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West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

Junior Clare Loussaert poses in the West High commons.

The gifted-kid burnout phenomenon

Annie Schwartz, Carter McLaughlin, and Maddy Smith February 22, 2021

Within a student’s school life, they may be accepted into a program for “gifted and talented” students. Beginning in elementary school, a student in the program learns at an accelerated pace, usually...

A look back and a look ahead

Tosh Klever, Video Editor February 22, 2021

Looking back on 2020, we can see a change in the trend of consumer and domestic behavior. WSS staffer Tosh Klever '21 interviewed University of Iowa Office of Sustainability Director Stratis Giannakouros...

After stepping off the court or getting out of the pool, being unsatisfied with a performance is difficult to overcome for athletes. Learning how to handle these off days is what separates novice athletes from the elite.


Camille Gretter and Alaina Greenlee February 19, 2021

When parents first sign their children up for a recreational soccer league or for tennis lessons, kids probably don't think of it as much more than an activity that takes up a couple of hours of their...

Binders come in a variety of colors and styles.

How to bind safely

Renee Gould, Opinion Editor February 19, 2021

What is binding? Binding is most commonly used by transgender (assigned female at birth and nonbinary) people, but it can be used by anyone wanting a less feminine appearance by smooshing the chest. It...

West teacher Alex Michenfelder used to teach music before switching to special education after losing most of his hearing.

The music of teaching

Bess Frerichs, Online Managing and Feature Editor February 12, 2021

West High special education teacher Alex Michenfelder started losing the upper ranges of his hearing in sixth or seventh grade. Hearing loss has always run in his family, so he wasn’t that surprised....

With COVID-19, social media has been gaining popularity, predominantly with Generation Z. Todays youth has pushed several large movements like BLM and Save the Arctic.

#SaveTheArctic: Growing power

Alaina Greenlee and Emma Hall February 11, 2021

Generation Z has been notorious for creating a voice for the voiceless and bringing crucial problems to light. Movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fridays for Future, and Save the Arctic have taken the...

Q&A with Science Talent Search finalist Dasia Taylor ’21

Q&A with Science Talent Search finalist Dasia Taylor ’21

Ruba Ahmed, Reporter February 10, 2021

West Side Story: How did you feel when they announced that you were in the top 40 finalists? Dasia Taylor '21: "I was not expecting to get the news when I did … I thought this random number from Washington...

Camille Gretter 23 is a first-year WSS staffer whos already made a large impact on the staff and publication.

Staff Spotlight: Camille Gretter ’23

Annie Schwartz, Online Copy Editor February 2, 2021

Sophomore Camille Gretter is the assistant sports editor for the online publication, and this is her first year on staff. Gretter was first introduced to WSS by someone close to her and has had a passion...

#SavetheArctic may have originated as a social media hashtag, but the movement its sprung has made a larger impact than anyone couldve anticipated.

#SaveTheArctic: The social media storm

Alaina Greenlee and Emma Hall February 1, 2021

Pleas to save the Arctic have been around for well over a decade. From playing piano while floating in the Arctic Ocean to hanging off of a bridge to delay an oil icebreaker, ardent Save the Arctic supporters...

Little Free Libraries provide free books to the community.

Spreading joy, one book at a time

Kailey Gee, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 5, 2021

As the home of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the only designated UNESCO City of Literature in the country, Iowa City is known for its appreciation of literature. It's no surprise that a small project from...

Some ICCSD teachers have adjusted their expectations as a result of the pandemic.

Teachers in 2020: Strict versus laid back

Luke Krchak, Reporter January 4, 2021

Ever since the new school year started, teachers have changed their teaching methods with some opting to be more lenient, while others have kept their classes roughly the same. World literature teacher...

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