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  • Girls soccer plays Xavier at home May 22.

  • Softball plays Dubuque Hempstead at home May 22.

  • Show Choir Auditions from May 23 - 25.

  • Last day for seniors is May 23.

  • Graduation Rehearsal for all seniors at 12:30 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, May 23.

Continuing their passion

Continuing their passion

May 24, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Seniors have many essays, forms, and interviews they must prepare for college admissions and scholarships. But some West High seniors have other assignments they must do. Five students share their experiences of college music auditions in order to help future seniors.

The Singing Bee: Summer Edition

The Singing Bee: Summer Edition

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase, Video

Join Mason Wang and Kristina Rosebrook as they test West High's knowledge of popular summer songs.

The Ultimate Ramen Cookoff

The Ultimate Ramen Cookoff

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

May 22, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase, Video

What's the greatest test of college readiness? How well you can make ramen, of course. Watch as seniors Junhee, Prateek, Mason face off to see who can make the best ramen.

The strangest pets at West

The strangest pets at West

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 8, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Pets are known for their ability to enrich lives with their presence. They provide humans with love and company, something many people are growing to lack in this modern age. While some people seek the companionship of man’s best friend or furry felines, others have befriended some more unusual anima...

Managing AP testing

Managing AP testing

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

May 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Spring has sprung. The world has turned green. Snow has turned to sunshine, and the harsh blasts of winter’s winds have turned to bird song. But many academically ambitious students in high schools across the country have barely noticed. For them, spring does not mean renewed exploration of the burg...

The road to Worlds

The road to Worlds

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing and Copy Editor

April 30, 2018


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Thunderous applause shakes the room. Smells of popcorn and hot dogs fill the air as viewers fight to get the best seats. An array of LED embellished signs and mascots wave across the crowd, encouraging them to grow even louder. As the announcer taps the microphone, the crowd begins to die down, ea...

A word is worth a thousand pictures

Jessica Moonjely and Abbie Callahan

April 26, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Video

Boldness is defined as the willingness to take risks and act innovatively. To step out of the box. To speak the unspeakable. To challenge the norm. With the help of slam poetry, Khlood Saeed ’20 has learned the true strength that comes with finding her voice. For the past three years, Saeed has...

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

Ting Gao, Reporter

April 24, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Each Tuesday after school, a motley group of students gather in an ordinary-looking classroom in the English hallway. Huddled over their Chromebooks, they converse briefly about their latest works, and then commence to spend 30 minutes in near-silence, hardly interacting with each other at all. While ...

The Miracle Season

The Miracle Season

Jenna Wang, Reporter

April 16, 2018


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On Sunday, March 18, hundreds of community members arrived at the Englert Theatre for the red-carpeted hometown screening premiere of “The Miracle Season,” a movie that chronicles the story of the Women of Troy’s back-to-back volleyball state championships. Set in 2011, West High’s volleyball team fre...

Chic and on fleek

Chic and on fleek

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

April 16, 2018


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Prom season is made up of ‘promposals’ all over Instagram, group dinners and glamorous outfits. For some students, however, the pressure to buy an expensive gown for the occasion adds stress to the event or dissuades them from attending. This year, the West Side Boutique opened to provi...

Eating disorders

Eating disorders

Sophie Stephens, Online Feature Editor

April 8, 2018


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You start counting calories. 2,000 a day, then 1,500, then 1,000. You count lower and lower until you get to the point where you are eating less than 500 calories a day and burning off more through excessive cardio. Maybe you use diet pills or drugs to stop feeling hungry, or sleep through meals so you...

All genders welcome

All genders welcome

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor

April 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

When a student normally walks into a bathroom at school, their main fear is that they won’t make it to class on time. But for a non-binary student, just stepping into the bathroom means facing stares, taunts and possible harassment. However, many of these fears can be alleviated with the addition of...

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