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Friendship: an underappreciated necessity

Friendship: an underappreciated necessity

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 28, 2019

I started sophomore year without many friends. Most people in my close friend group had been split up because of new district lines or because of families moving away. A few months into sophomore year I started coming out of my shell. Instead of just sticking with people I knew, I pushed myself to...

“Shazam!” is an effortlessly entertaining family film

“Shazam!” is an effortlessly entertaining family film

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

April 28, 2019

Nowadays, it seems like every major studio under the spotlight in the Hollywood scene is trying to create their own cinematic universe. This is natural, of course, considering how many franchises have spread far and wide, becoming massive sensations to movie-going audiences. Take the Marvel Cinematic Unive...

Amplifying the voices of a nation

Amplifying the voices of a nation

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2019

A phone in one hand, a mic in the other, Prisca Namutchibwe ’19 took the stage at Walk it Out. The night of March 9 had consisted of students from various cultures of the world modeling on stage and dancing to music, but the crowd fell silent as Namutchibwe read her poem, addressed to the white parents...

An open letter to anti-vaxxers

An open letter to anti-vaxxers

Sumner Wallace, Reporter

April 24, 2019

Dear anti-vaxxers, I believe you have been done a disservice. People, like myself, who believe in the importance of vaccinations have come after you on the internet and made you out to be the villains of the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and New York. You have been sorely mislabeled and ...

FilmScene unveils new “Strengthen Grow Evolve,” project

FilmScene unveils new “Strengthen Grow Evolve,” project

Harry Westergaard, Arts Editor

April 24, 2019

For the past year, the area across the street from the downtown rec center has been consumed by a grand construction project, the details of which have mainly existed as whispers about a new FilmScene theater opening, a bowling alley. Last Saturday, the twentieth of April, a new partnership between FilmS...

Green hope

Green hope

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

April 21, 2019

Earth Day celebrates the planet and serves to raise awareness of the damage society is doing to the earth. One way to raise awareness is to host or attend events for Earth Day. Here are a few happening in the Iowa City area. "Tallgrass Conversations" Release Day Reading Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. Prairie Lights Bookstore 15 S Dubuque St. ...

ISASP: an Iowa statewide annoyance

ISASP: an Iowa statewide annoyance

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

April 19, 2019

From ITBS to Iowa Assessments to ISASP, the flaws in the tests are glaring. On the morning of Tuesday, April 26, 2019, West students in grades nine through 11 began the first section of the three-day-long Iowa Statewide Test of Student Progress (ISASP) exam. Although it is one of many standardized tests West students will take this y...

Track teams push to qualify for Drake Relays

Track teams push to qualify for Drake Relays

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 19, 2019

The track and field teams traveled across town to City High to compete in the annual Forwald/Coleman Relays in hopes of qualifying for the Drake Relays for the last time. The Drake Relays start Thursday, April 25 and go through Saturday, April 27. The boys team narrowly defeated City High by four points to g...

Not seeing double

Not seeing double

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

April 19, 2019

Identical twins Lizzy Slade ‘21 and Makayla Slade ‘21 may look alike, but that is where most of the similarities end. Lizzy wakes up at 7:00 a.m. every morning to get ready for school. She gets dressed, puts on makeup and goes to eat breakfast. After a foot reconstruction surgery on Feb. 6...

Rising Stars: Jada Dachtler ’22 & Makenna Vonderhaar ’22

Rising Stars: Jada Dachtler ’22 & Makenna Vonderhaar ’22

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

April 15, 2019

Jada Dachtler ’22: WSS: When did you start playing soccer? JD: “I started playing soccer when I was five, and at that time I played softball and danced too. I was kind of just trying out sports, but then I got into soccer when I was ten because a friend asked me to come try out for a club ...

Boys track honors seniors and past coach

Boys track honors seniors and past coach

Kara Wagenknecht, Online Editor-in-Chief and Co-Sports Editor

April 14, 2019

The Trojans hosted Pleasant Valley, Solon, Monticello, Muscatine and Grinnell for the annual Hollingsworth relays. The meet honored the first ever West track and field coach Gary Hollingsworth and West seniors with a senior recognition ceremony. The meet also honored West science teacher Brad Wymer's f...

Testing new tech

Testing new tech

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor and Reporter

April 14, 2019

It’s that time again. A time for students to be surrounded by unfamiliar faces and wander to unknown places. A time of walking aimlessly among rows of desks searching for your name card. However, this year, the faint scent of pencil shavings will be absent. And even more noticeable, the silence wi...

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