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West swimmers compete at Speedo Junior Championships

West swimmers compete at Speedo Junior Championships

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Swimming

For West High swimmers, the trip to the Speedo Junior Championships was a short one. “It was nice that I could just still sleep in my own bed and didn’t have to wake up that early or travel anywhere,” Aurora Roghair ’21 said. Agreeing with her teammate, Ruby Martin ’18 enjoyed the location...

Finding the right bond

Finding the right bond

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

December 12, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase

On any given school day, Michelle Wikner can be found conducting chemistry experiments and teaching lessons. Known for her fascination and dedication to the chemistry program at West High, it might surprise students that Wikner has not always been so involved in chemistry. Although Wikner does have a lon...

Five holiday classics from the 80’s to revisit

Five holiday classics from the 80’s to revisit

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter

December 12, 2017


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Showcase

Recently, there has been an influx in nostalgia for the ‘80s in popular culture. This is in part due to the popularity of Stranger Things, but it was already a growing subculture that was simply boosted by the release of the show. Now, all the sudden everyone is quick to add a quick dash of nostalgi...

So much more than this: a “Just the Beginning” review

So much more than this: a “Just the Beginning” review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

December 12, 2017


Filed under A&E, Music, Reviews, Showcase

When 12-year-old and blonde-bobbed Grace VanderWaal stepped onto the stage of “America’s Got Talent” last year, viewers were charmed. Then she started strumming her ukulele and began to sing a song she wrote herself. Everyone was blown away, so much so that Howie Mandel gave her the golden buzze...

Student playlist: Owen Smith

Student playlist: Owen Smith

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

December 11, 2017


Filed under A&E, Showcase

Smith believes that “a good song has good lyrics, so not just pointless stuff.” When choosing what to add to his playlist, Smith likes to take into account the beat and the meaning behind lyrics. “The songs actually mean something,” said Smith. For the most part, Smith’s playlist is com...

Top 10 Underrated Netflix Shows

Top 10 Underrated Netflix Shows

Olivia Dachtler, Photographer

December 10, 2017


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

“Criminal Minds”- “Criminal Minds” is not for the easily distressed. It takes you into the lives of the agents in the Behavioral Analysis Unit or BAU of the FBI. The agents are lovable, relatable characters that keep you on the edge of your seat through all twelve seasons. The BAU invest...

Seasonal Crossword: Winter

Seasonal Crossword: Winter

Ting Gao, Reporter

December 9, 2017


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Multimedia, Showcase

Winter break is simultaneously too short and too long. Far too short to satisfy students’ need for rest and relaxation, and too long for them to know how to spend it productively. For that purpose, the West Side Story is proud to present yet another seasonal-themed, online crossword puzzle f...

Test anxiety

Test anxiety

Sophie Stephens, Feature Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

The world is about to collapse. You cannot breath. Anxiety is rushing through your body. This is what Allie Hambright ’18 feels when she takes a test. Hambright noticed she began to have these symptoms during tests in her sophomore year. This is when she concluded that she suffered from testing...

Jamming with West Side Story staffers (December edition)

Jamming with West Side Story staffers (December edition)

Kristina Rosebrook, Online Entertainment Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Showcase

Trees are being tied to cars, strangers are singing at your door and the neighbors have put an obnoxious amount of lights up across the street. That's right, folks! It's December. With all of these traditions come a whole wintry genre of music being played in crowded, over-heated department stores. West...

A discussion: Gun ownership in Iowa

A discussion: Gun ownership in Iowa

Nick Pryor and Ethan Goers

December 7, 2017


Filed under Feature, Showcase, Video, Video

An in depth discussion with a gun owner, federal firearms dealer and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office on gun ownership in Iowa.

6 West High students score perfect on ACT exam

6 West High students score perfect on ACT exam

Alyson Kuennen, News Editor and Photographer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

Seven students within the ICCSD received the highest possible score of 36 on the ACT this fall. Of the seven, six were from West: Quinn Baker '18 Colleen Bloeser '18 Yangtian Shangguan '19 Wingel Xue '18 Steven Yuan '19 Lien Zhu '18 From City High School, Jakob Roggy '19 receiv...

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