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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

WSS satire series is back for its third installment.

The Radish

Caroline Mascardo and Isaac Young December 22, 2020

The Radish

The Radish

Joe Goodman and Isaac Young February 25, 2020

One of five Lead West posters is displayed above the free weights in the West High weight room. Each poster focuses on one of Lead Wests five core values.

Club connection: Lead West

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor November 28, 2019

Everywhere you look there are leaders.  Teachers, coaches, mentors, upperclassmen. Nearly everyone at West High is a leader in some way, but before they became a leader, they were molded by other...

The art of açaí

The art of açaí

Misha Canin, Print Managing Editor and Business Co-Editor November 9, 2019

You might have heard of them as "fruit soup," "basically a smoothie parfait," or "just a smoothie in a bowl." What they're really called are acai bowls, the newest food trend taking Instagram by storm....

Kaisa Whittaker ‘21 and Katie Hoefer ‘21 kick off a kazoo club meeting on December 4 with some helpful breathing exercises.

Club Connection: Kazoo Club

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief December 18, 2018

You walk down the social studies hallway early on a Wednesday morning, a pleasant buzzing sound reverberating down the corridor. You curiously turn the corner into room 230, encountering a scene that can...

Film Club members discuss ideas for their upcoming film at their weekly club meeting on Friday, Nov. 9.

A haven for aspiring student filmmakers

Edward Keen, Arts Editor November 15, 2018

It started as a simple passion. Peyton Freeney ‘19, a lifelong film enthusiast, began producing short films during his sophomore year with a goal not to aim for a spot in the limelight, but rather to...

Lucy’s Lowdown: female leaders and the other b-word

Lucy’s Lowdown: female leaders and the other b-word

Lucy Polyak, Columns Editor September 24, 2018

Welcome! I’m Lucy Polyak, WSS opinion editor, and this column kicks off my recurring series where I tackle a topic that I’m particularly passionate about and give you “Lucy’s Lowdown.” This week:...

A Pep Club signup sheet sits on Brianna Dusterhofts desk on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Club Connection: Pep Club

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief September 13, 2018

Pep Club, the newest addition to the West High club scene, aims to go beyond the bleachers and bring students from all classes together in an attempt to make the student section more inclusive. With...

The members of Students for Open Discussion gather for a photo. From left to right, back row first: Brendon Aitken, Ronan Smith 20, Danny Rompot 19, Simon Jones 19, Sam Gienapp 19, Logan Pfannebecker 19, Hanna ODell 19.

Club Connection: Students for Open Discussion

Simon Jones, Designer September 11, 2018

If you were to ask upperclassmen about the Republican and Democrats Clubs, many would say that they remember them fondly. Yet in recent years with most members graduating and others quitting, those clubs...

Students meet after school for the speech and debate clubs informational meeting with Mr. Cooper on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Speech and Debate holds informational meeting

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor, Co-Copy Editor September 9, 2018

An enthusiastic group of students gathered for an informational meeting for West High’s 2018-19 Speech and Debate team on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The meeting was held in English Teacher John Cooper’s room,...

In this Club Connection, West Side Story answers the question, What is Writers Workshop Club?

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

Ting Gao, Reporter April 24, 2018

Each Tuesday after school, a motley group of students gather in an ordinary-looking classroom in the English hallway. Huddled over their Chromebooks, they converse briefly about their latest works, and...

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