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  • The music auxiliary car wash will be held on Sept. 30

  • The homecoming football game is on Sept. 22

  • Fall drama auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-20

  • Homecoming will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23

Iowa City actors band together for protest reading

Iowa City actors band together for protest reading

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic, Reporter

January 21, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

On Jan., 20 a new president was sworn into U.S. office. He did not win the popular vote, and was not an actual politician. A day into office, and funding has already been cut for programs (that don’t take very much money from the White House), including NPR and PBS. A greedy leader with no appre...

Iowa City residents gather and march for change

Iowa City residents gather and march for change

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor

January 21, 2017


Filed under Metro, News, Politics, Video

The grey, foggy weather matched the minds of many Iowa City residents the morning after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Across the world, women’s marches broke out to advocate for women’s rights, and Iowa City, IA was a strong participant. The local march began at noon as protectors o...

Former West student to be Secretary of US Senate

Former West student to be Secretary of US Senate

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News

Julie Adams, a 1995 West High graduate was appointed as the Secretary to the US Senate last January. Of her many duties, one will be administering in this position at the Inauguration ceremony on Friday, Jan 20. She will be leading Mrs. Trump, Mrs. Pence, Elaine Chao, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs....

Teachers play in mens soccer league

Teachers play in mens soccer league

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2017


Filed under News, Video

Science teacher Matt Harding and English teacher Tom Lindsey face off on Sunday nights around 10 p.m. to play in 45 minute indoor soccer games. Lindey's team, Spartik, ended up winning the league of four teams. Harding's team. Lokomotiv, placed fourth.

Freshmen debaters compete at championship

Freshmen debaters compete at championship

January 17, 2017


Filed under News

Thrown in with nationally-ranked debaters at the state championship, their first tournament with seasoned varsity debaters, a pair of West High’s novices -- or first year debaters -- pulled off two wins. The IHSSA state championship tournament has five rounds. In round four, Ethan D’Alessandro ‘20...

Students featured on The View’s MLK day special

Students featured on The View’s MLK day special

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News

The View's episode featuring West High School aired on Jan. 16,  in their Martin Luther King Jr. day special. The segment featured West High students from all ages, beginning with one on one interviews and ending with a student debate of the stigmas that follow a Trump or Hillary supporter. Watch...

Students and staff celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day

Students and staff celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day

Mary Vander Weg, Reporter

January 16, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Although classes won’t be held on Martin Luther King Day, that did not stop West students and staff from celebrating. On Friday, January 13th, students spent the day learning about and commemorating the accomplishments of Dr. King through various classroom activities, service projects, and special g...

High school rivals join to perform at benefit concert

High school rivals join to perform at benefit concert

Sadie Rhomberg, Reporter

January 11, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Iowa City West and City High are known to be big rivals, but yesterday they came together to celebrate and support each other. City High school hosted the Greater Iowa City Area Student Scholarships (GICASS) benefit concert, featuring both West (ICW) and City High (ICH) schools. The show was formerly ...

West student wins second place at national math contest

West student wins second place at national math contest

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor

January 10, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

West High junior Junhee Lee won $6,000 at the recent math competition Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The event was part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in Atlanta January 4-7. Over 6,000 mathematicians attended the meeting. Lee finished in second place among ten semifinal...

Fashion to the rescue

Fashion to the rescue

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

January 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, News, Showcase, Video

What began as a collaboration between the Iowa Fashion Project (IFP) and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) became a reality, as twelve dogs gathered on Dec. 16 to make their debut entrance in a foreign location - the runway. Called “Fashion to the Rescue,” this show was held at the Io...

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