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ICCSD’s Discord ban recap

Carter McLaughlin, Reporter May 18, 2021

The Iowa City Community School District announced that Discord would be temporarily banned on district-owned devices and on district networks for a week starting April 15. The temporary suspension of the...

Theatre Wests 2021 spring musical is held outside in the West High courtyard due to COVID-19.

Theatre West presents “Into the Woods” this week

Amelia Stevens, Reporter May 14, 2021

Theatre West’s “Into the Woods” performances are occurring Thursday through Sunday. They will happen on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Drama...

BPA executive board members each painted a tile to make a collage as a team bonding exercise in 2019.

West High BPA sweeps Nationals Competition

Camille Gretter, Online Managing and Sports Editor May 10, 2021

After a year away from the annual Nationals Competition, West High's Business Professionals of America club blew away the competition and earned national titles. Below is the list of all events that placed...

The yearbook staff celebrating the completion of the 2021 yearbook on April 2. This years staff is combined in-person and online students.

Trojan Epic yearbook releases distribution dates

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor May 8, 2021

All year, West High students both online and in-person have been working hard to put together the 2020-2021 yearbook. It was finished on April 2 and will be available for pre-purchase until Thursday, May...

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine available for ages below 18 in the state of Iowa at the moment.

ICCSD announces COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief May 3, 2021

As of April 5, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the eligibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to all Iowans 16 and above opening up the opportunity for many high school students...

WSS breaks down the months news.

April news briefs

Maggie Huang, Online News Editor April 30, 2021

Coronavirus vaccine updates The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine distribution was paused on April 13 as health offices reviewed reports of six cases of rare and severe blood clots in individuals...

April News Briefs

April News Briefs

Audrey Parrish, News Co-Editor April 29, 2021

Pandemic Package Passed President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law March 11, which provides funding for local governments, vaccine distribution and small businesses as...

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Hanah Kitamoto Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

D.C.’s Freedom Forum Institute names Hanah Kitamoto Iowa’s Free Spirit Scholarship winner

April 29, 2021

The Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, D.C. awarded West Side Story staffer, Hanah Kitamoto ’22, as Iowa’s winner in the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference for 2021. The program...

INF names Alyssa Skala scholarship winner

INF names Alyssa Skala scholarship winner

April 29, 2021

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation offers a limited number of college scholarships for students preparing for careers in journalism. Alyssa Skala '21 received one of those scholarships. Skala is currently...

Dasia Taylor 21 introduces Dr. Terrence Roberts on April 6, 2018.

Dasia Taylor ’21 appears on Ellen for infection-identifying sutures

Katherine Shoppa, Print News Editor April 27, 2021

Dasia Taylor ’21 appeared as a guest on Ellen for her life-saving sutures on April 26. After receiving tenth place in Regeneron’s Science Talent Search and getting recognition nationwide, she was invited...

In response to a rise in anti-Asian racism, several Stop Asian Hate rallies have been held across the U.S. this year.

Hate is a virus

Maya Chu, Print Feature Editor and Artist April 24, 2021

Despite a clear sky and shining sun, a somber cloud hung over the Pentacrest lawn. Speakers stood on the steps of the Old Capitol behind eight buckets of flowers — one for each life lost.  “Everybody...

Dongari meets via Zoom every Tuesday at 8:15.

Korean culture club launches fundraiser against anti-Asian hate

Soomin Koh, Print Co-Profiles Editor April 21, 2021

Dongari, the Korean culture club at West, is selling hand-designed T-shirts in response to the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and sentiment. Alongside weekly Korean lessons, the club has also devoted...

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