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  • Last day of school is May 30 and classes will follow an early release schedule.

  • Softball plays away at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, May 31.

  • Baseball plays Washington at home June 1.

Breaking world records

Breaking world records

May 21, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor, Multimedia, Showcase, Video

Staff member Ethan Goers attempts to break some not-so-serious world records in a not-so-serious video.

How to: procrastinate

How to: procrastinate

March 11, 2018


Filed under Humor, Multimedia, Showcase, Video

West Side Story covers a very important topic. The issue of school work, and how to deal with it in the best possible ways. We guide you through many different types of procrastinating, and let you decide which way works best for you.    ...

Missed connections 2018

Missed connections 2018

Lucy Polyak, Reporter

February 14, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Humor

"To the guy I've known since north central junior high show choir, you're absolutely stunning and amazing. I know we used to be something, maybe would could be something once more? P.S. I dig the glasses, they work on you."   "To the red-haired boy who always dresses sharp and dabs as way of greeting, you make my heart...

Only 90s kids will remember

Only 90s kids will remember

Michael Moonjely, Entertainment Editor

May 16, 2017


Filed under A&E, Humor, Showcase

As graduation rapidly approaches, the WSS asked seniors to delve deep into their junk drawers and closets to find the toys that represented the 90s.    SILLY BANDZ If someone walked into an ICCSD elementary school in 2009, spotting the cool kid would be easy. It was not the kid with th...

Nick and Ethan’s wonderful cooking adventure

Nick and Ethan’s wonderful cooking adventure

Ethan Goers, Nick Pryor, and Mason Wang

May 6, 2017


Filed under A&E, Humor, Showcase, Video

Ever wanted to see two people cook who can't cook at all?

7 types of people who fill out March Madness Brackets

7 types of people who fill out March Madness Brackets

Leah Dusterhoft, Sports Reporter

March 11, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Humor, Showcase, Sports

It’s March, and in the world of sports, that means it’s time for March Madness. Though the games don’t start until March 14, any basketball fan will be sitting on their couch tomorrow for the revealing of the official bracket. That gives an estimated 40 million Americans just two days to fill out their perfect bracket before the games begin. So how do people pick their teams? West Side Story came ...

Dear Westina: the trouble with names

Dear Westina: the trouble with names

Lauren Katz, Copy editor

February 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion

Dear Westina, The other day, I was walking down the hallway and saw my history teacher from freshman year. Two years have passed since then, but I still pop in to chat about life/the election/existentialism--you name it. I walked by and he smiled, saying, “Hi, Nova.” My name isn’t Nova, althou...

Election panic sparks talk of secession

Election panic sparks talk of secession

Eleanor Ho, Opinion editor

November 9, 2016


Filed under Humor, Opinion

Voters voice their outrage at the prospective outcomes of the election. This is satire and is not meant to be perceived as factual.

Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Kinnick in the eyes of a virgin

Taylor Shelfo, Anchor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Football, Humor, Opinion, Showcase, Sports

Living in Iowa City, Iowa, the Hawkeyes are everywhere. You see tiger hawks on bumpers of cars, hawkeye flags hanging in front of homes, and black and yellow clothing all over the city. I lived in a small neighborhood in Illinois, so the only football gear I saw was brought out for game day - not a part o...

Students vs West High basketball

Students vs West High basketball

October 21, 2016


Filed under Humor, Showcase, Video, Video

Chad Johnson '18 and Dominic Weston '18 play small forward Patrick McCaffery '19 and shooting guard Izaya Fullard '17 in a 2v2 game of basketball.

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

May 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Well you did it. Despite advice to the contrary and your better instincts, you became friends with some seniors. If you are not a senior, this poses a problem. In case you didn’t realize, after today they are gone forever and you are left alone. You may be experiencing a confusing mixture of emotions...

4 hilarious April Fools Day jokes to trick your friends

4 hilarious April Fools Day jokes to trick your friends

Allie Biscupski

March 31, 2016


Filed under Humor, Showcase

April Fools Day is upon us. If you still need a quick prank to play on your friends, look no further than West Side Story's list of fun April Fools pranks. Tape a dollar bill to the end of a fishing line and lay it down on the sidewalk and so hide behind a bush, out of view. Wait for your victim ...

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