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Walking into a reputation

Walking into a reputation

Fatima Kammona, News Editor

March 4, 2019

She was an athlete. She would push her body past its breaking point in hopes of seeking perfection. The stage was her canvas and with her body, she became an artist, painting a picture for all to see. As she grew, the love for what she did grew with her. One day, she found a group who had a passion for d...

Let’s focus on communicatin’

Let’s focus on communicatin’

Sumner Wallace, Guest Writer

March 4, 2019

Communication is key. I know, I know. That sounds totally cliché. It's the first lesson in Relationships 101; it's the unsolicited advice your weird relative gives you; it's much easier said than…  said. The most annoying part is, it's true. I thought that truly open, honest communication wasn't possi...

Pump it Up to move locations for third trimester

Pump it Up to move locations for third trimester

Alex Carlon, Assistant Copy-Editor

February 28, 2019

West’s student-run coffee shop Pump it Up will move to the library beginning Tuesday, March 5. This change comes as construction begins on the west wing of the building. “The librarians have bent over backwards to find us a place for the shop,” said business teacher Diane Fickel. “Originally...

Bill introduced into Iowa House to limit makeup school days

Bill introduced into Iowa House to limit makeup school days

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

February 28, 2019

Introduced on Feb. 21, 2019, House File 492 was proposed in response to the 2019 polar vortex that hit Iowa in January and February, resulting in nine full school days missed in the Iowa City Community School District. These missing days have resulted in an extension of second trimester and an added 10 minutes of school each day t...

Seeking help while facing stigmas

Seeking help while facing stigmas

Natalie Dunlap, Online Feature Editor

February 27, 2019

Draped across a couch, a person heaves the woes of their childhood and innermost thoughts, as a man in a tweed jacket with glasses takes notes. This is how a stereotypical therapy session is portrayed in New Yorker cartoons or on television, but such generalizations are a burden on people who benefit from this treatment. While many te...

Boys basketball moves onto state tournament

Boys basketball moves onto state tournament

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

February 27, 2019

The boys basketball team took on Davenport Central in a showdown to secure a spot in the Iowa High School Boys State Basketball Tournament. In a close first quarter, the Trojans led 18-12 going into the second. Marcus Morgan '21 led West with 11 points. As the second quarter progressed, the Trojans gained more momentum, opening up the second quarter with a 10-1 run. Going into the second half, Morgan and Patrick McCaffery '19 led the Trojans with 13 points. As the second half opened ...

A different type of language

A different type of language

Lucy Polyak, Opinion editor

February 27, 2019

English, Spanish, French and Mandarin are just some of the languages one hears while walking through the hallways of West High. However, Ty Waters ’20 speaks in an entirely different sort of vernacular: jazz. When he was a fifth grader at Mid-Prairie East Elementary School, Waters decided to pick u...

Attending athletics

Attending athletics

Ken Wilbur and Carmela Cohen-Suarez

February 26, 2019

The bell rings, signaling the end of yet another long school day. The halls are abuzz with excitement about tonight’s big event. Athletes' lockers are covered with posters wishing them luck for the game. Students rush through the hallways sporting their green and gold, and athletes wear their je...

New year, new me?

New year, new me?

Anna Brown, Co-Copy Editor & Reporter

February 24, 2019

Several hours before the clock strikes midnight, world-class performers warm up their voices prior to taking the stage. Acts such as Christina Aguilera, Post Malone and Dua Lipa are included in the lineup to participate in the festivities synonymous with noisemakers and firecrackers. From a 12-foot sp...

Rising Star: Hunter Garvin ’22

Rising Star: Hunter Garvin ’22

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

February 23, 2019

West Side Story: When did you start wrestling? Why did you keep wrestling at that young of an age? Hunter Garvin: [I started] when I was in kindergarten, so 10 years ago. It was just really fun, and … the teammates I did it with … are my teammates right now, so it’s always fun to hang out wit...

Darwin Day: discoveries and diseases

Darwin Day: discoveries and diseases

Bess Frerichs, Reporter

February 23, 2019

  Iowa City Darwin Day is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007. This year, Darwin Day had talks by biological anthropologist Sharon DeWitte, paleo-epidemiologist Ana Duggan, Director of the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona Nicholas Strausfeld and Associate Prof...

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