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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

Bess Frerichs

Bess Frerichs, Online Managing and Feature Editor

(she/her) Bess Frerichs is the online managing and feature editor. As a senior, this is her third and final year on staff. She enjoys reading, writing and playing the harp.

All content by Bess Frerichs

By the windowsill

June 2, 2021
ICCSD students reflect on COVID-19 after a year in quarantine.

A year of COVID-19

March 31, 2021
West teacher Alex Michenfelder used to teach music before switching to special education after losing most of his hearing.

The music of teaching

February 12, 2021
Many students at West High had to learn how to manage their ADHD in an online setting.

The ADHD impact

December 21, 2020


December 8, 2020


December 8, 2020


December 8, 2020
I think A students will always be slightly ahead in a lot of my classes because of how their weeks start, said B student Howaida Musa 23.

The hybrid gap

November 14, 2020
Students in the ICCSD speak out about discrimination they have faced.

District discrimination

October 16, 2020
A portrait of Kate Wickham is proudly displayed in the main entrance of the school. The Kate Wickham Memorial Trust Fund was established in early 1954.

A dedication to education

February 28, 2020
Katherine Yacopucci 20 shows off the reason she is involved with West High Dance Marathon: for more fighters.

Katherine Yacopucci ’20

February 11, 2020
Karen Meyer poses by the stairwell near her classroom Monday, Dec. 16, before returning to teach her Algebra II Honors class.

The winter blues

December 22, 2019
Lizzy Slade 21 posing after she finishes her halftime performance with the marching band.

Twirling through the ages

September 21, 2019
As spring gets in full swing a mallard stands in the grass looking for food in Iowa City.

Green hope

April 21, 2019

Not seeing double

April 19, 2019
Reporter Bess Frerichs 21 poses for a photo. In her column, she writes about why they/them pronouns are important for inclusivity.

The pronoun problem

February 22, 2019
West janitors Ron Melsha and MJ Plank pose for a photo in the middle of the school hallways.

Custodial company

December 15, 2018
Learning targets are listed in the daily announcements on science teacher Jeff Connors Canvas page.

On target

November 15, 2018
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