West Side Story

Teen gallery sees great turnout


October 12, 2011

Here in Iowa City, it's easy to take the nickname 'City of Literature' for granted. Yes yes, there is the Iowa Writers Workshop.. our rich traditions.. the Iowa City Public Library. Yes, Iowa City is special. But what do every day students contribute? Perhaps a gallery opening of a revolutionary art...

West Robotics begins LED light bulb fundraiser


October 12, 2011

West High Robotics has started a fundraiser to raise money to help build robots and attend competitions. The fundraiser consists of selling FIRST ® Green e-watt saver LED light bulbs. The light bulbs only use 7 watts of electricity opposed to the traditional 40-watt incandescent bulb or 60-watt incan...

October 11th Fall Choral Concert


October 11, 2011

  The sounds of high schooler’s singing fills the auditorium as the Fall Chorale Concert began on October 11th at 7:30. Four choirs performed songs ranging from gospels to love songs and everything in between. The first choir to perform was the Treble Choir. This choir is made up of only fr...

Occupy Iowa City


October 8, 2011

A cheer rises and drums are pounded in exuberance as a man wielding a microphone speaks. “Ultimately, if the war does go on for another 20 years, it may never be decided. […] We hope that people realize every day that We the People are the ones that will make peace.” A crowd of about 50 people...

Gaza, and other comic strips

Sacco has written and drawn two books showing the Palestinians' perspective on the conflict: Palestine and Footnotes on Gaza. Image courtesy of http://arafiqui.wordpress.com/tag/gaza/.


October 8, 2011

                                                  Comic journalism may sound...well, comical, but hearing renowned artist and journalist Joe Sacco speak about his work Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Library was anything but. Sacco not o...

Ponseti racers


October 5, 2011

On the morning of homecoming, West High students woke up early to participate in the Ponseti Races, before the dance festivities began. The Ponseti Races are held to raise money for the club foot cure developed by Dr. Ponseti. This year's races were held in honor of Caroline and Ellyn Found, as Dr. Ponseti...

Obama is back In Iowa City


September 26, 2011

  I went down to the newly opened Obama offices on 321 Market street to see all they hype. Check out these photos of some Young Democrats Club members with important democratic figures in Iowa!

Growing school gardens

Bennett Thompson '12 (left) and Ben West '12 (right) stand by a poster advertising West High's Slow Foods club at the Johnson County Food Alliance's Growing School Gardens event Sept. 24.


September 24, 2011

School gardens are growing in more ways than one, emphasized Heather Widmayer, a member of the Johnson County Local Food Alliance, at the event she hosted on Sept. 24 at the Iowa City Public Library for gardeners to present about their efforts to start plots in the ICCSD. Later in the program, West High's own Bennett Thompson '12 and Ben West '12 took t...

“I Hope I Get it!”: West High student’s thoughts on the auditioning process


September 21, 2011

On a beautiful September afternoon, the once barren hallway in front of the choir room suddenly cascades with actors, singers, and dancers anticipating to be chosen to be in the cast of the upcoming fall musical, Beauty and the Beast. I stopped to ask a few of the hopefuls what they think of the auditioning...

National Pacemaker awards


September 20, 2011

The National Pacemaker Awards has named the West Side Story as one of fifteen newsmagazines to be a finalist. The National Pacemaker Awards only names fifteen worldwide. The last time the WSS was a finalist was in 2006-2007. The WSS is also the only school in Iowa to be named a finalist. Not only...

West High hosts most National Merit SemiFinalists


September 19, 2011

West High has once again upheld its “tradition of excellence.” From the 2010 PSATs emerged 27 fellow classmates, now National Merit Semi Finalists. According to Jerry Arganbright, this number is higher than any other high school in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Mississippi, or Wisconsin. In f...

Live Like Line out: Iowa City West vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie volleyball


September 16, 2011

Live Like Line Day and the first volleyball game for the 2010 Iowa State Volleyball Champions!! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ3ZK_fw6IM

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