West Side Story

Advice for incoming freshmen


May 30, 2013

by Valerie Hsieh Pre-froshlings have a mixed bag of emotions when it comes to high school. Whether you're excited, confused, or terrified of the coming year, here are some accounts from students of all classes at West High on how to survive high school. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUYgiDxQBG0

The language barrier

May 23, 2013

The ELL program at West High helps students who speak English as their second language succeed and learn. However, since they are just learning English communication with their teachers and peers is difficult; which creates a language barrier. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udrUM_3h6Mw

West High investigates: anonymous Twitter accounts

May 8, 2013

Dr. Arganbright went on the PA system and told the students of West High that a derogatory anonymous twitter account had been created, and he cautioned student's that consequences would follow. West Side Story investigates what happened, and asks questions regarding anonymous twitter accounts to s...

The great debaters

May 6, 2013

West High Debater Kai Trepka and his partner Richie Zhang won the Great Midwestern Debate Tournament, April 5-7th, 2013. The West Side Story sits down with Trepka to talk debate details and what it takes to succeed in a debate. Want to learn more? WSS Intern Akash Borde gives a primer on the basics ...

Birthday twins: Payton Myers ’13 and Chandler Myers ’15

April 23, 2013

by Ashton Duncan and Kaitlyn McCurdy Payton Myers '13 and Chandler Myers '15 are siblings born on the same day two years apart. The WSS interviews them to see how similar they really are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv3gUW59rMQ

France trip 2013

April 19, 2013

By Amiela Canin Rob Nelsen '14 and Ruolu Liu '13 discuss their experiences on West's annual French trip. Photos used with permission of Elizabeth Yang.

POS: Savannah Wilson ’13

April 19, 2013

By: Jordan Rossen and Katie Mons A photo story about all the problems Savannah Wilson '13 has with her car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFumms3cwNE

Trip to China

April 18, 2013

By Hannah Merrill and Olive Carrollhach http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUh2RzopjL8

Spain trip photostory

April 18, 2013

Students share their experiences from the Spanish language trip. By Erin Weathers Photos used with permission from Alex Nelson http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Soo-daDbSE

The governor’s conference

April 18, 2013

COLORS adviser Kerri Barnhouse and Dan Kauble '13 share their perspectives on this year's Governor Conference held on April 3 in Des Moines by Alyssa McKeone and Aileen Norris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2KuNwZMl4o&feature=youtu.be

A look back in time: Notre Dame’s first coed class

March 29, 2013

Women's History Month: Patricia Burger West High math teacher Patricia Burger shares her experience of being in Notre Dame’s first coed graduating class. Today, most high school graduates are expected to go to college. It is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to have a well-paying job without a de...

The art of self-expression

The art of self-expression

March 11, 2013

by Audrey Hopewell For a lucky few, artistic talent and self expression come easily. For others, not so much. Luckily, West High has a bevy of talent, artistic and otherwise. These videos showcase the best of West's artists. The students featured here express themselves through illustration, fashion o...

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