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  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

A hobby of art and a passion for helping

A hobby of art and a passion for helping

Sophie Stephens, Online Feature Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

A self-taught photographer, passionate traveler, mission trip volunteer and West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) leader, Catherine Collins ‘18 has found many outlets for her creativity and her passion of helping others. Collins’ artistic pursuits began when she was young. Using her mom’s ...

West Side Radio: Shamrocks and Oscar shocks

West Side Radio: Shamrocks and Oscar shocks

Jessica Doyle and Natalie Dunlap

March 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Podcast, Showcase

Subscribe to West Side Radio on iTunes and never miss an episode. To learn more about a specific topic from this week’s episode, click the links below: The Oscars DACA Parkland shooting March for our Lives Leprechauns History of St. Patrick's Day How it's celebrated Gr...

Got goats?

Got goats?

Natalie Katz, Reporter

February 28, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Showcase

Standing on top of the Linn County landfill, 250 workers are busy clearing their way through invasive weeds and plants this fall. However, these aren’t your typical laborers, lugging heavy shears and saws—they don’t need special equipment to get the job done. All these workers need are their mout...

Time to be brave

Time to be brave

Emma Brustkern and Luke Reynolds

February 27, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The drum pounds twice. The dancers step onto the risers. Sequins from the girls’ dresses catch the light from above. Smiles shine on the performers’ faces as they look down. Silence falls amongst the crowd. Then the band starts to play, the performers turn and the show begins. This is show ch...

The social media trap

The social media trap

Jenna Wang, Reporter

February 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Judging from her Instagram profile, Caroline Young ’19 appears to live a charming life. With a passion for photography, she takes pictures of her friends and her travels, hiking down paths to arrive at sprawling glaciers and forests. She is supported by her loving siblings and parents, interacts w...

5,000 miles away

5,000 miles away

Anjali Huynh

February 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Between November and February, it’s not uncommon for Iowans to experience bitter temperatures, icy roads and piles upon piles of snow. After all, for most West students, Iowa’s unpredictable weather and frigid winter temperatures are the norm. But for Mukeh Lamin '19, seeing snow for the first time ...

Born into bowling

Born into bowling

Anna Brown, Reporter

February 19, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Sports

A young boy attempts to pick up a bowling ball for the very first time. With the encouragement of his family guiding his actions, he slowly makes his way to the lane. Gathering his strength, the  boy grasps the ball with both hands and throws, aiming for the pins, but ending up in the gutter. Disa...

Chocolates, flowers and cards

Chocolates, flowers and cards

Ting Gao, Reporter

February 12, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Valentine’s Day has been a long-established tradition in the United States, and people have exchanged handmade valentines since possibly the early 18th century. And it’s quite the money-maker for stores. The holiday generated $19.7 billion in 2016. What are people spending that money on? Cho...

A global phenomenon

A global phenomenon

Anna Brown, Reporter

February 8, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Showcase

From “The Bachelor” to fidget spinners, Western entertainment has been the center of popular culture since the mid-20th century. However, starting in the 1990s, South Korean culture has increased in global popularity with the driving factors being K-dramas and K-pop; both of which had created a sa...

A drama goodbye answered years later

A drama goodbye answered years later

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

February 7, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Feature, Multimedia, Profiles, Showcase

With the recent construction on West High’s Little Theatre and the deconstruction of the loft, a piece of wood has been found with a letter written by West alumni Wes Overton ‘83 to the theater and drama department. The gowns on and the caps off, West High’s class of 1983 was ready to con...

Braille: beginnings to now

Braille: beginnings to now

Reagan Hart, Reporter and Distribution Manager

February 6, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Braille has been around for 197 years. Today January is named National Braille Literacy month in order to honor its inventor, and also discuss its continued importance of Braille.

The Chromebook crisis

The Chromebook crisis

Emma Brustkern and Reagan Hart

February 5, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

The first day back from winter break, not all students are ready to get back into the swing of school. Therefore, they might have forget a pencil, a worksheet or maybe even their Chromebook.  On the first day back from break, there were a total of 47 spare Chromebooks checked out. How many Chromebooks did the tech department have left? The answer is a measly three. ...

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