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Shooting at Chiefs Parade in Kansas City Missouri

Jacy Gomez, Reporter February 20, 2024

On Wednesday, Feb. 14th, at least 21 people were shot after the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade near Union Station. Two juveniles are being held at a detention center and are being charged with gun-related...

A Swift Win for the Chiefs

Nakia Ollivierre, Reporter February 16, 2024

On Feb. 11, 2024, Super Bowl LVIII took place for the first time in Las Vegas, Nevada at Allegiant Stadium. The match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs was anticipated to be...

Dr. Pappas celebrates after solidifying a trip to the State Basketball tournament.

Bigger than Basketball

Nakia Ollivierre, Reporter February 6, 2024

It was 10:00 AM on Jan. 2, 2024. It was the first practice of the new year, and the gym was filled with hope, sweat and determination to improve. The girls basketball team was off to a slow start with...

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Taylor Swift, Drake, Billie Eilish and other artists music are leaving TikTok and here is why

Lucy Prescott, Reporter February 6, 2024

Have you noticed your TikTok's have been going silent, and music has been removed from posts you have made recently? The Universal Music Group, a giant music corporation home to big-name artists like Taylor...

A view of a Concordes cockpit.

The Supersonic Quesst

Tyler Hall, Online Editor-in-Chief January 22, 2024

On Nov. 26, 2003, the Concorde supersonic airliner was retired roughly 27 years after seeing commercial service in 1976. While it was the first supersonic commercial airliner, the Bell X-1 was the first...

Waterloo Community School District Has Lowest Daily Attendance in Iowa For 2022-2023 School Year

Daisy Williams, Reporter December 18, 2023

The Iowa Department of Education tracks the average daily attendance of every school district in Iowa. Out of 328 public schools, Waterloo Community School district had the lowest average daily attendance...

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...

The starting line up getting ready for tipoff.

Girls Basketball Jamboree: The Preseason Opener

Daisy Williams, Reporter November 18, 2023

While the girls basketball team had some key players graduate at the end of last season, head coach Dr. Anthony Pappas has high hopes for the 2023-24 team. This year will be full of "coaching a whole new...

Students pick from foods representing cultures around the world.

Thankful Thursday

Ali Parkhurst, Reporter November 16, 2023

Each Thursday, Denisa Sabic has a "Thankful Thursday" in her seminar class where students are given the opportunity to write letters to friends, staff or family and tell them how they are thankful for...

The first picture of an Attenboroughs long-beaked echidna, taken on one of the 80 cameras set up by the research team.

Lost Echidna Found Along With Other Discoveries

Tyler Hall, Reporter November 15, 2023

Belonging to the Tachyglossidae family, the long lost Attenborough's long-beaked echidna has been seen for the first time since its documentation in 1961. Named after Sir David Attenborough, this specific...

All athletes and coaches group together for a picture after the staff team takes down the seniors.

Staff Takes Victory at Inaugural Staff vs. Seniors Basketball

Ali Parkhurst, Reporter November 6, 2023

Assistant Coach for the boys basketball team, Jarred Johnston, had the idea to create a game where staff members at West High would be able to play in a basketball game against West High seniors. “I...

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