West Side Story

Looking Back: The dwindling of traditions and school spirit

Looking Back: The dwindling of traditions and school spirit

Amelia Stevens, WSS Intern

March 5, 2020

Seniors make their mark Published in the May 11, 1979 edition of West Side Story By Margaret Sines For seniors this is the last year to group together with their buddies in a high school social situation. Whether to celebrate the coming of the end or to develop memories for the future seniors found many ...

Calling the shots

West Side Story investigates vaccine enforcement within the Iowa City Community School District.

Annabel Hendrickson and Marta Leira

March 4, 2020

One thousand four hundred eighty-five students. All with different backgrounds, and most importantly, different germs. With 1485 opportunities for disease, the school can provide a breeding ground for bacteria. is is the reality that West is hoping to avoid with increased enforcement of Iowa’s vaccination...

Optimizing matchomatics

Optimizing matchomatics

Marta Leira, Isaac Young, and Ken Wilbur

February 28, 2020

Two staffers detail the social experiment they conducted with the annual matchmakers survey.

A dedication to education

A portrait of Kate Wickham is proudly displayed in the main entrance of the school. The Kate Wickham Memorial Trust Fund was established in early 1954.

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

February 28, 2020

Hosting around 500 students, Kate Wickham Elementary is one of the almost twenty elementary schools in the ICCSD. Opened in 1997, Wickham has had thousands of students pass through, but few know who the elementary was named after. Kate Wickham was born in England in 1869. She moved to Iowa City in 1...

Looking back: Black History Month paid little attention at West

The display case in the Commons and an exhibit in the library have become the only predominant advertisements of Black History Month at West High this February.

Caroline Mascardo, WSS Intern

February 28, 2020

  This archive has been modified for clarity and length.   Woodson unacknowledged: Black History Month paid little attention at West Originally published in the February 28, 1997 edition of West Side Story by Andrew Cowdery   Carter G. Woodson launched Black History Week...

Looking back: Sports ladder to success

Transitioning from high school to college is huge, and adding sports into the mixture creates a different perspective on the college experience.

Camille Gretter, WSS Intern

February 27, 2020

“Sports ladder to success” by Mathis Petrak February 14, 1975 The Super Bowl, the World Series, Wimbledon, the Stanley Cup and all-star competition are the material childhood dreams are made of. To score the winning touchdown or hit the winning home run would satisfy the fantasy of most America...

More than a head covering

Hayate Mustefa '23 wears a niqab, a garment that incorporates a face covering in addition to a headscarf.

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Jillian Prescott, Cymry Hieronymus, and Paras Bassuk

February 26, 2020

For some women, leaving the house without having their favorite ring, watch or scrunchie is an abnormality. For many, there is a specific article of clothing that they would not feel comfortable going in public without. For some Muslim girls and women, that item of clothing is their hijab. Although s...

Trading up

Dan Martin, Dean of Industrial Technologies at Kirkwood Community College and Russ Johnson, Career Center Facilitator, discuss the importance of trade careers and education.

Isaac Young, Reporter

February 26, 2020

As many students approach the end of their high school careers, they are repeatedly met with the same question from parents, teachers, counselors and even friends: “What are your plans for college?” When it comes time for graduation, most students are only presented with one clear option for after high ...

Sampradaya Bharatanatyam Troupe of Iowa City

Advika Shah '22 executes a dance position for the camera. Every gesture and limb carries a unique meaning in this form.

Paras Bassuk and Caroline Barker

February 25, 2020

  Bharatanatyam is a story-based dance form that has been taught for centuries.   Characterized by its meaningful gestures, facial expressions, and coordination, learning Bharatanatyam is a challenging process. The Sampradaya Dance Troupe is a Bharatanatyam studio directed by S...

Regrowing confidence

In this profile, Ellie Garcia '20 opens up about her experience with alopecia. She says she is

Fareeha Ahmad, Reporter

February 25, 2020

Like any typical teenager, Ellie Garcia ’21 loves sweet treats and spending time with friends. On one hot summer day in Maryland, before her freshman year, she decided to go out and get ice cream with a group of them. As she devoured her ice cream, a friend decided to braid Garcia’s hair, but while they went along the strands, they soon came up...

Branching out to the military

Branching out to the military

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

February 24, 2020

From becoming an Air Force Pilot to attending West Point Military Academy, four West students speak on why the military is right for them. “I have been blessed beyond what I can imagine being able to grow up in this country and to have the opportunities which I had been given, and I believe that ...

Friend crush: Katy Nahra, Ann Rocarek and Christian Aanestad

Katy Nahra, Ann Rocarek and Christian Aanestad pose in front of a sheet stained with fake blood after the 2019 spring musical,

Misha Canin and Natalie Dunlap

February 23, 2020

In the morning, the three meet for coffee ahead of their busy days. At lunch, they are gathered around the dining table in room 102, definitely not gossiping about their students. In the evenings, they can be found in the auditorium blocking scenes, building set pieces and planning for the upcoming pro...

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