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Two schools, one city

Two schools, one city

Wylan Gao, Reporter

September 25, 2019

In the 4th Quarter, all eyes were on the Trojan Mike Slotterback '74, the senior kicker. Iowa City was at the edge of their seats, as they watched the punter kick the field goal, winning the game against City High. This celebration was commemorated in the West Side Story and was significant to the Wes...

Gridiron Girls: West’s female linemen

Gridiron Girls: West’s female linemen

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

September 24, 2019

What began as a normal school lifting class became an opportunity for two girls to participate in one of the United States’ most male-dominated school sports.  Without schedule flexibility for other lifting classes, Phoebe Burt '21 and Salima Omari '20 were told to lift with the football b...

Twirling through the ages

Twirling through the ages

Bess Frerichs, Online Feature Editor

September 21, 2019

In perfect unison, the marching band struts onto the football field. They stand still, waiting in anticipation until the shriek of the conductor’s whistle cuts through the air. As they start to play, one ensemble member breaks away from the group dressed in a green leotard. Lizzy Slade ‘21 starts t...

The financials of teaching

The financials of teaching

Luke Krchak, Reporter and columnist

September 19, 2019

Finances are often used throughout our lives and to reach our goals, but they are not the main focus of our lives. This was different for business teacher Abbie Weipert. "I enjoyed finance as a hobby and watching the fluctuations of the stock market," Weipert said. When Mrs. Weipert was young she...

Beginning Green and Gold Academy

Beginning Green and Gold Academy

Luke Krchak, Reporter and columnist

September 18, 2019

This year some teachers took the initiative to have their Academic Focus Time (AFT) classes participate in the Green and Gold Academy. The Green and Gold Academy is a project led by AFT teachers to get students to participate in the school community. Currently, there are nine teachers who are leading...

An uphill battle

An uphill battle

Abby McKeone, Reporter and Graphics Editor

September 16, 2019

They walk in unison to the open field, all singing the Trojan cross country song. The girls line up and cramp together as tightly as possible. They try to suppress the feeling of anxiety and focus on staying calm. For Emma Kearney ‘21,  the pressure to remain level-headed is greater than most ...

The magic of the market

The magic of the market

Jack Harris, Reporter & Film Critic

September 12, 2019

Mornings in the midwest are often cold and crisp, with a sharpness to the air. Saturdays provide a feeling of happiness and peace as a calming break from reality. The Iowa City Farmers Market combines both, with a paradoxical sense of both business and tranquility.  The people of the Iowa Cit...

Following family traditions

Following family traditions

Bess Frerichs, Online Feature Editor

September 11, 2019

A legacy is forming in the Schmidt-Rundell family. Although most siblings want nothing to do with each other’s interests, all seven of these siblings have been active in Scouts. Wesley Schmidt-Rundell ’14, the oldest sibling in the Schmidt-Rundell family, started Scouts in 2002. As his other...

From the page to the stage

From the page to the stage

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2019

It was a crush that brought sixteen year old Caleb Rainey to first perform poetry as a high school student. After his classmate told him she was interested in poets, he got to work in preparation for his high school poetry slam.  “I performed at that poetry slam, really to impress that girl...

Football season preview

Football season preview

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

August 28, 2019

There is a simple motto head football coach Garrett Hartwig attributes to the continued success of his program: “Play your best football in October”. His teams have certainly lived up to that motto as of late. Over the past three seasons, the Trojans have gone a perfect 12-0 in October, each yea...

Learning how to win

Learning how to win

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

June 27, 2019

If you’ve been paying attention to the West High softball team this summer you may have noticed an unfamiliar word displayed on posters, hats and t-shirts. The word is “mudita” and it has become the mantra for this year’s team in an effort to change the culture of the program to one of encou...

Staying green while chasing gold

Staying green while chasing gold

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

June 6, 2019

As Charlie Stumpff untied his cleats for the final time as a high school baseball player he was quickly presented with two life paths: get a desk job or work as a high school baseball coach and teach PE. It was a simple choice for Stumpff, who had grown up in the baseball-rich town of Norway, Iow...

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