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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

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

West Side Story staffers help kickstart Van Allen Elementary student-run newspaper

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

May 24, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

After weeks of preparation and a little help from a few West Side Story staffers, students from Van Allen published their first entirely student-run newspaper today. The online publication includes articles, interviews, and a countdown to the end of school. To visit the first edition of Rocket Times,...

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Roger Moore, former “James Bond” actor dies

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter

May 23, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

English actor Sir Roger Moore was reported dead today by his family, after a brief fight with cancer. Moore was 89, and most fondly remembered for being the third actor to play Agent James Bond, 007. He began playing the role starting with 1973’s Live and Let Die, until 1985’s A View to A Kill. He played t...

West High choirs participate in flash mob

West High choirs participate in flash mob

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor

May 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

  On May 18, many members of West High curricular choirs participated in a flash mob during the 12th annual United Action For Youth (UAY) Festival of Flowers at the Coralville Marriott. Performing "Singing in the Rain" during the live auction was a highlight of the festival, and gave the choirs a ch...

Young minds dominate state math championship

Young minds dominate state math championship

Junhee Lee, Copy Editor and Business Manager

May 2, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Math is clearly not a game of age or size but, rather, a game of the mind. At least, according to last Saturday’s high school state Great Plains Math League competition, at which a team of six junior high students, each looking less than 5 feet 5 inches tall, ousted some of the best high school math...

IHSPA deems West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist, grants WSS 40 awards

IHSPA deems West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist, grants WSS 40 awards

May 1, 2017


Filed under Awards, Breaking, News, Showcase

Iowa High School Press Association awarded the West Side Story staff an All-Iowa News Team finalist for 2016-2017. Points for the finalists are awarded to schools for placing in individual categories of IHSPA’s spring journalism contest, and the points are tallied to identify finalists. The 15 high...

Des Moines Register recognizes Eugenia Chen ’17

Des Moines Register recognizes Eugenia Chen ’17

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor

April 27, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News

Every year, The Des Moines Register recognizes seniors from all Iowa high schools. Ten seniors are chosen, forming the Academic All-State. This year, West High’s own Eugenia Chen '17 was chosen as one of those seniors. “I am very honored that the school chose me to represent our senior class,”...

The West High Marching Band takes on Florida

The West High Marching Band takes on Florida

Mary Vander Weg and Grace Christopher

April 25, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Keeping up with the bi-annual trend, the Trojan marching band traveled to Orlando, Florida this past week to perform. The band marched twice, once in Universal Orlando Resort, and later in Disney World’s Epcot park. The band departed after school on Monday and arrived after braving a 26 hour bus ride....

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Citizens gather to demonstrate support for science

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor

April 24, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

On Earth Day (April 22), hundreds of Iowa City citizens gathered on the Pentacrest downtown to demonstrate their unity in support of science. 

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Students make seed balls in hopes of saving Iowa monarchs

Grace Yarrow, Copy Editor

April 21, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

On a cool and cloudy day, a group of West students gathered in the courtyard to help save Iowa's monarch butterflies. Haley Shook '18 set up a space for the students to make small clay balls with milkweed plants seeds inside them, through a program called "Milkweed Matters."  Shook ...

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

6 West Side Story staffers win international sweepstakes, national awards from Quill and Scroll

April 18, 2017


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Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared West Side Story Designer Wingel Xue ’18 an International Sweepstakes Winner in Quill and Scroll’s Writing, Design and Photo Contest for her ad design titled “Oyama Sushi.” Quill and Scroll also declared the fo...

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