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The student news source of Iowa City West High

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A protester stands in a swarm of signs holding up and American flag at the Protest on the Pentacrest on June 24, 2022.

Protest breaks out after SCOTUS ruling overturns Roe v. Wade

Zoe Smith and Sachiko Goto June 24, 2022

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The case was a landmark Supreme Court case that was first decided on January 22, 1973.  The original Supreme...

Iowa City celebrates 51st Annual Pride Festival

Iowa City celebrates 51st Annual Pride Festival

Gianna Liu and Sachiko Goto June 22, 2022

Iowa City held its 51st Annual Pride Festival June 18. The festival started with the Unity March, which walked through downtown Iowa City starting from College Green Park and ending at the Main Stage....

Miguel Cohen Suarez dribbles through a sea of Pleasant Valley players on June 1, 2022.

Boys soccer falls to Pleasant Valley in state quarterfinals

Zoe Smith, Sports Editor June 2, 2022

James Cownie Soccer Complex opened its gates to the IHSAA and IGHSAU soccer state tournaments this past weekend. Teams from all over Iowa traveled to Des Moines to compete for a chance to be state champions....

5 second challenge starring Kerri Barnhouse and Katy Nahra

Ijin Shim and Samuel Rosenthal June 1, 2022

In this episode of the 5-second challenge, English teachers Kerri Barnhouse and Katy Nahra face off for the title of “5 second challenge champion.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released May 6, 2022

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ review

Samuel Rosenthal, Podcaster June 1, 2022

For a title as promising as “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”, the film should have delivered more. And as for the audiences, they seem to be divided over the movie. Whilst many have found...

Painting of Wests Esports club members.

West Esports team places third at state

Barry Diallo, Sports Reporter June 1, 2022

West sneaked into the postseason after narrowly clinching the ninth and final seed. Those nine teams were divided into two divisions; each match consisted of three schools, each playing three teams...

The boys tennis team musters up the strength to hold Seth Smigel 25 for a photo with their championship trophy and banner after the conclusion of team state at the Prairie Ridge Sports Complex on May 31.

Boys tennis team wins team state

Ella De Young, Print Assistant Sports Editor June 1, 2022

In the world of tennis, coming together as a team to win a state championship is a unique experience. Known as a sport for individuals, playing for a team is a different experience that takes time to get...

Becky Schmooke works to form a community that supports those struggling with mental health.

Cooking a change

Isabella Tisdale, Feature Editor, Visual Editor May 31, 2022

“The kitchen is a place to gather”. Becky Schmookes has been saying this since she was diagnosed with type one diabetes at 23. This diagnosis inspired her to start her own baking business over ten...

Many colleges are no longer requiring applicants to submit standardized test scores.

Test optional?

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor May 31, 2022

For almost a century, standardized tests have been an important part of any student’s college application in the US. However, in the last two years an increasing number of colleges and universities have...

Students share their hotter takes.

Hotter takes

Mohana Sunkara, Videographer May 31, 2022

“Avocados ruin sushi and they should not belong there.” - Nik Sung '22   “Kendrick Lamar’s new album is mid.” - Nate Weimer '23   “Canes is overrated and escargot is good”...

Polish your headphones! Harry Styles brand new album has arrived!

Harry Styles’ newest ‘Harry’s House’ review

Tessa Gibson, Entertainment Co-Editor May 28, 2022

Harry’s House’ is Harry Styles’ third solo album, which was released on May 20, 2022. This album pairs a modern feel with a 70s groove. You can tell Harry has become comfortable with trying new styles...

The 2022 senior graduates take a group picture after their successful prank.

The raging smurfs say goodbye to West

Ijin Shim, Photographer and Videographer May 27, 2022

As an unofficial tradition, every year seniors try to pull off reckless and harmless pranks as they leave West High, such as putting a Porta-potty on top of the school (a senior prank of the class of 2021)....

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