West Side Story

  • The last day of 2nd trimester is Tuesday, Feb. 27.

  • Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble have a concert Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Orchestra has a concert Feb. 22 in the Arganbright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

  • Last day to order a yearbook is Friday, Feb. 23.

Iowa City West and Marion among 10 high schools showcased in Veridian’s ArtShare

Iowa City West and Marion among 10 high schools showcased in Veridian’s ArtShare

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 23, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

Iowa City West and Marion high schools are two of ten schools participating this year in ArtShare, a program by Veridian Credit Union to recognize and celebrate the talent of local student artists. Each school’s art department leaders submitted pieces ranging from oil on canvas to graphic design, jewelry...

Milo visits West, relieves stress

Milo visits West, relieves stress

Fenna Semken, Online Editor-In-Chief

February 23, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

On Thursday, Feb. 23 students meet Milo, a golden doodle dog, in the library during their lunch hour. Milo came to help students cope with the stress of finals week. The schedule for the rest of finals week is listed below:  Feb 23: English and world language  Feb 26: Social studies and science  Feb 27: Math, practical arts and fine arts  ...

Valentine’s day horror stories

Valentine’s day horror stories

Jessica Moonjely, Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Showcase

A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS Standing in line to buy their movie tickets, the boy helplessly felt his pockets for his wallet as they neared the front of the line. He realized his wallet was not in his pocket after all. It was still sitting in his mom’s car that was now driving away. Annoyed, hi...

West Singers attend ACDA conference in Chicago

West Singers attend ACDA conference in Chicago

Pareen Mhatre, Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Metro, News, Showcase

West Singers were one of three high school choirs in the midwest to attend ACDA conference. Click here for more photos from GTC's and Showtime's performance at the Great River Competition....

GTC and Showtime attend Great River Competition

GTC and Showtime attend Great River Competition

Pareen Mhatre, Photo Editor, Online Managing Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, Showcase

GTC placed 5th runner-up and were awarded as the best band, while Showtime placed first runner-up at the Great River Competition. Click here for more photos from West Singers' performance at the ACDA Conference....

Which west high teacher are you?

Which west high teacher are you?

Reagan Hart, Reporter, Distribution Manager

February 22, 2018


Filed under A&E, Entertainment, Multimedia, Showcase

Take this quiz to discover which teacher you are most like. For best results, pick the choice that is closest to what you agree with.

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“Black Panther” is a refreshingly original superhero film

“Black Panther” is a refreshingly original superhero film

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under A&E, Arts, Film, Reviews, Showcase

There are so many superhero movies out these days. Understandably, this has caused some people to ask the question: what’s the point of seeing one now? Many of these films follow the same formula, usually featuring star actors preventing the CGI destruction of beloved U.S. cities. The upside to this...

SASS event to promote youth political involvement

SASS event to promote youth political involvement

Alyson Kuennen and Fatima Kammona

February 22, 2018


Filed under Breaking, News, Showcase

The Students Against School Shootings (SASS), a newly founded group of West and City High students petitioning for stricter gun regulations, will provide a place for students to voice their concerns to Iowa representatives in the Senate and House following the walkout earlier this week. ¨Both...

The countdown begins

The countdown begins

Deniz Ince, Assistant Sports Editor

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

So now, what about Iowa? Bordering South Dakota is already in the mix of states employing shot clocks in high school basketball. Coupled with the recent controversy in Wisconsin, many have ignited a similar debate in Iowa. Generally, teams benefit from shot clocks when the game is still in contest....

Women of Troy advance to state tournament

Women of Troy advance to state tournament

Kara Wagenknecht, Photographer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Multimedia, Showcase, Sports

With a 10 point lead at halftime, the girls basketball team held tight to that lead throughout the second half of the game and defeated Pleasant Valley 61-51. The Women of Troy will advance to the state tournament next week in Des Moines. As of right now, West is set to play at Wells Fargo on Monday, Feb. 26 and their opponent, as well as the time of the game, is still being determined. ...

The social media trap

The social media trap

Jenna Wang, Reporter

February 21, 2018


Filed under Feature, Showcase

Judging from her Instagram profile, Caroline Young ’19 appears to live a charming life. With a passion for photography, she takes pictures of her friends and her travels, hiking down paths to arrive at sprawling glaciers and forests. She is supported by her loving siblings and parents, interacts w...

5,000 miles away

5,000 miles away

Anjali Huynh

February 20, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Between November and February, it’s not uncommon for Iowans to experience bitter temperatures, icy roads and piles upon piles of snow. After all, for most West students, Iowa’s unpredictable weather and frigid winter temperatures are the norm. But for Mukeh Lamin '19, seeing snow for the first time ...

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