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The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

The student news source of Iowa City West High

West Side Story

Alex Carlon

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief

(she/her) Alex Carlon is a senior at West High and editor-in-chief of the web publication. When she's not helping out on the website she can be found playing clarinet, being a business professional™ and begging her friends to get sushi with her.

All content by Alex Carlon
WSS recaps the latest ICCSD school board meeting.

[Photo] School board recap: 2/9/21

Vivian Polgreen, Managing Co-Editor, News Editor
February 12, 2021
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[Photo] Star Wars

February 2, 2021
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[Photo] Marvel

February 2, 2021
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[Photo] Disney

February 2, 2021
Enjoy WSS on the Student News Source mobile app.

A guide to using WSS’ mobile app

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 7, 2021
Emily Hughes 86 reflects on her journey from being a West High student to becoming a lawyer.

[Photo] Life After a Trojan: from student to teacher

Paige Albright, Managing Co-Editor, Podcast Editor
December 26, 2020
Whether they voted or not, West students are opinionated about the results of the 2020 election.

Students react to the 2020 election

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
November 14, 2020
West High movie buffs Sam Westergaard 22 and Sam Nester 21 discuss their favorite films.

[Photo] West High movie buffs share their favorite films

Jack Harris, Online Copy Editor and Arts Editor
November 7, 2020
The endgame

The endgame

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
November 2, 2020
New voices

New voices

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
November 2, 2020
Yulong Shao 21 and Lucy Westemeyer 21 were announced as senior class president and vice-president Oct. 26.

2021 senior class officers named

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 27, 2020
When hes not interacting with students, or taking calls, Dr. Shoultz finds time to work on ongoing projects.

Shoultz takes on new district role

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
August 17, 2020
The joy of inspiring yourself

The joy of inspiring yourself

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
June 3, 2020
Iowa schools to close until April 30

Iowa schools to close until April 30

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
April 2, 2020
Paraeducator Farren Kerr poses for Wheel of Fortune submission photo.

A stroke of good fortune

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2020
Nate Nelson 20 prepares to give a presentation to Wests chapter of BPA

West BPA members compete at regional competition

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 27, 2020
Students warm up for their auditions in the gym.

[Photo] Looking back: Let students smoke

Caroline Mascardo, Editorials Editor and Copy Editor
January 30, 2020
Personal Finance will now be required to graduate

Personal finance to become graduation requirement

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 21, 2020
A students desk sits ready for the ACT, equipped with a pencil, calculator and water bottle.

[Photo] West pilots online ACT

Abby McKeone, Graphics and Social Media Editor
November 20, 2019
Jacob Gehlbach 21 works on a composition. Gehlbach has been composing since a young age and aspires to one day compose a movie score.

The composition of a dream

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
November 7, 2019
WSS online managing and news editor Alex Carlon 21 sits in the West High cafeteria

We deserve to feel safe at school

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 28, 2019
The state officer team concludes the 2019 Fall Leadership Conference

West BPA attends Fall Leadership Conference

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 24, 2019
If homecoming isnt for you, there are an array of other options for ways to spend your Saturday night.

Ditching the dance: 9 homecoming alternatives

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 2, 2019
Members of the South Asian group perform a Bollywood Dance as a special act for their section of the show on Saturday, March 9.

Dancing across the world

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 22, 2019
Perry Heredia 21 discusses her decision to attend the boarding school, Maston Academy in Boston, Massachusetts next year.

Studying aboard

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
May 11, 2019
Miguel Cohen-Suarez 22, Lil Income, started rapping on SoundCloud less than a year ago. Now he as over 700 listeners on the platform.

Head in the SoundCloud

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
April 7, 2019
The room where the coffee shop was located will be undergoing construction soon.

Pump it Up to move locations for third trimester

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
February 28, 2019
Turning houses into homes

Turning houses into homes

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 21, 2019
Lucas Locher 21 smiles and shows off one of his games.

Lucas Locher ’21

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 10, 2019
Kaisa Whittaker ‘21 and Katie Hoefer ‘21 kick off a kazoo club meeting on December 4 with some helpful breathing exercises.

Club Connection: Kazoo Club

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
December 18, 2018
Jada 22 and Olivia Dachtler 19 talk about their experience running a business together as sisters.

From a passion to a profession

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
December 11, 2018
Aurora Roghair 21 competes in the 500 free at Wests last dual meet. Later in the season, Roghair swam a 4:53.20 to place second in the 500 free at the state swim meet.

Staying afloat

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
November 1, 2018

An ocean apart

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 21, 2018
A group of freshman girls sit in Ms. Heads classroom, bundled up in long pants, and jackets to keep warm.

Burst water pipe means no heat at West

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 16, 2018
Reaching new heights

Reaching new heights

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
October 1, 2018
A Pep Club signup sheet sits on Brianna Dusterhofts desk on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Club Connection: Pep Club

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 13, 2018
A look into Ragstock at the Coral Ridge Mall.

Best places to thrift for your fall wardrobe

Alex Carlon, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 9, 2018
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