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Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Harry Potter at 20: The series’ legacy at West

Edward Keen, Reporter

October 4, 2018


Filed under Feature, Literary, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

Whether you’ve read the books, watched the movies or have not done either, it is very likely that you’ve heard of the Harry Potter franchise at some point in your life. This year, the series will celebrate 20 years since it kicked off in the United States with the release of “Harry Potter and ...

The art of makeup

The art of makeup

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 3, 2018


Filed under A&E, Feature, Showcase

When she was younger, Olivia Barker '20 did not believe she was ever going to wear makeup, but now she has developed a passion for it as a form of art which is shown on her Instagram page dedicated to makeup. Barker shares with West Side Story how her relationship with makeup has grown as well as her op...

Old school meets digital

Old school meets digital

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

October 2, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Over the past ten years, access to technology and online resources has increased greatly in schools. Classrooms across the Iowa City Community School District have gone from using  chalkboards and whiteboards to smartboards and chromebooks. The district has also given students and parents enhanced digital resources like Powerschool and, more r...

Reaching new heights

Reaching new heights

Alex Carlon, Reporter

October 1, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

11,000 feet. That’s the altitude Nikki Pinter ’22 stood at upon reaching the peak of Crow Mountain in Montana, gazing out at the surrounding valleys after a full day of climbing. Although this may sound like the feat of a highly experienced mountain climber, this was Nikki’s first leap into the world o...

An eye catching cake

An eye catching cake

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 29, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

If you passed by Kerri Barnhouse before school on Friday Sept. 28, you may have thought the English and PALs teacher was carrying a stack of enormous books. However, as you approached you would see the books were covered in frosting. Barnhouse was carrying her birthday cake. “I don't think...

The art of mathematical teaching

The art of mathematical teaching

Luke Krchak, Reporter

September 25, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

When Greg Witt was in high school he loved math and history. In college he got his degree in math and computer science, but later in grad school while he was a Teaching Assistant (TA) he found out he enjoyed being in front of the class instead of in the back. “I love to teach because I know ...

Welch forms Orchestra Council

Welch forms Orchestra Council

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

September 23, 2018


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You’ve probably heard of student council, but have you heard of Orchestra Council? The West High Orchestra Council was created to provide an opportunity for the members of the orchestra to get involved in improving their ensemble. The council is made up of committees which each have their own spec...

Novel conversations

Novel conversations

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Showcase, Video

A recent rise in minority authors has kickstarted a literary movement that tackles issues like racism and police brutality through young adult fiction. Books like “Dear Martin” provide a way to bring students together through understanding each other’s backgrounds. The 2017-18 climate survey revea...

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

September 20, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

He was given a 3x3 Rubik's cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their perfect form. “I was interested then, but it was really brief and I just sort of played wit...

A new experience

A new experience

Lily Meng, Online Copy Co-Editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

If you thought Kerri Barnhouse was busy enough being a British Literature Honors, Biblical Literature, grammar teacher and an instructional coach for other teachers, think again. This school year, she has taken up another task: teaching West High’s Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs). PALs ...

Four years’ difference

Four years’ difference

Ting Gao, Reporter

September 17, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Four years can change a lot. Beards sprout, limbs stretch, late-nighters become a common occurrence and open hours replace study halls. But the evolution of stress over the handful of years spent wandering these hallowed halls is a mystery. That’s what the WSS set out to investigate. What ai...

The pursuit of passion

The pursuit of passion

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor, Reporter

September 14, 2018


Filed under Feature

Science instructor and 2010 West High graduate Marshal Moellers hadn’t always envisioned himself as a teacher. “I was a beast at coloring inside the lines [when I was younger]. So I always wanted to be some sort of artist. I was like, ‘I can do this for a job,’” he said. “Turns out, t...

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