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Dylan Colleran 26 attempts to turn his opponent on his back Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque.

Girls and boys wrestling compete in their first home dual of the season

Yaya Orszula, Sports Editor December 11, 2023

Girls fall to Western Dubuque The girls wrestling team had their first home dual of the season Dec. 7 against Western Dubuque. Lila Bihun ’27 started off the night at 125. Her opponent got a few...

Rose-colored screens may be the reason why some people insist on seeing something that truly isnt there in the first place.

Oh ship

Nicole Lee, Opinion Editor December 11, 2023

Love can make anyone a little delusional. It can drive the most resilient crazy, even if you’re just watching it unfold on the sidelines.  It’s unavoidable. Do you enjoy movies? TV shows? YouTube?...

Ethan Landon 27 swims the last stretch of the 100-yard Breast Stroke.

Trojan Bolts fall to Cedar Falls in home opener

Gianna Liu and Marie Stier December 7, 2023

The Trojan-Bolts returned to the pool after last year’s 18-6 season and took eighth place at the 2022-2023 season state meet. Last week, in their season opener, the Trojan-Bolts defeated Cedar...

Wordle Wednesday

Wordle Wednesday

WSS Staff December 6, 2023

​ Click the links below to play previous Wordles!     Nov....

Stuffed animal donations can be left either in the main office or foreign language classrooms.

1440 Interact holds Stuffed Animal Drive

Lilly Graham, Print Managing Editor December 4, 2023

This week, Dec. 4-8, 1440 Interact, West High’s Rotary International affiliated service and volunteering club, will hold a stuffed animal drive. 1440 is accepting donations of new or gently used stuffed...

On Oct. 21, 2023, 4,250 Iowa High School students auditioned to take part in the 77th Iowa All-State Music Festival. On Nov. 18, 1,093 of the selected musicians and vocalists performed at the Hilton Coliseum. 40 West musicians and vocalists participated in the 77th Iowa All-State Music Festival.

Musicians take on All-State

Anna Song, Print Assistant Design Editor November 24, 2023

42 students from West orchestras, bands and choirs were accepted into All-State ensembles Oct. 21. 25 orchestra students, 10 band students and four choir students traveled to Ames, Iowa for the 77th...

Your start to saving for this Black Friday

2023 Black Friday guide

Elena Garcia Van Auken, News Editor, Social Media Co-editor November 24, 2023

Who’s ready for the big sales this Friday? I certainly am. With the upcoming holiday season, companies are marking down a few (or many) of their high demand items for this once a year occasion. Due to...

Sliced: Thanksgiving edition

Evelyn Kraber, Anna Greenlee, and Haneen Eltyeb November 23, 2023

As the holiday season approaches, it's time for another episode of Sliced! In what was initially a parody of Chopped, this fall episode is closer to a Great British Bake Off technical challenge. The...

Lots of students at West participate in cosplay.

Behind the costume

Kamakshee Kuchhal and Jessie Li November 22, 2023

Jet-black hair, tinted sunglasses, a simple black suit with a dress shirt open at the collar and a comically large gun are only a few notable characteristics that distinguish Trigun Stampede protagonist...

WSS investigates the changes in attention and cognitive function with West students.

1-2-3, eyes on me

Celia Sadewasser and Shanza Sami November 22, 2023

Buzz — a single notification may only cause a small vibration, but it commands the attention of the typical teenager within seconds. Teenagers are constantly bombarded with notifications: a median of...

West High students and staff reveal the different aspects of West that make it a welcoming place.

What’s West grateful for?

Reem Kirja, Print Profiles Editor November 21, 2023

When students and staff were asked what they were grateful for about West High, their responses ranged from friends to intellectual debates. Here are some of West Side Story's top answers.   "I...

Since 2007, Sheila Stiles has been West Highs athletic trainer.

Training with style

Lilly Graham, Print Managing Editor November 20, 2023

As a four-sport athlete at Boyden-Hull High School in northwestern Iowa, Sheila Stiles had no idea what athletic training was. In fact, her school didn’t even have a weight room. The only space dedicated...

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