The Weekly

West High School's Weekly Updates: Feb. 24th-March 1st

West Teams Find Gold in Des Moines

BPA Cleans Up at State Competition

Twenty-four students qualified to attend the Business Professionals National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in May at the Iowa state competition last week. In addition, Schuyler Houston was elected the 20-21 State President and Sophia Davis will return for a second year as a member of the prestigious six-member State Officer Team. Congratulations to all the BPA participants and their advisors, Diane Fickel and Abbie Weipert.

National Qualifiers:

Sara Baronchini, Zhihui Chen, Marcos Chen, Matt Karwall, Sophia Davis, Schuyler Houston, Nate Nelson, Jada Dachtler, Taylor Steggall, Damien Sanchez, Roberto Perez, Connor Hayes, Silvial Tinneli, Kevin Lu, Margaret Lui, Alexandra Curtu, Olivia Boeglin, Isabelle Paulsen, Alex Carlon, Abby McKeone, Mary Woodward, John Woodward, Andrew Yu, Camille Gretter, Chloe Gretter, Luma Makawi

State Champions:

Schuyler Houston: Advanced Interview Skills

Taylor Steggall, Sophia Davis, Jada Dachtler: Global Marketing Team

Margaret Lui, Kevin Lu, Silvia Tilnneli, Alexandra Curtu: Presentation Management Team

Sophia Davis: Entrepreneurship

Matt Karwal: Economic Research Project Individual

Matt Karwal, Zhihui Chen, Marcos Chen, Luma Makawi: Economic Research Project Team

John Woodward: Presentation Management Individual

Isabelle Paulsen: Fundamentals of Web Design

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West Side Story a "Distinguished Site"

Each year School Newspapers Online offers student newspaper programs with outstanding journalism the opportunity to apply to become a SNO Distinguished Site, according to a press release from SNO. On Feb. 17, the West Side Story web staff earned this status for the fourth year in a row—becoming one of two schools in Iowa to receive this award.

Before awarding the title of SNO Distinguished Site, WSS earned online digital badges in the areas of site excellence, story page design, writing, multimedia, coverage and audience engagement. Representing what SNO sees as the six components of a modern news website, these six individual badges make up the SNO Distinguished Sites program.

Natalie Dunlap '20 is the online editor-in-chief. “'I'm really proud of the web staff for working together towards this goal of being a distinguished site," Dunlap said. "There are several different categories we needed to work on to earn this honor, such as continuous coverage, writing excellence and multimedia. SNO clearly wants to see well-rounded student publications, and it's wonderful to be recognized as a quality website.”

Congratulations to the entire staff and their advisor Sarah Whitaker.

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West to Open 10 More Renovated Classrooms

Crews are putting the finishing touches on 10 more classrooms as they prepare to move to the south side of the building for the next phase of construction. The newly renovated rooms will open in time for the beginning of the 3rd trimester and include a new journalism suite, math rooms, ELL rooms and a chemistry room. The next phase will close down one science lab and math and language arts rooms. These rooms are being relocated to temporary locations. The entire renovation, which will result in 100% of the building being air conditioned, will be completed by November, 2020.
Iowa City Club West Boosters Spring Store 2020

Deadline:Sunday March 1st, 2020 (11:59pm CST)

WHS Events This Week

  1. Last Day to Order Yearbook on Monday, Feb. 24th
  2. ICCSD Community Meeting, West High Cafeteria, Monday, February 24, 4:30 to 7:00 pm. (The cafeteria, Little Theater and commons areas will be closed.
  3. Girls Varsity Basketball District Final, at Southeast Polk HS, 7:00 pm.
  4. WHS Orchestra Concert on Thursday, Feb. 27th in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:30pm
  5. End of 2nd Trimester on Friday, Feb. 28th
  6. Boys Varsity Basketball Sub-State vs TBA on Friday, Feb. 28th in the Main Gym at 7:00pm (Iowa City West hosts the winner of Burlington/Ottumwa)
  7. WHS Jazz Band (Sym. Jazz & Jazz Ens.) Trip to Chicago 02/28/2020-03/01/2020
  8. Spring Swing Show #1 on Sunday, March 1st in Arganbright Auditorium at 2:00pm
  9. Spring Swing Show #2 on Sunday, March 1st in Arganbright Auditorium at 5:00pm
  10. Show Choir Recognition Event on Sunday, March 1st at 7:00pm

Looking Ahead:

  • NHS Induction Ceremony on Monday, March 2nd in Arganbright Auditorium at 7:00pm


Monday, February 24th: Social Studies and Science

Tuesday, February 25th: Math, Practical Arts and Fine Arts

Wednesday, February 26th: English and World Language

Thursday, February 27th: Social Studies and Science

Friday, February 28th: Math, Practical Arts and Fine Arts

College Visits This Week:

  • Simpson College on Tuesday, Feb. 25th in the Guidance office Conference Room from 9:00am-10:00am
  • Upper Iowa University on Wednesday, Feb. 26th in the Guidance office Conference Room from 2:00pm-2:30pm

Wrestlers Crown Three Champions, Finish 4th at State

The West High wrestling team took a huge step forward on Saturday, crowning three state champions and finishing 4th overall in the team standing at the traditional state meet in Des Moines on Saturday. West sent three wrestlers to the finals and all three won their matches: Hunter Garvin (132), Graham Gambrall (145) and Will Hoeft (182). Throughout the week, it was evident that Trojan wrestlers were better conditioned than their opponents as our three finalists combined to outscored their competition 17-4 in the final periods of their matches. Also finishing on the podium were Ashton Barker (170) and Grant ODell (106). Ashton dropped his first match, but then rattled off 5 consecutive wins to finish in 3rd place. Grant finished a strong 6th in a very competitive weight class.

Prior to the meet, 2nd year Head Coach and West High Alum, Nate Moore was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. Nate was inducted along with his brother Nick. Nate was a 4-time finalist at the state meet when wrestling with the Trojans, winning both as a junior and a senior. His brother Nick was a 4-time state champion for West High. Congratulations to coaches Nate Moore, Kody Pudil and Matt Lepic on a successful season. See the links below to read more.

3rd trimester schedule changes

All schedule changes for 3rd trimester need to be completed in the Guidance Office by the end of the day on Friday, February 28th.

Yearbook Deadlines

The last day to buy a 2020 yearbook is Monday, Feb. 24. Click here to buy the yearbook online. Alternatively, you can purchase a yearbook in the Main Office by delivering a $75 check addressed to "Trojan Epic." We only order a few extra copies, and the only way to guarantee a yearbook is to pre-order, so don't miss your chance!

If that link doesn't work, try this:

Seniors can request a need-based Scholarship Yearbook here (limited supply). Parents interested in sponsoring a scholarship yearbook can email for details.

Two New Scholarship Opportunities

The Last Dollar Scholarship is a state-funded program that pays tuition and mandatory fees for hundreds of programs offered through Iowa’s community colleges. All students need to do is complete a FAFSA and enroll as a full-time student in the fall. For more information, visit

DPO Scholarships for Future Teachers

Details and application forms can be found at, APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 9 at 7 PM

Youth Job Fair

The Youth Job Fair will be on March 5th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Robert A. Lee Rec Center (220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City). All youth (ages 16-21) are invited to come learn about employers and organizations with current and summer job openings. For more information, please contact Raequel Lewis at
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Current sophomore and juniors can apply to be an MVP Mentor

We are excited to introduce a new program at West High beginning next fall. The program is called Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). MVP is a peer mentoring program that gives young people the chance to explore and challenge the attitudes, beliefs and cultural norms that underpin gender-based violence, bullying and other forms of violence. The MVP program aims to support young people to positively influence the attitudes and behavior of their peers by teaching a ‘by-stander’ approach.

Current sophomore and juniors can apply yo be an MVP Mentor. Use the following link to apply. The application deadline is February 28th.

Please stop by the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

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Click here to order WHS Apparel

Welcome to the Iowa City West Boys Track 2020 Online Store. Order deadline is Monday, February 24th. These items will be delivered to the school approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the deadline date.

West Side Story Online Edition

For all the latest WHS news, check the on-line edition of the award-winning school newspaper.


Click here for the most current scholarship application opportunities!

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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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