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2021 senior class officers named

Yulong Shao '21 and Lucy Westemeyer '21 were announced as senior class president and vice-president Oct. 26.

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 27, 2020

In an email sent to students on Oct. 16, it was announced that Yulong Shao '21 and Lucy Westemeyer '21 were elected senior class president and vice president, respectively, by the class of 2021. "I’m excited and honored to represent the class of 2021," Shao said. "As I work with Lucy and Mrs. Dileo...

All for one

Students from West, City and Liberty high schools learn together in online classes.

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert and Isaac Young

October 24, 2020

For many, school pride is a pivotal aspect of the high school experience. Football games and school assemblies are an expected part of the social dynamic for students, but these events have come to a halt this year. COVID-19 has kicked fans out of the bleachers and caused many in the district to enroll ...

Football team advances to third round of playoffs

The offensive linemen take position to prepare for the next play Oct. 23.

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Sports Editor

October 23, 2020

With the temperature sitting around 40 degrees, it may have been a chilly night for the limited spectators, but Garrett Hartwig's squad was plenty warm after their 35-7 win against the Little Hawks Oct. 23. The football team kept their undefeated record alive by improving 5-0 in their season. In the...

West High Weekly 10.23.20

West High Weekly 10.23.20

Tosh Klever and Alyssa Skala

October 23, 2020

Use the library website here to request books. If you're interested in donating blood for the UI blood drive visit this website. Learn more about SPIT (student produced innovative theatre) here. ...

A not-so-heated debate

The early snowfall was a subject of debate for West High students.

Katherine Shoppa, Reporter and Yearbook Staffer

October 23, 2020

Snow falls gracefully outside the window and you can almost hear the sound of Christmas music playing on the radio. The feeling of winter sets in and you’re about ready to have a cup of hot cocoa. You look back out the window more closely only to see pumpkins and other Halloween decorations. The urge...

Bonding through swords

Jimin Seo '22 casts her bamboo sword forward as she stretches her arms to perform her strike.

Soomin Koh, Reporter

October 20, 2020

Peering through the iron bars stretched across her mask, she takes one look at her opponent as she prepares her next strike. Sweat drips down her face as her gloved hands tightly grasp the sleek bamboo sword. With an ear-splitting scream, she thrusts her sword downward rapidly, striking the opponent ...

West Side Radio: WSS Weebs episode 1

WSS Weebs logo

Sam Westergaard, Photographer, Videographer

October 20, 2020

In the first episode of WSS Weebs, host Sam Westergaard '21 and co-host Landon Mohr '21 discuss anime recommendations, underrated animes, as well as where to watch certain anime.

Super strangers

Super strangers

Katherine Shoppa, Reporter and Yearbook Staffer

October 20, 2020

A Kind Companion While living in Indonesia, Spanish teacher Ashley Lorsung decided to visit a town called Yogyakarta to see Borobudur, a Buddhist temple. She rented an Airbnb outside of town, and when she arrived she was greeted by her host, Nouri, who would be staying with Lorsung. Nouri spoke I...

Caroline’s Comics: The Notorious A.C.B. (part two)

Caroline's Comics features Amy Coney Barrett during her Supreme Court hearings as the presidential election approaches.

Caroline Mascardo, Print Co-Copy Editor

October 19, 2020

As COVID-19 positivity rates rise and pressure surrounding the presidential election mounts, some of Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court hearing remarks have only added to the 2020 trepidation. Whether she is using homophobic language to refer to the LGBTQ+ community or admitting to not having read a...


According to the New York Times, 15 million to 26 million people in the U.S. alone have attended rallies in support of the Black Lives Matter movement since the killing of George Floyd in May.

Marta Leira, Fareeha Ahmad, and Maya Chu

October 19, 2020

The streets of Iowa City were lined with protesters demanding racial equality. Groups chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Say their names” filled every corner of the city while voices echoed across graffiti-lined streets. Megaphones boomed over the crowd as organizers shared their experie...

7 socially distanced activities to do this fall

7 socially distanced activities to do this fall

Helen Zhang, Sila Duran, and Zoey Guo

October 19, 2020

Virtual Parties Hang out with your friends over Zoom, Google Hangouts or the Squad app. You can also use browser extensions such as Netflix Party, Amazon Prime Video Watch Party and Hulu Watch Party to stream movies and TV shows together while staying safe in your own home. Virtual activities ...

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