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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Ethan Rogers (12), post-wrestling-match, shares a triumphant moment with his family. With smiles written across their faces, this encapsulated the pinnacle of Rogerss wrestling journey.

Celebrating Senior Night for the Wrestling Warriors

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer February 15, 2024

A night adorned with the radiant glow of the gymnasium lights, beautiful flowers, and sincere cheers — all convened to pay homage to the six seniors of West High's Wrestling team. Following a memorable season, the grand senior night unfolded on Wednesday,...

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According to a study done by Omniscient in 2012, 78% of all high school seniors in the United States admitted to experiencing Senioritis to some degree.

The Mysterious Affliction

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

   Drowsing off in class. Missing deadlines. Slowly withdrawing from caring about day-to-day activities. These are all possible symptoms of the mysterious affliction known as senioritis, but what exactly is it, and what’s causing it?    Like...

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Small Ways You Can Be More Environmentally Friendly

Small Ways You Can Be More Environmentally Friendly

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer February 13, 2024

   In a world where global warming and pollution are becoming increasingly urgent issues that need to be given attention, it’s vital to take the time to educate yourself on what’s happening, and what you can do to help fight it. One of the biggest...

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With delegates organized into mock cities of around 50 residents, my hometown of Chandler prepares its tent ahead of a city exposition where groups contend for the “model city” recognition. Nico DeSesa (12), a fellow resident and city council member, remarked that “it was incredible how well put-on the event was,” referring to Boys and Girls State as a whole. “Students ran the event and it felt very freeing, a micro-community formed in . . . the week we were there,” he shared.

Lessons I Learned From Boys and Girls State, and Why You Should Apply

Sponsored by the veterans' organization American Legion, the highly selective summer leadership program touts itself as “a week that shapes a lifetime.”
Philip Lam, Editor-in-Chief January 16, 2024

Picture this: the pacifying hums of the road engulf your synapses throughout the June bus ride to the Golden State’s capital, a jet-black curtain enshrouding anything and everything along the lonesome interstate. Save for a motley assortment of constellations,...

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Christmas trees sold by the West High Entertainment Unit ranged from four to eight feet tall and were typically in the price range of $65 to $120.

WHEU Hosts Annual Christmas Tree Lot

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer January 11, 2024

   With the holidays fast approaching, a key part of many families’ celebrations involves a Christmas tree. Although there are several places selling them, such as Home Depot or other local tree lots, one of them was in West’s very own backyard,...

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Despite winter break’s optional practice schedule, Boys Tennis players brave strong winds and cold weather to play on the court. In preparation for the spring season, the team has held many practices that include fundamental drills and conditioning.

Boys Tennis Gears Up for the 2024 Spring Season

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer January 8, 2024

With the winter season coming to a close, the high school spring sports are preparing for their upcoming season. This preparation includes tournaments, conditioning, and optional practices over the winter break for athletes who wish to improve their skills....

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The phrase “May the odds be ever in your favor” is one of the most well-known Hunger Games sayings, and in the original movies became a means of mocking the Capitol, like depicted above.

Snow Lands On Top

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer January 8, 2024

It’s a somewhat rare occurrence when a sequel, let alone a prequel centered around the backstory of an especially despised villain, lives up to the thrill and excitement of seeing the original film for the first time. It’s extremely difficult to reignite...

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Shortly after school on Dec. 7, Rohith Krish and his friends buy ice cream at Handel’s to support West High. From left to right: Joshua Lee (11), Rohith Krish.

Come Support the Class of 2025 and Buy Some Ice Cream!

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer December 20, 2023

   On Thursday, Dec. 7, West High partnered with Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt in Redondo Beach for a fundraiser. From 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, if customers showed the West High fundraising flier when they ordered ice cream, twenty percent...

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From left to right: Seniors Gizelle El Assal, Amaya Sanles, Makena Irvine, and Dylan Smith celebrate their commitment and signing to college. What began as a process almost two years ago, the seniors expressed their elation to continue playing sports at the collegiate level.

They Get to Sign Because They Already Shine!

Christian Robledo, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

On Wednesday, November 15, West High held its annual Signing Day:  Athletes who have worked tirelessly in the sport they love pledge to partake in a corresponding collegiate team. For some, the process of getting a college to want you to play for them...

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On Friday, Oct. 20, participants pose right before being soaked on the second day of the event. Senior Soak was a great way for ASB not only to raise money but also to promote camaraderie between students. From left to right: Sena Kobayashi (12), Kostadinos Loukatos (12), Cameron O’Neil (12), Aeonn Rubi (12), Micah Taw (12), Darren Chang (12), Ryan McBride (12), Isaac Sanles (12). Photo courtesy of Jordan Seiler (12).

West High’s First Ever Senior Soak

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer December 12, 2023

  In Oct. 2023, West High held its first-ever Senior Soak. This new excursion was planned out by West’s ASB, in which  students paid money to dunk volunteers with different-sized water buckets for three days.  Both the “soakers” and the “soaked”...

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On October 27, 2023, West High’s Dance Department hosted their annual Haunted House. With a line of eager customers a mile long, the night was undoubtedly a success. As students exited the Haunted House with jittery movements and adrenaline-high smiles, more rushed in to take their place.

Ghosts and Ghouls: The Annual Haunted House

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer November 12, 2023

   Flashing lights, blood-curdling screams, and the promise of a good scare filled the Friday night air at West High on October 27. As middle and high school students waited outside the Dance Department’s annual Haunted House in anticipation, ominous...

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Entrance to The Last of Us attraction in the lower lot of Universal Studios. One of the park’s most popular attractions, so be prepared for a long line!

A Survival Guide to Halloween Horror Nights

Jackson Mancilla, Staff Writer November 12, 2023

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a big chance that West High students will be heading down to Universal Studios Hollywood to celebrate Halloween Horror Nights. Horror Nights is an annual tradition in which the popular theme park is decorated...

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