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West Side Story

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West Side Story

Mayasa Hamid ‘23 poses for a photo on Sept. 9, 2021

Guest column: A chance for hope

Mayasa Hamid January 27, 2022

I come to you today to educate you on the progress of racial equity at West High School. I know you’ve seen what happened the past couple of weeks and I’m sure some of you are uneducated about the...

The West Side Story has changed a lot and the current WSS web staff has attempted to go through all of it.

The history of the ‘West Side Story’

Sophie Richardson, Reporter and Photographer January 27, 2022

People have wondered about the history of the things that they've loved for a long time. This is why the West Side Story staff has decided to inform everyone about the paper publication of the West Side...

A poster of marvels latest film Spider-Man: No Way Home that appeals to all generations and levels of fans.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ review

Tessa Gibson , Reporter January 25, 2022

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" was like no other superhero movie I’ve seen before. With the romance and action, there was heartbreak and tear-jerking scenes that left me and the entire theater in tears. But...

Teachers should be aware of how the content they teach is potentially triggering to students and use trigger warnings accordingly.

Editorial: Trigger warning

WSS Editorial Board January 25, 2022

The use of trigger warnings has become increasingly frequent over recent years, especially on social media and TV. They typically precede content with disturbing elements that may affect people with specific...

Language learning is a part of many students high school experiences, whether they take ELL, a world language, or both.

Language logistics

Maya Chu, Kamakshee Kuchhal, and Athena Wu January 25, 2022

A school district in southeast Iowa is probably not the first place someone would think of as “diverse.” But the ICCSD, with a white student population of just under 57%, is a notable exception. From...

Year-long school doesn’t mean you get less time off your time off is just spread throughout the year.

No summer no problem

Eleanor Weitz , Reporter January 24, 2022

Summer slide is a phenomenon students have been experiencing for as long as we can remember. Almost everyone can relate to walking into a math class on the first day of school and feeling your mind go...

A common phrase said by parents at school board meetings has had to do with infringement of freedom and denying rights.

When a pandemic turns political

Isabella Tisdale, Sports Reporter January 24, 2022

In March of 2020, the world went into lockdown and since then the questions have never stopped. When will we return to school? Will we wear masks? And so many more questions struck students, parents, and...

West High athletes weigh in on the underappreciation and oversexualization of girls sports.

Equal footing

Heidi Du, Krisha Kapoor, and Lily Prochaska January 24, 2022

It is the final meet of the season — hundreds of hours dedicated to a three-minute race that determines whether her team takes home the state title. A disqualification in the form of a false start or...

Kirk Brotherton 22 and the rest of the boys swim team celebrates the Trojan Bolts 400 yard freestyle relay win during a dual meet against Waterloo on Dec. 14, 2021.

Boys swimming has record-breaking day at MVC

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief January 22, 2022

The Trojan Bolts did not have the MVC meet last year due to COVID-19, however, the team had a chance to compete and defend their MVC title this year. The Trojan Bolts did just that at the University of...

Weekly news wrap-up

Weekly news wrap-up

Vivian Polgreen, Audrey Parrish, and Helelia Wa Kalala January 22, 2022

Hi West High and welcome to this week’s weekly news wrap-up! I’m your host, Audrey Parrish, and today I’ll be giving you an overview of what happened in the news this week, with something from...

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