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A hot topic

A hot topic

Samalya Thenuwara, Taylor Shelfo, Feature Editor and Producer, Anchor

August 31, 2016


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Yesterday, Aug. 30, the ICCSD school's were dismissed two hours early for the heat. Superintendent Stephen Murley later apologized for the dismissal in an email to parents after skepticism was voiced amongst parents. Feature Editor Samalya Thenuwara and Anchor Taylor Shelfo voice opposing viewpoints...

Learning lessons of love

Learning lessons of love

Isabelle Robles

June 24, 2016


Filed under Opinion

This past Thursday afternoon I got home from spending five days at the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Free Spirit is a yearly conference that has been held since 2000 to honor one student from each state and the District of Columbia by providing an all expenses paid trip to D.C. ...

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

5 stages of dealing with friends who are graduating

May 18, 2016


Filed under Columns, Humor, Opinion, Showcase

Well you did it. Despite advice to the contrary and your better instincts, you became friends with some seniors. If you are not a senior, this poses a problem. In case you didn’t realize, after today they are gone forever and you are left alone. You may be experiencing a confusing mixture of emotions...

Stop killing them, please

Stop killing them, please

Stormy Snyder, WSS Intern

April 14, 2016


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

Your gut sinks as you watch the tragic scene unfold on the screen before you. Tears prick at your eyes and all you can think is: It happened. Again. The trend of writer's killing off LGBT+ characters in TV shows, movies and video games has recently been brought to the public's attention. After an impo...

Column: math can save our society

Column: math can save our society

Fenna Semken and Sarah Longmire

April 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

One day, I got a take home math test, and I went home and worked extremely hard on it to get a good grade. I felt like I had done great on it. A few days later I got the test back, only to find out I got a C on it. I went to discuss this with my teacher and he explained to me that he felt I didn’t sh...

Column: violence has no religion

Column: violence has no religion

Maddie Moriyama

March 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

On June 16th, 2015, Donald Trump announced that he was running for president. This announcement brought mixed emotions to the American people. His supporters praised his outspoken personality and policies on immigration, while his critics condemned his politics and his intolerance. As an Asian-Am...

Inappropriation

Inappropriation

Simran Sarin

February 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Swiping through your daily Instagram feed nearly always entails encountering a photo of a girl showcasing her newest henna designs. Most people make a quick decision as to whether or not the photo deserves a precious like, then move on. The girl’s post doesn’t stick out to most people as offensive...

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Dear bathroom users, I’m sorry

Fenna Semken and Shati Cooper

February 19, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

Once upon a time, on a West Side Story exporting night, I, Fenna Semken, went to the bathroom. This should not have been a problem, people use the West High bathrooms daily, but it was far from being just an everyday bathroom use. I headed down the hallway in good spirits, wanting to get back to ...

Column: the golden game

Column: the golden game

Aaron Carter, Sports Editor

February 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase, Sports, Uncategorized

The 50th Super Bowl in NFL history is tonight as the Denver Broncos face the Carolina Panthers. This game will not be below expectations; It will be as historic as it looks to be, and to make history there must be firsts and lasts. There will be many dabs, not a lot of touchdowns and the possibility ...

Column: betrayal at the caucuses

Column: betrayal at the caucuses

Sharon Xiang

February 1, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

I learned that my friend was a Republican in hiding today at my first caucus. However, she asked to not be named and due to journalistic integrity, I sadly can’t shame her in writing. But this column isn’t about my feelings of betrayal, instead it’s about my first time caucusing. Ever since...

“Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?”

“Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?”

December 16, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

"Should teachers ask students for preferred pronouns?" 8-8 The West Side Story editorial board was split on the subject. For Since covering Transgender Awareness Week in November, we began to wonder, why isn’t West High, a proudly diverse and modern school, reaching out towards transgendered...

Web comic Wednesday (May 6, 2015)

Web comic Wednesday (May 6, 2015)

May 6, 2015


Filed under Comics, Humor, Opinion

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