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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

Milo visits West, relieves stress

Milo visits West, relieves stress

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 23, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On Thursday, Feb. 23 students meet Milo, a golden doodle dog, in the library during their lunch hour. Milo came to help students cope with the stress of finals week. The schedule for the rest of finals week is listed below:  Feb 23: English and world language  Feb 26: Social studies and science  Feb 27: Math, practical arts and fine arts  ...

West Singers attend ACDA conference in Chicago

West Singers attend ACDA conference in Chicago

Pareen Mhatre, Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

West Singers were one of three high school choirs in the midwest to attend ACDA conference. Click here for more photos from GTC's and Showtime's performance at the Great River Competition....

GTC and Showtime attend Great River Competition

GTC and Showtime attend Great River Competition

Pareen Mhatre, Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

GTC placed 5th runner-up and were awarded as the best band, while Showtime placed first runner-up at the Great River Competition. Click here for more photos from West Singers' performance at the ACDA Conference....

SASS event to promote youth political involvement

SASS event to promote youth political involvement

Alyson Kuennen and Fatima Kammona

February 22, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The Students Against School Shootings (SASS), a newly founded group of West and City High students petitioning for stricter gun regulations, will provide a place for students to voice their concerns to Iowa representatives in the Senate and House following the walkout earlier this week. ¨Both...

Walkout unites ICCSD students

Walkout unites ICCSD students

Shawn Thacker

February 19, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

As rain intermittently poured down on the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City, voices amplified by a megaphone cut through the fog, blaring out pro-gun control slogans to be repeated by the growing crowd. Joining a series of school protests across the nation, students from across the Iowa Community School...

On and off the field

On and off the field

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Girls soccer season at West High is right around the corner. Last year, the team made it to the state tournament with David Rosenthal as head coach. Rosenthal has been included in the national top 23 coaches in 2017. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) hand picks 23 high...

West High Trobotix advances to state

West High Trobotix advances to state

Ivan Badovinac, Photographer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

The West High School FTC robotics team, Trobotix 8696, participated in the Super Qualifier tournament in Davenport on Feb. 10th. They were one of two Iowa City teams to advance to this competition, alongside with one Southeast team. The Trobotix team had five qualifying matches of which they won...

School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2018 SNO Distinguished Site

School Newspapers Online recognizes West Side Story as a 2018 SNO Distinguished Site

WSS Staff

February 7, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Each year School Newspapers Online offers student newspaper programs with outstanding journalism the opportunity to apply to become a SNO Distinguished Site, according to a press release from SNO. On Feb. 7, the "West Side Story" web staff earned this status for the second year in a row—becoming th...

IGHSAU announces girls basketball regional assignments

IGHSAU announces girls basketball regional assignments

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Breaking, Sports

The road to the 2018 basketball state championships is paved, and the Women of Troy will face their first obstacle, Linn-Mar, on Feb. 17 at home. The victor will move on to play the winner of the opposite side of the bracket, with the highest remaining ranked seed hosting. Other teams in Region 2 al...

West Side Boutique opens today

West Side Boutique opens today

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 1, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

Melanie Brechtel and Octavious Sullivan are organizing a drive to collect gently used prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and handbags. The collection will take place through April 15, and prom will be held on May 5. items can be dropped off in the main office, west wing office or room 101. Donations are open to local businesses and students alike. ...

Trojans take on Science Bowl

Trojans take on Science Bowl

Pareen Mhatre and Eman Elsheikh

January 31, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

On Jan. 27, West High traveled to Ames, Iowa, for the state-wide Science Bowl. The team, sponsored by science teacher Carolyn Walling, consisted of five students: Eman Elsheikh '18, Adam Conrad '18, Niki Alden '18, Khushi Kapoor '18 and Pareen Mhatre '18. “I got an e-mail from Gregg [Shoultz] ...

Woody Harrelson presents groundbreaking film to Iowa City

Woody Harrelson presents groundbreaking film to Iowa City

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

January 28, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Metro, News, Showcase

Actor and director Woody Harrelson showed his new film “Lost in London” to an Iowa City audience on Jan. 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union. The comedic film was based on Harrelson’s ludicrous night in London a few years ago and was the first to be broadcast live to cinemas, much like a live theater produc...

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