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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

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PALs: Peer assistance and new leadership

Erinn Varga, Artist, Designer November 23, 2022

Social studies teacher Anson Kritsch is now the current lead teacher for PALs, which was originally a class under English teacher Kerri Barnhouse. PALs is a course that focuses on mentoring and assistance...

No Cap Recap is a sports podcast with editors Paige Albright and Zoe Smith

No-cap recap: 2022 fall sports review

Paige Albright and Zoe Smith November 16, 2022

As all of the fall sports have come to a close this weekend after the girls' swim team placed sixth at the IGHSAA state swim meet, Sports Editor Zoe Smith '24 and Co-Managing Editor Paige Albright '23...

Model UN: What is it?

Lee Corlette, Podcaster November 11, 2022

In the first podcast installment of Club Connection series for the 2022-23 school year,  we discuss Model UN. We cover various aspects of the club, such as how to get involved, what the membership looks...

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...

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