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The returning rocketry team members share a moment of laughter after school in the library. It was their first meeting of the year since the competition this past spring.

Club connection: Rocketry

Jessie Li, Reporter December 1, 2022

Never before had there been a club at West that explores aerospace, but that’s changed since the fall of 2021.  Sophomores Derek Hua '25 and Richard Yang '25 decided that West High needed a club...

The cast interrogates Ms. White (Tess Degrazia 23)

Theatre West presents ‘Clue’

Isabella Tisdale, Feature Editor, Visual Editor November 30, 2022

Based on the classic board game Clue, Theatre West presents 'Clue'. ‘Clue’ tells the story of a murder at Boddy Manor. Through many twists and turns, the cast discovers bodies and finds the murderers.  The...

Wordle Wednesday

Wordle Wednesday

WSS Staff November 30, 2022

​ Click the links below to play previous Wordles! Nov. 16 Nov. 2 Oct. 26 Oct. 19 May 4 April 27 April 20 April 6 March 30 March 23 March 9 March 2 Feb....

Wests best Thanksgiving stories

West’s best Thanksgiving stories

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor November 28, 2022

Thanksgiving is a day of gathering and gratitude. Many are surrounded by family, this can lead to memories both good and bad. Filled with laughable and cringe-worthy moments to look back on. Here are some...

Zebulon Hurst tells about his journey from West and his return

Zebulon’s full circle: returning to West High

Vera Tanas, Artist, Reporter November 28, 2022

The experiences people have in life can lead them in many unexpected directions, far from where they started. However, sometimes they might just find their way right back to where they began. Zebulon Hurst,...

Emma Stammeyer 24 eyes are on the ball preparing to block.

Digging into the volleyball season

Elena Garcia Van Auken, Podcaster, Reporter November 28, 2022

The Women of Troy wrapped up their volleyball season with a 6-1 conference record, 16-17 overall. This season was planned to be a rebuilding season, with a whopping 10 seniors graduating last year. Even...

Fashion Friday: Arden Kalnins

Fashion Friday: Arden Kalnins

Sila Duran, Print Assistant Design Editor November 25, 2022

WSS: What do you think is your aesthetic? Arden Kalnins '23: It’s kind of like a darker version of cottagecore, I would say. My sister often says that I look like a tree and I say thank you. WSS:...

Iowa City Wests varsity cross country team line up at the starting line and prepare to run.

A run down memory lane

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert, Print Opinion Editor November 24, 2022

West Side Story: What was a meet that stood out to you? Moustafa Tiea ‘25: The Super Meet and the Eastern Iowa meet. Before that, I felt like I was just a runner and then after those meets, I felt...

Krisha Kapoor 23 gives the closing speech at the annual Iowa MOST Benefit Concert

Spreading smiles: Iowa MOST

Kamakshee Kuchhal, Print Assistant Copy Editor November 23, 2022

Iowa Miles of Smiles Team (MOST) is dedicated to providing kids in Guatemala with the funding and medical assistance to treat cleft lip. Krisha Kapoor '23 discusses how the community can be involved in...


PALs: Peer assistance and new leadership

Erinn Varga, Artist, Designer 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...

HOSA President Wesal Haroun 25 poses for a picture at the club fair

Get to know West High’s new HOSA chapter

Reem Kirja, Photographer, Reporter November 22, 2022

As the current president, Wesal Haroun ’24 revived Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) this year alongside advisor and science teacher Andrea Harms. Read this Q and A to learn more about HOSA...

The West High Math Team poses with their plaque.

West High math club sweeps UW-Platteville Mathematics Meet

Athena Wu, Artist, Designer November 21, 2022

Ten members of the West High Math Club returned to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Nov. 2 to compete in their 49th annual Mathematics Meet. Over 400 students from 31 schools attended from Wisconsin,...

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