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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

West Acadec Takes 8th at State

West Acadec Takes 8th at State

Anoushka Gupta, Sports Editor April 3, 2018

   The West High Academic Decathlon team competed at the California State Academic Decathlon Competition from March 24-26 in Sacramento. The team, who placed 8th at State, was invited to compete in the competition after an impressive county performance...

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Class Olympics Week Two

Class Olympics Week Two

Christine Nguyen, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 3, 2018

On Monday, March 19th, week two of the West Olympics officially started. The freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes continued their competition in a set of diverse activities. Friday was also Hawaiian Day, and students got the chance to dress...

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Slate.com

No Moore Sexual Allegations, Please

Jamie Park , Staff Writer November 16, 2017

   On November 13th, Judge and Alabama Senate candidate Roy S. Moore faced a fifth sexual allegation from Beverly Young Nelson.   Nelson stated that Moore attacked her in his car after her shift at a local restaurant when she was 16 years old....

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The United States Takes A Step Backward

Danielle Perea , Co-Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the staff of Smoke Signals.          At the COP23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Syria announced that it would...

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David Maxwell / EPA

Transgender Military Ban Blocked

Sanskriti Adigal, Entertainment Editor November 3, 2017

  On October 30, federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly partially blocked the enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender troops serving in the military. The presidential order would prevent the Pentagon from recruiting transgender people to...

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A Night In Moulin Rouge Paris

A Night In Moulin Rouge Paris

Haley Guinn, Co-Editor in Chief October 31, 2017

   West High School’s Homecoming dance took place this past weekend on October 28th, 2017. The theme was based on Moulin Rouge, a cabaret in Paris, France, and ASB re-decorated the Pavilion with red curtains and pillars to capture the romantic atmosphere...

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Terry Richardson Blacklisted After Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Danielle Perea , Co-Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2017

  Fashion and portrait photographer Terry Richardson, who has worked with stars like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga and has photographed Barack Obama, has been blacklisted after being accused of sexual harassment.   Multiple women, including models...

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The New York Times

JFK Files to be Released

Anoushka Gupta, Sports Editor October 24, 2017

On October 20, President Donald Trump tweeted his intentions to release confidential reports from the National Archives containing the details of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.     The Warren Commission’s reports are to be released...

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Environment and Society Portal

The Reawakening of Silent Spring

Ashley Kang , News Editor October 23, 2017

   The first time I heard about Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was not even in AP Environmental Science.  It was in my junior year U.S. History class, and, ironically, it only came up because of Reagan’s staunch opposition to the new environmental...

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Sun Sentinel

Get Your Pink On With ASB

Haley Guinn, Co-Editor in Chief October 5, 2017

   In recognition and support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ASB has planned a “Pink Out” for the upcoming home game on Friday, October 6, at 7pm.   West has been hosting “Pink Out” games every year now.  Katie Timmerman (12), Vice...

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Mercury News

Vegas Shooting

Jamie Park, Staff Writer October 4, 2017

   On October 1, over 500 people were injured and 59 found dead due to a rapid fire on a country music festival at the Vegas Strip. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, was found dead inside a luxury suite at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.   The shooting started...

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Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Hurricane Maria Hits Puerto Rico

Christine Nguyen, Co-Editor-in-Chief September 29, 2017

   On September 18th, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria is a Category 4 hurricane with consistent winds of 155 mph.   According to CNN, Donald Trump is planning to visit Puerto Rico on October...

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