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Homefield advantage

Homefield advantage

Luke Krchak, Reporter

May 22, 2019

For countless years, football has been a part of English teacher and football coach Garret Hartwig's life. From his early beginnings playing when he was six, to today where he is the head coach of the football team, the sport has played a major role in his life. “When you’re a player you know wh...

Six movies to look forward to over summer break

Six movies to look forward to over summer break

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

May 22, 2019

Summer has become the main fodder for movie studios to unleash their biggest, most prominent films, even more so than any other time of the year. As such, this jam-packed season of film releases can seem a frenzy for audiences trying to decide which in particular to occupy themselves with throughout thei...

Dancing across the world

Dancing across the world

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 22, 2019

Flamenco, Gotipua and Yangge are all examples of cultural folk dances. Aside from being entertaining, high energy movements containing upbeat music, they also often tell intimate stories of the history of their respective nations. While movies and history books are an efficient way to learn about...

Senior Night: Boys Soccer

Senior Night: Boys Soccer

Alyssa Skala, Photographer

May 18, 2019

The West boys soccer team played against the Liberty soccer team on May 15. The Trojans were leading 6-0 before the game was eventually cancelled at halftime due to lightning. The game will not be rescheduled and West High has been awarded the victory. Before the cancellation, eight seniors were recognized. These seniors included Coleson Krupp, Gada Ambo, Mitchell Pottratz, Matthew McDonnell, Zach Albright, Joey Kuehn, Joshua Jasek, and Val Trussov.   ...

West Side Radio: seniors reflect on 4 years at West

West Side Radio: seniors reflect on 4 years at West

Lucy Polyak, Sophie Stephens, Maddi Shinall, and Kara Wagenknecht

May 16, 2019

As graduation nears, many seniors are reflecting on their four years at West High. WSS seniors Lucy Polyak, Maddi Shinall, Sophie Stephens and Kara Wagenknecht record one last podcast to talk about high school memories, regrets and advice before graduation. ...

Disasters and delights: the 5 best and worst required reading books

Disasters and delights: the 5 best and worst required reading books

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 15, 2019

“Tortilla Curtain." “Of Mice and Men." “Macbeth." If you recognize any of the titles above, you’ve been fulfilling your English requirements. At West, students will read over 20 novel-length works in order to fulfill their graduation requirements for English. Of course, not all books are cre...

Running on empty

Running on empty

Anum Ansar and Joe Goodman

May 12, 2019

Imagine not eating a single morsel of food from sunrise to sunset. In some cases, even drinking water is prohibited. Now imagine having to go through that process every day for an entire month. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is a widely practiced Islamic tradition that affects many Muslim students at West High. The month itself is based on a lunar calendar, so the date is always chang...

Studying aboard

Studying aboard

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

May 11, 2019

With the illusive portrayal of boarding schools in popular culture, it’s no wonder that many students ponder packing up and leaving home to attend one of these distinguished institutions. Few, however, act on this whim and follow through with the extensive and often pricey application process. For...

Tips for the new school year

Tips for the new school year

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Co-Copy Editor and Entertainment Editor

May 11, 2019

Each grade in high school presents new challenges and distinctions from the last. These changes can be a cause for stress in students who are unprepared to meet the new school year. Because of this, WSS has compiled the best advice from members of each grade. Freshmen: Mattie Harms ‘22  - “ Try out for sports even if you thi...

I would’ve, I could’ve, I should’ve

I would’ve, I could’ve, I should’ve

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 11, 2019

Everyone lives in the past to some extent. When we’re not preoccupied with the future, our minds drift back to our past crushes, spelling bees and birthday parties with a predictable monotony. However, there’s nothing we dwell on more than our mistakes. From poor dating choices to not exercising enoug...

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