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Gwen Watson

Gwen Watson, Entertainment Editor

Gwen is a photographer and online entertainment editor on WSS. This will be their third year on staff. In their free time Gwen enjoys cuddling with their cats.

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

[Photo] The ADHD impact

December 21, 2020

[Photo] The hybrid gap

November 14, 2020
For many students, carving pumpkins is an essential part of Halloween.

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November 14, 2020
Kate Wickham Elementary school first opened its doors on Aug. 25, 1997.

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February 28, 2020
Kate Wickham's rocking chair is currently on display in the media center at Wickham Elementary.

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February 28, 2020
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February 14, 2020
Former librarian, Beth Belding, speaks on behalf of the Biden campaign.

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February 7, 2020
Young and old came together on Monday, Feb. 3rd to caucus for their favorite candidates.

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February 7, 2020
A voter in district IC09 holds a sign advertising their support for Andrew Yang. Overall, Yang placed 6th in the popular vote and received no pledged delegates.

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February 7, 2020
Students rush to their classes on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 22. Kirkwood's Iowa City campus offers a variety of courses to highschool students.

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January 31, 2020
Karen Meyer and her dogs outside of a small playhouse for kids at Harvest Preserve.

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January 31, 2020
Karen Meyer's dogs, Finn and Scout, sit patiently for a treat at Harvest Preserve.

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January 31, 2020
Karen Meyer walking on a trail at Harvest Preserve with her dog Scout.

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January 31, 2020
On the morning of Dec. 9, Karen Meyer takes her dogs to the Harvest Preserve Foundation to watch the sunrise.

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January 31, 2020
Construction crews are hard at work updating rooms for Teachers and students to return to. The third trimester will bring a fresh coat of paint, all new floors and most noticeably, A/C and floor to ceiling windows.

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November 26, 2019
The shifting construction has forced some teachers to move to the temps while others have just moved around the main building. Displaced teachers are scheduled to return to their normal classrooms at the beginning of the third trimester.

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November 26, 2019
Some air conditioning units still need to be installed. On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 26 construction workers use a boom lift to finish installing air conditioning units in the new classrooms.

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November 26, 2019
Along with a new schedule, students and teachers are getting new classrooms this trimester.

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November 26, 2019
The new windows will bring more natural light into classrooms, reducing the need for fluorescent lights and providing a better learning environment.

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November 26, 2019
English teacher Monica Winterberg moved into room 110 on Wednesday, Nov. 20, but did not have electricity until the following Friday. Many teachers are also using large pieces of cardboard in place of window blinds until they are installed in mid-December.

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November 26, 2019
Assistant City Manager Ashley Monroe elaborates on how Iowa City plans to maintain and better their score on the Municipal Equality Index in the future.

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November 21, 2019
Courtney Reyes is the executive director of One Iowa, an organization founded in 2005 to advocate for same-sex marriage in Iowa. One Iowa is now focused on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ Iowans.

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November 21, 2019
“It makes me proud, not only as a gay man but as a gay person of color, knowing that Iowa City will continue to make strides to make sure our city is safe for all people.” - Anthony Sivanthaphanith, President of Iowa City Pride

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November 21, 2019
Mayor James Throgmorton shakes hands with JoDee Winterhof as he hands her a proclamation concerning Transgender Remembrance Day.

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November 21, 2019
Mayor James Throgmorton speaks at the MEI scorecard launch on Tuesday, November 19. “We regularly review and update city policies to protect our residents from harm. And to provide a safe and supportive environment for everybody.”

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November 21, 2019
Cookies specially designed by Deluxe are served at the reception of the MEI scorecard launch on Tuesday, November 19.

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November 21, 2019
Faculty, students, and visitors alike are greeted by this iconic stairway on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 18.

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November 1, 2019
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