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

In honor of Doctor King

In honor of Doctor King

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 4, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

50 years ago on April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray assassinated Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. With help from the Dean of Students, Maria Martin, students from The Truth Club, SSIKED and models from the African section of Walk It Out have printed off quotes from King and tweets about him and posted them on...

New York Times reporter visits Iowa City

New York Times reporter visits Iowa City

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Imagine being a mother of color, living a block away from one of the poorest and most segregated schools in New York City in arguably one of the most under-financed public school districts in the United States. Despite attempting to speak with educators and school representatives week after week, no...

Unplanned school evacuation disrupts class

Unplanned school evacuation disrupts class

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

April 2, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Seconds before the bell rung signaling for sixth period, the fire alarm went off. The alarm wasn't planned and was the cause of recent construction of the gym while doing ductwork.  “In large rooms, instead of having smoke detectors, [we have] beam detectors,"said Principal Gregg Shoultz...

Walk It Out celebrates West’s diversity

Walk It Out celebrates West’s diversity

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer

April 2, 2018


Filed under Metro, Multimedia, News, Showcase

Students and families gathered in the West High cafeteria on Saturday, March 31 to enjoy the second annual Walk It Out. Sophia Chen ’19, one of the leaders of the event, commented on what the event entails. “Walk It Out is a multicultural fashion show… that showcases diversity through fas...

IHSPA names 4 WSS staffers Emerging Journalists

IHSPA names 4 WSS staffers Emerging Journalists

March 29, 2018


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From the 39 finalists, the Iowa High School Press Association selected 10 Emerging Journalists in the state of Iowa and four are WSS staffers: Reporter Anjali Huynh '19, Reporter Jenna Wang '20, Assistant Sports Editor Deniz Ince '19 and Photographer Kara Wagenknecht '19.  This pro...

WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

March 28, 2018


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Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared six West Side Story staffers winners in its annual Writing, Design and Photo Contest, with three Sweepstakes winners, two second place wins and nine national wins. This year marks the most Sweepstakes wins the WSS has ever...

March for our lives

March for our lives

Kara Wagenknecht and Sadie Rhomberg

March 24, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Politics, Showcase

“Not one more, not one more” could be heard throughout downtown Iowa City on Saturday, March 24, as hundreds of people marched to the Pentacrest in protest of gun violence. Members of SASS, Students Against School Shootings, organized the event in hopes of spreading more awareness for gun control. C...

Trojan Epic featured by Jostens for “Cutting Edge Design”

Trojan Epic featured by Jostens for “Cutting Edge Design”

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

March 23, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

On Monday, March 19, the West High yearbook was informed that the 2017 book  "All In One Place" was selected to be featured for its "cutting-edge design cover to cover," according to the judges from Jostens. Of 2,000 books submitted, Jostens chose 35 for this section. In previous yea...

A legacy leaves

A legacy leaves

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Since she was 14 years old, Megan Johnson has devoted her life to speech and debate. In 2012, she came to West as the head coach of the debate team, and soon after began teaching social studies. Now, after spending half her life debating, Johnson is moving onto new things, and will resign as the West...

Local blood drive approaches quickly

Local blood drive approaches quickly

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

March 20, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Iowa City West High will host a blood drive for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the auditorium lobby. Donors must be 16 years of age or older and students need a signed parental consent t...

Women of Troy soccer team returns

Women of Troy soccer team returns

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

March 19, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The 2016-17 season for the Iowa City West girls soccer team ended with the state semifinals in Ames, finishing their season 19-02. With eight varsity players graduating last year, tryouts for this season will start today. Tryouts will take place in the gym lobby for the next three to four days after school at 4:15 p....

Civil rights activist will visit West

Civil rights activist will visit West

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

March 13, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

In 1957, nine black teenagers registered at Central High School. The students had been recruited to integrate the all-white school by Arkansas’ NAACP president and journalist Daisy Bates. Known as the  Little Rock Nine, these teenagers became major figures in the Civil Rights Movement. On Ap...

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