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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

Katherine Shoppa

Katherine Shoppa, Print Co-Editor-In-Chief

(they/them) Katherine Shoppa is a senior in high school and this is their third year on staff. They are the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the West Side Story news magazine. In their free time, they like to read, write (duh) and cook.href="">

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You dont have to be a villain to be direct.

Am I the villain?

November 19, 2022
Catch up on the latest news you might have missed.

October news briefs

October 9, 2022
The WSS satire series is back for its first installment this year.

The Radish

October 8, 2022
The road to recovery from trauma is not easy, but in the end it is worth it.


May 25, 2022
Taxing the rich is more necessary than many people think.

Radical reputation

March 5, 2022
Weekly News Wrap-Up

Weekly News Wrap-Up

February 19, 2022
WSS takes a look at the reformation of the BSU at West.

We are the BSU

January 21, 2022
There are many stigmas surrounding periods and students discuss what they believe should be done to break these.


November 20, 2021
New teachers at West recall how they ended up teaching here.

Welcome to West

October 6, 2021
After a journey full of trial and error, Spanish teacher Javier Montilla has found a home in Iowa City.

Journey to West

October 6, 2021
When the opportunity to teach at West arose, Michael Clark was ready to take it.

Michael Clark

September 28, 2021
After coming back to West  shortly after graduating, Camille Crossett has already been enjoying her experience this year.

Camille Crossett

September 28, 2021
Amari Nasafi describes his transition from teaching 7th grade Language Arts to teaching African-American Literature at West.

Amari Nasafi

September 28, 2021
Emily Magnuson discusses her journey from being an artist in New York City to becoming a teacher in Iowa City.

Emily Magnuson

September 28, 2021
A new phase of the pandemic approaches with 295 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered.

Post-vax facts

June 4, 2021
The WSS explores the culture and effects of excessive caffeine consumption and sleep deprivation.

Caffeine culture

April 25, 2021
Over time, many holidays have become Hallmark Holidays, existing primarily for commercial purposes.

Hallmark holidays

February 27, 2021
Finding fun things to do during the cold winter days can be hard, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Winter what-to-dos

December 21, 2020
Teaching virtually has presented many challenges to the teachers of West High School.

The virtual reality

November 23, 2020
The early snowfall was a subject of debate for West High students.

A not-so-heated debate

October 23, 2020
Super strangers

Super strangers

October 20, 2020
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