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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

Wordle Wednesday

Wordle Wednesday

WSS Staff March 22, 2023

​ Click the links below to play previous Wordles! March 8 March 1 Feb. 22 Feb. 15 Feb. 8 Feb. 1 Jan. 25 Jan. 18 Jan. 11 Dec....

The Iowa High School Press Association named Krisha Kapoor 23 as Iowa’s Journalist of the Year for 2023.

WSS print co-editor-in-chief named Iowa’s Journalist of the Year

Staff March 20, 2023

The Iowa High School Press Association and the Iowa Newspaper Foundation chose Krisha Kapoor ’23 as Iowa’s Journalist of the Year. Along with the honor, Kapoor receives a scholarship and is now eligible...

The library board displays clues leading up to the announcement on Mar. 10, 2023.

West High library reveals “big announcement”

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor March 10, 2023

Trojans received an ominous email from the West High Library staff on March 2 with the subject line "Big announcement coming soon". The email also urged students to follow the West High library Instagram...

Love is all around west high. Is that love genuine?

High School sweethearts and heartbreak

Yaya Orszula, Abby Guo, and Elena Garcia Van Auken March 8, 2023

Most teenagers have seen the movies where the nerdy girl gets the gorgeous football player, but that’s not what high school relationships are about. They’re about finding your identity, what you do...

The volleyball team cheers during the Battle for the Spike.

50 years later

Yaya Orszula, Assistant Sports Editor March 8, 2023

Everyone knows about Title IX, the mandate that all federally assisted schools must provide equal access and financial assistance to girl's and boy's sports, but the enforcement of Title IX doesn’t necessarily...

Top 3 moments

Top 3 moments

Krisha Kapoor and Jack Alden March 8, 2023

State tournament success Alexander Pierce ’26 wrapped up his first season for boys wrestling as the 3A 106 lbs state champion at the IHSAA State Wrestling Championships Feb. 19. Pierce finished the...

Keiko and her mom, Reiko, smile for a selfie during Reikos month long hospital stay.

What it feels like: finding out your mom has cancer

Laney Prelle and Abby Guo March 8, 2023

Keiko begins by explaining how she found out about her mom’s cancer.  I found out about my mom’s cancer on Feb. 2, 2022. I had a basketball game (the night before) and my dad was like, “Yo, I...

West Side Story Broadcast Staff: 
Front row: Yaya Orszula, Howaida Musa, Rosellyn Rubio, Zoe Smith, Camille Gretter, Ashlyn Brady
Second row: Laney Prelle, Elena Garcia VanAuken, Paige Albright, Alaina Greenlee, Katherine Shoppa, Krisha Kapoor, Bella Tisdale, Vera Tanas
Back row: Muhammed Cikmaz, Audrey Parrish, Lee Corlette, Nicole Lee, Eleanor Weitz, Helelia Wa Kalala, Tessa Gibson, Jules Keranen
Not pictured: Abby Guo, Vivian Polgreen

School Newspapers Online name West Side Story as a 2023 Distinguished Site

Staff March 7, 2023

Every scholastic year, high school newspapers from across the nation that use School Newspapers Online compete to be named a Distinguished Site, a challenging and competitive process involving six individual...

Trobotix takes a team photo with their Gold Division Alliance Finalist medals.

Trobotix: a new beginning

Kamakshee Kuchhal, Print Assistant Copy Editor March 7, 2023

48 FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams across the entire state of Iowa and eastern Nebraska attended the FTC Iowa Championship March 3 and 4 at the Xtreme Arena; Trobotix 8696 was one of them. Teams were...

The boys basketball team stands behind broken glass.

At what cost

Zoe Smith and Ashlyn Brady March 7, 2023

One moment a player is on the field, running, jumping, cheering and scoring goals. For many teenage athletes, that next layup, next tackle, next shot or next hurdle could be their last. The risk of injury...

Aria holds flowers after winning the Miss Amazing pageant

Aria Warren: Miss Amazing

Vera Tanas, Artist, Reporter March 7, 2023

The moment when the hard work and preparation that's been done for an event pays off spectacularly is incredibly special. For Aria Warren '26, this moment came when she won the Iowa Miss Amazing pageant.  Aria...

Jannell Avila 23 pins opponents arm behind back at girls state wrestling.

Saying goodbye

Elena Garcia Van Auken, Podcaster, Reporter March 7, 2023

Inspired by her grandpa, uncle, and two of her brothers, Jannell Avila ’23 thought she would try taking down wrestling. At first, Avila’s mother was initially opposed to the idea of her wrestling,...

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