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Stick and poke tattoos

Stick and poke tattoos

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

February 7, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

You’re over at your friends house when her sister brings out a kit she purchased online. She shaves your ankle, cleans it with rubbing alcohol and puts on gloves. Then she takes out a needle and starts poking your ankle along the design you created. This was Kat Hagan ’20’s experience getting her first stick ...

Keeping her father alive: how a ‘suburban dad’ and Charles Barkley impacted a nation

Keeping her father alive: how a ‘suburban dad’ and Charles Barkley impacted a nation

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing & Co-Copy Editor

February 5, 2019


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

The wild journey began with a cat litter scientist from Iowa, a former NBA superstar and a strange coincidence that would impact their lives for the better. Residing thousands of miles apart, Lin Wang and Charles Barkley had over a foot in height difference and led strikingly different lifestyles. Y...

Turning houses into homes

Turning houses into homes

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

January 21, 2019


Filed under Feature, Showcase

A shag rug with a deep coffee stain. A leather couch with holes worn into the fabric. A once fuzzy blanket with a fraying hem. These everyday furnishings aren’t remarkable, but they’re what make our houses more than merely places we go to eat and sleep. For underprivileged families in our school...

Starting the New Year with nothing

Starting the New Year with nothing

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

January 20, 2019


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Showcase

Jennifer Craig ‘06 drove down the street with her three-year-old daughter and her sister, Aislin Craig ‘21. They were happily on their way back to her new apartment with the last load of boxes. Then, Jennifer received a call from her daughter’s father. “He gives me a call and he says, ‘There'...

Handling life

Handling life

Natalie Dunlap and Cosi Barry

January 14, 2019


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Profiles

Hundreds of dogs yelp and run around the concrete building. Every single bark echoes throughout the whole of the room. Along with animals, a few spectators and owners crowd around the performance area watching the dogs prance around the ring. As a young child competing in her very first dog show, this ...

Sealing the deal

Sealing the deal

Marta Leira, Reporter

January 11, 2019


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Unlike most tests that Lilian Montilla ‘21 has taken, this exam is something she’s been preparing for her whole life. In two years, she will get the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy, which was approved in Iowa on April 17, 2018.This opportunity will be available to all bilingual students. ...

Meet the Buddies

Meet the Buddies

Jessica Moonjely, Marta Leira, and Alex Carlon

January 10, 2019


Filed under Feature, Profiles

West’s Best Buddies chapter helps foster one-on-one friendships, provide job opportunities and teach leadership development skills to individuals with intellectual or developmental disorders. This collection of profiles focuses on five students involved in the program and what makes each of them uniq...

When it happens.

When it happens.

Marta Leira, Reporter

December 30, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, One year since Parkland

She woke up excited; it was Valentine’s Day, after all. Gordon picked out a nice outfit and went to school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The day started off full of joy, as students milled about the hallways, handing out letters, roses, teddy-bears and treats. It was just a typical Valentine...

A focus on the future

A focus on the future

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

December 29, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature

There exists a class that is practically unheard of among West students even though it has been around for four years. The class is called Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), a program whose purpose is to mentor students who are at the highest risk of disengaging out of school and to work t...

Celebrating Hanukkah in a Christmas-crazed school

Celebrating Hanukkah in a Christmas-crazed school

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

December 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia

West High is home to many diverse groups of students. Despite this, the celebration of Christmas is overwhelmingly apparent in the school. From students talking about the holiday, singing and listening to Christmas music and wishing one another a Merry Christmas, the holiday is all around the building. For...

An unexpected addition

An unexpected addition

Jessica Moonjely, Print Profiles Editor

December 27, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

They knew something was wrong when she couldn’t eat her burger. On Oct. 21, 2017, their one year anniversary, Noah and Sydney sat down like any other teenage couple to eat at Chili’s. However, after taking a few bites of her food, Sydney felt that something was different. Everything tasted disg...

Fostering Love

Fostering Love

Anna Brown and Lily Meng

December 21, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Showcase

From “The Fosters” to the “Annie” remake, adoption is portrayed more and more often as a sensationalized portion of media pop culture. However, these stereotypical Hollywood images do not encompass the entirety of an adoptee’s story. Dramatized productions often distort reality, as outlets por...

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