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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Amongst the influx of first year clubs at West High this year, the Dead Poets Society opens a space for all enthusiastic writers, readers, and those passionate about sharing and exploring the world of poetry. Consider stopping by for lunch meetings in room 4203 every second Friday of the month!

Bringing Poetry to Life With Dead Poets Society Club

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

   As a part of their English class, every student has had the opportunity to explore the world of poetry. From Shakespeare to Poe, the skillfully crafted pieces encapsulate readers and tug on heartstrings. But after the unit ends, it's back to novels...

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During Club Rush, Ukrainian Russian Club representatives hope to assist and provide information for both potential members and casual passersby alike. Remarking on one of the most pressing reasons for founding the URC, President Leah Ho (12) explained the growing imperative “to engage the local community to assist Ukrainian refugees coming to the U.S. every day.” From left to right: Skye Nuesca (10), ICC Representative Sophie Gelinas (10), Julia Huffstutter (10), board member Morgan Tan (10), President Leah Ho (10), Kai Nakajima (10), and Ivy Choi (10). Photo courtesy of Sophie Gelinas (10).

Culture Knows No Boundaries: Meet the Ukrainian Russian Club

Philip Lam, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

   Here to make its debut in an expanding catalog of clubs this school year, the Ukrainian Russian Club (URC) is a new cultural club that is open to any and all potential prospects hoping to enrich themselves through the culture, cuisine, and language...

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Mr. Vick Garcia guides students to success with his approachable, easy-going personality. He is prepared to equip students with the college and career life skills necessary to move forward with their lives, no matter where their future plans take them.

New College and Career Counselor Mr. Vick Prepares Students for the Future

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   West High’s new college and career counselor, Mr. Vick Garcia, has made a welcoming entrance by helping students find their futures. Students enjoy Mr. Vick’s company and advice, giving West a warm reception to one of its newest Warrior faculty.     Mr....

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Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church”, is located in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. It is well known for the organic architecture and prime location on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. It looks like the perfect place to spend with your significant other,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), adding that the chapel “looks like a fantasy.” Surrounded by a lush grassy landscape, majestic redwood trees, and cobblestone walkways that lead  to a breathtaking ocean view, this mystical chapel captures a fairytale-like ambience.

Hidden Gems of the South Bay

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer November 16, 2022

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After a year of waiting, West High school has brought awareness to Indian culture with its new club, Indian Students Association. The clubs first meeting was a success as more than 50 students attended.

Indian Student Association Club Comes to West

Hridhya Sukumaran, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

    Every year, West High gives its students an opportunity to start their own club. One club new to West this year is the Indian Student Association (ISA). ISA is a cultural club with many activities and events for students to learn more about Indian...

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Book Club board members Kyna Sarhaya (10), Isabella Chow (10), and Sue-Yan Chin (10) advertise the new club with bright posters and popular books lining the table.  On September 14, 2022 Book Club attended Club Rush in hopes of encouraging students to join. President Morgan Tan (10) noted the importance of reading as it is “a lifelong hobby that makes you a more well rounded person.”

Ready to Read at West’s Book Club

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

West’s annual Club Rush has always been a great way to advertise the participation of student groups. Every year new clubs are formed with great ideas on how to educate our students. Book Club was recently made to celebrate the passion of reading, and...

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Navigating your way as a new club on campus is not an easy task, but the Film Critics Club seems to already have a foot in the door. With the Film Critics Club, passionate students could learn about all types of  media and film techniques, appreciate them and also express their opinions freely with other like-minded individuals. Go check them out at lunch every Thursday in room 8100!

Lights, Camera, Critique! A Spotlight on WHS’s Film Critics Club

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

Decked with bold posters, handmade signs and colorful table spreads, West’s Club Rush seemed to pull out all the stops in advertising the countless organizations on campus. The booming music and rushed footsteps could hardly mask the excited chatter...

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West students celebrate the school’s annual Homecoming dance, an event tied to the decades-old tradition of Homecoming King and Queen. Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (12).

Homecoming Court and LGBTQ Inclusivity

Eli Fauni, Opinion Editor November 16, 2022

Every year high school students await homecoming season to nominate their peers for the much anticipated court. Students involved in school activities like sports, clubs, and leadership race for the chance at the titles of Homecoming King and Queen. But...

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In order to prepare for the SAT and ACT, many students purchase prep guides and workbooks, dedicating precious time to studying in hopes of scoring well on these standardized tests. Test prep was once a universal part of the high school experience: The SAT and ACT were previously regarded as absolutely necessary for anyone going to college. It would take six years and a global pandemic to change the test’s mandatory status.

Me, Personally, I Wouldn’t Take That (the SAT and ACT)

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

After nearly 60 years, the University of California has decided to stop requiring SAT scores in its admissions process. Good.     The writing was on the walls. For years, talk of a "test-blind" world rumbled in board meetings and classrooms, bolstered...

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The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic, a household name with a special place in popular culture. Its live action remake, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, is being criticized heavily for using a Black woman to portray Ariel. However, there are also many that say that her skin color does not detract from the value of the source material.

Disney’s Casting Controversy Over “The Little Mermaid” Live Action Remake- and the Racism Rooted Behind It

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

   Disney movies are a beloved staple for many children across the globe. The beautifully hand-drawn animations, charming characters and comedically wicked villains have won the hearts of millions across America, with their influence being spread to...

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West High’s Varsity Football battles with Torrance on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, trying to clinch a playoff spot. After a hard fought game, the Warriors came home with a victory, solidifying their spot in this years playoffs. “Clinching a playoff spot means so much to me as a Senior. I get to keep riding the wave and playing the game I love,” stated Varsity linebacker Tyler Schlappatha (12).

Warriors Win Football Playoff Spot

Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer November 2, 2022

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Students wave their flashlights in time with music to show support for the Football Team at West High’s first football game.

Welcome to the WARRZONE

Cyrilla Zhang, Sports Editor November 1, 2022

   What cheers loud, shouts proud, and strives for victory? The Warrzone! This year’s newest addition to Friday Night Lights is an official student section: cleverly named the “Warr-Zone” after our very own West High Warriors. This newly-branded...

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