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  • Girls golf plays away at Airport National Golf Course, April 16.

  • Boys soccer plays Kennedy at home April 17.

  • Girls soccer plays Kennedy at home April 17.

  • Boys tennis will play Prairie away, April 17.

  • Girls tennis plays Prairie at home April 17.

Students hold ‘die-in’ to protest gun violence

Students hold ‘die-in’ to protest gun violence

Maddi Shinall, Photographer

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Despite ICCSD students not having school on Friday, April 20, it didn't prevent them from participating in the National Walkout Day protests through holding a die-in. Protesters met in front of Van Allen Hall and marched to T. Anne Cleary Walkway, where they staged the die-in. They laid on the grou...

The Miracle Season

The Miracle Season

Jenna Wang, Reporter

April 16, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, News, Showcase

On Sunday, March 18, hundreds of community members arrived at the Englert Theatre for the red-carpeted hometown screening premiere of “The Miracle Season,” a movie that chronicles the story of the Women of Troy’s back-to-back volleyball state championships. Set in 2011, West High’s volleyball team f...

Civil rights activist visits West High

Civil rights activist visits West High

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

In 1954, one court’s decision would change lives of all ages, races and genders in America. In a court ruling that would send nine African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School, these nine students would later go down in history and be known as the Little Rock Nine. One of...

IHSPA awards WSS staff with 43 design, online, photo and writing awards

IHSPA awards WSS staff with 43 design, online, photo and writing awards

April 13, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

The Iowa High School Press Association awarded the West Side Story staff 43 awards in the annual spring journalism contest. IHSPA will announce 2017-2018 All-Iowa News Team finalists next week based on the schools with the largest number of awards from this contest. The 2016-2017 West Side Story staff was on...

D.C.’s Newseum Institute names Anjali Huynh Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

D.C.’s Newseum Institute names Anjali Huynh Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

April 6, 2018


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The Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. awarded West Side Story staffer, Anjali Huynh ’19, as Iowa’s winner in the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for 2018. The program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and ...

In honor of Doctor King

In honor of Doctor King

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 4, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

50 years ago on April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray assassinated Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. With help from the Dean of Students, Maria Martin, students from The Truth Club, SSIKED and models from the African section of Walk It Out have printed off quotes from King and tweets about him and posted them on...

New York Times reporter visits Iowa City

New York Times reporter visits Iowa City

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Imagine being a mother of color, living a block away from one of the poorest and most segregated schools in New York City in arguably one of the most under-financed public school districts in the United States. Despite attempting to speak with educators and school representatives week after week, no...

Unplanned school evacuation disrupts class

Unplanned school evacuation disrupts class

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 2, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Seconds before the bell rung signaling for sixth period, the fire alarm went off. The alarm wasn't planned and was the cause of recent construction of the gym while doing ductwork.  “In large rooms, instead of having smoke detectors, [we have] beam detectors,"said Principal Gregg Shoultz...

Walk It Out celebrates West’s diversity

Walk It Out celebrates West’s diversity

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Metro, Multimedia, News, Showcase

Students and families gathered in the West High cafeteria on Saturday, March 31 to enjoy the second annual Walk It Out. Sophia Chen ’19, one of the leaders of the event, commented on what the event entails. “Walk It Out is a multicultural fashion show… that showcases diversity through fas...

IHSPA names 4 WSS staffers Emerging Journalists

IHSPA names 4 WSS staffers Emerging Journalists

March 29, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

From the 39 finalists, the Iowa High School Press Association selected 10 Emerging Journalists in the state of Iowa and four are WSS staffers: Reporter Anjali Huynh '19, Reporter Jenna Wang '20, Assistant Sports Editor Deniz Ince '19 and Photographer Kara Wagenknecht '19.  This pro...

WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

March 28, 2018


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Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared six West Side Story staffers winners in its annual Writing, Design and Photo Contest, with three Sweepstakes winners, two second place wins and nine national wins. This year marks the most Sweepstakes wins the WSS has ever...

March for our lives

March for our lives

Kara Wagenknecht and Sadie Rhomberg

March 24, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Politics, Showcase

“Not one more, not one more” could be heard throughout downtown Iowa City on Saturday, March 24, as hundreds of people marched to the Pentacrest in protest of gun violence. Members of SASS, Students Against School Shootings, organized the event in hopes of spreading more awareness for gun control. C...

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