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West Side Story

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West Side Story

Jordan Caperon 23 points to the scoreboard after finishing the 100 meter race on April 15 at the Forwald Coleman Relays.

Jordan Caperon makes state track debut

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 21, 2021

For the first time in 26 years, the West High Boys Track and Field team will send a wheelchair athlete to state. The last state champions were John Jeter in 1993 who won the 100 meter, 200 meter and 800...

The members of Cadenza pose for their club photo.

Cadenza: music for charity

Maddy Smith, Visual Editor and Feature Editor May 19, 2021

The West High music department definitely adheres to the motto “where excellence is a tradition.” With the numerous chambers and bands, there is no shortage of amazing musical talent. Junior Bivan...

Divya Shyamal 21 has found a purpose in teaching math to younger students.

2021’s Last Story: Divya Shyamal

Maggie Huang, Online News Editor May 16, 2021

2021's Last Story is WSS' senior profile series. To view all installments in the series, click here.  Strolling into the room at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she takes a quick...

Jack Gluesing 21 achieved the world record lap time for Mario Karts Shy Guy Beach track.

A pretty shy guy

Fareeha Ahmad and Alex Carlon April 26, 2021

You’re cruising alongside the ocean on your motorcycle, wind in hair, achieving speeds you never thought possible. Sweat flies off your brow as adrenaline courses through your body. You tense and wait...

Carlos Honore 97 converses with a student athlete who is a part of the Fifth Ward Saints.

Honore-ing a better life

Fareeha Ahmad and Mishka MohamedNour April 25, 2021

Confident. Humorous. Athletic. Wrestling coach Tom Lepic saw all of these traits in one person walking down the hallways of Northwest Junior High. Lepic approached the student while trying to find recruits...

The WSS explores the culture and effects of excessive caffeine consumption and sleep deprivation.

Caffeine culture

Katherine Shoppa and Rosemary Timmer-Hackert April 25, 2021

You blink rapidly to stay awake, trying to concentrate on the textbook in front of you, words blurring before your eyes. It’s 1:14 a.m., and you have to be up for school in six hours, but you still have...

As car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers,  many question whether teenagers are ready for the responsibility that comes driving.


Heidi Du and Alice Meng April 24, 2021

On a typical morning at West, it’s no surprise to see a stream of cars pulling into the parking lots, followed by dozens of students walking into school, jangling keys in hand. For many, being able to...

WSS investigates the long-term effects of separating students into different learning programs.

The division decision

As your classmates settle down into their cozy nooks and crannies, the noise in the once chatter-filled room dwindles down to near silence, with the exception of an occasional page flip. So drawn into...

Kaisa Whittaker 21 poses in her work uniform.

Job juggling

Abby McKeone, Annie Schwartz, and Maddy Smith April 18, 2021

Time management is a vital skill for all students. Balancing school, social life and extracurricular activities is a learning curve many students have to face. For some students, however, there is an added...

Rearranging Ramadan

Rearranging Ramadan

Kailey Gee, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief April 14, 2021

This article is part of a series about Ramadan celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the first edition about what Ramadan was like in 2020 here. Breaking the fast together, praying together,...

Gwen Watson 21 is the online entertainment editor for WSS.

Staff Spotlight: Gwen Watson ’21

Bess Frerichs, Online Managing and Feature Editor April 11, 2021

Gwen Watson ’21 is a photographer for WSS and manages the online entertainment section. As entertainment editor, they are responsible for choosing entertainment articles and looking them over before...

This photo of Dylan Salge 23 was taken on his birthday, January 27, 2020.

Remembering Dylan Salge

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief April 10, 2021

His laughter.  For many who knew Dylan Salge ’23, that was one of his many memorable qualities.  “He had a really great laugh; it was one of my favorite things. In class … he typically just...

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