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  • The music auxiliary car wash will be held on Sept. 30

  • The homecoming football game is on Sept. 22

  • Fall drama auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-20

  • Homecoming will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23

50 years of excellence celebrated

50 years of excellence celebrated

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

West High will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Sept. 22, featuring live music, free food and more. The party will follow with the homecoming football game....

Students race over to Jingle Cross

Students race over to Jingle Cross

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

September 20, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Jingle Cross is an annual Iowa bike race centered around Cyclocross, which is a bike race where bikers ride on grass, gravel, dirt and mud. West and Liberty high school students were scattered among the crowds, racing and watching. Read about some of the young cyclists.

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Siempre Sale Bonito – “It always comes out beautiful”

Siempre Sale Bonito – “It always comes out beautiful”

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

September 20, 2017


Filed under Metro, Showcase

For many, including Maria Martin, West High Dean of Students, Sandra Cisneros’ work is something that they can relate to on a personal level. “For me, Esperanza, the main character of The House on Mango Street, that is me,” said Martin, noting she had a similar upbringing. As part of the West High...

2017 Homecoming Court nominees announced

2017 Homecoming Court nominees announced

Pareen Mhatre, Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Most Athletic Guy Traevis Buchanan Nathan Dill Evan Flitz Most Athletic Girl Ruby Martin Bailey Nock Rachel Saunders Most Spirited Guy Michael Duffy RJ Duncan Connor Greer Most Spirited Girl Bri Faulkner Colby Greene Maliyah Halverson Most Talented G...

Teacher Holly Robinson promoted to Chief Petty Officer of United States Navy

Teacher Holly Robinson promoted to Chief Petty Officer of United States Navy

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

September 19, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Standing at perfect attention for two hours this past Saturday, Sept. 16, social studies teacher Holly Robinson was one of 14 men and women to receive a promotion to CPO of United States Navy. The pinning ceremony was held at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, Illinois, and gave prominence to n...

West leads the state with 24 Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

West leads the state with 24 Semifinalists in National Merit Scholarship Program

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Among the highest scoring entrants in Iowa, 24 West High seniors and 7 City High seniors have the ability to become National Merit Scholarship Finalists as of Sept. 13. West semifinalists include: Colleen Bloeser Leah Brownsberger Joshua Burbidge Daniel Burgess Adam Conrad Jingyi D...

GO bond passage affirms air-conditioning for West

GO bond passage affirms air-conditioning for West

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The $192 million school bond was passed Tues., Sept. 12. The bond's blueprints include renovations for ICCSD buildings; with the objective to enhance student's learning environments as well as preserve historic structures. For West High, renovation plans affirmed by the passage include electrical an...

Daniel Carlos receives District Shine Award

Daniel Carlos receives District Shine Award

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Outstanding, kind, devoted and best were only some of the words shared by West High staff and students in the commons on the afternoon of Sept. 13. These phrases were all directed towards West High custodian Daniel Carlos as he received the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Shine Award. ...

Vote on GO bond nears

Vote on GO bond nears

Ken Wilbur and Fenna Semken

September 12, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The Iowa City Community School District’s General Obligation (GO) Bond for facilities renovation will be voted on by residents of the ICCSD on Tuesday, Sept. 12. If passed, the GO bond will be the largest ever of its kind in the state of Iowa, amounting to a predicted $192 million. The bond finances...

Spirit week themes released

Spirit week themes released

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 11, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News

As homecoming week creeps up upon West High, now is the perfect time to get prepared for spirit week. Themes and corresponding days are listed below.  Pajama Day (Monday, Sept. 18) Twin Day (Tuesday, Sept. 19) Wild West Wednesday (Wednesday, Sept. 20) Class Color Day (Thursday, Sept....

West High Club Fair allows exposure for lesser-known clubs

West High Club Fair allows exposure for lesser-known clubs

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

September 5, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

“We want people of all levels to be riding with us… so really there’s going to be something for everyone,” -Ryan Braverman '18.

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Sanders promotes book and political involvement in speech at Hancher

Sanders promotes book and political involvement in speech at Hancher

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

September 5, 2017


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Thirty-six hundred hands erupted into applause as Senator Bernie Sanders emerged from behind the curtain and took his place at the podium. The entire auditorium was on their feet and supporters shouted, “We love you, Bernie!” and “Feel the Bern!” Prairie Lights brought Sanders to Iowa City on Aug. 31 to promote his new bo...

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