The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Summer Edition

Summer at West High

1. Drama production-Summer Showcase Musical Extravaganza on July 25th & July 26th in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:00pm

2. WHS Library will be closed all Summer.

3. Baseball and Softball! Click here for Summer Sports Schedules

4. Summer Office Hours: June 17th-August 5th

  • 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday (Closed on Fridays)
  • Main Office Phone: 319-688-1050, Athletic Office Phone: 319-688-1055
  • West Wing Office is closed June 14th-August 15th

5. Online Pre-Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year starts on August 1st. Completing online Pre-Registration before you come to the school for Registration on August 13th-August 15th will allow you to move thru the line quicker the day you register at the school.

West High Finishes 1-2-2 in State Tennis, Soccer Championships

West High completed in three state championship finals at the end of the 2018-19 school year, and came away with one first place finish and two runner-up finishes.

  • Boys Tennis Team beat Pleasant Valley 5-1 to become state champions
  • Girls Tennis Team lost 5-4 in two super tie breaks to finish second in the state
  • Boys Soccer lost 3-1 in the state soccer finals to finish with a 19-2 record and the runner-up trophy.
  • Sasha Chackalackal and Eli Young finished second in state boys doubles championship.
  • Jessica Moonjely and Audrey Koch finished second in state girls doubles championship.
Congratulations all the players and coaches Mitch Gross, Amy Villarini and Brad Stiles on outstanding seasons

Important Dates to Start the 2019-2020 School Year

Please note the following dates for the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

  • Online Pre-Registration starts on August 1st--Check back in July for more information
  • 11th & 12th Grade Registration, Tuesday, August 13, 8:30am to 3:30pm in the Library

  • 9th & 10th Grade Registration Wednesday, August 14, 8:30am to 3:30pm in the Library

  • ELL Registration (New to District), Wednesday, August 14, 8:30am in Room 122

  • ELL Math Placement Testing (New to District), Wednesday, August 14, 9:00am in Room 137

  • Student Registration (New to District), Thursday, August 15, 2:00pm in Room 132

  • Registration for All Unregistered Students, Thursday, August 15, 4:30pm-7:00pm in the Library

  • ELL Screening, Friday, August 16, 8:30am to 11:30am in Room 137

  • New Parent Orientation, Monday, August 19, 7:00pm in Arganbright Auditorium

  • World Language Placement Testing, Wednesday, August 21, 9:00am to 11:00am (Spanish Test-Room 135, French Test-Room 237)
  • New Student Orientation, Wednesday, August 21, 1:00pm in Arganbright Auditorium

  • First Day of Classes (Early Release Schedule), Friday, August 23

  • No school, District Offices Closed (Labor Day Holiday Observed), Monday, September 2

  • Back to School Night, Wednesday, September 4, 7:00pm

WHS Sports In The News


Iowa City West's Mitch Gross named 2019 All-Iowa boys' tennis coach of the year

State tennis: Iowa City West wins sixth team championship in eight years; Xavier wins 1A



Another Iowa City West girls' tennis doubles team looks to claim state title


State soccer: Waukee, Iowa City West advance to Class 3A state championship game


Iowa City West boys' soccer begins chase for state title with 2-1 victory over Ankeny






Boys 3A soccer quarterfinals - IC West vs Anken(PHOTOS)

West High State Quarterfinal Pics






Where are they now?

Leistikow: Thoughts on Michigan's Oliver Martin entering NCAA transfer portal

Former Iowa City West WR Oliver Martin enters transfer portal

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Tornado Makes for Memorable Send-off for the Class of 2019

The tornado sirens rang out just as Carver Hawkeye was filling up with graduates, families and friends of the class of 2019. As the storm intensified, three separate funnel clouds were spotted in and around Iowa City, prompting families to the tunnels and floor of the the arena. After some great cooperation from the graduates and their families, the ceremonies began 30 minutes late and without the usual processional down the steps of Carver Hawkeye Arena. Click here for photos and here for a story about the storm. The program featured speeches by Senior Class President, Emma Koch, West High Chemistry and Physics teacher Jeff Conner and former West High football coach, Reese Morgan. Additionally, West High Principal, Dr. Shoultz ran down some of the accomplishments of the class of 2019. His remarks are excerpted below.

Over the course of 4 years of high school and 13 years of public schooling, the Class of 2019 developed some very definite habits. The following statistics can attest to how close the Class of 2019 came to achieving excellence.

398 students comprise the class of 2019. Of these,

  • 264 will attend a 4 year college

  • 98 will attend a 2 year college or a vocational program

  • 16 will be employed full time

  • 3 will take part in Transitions Services

  • 10 will enlist in the military

  • 5 will take a gap year

  • 15 are still figuring things out

  • 282 seniors held a job during high school and 312 participated in extracurricular activities.

298 students in the class of 2019 will remain in Iowa to pursue their next phase of education. 119 report they will attend the University of Iowa, 34, Iowa State, 9, Northern Iowa and 88 know a good value when they see it and will attend Kirkwood Community College. A higher percentage than past years of college-bound seniors are headed out of state. Students in this class will continue their education on both the East and West Coast … of Scotland. We have as many as four students heading to Edinburgh and Glasgow next year. Other notable schools include Dartmouth, Yale, MIT, Williams, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Chicago, New York University, Cal Tech, 2 students are headed to Smith and we have 4 future Northwestern Wildcats. The class of 2019 is also notable for those volunteering to serve our country in the military-- 10 students will begin active military status, five more received ROTC scholarships and, for the 5th time in 8 years, a West High graduate, Cole Mabry, earned an appointment to West Point Academy.

Academically, this class has continued the tradition of excellence. They averaged a composite ACT score of 25.7 and boast of 5 students who scored a perfect 36 on their ACT. Their academic prowess also includes 13 National Merit Commended scholars, 21 National Merit semifinalists, and 20 National Merit Finalists, and yes, this leads the state.

One of our goals at West is that every student takes a college level class before they graduate, and this class is no exception. The Class of 2019 earned 542 credits from the University of Iowa through the Post Secondary Enrollment Option and amassed an incredible 2154 college credits by attending classes at the Kirkwood Regional Center.

They also experienced college-level coursework by enrolling in Advanced Placement courses. This class took 1,043 exams over the course of their 4 years at West High with an average score so far of a 4.04 on a 5.0 scale. Taken together, University of Iowa, Kirkwood and AP, the class of 2019 earned 5,825 college credits in their 4 years. And although AP testing just concluded and this year’s results are not yet in, this class had 69 students as juniors earning honors from the College Board.

Their habits of success are also exemplified in our co-curricular programming, the clubs and organizations where students challenge their academic skills beyond the classroom.

West High’s Business Professionals of America set a school record this year by advancing 30 students to the National Competition in Anaheim. Half of these qualifiers were seniors from this graduating class. And, 10 of the 15 seniors finished in the top ten nationally in their events.

Our journalism department continues to exemplify excellence. This year, the West Side Story staff was named a Newspaper Pacemaker winner, an Online Pacemaker Finalist, an All-Iowa News Team and a Distinguished Website winner. Anjali Huynh was honored as Iowa’s Writer of the Year and Crystal Kim was honored as Iowa’s Designer of the Year. Class of 2019 students Lydia Guo, Deniz Ince, Fatima Kammona, Ian Prescott, Sophie Stephens and Kara Wagenknecht are other examples of hard working journalists who were recognized at the national level for their accomplishments.

And then there is our Economics teams. For the past two years, students from the Class of 2019 have won the state championship in the National Council’s Econ Challenge, advanced to the National finals, and placed 7th and 10th respectively. These students are Andy Chen, Nicu Curtu, Danny Rompot, Nick Silva, Ethan Chen, Yangtian Shangguan,

Daniel Stewart, Charlie Zheng. Congratulations to these eight members of the West High Class of 2019 for their excellence in economics!

And let’s not forget West High’s math team, the juggernaut of excellence. Two words describe this program TOTAL DOMINATION. Our math team is one of the largest clubs in the school, with precisely 6.59% of the Class of 2019 as members. And they basically dominate every competition they participate in. Suffice it to say they won their 14th straight state championship.

STEM activities also continue to flourish. This year's science bowl team made it to the state finals and included seniors Madeline Ohl, Alaa Ali, Mara Fuller, and Rachel Ding.

Science Olympiad placed 4th in the state. Led by senior captains Rhoda Wonlebaye, Lily Meng, and Pedro Marra, our team earned medals in 11 events.

The FTC Trobotix team had another season of excellence, racking up several awards for innovative design and qualifying for the elimination rounds at the State Championship for the 3rd year in a row. Much of that success was due to the dedication of the 11 team members who are graduating this year, most of whom are going on to study engineering or computer science next year: This includes graduates Lukas Anson, Ivan Badivinic, Rachel Ding, and Sophie Waterman-Hines.

One group of future engineers began competing together in junior high in the national TEAMS competition, which tests aptitudes in Engineering, Mathematics and Science. For six years these students have competed together, culminating in winning the state competition all six years. Seniors Lydia Guo, Lily Meng, Grace Wang, Jillian Baker, Thomas Duong, Crystal Kim and Sophia Chen achieved “Best in Nation” status each year, and that is pretty incredible.

There is no place where habits of excellence stand out more than our performing music groups. After nearly a decade of habitual practice the students in these groups make outstanding music. Take the jazz ensemble for example. After playing with the Huntertones in December, the West High Jazz Bands had multiple first place finishes culminating in their 24th consecutive invitation to the Iowa Jazz Championship where they placed third. If you attended any of the final concerts for band, orchestra and choir, you know how good these groups are. Each group had memorable experiences sharing music as far away as Disney World, as austere as St. Alphonsus Cathedral and as meaningful as the University of Iowa Children’s hospital. But whether they were performing at exotic locations or at home in Agranbright Auditorium, the music rang pure with the class of 2019.

Theater West also had an outstanding year producing Miracle on 34th Street this fall and Sweeney Todd in the spring. Students took the reigns with two one-act plays in the winter and just yesterday they performed for the senior class at the senior assembly. Lucy Polyak, Sam Sunderland, Sidney Kout, Lauren Upchurch, Fatima Kammona, Christina Carlson, Mitchell Clements, Marijke Nielson, Olivia Dachtler, Allie Schmitt-Morris, and so many other Class of 2019 graduates etched their name in the list of outstanding actors and crew members at West High.

The West High class of 2019 has a shelf-full of amazing athletics stories and almost all of them end with a trip to the state tournament. In the past four years, the class of 2019 has seen or participated in

  • 24 team conference champions
  • 92 individual conference champions
  • 6 team state championships
  • 24 individual championships

And since last year’s graduation, the output of West High Athletics is as follows:

  • High state finishes in girls and boys cross country and boys and girls track
  • State quarter finalists in Football
  • State quarter finalists in basketball
  • State semifinalists in soccer
  • State runners up in boys tennis, who just qualified for the final four for the 9th consecutive season
  • State champions in poms and jazz
  • And finally, a state championship in girls tennis and a state championship in doubles by sister Emma and Audrey Koch.

Another tradition at West is that of showing compassion and giving back to the community, which is revealed in the number of hours students gave to community outreach.

I hope you noticed the students in the Class of 2019 who are wearing the silver cords, as each of these students gave over 200 hours to community service. Overall, this class totaled over 13,267 hours of service in such activities as the Best Buddies club and many hours at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The Class of 2019 also inaugurated West High’s new concept of Homecoming court. Now called the Heroes of Troy, it represents a new, non-gendered, more inclusive way of maintaining the Homecoming tradition. Even with a few growing pains, I don’t think anyone objected to the selection of Jaden Buckley and Hafisa El Zane to the new Homecoming court.

Another incredible program to our school community came with the continuation of Walk-It-Out, our multicultural fashion show. Led by graduates Lydia Guo and Sophia Chen, our cafeteria transformed into a runway with over 100 models dancing and donning ethnic attire to showcase various cultures from around the globe and to celebrate the diversity represented at West High School.

West High’s Peer Assistant Leadership, more commonly known as PALS, mentored over 200 students in 4 different schools, spending more than 6,000 hours developing relationships and helping these kids feel more connected to their school community.

Finally, it isn’t possible to talk about excellence in outreach without including West High Dance Marathon. Its members worked tirelessly throughout the year to organize fundraisers and events to honor the kids and families at the Stead Family Hospital down the road. The members raised awareness for the Dance Marathon families through spirit weeks, coin drives, t-shirt sales, the Gold Out game, and finally the Big Event in January. Headed up by seniors Molly Klutz and Caroline Young, this entirely student-led group raised over $28,000 for the Stead Family Hospital and directly honored over 15 local families with their dedication and passion for the kids.

Graduates, your compulsory education is over. You don’t have to go to school anymore if you don’t want to! Soon, you will make your own way into the world and face challenges you create, the stress of work, the rigors of college, the realities of living in this modern age. We live in a time of great hope and opportunity, but also one rife with unknowns, strife, and sadness, national and global issues that need solving by young people like you. I am excited for you but I am also counting on you. You are the most diverse generation in the history of our country. At West, you have studied, worked and played with fellow classmates who look different than you look, originate from different backgrounds, hold different perspectives and ideas, individuals you might never have met had you not had a class with them or played volleyball or football together, wrestled or joined a club, helped with lighting or costumes, sang in a choir, swam or ran in a relay or played trumpet in band or viola in orchestra. I charge you to assume the best of people, to not fear your best self, to move beyond your assumptions and acquaint yourselves with people who think differently or look differently or act differently than you. Be kind to others. Make your mark in the world by continuing your habits of excellence. Ultimately, you will not be judged by one moment. You will be remembered by what you consistently do. And when things get hard or complicated or uncertain, trust me, your habits of excellence will guide you.

Please join me in congratulating the Class of 2019 on their successful high school career.

Timely Library Reminders

Due to construction schedules, the West Library will not be open during the summer. As always, however, students are allowed to check books out for the summer. Stop by before the end of school to pick out your summer reads and the library will even provide a bag to carry them. Students can also access ebooks and digital audiobooks on the library website.

While Chromebooks and their charging cords can be kept for the summer, students should check their school email for a notice from the library of all the items that need to be returned by the end of school on Friday.

Fall 2019 Author Visit Announced

After the success of our author visit this past September, we are happy to announce another visit in October 2019 when the West Library hosts Justin A. Reynolds. Copies of Reynolds’s new book, Opposite of Always, are available for summer checkout in the library. All students are encouraged to read it over the summer to prepare for the sessions with Mr. Reynolds. Specific dates and details will be announced in the fall.
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2018 Trojan Epic Yearbook Receives the Neubert Award

IOWA CITY — Iowa City West’s 50th anniversary edition of the Trojan Epic yearbook has received the prestigious Neubert Award. This is the 12th time in 14 years that the Trojan Epic has received this award.

“Pure Gold” was co-edited by Julia Austin and Allie Hambright, who graduated in 2018, and was advised by Ginny Ordman, who has taught at West High since 2000.

“West High students are probably a bit spoiled by the consistent excellence of the Trojan Epic,” judge Jack Kennedy (also former City High journalism teacher) wrote in his evaluation. “The book was a clear labor of love, full of personality and artistry.”

Using “Pure Fire,” “Pure Grit,” “Pure Edge” and “Pure Grit” as section titles for the student life, sports, clubs/academics and people sections “makes sense and helps stitch the book together,” Kennedy wrote. Two Pop Culture spreads, which were edited by senior Peyton Brady, “feature a cool grid and loads of great images and quick reads. These spreads are models of modern magazine design,” the critique noted.

The yearbook’s “Back in Black” spread on the first Friday night football game, Kennedy wrote, “might function as a template for how to organize great photography, solid writing, and extended captions to create a narrative that draws the reader in.”

Kennedy singled out five Student Life spreads for their original concepts or design: the 50th Anniversary Historical Feature, Colors as Student Names, Halloween, Jobs, and Dates Under $20.

“Much of Student Life functions more as a magazine than as journalism per se, but that is the personality of the book and you do it so well,” he wrote, noting “bold, unexpected photos and occasional full-page photos.”

“I applaud you the choice of depth over breadth, of quality over quantity, and of emotions over simple action. The faces are where the energy in this book lies, and it makes it a joy to simply browse through spreads.”

In closing, Kennedy wrote that West’s 50th anniversary edition “avoided all the goopy stuff and actually supported some great journalism that makes those 50 years vital and current in their effects.”

Earlier this year, the 2018 Trojan Epic was named Yearbook of the Year in a sweepstakes competition sponsored by the Iowa High School Press Association. The Trojan Epic won for Class C, the state’s largest high schools.

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Summer Lunch Program

Please see the links below for information from both the district and community agencies regarding the upcoming FREE Summer Lunch programs in both the Iowa City and Coralville areas.

Coralville Summer Lunch Program

Iowa City Summer Lunch Program

Coralville Summer Snack Flyer

Dear teachers: from the class of 2019

Seniors give shout-outs to some of the teachers who have had a positive impact on their four years of high school. Read the full West Side Story article here.
West Side Story Online Edition

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Welcome to The West High Weekly

The West Weekly is an on-line publication by West High School administration and staff and will be distributed on Sundays via email and popular online media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The purpose of The Weekly is to keep the West High Community informed of upcoming events and also report the news of the previous week. If you have some suggestions or ideas of things you would like to see in this publication, please email.

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