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Film club to show “Ghostbusters” for their first fundraiser of the year

Film club to show “Ghostbusters” for their first fundraiser of the year

Jack Harris, Online Reporter and Film Critic

November 6, 2019

Next Friday, Nov. 8, Film Club is hosting their first event of the year: a screening of the 1984 classic, “Ghostbusters,” in the little theater. Admission is free, and popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. Though free admission is a risk for the club, they have high hopes that it wi...

Seven candidates vie for school board positions

Seven candidates vie for school board positions

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

November 5, 2019

School Board members oversee the school district by setting school policy, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, monitoring the district’s financials and keeping the focus on students’ learning. The candidates for this year's election were Charlie Eastham, Shawn Eyestone, Paul Roesler, Michael...

West High officially announces girls wrestling team

West High officially announces girls wrestling team

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

On Friday Nov. 1, assistant wrestling coach Kody Pudil announced the addition of a girls wrestling team to the sports roster through an email to female West students. This news comes on the heels of Pudil announcing his interest in the idea in May. The season will last from right after Thanksgiving break until Jan. 21, with practices occurring 3-4 times a week. The season will see the tea...

Halloween characters of 2019

Halloween characters of 2019

Maddy Smith, Photographer

October 31, 2019

Halloween is here, the one night of the year people can dress up as whoever and whatever they want to be. West High-students and faculty alike- got into the spooky spirit during the day, with costumes ranging from homemade T-shirts to full out corsets and petticoats. Take a look at this year's crazy...

President Trump impeachment basics

President Trump impeachment basics

Renee Gould, Book Critic, Reporter

October 27, 2019

This is a topic that could easily fill a hundred-page thesis with no trouble. For simplicity, this article will be broken up into three major parts; The Ukrainian Call, Syria-Turkey Stuff, President Trump Trivia. This is going to be discussing the points, people and other events that tie in for each maj...

Shoultz replaces warning bell with marching band

Shoultz replaces warning bell with marching band

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2019

Today, instead of the usual 30 second warning bell that was added this year, students were surprised to hear the West High marching band blasting over the loudspeaker. Last night was the Sounds of the Stadium, a concert where band students play a culmination of West marching band classics to mark the e...

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

October 24, 2019

The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story staffs at its annual state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 24. The Trojan Epic was named a 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook of the Year and the West Side Story staff was named a 2019 All-Iow...

West BPA attends Fall Leadership Conference

West BPA attends Fall Leadership Conference

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

October 24, 2019

Members of West’s chapter of Business Professionals of America attended the 2019 Fall Leadership Conference in Urbandale, Iowa on October 20-21. The group of approximately 50 heard from motivational speaker Garret Lee, participated in a highly-competitive game night and attended a series of mini-s...

World-renowned author visits Iowa City

World-renowned author visits Iowa City

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

October 23, 2019

In an event brought to fruition by the Iowa City Public Library and the Prairie Lights bookshop, Australian author Markus Zusak visited the library on Oct. 21 in promotion of his 2018 novel “Bridge of Clay” to share his experiences as a writer and take questions from attendees. Though Zusak h...

NSPA names a record-breaking number of WSS staffers as finalists in national contest

NSPA names a record-breaking number of WSS staffers as finalists in national contest

October 22, 2019

National Scholastic Press Association announced finalists for its 2019 individual contests, with contest categories including up to 10 finalists nationwide. The West Side Story students recognized include: Writer of the Year finalist: Anjali Huynh ‘19 Marketer of the Year finalist: Thomas Duong ‘19 Sports Story finalist: Sophie Stephens ‘19 for “Silent tradition” Sports Story finalist: Will Conrad ‘19 and ...

West speech and debate makes semi-finals

West speech and debate makes semi-finals

Renee Gould, Book Critic, Reporter

October 21, 2019

Walk into West High on Oct. 19 and you’ll be greeted by mostly vacant hallways with well-dressed students scattered around. People mutter to themselves as they await their turn to debate or give a speech. The occasional harried student will scurry down the halls, gripping a computer and papers, a black ...

West students score high at North Liberty 2019 speed-solving competition

West students score high at North Liberty 2019 speed-solving competition

Renee Gould, Book Critic, Reporter

October 20, 2019

Your name is called, and you stand up from the uncomfortable wooden chair, tucking the small cube into a coat pocket. You walk up to the brightly colored table where a judge, a mat for cup stacking, and a lone cone awaits. You sit into a slightly different but, equally uncomfortable chair, resting on...

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