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Streamlining the college search

Streamlining the college search

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

March 24, 2019

ACT, SAT, tuition, housing, acceptance rate, size... All of these are factors that college-bound students must take into account when deciding which schools they want to apply to or attend. This information can be a challenge to compile, but Caleb Kwok ’20 took up a project to address the plet...

Providing a bright spot

Providing a bright spot

Natalie Dunlap and Luke Krchak

March 14, 2019

The trudge from one class to another can be a mundane journey, but students making their way past room 117 might catch a glimpse of Kedi Ochs singing and dancing outside of English teacher Ann Rocarek’s classroom. Ochs came to West in the fall of 2018 for a few weeks to do his methods practicum...

Spicing up the school day

Spicing up the school day

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor & Reporter

March 14, 2019

The room is suffocatingly silent. In an atmosphere tense with nervous energy, faces go pale, resulting from the decision that must be made within the next six weeks. With this decision profoundly affecting the entire school district, one cannot take this matter lightly. Several heated weeks later full...

Sisterhood through the ages: an interactive timeline

Sisterhood through the ages: an interactive timeline

Ting Gao, Reporter

March 7, 2019

When the Founding Fathers set out to create a new country under the declaration that all men are created equal, the phrase "all men" didn't apply to many demographics of people, including women. Due to laws and stigmas, women have been left out of the workplace and political office. Women have had to fight...

Going green

Going green

Marta Leira, Reporter

March 6, 2019

From new weight rooms to Chromebooks, West High has experienced a multitude of changes over the past few years. However, there is one thing that remains unchanged — the school and district’s carbon footprint. After researching the successful results of other school districts providing every stude...

Cut

Cut

Natalie Katz, Print Feature Editor

February 28, 2019

A lot can be done with $6 million. It can provide over 8,500 villages in underdeveloped countries with clean water, give over 700,000 children school supplies, purchase over 1.2 million drinks at Starbucks and even buy everything in your local Target. Six million dollars is also something schools...

Seeking help while facing stigmas

Seeking help while facing stigmas

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

February 27, 2019

Draped across a couch, a person heaves the woes of their childhood and innermost thoughts, as a man in a tweed jacket with glasses takes notes. This is how a stereotypical therapy session is portrayed in New Yorker cartoons or on television, but such generalizations are a burden on people who benefit from this treatment. While many te...

A different type of language

A different type of language

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

February 27, 2019

English, Spanish, French and Mandarin are just some of the languages one hears while walking through the hallways of West High. However, Ty Waters ’20 speaks in an entirely different sort of vernacular: jazz. When he was a fifth grader at Mid-Prairie East Elementary School, Waters decided to pick u...

High school celebrity

High school celebrity

Jenna Wang, Editorials Editor and Reporter

February 25, 2019

It was just four years ago when singer-songwriter Abbie Callahan ’20 picked up her classic black Fender guitar and posted her first singing cover on Instagram, armed with nothing but a big dream and a huge passion for singing. Since then, the 17-year-old pop artist has accomplished what few could. One ...

In the minority

In the minority

Anjali Huynh and Jessica Moonjely

February 22, 2019

Teachers. Coaches. Lunchroom staff. Paraeducators. Janitors. These individuals are integral to shaping student futures and partake in a process that impacts society. While in these positions, each acts as a role model for many generations to come. As students nationwide obtain their education...

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