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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

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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The actors playing the Merry Murderesses and Velma Kelly pose in their special lighting for the “Cell Block Tango.”

Chicago’s Late Nights

Kate Phan, Entertainment Editor April 2, 2022

   Full of murder, scandal, and stardom, Chicago is an elaborate show of light cues, sound cues, and, of course, the golden trio of phenomenal singing, dancing, and acting. After nearly three months of rehearsals, Chicago entered their tech week: a...

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Students from all departments elegantly perform in West High’s 2022 Fine Arts Assembly. With performances from Theater, Drill and All Male, Dance, Color Guard, and more, the assembly was filled with great action and entertainment. Theater member Bella Distasio (11) commented that the assembly is “a great way for new students to learn about programs they might be interested in.”

West High’s Annual Fine Arts Assembly

Kate Phan, Entertainment Editor March 15, 2022

   The curtain opens, the stage lights turn on, and music begins to play as West High welcomes their students to the annual Fine Arts Assembly in the Performing Arts Center. The performance, which took place on March 10 and 11, was an opportunity to...

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Multicultural Day took place on Friday, February 18, and it was a blast for all those who attended. It was available to classes during 3rd and 4th period, and also during lunch for those that couldnt go during class. The event was all about showing off different cultures, and featured performances from several different cultural clubs on campus, including Japanese Culture Club, Filipino Culture Club, and more.

Celebrating Diversity at West High

Kate Phan, Entertainment Editor March 1, 2022

   Cue the music, decorations, and celebrations! Complete with stage lights, cultural wear, and a supportive and eager crowd, West High hosted Multicultural Day on February 18. The annual celebration allocated a time to embrace every student’s culture.     Students...

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Talent show participants cheer as first place talent show winner Sarayu Kocharlakota (10) makes her way up to the front to receive her award. West High’s Choir Department hosted the West High’s Got Talent show on Thursday, February 10 in the Performing Arts Center. Kocharlakota shared what singing means to her: “Singing is my stress-buster; It’s the only thing that makes me forget about everything else. It fills me with happiness and helps me connect with people all around.”

West High’s Got Talent

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer February 17, 2022

   Across the West High Campus are hundreds of talented students. On February 10, 10 students were given the opportunity to show off their talents on stage. Hosted by the West High Choir Department, students put their years of experience in their respective...

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Members of Filipino Cultural Club prepare for their signature Tinikling and hip-hop dance performance. After a year of virtual Multicultural Day, FCC President Astrid Fontanilla (12) expressed the clubs excitement to “have the opportunity to meet in-person and have an in-person and intimate performance for the school.” Photos courtesy of Kayla Dadivas (11).

Getting Ready for Multicultural Day

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer February 14, 2022

   Every year the culture clubs of West High come together to showcase diverse performances on Multicultural Day, sharing important aspects of worldwide cultures. With this year’s Multicultural Day coming up on Friday, February 18, clubs have already...

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On January 13th and 14th, students from the West High Dance Department, including Choreo Club worked to put together an amazing performance. The January Dance showcase (Jan Show) was an outstanding success with 20+ extravagant performances varying in music genre and dance styles. In regards to her final Jan Show, senior and advanced dance student Rebecca Yan (12) expressed, “I am proud of all we were able to accomplish these past few months.”

Striving for Greatness: The Choreography of January Dance Show

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer January 31, 2022

   Underneath the stage lights in dazzling costumes, the West High Dance Department put on yet another outstanding show. The talented dancers showcased two hours worth of breathtaking choreography, all falling under this year’s January Dance Show...

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Part of the Chicago crew starts their dance rehearsals. With a great opportunity for all to showcase their artistic skills, the musical has a lot to offer for both performers and viewers. Photo courtesy of Brandon Howard (11).

Chicago: West High’s Spring Musical

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 26, 2022

   Costumes adorned by actors and singers aiming for higher notes: West High’s Play Production presents Chicago. No, the crew will not be flying to Chicago to perform there but will perform at West’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). With its opening...

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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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Cameras of friends, families, and guardians are aimed at the stage, seen from every other seat. After a year devoid of concerts on West’s campus, the 2021 Winter Wonderland Concert was important for many. From filming Instagram stories to posting on family Facebook pages, this was an important moment to record. Nervous performers knew the significance of the event, so choir director Mr. Dowdle advised them to “just relax. Enjoy yourself. Everything else will be okay.” Photo courtesy of Naoya Yoshimura.

Singing in a Winter Wonderland!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer December 28, 2021

     Lights, camera, action! On a chilly December 10, minutes before 7 p.m., a line of families and friends snaked around the Performing Arts Center (PAC). As the crowd flooded through the doors and into the house’s seats, a group of...

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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, News Editor 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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It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkins have never been more popular – whether that’s on doorsteps or the dinner table. Students shared their favorite autumn season recipes, hoping to not only spread the great taste but the fall feeling. Natalia Cruz-Chicas (10) expressed how “every time I bake something, I still never get bored. It’s really my favorite thing!”

Warrior Fall Baking!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

   With the fall season comes the fashion, sports, and cozy Thanksgiving feel. As the holiday season rolls around, students cook up various dishes at home. Ovens are baking in the midst of the season’s chilliness: everything’s getting all toasty!...

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