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West goes on lock down

West goes on lock down

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

December 18, 2018

At the end of fifth period Principal Gregg Shoultz informed students of a general threat to two other schools in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). Teachers were instructed to go on a soft lockdown, meaning all exterior building doors are locked.  Students who have finished...

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting

Marta Leira and Lucy Polyak

December 16, 2018

Six years ago, 26 children and teachers were killed in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. This shooting has come to represent the catalyst for the movement for stricter gun legislation in America. On December 14 at 2:26 p.m., students from City High...

Wrestling room renovations complete

Wrestling room renovations complete

Deniz Ince, Print Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

December 2, 2018

Just in time for wrestling season. A sizeable undertaking in itself, renovating the wrestling room was no simple feat. The project began near the beginning of the school year and concluded before the winter sports season began. Nate Moore, now in his first year as head coach following the resignation of longti...

New lunch schedule in the works

New lunch schedule in the works

Sidney Kiersch, Online Graphic Designer

November 27, 2018

Principal Gregg Shoultz announced Tuesday afternoon to teachers that a trial run of two lunches, rather than three, will be held during school in the weeks to come. Currently, classes are assigned to either A, B or C lunch according to which floor their fourth period class is on. Under the new lunch s...

A marvelous career

A marvelous career

Annabel Hendrickson, Reporter

November 16, 2018

Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron man, Black Panther and Thor are only some of the beloved Marvel characters that editor, publisher and writer Stan Lee helped to create. On Monday November 12, 2018, Lee passed away after a rough year of lawsuits and the death of his wife, but not before leavi...

What you missed at the end of first trimester

What you missed at the end of first trimester

WSS Staff

November 13, 2018

Sports Season of changes: A recap of the 2018 West/Liberty girls swim and dive season: The Trojan/Bolts girls swim team culminated their undefeated season on Saturday, Nov. 3 with a sixth-place finish at the state meet. The season brought changes, though, in the forms of its coaching staff, state qualifica...

West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

West Side Story staff receives Pacemaker award

November 5, 2018

West Side Story journalists traveled to Chicago this week to attend the JEA/NSPA national high school journalism convention and returned with the organization's highest award—The Pacemaker. Last year's WSS staff was one of 28 high school journalism programs in the world to receive the award. ...

West High’s first-ever Tutoring Center now open to all

West High’s first-ever Tutoring Center now open to all

Marta Leira, Reporter

November 5, 2018

As you enter the room you see six tall tables and chairs with students scattered throughout, Chromebooks open, papers strewn about. This is a common sight in the tutoring center, located in room 214. When it first opened in October, the tutoring center was available only for AP and honors students, b...

WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

WSS travels to Chicago for national journalism convention

Natalie Dunlap and Sophie Stephens

November 3, 2018

  Twenty-one WSS staffers traveled with Little Hawk reporters to Chicago for the 2018 National Scholastic Press Association Convention (NSPA) on Wednesday, Oct. 31. After their arrival, staffers went on a ghost tour around haunted spots in the city before starting convention activities Thu...

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

WSS Staff

October 31, 2018

The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story staffs at its annual state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 25. The Trojan Epic was named a 2018 All-Iowa Yearbook of the Year and the West Side Story staff was named a 2018 All-Iow...

What you missed this October

What you missed this October

WSS Staff

October 30, 2018

Sports West volleyball season over, Kennedy advances: This year’s volleyball season came to an end with the Trojans being defeated 1-3 by Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. West to rematch Bettendorf: Iowa City West football team will host Bettendorf this Friday in the quarterfinal round of playoffs after defeating Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Diving into a new sport: Austyn Goodale ’20 explains how she manages cheer and swimming, and what inspired her ...

“Support Trans Lives” rally at the Pentacrest

“Support Trans Lives” rally at the Pentacrest

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

October 29, 2018

The "Support Trans Lives" rally, held Thursday, Oct. 25, was in response to the Trump Administration's attempt to change the definition of sex under Title IX, the civil rights law that prevents gender discrimination. If changed, then discrimination against transgender people would be legal. They would...

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