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A man protesting the military coup in Sudan holds the American and Sudanese flag in his hand while addressing the crown at the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City on Oct. 30.

Sudan’s fight for democracy

Mishka Mohamed Nour and Paige Albright November 9, 2021

For the past two years, Sudan was leaving the era of military rule of decades and transitioning into the light of democracy with a temporary transitional government composed of both military and civilians...

Protesters protesting racism at West High gather in the commons after marching through the halls.

Students protest for Black Lives Matter in West High hallways

Audrey Parrish, News Co-Editor November 8, 2021

Updated on Nov. 15 Mr. Gross addressed students in the Monday Message on Nov. 15 with information about actions being taken after the protest. West High will be reinstating the Black Student Union...

Former Columns Editor Lucy Polyak ponders the changes to the FAFSA paperwork. (File photo)

FAFSA set to make changes for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year

Laney Prelle, Reporter November 8, 2021

For those who are graduating in the 2022-2023 school year, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA, has announced that there will be some changes to the way that your answers to...

One of the two Oracles of Iowa City murals is displayed on the side of a parking ramp on East Burlington St. in Downtown Iowa City.

Coloring the community

Owen Aanestad and Maddy Smith November 5, 2021

From sculpture, to stained glass, to AP Art and Design, West offers a variety of different art classes. On Nov. 18, a different type of art will join the ranks. A pilot version of Community Art will debut...

The FDA and CDC recently authorized the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in the 5-11 age group.

ICCSD announces COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 5-11-year-olds

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief November 3, 2021

As of Nov. 3, 5-11-year-olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA and CDC approved it for emergency use in this younger age group. "We are pleased to partner with the...

WSS social media staff, Zoey Guo, Hanah Kitamoto, Kailey Gee, Owen Aanestad, Tosh Klever, Krisha Kapoor, Caroline Mascardo and Alaina Greenlee are all finalists in NSPAs individual contests.

NSPA names WSS staffers as top 10 finalists in national contests

November 1, 2021

National Scholastic Press Association announced finalists for its 2021 individual contests, with each contest category including up to 10 finalists nationwide. Winners will be announced at NSPA/JEA’s...

The Thanksgiving food drive ends Nov. 13.

West High to hold annual Thanksgiving Drive

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief November 1, 2021

West High will hold its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive Nov. 22-23. West High is looking for food donations to prepare for the event. Items needed are: Bags (reusable and plastic welcome) French...

West High English teachers in 2019 dressed up as famous fictional teachers.

Staff’s spooky spirits dampened after limiting Halloween costumes

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor October 29, 2021

In 2020, many school events were canceled because of the pandemic, and this year, many holidays and celebrations will not be coming back. In order to make the ICCSD a more inclusive and equitable place...

Dr. Gregg Shoultz and Greg Hughes pose for a photo inside the West High weight room while touring the school on Oct. 26.

Former principal Dr. Shoultz conducts outreach activities for African schools

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 26, 2021

From going viral in the West Side Story's very own carpool karaoke and taking on a new district role in 2020 as director of PK-12 online learning to now living and working in Nigeria, former West High...

The graduating Class of 2017, the second graduating class for which Dr. Shoultz was the principal. (File Photo)

ICCSD changes West High graduation date

Misha Canin, Print Managing Editor and Business Co-Editor October 25, 2021

The West Class of 2022 was notified via email on Oct. 24 that graduation had been misscheduled on the district calendar. The original graduation date of Saturday, May 28 has been changed to Sunday, May...

Accepted violists pose with their All-State folders at auditions Oct. 23.

47 West All-State musicians selected at auditions in Washington

Maya Chu, Print Feature Editor and Artist October 24, 2021

After a year of virtual auditions and a canceled festival, West High orchestra, band and choir musicians were anxious to audition in person on Oct. 23 for the Iowa High School Music Association’s annual...

The 2021-2022 journalism team pose with  the News Team of the Year banner at the IHSPA state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 21.

WSS named 2021 All-Iowa News Team of the Year

October 21, 2021

The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story staffs at its state journalism conference Oct. 21. The West Side Story staff was named a 2021 All-Iowa...

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