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Dominique Stevenson
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A call for change echoed through the streets of Normal on Wednesday night. For parents, students, and teachers, that change should begin in schools.

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The first day of Jasmyn Jordan’s sophomore year in high school was memorable. As she entered her history class at Normal West, she had her first racist experience.

Justin and Jasmyn
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Bloomington-Normal organizers are looking to build on the momentum of four straight days of peaceful demonstrations against racism and police brutality. One of their greatest assets is a deep bench of young black leaders who have seized the moment and stepped forward.

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The coronavirus has ripped away many things from many people, including high school seniors.

Joe Rosel
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With healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment has become vital to keep them safe. While masks are one of the most important tools used for protection, wearing one for long hours in a hot environment can cause extreme skin irritation.

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Normal West students say their trip to Iowa has changed their views on the leading Democratic presidential candidates—and possibly the course of their own political life too.

Brian Cupples
Normal West High School

Longtime Normal West basketball coach Brian Cupples has announced his resignation.

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Normal West has become the latest intercity school to put its chess program on the map.

Three of the top chess programs in Bloomington-Normal all have one thing in common: Garrett Scott helped get them there.

Unit 5

Two weeks after a Unit 5 school bus transporting a JV girls basketball team collided head-on with a semi-truck traveling the wrong way on Interstate 74, the coach is thanking the community.

Unit 5 spokesperson Dayna Brown read a message from Normal Community West High School Coach Steve Price Friday. In the message, Price said he is "overwhelmed by the community's support."

Normal West girls basketball junior varsity
Unit 5

Hospital officials have confirmed all eight Normal West girls junior varsity basketball players who were involved in a bus crash on Interstate 74 have been released from the hospital, while the coach has been upgraded to fair condition.

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The Normal West head soccer coach says his teams’ recent trip to Jamaica will prepare his players not just for next season—but for the rest of their lives.

The other driver in the crash that killed a Normal West student in March won't face additional charges, McLean County's top prosecutor said Friday.

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Additional security measures will be in place Thursday at Normal West high school after a threatening note was found in a boys’ restroom.

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A Bloomington-Normal tragedy is being held up as an example of the help a new law provides for those in need of organ transplants.

Normal West Students Honor Teammate Killed In Accident

Mar 15, 2018
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With tears, a moment of silence and the release of pale blue balloons into a nearly cloudless sky, members of the Normal West high school softball team paid tribute to Olivia Sonetz on Thursday.

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A senior softball player at Normal West high school has died from her injuries sustained in a car crash this week, authorities said Thursday.

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Plans are taking shape for Bloomington-Normal high schoolers to participate in a national walkout movement this month aimed at curbing gun violence in schools.