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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The freshman of Group 29 at Warrior Welcome sit down with their Warrior Focus leaders to get a picture for a photo scavenger hunt. Group 29 is named the “Lilo & Stitch” family. Lots of work was put into Warrior Welcome to pull it off successfully. Photo courtesy of Claire Perry (11).

Warrior Focus: Two Clubs Combined

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer September 24, 2021

   At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, the two clubs Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) and Freshman Focus combined to create a brand new club: Warrior Focus. The transition was smooth and kept on the down low, occurring all over...

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Preparing for this year’s Fall play, Play Production members Taylor Gulbrandsen (11), Jade Leone (11), and Natalia Torres (11) study their lines as they prepare for rehearsal. “I’m excited to have an in person audience,” Leone expressed. “It’s been a while since we have been able to have people watch [the plays] in person!” West students, staff, and families will be able to enjoy the show live in the West High Performing Arts Center on November 18, 19, and 20.

A Closer Look Into Play Production

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer September 21, 2021

   Bright lights, booming voices, and exciting choreography: this is what West High Play Production brings to the stage every year. But behind the curtain is the rush of casting, rehearsal, and tons of practice.    These past couple weeks, Play...

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Science teachers’ expensive supplies typically get replaced periodically. However, because of COVID-19, many materials bought for the 2020 school year have expired, leading some science teachers to find another way to fund their classes.

Test Tubes and Mushrooms: Science Labs at West

Sarah Han, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

   Good labs are a crucial part of any science class. Over the last two school years, however, science students at West have not been able to properly participate in labs. Instead of getting their hands wet and putting lab coats on, students and teachers...

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Charging through a poster, West High’s Varsity football team arrives in style to the first football game of the season. On August 27th, West High welcomed hundreds of spectators and Culver City’s football team to Fred Peterson Stadium. Linebacker and receiver #22 Elias Overstreet (11) described the excitement of running out on the field: “It was like adrenaline because I knew it was game time.”

West Football Season Kicks Off with Excitement

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor September 14, 2021

   The Friday Night Lights are back. On August 27th, West High’s football season commenced as Varsity players stormed the field of Fred Peterson Stadium to the cheers of a roaring crowd. While the game ended with a 0-31 loss to the Culver City Centaurs,...

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Fiercely spiking the volleyball, opposite Abby Witzansky (11) gives Vistamar’s Girls’ Volleyball team a run for their money. Witzansky is a worthy opponent this volleyball season with 160 kills in 10 games. She said the best part about volleyball is “how fast the game is,” and that she loves “competition and winning.”

Athlete of the Week: Abby Witzansky

Kate Phan, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

   Abby Witzansky (11) is a left handed, 6’0” tall, right-side hitter on West High’s Girls' Varsity Volleyball team. She’s had 160 kills (points gained by attacking hits) so far this season and won’t stop anytime soon. Although Witzansky has...

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For the West High Girls’ Tennis Team, First Serve was an event filled to the brim with suspenseful games. During their first set, Sarah Han (11) and Jasmin Cuaresma (11) played to a tiebreaker against Rosemead. “It was super stressful, but we were still proud of ourselves since we put up a fight,” Cuaresma said.

West High Girls’ Tennis Team Victorious at First Serve

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

   After several challenging games, the West High Girls’ Tennis team pushed their way to victory at the First Serve Tournament on Saturday, September 4th.    This year marked the 20th First Serve event hosted by West High. Several schools from...

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Mrs. Torres, the new AP Physics teacher, is excited to return to an in-person school year. Although safety guidelines for COVID-19 remain in place, she hopes that West High’s “COVID protocols keep us safe and healthy.” Photo courtesy of Mrs. Torres.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Torres

Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

 Lindy Torres (previously Ms. McCulloch) has been teaching physics at West High School for nine years, but the 2021-2022 school year has brought changes for her as she takes on teaching AP Physics.     Mrs. Torres reflected on the unique aspects...

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Students make their way through the gates of West High School on their first day of class, wearing masks and presenting their cleared COVID-19 screeners. Photo courtesy of Gaby Nieraeth (11).

Teachers Help Reopen West High

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer September 8, 2021

   It’s 7:56 am on a Thursday morning: A long line of students slowly shuffle into the campus of West High School, displaying their cleared COVID screeners and searching for yet another line to grab their schedules. For the first time in two years,...

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An early start, freshman students make their way to their first periods in West High’s Building Five, ready for learning. Finding their classes is a breeze after already having a few days of instruction.

Fresh to West

Kate Phan, Staff Writer September 4, 2021

   Welcome back to six periods a day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., wobbly desks, and pen and paper. It’s been more than 500 days since West High School last convened in-person, and with a new year comes new freshmen (who are quite clueless about West High)....

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This summer will be different from last year, with things returning back to normal. But it’s important to still maintain our safety by wearing our masks and keeping our distance. Here are some activities that you can do over the summer while staying safe! Photo courtesy of Forbes Magazine.

Summer 2021: Safe and Fun!

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer June 10, 2021

   The sun is gleaming, the birds are chirping, and it seems as though everyone is happy. For many students, it’s their favorite time of the year: summer! That means tons of vacations, free time, and most importantly, not having to worry about school....

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Aaliyah Martinez (10) engages younger Girl Scouts in her Gold Award project by explaining what mammograms are and how they relate to breast cancer. Martinez’s aim was to bring comfort and support to women called back for a second mammogram. Photo courtesy of Aaliyah Martinez (10).

Planting Hope, One Bracelet at a Time

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief June 8, 2021

   The arrival of a single letter in the mail can be enough to spell uncertainty and anxiety. For women called back for a second mammogram, fears about the threat of breast cancer can be overwhelming: written into the lines of a summary report is the...

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West High’s Summer Workshops will offer five different enrichment opportunities on campus for students between mid-June and early August. Theater Director Ms. Orabuena encourages students to give her workshop a try “if you think you might want to be involved or you just want to come back to school and have fun for a couple weeks.”

West Teachers Offer Free Summer Workshops

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor May 25, 2021

   Just 11 more days, and summer break will have officially arrived. As the school year comes to a close, the doors of summer opportunity begin to open. Five of West’s teachers are offering free workshops specializing in a variety of skill sets –...

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