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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Filipino Culture Club practices Tinikling, a traditional dance, to prepare for a highly anticipated performance at Multicultural Day.  Every year, cultural clubs present traditional dances, clothing, and songs to showcase the diverse community that makes up West High.  These performances require an abundance of preparation time, dedication, and effort, all to present a perfected show for students and staff.
Multicultural Day Preparations
Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer • January 18, 2023

   Every day, we are surrounded by thousands of different cultures that contain traditions and services that have been passed down from generation to...

Set a few goals and start 2023 off strong. You get this opportunity once a year – make it count!
New Year, New You
Triton Prichard, Staff Writer • January 12, 2023
Houses along Torrance’s Candy Cane Lane are decked out in festive lights and decorations for all to enjoy. The attraction is available until the end of December. Photo courtesy of Catherine Jonaris (12).
Candy Cane Lane Brings Out the Season!
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • December 27, 2022
Harry Kane, forward for England’s national soccer team, sports the “OneLove” armband that protests “discrimination of any kind” at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. FIFA warned that team captains who sport the unauthorized armband would be sanctioned, further enshrouding the World Cup and its governing body in controversy. Commenting on this decision, Jonathan Valot (11) conveyed his belief that during players’ “free time, they [can be] activists for whatever they believe in or want to show, but on the field, it should be kept more towards the game.” While Valot stated that “there are always the ties of political and social factors,” he understood that some spectators “may want to try and watch the game and enjoy it as it is, without . . . the political constructs.” Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
The World Cup Controversies Are Nothing New in the Realm of Sports
Philip Lam, Staff Writer • December 5, 2022

   It was the spring of 1971. Representatives from the United States National Table Tennis Team accepted the invitation to square off in a series of matches against China, an eight-day spectacle that...

The seniors of West High’s Girls Tennis team smile after a spectacular victory against North High — with a 14-4 win against the Saxons, the players ended senior night on the highest note possible. The colorful balloons and handcrafted posters served as a reminder of their teammates’ faith and support for them as they continued to open a new chapter in their high school careers. Pictured from left to right: Aki Sugita (12), Alexssa Takeda (12), Jasmin Cuaresma (12), Khushi Sharma (12), Arushi Bagchi (12), Sarah Han (12), Samantha Takeda (12). Photo courtesy of Taeyi Ko (11).
Nostalgic Nights for Girls’ Tennis
Natalie Ou, Staff Writer • December 2, 2022
West High’s Girls’ Volleyball seniors huddle up for a group picture on senior night against North High on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Congratulations to (top row from left to right) Amani Flakes (12), Samantha Jiao (12), Mikayla Long (12), Maddy Hancock (12), Kate Amano (12), Rylee White (12), Aaliyah Martinez (12), Maddie Verette (12),(bottom row from left to right) Abigail Witzansky (12), Sheridan Hagedorn (12), Maddie Gloria (12), Mia Koliander (12), and Paityn Yamasaki (12) for representing the Girls’ Volleyball program.
One Last Spike
Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer • December 1, 2022
West High’s Varsity Football battles with Torrance on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, trying to clinch a playoff spot. After a hard fought game, the Warriors came home with a victory, solidifying their spot in this years playoffs. “Clinching a playoff spot means so much to me as a Senior. I get to keep riding the wave and playing the game I love,” stated Varsity linebacker Tyler Schlappatha (12).
Warriors Win Football Playoff Spot
Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer • November 2, 2022
Aaron Cohen (12) is always striving to improve and hone his running skills. When discussing running against the competition, he said, “I’ve always wanted to win. That’s just been my thing.”
From P.E. Student to Cross Country Star: Aaron Cohen
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

   A general consensus among West’s Cross Country community is that Aaron Cohen (12) brings out...

During a Thursday lunch break, members of the Sports Medicine Club participate in the first club meeting of the school year on Oct. 6, 2022. The Sports Medicine club had a huge success with their first meeting, making it a fun and competitive environment for members with a creative relay game. Club member Thijs Erhahon (10) described the meeting: “I really enjoyed how well they were able to allow everyone to interact, unlike the boring sit-down meetings other clubs have.”
Sports Medicine Club
Jacob Usary, Staff Writer • December 1, 2022
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Though Thanksgiving is normally seen as a time of joy and celebration, AP World History Teacher Ms. Hignight believes that it should be a solemn time of reflection due to the problematic history behind it. Despite this, she believes that it doesn’t make Thanksgiving any less of a time to be grateful.
Myth-Busting the Origins of Thanksgiving— and the Problematic History Behind It
Natalie Ou, Staff Writer • November 30, 2022

   When students imagine Thanksgiving, the thoughts of turkey, squash, and a week-long break inevitably...

West students celebrate the school’s annual Homecoming dance, an event tied to the decades-old tradition of Homecoming King and Queen. Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (12).
Homecoming Court and LGBTQ Inclusivity
Eli Fauni, Opinion Editor • November 16, 2022
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Filipino Culture Club practices Tinikling, a traditional dance, to prepare for a highly anticipated performance at Multicultural Day.  Every year, cultural clubs present traditional dances, clothing, and songs to showcase the diverse community that makes up West High.  These performances require an abundance of preparation time, dedication, and effort, all to present a perfected show for students and staff.
Multicultural Day Preparations
Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer • January 18, 2023
Houses along Torrance’s Candy Cane Lane are decked out in festive lights and decorations for all to enjoy. The attraction is available until the end of December. Photo courtesy of Catherine Jonaris (12).
Candy Cane Lane Brings Out the Season!
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • December 27, 2022
Whether it be after leaving the ice rink, a stand at Candy Cane Lane, or as a hand warmer after a day on the slopes, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate is the perfect supplement to any winter activity! As a staple tradition for the American Christmas, warm drinks are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season.
Three Activities to Make the Most out of Winter Break
Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer • December 27, 2022
The Cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee concludes their show with a reuniting finale.
The Putnam Spelling Bee Play Comes to West!
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • December 13, 2022