West Side Story

  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

Finding his forte

Finding his forte

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

When the average person thinks of a choir director, the image that often comes to mind is a stuffy elderly man with a baton. However, choir director Luigi Enriquez is far from that stereotype. Born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1994, Enriquez’s life story is a bit different than that of the typi...

Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

November 10, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time, to the United States, where she became a paraeducator in the special education department. Naz’s...

10 tips for surviving the college application process

10 tips for surviving the college application process

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Humor, Showcase

College application season is one of the most exciting, and most nerve-racking, parts of the high school experience. Students often spend countless hours working on essays, resumes, and the dreaded Common Application. To avoid the stresses of applications here’s some simple advice on how to make your...

Poetic pair

Poetic pair

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

November 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

The high expectations and pressure placed on many high school students can often cause depression and anxiety. In many cases, high-achieving students do not have many outlets for escape and self-reflection. For Allen Liao ‘20 and Isaac Liao ‘20, their preferred route was through poetry. Isaac w...

Rebirth of the Review

Rebirth of the Review

Ting Gao, Reporter

November 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

In West’s storied history, there have been many clubs, organizations and institutions which have sprung up, lived out their brief lives, and then faded away. Take the Winter Formal, for instance, which was retired in early 1980s. Or the Smudge, an underground student magazine that once stirred up controver...

Capture the moment

Capture the moment

Caroline Chandler, WSS Intern

October 30, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

At first, a camera was nothing more than a foreign item that her parents used to capture the moment. Once she picked it up she realized that the options were endless for what she could do. For Caroline Barker ’22, the passion for photography started the moment she decided to be the one taking pictures o...

Joy at West

Joy at West

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Zheyi Li ’20 is walking through the same halls, going to the same classes and talking to the same teachers as many West students. While the day to day life in the Iowa City Community School District has become mundane for most of her peers, this is a new experience for Li, one that will end when she...

No costumes, no jack-o’-lanterns, no candy corn

No costumes, no jack-o’-lanterns, no candy corn

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Pulling on their assorted costumes of ghosts, witches, zombies and anything in between, kids race out the door on Halloween night ready to fill their bags with candy. As they knock on each door, their bags start to fill up until there’s hardly any room left.Art by Emma Hall While this experience...

Diving into a new sport

Diving into a new sport

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 25, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Profiles, Showcase, Swimming

The silence of an entire room weighs down across the pool. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the dive to be executed. Once the diver’s head breaks the surface, her team roars in approval of the feat. It may look seamlessly simple at first glance, but Austyn Goodale ‘20 did not always find it so...

Social impact

Social impact

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The college application process is one of the greatest challenges students face in their high school career. Students often go in with minimal knowledge of what to expect and little preparation. Enter a group of current and former West students including Andrew Burgess ‘20 and Ned Furlong ‘...

10 questions with science teacher Andrea Harms

10 questions with science teacher Andrea Harms

Luke Krchak, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

With nearly 100 teachers at West, how well do you actually know them as people? The WSS hopes to help familiarize you with teachers you see everyday by asking them the same 10 questions. If you have a request for an upcoming teacher or questions to ask, email your idea to [email protected] Department: Sc...

An ocean apart

An ocean apart

Alex Carlon, Reporter

October 21, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

For many best friends, a long distance friendship is virtually unimaginable. The thought of attending different schools, living in different cities and leading separate lives can throw a wrench in the daily communication most friends are accustomed to. When it comes to Soomin Koh ’22 and her best friend...

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