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The School Newspaper of West High School

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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
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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 June 8, 2021
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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, Staff Writer May 25, 2021
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Competing in South Bay Championships, Varsity Cross Country runner Megan Gonzalez (12) keeps the pace quick in the 3200m race at West on Saturday, May 15. Gonzalez has been a member of the cross country team for all four years and has consistently won in her events, breaking PR (personal record) after PR. She expressed how running “has shown me that hard work really pays off, and through it I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s made my high school career immensely better and I couldn’t imagine high school without it.”

Senior Spotlight: Megan Gonzalez

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer May 25, 2021
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As finals week approaches, it’s crucial to take time to take care of yourself. Co-Vice President of Tutorial club Michelle Fong (12) notes how she recharges during this stressful time: “Whether [it be] self-care stuff like just making yourself something nice to drink [or] doing a face mask, I find that that really helps me relax for a bit and find my motivation again to just power through with that last assignment or whatever I have to get done.”

A Stress-Free Finals Week

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer May 25, 2021
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Zoe Jackson Delos Angeles (12) juggles many extracurricular activities on top of being a senior. Throughout four years of high school, she has remained consistently enthusiastic in her involvement through clubs, volunteer work, and creative pursuits. Photo courtesy of Zoe Jackson Delos Agneles (12).

Senior Spotlight: Zoe Jackson Delos Angeles

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer May 25, 2021
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Following a TUSD board meeting discussing the full reopening of Torrance campuses, disdain from teachers and students for the district’s decision-making process grows louder.

TUSD Board Democracy

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer May 11, 2021
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As a month of AP testing continues, students prepare for online exams by taking practice tests. Riyana Roy (10) notes how she plans to study for her AP World History exam: “Since world history is about remembering facts, I’m [going to] use active recall where I ask myself questions about important topics to see if I can remember them. I’ll probably create notes for every unit too, and sort them into various world history themes which would be useful on the DBQ (Document Based Question) portion.”

Conquering AP Anxiety

Westley Kim, Staff Writer May 11, 2021
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The seemingly endless line of shelves in West High’s library are filled with books of all different shapes, sizes, and genres. As the West High librarian, Mrs. Puccio’s passion for reading is shown through the multitude of books she provides for students. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Puccio.

Unsung Heroes of West: Mrs. Puccio

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer May 4, 2021
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Since the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in California, businesses such as movie theaters are slowly beginning to reopen. But after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the elimination of capacity limits in these theaters, some movie-goers wonder if it will remain safe.

It’s Showtime! But Is It Safe?

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021
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