West Side Story

The Radish

WSS' satire series is back for its third installment.
The third installment of WSS' satire series. (Again, this is SATIRE, so please do not write to the editor.)
December 22, 2020

The Radish

The Radish
The second installment of the WSS satire series. (Yes, this is SATIRE, so please don’t write to the editor).
February 25, 2020

Club connection: Lead West

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 West's five core values.
Lead West is a new club designed for student-athletes to develop their leadership skills, mentor underclassmen and motivate their peers.
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
A full ranking and review of the acai bowl options in the local area.
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....

Club Connection: Kazoo Club

Kaisa Whittaker ‘21 and Katie Hoefer ‘21 kick off a kazoo club meeting on December 4 with some helpful breathing exercises.
Despite its eccentric name, the Kazoo Club is serious business. The newly formed club is already preparing for its first gig in early January.
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...

A haven for aspiring student filmmakers

Film Club members discuss ideas for their upcoming film at their weekly club meeting on Friday, Nov. 9.
West High’s new Film Club seeks to bring together aspiring student filmmakers and attain a greater appreciation for what goes on behind the camera.
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
The first installment in opinion editor Lucy Polyak's recurring series of columns.
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:...

Club Connection: Pep Club

A Pep Club signup sheet sits on Brianna Dusterhoft's desk on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
West High’s newest club is working to make the student section a bigger and more united facet of West sporting events.
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...

Club Connection: Students for Open Discussion

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 O'Dell '19.
Students for Open Discussion, a new club at West, seeks to fill the void other political clubs left.
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...

Speech and Debate holds informational meeting

Students meet after school for the speech and debate club's informational meeting with Mr. Cooper on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Speech and Debate kicked off the season with an informational meeting with new coach.
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,...

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

In this Club Connection, West Side Story answers the question,
Find out more about the Writers’ Workshop Club, a group of passionate young people dedicated to writing.
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...

Statistic Saturday: the fate of the bumblebee

Statistic Saturday: the fate of the bumblebee
Researchers say that the rustic patched bumblebee population has dropped nearly 90 percent since the late 1990s. Read on to see what ICCSD students have to say about it.
February 25, 2017

The rustic patched bees are on the verge of extinction, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. About 75 percent of food crops rely on pollinators, raising concerns about the future of the global...

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