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Warriors are seen cheering for their grade level during the Winter Rally. With high spirits, outdoor rallies allowed closer bonding post-pandemic.
Boosting School Spirit at the Winter Rally
Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer • January 5, 2022

   Banger music played in the background as crowds with green, red, purple and blue colored outfits cheered for their grade levels. The stadium at West...

Cameras of friends, families, and guardians are aimed at the stage, seen from every other seat. After a year devoid of concerts on West’s campus, the 2021 Winter Wonderland Concert was important for many. From filming Instagram stories to posting on family Facebook pages, this was an important moment to record. Nervous performers knew the significance of the event, so choir director Mr. Dowdle advised them to “just relax. Enjoy yourself. Everything else will be okay.” Photo courtesy of Naoya Yoshimura.
Singing in a Winter Wonderland!
Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer • December 28, 2021
Candy Cane Lane residents were back to going all out with their holiday themed lights and decorations! “It’s a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit!” Rakza Srivanitchayakun (11) expressed. Photo courtesy of Tommy Nguyen (11).
‘Tis the Season For Candy Cane Lane!
Elise Fauni, Staff Writer • December 27, 2021
BTS performs in front of live audiences once again for their “Permission to Dance” tour while fans enjoy their performance, holding up their light sticks (known as Army Bombs) to the tune of the melody. The group, which made history in the past year through their wins at the American Music Awards, represented growth in the popularity of Asian media. Mrs. Lee stated, “it is so impactful and powerful… that Korean culture is featured and available to so many more people.” Photo courtesy of Jasmin Cuaresma (11).
BTS: Making History
Sarah Han, Staff Writer • December 17, 2021
Having survived the haunted house, kids are applauded for their bravery. West High’s Dance Department hosted their annual Halloween Haunted House on Friday, October 29th, much to the excitement of students and the community. Dancer Simran Bhattacharya (10) expressed how her favorite part about the haunted house was “being able to create an experience that people will enjoy whether it’s a good scare or just being with your friends.”  Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (11).
Spooky Friday: The Haunted House
Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer • November 13, 2021
The West Warriors Cross Country team celebrates their state championship victory on top of a double decker bus. The celebration led by Coach Druten and his runners was well-deserved after a long and hard season. Varsity Runner Matthew Frey (12) felt amazed by what the team had accomplished, recognizing how “it feels great to be a part of the fastest team ever at West High, and [the] second fastest team time in the whole state.”
West High Celebrates Cross Country State Championships
Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer • January 5, 2022

  Pop! A confetti cannon fires from atop a bus. Streamers and bits of colorful paper float through the air and onto the crowd. Slowly moving down the street is the West High Band, a firetruck, Santa...

West’s 2021 manleaders work together to build a connecting pyramid –impressive for guys who’ve only had a few weeks of experience. This Winter Rally was jam-packed with entertainment, with special courtesy of the manleaders and Powderpuff players, whose athleticism really got the crowd on their feet.
Powering Through Powderpuff
Sarah Han, Staff Writer • January 5, 2022
Practicing shooting during warm-ups, West High Girls’ Varsity Soccer player #8 Cherrie Cox (12) prepares for the game against Palos Verdes High School on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Cox has played soccer her entire life and recently committed to playing for Cal State Long Beach.
Athlete of the Week: Cherrie Cox
Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer • January 5, 2022
Butting heads, wrestlers Michael Barretto (12) and David Lee (12) practice their skills. They have prepared hard to win their competitions and have a successful season!
West High’s Winter Sports!
Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer • December 10, 2021
Shant Mazmanian (12) catches a wave as he practices on a sunny Saturday morning. Surfing is a sport that requires great passion and dedication, and Manzmania has both. His perseverance has allowed him to compete against South Bay’s top high school surfers.
Athlete of the Week: Shant Mazmanian
Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer • December 3, 2021
As a tutor for Tutorial Club, Sohan Devalapurkar (11) helps students in the library at lunch and after school free of charge. In addition to offering help on a regular basis, Tutorial Club tutors plan to help teachers during potential cram sessions before finals.
Final Tips for Studying for Finals
Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer • January 13, 2022

   Textbooks, highlighters, and a mug of coffee: this is what finals week looks like each year, with...

Shant Mazmanian (12) catches a wave as he practices on a sunny Saturday morning. Surfing is a sport that requires great passion and dedication, and Manzmania has both. His perseverance has allowed him to compete against South Bay’s top high school surfers.
Athlete of the Week: Shant Mazmanian
Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer • December 3, 2021
It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkins have never been more popular – whether that’s on doorsteps or the dinner table. Students shared their favorite autumn season recipes, hoping to not only spread the great taste but the fall feeling. Natalia Cruz-Chicas (10) expressed how “every time I bake something, I still never get bored. It’s really my favorite thing!”
Warrior Fall Baking!
Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer • November 29, 2021
Having served in the military and now as a Computer Science and Math teacher at West, Mr. Reyes decorated his classroom with posters reflecting his life experiences. He hopes to “live up to expectations of the wars of the past, live by example for the wars of the present and hope to be used as a model for the wars of the future.”
Honoring Our Veterans: Mr. Reyes
Elise Fauni, Staff Writer • November 20, 2021
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Science teacher Mrs. Chambers keeps a list of questions that scientists should never stop asking on her whiteboard for all students to see. Mrs. Chambers believes that the structure of the science education system “beats the joy” out of learning science the right way.
The Essence of Science is Vanishing from AP Science Classes
Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer • January 6, 2022

   Do you miss the five-year-old child in you who used to ask questions all the time: “Why? Why?...

​​Bringing the club back to West High after a one-year hiatus, GSA/SAGE board members promise a safe, judgement-free space for LGBTQ students in school. ICC Representative Rachel Pham (11) encourages LGBTQ students of West High to join: “SAGE creates an environment for those who need to connect with people that are in similar situations. Fellow LGBTQIA+ students can help each other out by joining!” Photo courtesy of Bethany Shim (11).
Creating LGBTQ Safe Spaces in Schools
Elise Fauni, Staff Writer • October 13, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines have been a controversial topic among many school districts. TUSD has taken steps to track down student vaccine records without mandating that students must be fully vaccinated, and contact tracing has been strictly enforced to make sure that the COVID-19 virus does not shut down TUSD schools again. TUSD has required mask-wearing in all indoor settings and social distancing, which has helped tremendously with COVID-19 cases in TUSD schools. Students and parents anxiously anticipate the day when schools will return to normal; but whether we take that first step of vaccinating all students is for TUSD to decide.
Implementing COVID-19 Mandates Could Truncate the Pandemic
Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer • October 1, 2021
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, Sports & Opinion Editor • April 25, 2021
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BTS performs in front of live audiences once again for their “Permission to Dance” tour while fans enjoy their performance, holding up their light sticks (known as Army Bombs) to the tune of the melody. The group, which made history in the past year through their wins at the American Music Awards, represented growth in the popularity of Asian media. Mrs. Lee stated, “it is so impactful and powerful… that Korean culture is featured and available to so many more people.” Photo courtesy of Jasmin Cuaresma (11).
BTS: Making History
Sarah Han, Staff Writer • December 17, 2021
It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkins have never been more popular – whether that’s on doorsteps or the dinner table. Students shared their favorite autumn season recipes, hoping to not only spread the great taste but the fall feeling. Natalia Cruz-Chicas (10) expressed how “every time I bake something, I still never get bored. It’s really my favorite thing!”
Warrior Fall Baking!
Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer • November 29, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Sullivan Kolakowski.
Backstage Pass: Puffs Tech Week
Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer • November 18, 2021
The 2021 show by the West High Theater Department follows the Hufflepuff house during Harry Potter’s seven years at Hogwarts. To prepare for opening night, students gather around to make wands, practice lines, and practice in costumes. Photo courtesy of Isabella Distasio (11).
Preparing with Play Prod
Sarah Han, Staff Writer • November 15, 2021