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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from West High School
Shoe game
Arts & Entertainment

Lily Prochaska | May 11, 2022

To some, shoes are just another accessory, something to wear to protect your feet. For others, collecting shoes is a fun hobby, and their footwear brings out a sense of pride. From Yeezys to Crocs, shoes…

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Teachers teaching teachers
Features

Soomin Koh | April 29, 2022

West High’s tradition of excellence spans over five decades, with hundreds of students coming and leaving, and hundreds of teachers departing and staying. It is no wonder that some teachers might have…

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The NFT craze
Arts & Entertainment

Krisha Kapoor | April 28, 2022

One quick click and a piece of art worth millions is now yours. However, you will never hold it in your hands. This is the reality of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs.

NFTs represent ownership of a piece…

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Pierrfect
Features

Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab | April 27, 2022

There are approximately 330 million people in the U.S., yet only about one in 18,000-20,000 have a form of albinism, according to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation. Pierre Rutagaya…

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Home
Features

Ella De Young | April 26, 2022

Iowa nice: the term describes the overwhelming kindness members of the Hawkeye State practice. It refers to Iowans’ tendency to greet strangers on the street or make conversation while checking out at…

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Crossing the limits
Sports

Owen Aanestad | April 14, 2022

One step into Iowa City’s CrossFit Kilo 2 and all you can hear is Eminem’s ’Till I Collapse, barbells rattling, stationary bikes roaring and sweat hitting the floor as it drips off of everyone’s…

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Is it over yet?
News

Vivian Polgreen | April 13, 2022

In the last few weeks mask mandates and other COVID-19 regulations have been curtailed or dropped entirely. Overall, worldwide cases have steadily decreased in recent months. So is the pandemic almost…

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Epidemic
Features

Maya Chu | March 7, 2022

The stress of school tugs you down with every step you take. Your body itches for some relief from the tension. During online classes, the black screen could easily hide the stench and smoke. Now, the…

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Stress solutions
Features

Miguel Cohen Suarez | February 2, 2022

Math class made no sense. You stayed up late studying, and the lack of sleep made focus impossible. Upcoming tests ensure that you will need to put in hours outside of class to catch up. Feeling overwhelmed,…

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Winter volunteering creates community amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Video

Alaina Greenlee | January 31, 2022

As the winter comes to an end, so does one of the most opportune times of the year for volunteering. Numerous opportunities for community service arise during the holiday season. But this year, COVID-19…

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Equal footing
Sports

Heidi Du | January 28, 2022

It is the final meet of the season — hundreds of hours dedicated to a three-minute race that determines whether her team takes home the state title. A disqualification in the form of a false start or…

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Workers wanted
Features

Jane Lam | January 27, 2022

West High at work

She took a step back as the customer launched into a rant about the wait time, letting her manager step in to deal with the situation. They tried to assure the customer that the…

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Language logistics
Features

Maya Chu | January 26, 2022

A school district in southeast Iowa is probably not the first place someone would think of as “diverse.” But the ICCSD, with a white student population of just under 57%, is a notable exception. From…

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We are the BSU
Features

Katherine Shoppa | January 24, 2022

Ripping out pages from her notebook in the Little Theatre, Nisreen Elgaali ’22 decided it was time to turn students’ words and emotions into action. Following a meeting with West administration…

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Helen’s Hot Takes: Putting the ‘age’ in ‘teenager’
Opinions

Helen Zhang | January 19, 2022

From cult classics like “Mean Girls” to Oscar-nominated films like “Ladybird,” there is no questioning the cultural impact teen media has. American shows and movies in particular have a habit glorifying…

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Don’t overlook Omicron
News

Vivian Polgreen | January 6, 2022

The Omicron variant is one of many COVID-19 variants that has developed over the course of the pandemic. Omicron was named a variant of concern on November 26, only a week after it was first discovered…

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If we’re green, we’re golden
News

Krisha Kapoor | November 29, 2021

The House of Representatives passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill Nov. 5, which includes $47 billion designated to climate resilience and preparing communities for natural disasters that have been…

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Breaking barriers
Sports

Krisha Kapoor | October 8, 2021

Friendship. Camaraderie. Sense of belonging. High school athletics offer students a built-in community, support system and the chance to represent their school. Unfortunately, many students with talent,…

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Managing mistrust
Opinions

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert | October 8, 2021

Sixty years ago, three-quarters of Americans trusted the government, according to the Pew Research Center. This percentage has not managed to exceed 50% since 2001 and has not exceeded 25% since 2008….

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The college conundrum
Features

Lilly Graham | October 6, 2021

You fill with dread as your alarm blares repeatedly. Under the heap of honors homework and AP review books, you groggily reach out your hand to find your phone: 8:47 a.m. You feel panic threatening to…

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The price to play
Features

Maya Chu | October 4, 2021

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. But does hard work beat monetary resources? Without proper financial investments, success in sports, music and other extracurriculars becomes far…

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Honore-ing a better life
Features

Fareeha Ahmad | May 3, 2021

Confident. Humorous. Athletic. Wrestling coach Tom Lepic saw all of these traits in one person walking down the hallways of Northwest Junior High. Lepic approached the student while trying to find recruits…

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Hate is a virus
News

Maya Chu | May 3, 2021

Despite a clear sky and shining sun, a somber cloud hung over the Pentacrest lawn. Speakers stood on the steps of the Old Capitol behind eight buckets of flowers — one for each life lost. 

“Everybody…

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Accelerated
Features

Heidi Du | April 27, 2021

On a typical morning at West, it’s no surprise to see a stream of cars pulling into the parking lots, followed by dozens of students walking into school, jangling keys in hand. For many, being able to…

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The division decision
Features

Hanah Kitamoto | April 26, 2021

As your classmates settle down into their cozy nooks and crannies, the noise in the once chatter-filled room dwindles down to near silence, with the exception of an occasional page flip. So drawn into…

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The end of the rainbow
Opinions

Caroline Mascardo | April 26, 2021

The rainbow is fading.

Like many other states in the country, the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives saw the introduction of a historic number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills. These bills range from intrusive…

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Elevating untold stories
News

Helen Zhang | March 5, 2021

In response to a year full of political activism and pushes for a more diverse curriculum, the ICCSD is offering a new English course starting in the 2021-2022 school year: African American literature….

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Let’s talk about sex
Features

Marta Leira | March 4, 2021

In the classroom

You walk into the sixth grade classroom, refreshed after a recess break. But now the room feels different. Your classmates go silent as the dimly lit projector reveals the elusive…

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Rahmatallah’s road
Features

Fareeha Ahmad | March 4, 2021

Throughout high school, math teacher Hanan Rahmatallah was ambitious. She was involved in a diverse range of activities from singing to playing sports. She especially enjoyed the wonders of creating. Inspired…

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Straight to the point
News

Kailey Gee | March 3, 2021

It’s been over a year since the novel coronavirus made its first appearance. Although the pandemic has felt never-ending, with the introduction of two COVID-19 vaccines released by companies Pfizer and…

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Beyond the binary
Showcase

Hanah Kitamoto | March 1, 2021

In the world of sports, there’s no in between.

The ball is either in or out. You make the shot or miss it. You win or lose. Even the way sports teams are categorized is firmly rooted in the binary:…

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Moe legacy lives on in Iowa City
Sports

Owen Aanestad | March 1, 2021

Six foot nine Pete Moe ‘22 is easy to spot in the hallways, regardless of the recently crowded West High halls. Knowing almost no one beyond his new teammates on the basketball court, Moe found himself…

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Post-performance
Sports

Camille Gretter | February 23, 2021

When parents first sign their children up for a recreational soccer league or for tennis lessons, kids probably don’t think of it as much more than an activity that takes up a couple of hours of their…

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The music of teaching
Features

Bess Frerichs | February 18, 2021

West High special education teacher Alex Michenfelder started losing the upper ranges of his hearing in sixth or seventh grade. Hearing loss has always run in his family, so he wasn’t that surprised….

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A nation divided: Students reflect on the Capitol attack
Features

Bess Frerichs | February 11, 2021

Recap

Following a rally for former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump supporters formed a mob and made their way to the Capitol to protest Congress’ certification of the presidential…

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Class of COVID
Features

Maya Chu | January 4, 2021

The college application process is always a new and stressful experience for high school seniors. This year, however, admissions officers are also finding themselves in uncharted territory. With testing…

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The ADHD impact
Features

Bess Frerichs | December 22, 2020

With school shifted online, many students are finding it harder to focus and get their work done. This is especially true for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental…

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Checking your blind spots
Features

Fareeha Ahmad | December 22, 2020

The best ideas don’t always develop in the shower; they can also unfold in the car. At least they did for friends Aasiya Ali ’22 and Advika Shah ’22. This past October, the pair launched their new…

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Detached
Features

Heidi Du | December 21, 2020

Reconnecting. In the age of Zoom classes, students are no stranger to this message appearing on their screen as their internet cuts in and out, and they are kicked out of the virtual classroom yet again….

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Can we call 2020 the worst year ever?
Opinions

Katherine Shoppa | December 15, 2020

2020. The year started off with fireworks and excitement as people were filled with hope and plans for the new year. People attended big parties together with no masks in sight, a foreign idea to us now,…

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New name, same game
Sports

Caroline Chandler | December 2, 2020

Exhilarating wins and devastating losses are engraved in the culture of sports, and West High is no stranger to these experiences. For years, Trojan athletes have dominated in numerous spheres of athletics…

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A second family
Showcase

Maya Chu | December 2, 2020

The bright floodlights and cheering crowds of Friday night football games are always met with excitement from many. For one student, however, these games mean more than just entertainment and school pride….

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Cheating culture
Features

Ruba Ahmed-Abdelmutalab | November 30, 2020

Through a screen, we might feel an inch away from others, but in reality, we are miles apart. With turned-off cameras hiding forbidden resources, the absence of eyes directly watching a student’s every…

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Indigenous in ICCSD
Features

Kailey Gee | November 23, 2020

For centuries, Indigenous peoples in America have been ignored or silenced, from having their land stolen to their culture continuously appropriated. The state of Iowa was named after an Indigenous tribe…

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Zoomed out
Features

Alice Meng | November 23, 2020

It’s seventh period, but somehow you’re still sprawled in bed. Your head is throbbing and your back aches. A voice drones on from your laptop on the other side of the room. If it wasn’t for the …

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Thrown in the deep end
Sports

Alaina Greenlee | November 10, 2020

You step onto the West High softball field for the very first time, ready to represent the Trojans with pride. The thought of a life-altering injury, let alone two, is unimaginable. Greta Kraske ’23 never…

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Life in the fast lane
Sports

Hanah Kitamoto | November 5, 2020

For many high school athletes, some of their best memories are a big win over their cross-town rival or a trip to the state tournament, but not for Aurora Roghair ’21.

Only a couple of months before…

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Power to the people: 2020 election preview
News

Alex Carlon | November 4, 2020

After what feels like years of campaigning, the 2020 presidential election is coming to a close. More than 30 candidates, 12 debates and countless rallies have boiled down to two months of in-person and…

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All for one
Features

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert | October 26, 2020

For many, school pride is a pivotal aspect of the high school experience. Football games and school assemblies are an expected part of the social dynamic for students, but these events have come to a halt…

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Bonding through swords
Sports

Soomin Koh | October 21, 2020

Peering through the iron bars stretched across her mask, she takes one look at her opponent as she prepares her next strike. Sweat drips down her face as her gloved hands tightly grasp the sleek bamboo…

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