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From invincible to helpless

From invincible to helpless

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

November 17, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Glistening rays of sunlight beamed down to Naples Ave. where a grey 2009 Toyota Corolla was about to flip and change the course of senior Taylor Gardner’s life. It all started with a volleyball tournament back in September last year. Gardner was keeping score and judging the game. Feeling down after hearing recent gossip, she had called her fri...

Diversity or discrimination?

Diversity or discrimination?

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Feature

With college application deadlines looming, many students are scrambling to polish up their essays and nagging their teachers to finish recommendation letters. Most factors like test scores, GPAs, extracurricular activities and essays directly impact the admissions decision. However, one concerning factor ...

A spectrum of perspectives

A spectrum of perspectives

Will Conrad and Anjali Huynh

November 15, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Appearances are not always what they seem. Iowa City was recently recognized as an exceptionally accepting community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, receiving a perfect score on the 2018 Municipal Equality Index. This national report for city support of LGBTQ+ rights...

A social responsibility

A social responsibility

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Juggling career ideas is a typical high school experience, as students periodically change their mind between, say, a nurse or a lawyer to a chef or a teacher. However, Jamie Schneider knew from a young age that she wanted to help others. “I just always knew I wanted to do something in the helping pr...

A haven for aspiring student filmmakers

A haven for aspiring student filmmakers

Edward Keen, Reporter

November 15, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Club Connection, Feature, Showcase

It started as a simple passion. Peyton Freeney ‘19, a lifelong film enthusiast, began producing short films during his sophomore year with a goal not to aim for a spot in the limelight, but rather to explore the process of filmmaking for himself. “I’d been interested in filmmaking for a long time, and in s...

On target

On target

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

November 15, 2018


Filed under Feature

Last school year the Instructional Leadership Team, a group of teachers that meet and talk about ways they can improve the school, came up with learning targets as a way to help students who are struggling with their classes. Learning targets are a set of  questions or statements updated weekly or d...

Finding his forte

Finding his forte

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

November 15, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

When the average person thinks of a choir director, the image that often comes to mind is a stuffy elderly man with a baton. However, choir director Luigi Enriquez is far from that stereotype. Born in Quezon City, Philippines in 1994, Enriquez’s life story is a bit different than that of the typi...

Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

November 10, 2018


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

Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time, to the United States, where she became a paraeducator in the special education department. Naz’s...

10 tips for surviving the college application process

10 tips for surviving the college application process

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

November 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Humor, Showcase

College application season is one of the most exciting, and most nerve-racking, parts of the high school experience. Students often spend countless hours working on essays, resumes, and the dreaded Common Application. To avoid the stresses of applications here’s some simple advice on how to make your...

Poetic pair

Poetic pair

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

November 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

The high expectations and pressure placed on many high school students can often cause depression and anxiety. In many cases, high-achieving students do not have many outlets for escape and self-reflection. For Allen Liao ‘20 and Isaac Liao ‘20, their preferred route was through poetry. Isaac w...

Rebirth of the Review

Rebirth of the Review

Ting Gao, Reporter

November 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

In West’s storied history, there have been many clubs, organizations and institutions which have sprung up, lived out their brief lives, and then faded away. Take the Winter Formal, for instance, which was retired in early 1980s. Or the Smudge, an underground student magazine that once stirred up controver...

Capture the moment

Capture the moment

Caroline Chandler, WSS Intern

October 30, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

At first, a camera was nothing more than a foreign item that her parents used to capture the moment. Once she picked it up she realized that the options were endless for what she could do. For Caroline Barker ’22, the passion for photography started the moment she decided to be the one taking pictures o...

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