The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from West High School
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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Unmuted
Features

Marta Leira | October 20, 2020

The streets of Iowa City were lined with protesters demanding racial equality. Groups chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Say their names” filled every corner of the city while voices echoed…

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Broken season
Sports

Krisha Kapoor | October 19, 2020

As the summer heat fades into an autumn breeze, the cool weather is normally met with roaring crowds on the bleachers of West High and the excitement that comes along with the fall sports season. The cheering…

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The digital dilemma
Features

Heidi Du | October 19, 2020

COVID-19 paired with election season has caused a surge in the amount of political discourse that takes place online, leaving students to distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake.

In terms…

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On call: students, siblings and learning online
Features

Kailey Gee | October 2, 2020

Even in a normal school year, it can be difficult to balance school and home life. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought this clash to the forefront. With everyone doing school at home up until this week,…

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Surviving cancer: five years later
Features

Bess Frerichs | September 30, 2020

When I was a kid, my house was full of music. My mom, Dannye Frerichs, was a singer. She sang in bands and at concerts, but what I remember most is hearing her sing at home. She would sing while getting…

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Disastrous derecho: Iowa’s unexpected storm
News

Maya Chu | September 8, 2020

Nearly 8,300 homes were damaged in a matter of minutes. A gloomy Monday morning in Iowa turned into a disastrous storm with wind speeds reaching 140 mph, equivalent to a major hurricane. This storm…

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Athletic adjustments
Coronavirus

Caroline Chandler | May 26, 2020

Amongst the flood of cancellations, spring sports seasons are no exception. What will become of the summer season has yet to be announced. Athletes are doing their best to stay in shape and keep their…

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Trapped
Coronavirus

Hanah Kitamoto | May 22, 2020

Six feet. That’s the distance every person is recommended to stay physically apart from others, according to the CDC. Although social media and other online communication methods can partly fulfill the…

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Working from home: teaching while parenting
Coronavirus

Bess Frerichs | May 22, 2020

When schools closed after spring break to not reopen for the rest of the year, science teacher Jenny Eustice had to figure out how to homeschool her kids while teaching her classes. Jenny’s kids are…

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A virtual Ramadan
Coronavirus

Hayate Mustefa | May 20, 2020

You rush to a table full of food as soon as you hear the call to prayer. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest, God is the greatest) is all that echoes in your head as you break your fast…

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Environmental side effects
Coronavirus

Katherine Shoppa | May 18, 2020

In the past few months, the world has been turned upside down. There have been over 3.2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide and on April 27, the U.S. surpassed 1 million cases and became the country with…

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Stay-at-home athletes
Coronavirus

Owen Aanestad | May 15, 2020

The spring sports season came to a sudden halt on March 16 when the Iowa City Community School District announced that they would suspend classes until April 13, preventing track and field’s upcoming…

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I am not a virus
Coronavirus

Soomin Koh | May 5, 2020

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and my dad returns home with a load of groceries after a trip from the store. With a sullen look etched on his face, he sets the bags on the kitchen countertop. I ask him about…

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Overcoming obstacles
Features

Hanah Kitamoto | April 29, 2020

Language is everywhere and it’s surely unavoidable. Homework, tests, socializing and even a quick trip to your local coffee shop will require you to use language. As English is the most common language…

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Remodel the model minority
Opinions

Jenna Wang | April 29, 2020

We all know the common Asian stereotype: super smart, math geeks and are perfectly quiet. Asians have achieved more success than any other minority and are therefore the model to follow, otherwise known…

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Viral.
Coronavirus

Marta Leira | April 28, 2020

Halfway across the world, the impact wasn’t immediate. It all started in late December, when a few individuals in Wuhan, China were diagnosed with pneumonia from an unknown cause. As cases spread throughout…

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UI student creates “Errand-ers” program to support community members vulnerable to COVID-19
Coronavirus

Sumner Wallace | April 13, 2020

With talk of the coronavirus and how it will affect daily-life saturating the media, things can appear pretty bleak. However, one University of Iowa student is finding the good by being the good.

On…

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