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Club Connection: Kazoo Club

Club Connection: Kazoo Club

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, Feature, Recurring Series, Showcase

You walk down the social studies hallway early on a Wednesday morning, a pleasant buzzing sound reverberating down the corridor. You curiously turn the corner into room 230, encountering a scene that can only be described as bizarre. Six sophomore girls sit in the back corner, fervidly playing holida...

Swimming into a different state

Swimming into a different state

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Profiles Editor

December 17, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Sports, Swimming

James Pinter '20 has been in pools since he was seven years old. This may be due to his family having no shortage of swimmers with his mom, Sheila Pinter, who was a national champion, and his three siblings who also swim competitively. Along with beginning at an early age, Pinter plans on continuing...

The issue of internet security

The issue of internet security

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

December 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Uncategorized

From Facebook leaking user data to the Russia investigation, technology scandals have catapulted into the spotlight, raising questions about data security and privacy. As accessibility to technology becomes increasingly available, the problem only becomes more personal.One of the most common ways that...

Resilience

Resilience

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

December 16, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Education was not a guarantee for Veronica Kharunda ’19. The first school she attended was at a refugee camp in Kenya when she was 10 or 11. Children ranging from five to 20 years old attended before it was even finished being built. When it first opened, kids sat on the floor in the roofless build...

Custodial company

Custodial company

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

December 15, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

While most students and teachers are asleep, head custodian MJ Plank wakes up at 4:00 a.m. and arrives at school at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for the day. “I do a route around the building and the grounds and check to make sure there's no big issues … then I come inside, check the alarm, the boilers, [and...

Minorities in the spotlight

Minorities in the spotlight

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

December 14, 2018


Filed under Feature

ICrazy Rich Asians t has been more than 25 years since an all-Asian cast was seen in Hollywood, last seen in “The Joy Luck Club.” Since then, in 2017, only 4.8 percent of all characters in the year’s top-grossing 100 films were of Asian descent according to USC Annenberg. However, the 2018 re...

From a passion to a profession

From a passion to a profession

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

December 11, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Fashion, Feature, Showcase

Some students take up sports. Others, an instrument or art classes. When it comes to Jada ’22 and Olivia Dachtler ’19, however, their free hours are devoted to something more entrepreneurial: opening their own online store. Jada and Olivia started their business, Iowa City Thrifts, in early Novembe...

Behind the new AP

Behind the new AP

Edward Keen, Reporter

December 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

A new year at school typically yields an innumerable amount of changes. This school year was no different. The cafeteria received a lavish makeover, new exercise facilities were constructed, new school wide policies were formed–you name it. One modification that was sure to surprise students the m...

Freshmen vs. the freeze

Freshmen vs. the freeze

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

In August, the West High courtyard is a sanctuary for students to take a break during lunch time, escaping classrooms that either have swampy humidity or frigid air conditioning to bask in sunlight and enjoy what remains of summer weather. When the fall winds begin to blow,  most students retreat insid...

Student Senate starts switching systems

Student Senate starts switching systems

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

November 30, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

In almost every case, students have very little influence over what happens at school. They don’t decide schedules, homework or breaks. That is, for almost every case except Student Senate. Besides planning activities like the Fall Fest and Homecoming, Student Senate handles a variety of other school issue...

Education meets creativity

Education meets creativity

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

November 30, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Creativity. It’s often overlooked in the class curriculum and overshadowed by academics, but the makerspace movement that has become popular in school libraries is about creating a space for creativity and hands on experiences for students. For many schools, the movement was a way to draw kids i...

A helping paw

A helping paw

Jenna Wang, Reporter

November 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Uncategorized

While strolling past the ELL classrooms, you may have noticed an unfamiliar face sauntering by on four paws in a small, black vest. Your very first instinct may have been to pet him or to call out his name, just like any other pet. However, many are unaware that those actions are not allowed and tha...

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