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The Tortured Poets Department: Album Review (Reagan’s Version)

Reagan Westphal, Reporter May 17, 2024

On April 19, 2024, music artist Taylor Swift released her 11th studio album named The Tortured Poets Department. The Album has 16 tracks with two features, those being Post Malone and Florence + The Machine. Swift...

Dave Gettman posing for the camera.

Gettman’s Graduation

Tyler Hall, Online Editor-in-Chief May 9, 2024

With the end of the 2023-2024 school year drawing near, so too is Dave Gettman's final year of teaching. Gettman, one of West High's strength and conditioning teachers, started teaching 38 years ago, soon...

Statue of Hermes graphic by Mallory Mills

REVIEW: The Secret History

Mallory Mills, Reporter May 2, 2024

Like "My Year of Rest and Relaxation," this novel has been all over my page feed on both Tiktok and Instagram. So I had to do the obvious thing and read it myself to find out whether or not it really...

Taylor Swifts album cover for her album, The Tortured Poets Department.

REVIEW: The Tortured Poets Department

Lucy Prescott, Reporter April 22, 2024

On Sunday, May 4, Taylor Swift walked to the stage to accept her fourth “Album of the Year” GRAMMY award. While giving her acceptance speech, Swift announced that she would be releasing her 11th studio...

Denver Broncos quarter back Russell Wilson who was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo Credit - (

NFL Offseason Trades and Acquisitions

Eli Johnson, Reporter April 11, 2024

The NFL Free Agency was wild as some big names have landed in different cities. The theme of these trades and signings seemed to running backs and veteran quarterbacks; it is also weird to see some players...

Changes to AEA services before and after (going into effect this year).

Cutting ties with the AEA ran program

Reagan Westphal, Reporter April 9, 2024

On Feb. 29th, the State of Iowa officially cut ties with the AEA run programs. AEAs (Area Education Agencies) are programs that provide support and services for students with any disabilities. Not only...

Drake and J. Cole playing chess

It’s All A Blur – Big as the What?

Nakia Ollivierre, Reporter April 4, 2024

J.Cole and Drake are both one of the top artists in the world.. Most people tend to say you can’t have too much talent on one stage, but according J. Cole’s song, Middle Child, “They act like two...

Senior Hannah Connor represents the male student section leaders sitting during games while the women in the stands interact with athletes.

Girls In The Stands

Lucy Prescott and Ali Parkhurst March 26, 2024

Waterloo West High takes pride in their school spirit. Many students enjoy attending the games, meets and other events to support their peers. However, over the past year there has been a common issue...

Graphic created by Wahawk Insider Staff member, Kaylynn Crawford, showing an outline of a woman with the title What does it mean to be pretty.

What does it mean to be “Pretty”?

Kaylynn Crawford, Arts & Entertainment and Opinion Editor March 6, 2024

In the difficult and complex high school environment, the concept of beauty has students in a very strong grip. From societal norms to personal reflection, the perception of beauty influences much more...

Aaron Bushnell lights himself on fire to demonstrate what is happening to the people in Gaza.

Suicide for Genocide: Protest to Free Palestine

Ally Knight, Features and Multimedia Editor February 29, 2024

On Sunday, Feb. 25th, right outside of the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. Aaron Bushnell, an Air Force member who worked in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance lit himself on fire to protest...

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Karma Goodson, Reporter February 27, 2024

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: One in every three teenagers will experience abusive behaviors in their relationships throughout their lifetime. Adolescents are dangerously susceptible,...

Album cover of Stick Season by Noah Kahan used through Fair Use.

REVIEW: Stick Season (Forever) Album

Reagan Westphal, Reporter February 21, 2024

On Oct. 14, 2022, folk-pop artist Noah Kahan released his third studio album. The album had 14 tracks, some of those tracks including a few of Kahan’s most popular songs like Stick Season and Northern...

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