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West Side Story

  • Boys basketball plays Washington Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. away.

  • Girls basketball plays Washington Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at home.

  • SPIT shows take place Jan. 11-12 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.

  • Show choir's Dollar for Scholars concert is Jan. 10 at Liberty High.

The Band-nana

The Band-nana

Reagan Hart, Reporter and Distribution Manager

January 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Jill Fair has a major pet peeve: students leaving trash in her classroom. This became an issue for her when one of her band students left a banana on her desk when she use to work in  Highland Community School District. None of her students would throw the banana away, and every day it would ma...

Conquering College

Conquering College

Jenna Wang, Reporter

January 10, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Kelly Bergmann - Counselor Throughout her career as a counselor, Kelly Bergmann has noticed a growing trend of perfectionism among high-achieving students toward college applications at West and the consequences and myths that come along with it. “A lot of our kids are going for Ivy League sc...

Greg Yoder

Greg Yoder

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

December 20, 2017


Filed under Feature

From Ecuador to Costa Rica and finally back home to a small town in Iowa, Greg Yoder always knew he wanted to be in education.

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Kelly Bergmann

Kelly Bergmann

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

December 20, 2017


Filed under Feature

Stemming from her mom and high school math teacher, Kelly Bergmann found inspiration to pursue counseling.

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Paul Breitbach

Paul Breitbach

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

December 20, 2017


Filed under Feature

Guidance counselor Paul Breitbach helps students plan for the future by having them aspire to achieve their hopes in life.

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Beyond schedule changes

Beyond schedule changes

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

December 20, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Many students seek out counselors simply as means to scheduling. Whether it be to drop, add or change a class, at many times in the year there is an influx of students seeking counselors’ help. This is but a small part of a counselor’s job description. Passing the threshold into the guidance off...

Finding the right bond

Finding the right bond

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

December 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

On any given school day, Michelle Wikner can be found conducting chemistry experiments and teaching lessons. Known for her fascination and dedication to the chemistry program at West High, it might surprise students that Wikner has not always been so involved in chemistry. Although Wikner does have a lon...

Test anxiety

Test anxiety

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

The world is about to collapse. You cannot breath. Anxiety is rushing through your body. This is what Allie Hambright ’18 feels when she takes a test. Hambright noticed she began to have these symptoms during tests in her sophomore year. This is when she concluded that she suffered from testing...

A discussion: Gun ownership in Iowa

A discussion: Gun ownership in Iowa

Nick Pryor and Ethan Goers

December 7, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

An in depth discussion with a gun owner, federal firearms dealer and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office on gun ownership in Iowa.

Prioritizing Your Passion

Prioritizing Your Passion

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

December 5, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

When she was four, Annie Chen '18’s mother taught her how to play the piano. When she was five, Chen picked up the violin. As a freshman, she performed at All-State with her brother. Chen’s music career began years before grade school, and if she has her way, it will continue past it. Chen has...

Life with dogs

Life with dogs

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

November 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

If you were to see Gary Neuzil’s house full of tiny little dogs ranging from chihuahuas to mixed yorkie-pomeranians, you would never believe that he did not consider himself a dog person until he got married. “I grew up in a family with hunting dogs. I never cared for [dogs] because I was bit...

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