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  • A math club contest will be held on Oct. 7

  • The WHS Choirs will have a concert starting at 7:30 on Oct. 4

  • Parent-Teacher conferences will begin at 4:30 on Wed, Oct. 4

  • The gold out football game will begin at 7:15 on Oct. 6

  • There is no school on Oct. 6 or 9

Return to the runway

Return to the runway

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

October 17, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, News, Showcase

Local rescue or shelter dogs were gathered together on Thursday, Oct. 12 to participate in a charity event, called "Fashion to the Rescue." This was first established last year by the Iowa Fashion Project and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) to raise money for local animal shelters. T...

A hero lives on

A hero lives on

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Although Peyton Hayes’ big smile and undying optimism no longer brighten the hallways of West High, his legacy continues to thrive within the school community. Peyton passed away on Sept. 21, 2016 due to a rare heart condition he had battled since birth. A year later, the Eilderts family, c...

A real life superhero at Hancher

A real life superhero at Hancher

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

When Marvel editors Stephen Wacker and Sana Amanat called G. Willow Wilson with the idea of creating a series surrounding a new female Muslim superhero, Wilson was already fearing the backlash from Islamophobic readers. “I sort of sat there in silence for a little bit, tempted to tell them th...

WSS reporter moves to blind audition round of The Voice

WSS reporter moves to blind audition round of The Voice

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

October 8, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

13 million people around the country crowd around their TVs Monday and Tuesday night to witness who will thrive on The Voice. Abbie Callahan '20 may be one of them. It all began when Callahan submitted a video last winter of her performing "What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes. Then she was called back and...

Leslie Odom Jr. performs at Hancher

Leslie Odom Jr. performs at Hancher

Maddi Shinall and Anjali Huynh

October 6, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Leslie Odom Jr. returned to Iowa City to perform in a free concert at Hancher on Sunday, Oct. 1st.  The concert took place on Hancher's lawn as a part of their 45th anniversary season. Following his speech and performance at Hancher in March for the University of Iowa's Lecture Committee series,...

National Scholastic Press Association recognizes WSS in Multimedia Story of the Year contest

National Scholastic Press Association recognizes WSS in Multimedia Story of the Year contest

October 4, 2017


Filed under Awards, News

The National Scholastic Press Association recognized two West Side Story pieces as finalists in its annual Multimedia Story of the Year contest. Each piece is one of 10 finalists nationwide in its category. WSS staff is a finalist in the Multimedia News Story of the Year contest for “Students l...

Food pantry gives back to the community with free meal

Food pantry gives back to the community with free meal

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter

October 3, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

‘Give food, give hope’ was the slogan at the Sept. 29th free community meal in Coralville. For the third time this year, the Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry and the Coralville library paired up to bring an evening of good food and fun to the community. Started by the food pantry, the community me...

West PE teacher wins noteworthy award

West PE teacher wins noteworthy award

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

September 30, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

Mundt’s selection for Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Teacher of the Year award (IAPHERD) brings forth recognition for her hard work and evokes positive change in the PE world. To be eligible for IAPHERD, each teacher must be nominated by a peer, parent,or admin...

WSS photographer 1 of 10 finalists in national News Photo of the Year contest

WSS photographer 1 of 10 finalists in national News Photo of the Year contest

September 28, 2017


Filed under Awards, News, Showcase

While driving and jamming out to “Go Gina” by SZA, the realization that West Side Story News Editor and Photographer, Alyson Kuennen, was one of 10 finalists nationwide in the National Scholastic Press Association’s annual News Photo of the Year contest began to sink in. “I was just in this ...

FlexiSCHED available to students for AFT request

FlexiSCHED available to students for AFT request

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News

Students can request teachers for AFT starting today, Sept. 27. Following this link, students can sign into their FlexiSCHED by using their school Google account. Students should request teachers ahead of time to ensure they are able to meet. Courtesy of Andrea Harms...

Pump It Up cafe

Pump It Up cafe

Nick Pryor

September 27, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Video, Video

A look into West High's new Pump It Up cafe.

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