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Filipino Culture Club practices Tinikling, a traditional dance, to prepare for a highly anticipated performance at Multicultural Day.  Every year, cultural clubs present traditional dances, clothing, and songs to showcase the diverse community that makes up West High.  These performances require an abundance of preparation time, dedication, and effort, all to present a perfected show for students and staff.

Multicultural Day Preparations

Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer January 18, 2023

   Every day, we are surrounded by thousands of different cultures that contain traditions and services that have been passed down from generation to generation. At West High, students with different ethnic backgrounds and ancestry connected to different...

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Houses along Torrance’s Candy Cane Lane are decked out in festive lights and decorations for all to enjoy. The attraction is available until the end of December. Photo courtesy of Catherine Jonaris (12).

Candy Cane Lane Brings Out the Season!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer December 27, 2022

   On the streets of Pacific Coast Highway and Calle Mayor, lines of cars gather to admire the stunning lights that stand at every house. The merry songs and smell of hot chocolate lasts for four whole blocks, with the entire area covered in Christmas...

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Whether it be after leaving the ice rink, a stand at Candy Cane Lane, or as a hand warmer after a day on the slopes, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate is the perfect supplement to any winter activity! As a staple tradition for the American Christmas, warm drinks are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season.

Three Activities to Make the Most out of Winter Break

Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer December 27, 2022

   With just one week of winter break left, the return of school is slowly creeping up on us. But there are still a variety of activities that can help you uphold the holiday spirit. Here are some options for you to try with family and friends.  Take...

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The Cast of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee concludes their show with a reuniting finale.

The Putnam Spelling Bee Play Comes to West!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer December 13, 2022

As a show about adolescence and maturity that comes with adulting, punctuated with spelling, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee sparked joy in its audiences at every showing. The latest interactive musical performed by the West High Theatre Department...

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DC Comics’ Black Adam was released domestically on Oct. 21 starring Dwayne Johnson as Teth Adam, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. Commenting on his overall experience, West High student and moviegoer Ethan Lam (10) recounted that “compared to other DC movies, Black Adam was better.” Lam’s enthusiasm lends credence to the resounding success the latest DC installment has had at the box office, holding the top spot for over two consecutive weeks.

DC Comics’ Black Adam is Finally Here — With a Vengeance

Philip Lam, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

   The DC Comics’ live-action film adaptation, Black Adam, has finally hit the silver screen after more than a year of anticipation due to multiple setbacks by the pandemic. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson takes on the role of Teth Adam, the film’s...

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If your ideal Halloween involves visiting a haunted house, chances are you visited the Maricopa Haunted House on Maricopa Street in Torrance. The Maricopa Haunted House was undoubtedly a hit; lines as long as fifty people stretched down the street. The residential-home-turned-house-of-horrors was adorned with realistic props using special effects, Hollywood-level actors in character, and perfectly timed jump scares. This year was the 25th anniversary and the final year for the Maricopa Haunted House. Each room had the theme of a previous year: “The house was well-designed and orchestrated nicely,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), a visitor of the haunted house.

Maricopa St. Haunted House Spooks Students

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer November 10, 2022

   During the dusk of night, students crowd together and line up down Maricopa street in colorful costumes. They wait to enter the mysterious and elusive Haunted Shack, a homemade halloween experience built by a local family. Colorful mists and lights...

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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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With a camera in one hand and a bed sheet in another, teens roam the streets in the dark searching for the perfect background for their “Ghost Photoshoot.” As one of the biggest TikTok trends of 2020, this fun and easy activity was a perfect way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween while remaining socially distant.

Four Activities for a Memorable Halloween

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer October 20, 2022

     Halloween is the early herald of the holiday season, a pleasant break from the drab of all that first semester homework and an opportunity to gouge on guilt-free candy. Though it may fall on a Monday this year, there’s plenty you can...

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Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft

Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer October 10, 2022

As the summer heat waves level off, West High students transition into light layers of fall attire. Kayla Dadivas (12) and Quentin Fontanilla (10) modeled their casual, yet exclusive outfits in the neighborhood of Old Torrance, as they welcome autumn’s...

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Showtime! All-Male Drill Team

Showtime! All-Male Drill Team

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer October 10, 2022

West All-Male stands out-of-breath, but in all smiles after an intensive workout on an early Thursday morning. In preparation for the Spirit Rally and the football game against Redondo High School, All-Male practiced their performance repeatedly with...

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Ethan Thompson (10), Jesse Goodbar (10), Nathaniel Newhart (10), Jack Morton (10), all posing for a once in a lifetime photo on homecoming night.

Homecoming Best Dressed 2022

Triton Prichard, Staff Writer October 9, 2022

   As the lights shine, and the music blasts, you look around and see people dressed their best. There are multiple things to look forward to at the beginning of the school year, whether it be the Friday night football games, or what Nate Newhart (10)...

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This year marks the 10-year anniversary All-Male was introduced into West by Adam Burt, son of West teacher Ms. Donna Burt. The West Drill and All-Male Dance showcase saw guest performances from Glendale, Carson Street Dance, Carson Flaggies, Kindreds, Channel Islands, Mira Mesa, and the 1st year alumni of All-Male. This was the last performance for seniors Pierce Vo, Cathy Lam, Leah Sullivan, Saki Matsumoto, Joseph Kim, Sammy Kelley, Nico Villongco, Jocelyn Traub, Chris Fauria, Taylor Benedict, and Breana Maravilla. Drill/All-Male ended their season, winning 3 different National Titles. Drill members Gracie Ito (10) reflects on their past season, “Drill is like a second family to me, and I think everyone did an amazing job this season,” she expressed.

West Drill and All Male Showcase

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer May 9, 2022

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