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Around the world and back again

Around the world and back again

Jessica Moonjely, Print Managing Editor & Print Profiles Editor

May 28, 2019

New teachers. New buildings. New students. While moving to a new school is challenging for any student, Caroline Mascardo ’22 added another layer of difficulty: transferring to a school 8,188 miles away from Iowa City.In the fall of 2018, Caroline traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, a city with over 3.5 million...

Fashion Friday: socks

Fashion Friday: socks

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

May 24, 2019

In fashion, one of the easiest parts of an outfit to overlook is socks, as most of the time they are hidden by shoes. However, for some students at West, socks are integral to their unique style. McKenna Proud ‘21 is known for constantly wearing bright patterned socks. She got her first pai...

Best study strategies

Best study strategies

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

May 24, 2019

Part 1  - Debunking the Myth The scene is all too familiar -- students cramming for that last-minute final at midnight, hunched over a messy desk, with notebooks and textbooks covered in yellow streaks of highlighter and short summaries littered with colored sticky notes. With the unyielding cloc...

Senior futures

Senior futures

WSS Staff

May 23, 2019

A Noah Aanestad - Going to Drake to major in finance. Brayden Adcock Zachary Albright - Iowa bound, baby. Alaa Ali - I will attend Columbia University and most likely study neuroscience and human rights on the pre-med track. Elshafea Ali - Go to college. Mohamed Ali - Travel, work, be...

Homefield advantage

Homefield advantage

Luke Krchak, Reporter

May 22, 2019

For countless years, football has been a part of English teacher and football coach Garret Hartwig's life. From his early beginnings playing when he was six, to today where he is the head coach of the football team, the sport has played a major role in his life. “When you’re a player you know wh...

Dancing across the world

Dancing across the world

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 22, 2019

Flamenco, Gotipua and Yangge are all examples of cultural folk dances. Aside from being entertaining, high energy movements containing upbeat music, they also often tell intimate stories of the history of their respective nations. While movies and history books are an efficient way to learn about...

The appropriateness of cultural appropriation

The appropriateness of cultural appropriation

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

May 19, 2019

Getting caught up in fashion trends is no exception to West High. From thrift shops to popular items, plenty of students are geared into finding the next big trend and what looks in-style. There’s beauty everywhere to choose from, and especially from other cultures. From intricately painted henna ...

Running on empty

Running on empty

Anum Ansar and Joe Goodman

May 12, 2019

Imagine not eating a single morsel of food from sunrise to sunset. In some cases, even drinking water is prohibited. Now imagine having to go through that process every day for an entire month. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is a widely practiced Islamic tradition that affects many Muslim students at West High. The month itself is based on a lunar calendar, so the date is always chang...

Studying aboard

Studying aboard

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 11, 2019

With the illusive portrayal of boarding schools in popular culture, it’s no wonder that many students ponder packing up and leaving home to attend one of these distinguished institutions. Few, however, act on this whim and follow through with the extensive and often pricey application process. For...

I would’ve, I could’ve, I should’ve

I would’ve, I could’ve, I should’ve

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 11, 2019

Everyone lives in the past to some extent. When we’re not preoccupied with the future, our minds drift back to our past crushes, spelling bees and birthday parties with a predictable monotony. However, there’s nothing we dwell on more than our mistakes. From poor dating choices to not exercising enoug...

Mindfulness and mental health

Mindfulness and mental health

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

May 9, 2019

The bell rings for class to start in room 126. English teacher Darci Witthoft walks through the dark room, offering  essential oils to her students. Participating students tilt their heads down, chins towards their chests, as Witthoft begins the activity. She walks them through the process of med...

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