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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

The Miracle Season

The Miracle Season

Jenna Wang, Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

On Sunday, March 18, hundreds of community members arrived at the Englert Theatre for the red-carpeted hometown screening premiere of “The Miracle Season,” a movie that chronicles the story of the Women of Troy’s back-to-back volleyball state championships. Set in 2011, West High’s volleyball team fre...

Chic and on fleek

Chic and on fleek

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Prom season is made up of ‘promposals’ all over Instagram, group dinners and glamorous outfits. For some students, however, the pressure to buy an expensive gown for the occasion adds stress to the event or dissuades them from attending. This year, the West Side Boutique opened to provi...

Eating disorders

Eating disorders

Sophie Stephens, Online Feature Editor

April 8, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

You start counting calories. 2,000 a day, then 1,500, then 1,000. You count lower and lower until you get to the point where you are eating less than 500 calories a day and burning off more through excessive cardio. Maybe you use diet pills or drugs to stop feeling hungry, or sleep through meals so you...

All genders welcome

All genders welcome

Emma Brustkern, Print Entertainment Editor

April 7, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

When a student normally walks into a bathroom at school, their main fear is that they won’t make it to class on time. But for a non-binary student, just stepping into the bathroom means facing stares, taunts and possible harassment. However, many of these fears can be alleviated with the addition of...

Twenty percent

Twenty percent

Reagan Hart, Reporter and Distribution Manager

April 6, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

According to the national Stop the Bleed campaign, 20% of all people who have died of traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control. This campaign hopes to teach people the techniques on how to deal with a massive bleeding injury. One student hopes to take these ideals and apply it to West.

A powerful perspective

A powerful perspective

Anna Brown and Alyson Kuennen

April 6, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase

Al-Ani started his photography career at the age of 14, helping his cousin Mohammed Adnan edit pictures to upload on his website, Project Media. This website is Al-Ani and Adnan’s main platform for sharing their photography with the rest of the world; and for Al-Ani, has provided an opportunity f...

New AP opportunity

New AP opportunity

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

For many high school students, ‘What are your plans for college?’ is a question they face at every family event, block party or dinner with a relative over age 30. Some students are more sure of their futures than others, but even for those who have filled their schedule with AP classes, there is a cul...

The era of empty acceptance

The era of empty acceptance

Lucy Polyak, Reporter

April 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Feature, Opinion, Showcase

I’ve been seeing a therapist since August 2017. When I mention this to people, I usually see their eyes widen for a second before they catch themselves and try to act like they don’t have a million questions. Are you alright? What happened to you? Are you dealing with some sort of giant burden from ...

Five useful Chrome extensions for students

Five useful Chrome extensions for students

Ting Gao, Reporter

March 31, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The arrival of Chromebooks this school year has opened up the door to many possibilities for students. While the Chromebooks themselves are great, they could always use some improvements. That’s where these extensions come in. Created to enhance writing and motivation, as well as keep you at the top of your scholastic game, they give you ...

West Side Radio: waiting for Vine 2 while watching the internet

West Side Radio: waiting for Vine 2 while watching the internet

Jessica Doyle and Natalie Dunlap

March 30, 2018


Filed under Feature, Podcast, Showcase

Subscribe to West Side Radio on iTunes and never miss an episode. To learn more about a specific topic from this week’s episode, click the links below: Austin, TX bombings Vine 2 Stephen Hawking end of the universe theory Multiverse theories Weird Iowa laws...

13 Minutes

13 Minutes

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

March 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Tick tock tick tock. 13 minutes and one life is gone. Every 13 minutes, someone takes their life. Every 13 minutes suicide takes the life of someone in the United States. And on July 12, 2006, Vincent Head, the younger brother of science teacher Maureen Head, took his life. “He was super smart,”...

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