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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Mr. Vick Garcia guides students to success with his approachable, easy-going personality. He is prepared to equip students with the college and career life skills necessary to move forward with their lives, no matter where their future plans take them.
New College and Career Counselor Mr. Vick Prepares Students for the Future
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • November 18, 2022

   West High’s new college and career counselor, Mr. Vick Garcia, has made a welcoming entrance by helping students find their futures. Students enjoy...

Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church,” is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. It is well known for the organic architecture and prime location on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. It looks like the perfect place to spend with your significant other,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), adding that the chapel “looks like a fantasy.” Surrounded by a lush grassy landscape, majestic redwood trees, and cobblestone walkways that lead  to a breathtaking ocean view, this mystical chapel captures a fairytale-like ambience.
Hidden Gems of the South Bay
Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer • November 16, 2022
Early in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 25, seniors dress in their comfy sweaters and pants with a cup of warm coffee in their hands, and reminisce over their years at West. Gathered together at the football field for Senior Sunrise, the class of 2023 enjoyed the last taste of their highschool careers as they head towards their own paths in the future.
Senior Sunrise
Jasmin Cuaresma, Staff Photographer • October 29, 2022
Warm Nights and Glowing Lights:
The ever so popular St. James Fair returns! Held annually at St. James Catholic School for educational fundraising, the fair was open from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9 this year. Students from across the South Bay gathered for the thrilling rides, mouthwatering appetizers, and game booths. Attendee Alan Bribiesca (11) expressed his excitement: “It’s pretty fun to come and hang out with friends, while messing around. It was worth paying [for tickets] for this once in a lifetime experience.” (Pictured: Jordan Seiler (11) and Alan Bribiesca (11))
Festive Fun at the St. James Fair
Anthony Parker, Staff Writer • October 26, 2022
Hana Kim (11) explains how FBLA’s game works to a dad and his son. A third boy stands by, patiently waiting for his turn. This was the least busy the booth was for the entire day — a queue of five or more wasn’t uncommon. In the background, older kids could be seen scattered about, playing one of the fair’s many games.
The Hometown Fair: 50 Years Strong
Sean Toomey, Staff Writer • October 26, 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

Warriors vs Mustangs Football Game
Warriors vs Mustangs Football Game
Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer • October 10, 2022
Kyle Cascalenda (12) prepares for the Varsity Football game against Mira Costa on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. He is this season’s starting running back for West High’s Varsity football team. Cascalenda was awarded “Player of the Week” by Daily Breeze after the Sept. 9 game against Peninsula.
Athlete of the Week: Kyle Cascalenda
Ilma Patel, Staff Writer • October 7, 2022
Amongst the influx of first year clubs at West High this year, the Dead Poets Society opens a space for all enthusiastic writers, readers, and those passionate about sharing and exploring the world of poetry. Consider stopping by for lunch meetings in room 4203 every second Friday of the month!
Bringing Poetry to Life With Dead Poets Society Club
Ilma Patel, Staff Writer • November 22, 2022

   As a part of their English class, every student has had the opportunity to explore the world of...

On Friday, Sept. 23, Drum Major Riyana Roy (12) and Assistant Drum Major Yumiko Kasai (11) led the West High Entertainment Unit in a home football game against Redondo Union High School.
Major Responsibilities in West High’s Band
Jacob Usary, Staff Writer • November 18, 2022
Cheerleading captain Eva Reyes (12) grins as she lifts her Superior award for the United Spirit Association competition. Despite the hardships that come with her leadership role, Reyes still finds passion and joy in cheerleading, even with the challenges that come with it: “I love it as a whole and everything that comes with it, even the conditioning — I don’t mind it because it’s doing what I love,” she explained. 
Photo courtesy of Eva Reyes (12).
Leading Solo: Cheering on Eva Reyes
Natalie Ou, Staff Writer • November 18, 2022
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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

Every year high school students await homecoming season to nominate their peers for the much anticipated...

As the summer heat simmers, fall drinks come back to play. Pumpkin spiced lattes and all classic seasonal fall flavors are welcomed back as winter waits its turn.
Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!
Bella Levinson, Staff Writer • September 21, 2022
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DC Comics’ Black Adam was released domestically on Oct. 21 starring Dwayne Johnson as Teth Adam, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. Commenting on his overall experience, West High student and moviegoer Ethan Lam (10) recounted that “compared to other DC movies, Black Adam was better.” Lam’s enthusiasm lends credence to the resounding success the latest DC installment has had at the box office, holding the top spot for over two consecutive weeks.
DC Comics’ Black Adam is Finally Here — With a Vengeance
Philip Lam, Staff Writer • November 16, 2022
The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic, a household name with a special place in popular culture. Its live action remake, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, is being criticized heavily for using a Black woman to portray Ariel. However, there are also many that say that her skin color does not detract from the value of the source material.
Disney’s Casting Controversy Over “The Little Mermaid” Live Action Remake- and the Racism Rooted Behind It
Natalie Ou, Staff Writer • November 7, 2022
With a camera in one hand and a bed sheet in another, teens roam the streets in the dark searching for the perfect background for their “Ghost Photoshoot.” As one of the biggest TikTok trends of 2020, this fun and easy activity was a perfect way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween while remaining socially distant.
Four Activities for a Memorable Halloween
Sean Toomey, Staff Writer • October 20, 2022
Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft
Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft
Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer • October 10, 2022