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The student news site of West High School

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The student news site of West High School

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Mayowa Dokun 22 celebrates a kill with Melae Lacy 24 on Oct. 21 during the regional semifinal against Bettendorf.

Volleyball team sweeps Bettendorf in regional semifinal

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 22, 2021

Keeley Arnold in her first official and normal year as head volleyball coach has experienced a fair share of ups and downs. Various things like coming off of an unusual shortened season and adapting to...

Cole Eberly 22 watches his put closely

Boys golf wrap up

Zoe Smith, Assistant Sports Editor October 21, 2021

The West High boys golf team made great strides this year, not only with the players’ individual performance but also as a team. The team’s 9-hole-average was 168.20 and the 18-hole-average was 326.60. The...

The front display of Goodwill Iowa City. Each corner features a different Halloween section. The right side has Halloween decor and props. The left side has an assortment of clothing items.

Halloween on a budget

Eleanor Weitz , Tessa Gibson , and Ijin Shim October 20, 2021

It’s that time of year again! The season of horror movies, pumpkin spice lattes, and excessive candy eating. To some, Halloween marks the start of the holiday season. Everyone loves the months full...

Hope Eldridge 22 takes a breath while swimming in the 400 yard freestyle relay on Oct. 19 during a dual meet against City High.

Trojan Bolts win 50th consecutive regular season dual meet

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief October 20, 2021

It's been a very long time since Byron Butler and the girls swim team lost a regular-season dual meet. So long that the Iowa City Community School Districts' third high school wasn't even open, this year's...

Artwork made for the film. Credit: Neon Studios / 2021

‘Titane’ review: horrifying, traumatic and groundbreaking

Jack Harris, Online Copy Editor and Arts Editor October 18, 2021

There is everything that has come before, and then there is “Titane;” a film so drenched in motor oil, trauma, meaning and uniqueness, that there is no possible way to prepare oneself for the otherworldly...

Alex Mckane 22 starts off the race strong with an early lead on Sept. 28.

Trojan cross country teams impress at MVC divisional meet

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief October 15, 2021

The Trojan cross country teams competed in their last home meet of the season on Oct. 14.  The girls cross country team placed third overall with Cindy Wang ’24 finishing fourth with a time of 20:05...

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Resources for the upcoming winter season

Laney Prelle, Reporter October 15, 2021

Iowa's winter season can be hard on West High students. In the Coralville and Iowa City area, there are many community resources available to everyone. No matter the reason, families can access these resources...

The second Monday in Oct. is nationally recognized as Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day.

Celebration conundrum

Paige Albright, Podcast Editor October 12, 2021

Oct. 11 is nationally recognized as both Indigenous People's Day and Columbus Day. We are still celebrating the man who lead to the torment of native communities. Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first adopted...

A sign taped to the West High front door tells students, staff and visitors about the new mandate on Sept. 15.

ICCSD mask mandate extended

Vivian Polgreen, Co-News Editor October 10, 2021

Throughout the entire pandemic, state and city governments have been in opposition regarding the issue of mask mandates, especially in schools. On Feb. 7, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds banned school mask...

Boaz Abramoff 22 looks to serve the country in the coming years after being a part of both the West High football and track and field programs.

Committed to serve

Maddy Smith and Nate Gudenkauf October 10, 2021

Most students have never thought about risking their lives for something. This is not the case for senior Boaz Abramoff. For him, there is no better future than giving back to the country that saved his...

Teachers try TikTok

Ijin Shim and Helelia Wa Kalala October 10, 2021

Being a teacher requires you to develop a variety of skills through individual experiences and connections to your students. However, dancing isn't one of them. With TikTok being one of the most popular...

Former ELL student, Ben Nkolobise 22, shares how playing soccer has had an impact on him.

Breaking barriers

Krisha Kapoor and Miguel Cohen Suarez October 7, 2021

Friendship. Comradery. Sense of belonging. High school athletics offer students a built-in community, support system and the chance to represent their school. Unfortunately, many students with talent,...

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