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West High’s Summer Workshops will offer five different enrichment opportunities on campus for students between mid-June and early August. Theater Director Ms. Orabuena encourages students to give her workshop a try “if you think you might want to be involved or you just want to come back to school and have fun for a couple weeks.”
West Teachers Offer Free Summer Workshops
Lauren Ng, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

   Just 11 more days, and summer break will have officially arrived. As the school year comes to a close, the doors of summer opportunity begin to open....

Following a TUSD board meeting discussing the full reopening of Torrance campuses, disdain from teachers and students for the district’s decision-making process grows louder.
TUSD Board Democracy
Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer • May 11, 2021
As a month of AP testing continues, students prepare for online exams by taking practice tests. Riyana Roy (10) notes how she plans to study for her AP World History exam: “Since world history is about remembering facts, I’m [going to] use active recall where I ask myself questions about important topics to see if I can remember them. I’ll probably create notes for every unit too, and sort them into various world history themes which would be useful on the DBQ (Document Based Question) portion.”
Conquering AP Anxiety
Westley Kim, Staff Writer • May 11, 2021
Since the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in California, businesses such as movie theaters are slowly beginning to reopen. But after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the elimination of capacity limits in these theaters, some movie-goers wonder if it will remain safe.
It's Showtime! But Is It Safe?
Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021
Allison Tsai (10) in her campaign video, using a fun intro that took advantage of the popular song “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and related the song to student experiences. After her win, she said, “Knowing that I would be able to do something I loved next year was the most amazing feeling!” Her passion for the job is definitely likely to make her a great leader.
Election Day at West
Westley Kim, Staff Writer • April 23, 2021
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End of '21 Football Season: Final Game vs. North
April 30, 2021

   Under the Friday night lights at North High’s football field stadium, the West High football team donned their helmets and charged onto the field for the last time this season. Friday, April 16th,...

Despite the challenges, ASB was able to host a great week of competitions to bring students together through these isolating times. Track race runner Makena Young (12) stated, “It was nice that they recorded it so we can all share some school spirit!”

Courtesy of West High ASB.
Let the Games Begin!
Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer • March 30, 2021
On Tuesday March 9 at 3:00pm, the West Boys’ Tennis team started their season off with a tournament against Peninsula High School.
Boys’ Tennis Takes On Peninsula
Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer • March 24, 2021
Surf’s Up!
Surf’s Up!
Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer • March 15, 2021
Competing in South Bay Championships, Varsity Cross Country runner Megan Gonzalez (12) keeps the pace quick in the 3200m race at West on Saturday, May 15. Gonzalez has been a member of the cross country team for all four years and has consistently won in her events, breaking PR (personal record) after PR. She expressed how running “has shown me that hard work really pays off, and through it I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s made my high school career immensely better and I couldn’t imagine high school without it.”
Senior Spotlight: Megan Gonzalez
Lauren Ng, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021

   Broken the school record for the fastest 3-mile run? Volunteered with CSF? On track to attend university?...

As finals week approaches, it’s crucial to take time to take care of yourself. Co-Vice President of Tutorial club Michelle Fong (12) notes how she recharges during this stressful time: “Whether [it be] self-care stuff like just making yourself something nice to drink [or] doing a face mask, I find that that really helps me relax for a bit and find my motivation again to just power through with that last assignment or whatever I have to get done.”
A Stress-Free Finals Week
Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer • May 25, 2021
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Right after her 16th birthday, Paityn Yamasaki (10) made it a priority to get vaccinated. She explained how getting a vaccine is a simple procedure: “It’s a very easy process and can go by quickly depending on how busy they are. Make sure to bring your school ID and birth certificate so they can identify you.”
Why Students Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Lauren Ng, Staff Writer • April 25, 2021

   “April 15, 2021, in the state of California, is not Tax Day,” Governor Gavin Newsom declared....

Asian American hate is not new. And with the normalization of abusive and racist 
comments and stereotypes, it
Enough is Enough
Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer • April 2, 2021
Ending the school year with a Spring Show, West’s Dance Department put on a marvelous performance that left a profound and meaningful impact on the virtual audience. A member of Advanced Dance and one of the Teacher Assistants for Beginning Dance, Hanna Blair (12) expressed how “Intermediate
WHS Dance Puts Their Heart and Soul Into Spring Show “20-21 And Done!”
Lauren Ng, Staff Writer • May 7, 2021
Netflix Documentary “Seaspiracy” tackles the controversial fish market and the impact it has on the world’s oceans. The fishing industry is accused of wiping out fish in the sea, destroying habitats, and illegally hunting for whales. The filmmakers have expressed a desire to save the oceans from the fishing industry, but they have also come under fire for presenting a sensationalized version of the truth.
On Demand: Seaspiracy Takeaways
Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer • April 30, 2021
Despite the challenges, ASB was able to host a great week of competitions to bring students together through these isolating times. Track race runner Makena Young (12) stated, “It was nice that they recorded it so we can all share some school spirit!”

Courtesy of West High ASB.
Let the Games Begin!
Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer • March 30, 2021
Fine Arts is an exciting part of high school, which, like many other subjects, transitioned online. The Fine Arts Assembly highlighted appealing aspects about the fine art classes at West, including theater arts. It also gave hope to students that they can participate in these activities on campus again someday.
Behind the Scenes: Fine Arts Assembly
Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer • March 16, 2021