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West Side Story

NSPA names top newspapers, magazines in its Pacemaker contest. In this competition, only the print news product was judged. Online Pacemaker finalists will be announced in February.

NSPA names West Side Story a Pacemaker finalist

October 21, 2021

The National Scholastic Press Association named the 2020-2021 West Side Story staff a Newspaper/Newsmagazine Pacemaker finalist on Oct. 21. Pacemaker finalists will be recognized and the Pacemaker winners...

The West High Supply is a great resource for food, clothing, hygiene and more. See the office for more information.

Resources for the upcoming winter season

Laney Prelle, Reporter October 15, 2021

Iowa's winter season can be hard on West High students. In the Coralville and Iowa City area, there are many community resources available to everyone. No matter the reason, families can access these resources...

The second Monday in Oct. is nationally recognized as Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.

Celebration conundrum

Paige Albright, Podcast Editor October 12, 2021

Oct. 11 is nationally recognized as both Indigenous People's Day and Columbus Day. We are still celebrating the man who lead to the torment of native communities. Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first adopted...

A sign taped to the West High front door tells students, staff and visitors about the new mandate on Sept. 15.

ICCSD mask mandate extended

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor October 10, 2021

Throughout the entire pandemic, state and city governments have been in opposition regarding the issue of mask mandates, especially in schools. On Feb. 7, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds banned school mask...

Frances Haugen 02 (center) appears in the senior section of the 2002 volume of the Trojan Epic yearbook.

West alum Frances Haugen ’02 makes national news as Facebook whistleblower

Owen Aanestad and Audrey Parrish October 6, 2021

From the beginning, Frances Haugen '02 knew that she was going to make an impact on the world so much that her senior future published in the May 2002 issue of the West Side Story outlined, “4 year plan:...

Caroline Founds number nine jersey sits in the spotlight during the retirement ceremony on Oct. 5.

West High volleyball retires Caroline Found’s number 9

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 5, 2021

Ten years ago on Aug. 11, 2011 tragedy struck the West High volleyball team when their beloved setter Caroline "Line" Found passed away in a moped crash. Behind former Head Coach Kathy Bresnahan, the team...

The COVID-19 Delta variant has been in the news recently.

What’s the deal with Delta?

Kailey Gee and Jane Lam October 2, 2021

After a year of isolation, the general public was ready to get back to a version of pre-pandemic life. With widespread availability of vaccines and quickly decreasing case counts, the summer of 2021 was...

Students give their opinions on recent state laws and how these laws relate to local control.

State law debate

Hanah Kitamoto and Jack Alden October 1, 2021

Since the start of 2021, several laws have passed in Iowa, including laws that ban masks mandates, require that students have an opportunity to say the Pledge of Allegiance and forbid diversity training....

Damage from the Derecho.

Reflecting on the August 2020 Derecho, and what we can learn from it

Jack Harris, Online Copy Editor and Arts Editor October 1, 2021

“In the middle of the derecho I heard things coming down on the house, it sounded like the house was going to cave in. When I came upstairs, there was a limb that had gone through our roofing and through...

The fault line is called the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden line, and according to the U.S Geological Survey, it is the same plate that caused both the earthquake in 2010, and the earthquake this year. 

Earthquake affects: The emotional magnitude of earthquakes

Audrey Parrish, News Co-Editor September 30, 2021

If asked, most students might say that they know of Haiti. They might mention the country’s history of natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, or the enormous amounts of poverty seen there....

The American flag hangs in a West High classroom on Sept. 7.

A deeper look into Afghanistan’s ongoing conflict

Laney Prelle and Paige Albright September 23, 2021

  August 30, 2021, marks the end of the “forever” war in Afghanistan. After nearly 20 years of conflict, the U.S. finally pulled all military personnel out of the country. But to really...

The seniors celebrate their 22-16 win over the juniors during West Highs annual powderpuff game on Oct. 3, 2019.

Homecoming traditions turned more inclusive

Owen Aanestad and Camille Gretter September 22, 2021

Every year in late Sept. or early Oct. high schools, colleges and universities celebrate homecoming. The event that was originally created in the 19th century to bring alumni back to campus has evolved...

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