The School Newspaper of West High School

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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

On October 9, 2021, students gathered at West High School to enjoy the Homecoming dance, with the theme: A Night in Paris. Risa Fujimoto (12), who danced the night away, noted how “fun it was to watch people getting hyped up with the music. Photo courtesy of Sophie Morales (10).

Homecoming 2021: A Night In Paris

Rebecca Yan, Entertainment & Spotlight Editor October 19, 2021

   Fog filled the Building 5 Quad as students gathered, dancing and jumping to the beats that the DJ played up on the balcony. Glittering lights shined all around campus, and banners designed with images of the Eiffel Tower hung above. This is what...

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Following the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen, Meileen Taw (12) and Elliot Kim (12) reminisce about learning of their win at Friday’s Homecoming football game. The Homecoming King and Queen are nominated through a series of student voting and teacher appointments. It’s a long journey to the throne, and Taw expressed how she is “honored to be chosen by my teachers and peers.”

Just Crowned: Homecoming King and Queen

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer October 16, 2021

   Before halftime at the Homecoming game, the sky was dark and the audience ablaze. Just minutes later would come the big reveal. As ASB members rolled in signs and stands, the chatter quieted. Candidates in formalwear arrived on the football field...

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The Top 15 of the homecoming court and the theme of the dance being announced just a few weeks before it will take place.

Building Hype for the Homecoming Dance

Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

   Not only were the plans and decorations being built for this year's 2021 Homecoming dance, but the excitement was too.    Excitement for this year's dance was at an all-time high as due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year's Homecoming dance...

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Indoors and masked, Adaora Enyekwe (12) meets with her fellow Yearbook editorial staff. Enyekwe, who is involved with UNICEF, Key Club, and Yearbook, has seen first-hand how COVID-19 guidelines have changed club meetings. The way Key Club has run its board meetings is to “start in the very beginning, and then leave early to have lunch.” Photo courtesy of Kaila Uyemura (12).

Lunchtime Club Meetings in a COVID World

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief October 2, 2021

   The bell rings, and within seconds, the halls fill with students fresh out of fourth period. The quads of Buildings 4 and 5 are punctuated by the rapidfire slamming of lockers, zipping of backpacks, and overlapping chatter of liberated students....

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Celebrating the Top 5 Homecoming Nominees, ASB hosted a Homecoming rally last Friday on September 24, where they announced the winners. Pictured from left to right: Elliot Kim (12), Cathy Lam (12), Garrett Eguchi (12), Leah Sullivan (12), Lindsey Park (12), Meileen Taw (12), Austin Jones (12), Robbie Murata (12), and Sanjana Ganti (12). Not pictured: Hayden Green (12). Students could vote for Homecoming King & Queen from September 27 to October 1 on Naviance.

Homecoming Top 5 Court

Rebecca Yan, Entertainment & Spotlight Editor October 1, 2021

   Blue banners waving above. Trumpets ringing loudly. Students cheering at the top of their lungs. When entering the Football stadium on Friday, September 24, 2021, this is what you would’ve witnessed.     As the first rally of the school...

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Last Wednesday, all clubs were gathering between buildings 3 and 4 for Club 
Rush. After almost two years, students got to experience Club Rush again and 
sign-up for different clubs.

Club Rush Makes a Comeback!

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer September 22, 2021

   Do you have a passion for drawing and painting but do not know where to start? Have you ever wanted to help your community but don’t know how? Do you just want a place to meet people and have fun? Club Rush had the answer to all of these questions....

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A balanced diet is being served to students to keep them moving through their classes, and that is aiming to make in-person schooling more fun and less stressful.

Newsom’s Free Meals Program in California: How Effective Is It?

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer September 16, 2021

   Health. From the start, we are constantly reminded that our health is our wealth. If we eat healthily, we will think healthy. Sometimes, this health can be classified as mental and physical health.     Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken care of...

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Science teachers’ expensive supplies typically get replaced periodically. However, because of COVID-19, many materials bought for the 2020 school year have expired, leading some science teachers to find another way to fund their classes.

Test Tubes and Mushrooms: Science Labs at West

Sarah Han, Staff Writer September 15, 2021

   Good labs are a crucial part of any science class. Over the last two school years, however, science students at West have not been able to properly participate in labs. Instead of getting their hands wet and putting lab coats on, students and teachers...

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Mr. Phelps works with students at home while those in-person are reading an article on the topic of discussion. With some students being at home, teachers are trying to do most in-class activities online so that students both in-person and at home can get the same experience.

We’re Back…On Zoom?

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

It’s been just over two weeks since students have been back on campus. Most students are happy to be back in classrooms, hanging out with friends during lunch, and being able to participate in more school activities such as watching football games and...

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Students make their way through the gates of West High School on their first day of class, wearing masks and presenting their cleared COVID-19 screeners. Photo courtesy of Gaby Nieraeth (11).

Teachers Help Reopen West High

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer September 8, 2021

   It’s 7:56 am on a Thursday morning: A long line of students slowly shuffle into the campus of West High School, displaying their cleared COVID screeners and searching for yet another line to grab their schedules. For the first time in two years,...

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West High students made their way to their classrooms on the first day of school. Recalling the exhilaration, Isis Kim (10) said, “I was so excited to meet my friends I haven’t seen in a year!”

The Return to In-Person School

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer September 4, 2021

   On the morning of August 26, students smiled behind their masks as they reunited with school friends, eager to make their way back to the classroom. As students returned to the hustle and bustle of school hallways, laptop screens and daily Zoom meetings...

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An early start, freshman students make their way to their first periods in West High’s Building Five, ready for learning. Finding their classes is a breeze after already having a few days of instruction.

Fresh to West

Kate Phan, Staff Writer September 4, 2021

   Welcome back to six periods a day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., wobbly desks, and pen and paper. It’s been more than 500 days since West High School last convened in-person, and with a new year comes new freshmen (who are quite clueless about West High)....

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