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  • A math club contest will be held on Oct. 7

  • The WHS Choirs will have a concert starting at 7:30 on Oct. 4

  • Parent-Teacher conferences will begin at 4:30 on Wed, Oct. 4

  • The gold out football game will begin at 7:15 on Oct. 6

  • There is no school on Oct. 6 or 9

Return to the runway

Return to the runway

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

October 17, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, News, Showcase

Local rescue or shelter dogs were gathered together on Thursday, Oct. 12 to participate in a charity event, called "Fashion to the Rescue." This was first established last year by the Iowa Fashion Project and Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) to raise money for local animal shelters. T...

Football celebrates senior night

Football celebrates senior night

Kara Wagenknecht and Sean Brown

October 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Trojans defeated Linn-Mar 42-7, as they continue their winning streak. On the same night, previously No. 1 Dowling Catholic fell to Ankeny Centennial, moving the Trojans up to hold the top spot in the state. The team will travel to Ottumwa on Friday, Oct. 20 to play their last...

All that jazz

All that jazz

Anna Brown, Reporter

October 16, 2017


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

He picks up the instrument, aligning his fingers on the keys, and steadily blows to produce a rich sound. After listening carefully to the pitch, he meticulously adjusts the mouthpiece to tune. Ethan Buck ’21 quickly runs through a scale in anticipation of what’s to come. The young alto saxophonis...

Healthy choices and healthy lifestyles

Healthy choices and healthy lifestyles

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

October 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Showcase

One subject of great importance that should be our choice is how to stay physically active.  Although we are sometimes told what choices to make, our health should be our choice. Healthy lifestyles choices are ultimately made by the individual. I would like to say that I am physically active and heal...

Local film “Saving Brinton” celebrates Iowa and film history

Local film “Saving Brinton” celebrates Iowa and film history

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic and Reporter

October 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Film, Showcase

“Saving Brinton,” a new documentary that recently opened at FilmScene, is a joyous experience for those are interested in cinematic history, or history in general. It’s a local film shot by Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne—the latter of the two being a founder of FilmScene. It has a perf...

WSS celebrates the 11th year of their wedding tradition

WSS celebrates the 11th year of their wedding tradition

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

October 14, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Video

If you stepped into the newsroom on Thursday, Oct. 5, you might've noticed the string of fairy lights hung over the SMART Board or the white cloth bulbs hung up amidst all the Halloween decorations. Maybe you also saw the top hat, the veil made from of a headband and the cluster of fake flowers. Or maybe...

West High Carpool Karaoke feat. Dr. Shoultz, Mr. DeVries and Mr. Henderson

West High Carpool Karaoke feat. Dr. Shoultz, Mr. DeVries and Mr. Henderson

Nina Elkadi

October 13, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Video

Print Editor-in-Chief Nina Elkadi takes a drive with West High faculty to Liberty High School. Along the way they jam to Britney Spears, rap to Coolio and sing to Good Charlotte. Somehow, they manage to get there in one piece. 

A hero lives on

A hero lives on

Anjali Huynh, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Uncategorized

Although Peyton Hayes’ big smile and undying optimism no longer brighten the hallways of West High, his legacy continues to thrive within the school community. Peyton passed away on Sept. 21, 2016 due to a rare heart condition he had battled since birth. A year later, the Eilderts family, c...

A real life superhero at Hancher

A real life superhero at Hancher

Natalie Dunlap, Reporter

October 12, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

When Marvel editors Stephen Wacker and Sana Amanat called G. Willow Wilson with the idea of creating a series surrounding a new female Muslim superhero, Wilson was already fearing the backlash from Islamophobic readers. “I sort of sat there in silence for a little bit, tempted to tell them th...

Running the state

Running the state

Ellie Gretter and Ken Wilbur

October 11, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Showcase, Sports

WSS: Why did you decide to start running? BN: Because my dad was a runner and he encouraged me to try it because I’ve always been very energetic. I was a wild child, I would just be running everywhere and have so much energy I would be bouncing off the walls. So he decided that I should try and channel...

Football wins gold out

Football wins gold out

Kara Wagenknecht and Sean Brown

October 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

West High School Dance Marathon (WHSDM) hosted the football game on Friday, Oct. 6. Balloons were sold to raise awareness for childhood cancer, as kid captain Lucy Roth was introduced before the game. After the national anthem, students released their balloons, and all proceeds went to WHSDM. Click through...

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