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Fighting for faith

How accommodating is the ICCSD when it comes to religion?

Misha Canin and Annabel Hendrickson

December 20, 2019

It’s that time of year again. The bitter December wind whips through the air, bringing with it an equally chilling obstacle for students: the influx of exams crammed in before break. When the seemingly endless piles of work after Thanksgiving finally start to melt away, students are awarded a two-week...

West’s winter traditions

Students at West have many different traditions that they celebrate each winter.

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

December 18, 2019

Whether it is religious or just for fun, students have a wide range of customs they participate in during the winter season. Watching Christmas classics or baking sweets are common holiday traditions for those at West. Some students have traditions that have been passed down for generations, others have crea...

Gun violence in America

Gun violence in America

Maddy Smith, Photographer, Yearbook Student Life editor

December 11, 2019

There have been 392 shootings this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, (GVA), a nonprofit that records gun violence in America. Here, gun violence is frequently talked about due to mass shootings in the media and gun control talk in politics. With the increasing presence of shootings in m...

The theorem for winning

Math teacher James Kirpes passes out information about an upcoming competition to math club members.

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

December 5, 2019

You enter room 206 on Tuesday morning and take your seat. One of the fellow members of Mu Alpha Theta starts to describe one of the various math ideas discussed in the club. In about 30 minutes you are taken off to room 202 where you take a seat and are handed a practice exam, as a timer counts down....

Performing with grace

Grace Hinrichs '21 would love to continue her theater involvement after high school. “I am definitely thinking about majoring in college and not necessarily Performing Arts, but in directing and casting and producing, because I want to continue theater as my career in any way that I can, even if it’s not being an artist myself,

Abby McKeone, Graphics Editor

November 29, 2019

Six speeches and 11 productions. This is the number of performances Grace Hinrichs ‘21 has been involved in. While this may seem like a daunting amount of time and effort, Hinrichs loves every aspect of it, whether it be participating in a crew or actually acting. Hinrichs moved to Iowa City mid-summer...

Club connection: Lead West

One of five Lead West posters is displayed above the free weights in the West High weight room. Each poster focuses on one of Lead West's five core values.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 28, 2019

Everywhere you look there are leaders.  Teachers, coaches, mentors, upperclassmen. Nearly everyone at West High is a leader in some way, but before they became a leader, they were molded by other students that came before them. The process of growing into a leader and the expectations for stu...

Jazzing up exercise

Jessica Mehegan enthusiastically leads a high energy routine in an afternoon jazzercise class. Performing moves of increasing difficulty, she keeps the participants engaged through every song.

Fareeha Ahmad, Reporter

November 25, 2019

While some may drive right by the “Feeling sweaxy?” sign outside of the jazzercise fitness center on Gilbert Street, other curious individuals might just be intrigued enough to stumble upon their new favorite workout routine. When walking into the center, they’ll notice a group of lively and en...

Girls basketball season preview

BJ Mayer talks to his team during a timeout against Cascade on Nov. 22.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 24, 2019

Your first word, your first day of school and your first time running onto the West High court before your first varsity basketball contest. Although it was only a scrimmage, there were plenty of players for the Women of Troy experiencing their first taste of varsity basketball during the team’s 61-56 victory over Cascade on Nov. 22. Cascade sat in a 2-3 zone defense for nearly t...

The price you pay

National corporations' decisions don't always align with local beliefs.

Natalie Katz and Isaac Young

November 24, 2019

Chick-fil-A. Walmart. Hobby Lobby. This myriad of companies may seem very different on the surface; after all, how many similarities can there be between an arts and crafts store and a chain famous for chicken sandwiches? It turns out, quite a lot. Large corporations hold a significant influence over the...

Jewelry Fashion Friday: Frances Blount ’21

Aditi Borde, Photo Editor

November 22, 2019

  West Side Story (WSS): Where do you get most of your jewelry? Frances Blount (FB): I buy some of it from online Instagram stores. A lot of my friends from California sell earrings that look super cool and unique, and I like supporting their businesses. WSS: How does your style repres...

The importance of rescuing

Posie, a young kitten at the Iowa City Animal Shelter, sleeps in a cozy bed.

Alexis Dick, Reporter

November 20, 2019

Of the 6-8 million animals that end up in shelters each year, only half get adopted. The five thousand animal shelters in the US receive about 6.5 million animals a year. If those, only 3.2 million of the animals are adopted, seven hundred thousand are returned to their owners and 1.5 million are human...

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