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  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

Novel conversations

Novel conversations

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video

A recent rise in minority authors has kickstarted a literary movement that tackles issues like racism and police brutality through young adult fiction. Books like “Dear Martin” provide a way to bring students together through understanding each other’s backgrounds. The 2017-18 climate survey revea...

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

He was given a 3x3 Rubik's cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their perfect form. “I was interested then, but it was really brief and I just sort of played wit...

A new experience

A new experience

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

If you thought Kerri Barnhouse was busy enough being a British Literature Honors, Biblical Literature, grammar teacher and an instructional coach for other teachers, think again. This school year, she has taken up another task: teaching West High’s Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs). PALs ...

Four years’ difference

Four years’ difference

Ting Gao, Reporter

September 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Four years can change a lot. Beards sprout, limbs stretch, late-nighters become a common occurrence and open hours replace study halls. But the evolution of stress over the handful of years spent wandering these hallowed halls is a mystery. That’s what the WSS set out to investigate. What ai...

The pursuit of passion

The pursuit of passion

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor, Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Feature

Science instructor and 2010 West High graduate Marshal Moellers hadn’t always envisioned himself as a teacher. “I was a beast at coloring inside the lines [when I was younger]. So I always wanted to be some sort of artist. I was like, ‘I can do this for a job,’” he said. “Turns out, t...

Welch family welcomes baby boy

Welch family welcomes baby boy

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The first day of school is usually busy enough, but for Jon Welch, the orchestra director at West High, it was even busier. He had to rush out of school to get to the hospital because his wife was about to give birth. Everett Taylor Welch was born healthy on Aug. 23. The next day he had to be transferred...

Club Connection: Pep Club

Club Connection: Pep Club

Alex Carlon, Reporter

September 13, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, Feature, Showcase

Pep Club, the newest addition to the West High club scene, aims to go beyond the bleachers and bring students from all classes together in an attempt to make the student section more inclusive. With their first meeting occurring the second week of school, Pep Club has been hard at work from the get-go....

Relaxing songs to study to this year

Relaxing songs to study to this year

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Feature, Music, Uncategorized

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely cannot study in complete silence. However, too much background noise can also be a big distraction. I’ve compiled a playlist of some calming songs to turn on when it comes time for homework, or when you need to just listen to music and relax. With a carefull...

West graduate observes Kavanaugh hearings in person

West graduate observes Kavanaugh hearings in person

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 11, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Politics, Showcase

People all over America kept up with the Brett Kavanaugh hearings last week. As citizens across the country tuned into live streams or caught up with the morning news, one West High alum witnessed the hearing on Capitol Hill. Michael Moonjely graduated from West High in 2017. He’s currently a so...

Club Connection: Students for Open Discussion

Club Connection: Students for Open Discussion

Simon Jones, Designer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, Feature, Showcase

If you were to ask upperclassmen about the Republican and Democrats Clubs, many would say that they remember them fondly. Yet in recent years with most members graduating and others quitting, those clubs only exist as memories. Some students who were disappointed in the dissolvement of the clubs have...

A new app for athletics

A new app for athletics

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Students and parents have new software to view information about the school’s athletics, and a West High graduate helped make it possible. Luke Barta ’16 is a junior majoring in marketing at the University of Iowa. In December of 2017 he started working on an app with his business partner Sean Ni...

Best places to thrift for your fall wardrobe

Best places to thrift for your fall wardrobe

Alex Carlon, Reporter

September 9, 2018


Filed under Fashion, Feature, Showcase

Everyone loves a good deal, and in an era where a logo can cost more than the clothing itself, hunting for the lowest prices is essential to keeping both your style and your budget tight. In fact, hitting the local Goodwill is becoming less of a financial necessity and more of a unique way to express i...

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