Best of SNO

#38
2018-2019
Distinguished Sites Rank for
West High School
26
Published Stories for
West High School
in 2018-2019
#6
2018-2019
Best of SNO Rank for
West High School
Stories from West High School
A woman’s place is in charge
Opinions

Maddi Shinall | February 22, 2019

I refreshed my Twitter feed while sitting in front of my living room TV on midterm election night, trying to get results as soon as they were available. I felt a growing sense of hope. At long last, it…

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I owe you nothing
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Sophie Stephens | February 12, 2019

Everything you do in high school has the chance of being noticed, questioned and even judged. No, West High isn’t an institution that breeds “mean girls,” popularity contests or anything else that…

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Keeping her father alive: how a ‘suburban dad’ and Charles Barkley impacted a nation
Features

Anjali Huynh | February 11, 2019

The wild journey began with a cat litter scientist from Iowa, a former NBA superstar and a strange coincidence that would impact their lives for the better.

Residing thousands of miles apart, Lin Wang…

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Handling life
Features

Natalie Dunlap | February 9, 2019

Hundreds of dogs yelp and run around the concrete building. Every single bark echoes throughout the whole of the room. Along with animals, a few spectators and owners crowd around the performance area…

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A lost love
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Ting Gao | February 7, 2019

Back when I was an underclassman, my bookishness was all people knew me for. For 11 years it was my defining characteristic and something that I was very proud of. I was almost never without a book. I…

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Starting the New Year with nothing
Features

Bess Frerichs | February 6, 2019

Jennifer Craig ‘06 drove down the street with her three-year-old daughter and her sister, Aislin Craig ‘21. They were happily on their way back to her new apartment with the last load of boxes. Then,…

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Price of admission
Opinions

Will Conrad | January 26, 2019

As low-income students apply to college, at each step there seems to be another obstacle. When the first colleges in the United States were founded, they were mainly for the wealthy. Although today American…

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SASS hosts walkout in honor of sixth anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting
News

Marta Leira | January 18, 2019

Six years ago, 26 children and teachers were killed in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. This shooting has come to represent the catalyst for the movement…

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A focus on the future
News

Jenna Wang | January 18, 2019

There exists a class that is practically unheard of among West students even though it has been around for four years.

The class is called Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG), a program whose…

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“Beautiful Boy” delivers predictable Oscar bait
Arts & Entertainment

Harry Westergaard | January 14, 2019

With awards season on the horizon, it’s time for the serious, Oscar bait dramas to start cropping up in cinemas. “Beautiful Boy” is an example of such a film and combines two distinct genres that…

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Custodial company
Features

Bess Frerichs | January 14, 2019

While most students and teachers are asleep, head custodian MJ Plank wakes up at 4:00 a.m. and arrives at school at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for the day.
“I do a route around the building and the grounds…

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Fostering Love
Features

Anna Brown | January 14, 2019

From “The Fosters” to the “Annie” remake, adoption is portrayed more and more often as a sensationalized portion of media pop culture. However, these stereotypical Hollywood images do not encompass…

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Behind the scenes of Miracle on 34th Street
Video

Kristina Rosebrook | January 9, 2019

On Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, Theatre West presented Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas play that celebrates the childhood wonder of the holidays. The sets were well detailed and the play was…

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An unexpected addition
Features

Jessica Moonjely | January 7, 2019

They knew something was wrong when she couldn’t eat her burger.

On Oct. 21, 2017, their one year anniversary, Noah and Sydney sat down like any other teenage couple to eat at Chili’s. However, after…

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We are not your enemy
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Anjali Huynh | December 28, 2018

The gunshots ringing through the newsroom at the Capital Gazette this past summer struck more than five fatal victims. Those shots ignited fear in the hearts of every working or aspiring journalist in…

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Resilience
Features

Natalie Dunlap | December 27, 2018

Education was not a guarantee for Veronica Kharunda ’19. The first school she attended was at a refugee camp in Kenya when she was 10 or 11. Children ranging from five to 20 years old attended before…

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Flying forward
Sports

Kara Wagenknecht | December 27, 2018

Six months.

A record-setting swimmer, Lily Ernst had to slow down and do physical therapy for six months straight to help ease a severe pain in her hip.

She started experiencing hip pain early last…

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A haven for aspiring student filmmakers
Arts & Entertainment

Edward Keen | December 10, 2018

It started as a simple passion. Peyton Freeney ‘19, a lifelong film enthusiast, began producing short films during his sophomore year with a goal not to aim for a spot in the limelight, but rather to…

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Silent tradition
Sports

Sophie Stephens | December 10, 2018

The rules are simple: be completely silent.

No audible conversations. No getting up and walking around. Just sit, relax and take a few minutes to get a clear head and prepare for the night.

This…

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A spectrum of perspectives
Features

Will Conrad | November 29, 2018

Appearances are not always what they seem.

Iowa City was recently recognized as an exceptionally accepting community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, receiving a perfect…

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From invincible to helpless
Features

Fatima Kammona | November 29, 2018

Glistening rays of sunlight beamed down to Naples Ave. where a grey 2009 Toyota Corolla was about to flip and change the course of senior Taylor Gardner’s life.

It all started with a volleyball tournament…

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Pakistan to the USA: the journey to paraeducation
Features

Natalie Dunlap | November 20, 2018

Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time,…

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An ocean apart
Features

Alex Carlon | November 7, 2018

For many best friends, a long distance friendship is virtually unimaginable. The thought of attending different schools, living in different cities and leading separate lives can throw a wrench in the…

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Diving into a new sport
Sports

Carmela Cohen Suarez | November 7, 2018

The silence of an entire room weighs down across the pool. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the dive to be executed. Once the diver’s head breaks the surface, her team roars in approval of the…

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From a kid with a toy to a champion with a platform
Arts & Entertainment

Natalie Dunlap | October 29, 2018

He was given a 3×3 Rubik’s cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their…

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