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2018 at West: a year in review

2018 at West: a year in review

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

January 22, 2019


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

2018 brought change to West High in many ways, including new traditions and student activism. WSS compiled a list of major events and changes that helped define the past year at West. The Arts ICCSD show choirs kicked off 2018 with their annual fundraising event, Dollars for Scholars, on Jan. 1...

West student takes on international math competition

West student takes on international math competition

Marta Leira, Reporter

January 17, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

,Michael Han '20 will represent West and compete for $10,000 in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will be livestreamed this Saturday at noon. To qualify for the championship, Michael had to take a 10-question online qualifying test that included questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and prob...

West selected for Amazon partnership

West selected for Amazon partnership

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

January 16, 2019


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

In Monday's Weekly Update principal Gregg Shoultz announced the school's status as an Amazon Future Engineer school (AFE). "West High School is pleased to announce that it has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer (AFE) school - a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to ...

WHSDM holds annual hair drive

WHSDM holds annual hair drive

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

January 12, 2019


Filed under Metro, Multimedia, News, Showcase

West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) held their annual hair drive after school and during seventh hour on Friday, Jan. 11. Students and teachers donated hair to make wigs for children battling childhood cancer. Together, they donated 150 inches of hair. "This year has been difficult in terms o...

West to instate weighted GPA system

West to instate weighted GPA system

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

January 10, 2019


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

As of the 2019-20 school year, students at West, City and Liberty high schools will receive weighted GPAs. The class of 2019 will graduate under the current unweighted GPA system. Principal Gregg Shoultz cites the primary motivation to be that many Iowa colleges and universities offer awards, such as...

Merry and bright

Merry and bright

Abby McKeone, WSS intern

December 29, 2018


Filed under News

He sits in his favorite chair in the house, a gray recliner that has been with him as long as he can remember. Cars stream by his house, slowing at the display in his yard. Families get out of their cars to see the 18-foot Grinch, giant gingerbread house and other inflatables shown on his snowy lawn....

West goes on lock down

West goes on lock down

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

December 18, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

At the end of fifth period Principal Gregg Shoultz informed students of a general threat to two other schools in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). Teachers were instructed to go on a soft lockdown, meaning all exterior building doors are locked.  Students who have finished...

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

Marta Leira and Lucy Polyak

December 16, 2018


Filed under Award winners, News, One year since Parkland, Showcase

Six years ago, 26 children and teachers were killed in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. This shooting has come to represent the catalyst for the movement for stricter gun legislation in America. On December 14 at 2:26 p.m., students from City High...

Wrestling room renovations complete

Wrestling room renovations complete

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 2, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Showcase, Sports, Wrestling

Just in time for wrestling season. A sizeable undertaking in itself, renovating the wrestling room was no simple feat. The project began near the beginning of the school year and concluded before the winter sports season began. Nate Moore, now in his first year as head coach following the resignation of longti...

New lunch schedule in the works

New lunch schedule in the works

Sidney Kiersch, Online Graphic Designer

November 27, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Principal Gregg Shoultz announced Tuesday afternoon to teachers that a trial run of two lunches, rather than three, will be held during school in the weeks to come. Currently, classes are assigned to either A, B or C lunch according to which floor their fourth period class is on. Under the new lunch s...

A marvelous career

A marvelous career

Annabel Hendrickson, Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron man, Black Panther and Thor are only some of the beloved Marvel characters that editor, publisher and writer Stan Lee helped to create. On Monday November 12, 2018, Lee passed away after a rough year of lawsuits and the death of his wife, but not before leavi...

What you missed at the end of first trimester

What you missed at the end of first trimester

WSS Staff

November 13, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Sports Season of changes: A recap of the 2018 West/Liberty girls swim and dive season: The Trojan/Bolts girls swim team culminated their undefeated season on Saturday, Nov. 3 with a sixth-place finish at the state meet. The season brought changes, though, in the forms of its coaching staff, state qualifica...

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