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West High graduate accepting donations for wildfire relief

Katherine Shoppa, Print News Editor January 4, 2022

In an email sent out to the West High community on Jan. 3, students and families were informed Kara Wagenknecht ’19, a West High graduate and current student at the University of Colorado, has offered...

The Monday Message is a weekly YouTube video made by Principal Mitch Gross to inform students. (File Photo)

West High announces changes in Monday Message

Maddy Smith, Visual Editor and Feature Editor January 3, 2022

This new year is bringing new changes to the hallways of West High. The first Monday Message of the year held weather warnings, a new hall pass system and COVID-19 updates.  Due to students lingering...

Omicron, the most recent COVID-19 variant, was recently named a variant of concern.

Don’t overlook Omicron

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor December 17, 2021

The Omicron variant is one of many COVID-19 variants that has developed over the course of the pandemic. Omicron was named a variant of concern on November 26, only a week after it was first discovered...

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ICCSD announces 2 hour early dismissal for Dec. 17

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 9, 2021

As the winter season approaches and students and teachers push through the last couple of days until winter break, ICCSD Superintendent Matt Degner notified families via email on Dec. 8 about a recent...

Coach Mark Reiland with Nelson Brands 18 and Francis Duggan 18 at the 2018 Wrestling State Championship. Both Brands and Duggan won titles.

Former wrestling coach Mark Reiland passes away at 52

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor December 9, 2021

Hawkeye and Trojan wrestling faced a tough loss on the evening of Dec. 8 when the passing of Coach Mark Reiland was announced. Reiland is a wrestling legend at the University of Iowa and brought his expertise...

Keira Jones 22, Evan Zukin 22 and Samantha Croco 22 dance in Theatre Wests fall production of Footloose.

Theatre West presents ‘Footloose’ this week

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief December 1, 2021

For the first time in two years, Theatre West is back in Arganbright Auditorium to present the 1998 classic "Footloose". The production will begin with its first show on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and...

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Reverend Ray Dial and Akwi Nji converse on stage.

Nikole Hannah-Jones returns to Iowa on national book tour

Audrey Parrish, News Co-Editor November 26, 2021

Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones was welcomed back to her alma mater, Waterloo West High School, on Tuesday, Nov. 23 to speak about her Pulitzer Prize-Winning 1619 Project. A crowd had gathered...

Raina Pfeifer talks about starting a SEA club at West and plans for the future.

If we’re green, we’re golden

Krisha Kapoor , Print Sports Editor November 23, 2021

The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Nov. 5, which includes $47 billion designated to climate resilience and preparing communities for natural disasters that have been...

News briefs

News briefs

Heidi Du, Print Copy Editor November 22, 2021

Facebook whistleblower testifies In September, West High graduate and former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen ’02 provided internal documents that led to the “Facebook Papers.” These files...

The mobile cafe is stationed outside the business rooms.

Pump It Up Coffee Shop reopens

Mohana Sunkara, Videographer November 19, 2021

West High’s beloved coffee shop is reopening on Nov. 18. Around ten years ago, Diane Fickel, one of West’s business teachers and Business Professionals of America (BPA) advisors, brought to the school’s...

The 2021-2022 WSS print staff. Front row: Aria Khalil, Soomin Koh, Athena Wu, Hanah Kitamoto, Jack Alden, Sachiko Goto, Zoey Guo, Jane Lam, Rosemary Timmer-Hackert, Miguel Cohen Suarez
Middle row: Zaira Ahmad, Kailey Gee, Caroline Mascardo, Katherine Shoppa, Maya Chu, Heidi Du, Krisha Kapoor, Defne Bayman, Caroline Barker, Kamakshee Kuchhal, Ella De Young
Back row: Will Cheng, Xiaoyi Zhu, Lilly Graham, Eva Jordan, Sila Duran, Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab, Lily Prochaska, Misha Canin, Owen Aanestad
Not pictured: Grace Huang, Ginger McCartney, Sofia Wells-Lu, Helen Zhang

West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

November 14, 2021

Honoring the nation’s best, National Scholastic Press Association named West Side Story one of its 29 prestigious Pacemaker winners Saturday, which honors scholastic student newspapers, newsmagazines...

Students protest against racial injustices

Helelia Wa Kalala, Social Media Editor and Videographer November 13, 2021

On Monday, Nov. 8 students marched through the halls chanting and protesting against racial injustices at West High. The protest was spurred by a racist video from a student on social media over the weekend....

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