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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Therapy dogs are on campus during AP testing week to encourage students and improve their mental health. In light of mental health awareness month, the presence of these dogs reminded students and staff of the importance of mental health and became a beacon of light during stressful times. As Ms. Sophie Meagher of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs said, its easy to see peoples face light up when they see [the dogs].

Therapy Dogs on Campus!

Sarah Han, Staff Writer May 18, 2022

   The first two weeks of May are incredibly stressful for many high school students. During AP testing week, students study for days on end, file into a silent library, and spill everything they’ve learned onto a piece of paper. Then, they come...

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WHS Dance runs through their perfected performances after adapting to last minute changes. Despite the added difficulty, choreographer Ray Pham (11) expressed, “Everyone has been trying their best to overcome these challenges and it’s been amazing to see the team work harder than ever!” The dancers successfully persevered through all of their troubles, bringing another spectacular show to the West High Performing Arts Center.

How WHS Dance “Continued to Thrive” Through May Show

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

   On May 5-7 in the West High Performing Arts Center, the WHS Dance Department presented another breathtaking May Show. However, for the dancers, the show’s theme “Continue to Thrive” ironically reflected the obstacles of the show’s preparations.     With...

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Students line up in front of the library at 12:30 p.m. on May 3 for their AP Psychology exam. They awaited check-in with their ID, #2 pencils, and black or blue pens ready! Photo by Kate Phan.

How West High Studied For Their AP Exams

Kate Phan, Staff Writer May 12, 2022

   ‘Tis the season for College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams; not exactly as jolly as seasons tend to be. From May 2 to May 13, students went through the dreaded “AP Weeks.” After over nine months of active learning, West High’s AP...

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As teacher appreciation week is underway, students are seen showing their love and appreciation for all teachers. With everyone back in school this year, we are able to show how much we really appreciate our teachers by giving gifts, cards, signs, etc. Student Gaby Nieraeth (11) shared her thoughts on the amount of appreciation teachers get, explaining, “I think teachers definitely do not get enough credit for everything they do.”

We Love Our Teachers!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 9, 2022

  Teachers are often overlooked or taken for granted. To make sure these hardworking and beloved individuals are recognized for their positive impact on campus, West High hosted Teacher Appreciation Week from April 25 through 29.        West...

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This year marks the 10-year anniversary All-Male was introduced into West by Adam Burt, son of West teacher Ms. Donna Burt. The West Drill and All-Male Dance showcase saw guest performances from Glendale, Carson Street Dance, Carson Flaggies, Kindreds, Channel Islands, Mira Mesa, and the 1st year alumni of All-Male. This was the last performance for seniors Pierce Vo, Cathy Lam, Leah Sullivan, Saki Matsumoto, Joseph Kim, Sammy Kelley, Nico Villongco, Jocelyn Traub, Chris Fauria, Taylor Benedict, and Breana Maravilla. Drill/All-Male ended their season, winning 3 different National Titles. Drill members Gracie Ito (10) reflects on their past season, “Drill is like a second family to me, and I think everyone did an amazing job this season,” she expressed.

West Drill and All Male Showcase

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer May 9, 2022

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Chris Matsuoka (11), a candidate for Secretary of Athletics, is hanging up posters for his campaign. As an athlete himself in baseball, Matsuoka hoped to “get as much hype as possible for our student section and to represent all of our athletes,” if he was elected.

Candidates’ Campaigns For ASB

Kate Phan, Staff Writer May 3, 2022

  Behind all of the rallies, dances, and fun events at school is West High’s Associated Student Body (ASB), who work hard all year long to make the school year worthwhile! Recently, ASB ran their annual elections to determine who'll be in charge of...

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People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have been discriminated against for as long as it has been a diagnosable condition, and the challenges that they face today often still create a hostile environment for them socially and politically. The definition of Autism Awareness has changed over time, and now it is imperative that their existence is validated in a way that describes ASD as not a curable condition, but a part of who they are. Autistic individuals oftentimes don’t connect with other people the same way that neurotypical people do, even as children. Parallel play is a type of socialization where kids show interest in another’s activity, but do not actively engage in the activity with the other child. There have been many studies that show that children who have ASD are more likely to engage in parallel play with other kids than in other types of play.

In April We Wear Blue!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 26, 2022

  Wear blue, be inclusive, and spread kindness. April is National Autism Acceptance Month. Although it was previously known as Autism “Awareness” Month, the Autism Society officially announced a terminology change in 2021 from “awareness” to...

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Released on February 21, 2022, Turning Red was streamed in 2.5 million U.S. households in just the weekend of its release, becoming the most successful Disney+ original title. Continuously gaining praise for its entertaining story and excellent Asian representation, Turning Red is a must-watch. Photo by Pixar/Disney.

Embracing Asian Representation: Turning Red

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer April 24, 2022

   Set in Toronto, Canada in 2002, Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red follows Chinese-Canadian 13 year old protagonist Meilin “Mei” Lee through the chaos of balancing a life honoring her traditional mother and experiencing the joys of youth. A hilarious...

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Through the hardships that come with fashion and design, however, students learn to persevere and problem-solve. West High’s program offers so much more than needles and strings- it offers opportunities that can’t be seen anywhere else, preparing students for all the best and worst things their futures have to offer.

Needles and Strings

Sarah Han, Staff Writer April 24, 2022

   Walking into Room 2117, you can hear the whirring of sewing machines, shuffling of paper, and passionate voices discussing the dozens of upcoming projects. Under Mrs. Cantrell’s guidance, West High’s fashion program hosts some of the most talented...

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The Enviro Club is showing how yard sales can be used to help the environment! It can be very green to resell items instead of buying from bigger industries because it reduces waste. Reselling items also reduces carbon emissions from large transportation vessels.

Sustainable Shopping: Enviro Club’s Yard Sales

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer April 22, 2022

   Fashion has always been a huge part of cultures worldwide. With trends being phased out as quickly as they came, there’s always a worldwide desire to buy new clothes. However, clothing production carries a long list of environmentally harmful...

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The West High Track Team competed in a Tri-Meet against South High and Torrance High on March 30. In Boys Varsity events, placing first was Tyler Vo (12) in the 100 meters and long jump, Conor Gibson (12) in the 3200 meters, and Karim Grissett (12) in discus. For Girls Varsity: Amor Jones (12) was first in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump, Sophia Rabang (11) in the 800 meters, Lily Ball (12) in the 3200 meters, and Isabel Reynolds (12) in the high jump.

Track Tri-Meet

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer April 21, 2022

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Clubs at West High, such as UNICEF, offer a way to lend a helping hand through advocacy of plans to resolve and minimize suffering faced by children. No matter how occupied our schedules are, getting involved with clubs is a sure way to help those in trouble.

Ukraine Crisis: How Clubs at West Are Offering Help

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer April 10, 2022

   Millions of Ukrainians are fleeing their homeland as Russia and Putin’s army encroaches on Ukrainian territory. Americans are watching as war rages on the other side of the globe where people are fighting for survival. Refugees are seeking shelter...

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