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West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

November 5, 2018


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West Side Story journalists traveled to Chicago this week to attend the JEA/NSPA national high school journalism convention and returned with the organization's highest award—The Pacemaker. Last year's WSS staff was one of 28 high school journalism programs in the world to receive the award. ...

West High’s first-ever Tutoring Center now open to all

West High’s first-ever Tutoring Center now open to all

Marta Leira, Reporter

November 5, 2018


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As you enter the room you see six tall tables and chairs with students scattered throughout, Chromebooks open, papers strewn about. This is a common sight in the tutoring center, located in room 214. When it first opened in October, the tutoring center was available only for AP and honors students, b...

WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

Natalie Dunlap and Sophie Stephens

November 3, 2018


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  Twenty-one WSS staffers traveled with Little Hawk reporters to Chicago for the 2018 National Scholastic Press Association Convention (NSPA) on Wednesday, Oct. 31. After their arrival, staffers went on a ghost tour around haunted spots in the city before starting convention activities Thu...

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

WSS Staff

October 31, 2018


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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. 25. The Trojan Epic was named a 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook of the Year and the West Side Story staff was named a 2018 All-Iow...

What you missed this October

What you missed this October

WSS Staff

October 30, 2018


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Sports West volleyball season over, Kennedy advances: This year’s volleyball season came to an end with the Trojans being defeated 1-3 by Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. West to rematch Bettendorf: Iowa City West football team will host Bettendorf this Friday in the quarterfinal round of playoffs after defeating Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Diving into a new sport: Austyn Goodale ’20 explains how she manages cheer and swimming, and what inspired her ...

“Support Trans Lives” rally at the Pentacrest

“Support Trans Lives” rally at the Pentacrest

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 29, 2018


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The "Support Trans Lives" rally, held Thursday, Oct. 25, was in response to the Trump Administration's attempt to change the definition of sex under Title IX, the civil rights law that prevents gender discrimination. If changed, then discrimination against transgender people would be legal. They would...

Bonding over the bonfire

Bonding over the bonfire

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

October 25, 2018


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Pumpkins, paint supplies, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate occupied the tables under the pavilion at Willow Creek Park. On Wednesday, Oct. 24 English Language Learner (ELL) students and teachers gathered at  the park to bond over roasting marshmallows and painting pumpkins. Victor, a black lab service d...

Burst water pipe means no heat at West

Burst water pipe means no heat at West

Alex Carlon, Reporter

October 16, 2018


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West students and parents received a text message last night warning them of cold conditions in most classrooms resulting from a burst water pipe. The message read, "Burst water pipe results in no heat in many classrooms at WHS. Students should come prepared for temperatures between 59-68 degrees." Students...

Student Senate announces candidates for Heroes of Troy

Student Senate announces candidates for Heroes of Troy

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing Editor, Co-Copy Editor

October 9, 2018


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Following the nomination process last week, Student Senate announced West High’s first batch of Heroes of Troy today. These homecoming court candidates were selected based on both quantity and quality of nominations. Juniors and seniors can vote for their top six nominations by going to this link.  Her...

National Scholastic Press Association recognizes WSS in national Portfolio, Story and Illustration of the Year contests

National Scholastic Press Association recognizes WSS in national Portfolio, Story and Illustration of the Year contests

October 9, 2018


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The National Scholastic Press Association recognized two West Side Story staffers as finalists in its Portfolio of the Year contest. 2018 graduate Samalya Thenuwara is one of five finalists in the Broadcast Journalist of the Year contest. Lydia Guo '19 is one of 10 finalists in the Designer of the Ye...

Senior class president and vice announced

Senior class president and vice announced

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

October 1, 2018


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Last week the class of 2019 voted for who would be the class president and vice president. A total of 18 candidates were running. Nine for vice and nine for president. In the end, Emma Koch ´19 won the title of class president with her vice president being Thomas Duong ´19. ¨I’ve had a really...

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