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Double duty

Double duty

Misha Canin and Jessica Moonjely

November 18, 2019

The relationship between a parent and child is unlike any other. First thing in the morning, the pair might eat their breakfast together before going their separate ways. Later in the evening, they recap the day over a family dinner. Now imagine if that relationship went beyond home life — seeing your...

Out of sight, out of mind

Hanah Kitamoto and Marta Leira

November 17, 2019

The soft glow of the SMART Board beams at the front of the room, casting a low-lit shadow over the faces of those residing in the front row. As you are concentrating on the presentation in front of you, the disgraceful “ding” of an unsecured cell phone jolts you from your focus. As you attempt to r...

Mind over matter

Varsity wrestler Will Hoeft '20 jumps ropes during his open period as part of his weight cutting process. Hoeft placed sixth at the Iowa high school state wrestling meet last year competing with a torn ACL.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

November 17, 2019

One can of tuna. That’s all wrestler Brett Pelfrey ’22 allowed himself to consume on the day of last year’s dual meet against City High. In the weeks leading up to the meet, Pelfrey, who plays tackle for the Trojan football team, made a choice to enter into the 195-pound weight class. After bulkin...


In this cover story, three female West High students describe their experience with sexual harassment.

Kailey Gee and Jenna Wang

November 15, 2019

Inappropriate touching. Unwanted sexting. Catcalling down the hallways. All of the above have happened right here at West High. Almost five years ago, WSS wrote a cover story titled ‘No Excuse’ about the culture of sexual harassment in West High at the time. Through detailed accounts of catcalling,...

Behind the scenes of Theatre West’s She Kills Monsters

Kaylee Gibson 23' models a monster mask to insure a correct fit before an after school props meeting.

Sydney Wildes, Photographer

November 13, 2019

West High’s winter production, "She Kills Monsters," is a play about a girl named Agnes Evans who has recently experienced a tragedy in which her parents and younger sister passed away in a car accident. After her world is shattered, she finds a “journal” by her sister that turns out to be a st...

Living in Neuzilville

Living in Neuzilville

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

November 11, 2019

“It doesn't matter how bad my day was, at least it wasn’t a zombie apocalypse,” said social studies teacher Gary Neuzil. Neuzil has been teaching for 34 years and has no plans to stop anytime soon. He first got the idea to pursue teaching during his senior year of college. Neuzil was originally going to follow his father's steps in bec...

The composition of a dream

Jacob Gehlbach '21 works on a composition. Gehlbach has been composing since a young age and aspires to one day compose a movie score.

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

November 7, 2019

A dramatic symbol crash during a fight. The gentle ‘tings’ of a triangle as two characters fall in love. A violin solo as someone takes their final breath. These subtleties are a vital part of the tone evoked by many beloved films and television shows, with composers being the masterminds behind...

Iowa Youth Straw Poll results

Iowa Youth Straw Poll results

Wylan Gao, Reporter

November 7, 2019

On October 29th, 2019, the results of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll were announced. Conducted by the Iowa Secretary of State, Paul D. Pate at 300 schools in Iowa, including Iowa City West High, each of the high school’s student body voted in a poll for the presidential and congressional races of 2020. ...

Club connection: Food For All

Food for All club leader Tate Crane '20 and club members plan the future of West High's welcome center on Oct. 31.

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2019

School is a constant for teenagers, giving structure to their day and the opportunity to participate in clubs, sports and other extra-curricular activities. It also provides two meals a day, and for students with food insecurities, those might be the only meals they eat in a day. The reliance West students...

Crash course on teen driving

Research has shown that texting and driving multiplies the risk of crashing by 2200%.

Luke Krchak, Reporter and Columnist

November 2, 2019

You are driving down a highway without another car in sight, and one of your friends sends you a message wondering when you will arrive at the mall. You take a quick look and text back that you will be there soon, and you see a car quickly approaching in front of you. You quickly swerve out of the way...

School counselors: the one-stop shops of high school

Guidance counselor Kelly Bergmann explains what her role as counselor is.

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

November 1, 2019

Changing classes, planning for college and signing up for AP tests are just a few of the duties guidance counselors at West have to help students. All of their work is related to their primary goal, helping students succeed. “Our typical job involves whatever it is that a kid needs,” said Guidance...

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

The offensive line sets up before a crucial third down play against Davenport North on Oct. 11 at Trojan Field.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 25, 2019

They are five of the biggest guys on any given football field, yet most fans hardly even notice they are there. Football fans eyes’ are almost always glued to the ball, meaning they focus on the quarterback and the rest of the skill position players. In spite of their cruciality to the offensive ...

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