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School counselors: the one-stop shops of high school

School counselors: the one-stop shops of high school

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

November 1, 2019

Changing classes, planning for college and signing up for AP tests are just a few of the duties guidance counselors at West have to help students. All of their work is related to their primary goal, helping students succeed. “Our typical job involves whatever it is that a kid needs,” said Guidance...

“The Lighthouse” is without question the best film of the year

“The Lighthouse” is without question the best film of the year

Jack Harris, Online Reporter & Film Critic

October 30, 2019

“The Lighthouse” is a tale of how two men, isolated on a decrepit rock, fall into a state of murderous hysteria. Robert Eggers is such a stupendous filmmaker, viewers will likely fall victim to the same enchanting curse that strikes down the main characters.  The film has only two charact...

Spooky season specials

Spooky season specials

Maddy Smith, Photographer

October 30, 2019

There is a chill in the air accompanied by the changing of leaves and a shiver down your spine. Halloween is here, and as a lover of autumn, I am required to like horror and thriller films. These are my top movies this fall, ranked in no particular order. "Scream" “Scream” is a classic film. First released in 1996 starri...

West volleyball season upended by Little Hawks in three sets

West volleyball season upended by Little Hawks in three sets

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 29, 2019

The West High volleyball season ended just as it began. Sort of. The Women of Troy lost in three straight sets to City High despite key assists from Emma Dunlap '22 and great all-around defensive play. Although the score resembles the outcome of the Battle for the Spike, this year's youthful group ...

We deserve to feel safe at school

We deserve to feel safe at school

Alex Carlon, Online Managing and News Editor

October 28, 2019

“I can’t focus on what my teacher is saying because I’m thinking about school shootings.” This was a statement made by a friend during a conversation about school security. As we continued to discuss our concerns about a shooting in our community, one central theme emerged: our fears abou...

President Trump impeachment basics

President Trump impeachment basics

Renee Gould, Book Critic, Reporter

October 27, 2019

This is a topic that could easily fill a hundred-page thesis with no trouble. For simplicity, this article will be broken up into three major parts; The Ukrainian Call, Syria-Turkey Stuff, President Trump Trivia. This is going to be discussing the points, people and other events that tie in for each maj...

West wins thriller over City High and keeps The Boot

West wins thriller over City High and keeps The Boot

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 26, 2019

"That was one of the best high schools games I've ever been to." That phrase was overheard from a passing City High fan following his team's loss on Friday night in the 51st annual Battle for the Boot. West and City produced an instant-classic, resulting in five lead changes and some enthralling four...

Shoultz replaces warning bell with marching band

Shoultz replaces warning bell with marching band

Natalie Dunlap, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2019

Today, instead of the usual 30 second warning bell that was added this year, students were surprised to hear the West High marching band blasting over the loudspeaker. Last night was the Sounds of the Stadium, a concert where band students play a culmination of West marching band classics to mark the e...

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

Trojan Workhorses: Offensive linemen

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

October 25, 2019

They are five of the biggest guys on any given football field, yet most fans hardly even notice they are there. Football fans eyes’ are almost always glued to the ball, meaning they focus on the quarterback and the rest of the skill position players. In spite of their cruciality to the offensive ...

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

IHSPA recognizes both Trojan Epic and WSS staff as 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook and News Team of the Year, respectively

October 24, 2019

The Iowa High School Press Association recognized both the Trojan Epic yearbook and West Side Story staffs at its annual state journalism conference at The University of Iowa on Oct. 24. The Trojan Epic was named a 2019 All-Iowa Yearbook of the Year and the West Side Story staff was named a 2019 All-Iow...

Friend Crush: Mia Dillingham ‘20 and Mary Woodward ‘21

Friend Crush: Mia Dillingham ‘20 and Mary Woodward ‘21

Bess Frerichs, Feature Editor

October 24, 2019

Mia Dillingham '20 and Mary Woodward '21 met two years ago in cross country, completely unaware that they both knew sign language. They were sprinters, so they became friends over their shared love for the sport. “When we first became friends it was more of, ‘Hey we're both sprinters on the cros...

World-renowned author visits Iowa City

World-renowned author visits Iowa City

Edward Keen, Arts Editor

October 23, 2019

In an event brought to fruition by the Iowa City Public Library and the Prairie Lights bookshop, Australian author Markus Zusak visited the library on Oct. 21 in promotion of his 2018 novel “Bridge of Clay” to share his experiences as a writer and take questions from attendees. Though Zusak h...

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