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Hard work pays off, but money does too

Hard work pays off, but money does too

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

March 14, 2019

One of the most cliché pieces of advice we’ve all heard growing up is that hard work pays off. For the most part, this has proven to be true. Take the “miracle stories” of people working their way from the lower-class to making millions because of their dedication and ability to push themselves...

Spicing up the school day

Spicing up the school day

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor & Reporter

March 14, 2019

The room is suffocatingly silent. In an atmosphere tense with nervous energy, faces go pale, resulting from the decision that must be made within the next six weeks. With this decision profoundly affecting the entire school district, one cannot take this matter lightly. Several heated weeks later full...

“Captain Marvel” impresses and disappoints as a superhero film

“Captain Marvel” impresses and disappoints as a superhero film

Edward Keen, Reporter

March 12, 2019

If there are a few things that viewers have readily come to expect from every new Marvel Studios film that makes its way into theaters, they are consistent entertainment value, boundless mesmerizing thrills and cogent main characters to lead and possibly pave the way for more films in their wake. The f...

Tiny Room: Perry Heredia ’21

Tiny Room: Perry Heredia ’21

Alex Carlon and Aditi Borde

March 11, 2019

Taking inspiration from NPR's intimate concert series "Tiny Desk," this new series spotlights West's musical talent with a twist: the musician or ensemble must perform in a tiny recording space. Episode one stars Perry Heredia '21 performing a selection from Bach's "Six Cello Suites" as well as a discussion of Heredia's musical roots and passion for performance. ...

Students host third annual ‘Walk It Out’ celebrating diversity

Students host third annual ‘Walk It Out’ celebrating diversity

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing Editor and Co-Copy Editor

March 11, 2019

  With students hailing from numerous countries and speaking nearly 80 different languages, West High stands out as more diverse than many high schools across Iowa. Several of these unique cultures were exhibited on Saturday, March 9 when students put on West’s third annual multicultural fashion show, Walk it Out. Featuring over 100 student models and garnering a packed room ...

Twenty West students move on as National Merit Finalists

Twenty West students move on as National Merit Finalists

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

March 10, 2019

Last month, National Merit Finalists were notified of their advancement, with about 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide becoming Finalists. Finalists are not announced publicly because 90 percent of Semifinalists move on as Finalists. Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) quali...

10 things you could have done with all of your inclement weather days

10 things you could have done with all of your inclement weather days

Jessica Doyle, Podcast Editor

March 8, 2019

Since November the Iowa City Community School district has lost nine days and multiple hours of class time due to heavy snowfall and cold weather this school year. While staying on top of homework is important, here are 10 other things you could have spent your near 67 hours of inclement weather time...

Parent perspectives

Parent perspectives

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

March 8, 2019

The stands are filled with cheering fans decked out in green, gold and the student section theme for the night. The illuminated scoreboard shows that you are down in the last quarter. It’s hard for you and the team to stay positive when the game isn’t going your way. You look back into the stands b...

Boys basketball ends season at state quarterfinals

Boys basketball ends season at state quarterfinals

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

March 7, 2019

The boys basketball team competed in the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament for the ninth consecutive year on Wednesday, March 6. After defeating Dubuque Senior earlier in the season by two points, the Trojans took on the Rams again in a rematch in the quarterfinal round. In a close fi...

Sisterhood through the ages: an interactive timeline

Sisterhood through the ages: an interactive timeline

Ting Gao, Reporter

March 7, 2019

When the Founding Fathers set out to create a new country under the declaration that all men are created equal, the phrase "all men" didn't apply to many demographics of people, including women. Due to laws and stigmas, women have been left out of the workplace and political office. Women have had to fight...

Third trimester will bring AFT change

Third trimester will bring AFT change

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

March 4, 2019

The administration has added time onto Academic Focus Time (AFT) to make the school day longer, making up for hours lost during the polar vortex. Administrators landed on this solution because adding several minutes to AFT seemed more valuable than adding a minute to all class periods. Another chan...

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