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Cover of My Year of Rest and Relaxation from the painting Portrait of a Young Woman in White by Jacques-Louis David.

REVIEW: My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Mallory Mills, Reporter February 5, 2024

I have seen this book all over TikTok and Instagram, and I finally caved in and decided to read it. "My Year of Rest and Relaxation" is a 304 page novel by up and coming novelist Ottessa Moshfegh. Following...

Sheep heart dissection graphic.

Heart Dissection Photo Showcase

Mallory Mills, Reporter January 29, 2024

On January 25th, students in the Human Anatomy course dissected sheep hearts for their unit on heart anatomy. Over the two-semester class, students get to dissect a sheep kidney, a sheep heart, and...

Hanna Johnson and Abby Henry listen to another student.

West and East Yearbook Collaboration

Mallory Mills, Reporter December 8, 2023

On October 7, East and West yearbook staffs collaborated and held a workshop at East High School. They came together to provide input and feedback on each other's spreads and designs. Throughout...

Festival of Lights flier

House of Hope’s Festival of Lights

Mallory Mills, Reporter December 6, 2023

House of Hope is a local organization that reaches out and helps single mothers in need. From providing moral support to getting them homes, House of Hope ensures every woman is able to live safely and...

Five Nights at Freddys movie poster from IMDb used under Fair Use.

REVIEW: Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie

Mallory Mills, Reporter October 30, 2023

On October 27, the highly anticipated Five Nights at Freddy's movie was showcased in theaters, and luckily I was able to see it the first day. "Five Nights at Freddy's" is an internationally famous...

Fighting Burnout: Five Helpful Tips

Fighting Burnout: Five Helpful Tips

Mallory Mills, Reporter September 28, 2023

Almost every single high school student has experienced some sort of 'burnout.' Whether it be feeling overwhelmed from trying to juggle a job and school, feeling as if tasks are tedious and boring, or...

Everclear performing.

The 90’s Come Back to Waterloo

Mallory Mills, Reporter September 28, 2023

On September 23, the famous alternative rock band Everclear performed in the Hippodrome at the National Cattle Congress here in Waterloo. The initial ticket prices were only 35 dollars, but slowly rose...

Volunteer band director Janelle Ewing providing critiques to the band during night practice.

Starting off on the Left Foot

Mallory Mills, Reporter September 19, 2023

The West High marching band season is now in full swing, and there's a lot more effort that has been put into it than many realize. The band's first performance was on September 15 at the West Homecoming...

Seniors Ajda Rekic, Brianna Williams, Dino Vallem and Tiana Selimagic dressed up for a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat.

National Honor Society Wrap Up

Mallory Mills, Reporter May 19, 2023

Now that West High students are in the last stretch of the 2022-23 high school year, National Honor Society has officially wrapped up the volunteering semester. Each semester, students that are part of...

The end of the show!

Is Journey Worth the Journey?

Mallory Mills, Reporter April 4, 2023

Journey; one of the most renowned rock bands from the 1970's, and is most well known for their hit song "Don't Stop Believin". Like most bands that have been around for as long as they have, there...

Freshman percussion player, Morgan Kisch.

Trying Something New for the February Concert

Mallory Mills, Reporter March 1, 2023

This year, the spring concert took place on Monday, Feb 20th. Beginning at 6 p.m. the choirs started the concert off, then the orchestras, and lastly the bands. The choir decided to do something new...

Hannah Wion, Addison Paulsen and Summer Lewis posing together for a picture.

Respect Retreat

Mallory Mills, Reporter February 21, 2023

On February 2nd and 3rd, 36 juniors and seniors gathered at the Waterloo Center for the Arts to be leaders for the freshman LifeLab.  As of last year, grades 9-11 students go on a LifeLab trip,...

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