Originally published on West Side Story on April 25, 2019.
A phone in one hand, a mic in the other, Prisca Namutchibwe ’19 took the stage at Walk it Out. The night of March 9 had consisted of students from various cultures of the world modeling on stage and dancing to music, but the crowd fell silent as Namutchibwe read her poem, addressed to the white parents in America. In her piece, Namutchibwe urged them to teach their children about Africa and its culture. She explained how she learned about culture in America before culture from Africa, where she was born.
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Education was not a guarantee for Veronica Kharunda ’19. The first school she attended was at a refugee camp in Kenya when she was 10 or 11. Children ranging from five to 20 years old attended before it was even finished being built. When it first opened, kids sat on the floor in the roofless building.
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Following the death of her parents, Samina Naz was devastated. Her mother passed in 1998 and two years later, her father died of a heart attack. The loss brought her from Pakistan, her home at the time, to the United States, where she became a paraeducator in the special education department.
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Zheyi Li ’20 is walking through the same halls, going to the same classes and talking to the same teachers as many West students. While the day to day life in the Iowa City Community School District has become mundane for most of her peers, this is a new experience for Li, one that will end when she returns to China in November.
Originally posted on September 20, 2018. View the West Side Story post with art by Emma Hall here.
He was given a 3×3 Rubik’s cube eight years ago. With a few twists it could go from a colorful mess to an organized block of color. He became fascinated with turning the scrambled squares back into their perfect form.
Originally posted on December 5, 2017 on the West Side Story website. View the original post with a photo by Pareen Mhatre here.
When she was four, Annie Chen ’18’s mother taught her how to play the piano. When she was five, Chen picked up the violin. As a freshman, she performed at All-State with her brother. Chen’s music career began years before grade school, and if she has her way, it will continue past it.
Originally published on May 27, 2018. View the West Side Story post with a photo by Maddi Shinall here.
When the new high school opened, West lost a large number of both students and teachers. Next year, more teachers will be migrating to Liberty High School. Among them is Mayra Devries.