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WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

WSS staff 1 of the top 3 schools in nation to win in Quill and Scroll’s writing, photo, design and multimedia contest

March 28, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists declared six West Side Story staffers winners in its annual Writing, Design and Photo Contest, with three Sweepstakes winners, two second place wins and nine national wins. This year marks the most Sweepstakes wins the WSS has ever...

March for our lives

March for our lives

Kara Wagenknecht and Sadie Rhomberg

March 24, 2018


Filed under Award winners, Multimedia, News, One year since Parkland, Politics, Showcase

“Not one more, not one more” could be heard throughout downtown Iowa City on Saturday, March 24, as hundreds of people marched to the Pentacrest in protest of gun violence. Members of SASS, Students Against School Shootings, organized the event in hopes of spreading more awareness for gun contro...

Trojan Epic featured by Jostens for “Cutting Edge Design”

Trojan Epic featured by Jostens for “Cutting Edge Design”

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

March 23, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

On Monday, March 19, the West High yearbook was informed that the 2017 book  "All In One Place" was selected to be featured for its "cutting-edge design cover to cover," according to the judges from Jostens. Of 2,000 books submitted, Jostens chose 35 for this section. In previous yea...

A legacy leaves

A legacy leaves

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Since she was 14 years old, Megan Johnson has devoted her life to speech and debate. In 2012, she came to West as the head coach of the debate team, and soon after began teaching social studies. Now, after spending half her life debating, Johnson is moving onto new things, and will resign as the West...

Local blood drive approaches quickly

Local blood drive approaches quickly

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

March 20, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Iowa City West High will host a blood drive for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 in the auditorium lobby. Donors must be 16 years of age or older and students need a signed parental consent t...

Women of Troy soccer team returns

Women of Troy soccer team returns

Fatima Kammona, Reporter

March 19, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The 2016-17 season for the Iowa City West girls soccer team ended with the state semifinals in Ames, finishing their season 19-02. With eight varsity players graduating last year, tryouts for this season will start today. Tryouts will take place in the gym lobby for the next three to four days after school at 4:15 p....

Civil rights activist will visit West

Civil rights activist will visit West

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

March 13, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

In 1957, nine black teenagers registered at Central High School. The students had been recruited to integrate the all-white school by Arkansas’ NAACP president and journalist Daisy Bates. Known as the  Little Rock Nine, these teenagers became major figures in the Civil Rights Movement. On Ap...

Concert raises money for MOST

Concert raises money for MOST

Sean Brown, Photographer

March 5, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

A smile. It seems like such a basic component of our body, yet it has so much power. Almost everyone takes it for granted, and why wouldn't they? It's not something most people would feel grateful to have, but many others out there don't have the ability to do it. That's why students at West host a be...

Free tickets released for ‘The Miracle Season’

Free tickets released for ‘The Miracle Season’

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

March 1, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The Englert Theatre released the free admission tickets for the hometown showing of ‘The Miracle Season’ an hour ago. Playing on March 18 at 2 p.m., there will only be 320 tickets available. Tickets can be found here. ...

Thursday schedule in effect for tomorrow

Thursday schedule in effect for tomorrow

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

March 1, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Breaking, News, Sports

With a victory over No. 10 Indianola, the West High girls basketball team will be returning to the Wells Fargo Arena for another game. The No. 9 Women of Troy will face their cross-town rival, No. 1 Iowa City High, for the state championship. Principal Gregg Shoultz confirmed via Twitter that the r...

Wrestler Nelson Brands ’18 up for KCRG Athlete of the Week

Wrestler Nelson Brands ’18 up for KCRG Athlete of the Week

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

February 28, 2018


Filed under Breaking, Sports, Wrestling

After coming off his victory at the state championships in the 160-pound category, Nelson Brands '18 has been nominated for KCRG's Athlete of the Week. The three-time state champion is a finalist alongside Drew Nadermann of west Dubuque, who led his team to a championship at the state bowling meet wi...

Business Professionals of America compete at the State Leadership Conference

Business Professionals of America compete at the State Leadership Conference

Olivia Dachtler, Photographer

February 28, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

Each year, West High’s Business Professionals of America travel to the state conference in Des Moines. This year, many of the competing students placed and will move on to Dallas, Texas for nationals. Group leader Diane Fickel said she was very pleased with how the students performed this year. “This...

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