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West Side Story

Rutkowski hits the wiffle ball across the court Oct. 25.

Club connection: Pickleball

Shanza Sami, Reporter January 23, 2024

With sports such as football, basketball and tennis dominating the sports industry for decades, one increasingly popular contender joins the scene: pickleball. Tyler Lassner ’24, Nick Oberbroeckling...

Wesal Haroun 24 gives Claire Hahn 25 a glitter tattoo.

Mariam Girls Club: Empower, connect and unite

Minna Abdalla, Assistant Sports Editor November 14, 2023

When most people hear about the group name Mariam Girls Club (MGC), the first thing that comes to their mind is that the founder must be named Mariam. But no, the name Mariam is much more than just an...

WSS covers student experiences with Science Olympiad.

Q&A with Science Olympiad members

Shanza Sami, Reporter November 14, 2023

West Side Story: When did you first start Science Olympiad?  Erin Chen: I started Science Olympiad in 7th grade. I was introduced to it by my science teacher at the time, Mr. Hill, who was the club...

Anjali Mathews 24, Sabrina Du 25 and Vismitha Vuppala 24 pose at the conclusion of the first Science Olympiad meeting.

Meet Science Olympiad’s newest captains

Shanza Sami, Reporter October 18, 2023

Science Olympiad, a club designed to test students’ knowledge of various science subjects through numerous technical events, has undergone several changes with the start of the 2023-24 school year —...

Life after a Trojan: from West to master of the digital canvas

Life after a Trojan: from West to master of the digital canvas

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor January 19, 2023

On this episode of Life after a Trojan  award-winning artist Brian Britigan speaks about his career and how he came to work for companies like The New York Times. He graduated from West High in 2006,...

Prospects of Model UN

Lee Corlette, Podcaster December 20, 2022

In today's episode of Club Connection, we talk about the benefits of Model UN. Our guest today is Reem Kirja '25, a member of Model UN who joined her freshman year and gives us some insight about why she...


PALs: Peer assistance and new leadership

Erinn Varga, Print Design and Opinion Editor 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 sports editor Yaya Orszula and staffer Anna Gibson.

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

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