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

All-State auditions showcase students’ hard work

All-State auditions showcase students’ hard work

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Auditions are stressful, whether they’re for sports, music or acting. There is always so much riding on how well you do at a certain time. If you make a mistake you might not get in. For West High students auditioning for All-State, the pressure increases. Not only do they have to get through one audition, but often t...

A new home

A new home

Natalie Katz and Sophie Stephens

October 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Last year when Liberty opened, West too opened their doors to students across the world. West High’s foreign exchange program had been dormant since 2000, when the student population became too large to accept more students for the program. Although many exchange programs have expressed interest ...

West High library by the numbers

West High library by the numbers

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 11, 2018


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Rows and rows of books, students scattered around, and the musty and welcoming smell of books fills the air. The library. It’s a place for everyone: for friends to hang out before school, for productive students to get a head start on their homework, for bookworms searching for a good read and for st...

A unique musical experience

A unique musical experience

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 10, 2018


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From infinite corn fields and hay bales scattered about to looming medieval castles and massive mountain ranges in Europe, Kat Hirsch ‘20 got to see it all this summer.  The tour of  Europe included traveling to seven different countries within the span of 21 days and performing in five of them. T...

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Feature, Profiles, Showcase, Theater

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Theatre West was left in a difficult position. Longtime technical director Jeff Smith moved to New York City and his replacement, Beth Halverson, had just gotten a new teaching position which required her to move away from Iowa City as well. This left Theatre We...

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Literary, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Whether you’ve read the books, watched the movies or have not done either, it is very likely that you’ve heard of the Harry Potter franchise at some point in your life. This year, the series will celebrate 20 years since it kicked off in the United States with the release of “Harry Potter and ...

The art of makeup

The art of makeup

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under A&E, Feature, Showcase

When she was younger, Olivia Barker '20 did not believe she was ever going to wear makeup, but now she has developed a passion for it as a form of art which is shown on her Instagram page dedicated to makeup. Barker shares with West Side Story how her relationship with makeup has grown as well as her op...

Old school meets digital

Old school meets digital

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

October 2, 2018


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Over the past ten years, access to technology and online resources has increased greatly in schools. Classrooms across the Iowa City Community School District have gone from using  chalkboards and whiteboards to smartboards and chromebooks. The district has also given students and parents enhanced digital resources like Powerschool and, more r...

Reaching new heights

Reaching new heights

Alex Carlon, Reporter

October 1, 2018


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11,000 feet. That’s the altitude Nikki Pinter ’22 stood at upon reaching the peak of Crow Mountain in Montana, gazing out at the surrounding valleys after a full day of climbing. Although this may sound like the feat of a highly experienced mountain climber, this was Nikki’s first leap into the world o...

An eye catching cake

An eye catching cake

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

If you passed by Kerri Barnhouse before school on Friday Sept. 28, you may have thought the English and PALs teacher was carrying a stack of enormous books. However, as you approached you would see the books were covered in frosting. Barnhouse was carrying her birthday cake. “I don't think...

The art of mathematical teaching

The art of mathematical teaching

Luke Krchak, Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

When Greg Witt was in high school he loved math and history. In college he got his degree in math and computer science, but later in grad school while he was a Teaching Assistant (TA) he found out he enjoyed being in front of the class instead of in the back. “I love to teach because I know ...

Welch forms Orchestra Council

Welch forms Orchestra Council

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

September 23, 2018


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You’ve probably heard of student council, but have you heard of Orchestra Council? The West High Orchestra Council was created to provide an opportunity for the members of the orchestra to get involved in improving their ensemble. The council is made up of committees which each have their own spec...

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