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  • 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

Concert raises money for MOST

Concert raises money for MOST

Sean Brown, Photographer

March 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

A smile. It seems like such a basic component of our body, yet it has so much power. Almost everyone takes it for granted, and why wouldn't they? It's not something most people would feel grateful to have, but many others out there don't have the ability to do it. That's why students at West host a be...

Free tickets released for ‘The Miracle Season’

Free tickets released for ‘The Miracle Season’

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The Englert Theatre released the free admission tickets for the hometown showing of ‘The Miracle Season’ an hour ago. Playing on March 18 at 2 p.m., there will only be 320 tickets available. Tickets can be found here. ...

Thursday schedule in effect for tomorrow

Thursday schedule in effect for tomorrow

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Breaking, News, Sports

With a victory over No. 10 Indianola, the West High girls basketball team will be returning to the Wells Fargo Arena for another game. The No. 9 Women of Troy will face their cross-town rival, No. 1 Iowa City High, for the state championship. Principal Gregg Shoultz confirmed via Twitter that the r...

Wrestler Nelson Brands ’18 up for KCRG Athlete of the Week

Wrestler Nelson Brands ’18 up for KCRG Athlete of the Week

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Sports, Wrestling

After coming off his victory at the state championships in the 160-pound category, Nelson Brands '18 has been nominated for KCRG's Athlete of the Week. The three-time state champion is a finalist alongside Drew Nadermann of west Dubuque, who led his team to a championship at the state bowling meet wi...

Business Professionals of America compete at the State Leadership Conference

Business Professionals of America compete at the State Leadership Conference

Olivia Dachtler, Photographer

February 28, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Each year, West High’s Business Professionals of America travel to the state conference in Des Moines. This year, many of the competing students placed and will move on to Dallas, Texas for nationals. Group leader Diane Fickel said she was very pleased with how the students performed this year. “This...

Show choirs cap off season with Spring Swing show

Show choirs cap off season with Spring Swing show

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

February 27, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

Amidst many bright smiles and teary eyes, West High show choirs put on one final show in the Arganbright Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 25. This annual "Spring Swing" show was comprised of performances from the prep show choir Showtime, the varsity show choir Good Time Company, the select a cappella gro...

High school students draw inspiration from Bernie Sanders rally

High school students draw inspiration from Bernie Sanders rally

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

February 27, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

Iowans got a chance to “Feel the Bern” once again when Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders returned to Iowa on Friday, Feb. 23. Though Sanders was initially only expected to visit Des Moines, he made a last minute decision to stop in Cedar Rapids as well. His visit was ...

FTC Robotics participate in State Competition

FTC Robotics participate in State Competition

Ivan Badovinac, Photographer

February 27, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The West High FTC robotics team, Trobotix 8696, participated in the Iowa State FTC Competition in Coralville on February 23-24. They were one of the 48 best teams in Iowa to compete at this competition and the only team from Iowa City. The Trobotix team had six qualifying matches, of which th...

Permissive topics will stay in secretary’s contracts

Permissive topics will stay in secretary’s contracts

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

February 25, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

An elementary student breaks his finger. A flustered high schooler forgets their locker combination. A misbehaving student needs a playmate. Who handles all these situations? In schools, secretaries do much more than just answering phones. They build personal connections with students. That’s why...

Tragedy in Florida leads to activism in Johnson County

Tragedy in Florida leads to activism in Johnson County

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

February 24, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Parkland and Iowa City are 1,442 miles away from each other, but they have been united, along with the rest of the country, in mourning the 17 lives lost in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The students from Parkland are advocating for more gun control and calling out politicians whose campaigns have...

Iowa City West and Marion among 10 high schools showcased in Veridian’s ArtShare

Iowa City West and Marion among 10 high schools showcased in Veridian’s ArtShare

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 23, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Iowa City West and Marion high schools are two of ten schools participating this year in ArtShare, a program by Veridian Credit Union to recognize and celebrate the talent of local student artists. Each school’s art department leaders submitted pieces ranging from oil on canvas to graphic design, jewelry...

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