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  • The music auxiliary car wash will be held on Sept. 30

  • The homecoming football game is on Sept. 22

  • Fall drama auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-20

  • Homecoming will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Photo of the week: Unsung heroes

Sarah Longmire, Photo Editor

January 29, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Every week, West Side Story photographers will explain the story behind some of their favorite photos of the week. This week, Sarah Longmire gives a sneak peek to a story, West's unsung heroes, coming out in the print issue Feb. 17. 

Teachers participate in various activities over winter break

Teachers participate in various activities over winter break

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor, Humans of West High Reporter

January 25, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Dave McNair, World language teacher West Side Story: What did you do over break? Dave McNair: Mostly just stayed at home and relaxed. The highlight was we got our dirt bikes out and during that first bit of snow, we rode our bikes through the snow all over the place. We put on our thick gloves and our ...

A look inside mindfulness

A look inside mindfulness
 

Cameron Cook and Sadie Rhomberg

January 18, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

By definition, mindfulness is the state of being mindful or aware of something. But on a psychological level, mindfulness is a technique where one focuses their full attention on the present, experiencing thoughts, feelings and sensations but not judging them. Mindfulness can be practiced any time,...

In on the decisions

In on the decisions

January 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

West High School’s SPIT (Student Produced Innovative Theater) has two comedy directors and two drama directors. These four students share what it is like to be in charge and making the the decisions.

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Fashion to the rescue

Fashion to the rescue

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

January 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, News, Showcase, Video

What began as a collaboration between the Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) became a reality, as twelve dogs gathered on Dec. 16 to make their debut entrance in a foreign location - the runway. Called “Fashion to the Rescue,” this show was held at the Io...

Why I’m FTK: Maddie Huinker ’17

Why I’m FTK: Maddie Huinker ’17

Isabelle Robles

January 3, 2017


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Maddie Huinker is a basketball player through and through. She comes from a basketball family, with her dad Jon and older brother Gabe both having played. She’s been playing on a club basketball team since third grade. And since then, her dad has been taking her and her brother to the North Libert...

A look back: the West Side Story archives

A look back: the West Side Story archives

Nina Elkadi

December 23, 2016


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Although many readers may only be familiar with the sleek, in-color West Side Story, there was a time when the paper contained stories about Beatlemania, Nixon and student animosity toward ITEDs. Well, some things never change. The WSS’ first issue came out in 1969, and since then―the WSS has made...

The “no” that was ignored

The “no” that was ignored

Ala Mohamed, Digital Profile Editor

December 22, 2016


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Her legs shook violently under the table as she held both of her hands tightly together. She rubbed them against each other as she tried to get at least a word out. One stumble of a word led to another change in leg position. One simple question from me showed my ignorance as fresh streaming tears dashed...

2016 Presidential Election: the discrepancy between electoral and popular votes

2016 Presidential Election: the discrepancy between electoral and popular votes

Lauren Katz, Copy Editor

December 13, 2016


Filed under Election 2016, Feature

One irony of the 2016 presidential election was that Trump, a  critic of the electoral college system prior to the election, in fact, benefitted from the “rigged system;” in this election, the system was "rigged" in his favor. Clinton won 48% of the popular vote, with 62,523,126 votes, over...

The mix of fashion and modesty

The mix of fashion and modesty

Ala Mohamed, Digital Profile Editor

December 9, 2016


Filed under Profiles, Showcase

“Hijabi fashion is not new; it’s been going on,” Lujayn Hamad ‘18 said. She flips a long strand of her tanned, yellow pashmina scarf back, which covers her ears and hair. Her neck stands bare. Hijabi fashion trends have taken over social media like a storm, as an increase in Muslim fashio...

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Beyond the times: Jade Merriwether on confidence and creating social change

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor

December 6, 2016


Filed under Profiles, Showcase

While many witnessed the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown on television, Jade Merriwether lived it. Before moving to Iowa City from St. Louis during her sophomore year of high school, she witnessed protests firsthand. Now, she has devoted her senior year to being an activist against discriminat...

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