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Front row from left to right: Raina Pfeifer, Emily Shian, Miles Clark, William Chen, Boaz Abramoff, Luke Fasse, Caden Noeller, Miles Davies, Thayer Abu-Hijleh, Nikolas Sung, Jonathan Chen, Luka Chackalackal, Akhil Bharanidhar Back row from left to right: Zoey Guo,  Helen Zhang, Theodore Wilbur, Jimin Seo, Anne Wu, Caroline Mascardo, Jack Harris, Liam Edberg, Bivan Shrestha, Aidan Ohl, Andy Luo

24 West High seniors named National Merit Semifinalists

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief September 21, 2021

To be named as National Merit Semifinalists, these seniors scored among the top one percent of students nationwide on the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The...

Outside the new lunch room in City High is an entrance way with a Little Hawk statue standing proudly in the center. This statue was donated by a family in  memory of Calder Wells and other students who have passed away.

Construction at Iowa City’s three high schools

Audrey Parrish and Vivian Polgreen September 18, 2021

In recent years, construction has been a major part of high school across the Iowa City Community School District. In 2019, missing ceiling panels, cranes, construction workers, loud noises, the displacement...

West High weekly wrap: Sept. 17th

West High weekly wrap: Sept. 17th

Paige Albright, Podcast Editor September 17, 2021

As the fourth week of school comes to an end, midterms loom only two weeks away. As Homecoming inches closer as well, the administration would like to remind you that any repairs due to stolen objects...

The red boxes marks the number of days off left in the school calendar.

New updates to the ICCSD school calendar

Mishka Mohamed Nour, Profiles Editor September 17, 2021

On Sept. 16, the ICCSD had the day off in recognition of Yom Kippur: one of the holiest days and the tenth day after Rosh Hashanah (the first day of the new Jewish year). In addition to Yom Kippur, Eid...

The mask mandate declared by the Iowa City Community School District on Sept. 14 went into effect on the morning of Sept. 15.

ICCSD implements new mask mandate

Thayer Abu-Hijleh, Entertainment Editor September 15, 2021

The school board approved a mask mandate in all district facilities during their biweekly meeting on Sept. 14. This policy goes into effect on Sept. 15 with all students, teachers and faculty being required...

Volunteer Julie Peters prepares and serves a plate of pancakes, eggs and sausages as a part of the annual Booster Club Pancake Day for athletic funding in Iowa City Schools on Sat. April 8, 2017.

Iowa City Athletic Booster Club’s annual Pancake Day is canceled

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor September 15, 2021

Pancake Day, originally scheduled for Oct. 23, is canceled. The annual event is one of two major fundraising sources for the Iowa City Athletic Booster Club (ICAB), the other being stadium cleanup,...

West High student Candidates for president and vice president this year.

The rebirthed Student Senate: West Student Government

Mishka Mohamed Nour, Profiles Editor September 14, 2021

The Student Government is going to replace what used to be known as the Student Senate. The new organization will still create policies and initiatives for West, but the representatives of the organization...

West High students have the choice to wear face masks while on school property as of May 20.

ICCSD updates COVID-19 quarantine policy

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor September 14, 2021

On Sept. 8, the COVID-19 quarantine policy was changed in all junior high and high schools across the Iowa City Community School District. Quarantine procedures at the elementary schools will remain the...

Phi Gamma Delta is a social fraternity with over 100 chapters on college campuses across the country.

University of Iowa fraternity sparks protests downtown

Laney Prelle, Reporter September 13, 2021

On Aug. 30th, an online petition to dissolve the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) from the University of Iowa’s campus circulated. The petition claimed that two fraternity members sexually assaulted...

West High Weekly Wrap: Sept. 10

West High Weekly Wrap: Sept. 10

Paige Albright, Podcast Editor September 12, 2021

As the dust of starting the new school year is settling, the most important news can just miss you, the weekly wrap offers the most important headlines for the students of West, in a short podcast keeping...

The Theatre West cast and crew poses for a picture after being a part of Into the Woods in the West High courtyard on May 13.

Audition for Theatre West’s fall production “Footloose”

Audrey Parrish and Vivian Polgreen August 26, 2021

Theatre West is putting on both a fall and spring musical this year. "Footloose", the fall musical, is holding auditions from Sept. 8-10. Vocal auditions will be held on Sept. 8 in the choir room from...

Summer support activities for ICCSD students

Summer support activities for ICCSD students

Audrey Parrish, News Co-Editor June 10, 2021

Many support activities and resources have been set up for students this summer. Mental health support numbers to call are available through the CommUnity Crisis Center. The Grab and Go lunch services...

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