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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Ending the school year with a Spring Show, West’s Dance Department put on a marvelous performance that left a profound and meaningful impact on the virtual audience. A member of Advanced Dance and one of the Teacher Assistants for Beginning Dance, Hanna Blair (12) expressed how “Intermediates hip hop brought an instant smile to my face while the Advanced senior soloists brought me to tears.

WHS Dance Puts Their Heart and Soul Into Spring Show “20-21 And Done!”

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor May 7, 2021

   From gracefully executed leaps through the air to head-bopping hip hop moves, the West High Dance Department’s Spring Show had it all – and made both the dancers and the audience feel even more. At 7 p.m. on April 30th, “20-21 And Done!”...

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Netflix Documentary “Seaspiracy” tackles the controversial fish market and the impact it has on the world’s oceans. The fishing industry is accused of wiping out fish in the sea, destroying habitats, and illegally hunting for whales. The filmmakers have expressed a desire to save the oceans from the fishing industry, but they have also come under fire for presenting a sensationalized version of the truth.

On Demand: Seaspiracy Takeaways

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

   Quarantine may be coming to an end, but our hunger for binge-worthy content isn’t. One of the effects of social distancing has been an increase in viewership of streaming services, and Netflix is no exception, releasing new movies and series to...

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Despite the challenges, ASB was able to host a great week of competitions to bring students together through these isolating times. Track race runner Makena Young (12) stated, “It was nice that they recorded it so we can all share some school spirit!”

Courtesy of West High ASB.

Let the Games Begin!

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor March 30, 2021

   One event that many West High students look forward to every year is the Class Olympics: a chance for each class to show off their abilities and compete against one another. Lockdown took everyone by surprise just as ASB began to prepare for the...

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Fine Arts is an exciting part of high school, which, like many other subjects, transitioned online. The Fine Arts Assembly highlighted appealing aspects about the fine art classes at West, including theater arts. It also gave hope to students that they can participate in these activities on campus again someday.

Behind the Scenes: Fine Arts Assembly

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

  Usually, in a normal school year, West High students would be able to enjoy watching theater put on shows, listen to drumline and marching band play beautiful music, and be amazed by the drill and dance teams. But, this isn’t a normal school year....

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Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ broke records on Spotify and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. On Wednesday, Spotify tweeted that ‘Driver’s License’, “Set the Spotify record for most streams in a day for a non-holiday song,” and then beat its own record the following day.

2021’s First Hit Single ‘Driver’s License’

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer January 23, 2021

   Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ was released on January 7th, 2021 and it hit the ground running. The first hit single of 2021 was released, and it’s from a 17-year-old Disney Actress.     Prior to her song’s success, Rodrigo...

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Haley Shiroma (12) helps to film “Why You Always Hatin?”, a hip-hop dance choreographed by Zoe Kono (12). Kono shared, “For me, getting used to what camera angles worked best and familiarizing myself with editing software was very challenging. I spent about eight hours total editing my solo and my group dance.”  Photo courtesy of Zoe Kono (12).

Dancing into the Virtual Realm: January Dance Show

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer January 18, 2021

   On Saturday night, January 9th, West High’s Dance Department streamed their first-ever virtual dance show on Vimeo. The Advanced and Intermediate Dance team came together to showcase their talent through 11 dances made through hours of virtual...

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Despite the challenges we all may have faced this year, many of us turned them into positives. West High ASB adapted to the virtual platform and held online rallies in order to maintain school spirit. Photo courtesy of West High ASB.

2020: Finally Coming to an End

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer December 29, 2020

   If there was one thing that Mrs. Kim, who teaches fine arts, remembered about this year, it was the pandemic and the “chaotic elections.” Many of us can relate to this; the majority of 2020 was filled with coverage of COVID-19 and politics....

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many traditional Thanksgiving family plans have been modified due to the global pandemic. An alternative to the annual dinner party would be to just “eat with your core family,” suggested Vibhash Devanathan (12). “You don’t need some 50 people to celebrate.”

Thanksgiving with a Side of Social Distancing

Hannah Vickers, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

   Many were heartbroken to hear Governor Gavin Newsom cancel Halloween, but will Thanksgiving suffer the same fate? Fortunately, the holiday spirit is still alive. Thanksgiving, though still subject to coronavirus restrictions, can still be celebrated...

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Back in the day, video games were known as isolated activities. Since people are restricted by quarantine nowadays and unable to hang out in person, video games are a popular means of connection. “I think it’s pretty nice, because we’re at each others throats when we’re on different teams...and when we’re on the same team, we cooperate massively” Kasuno (10) commented.

The Keys To Gaming Other Than WASD

Hannah Vickers, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

   From the first cabinet game (Computer Space 1971) to the initial game console (Magnavox Odyssey 1972), and finally the creation of the multiplayer game (Empire for the PLATO Network System 1973), it didn’t take long until video games could be played...

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Feeling bored during quarantine? Have a lot of free-time and don’t know what to watch? These movies are all perfect to watch in 2020, with ties to politics, social injustice, and are just great at entertaining!

Top 5 Must-Watch Movies in 2020

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

    Yet another month into quarantine. Stuck at home & attending virtual classes, time seems to blend together. And what better to do than to watch movies? Here are some of the top 5 must-watch movies for this year.    Fahrenheit 11/9  ...

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Skincare in Quarantine

Skincare in Quarantine

Amanda Peck May 26, 2020

   During these stressful times under worldwide lockdowns, many people have found lots of free time on their hands. To combat the stressors of the new normal, many individuals have found solace in the rituals of skincare.     Skincare is one...

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Vanessa Le (10) has been baking in her free time during quarantine.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Le.

Bored in Quarantine?

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2020

   School, Spring Break, weekends: the previously well-defined borders of life are now blurring together.  Every day has become a haze of obscure schedules and tasks.  Milestones like waking up and eating lunch are beginning to lose their structure. ...

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