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The student news source of Iowa City West High

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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

Sophie Stephens

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor

Sophie Stephens is a senior at West; this is her second year on staff and her second year as an editor. She is the managing editor for the website and a print reporter. When she isn't in the newsroom, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, drinking chai, volunteering and playing with her dogs.

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
May 24, 2019
This marijuana was provided by the Coralville Police Department for photographs before it was disposed of properly.

High stakes

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
April 12, 2019
Weighted GPA plan changes again

Weighted GPA plan changes again

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
April 3, 2019
Online Managing Editor Sophie Stephens 19 writes about the recent national college admissions scandal and why its unfair that students and their parents can pay their way into a good college when they didnt work hard in high school.

Hard work pays off, but money does too

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
March 14, 2019
Alex Boxwell 19 stands with his parents Denise and Brian during the West varsity football senior night on Friday, Oct. 19.

Parent perspectives

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
March 8, 2019
Sophie Stephens 19 poses as she writes a letter on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

SASS comes together to write letters

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
February 13, 2019
Online Managing Editor Sophie Stephens 19 talks about the the issue of owing people explanations.

I owe you nothing

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
February 5, 2019
Val Trussov 19 swims butterfly during practice, which he considers to be his best stroke.

A second chance

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
December 27, 2018
Tate Crane 20 carries the ball down the field during the first quarter on Friday, Sept. 14.

Silent tradition

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
November 20, 2018
A fresh picked bucket of apples from Wilsons Orchard.

Fun in the fall

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
October 18, 2018

Novel conversations

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
September 21, 2018
WSS reporter Sophie Stephens shares her opinions on the increasing use of digital models in the fashion industry.

The repeal of diversity in fashion

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
September 6, 2018
Nic Stone will be coming to visit West High on Sept. 18 in the library.

Author to visit West

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
September 5, 2018
One of the many different shoes available in the West Side Boutique. There are heels of all different heights and colors.

Met Gala 2018: top 15 best dressed

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
May 10, 2018

Flora app

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
May 8, 2018
Over thirty million people of all ages and genders in the US suffer from an eating disorder (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders).

Eating disorders

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
April 8, 2018
A self-portrait captured near Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, in July 2017.

A hobby of art and a passion for helping

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
March 23, 2018
2018 fashion predictions

2018 fashion predictions

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
February 10, 2018
Controversy over whether one should say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays has arisen recently, and more awareness has been brought to it.

“Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
December 20, 2017
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines testing anxiety as a form of performance anxiety that affects a student’s academic scores, regardless of their level of preparation.

Test anxiety

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
December 8, 2017
Stores begin to prepare for the Black Friday madness coming on this Friday, the 24th

An open letter to all Black Friday shoppers

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
November 22, 2017
Mr. Neuzil lovingly poses with one of his dogs, Orson.

Life with dogs

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
November 12, 2017
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was named Special Counsel to investigate supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election shortly after Comey’s firing. Photo permission from Wikimedia Commons.

The Mueller investigation

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
November 8, 2017
I figured out that [theater] is what I want to do with my life when I went to Cherubs [at Northwestern] because I did theater all day every day for five weeks straight and I did not get sick of it one bit. I loved every second of it, and I was like ‘Wait it’s over? I could still go for more.’ It was incredible and I think that really showed me that yes, this is what I want to do with my life, and this is something that is so important to me that I have to pursue it, otherwise I will be very sad.” -Paige Harken 18

Rising star: Paige Harken ’18

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
October 25, 2017
Torrid, in the Coral Ridge Mall, is popular for its plus-size trendy clothing.

Plus-sized problems

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
September 18, 2017
International Literacy Day was first celebrated in 1966, making this 51st year of celebration.

International literacy day

Sophie Stephens, Online Managing Editor
September 9, 2017
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