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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Successfully avoiding the opposing team, forward Zachary Mercieca (11) scores yet another goal in a game against Palos Verdes. Mercieca has been playing on West’s Varsity Soccer team since his freshman year, showing amazing plays with every returning season. Coach Shimizu of Boys’ Varsity Soccer described Mercieca as “a devastating player who a single defender cannot stop.” Photo courtesy of Zachary Mercieca (11).

Athlete of the Week: Zachary Mercieca

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

   Pick up the speed, rush past the opposing team, and kick! Another goal has been scored by none other than Zachary Mercieca (11). Mercieca, a forward on the field, has been playing soccer for 13 years, and has made multiple outstanding achievements...

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Shown is an example of a negative COVID-19 at home rapid test. One line revealed on the test means results are negative; however, two lines means the patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The Spike in COVID Cases

Kate Phan, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

   Chances are, you know someone who’s recently contracted the coronavirus, which is spreading quickly. At-home rapid tests are sold out, testing sites are booked, and students are on extended absences as they quarantine at home.    In January...

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Podcasts provide listeners with insightful 
and on-the-go information about particular topics. They are a way to spark some fun in our daily routines. According to Juan Garcia (12), “Podcasts are a good option for those who get tired of nothing new to listen to . . . they’re perfect for a sick day or a bus ride.”

Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2022

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

   New year, new hobbies! As the new year kicks off, some of us are looking for new activities to start a productive 2022. According to Spotify, in 2021, over 155 million people listened to a podcast every week. Podcasts allow people to listen to their...

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As a tutor for Tutorial Club, Sohan Devalapurkar (11) helps students in the library at lunch and after school free of charge. In addition to offering help on a regular basis, Tutorial Club tutors plan to help teachers during potential cram sessions before finals.

Final Tips for Studying for Finals

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 13, 2022

   Textbooks, highlighters, and a mug of coffee: this is what finals week looks like each year, with students from all grade levels working hard to seal the grade they want. Often, there isn’t enough time or students’ minds are in turmoil regarding...

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Science teacher Mrs. Chambers keeps a list of questions that scientists should never stop asking on her whiteboard for all students to see. Mrs. Chambers believes that the structure of the science education system “beats the joy” out of learning science the right way.

The Essence of Science is Vanishing from AP Science Classes

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 6, 2022

   Do you miss the five-year-old child in you who used to ask questions all the time: “Why? Why? Why?” I do. Many students  have become so overwhelmed with their schoolwork and extracurriculars that the essence of curiosity in their science classes...

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Warriors are seen cheering for their grade level during the Winter Rally. With high spirits, outdoor rallies allowed closer bonding post-pandemic.

Boosting School Spirit at the Winter Rally

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 5, 2022

   Banger music played in the background as crowds with green, red, purple and blue colored outfits cheered for their grade levels. The stadium at West was filled with high schoolers pumped up for their first Winter Rally in two years, with one thing...

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The West Warriors Cross Country team celebrates their state championship victory on top of a double decker bus. The celebration led by Coach Druten and his runners was well-deserved after a long and hard season. Varsity Runner Matthew Frey (12) felt amazed by what the team had accomplished, recognizing how “it feels great to be a part of the fastest team ever at West High, and [the] second fastest team time in the whole state.”

West High Celebrates Cross Country State Championships

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

  Pop! A confetti cannon fires from atop a bus. Streamers and bits of colorful paper float through the air and onto the crowd. Slowly moving down the street is the West High Band, a firetruck, Santa on a unicycle, the Cross Country team on a double-decker...

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West’s 2021 manleaders work together to build a connecting pyramid –impressive for guys who’ve only had a few weeks of experience. This Winter Rally was jam-packed with entertainment, with special courtesy of the manleaders and Powderpuff players, whose athleticism really got the crowd on their feet.

Powering Through Powderpuff

Sarah Han, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   Every West student watched the football field, anticipating the main event of the winter rally: the Powderpuff Game. The Powderpuff players were split into two teams: the Trophy Wives and the Blitz Babes. Cheering for them were the manleaders, or...

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Practicing shooting during warm-ups, West High Girls’ Varsity Soccer player #8 Cherrie Cox (12) prepares for the game against Palos Verdes High School on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Cox has played soccer her entire life and recently committed to playing for Cal State Long Beach.

Athlete of the Week: Cherrie Cox

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   Soccer is known as the most popular sport in the world. The excitement and drive soccer creates among fans and players is incomparable. West High Varsity Soccer player Cherrie Cox (12) has experienced this since a young age. Cox started playing soccer...

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On December 2, 2021, West High’s Boys’ Wrestling Team threw it down in the ring in their duel against Redondo Union High School. This season, the team put in great efforts to get back at the SeaHawks since last year’s hard-fought loss, but unfortunately lost to Redondo Union for the second time, though putting up quite the fight. The team plans on continuing to put great efforts into practice every day in hopes of huge accomplishments this season.

Intense Wrestling Duel Against Redondo

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

   The intensity in the ring entranced the crowd; every slam, chokehold, and throw elicited roars of support. On December 2, wrestling teams from West and Redondo Union met in West’s main gym for a duel.    Wrestling duels are organized in...

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BTS performs in front of live audiences once again for their “Permission to Dance” tour while fans enjoy their performance, holding up their light sticks (known as Army Bombs) to the tune of the melody. The group, which made history in the past year through their wins at the American Music Awards, represented growth in the popularity of Asian media. Mrs. Lee stated, “it is so impactful and powerful… that Korean culture is featured and available to so many more people.” Photo courtesy of Jasmin Cuaresma (11).

BTS: Making History

Sarah Han, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

   After two long years, BTS finally came back to Los Angeles to perform live in concert. On November 27-28 and December 1-2, SoFi Stadium was filled with thousands of people cheering, laughing, singing, and dancing. Fans who had been waiting for years...

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Butting heads, wrestlers Michael Barretto (12) and David Lee (12) practice their skills. They have prepared hard to win their competitions and have a successful season!

West High’s Winter Sports!

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

   The weather gets colder and the nights get longer: As the sports season shifts from fall to winter, football games and cross country meets are now over. In the meantime, other athletics have been preparing for their time to shine. Now that fall sports...

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