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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The famous bow scene, depicted above, has become iconic in pop culture. To capture the film’s sunset, it took 8 days to shoot— while any other director would’ve called in CGI artists.

Please, Please, Go Watch Titanic

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

   There are no Titanic spoilers. You know how the movie ends. The ship sinks.     But it's difficult to say why you know that— is it because of the tragedy, or the film itself?     The 1912 disaster was not the deadliest shipwreck...

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The bustling 24-acre Getty campus, which comprises the Getty Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute, overlooks the canyons of the Sepulveda Pass. The Brentwood complex boasts a modern steel and concrete finish complete with travertine tiling that juxtaposes the immaculate gardens and fountains, uniting sculpture and nature. The architecture compliments, if not rivals, the very artworks housed inside, from Impressionist works by Édouard Manet, to court paintings of King Louis XIV, to classical and intricate pottery. Photo courtesy of Ethan Lam (10).

English Class Trip to The Getty: Recollection, Renewal, and Novelty

Philip Lam, Staff Writer March 25, 2023

   On Friday, Mar. 3, sophomores in English 2 Honors had the opportunity to visit The Getty, a modern museum housing the art collection of the titular J. Paul Getty. Nestled in the verdant hills of the Santa Monica Mountains, the sprawling campus boasts...

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West’s All-Male team performs their “killer” monster dance at the end of the Spirit Day event. Julia Araujo (12) felt happy noticing that “all of the teams competing seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

The Shining Event of WDAAM’s Spirit Day

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer March 14, 2023

   On March 4, multiple Southern California Drill and All-Male teams arrived at West High on large yellow buses to compete in the highly anticipated Spirit Day. The teams prepared to show off their talents in the gymnasium in front of well-known judges...

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In the tough game against the Torrance Tartars, Skyler Schultz (12) looks out to her teammates and is ready to work to obtain the lead and prevent the Tartars from scoring. Photo Courtesy of Skyler Schultz.

Senior Spotlight: Skyler Schultz

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer March 13, 2023

   On Senior Night, Skyler Schultz (number 18 on the field)  scored the only winning goal against the tough El Segundo Eagles. Despite starting the game off 0-0 in the first half and most of the second half, Schultz stepped up her game and brought...

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On Saturday, Mar. 25, West High’s Games Club will be hosting its first interschool chess competition. Pictured: Games Club President Anika Agarwal (12) member Matthias Kim (10). Photo courtesy of Anika Agarwal.

West High Games Club to Host Interschool Chess Competition

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer March 8, 2023

   When Anika Agarwal (12) was a sophomore, West High’s Chess Club was nearly gone. A few years later, the Games Club co-founder is organizing the largest chess tournament the school has ever had.     No matter how you look at it, the pandemic...

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quatumania’s massive blockbuster scale has created an influx of advertisements promoting the movie. When asked if the movie is considered a true “film” Michael Oliveros (11) stated that “to even consider Marvel movies ‘films’ is laughable, as they overuse the same formula in almost every movie and don’t produce anything that really defines cinema as an art form.”

Quantumania At West!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer March 8, 2023

   On Feb. 17, the third installment in the Ant-Man trilogy was released: “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” Over recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been under massive stress to put out something astonishing, similar to their...

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Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle give a standing ovation in apparent consensus at the 2023 State of the Union after President Biden’s rally to “ stand up for seniors [to] show them we will not cut Social Security; We will not cut Medicare.” This move came after a tense exchange between President Biden and Republicans concerning the fate of these two entitlements. One Republican proposal stipulated that Social Security should expire every 5 years, requiring Congressional renewal each time. Such a move would be steeply unpopular among older Americans who constitute a sizable cohort of Social Security and Medicare recipients. Photo courtesy of MSNBC.

Biden Projects Hopeful, Forward-Looking Posture at State of the Union

Philip Lam, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

 “Let’s finish the job.”    President Biden repeated this slogan at least ten times during his 2023 State of the Union address to a packed House Chamber seating the new 118th Congress. The president enlisted lawmakers to address gun violence...

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Girls Soccer Takes Home Senior Night Victories

Girls’ Soccer Takes Home Senior Night Victories

March 3, 2023

With an exciting chill in the air, the West High Girls’ Soccer team faced El Segundo on Jan. 31 — a matchup awaited since last year’s exciting final. The team’s seniors filed out onto the field with gleaming smiles on their faces. Spirit and...

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Varsity Water Polo player and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) tech coordinator Mia Yuguchi (12) is enjoying her final months as a West High student.

Mia Yuguchi on Lessons Learned

Jacob Usary, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

   With the end of another school year approaching faster than we realize, and a fresh group of wide-eyed eighth graders getting ever closer to their first day of high school, it is helpful to consult the wisdom of a senior, particularly one who is...

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Enoch Joo (11), pictured left, wrestles Coach Diego, a Redondo Union graduate who comes in to help at West practices. As they grappled, three other coaches (out of frame) sat quietly as they observed the room; practice had just begun.

Warrior Wrestling Concludes Pioneer League With Numerous Medals

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

   For most students at West High, finals week was hard.     The disciplined few doubled down, locked their doors, and methodically reviewed every subject. The rest stress-binged YouTube videos and preemptively drafted emails begging for a grade...

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Kyle Cajigal (12) walks on court with his family for the Basketball Senior Night ceremony.

Boys’ Basketball Clinch Entry Into CIF Playoffs

Philip Lam, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

   After a remarkable season for the Boys’ Basketball Varsity team, seniors were ready to hear one last buzz of the shot clock at Feb. 2’s Senior Night matchup against the North High Saxons, their last home game before advancing to the coveted...

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Boys’ Soccer Takes Home Senior Night Victories

Boys’ Soccer Takes Home Senior Night Victories

Kate Phan, Entertainment Editor March 3, 2023

   On Feb. 1, the seniors of the West High Boys’ Soccer team proudly walked the field with their families by their sides. Ready to play against North High School — some for the very last time — applause followed the game’s kickoff. At the...

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