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Car parade held to congratulate class of 2020

Seniors Kaitlyn Hansen, Khlood Saeed and Elena Koogler pose for a photo during the senior car parade on May 31.

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Sports Editor

June 1, 2020

After three days of individual graduations held at West, seniors participated in a car parade on May 31. There were two routes for the seniors to drive through, one in Iowa City and the other in Coralville. The Iowa City route started its parade at 2 p.m. from the Hall of Fame parking lot to Borlaug Eleme...

MVC releases 2020 baseball and softball schedules

Marcus Morgan '21 throws from the stretch against Pleasant Valley.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

May 28, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave permission for high school sports to resume at her daily press conference held on May 20. Both the IHSAA and the IGHSAU met later that day and approved the resumption of the 2020 summer seasons under the Iowa Department of Education guidelines. The Mississippi Valley Conferenc...

Paras’ summer recipes

Paras' summer recipes

Paras Bassuk, Photographer

May 26, 2020

On their own or together as one delicious feast, these summer recipes are great ways to try new foods and develop new culinary skills. Over the course of quarantine, WSS staffer Paras Bassuk '21 has developed and photographed these three dishes to serve while school is out. Summer Pancetta Pasta ...



Marta Leira, Print Editor in Chief

May 26, 2020

During a typical school year, on the last days of school students are given the opportunity to shamefully clean out the various novelties hiding in the depths of their lockers. This year, however, materials in lockers have been bagged up and will be available to students for pickup, leaving some studen...

Athletic adjustments

Many athletes are having to change their plans for college recruiting in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caroline Chandler, Assistant Sports Editor

May 25, 2020

Amongst the flood of cancellations, spring sports seasons are no exception. What will become of the summer season has yet to be announced. Athletes are doing their best to stay in shape and keep their hopes up for next year’s seasons. However, college recruitment plans have also been cut short, havin...

Working from home: teaching while parenting

Elementary students use the app DreamBox to practice their math skills online.

Bess Frerichs, Online Managing and Feature Editor

May 21, 2020

When schools closed after spring break to not reopen for the rest of the year, science teacher Jenny Eustice had to figure out how to homeschool her kids while teaching her classes. Jenny’s kids are both elementary age: her daughter Peyton is eight and her son Charlie is six, and while elementary sc...


Social distancing has impacted students' mental health both positively and negatively.

Hanah Kitamoto and Misha Canin

May 21, 2020

Six feet. That’s the distance every person is recommended to stay physically apart from others, according to the CDC. Although social media and other online communication methods can partly fulfill the sense of isolation, some may believe seeing a friend over a screen simply isn’t the same as in-p...

Facing the pandemic: working during COVID-19

Facing the pandemic: working during COVID-19

Sara Baroncini, Photographer

May 20, 2020

To society, fast-food chains and grocery stores are often viewed as playing an insignificant role for the public, but when it comes to a global pandemic, workers are willing to take the risk for the benefit of others. These workers range from high schoolers to adults, taking their time to serve othe...

Iowa high school sports given permission to resume June 1

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Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

May 20, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds gave permission for Iowa high school summer sports to reopen June 1 in a press conference held on May 20. Reynolds is working closely with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and other youth sports organizations to make the reopening of sports possible. "I know that many pa...

Faculty celebrates Molly Abraham’s retirement with parade

Staff members made signs as part of the parade celebrating Molly Abraham's retirement.

Fareeha Ahmad, Reporter

May 19, 2020

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, West High faculty gathered (from a distance) on May 18 for Molly Abraham's celebratory parade. Abraham has been working at West High for 36 years, taking on the job of a special education teacher in 1984. Eighteen years later, she took up the role of assistant princ...

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