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ICCSD votes to drop ‘interim’ tag from Superintendent Degner’s title

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The ICCSD Board of Directors voted unanimously to make the role of superintendent permanent for Matt Degner.
January 27, 2021

The ICCSD Board of Directors has voted to remove the “interim” tag from Interim Superintendent Matt Degner’s title. Degner has served as the interim superintendent for the district since July 1,...

Iowans weigh in on proposed school funding bill

Iowa state senators discussed SSB 1065 with students and educators Jan. 25.
Community members voiced their opinions regarding Senate Study Bill 1065 via a public forum Zoom meeting.
January 25, 2021

A virtual meeting open to the public was held for community members to provide input on Iowa Senate Study Bill 1065 Jan. 25. Education Committee Chair Sen. Amy Sinclair (R) and Vice-Chair Sen. Brad Zaun...

Girls wrestling competes at third annual state tournament

Phoebe Burt '21 looks to drive her opponent downward during her final match Jan. 23.
The third ever Iowa high school girls state wrestling tournament was held at the Xtream Arena in Coralville on Jan. 22 and 23.
January 24, 2021

Four hundred and fifty-seven wrestlers. That's nearly five times the number of wrestlers that competed in the first state wrestling tournament back in 2019, and the number has been growing ever since....

Trojans prevail in close game against City

Matayia Tellis '21 looks to pass Jan. 22.
The girls basketball team picked up their fourth win in a row with the help of two key free throws late in the fourth quarter against City on Jan. 22.
January 22, 2021

Every January BJ Mayer's squad faces the Little Hawks for what has become some of the best basketball in the state over the years. The Trojans have been able to steal only two out of the last five matchups,...

Trojans drop dual meet to Hempstead despite four pins

After a hard fought battle by Junior Brett Pelfrey in overtime, coaches cheer with excitement for the victory against Hempstead on Jan. 21.
The boys wrestling team fell to Dubuque Hempstead 42-38 after two overtime wins at 126 and 220 on Jan. 21.
January 21, 2021

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no secret that wrestling is by far one of the hardest sports to social distance. Only a couple of days into their season the Trojan wrestling program found themselves...

Caroline’s Comics: Protect the bunnies, forget trans youth

Sen. Amy Sinclair's starkly different bills illustrate what she does not prioritize: protecting transgender students in Iowa.
This week's installment of Caroline's Comics examines Iowa State Senator Amy Sinclair's recently introduced bill, SF80.
January 20, 2021

Although his presidency comes to a close today, the stain former President Donald Trump has left on LGBTQ+ rights during his four years in office is undeniable, with consistent attempts at exempting...

Trojan Bolts show off young talent on senior night

Andy Luo '22 swims in the 100 butterfly during a dual meet against Cedar Rapids Washington on Jan. 14.
The boys swim team won 112-58 against Cedar Rapids Washington Jan. 14.
January 14, 2021

Coming off another dual meet win at Linn-Mar just two days ago, Byron Butler's squad was looking for more as they hosted Cedar Rapids Washington at the Coralville Rec Center Jan. 14. The boys swim team...

Caroline’s Comics: Watching American democracy burn

President Trump and his Twitter account survey the chaos of last week's Capitol riots.
This week's installment of Caroline's Comics looks at how the end of the Trump presidency also marks the start of a new era in American politics.
January 13, 2021

One week ago, thousands of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol trying to stop the 117th Congress from certifying President-Elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory. Although...

Girls basketball gets back on track with win over Dubuque Hempstead

BJ Mayer addresses his team during a timeout versus Dubuque Hempstead on Jan. 12.
In search of their third win of the year, the girls basketball team picked up the pace in the second half to defeat the Mustangs 50-41 on Jan. 12.
January 12, 2021

As one of the only few West High winter sports remaining when it comes to COVID-19 quarantines, BJ Mayer’s squad came into the night hoping to get back in the win column after dropping three straight...

Trojans lose annual Battle for the Pins

Joshua Thomas '22 releases the ball Jan. 7.
The West High girls and boys bowling teams faced off at Colonial Lanes against cross-town rival City High Jan. 7.
January 8, 2021

Being the sole bowling alley in the Iowa City area, Colonial Lanes is home ally to all four ICCSD high schools and Clear Creek Amana. Tonight, West and City faced off in the annual Battle for the Pins...

A guide to using WSS’ mobile app

Enjoy WSS on the Student News Source mobile app.
WSS is available on your phone, through Student News Source's mobile app.
January 7, 2021

WSS' online content is available on Student News Source's mobile app. Through the app, users can view articles, leave comments, save articles and receive notifications when new content is posted to the...

Spreading joy, one book at a time

Little Free Libraries provide free books to the community.
Four local Little Free Library caretakers, also known as stewards, detail the impact of the libraries.
January 5, 2021

As the home of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the only designated UNESCO City of Literature in the country, Iowa City is known for its appreciation of literature. It's no surprise that a small project from...

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