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Inside ‘The View’ filming at West High

Inside ‘The View’ filming at West High

Isabelle Robles, Editor-in-Chief

January 6, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

This story has been updated to reflect a change in The View's schedule.  Sunny Hostin, Clay Aiken and The View production team paid a visit to West High today, Jan. 6, to film a segment regarding student reaction to the election. Hostin is the Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for A...

Television show to film at West High

Television show to film at West High

Maggie Terry, Reporter

January 5, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

West has been the center of media attention recently. The front page The New York Times article thrust West High school into the national spotlight. Now, another news organization has thrown their hat into the ring. The View, a daytime ABC show contacted Principal Gregg Shoultz a few weeks after Thanksgiving break, indicating they wanted to visit West. ...

Pocketing points – cheating on Pocket Points

Pocketing points – cheating on Pocket Points

Mason Wang

December 19, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

Give high school students a new gimmick to get free stuff on their phones, and it takes less than a month for them to cheat on it. A number of students have exploited the new app, getting tens of thousands of Pocket Points, overtaking the leaderboard and potentially redeeming them for thousands of...

New stage, new stars

New stage, new stars

Jessica Moonjely, Abbie Callahan, Lila Terry, and Thomas Peters

December 7, 2016


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Standing in a dazzling costume, with dramatic makeup on your face and hair slicked back, you wait off stage. While butterflies dance in your stomach, you look off into the crowd and wait to hear your cue. All performers, from West High to Broadway, embrace these emotions every time they step o...

Pocket Points app now available to high school students

Pocket Points app now available to high school students

Cameron Cook, Reporter

December 6, 2016


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Next time you get a message, you may not want to check it right away. West High principal Gregg Shoultz announced last week that an app called Pocket Points was going to be launched at school. “I was notified about it a couple weeks ago that [Pocket Points] wanted to branch out to the high school...

Trader Joe’s is coming to Coralville

Trader Joe’s is coming to Coralville

Nina Elkadi, News Editor

November 30, 2016


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The rumors are true, Trader Joe's will be opening up at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville. According to Coralville Mayor Pro Tem and social studies teacher Mitch Gross, the California-based grocery store is going to fill a market in the Iowa City area that is currently vacant -- affordably priced...

Words will guide you

Words will guide you

Luke Reynolds, WSS Intern

November 29, 2016


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

In a room tucked behind a shelf on the top floor in a building of books, you’ll find people gathered together, going full speed ahead on their projects of choice. Most have headphones shoved over their ears and are hunched over their laptops, fingers typing away at their keyboards, but others are...

What Iowa City landmark are you?

What Iowa City landmark are you?

Fenna Semken, Managing Editor, News Editor

November 26, 2016


Filed under Entertainment, Metro, Showcase

Whether you live in Iowa City now, or went to the University of Iowa 20 years back, these landmarks are timeless, so find out which landmark you identify as with five simple questions. And when you're done, discover how Iowa City you are here. Photos courtesy of Creative Commons.  ...

Students speak up against hate and discrimination

Students speak up against hate and discrimination

Harry Westergaard, Reporter

November 23, 2016


Filed under Breaking, News, Politics, Showcase

Twenty students from West and City High met with the Iowa City School Board to discuss the increase in bigotry and racism following the 2016 Election at six pm on Nov. 22. The students helped get their point across by presenting as whole, and giving a unified argument. The group discussed issues such...

NaNoWriMo is here

NaNoWriMo is here

Jenna Wang, Selina Hua, and Michelle Kim

November 22, 2016


Filed under Metro, News

When the thoughts of crazy characters, scenes, plots, coffee addiction and nights of literary abandon all in the span of one month are mentioned, writers around the world can only think of one thing: NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, is a creative writing project t...

NaNoWriMo inspires young authors

NaNoWriMo inspires young authors

Cameron Cook

November 22, 2016


Filed under News

Every November is National Novel Writing Month. Commonly abbreviated as NaNoWriMo, the purpose is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. Finishing is winning, because finishing is hard. Below are the stories of three West students that dared attempt the challenge. Casey McClenathan...

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