West Side Story

  • WHS Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert Dec. 12

  • Wrestling meet at Linn-Mar High School Dec. 13

  • Girls and boys bowling doubleheader against Kennedy on Dec. 14

  • Girls and boys basketball doubleheader at Linn-Mar High School on Dec. 14

  • Boys swimming meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center on Dec. 15

Speech and Debate holds informational meeting

Speech and Debate holds informational meeting

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

September 9, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, News

An enthusiastic group of students gathered for an informational meeting for West High’s 2018-19 Speech and Debate team on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The meeting was held in English Teacher John Cooper’s room, 133. Cooper will be taking over the role of coach this year after the previous coaches, Social St...

NSPA names West Side Story a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist

NSPA names West Side Story a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist

September 7, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

The National Scholastic Press Association named the 2017-2018 West Side Story staff a Newspaper Pacemaker finalist today for the first time since 2012. Nina Elkadi '18 was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. "The WSS team last year was simply incredible," Elkadi wrote in a text message. "It’s rare to find a group of peopl...

Author to visit West

Author to visit West

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

September 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Nic Stone will visit West High on Tuesday, Sept. 18 to meet with small groups of students for a discussion on her book "Dear Martin." Students must register to attend the small book talks on the West Library homepage. “Instead of it being a whole auditorium full of people where you wouldn’t ge...

Iowa native wins American Idol season 16

Iowa native wins American Idol season 16

Lucy Polyak, Opinion Editor

May 22, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

On Monday, May 21, the first American Idol winner from Iowa was crowned. Maddie Poppe, a fan favorite from the start, is a 20-year-old Clarksville native and had attended Central Iowa Community College up until her audition for the show. This win followed multiple performances by Poppe that night,...

What to expect at the senior assembly

What to expect at the senior assembly

May 22, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase, Video

Dr. Shoultz and a couple seniors let you know what you should expect at the senior assembly this Wednesday.

Color overload

Color overload

Fareeha Ahamd, WSS Intern

May 11, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Earth can’t be spelled without art, and luckily there is plenty of art in the world. Talented artists worldwide and locally have been creating incredible artwork for centuries. The tradition is still ongoing in Iowa City with the 27th Annual Hani Elkadi Artists’ Reception that was held May 4. ...

Trevor Project founder to lead workshop in Iowa City

Trevor Project founder to lead workshop in Iowa City

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Activist James Lecesne will lead a writing workshop at the United Action for Youth (UAY) main office in Downtown Iowa City on May 12 and 13. The workshop is part of a larger series of national programming, the Future Perfect Project, which seeks to provide “LGBTQ high school students and their all...

Unlikely exercise companions

Unlikely exercise companions

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

April 25, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

In the white tent on Lucky Star Farm, women gathered to practice yoga. There was no music; instead, the occasional bleating of animals interrupted the quiet. A participant might extend their leg and brush their bare foot against some fur, or raise their head from their yoga mat and come face to face ...

Students hold ‘die-in’ to protest gun violence

Students hold ‘die-in’ to protest gun violence

Maddi Shinall, Photographer

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Politics, Showcase

Despite ICCSD students not having school on Friday, April 20, it didn't prevent them from participating in the National Walkout Day protests through holding a die-in. Protesters met in front of Van Allen Hall and marched to T. Anne Cleary Walkway, where they staged the die-in. They laid on the grou...

Civil rights activist visits West High

Civil rights activist visits West High

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

In 1954, one court’s decision would change lives of all ages, races and genders in America. In a court ruling that would send nine African American students to integrate Little Rock Central High School, these nine students would later go down in history and be known as the Little Rock Nine. One of...

IHSPA awards WSS staff with 43 design, online, photo and writing awards

IHSPA awards WSS staff with 43 design, online, photo and writing awards

April 13, 2018


Filed under News, Uncategorized

The Iowa High School Press Association awarded the West Side Story staff 43 awards in the annual spring journalism contest. IHSPA will announce 2017-2018 All-Iowa News Team finalists next week based on the schools with the largest number of awards from this contest. The 2016-2017 West Side Story staff was on...

D.C.’s Newseum Institute names Anjali Huynh Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

D.C.’s Newseum Institute names Anjali Huynh Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

April 6, 2018


Filed under News

The Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. awarded West Side Story staffer, Anjali Huynh ’19, as Iowa’s winner in the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for 2018. The program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and ...

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