The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

The student news site of West High School

West Side Story

Hanah Kitamoto

Hanah Kitamoto, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

(she/her) Hanah Kitamoto is a senior at West. This is her third year on staff and she is the Print Co-Editor-in-Chief with Kailey Gee. She enjoys meeting new people, along with reporting about West High and the surrounding communities. In her free time, she loves to travel (virtually) on Google Maps and is constantly astonished by how many cornfields Iowa has.

All content by Hanah Kitamoto
Here are a few things West High students are thankful for as fall comes to a close.

Autumn appreciation

November 27, 2021
Students give their opinions on recent state laws and how these laws relate to local control.

State law debate

October 1, 2021
Despite progress made toward the inclusion of transgender and non-binary athletes in high school sports, challenges and stigmas are still prevalent in athletic programs throughout the state.

Beyond the binary

February 26, 2021
WSS examines how the disadvantages students face during online instruction can hinder their ability to learn.


December 18, 2020
The Lukachukai Mountains in Arizona are located on the Navajo Nation.

Indigenous in ICCSD

November 20, 2020
Aurora Roghair 21 announced her commitment to Stanford University Aug. 7.

Life in the fast lane

November 4, 2020
A three-week pause in West High athletics has impacted team atmospheres and athletes mentalities.

Broken season

October 17, 2020
Josh Hurtado 22

Josh Hurtado ’22

August 5, 2020
Social distancing has impacted students mental health both positively and negatively.


May 21, 2020
English Language Learners at West face a language barrier while adjusting to the new environment.

Overcoming obstacles

April 28, 2020
West High athletes share their nicknames and their origins.

Nifty nicknames

February 22, 2020
I’m trying to listen, but my mind gets easily side-tracked.”-Carly Norris 21

Out of sight, out of mind

November 17, 2019
Pictured are West High athletes Noah DeSaulniers 22, Marcus Morgan 21, Matayia Tellis 21 and James Pinter 20.

No off season

October 1, 2019
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