The West Side Story is Iowa City West High School’s award-winning, student-run publication that covers subjects of interest both around West High and in the Iowa City community. I worked as a Reporter and Photographer for three years and was later promoted to Managing Editor and Copy Editor for the print publication. During my time at the paper, I won multiple state and national awards and was named the 2019 National Scholastic Press Association’s Writer of the Year.
Published on Feb. 22, 2019
The Iowa City Community School District had a shortage of minority teachers as compared to minority students. This article examined the lack of racial representation in district staff and the impact the discrepancy had in the broader community.
Published on Feb. 5, 2019
West High alumna and former West Side Story design editor Shirley Wang received considerable attention after her podcast highlighting her dad’s friendship with Charles Barkley went viral. Shirley and her brother Mason sat down with me to explain the context behind this story.
Published on Nov. 15, 2018
In 2017, the Iowa City Community School District surveyed all students to gain an understanding of the student climate within the district. The results showed that students who identified as LGBTQ+ felt less safe in the school environment. LGBTQ+ students shared anecdotes on their experiences in the district and what should be done moving forward.
Published on April 6, 2018
In the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, legal and illegal immigrants at West High alike expressed concerns about the United States’ immigration system and what current trends signal for their futures.
Published on Jan. 21, 2018
One year after the inaugural Women’s March in Washington D.C. and a multitude of sister marches nationwide, hundreds of Iowan protestors carrying posters and donning pink clothing met in downtown Iowa City to carry on the tradition.
Published on Dec. 22, 2017
The Iowa City Community School District had illegally utilized “seclusion rooms” as disciplinary tactics for elementary school children. Students shared stories of being confined in such rooms and administration discussed the process of phasing this criminal procedure out of the district.
Published on Dec. 22, 2019
Published on Nov. 28, 2018