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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

Teya Kerns

Teya Kerns, Photographer

Teya Kerns is a sophomore at West High. It is her first year on the staff of the West Side Story newspaper as a photographer. In her free time Teya enjoys volunteering at the food pantry and doing show choir.

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The artists at Chalk the Walk 2018 are expected to use more than a half ton of chalk to decorate downtown Mount Vernon.

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May 8, 2018
Pepita is one of many artworks featuring characters from Coco in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

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May 8, 2018
People of all ages gather to beautify the streets, appreciate art and spend the day in the sun.

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May 8, 2018
Open to anyone, Chalk the Walk gives an opportunity to artists to share their passion. This drawing was done by West Highs own Julia Fink 20.

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May 8, 2018
For ten dollars, any visitor could chalk a square of the collaborative piece, an image originally by Robert Rodriguez, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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May 8, 2018
The artists smear pastel chalk to create the bold colors and cover the cement.

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May 8, 2018
At the event, people enjoyed food from vendors as well as live music.

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May 8, 2018
Many people walked their dogs up and down the city streets as they enjoyed the artwork.

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May 8, 2018
1. Grammarly. There’s a reason  this grammar and spelling checker has an average rating of 4.5 stars and a place in the Editor’s Picks section for extensions on the Chrome webstore. It detects when you misspell something and when you’ve used a correctly-spelled word in the wrong context, as well as many grammar errors. If you want to go beyond the basic free version, Grammarly also offers a premium version that will check for other types of errors, as well as deliver suggestions for style, citations and vocabulary choices.

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March 31, 2018
4. Adblock Plus. Ads are omnipresent and ever-annoying. To block them and render your web-browsing faster and more enjoyable, download Adblock Plus! The extension automatically blocks ads it considers ‘inappropriate’ (although its criteria for ‘inappropriate’ ads doesn’t necessarily line up with ours), and if you go into the settings, you can get it to block all ads, still for free.

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March 31, 2018
3. Forest. Combat the temptation to check social media every few minutes with Forest, a productivity extension. It allows you to plant a virtual tree every time you stay focused on a task and holds you responsible for keeping the tree alive for the next thirty minutes by staying off sites on your Blacklist. If you don’t, the tree dies. Keeping the trees alive will give you a sense of achievement and responsibility that will motivate you to finish that math homework faster. In addition to this extension, Forest offers an app for your phone, so that your phone doesn’t distract you either.

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March 31, 2018
5. Todoist. If you only want a to-do list and not all the other features of Momentum, download Todoist. By clicking on the little Todoist icon in the extensions bar, you can access your to-do list on any webpage, as well as modify it. It’ll help you keep track of all the little tasks you need to finish in a day.

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March 31, 2018
2. Momentum. Momentum combines multiple features to allow it to be an all-around useful and inspiring extension. It replaces your “new tab page” with a personal dashboard that tells you ‘hello’ with your name, where you can view a daily photo and quote (always beautiful and motivational), the weather, your daily focus and a to-do list.

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March 31, 2018
Valentines Day, the love dedicated holiday, is right around the corner. Ways to celebrate it may vary from person to person.

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February 13, 2018
Kelly Bergmann attributes her interest in going into education to both her high school teacher and her mother. “According to my mom, I always wanted to be a teacher. My mom was a teacher so I’d always play teacher.”

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December 20, 2017
“I like to work with people and I like to help people and I see that [my] job is doing both of those,” said Kay DiLeo, who has been a counselor at West for 22 years.

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December 20, 2017
Noah and Jonah Terwilleger 19 pose in the back courtyard of West High

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December 20, 2017
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December 20, 2017
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December 20, 2017
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December 20, 2017
Aside from counseling, Greg Yoder  occupies himself with other activities.  “I actually am a camera operator for Iowa basketball games [...] we provide the in-house feed for the big screen so students may see me there.” said Yoder

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December 20, 2017
Paul Breitbach has been a part of West high academics and athletics since 1995. “Its fun to see what young people want to do and kind of encourage them to dream, said Breitbach.

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December 20, 2017
Stores begin to mark down prices on many items for Black Friday.

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December 20, 2017
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