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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

On her last trip to New York, Nene Nakagomi (12) visits her dream school: Pace University. She completed the required “live audition” portion of her application — dancing in front of a panel of judges. She’s still waiting on her results. Photo Courtesy of Nene Nakagomi.

College Admissions and Life After West

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer December 9, 2022

   There are 109 days of school left for West High's senior class.    12 years ago, that number was closer to 2,125. The class of 2023 would’ve been in kindergarten, counting up to their 100th day of school — if they could even count that...

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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 engrossed the American public and ushered in a periodic...

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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

   West High’s band offers students the opportunity to experience being leaders in their own class. This opportunity comes in the form of the positions of Drum Major and Assistant Drum Major.     Drum Majors conduct the band, set tempos, and...

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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

   Senior year is a coveted time that many students across West High eagerly look forward to. From grabbing the best seats at class competitions to extravagant prom dances, senior year is a breath of fresh air for many.     However, senior year...

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Throughout her time at West, ASB President Allison Tsai (12) has learned how to help others as well as how to set goals for herself: “I’ve learned so much about being there for those around me. West is a community of what I think are really close people, and it’s been so welcoming. I think it has taught me to step out of my shell and has given me ways to improve myself.” Art/Photo courtesy of Allison Tsai.

Allison Tsai on Hard Work and Giving Back

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   For hundreds of seniors across campus at West, their last year of high school is filled with both bittersweet memories and nostalgic emotions. It’s a time for both laughing at embarrassing moments as a freshman and fondly looking back on achievements....

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Lauren Ng (12) and Frank Wong (12) share the life-long memory of becoming West’s new Homecoming champions. The stadium roared with excitement as Wong and Ng’s  names were announced.

West’s Homecoming King and Queen Have Been Elected!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

 The night sky glimmered as students in fancy dresses and suits walked onto the stage that had been assembled on the 50-yard line. Alongside the rest of the Homecoming court, Lauren Ng (12) and Frank Wong (12) stood staring at the bustling crowd, awaiting...

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At an abortion rights protest at the Redondo Beach Public Library, Nichelle Henderson, an LA Community College District Board Trustee spoke on pro-choice abortion rights. Alongside other speakers, Henderson recounted her personal experience with abortion and warned others on the dangers of banning it. Photo Courtesy of High Tide, Redondo Union High School’s News.

A Month Post-Roe: Going Beyond Abortion

Alexssa Takeda, Co-Editor-in-Chief July 29, 2022

   Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, the battle over abortion has left drastic and polarizing changes in its path. Since then, eight states have restricted abortion services, including South Dakota, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and...

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With music drifting softly through the store, everything from iconic classics to thrilling fantasy novels line the shelves of Sandpiper Books. This summer, the indie bookshop encourages readers to travel outside their literary comfort zone with their This Summer Go Beyond the Beach Read reading list located at their entrance.

Sandpiper Books: The Hidden Gems of Torrance

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer July 8, 2022

   With the end of the school year, students look forward to the relaxing summer months away from school. While some may seek out the excitement and thrill associated with summer, others may be looking to rest and find calm after a busy year. Sandpiper...

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As Mr. Cheung reflected on his years as a student at West, he described it as “a good place to grow up and to be educated,” urging students to “take advantage of all the opportunities” that the school provides.

Coming Back Home: Ms. Eriksen and Mr. Cheung

Sarah Han, News Editor June 18, 2022

   The most interesting thing about having teachers who are West High alumni is that they once stood exactly where we stand today. They were a part of the same clubs, had the same teachers, and got excited for the same rallies and dances that we did....

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The West High 1992 yearbook showcases the modern dance program of Principal Murata’s senior year. Many of West’s arts programs continued to be maintained by past graduates, such as Mr. Banim of the West High Entertainment Unit and Ms. Vorhis of the Dance Department. Principal Murata commented, “There’s a lot of West High tradition that gets passed down through the teachers that I think is really special here.”

Coming Back Home: Principal Murata and Mr. Banim

Sarah Han, News Editor June 16, 2022

   High school is where most students begin to learn about themselves and find their passions. Teachers, especially, find their inspiration and love for the school environment during those years. Principal Murata and Mr. Banim are just two of the West...

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Our seemingly simple city of Torrance was able to shape one of today’s famous science fiction writers, Becky Chambers. Chambers is currently working on a new novel, but in the meantime, readers can also look forward to her next release in July: Prayer for the Crown Shy, a novella serving as a sequel to another one of Chamber’s novellas, A Psalm for the Wild-Built. Photo courtesy of Other Scribbles.

Traveling the World of Science Fiction: Meet Becky Chambers

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer June 13, 2022

   To many of its locals, life in Torrance is Steve’s Charbroiled Burgers, Bonello’s Pizza, and unlimited beach trips. Growing up in it all was Becky Chambers. This former West High Warrior now resides 700 miles away in the redwood forest as a...

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On Friday, May 20, West High hosted its first West High Car Show in the student parking lot after the dismissal bell rang. With music blasting and students chattering, the car show was about to begin!

Car Culture at West High

June 9, 2022

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