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A virtual Ramadan

Due to COVID-19-related lockdowns, the Muslim community has taken a virtual approach to Ramadan this year.

Hayate Mustefa, WSS Intern

May 17, 2020

You rush to a table full of food as soon as you hear the call to prayer. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest, God is the greatest) is all that echoes in your head as you break your fast with dates and sips of water. As your thirst becomes quenched and your veins moist, you turn to ...

Seniors honored with graduation yard signs

Yard signs that honor the class of 2020 were placed in seniors' yards on May 15.

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

May 16, 2020

Twenty-three teachers and staff from West High placed signs in yards and windows of graduating seniors on May 14 and 15. According to Principal Gregg Shoultz, the idea came from the webinar for seniors and parents held on April 24.  "The PSTO wanted to do something for the class of 2020. Afte...

Environmental side effects

Social distancing and lockdown measures put in place due to COVID-19 are resulting in a series of environmental changes.

Katherine Shoppa, WSS Intern

May 16, 2020

In the past few months, the world has been turned upside down. There have been over 3.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and on April 27, the U.S. surpassed 1 million cases and became the country with the most people infected. Towns all over the world are deserted as governments have implemented  “stay ...

Individual graduation ceremonies to take place late May

The district is going to hold individual ceremonies at each high school for the class of 2020.

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2020

After weeks of uncertainty, a graduation plan is taking form. Today, May 15, seniors and their families received an email from the district around noon. In the message, Director of Community Relations Krisitin Pedersen announced that this year's ceremonies will be conducted "in a series of in-person,...

Stay-at-home athletes

Boaz Abramoff '22 lifts weights from home on May 11 as he prepares for football season this fall.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

May 13, 2020

The spring sports season came to a sudden halt on March 16 when the Iowa City Community School District announced that they would suspend classes until April 13, preventing track and field’s upcoming meets and practices along with the other spring sports’ first practices. As school grounds clo...

Interrupted tradition

Sophie Stephens '19 poses as she writes a letter on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Hanah Kitamoto, Reporter

May 11, 2020

Graduation. Senior skip day. Prom. All of these senior traditions came to a halt as the coronavirus pressed the pause button for many activities. But there's also one seemingly small, but meaningful tradition that has been put on pause: senior letters. English teachers Katy Nahra and Ann Rocarek have their freshman class write letters to their senior-selves at the end of every...

Alternatives to movie theaters

A picture of the local Coral Ridge Cinema taken well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edward Keen, Arts Editor and Copy Editor

May 10, 2020

As the endless days roll by since theaters closed down in March, arts buffs like myself have come to the ultimate realization: watching movies at home doesn't live up to going to see a film at a theater. This is due to far more than merely having the opportunity to see a movie on the big screen rather ...

10 ways to support local businesses

10 ways to support local businesses

Maddy Smith, Photographer, Yearbook Student Life editor

May 10, 2020

Small businesses are suffering due to the practice of social distancing in response to COVID-19. They support the local community, so here’s how you can support them.  When eating out, dine locally. Local businesses are doing take-out and drive-thru orders. If not, GrubHub and other deliv...

Top 10 sports moments of 2019-2020

Izaak Hajek '20, along with his teammates and coaches, celebrate as Jordan Christensen '22 recieves his medal on Feb. 15.

Owen Aanestad, Sports Editor

May 9, 2020

The 2019-2020 athletic season was definitely one to remember. State championships, comebacks, wins, losses and most recently cancelations are what made up West High athletics over the past eight months. No one can tell you the next time student-athletes and fans will be back on campus but while we wai...

Movies to watch on every streaming service

Netflix is currently the most popular streaming service, with 163.5 million users worldwide. 
Jack Harris, 2019

Jack Harris, Online Reporter and Film Critic

May 7, 2020

It’s now been well over a month and a half since life was normal. Odds are you’ve probably gotten pretty bored during this stretch of time. But please, for the sake of everyone, don’t break social distancing just because you’re bored. Watch a movie instead. What should you watch? Well there ar...

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