellie Garcia ’21 loves sweet treats and spending time with friends. On one hot summer day in Maryland, before her freshman year, she decided to go out and get ice cream with a group of them. As she devoured her ice cream, a friend decided to braid Garcia’s hair, but while they went along the strands, they soon came up...

Friend crush: Katy Nahra, Ann Rocarek and Christian Aanestad

Friend crush: Katy Nahra, Ann Rocarek and Christian Aanestad

Misha Canin and Natalie Dunlap

February 23, 2020

In the morning, the three meet for coffee ahead of their busy days. At lunch, they are gathered around the dining table in room 102, definitely not gossiping about their students. In the evenings, they can be found in the auditorium blocking scenes, building set pieces and planning for the upcoming pro...

Disconnected.

Disconnected.

Alice Meng and Jenna Wang

February 21, 2020

Introduction It’s a new day at school and you walk in the building with a pair of new shoes and a fresh haircut, a bounce of confidence with every step you take.  Suddenly, someone makes fun of you, and you feel hurt—maybe for a few minutes, or even a whole day. The next school day, y...

Beneath the jersey: the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West

Beneath the jersey: the 20-year history of sports uniforms at West

Joe Goodman and Natalie Katz

February 20, 2020

Forest green and Vegas gold.  The colors that so classically represent West High athletics, or at least are supposed to. For athletes competing under the West High name, having a high-quality uniform is meaningless without these colors on display. As integrated as they are into West High...

Behind the burrito buddies

Behind the burrito buddies

Marta Leira, News Editor

February 13, 2020

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, two students reflect on the creation of their burrito-themed matchmaking program.

For the kids: why they dance

For the kids: why they dance

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

February 11, 2020

Lucy Roth was diagnosed with cancer, a softball-sized tumor in her brain, when she was only two. She was admitted to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital immediately and went through multiple surgeries to reduce the tumor. Nine years later, Lucy is the kid captain of West High School Dance Maratho...

Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

Iowa caucus recap: student perspectives and result analysis

Natalie Dunlap, Ken Wilbur, and Alexis Dick

February 7, 2020

Many West High students, faculty and families took to their polling places on Feb. 3 to support their candidate of choice in the 2020 presidential election at the Iowa caucuses. For a majority of students, this night represented a first foray into the world of politics, and a chance to be vocal about...

West journalists take on boxing

West journalists take on boxing

Tosh Klever, Videographer

February 4, 2020

Boxing is not a sport many athletes decide to take on. For the well-conditioned athletes at ICOR Boxing the boxing gym prioritizes the community and personal growth of their members. For the last three months, West Side Story staffers decided to face the challenge of learning this fearsome sport. This video features...

The man behind the merch

The man behind the merch

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 2, 2020

All it takes is an Instagram story from Chris Kim ’20 directing his followers to wear their Chong’s shirts and the next day more than a dozen students, and on occasion, a teacher, can be spotted in long sleeve black tee-shirt with a tiger on the back. Their peers might be sitting in class wo...

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