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Joy at West

Joy at West

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

October 28, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Zheyi Li ’20 is walking through the same halls, going to the same classes and talking to the same teachers as many West students. While the day to day life in the Iowa City Community School District has become mundane for most of her peers, this is a new experience for Li, one that will end when she...

No costumes, no jack-o’-lanterns, no candy corn

No costumes, no jack-o’-lanterns, no candy corn

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Pulling on their assorted costumes of ghosts, witches, zombies and anything in between, kids race out the door on Halloween night ready to fill their bags with candy. As they knock on each door, their bags start to fill up until there’s hardly any room left.Art by Emma Hall While this experience...

Diving into a new sport

Diving into a new sport

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 25, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Profiles, Showcase, Swimming

The silence of an entire room weighs down across the pool. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the dive to be executed. Once the diver’s head breaks the surface, her team roars in approval of the feat. It may look seamlessly simple at first glance, but Austyn Goodale ‘20 did not always find it so...

Social impact

Social impact

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

October 24, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The college application process is one of the greatest challenges students face in their high school career. Students often go in with minimal knowledge of what to expect and little preparation. Enter a group of current and former West students including Andrew Burgess ‘20 and Ned Furlong ‘...

10 questions with science teacher Andrea Harms

10 questions with science teacher Andrea Harms

Luke Krchak, Reporter

October 23, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

With nearly 100 teachers at West, how well do you actually know them as people? The WSS hopes to help familiarize you with teachers you see everyday by asking them the same 10 questions. If you have a request for an upcoming teacher or questions to ask, email your idea to [email protected] Department: Sc...

An ocean apart

An ocean apart

Alex Carlon, Reporter

October 21, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

For many best friends, a long distance friendship is virtually unimaginable. The thought of attending different schools, living in different cities and leading separate lives can throw a wrench in the daily communication most friends are accustomed to. When it comes to Soomin Koh ’22 and her best friend...

All-State auditions showcase students’ hard work

All-State auditions showcase students’ hard work

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Auditions are stressful, whether they’re for sports, music or acting. There is always so much riding on how well you do at a certain time. If you make a mistake you might not get in. For West High students auditioning for All-State, the pressure increases. Not only do they have to get through one audition, but often t...

A new home

A new home

Natalie Katz and Sophie Stephens

October 14, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Last year when Liberty opened, West too opened their doors to students across the world. West High’s foreign exchange program had been dormant since 2000, when the student population became too large to accept more students for the program. Although many exchange programs have expressed interest ...

West High library by the numbers

West High library by the numbers

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 11, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Rows and rows of books, students scattered around, and the musty and welcoming smell of books fills the air. The library. It’s a place for everyone: for friends to hang out before school, for productive students to get a head start on their homework, for bookworms searching for a good read and for st...

A unique musical experience

A unique musical experience

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 10, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

From infinite corn fields and hay bales scattered about to looming medieval castles and massive mountain ranges in Europe, Kat Hirsch ‘20 got to see it all this summer.  The tour of  Europe included traveling to seven different countries within the span of 21 days and performing in five of them. T...

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Art teacher becomes new tech director for Theatre West

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

October 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Feature, Profiles, Showcase, Theater

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Theatre West was left in a difficult position. Longtime technical director Jeff Smith moved to New York City and his replacement, Beth Halverson, had just gotten a new teaching position which required her to move away from Iowa City as well. This left Theatre We...

Flying forward

Flying forward

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

October 4, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Multimedia, Profiles, Sports, Swimming

Six months. A record-setting swimmer, Lily Ernst had to slow down and do physical therapy for six months straight to help ease a severe pain in her hip. She started experiencing hip pain early last school year. “We were painting my [bedroom] wall and I was sitting criss-crossed, and my [ri...

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