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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...

The rainbow throughout time

The rainbow throughout time

Ting Gao, Reporter

November 5, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

It isn’t surprising that people often don’t know queer history. Queer people, after all, have historically been a marginalized community in the US. It’s only been more recently that the existence of the LGBTQ community has been acknowledged in any sort of a positive way. Most of us don’t even...

The next American classic

The next American classic

Luke Reynolds and Sophie Stephens

October 27, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

It’s that time of the year again: time for the writers of the world to crack open their laptops, create a fresh new Word document and start typing. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a nonprofit committed to supporting authors of all experience levels through creative writing. Over the co...

Rising star: Paige Harken ’18

Rising star: Paige Harken ’18

Sophie Stephens, Online Feature Editor

October 25, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

The Little Mermaid. Peter and the Starcatcher. Les Misérables. The Customer is Always Wrong. Fiddler on the Roof. If you saw these productions this past year, chances are you saw Paige Harken ’18 perform. “My first play was when I was in seventh grade and it was with community theater. I didn’t...

All that jazz

All that jazz

Anna Brown, Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

He picks up the instrument, aligning his fingers on the keys, and steadily blows to produce a rich sound. After listening carefully to the pitch, he meticulously adjusts the mouthpiece to tune. Ethan Buck ’21 quickly runs through a scale in anticipation of what’s to come. The young alto saxophonis...

Hitting all the right notes

Hitting all the right notes

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

October 10, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase, Video

Beloved former West High choir teacher Jeff Knutson may now be in Waukee, but that doesn’t mean you should mistrust the man who has filled in his position. Luigi Enriquez, a recent graduate of Luther College, brings great energy and a genuine appreciation for what he does to the table. We sat down ...

From Trojans to Bolts

From Trojans to Bolts

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

October 10, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video

On Aug. 23rd, Liberty High opened up its doors to 754 students eager to start the year at a brand-new school. Many of Liberty’s students and faculty came from West High, including principal Scott Kibby. Starting school in a new building has presented many challenges, but it has also provided many unique...

Late Start: A Year In Review

Late Start: A Year In Review

Lauren Katz and Jessica Moonjely

October 4, 2017


Filed under Feature

The Iowa City Community School Board’s decision to change high school start and end times in the 2016-2017 school year raised concerns over extracurriculars, jobs and sleep. Complaints were issued that the previous 8:05 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. bell schedule reflected a lack of concern for high school...

Finding Your Place

Finding Your Place

Lucy Polyak, Reporter

October 4, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

High school can be overwhelming for some. With all of the homework, clubs and extracurriculars, it can feel intimidating to see where to fit in among the crowd. Despite this, Justin Liu '19 has been able to find his place. Liu has involved himself in various activities such as math club, swim team an...

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