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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

West’s All-Male team performs their “killer” monster dance at the end of the Spirit Day event. Julia Araujo (12) felt happy noticing that “all of the teams competing seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

The Shining Event of WDAAM’s Spirit Day

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer March 14, 2023

   On March 4, multiple Southern California Drill and All-Male teams arrived at West High on large yellow buses to compete in the highly anticipated Spirit Day. The teams prepared to show off their talents in the gymnasium in front of well-known judges...

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On Saturday, Mar. 25, West High’s Games Club will be hosting its first interschool chess competition. Pictured: Games Club President Anika Agarwal (12) member Matthias Kim (10). Photo courtesy of Anika Agarwal.

West High Games Club to Host Interschool Chess Competition

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer March 8, 2023

   When Anika Agarwal (12) was a sophomore, West High’s Chess Club was nearly gone. A few years later, the Games Club co-founder is organizing the largest chess tournament the school has ever had.     No matter how you look at it, the pandemic...

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Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle give a standing ovation in apparent consensus at the 2023 State of the Union after President Biden’s rally to “ stand up for seniors [to] show them we will not cut Social Security; We will not cut Medicare.” This move came after a tense exchange between President Biden and Republicans concerning the fate of these two entitlements. One Republican proposal stipulated that Social Security should expire every 5 years, requiring Congressional renewal each time. Such a move would be steeply unpopular among older Americans who constitute a sizable cohort of Social Security and Medicare recipients. Photo courtesy of MSNBC.

Biden Projects Hopeful, Forward-Looking Posture at State of the Union

Philip Lam, Staff Writer March 7, 2023

 “Let’s finish the job.”    President Biden repeated this slogan at least ten times during his 2023 State of the Union address to a packed House Chamber seating the new 118th Congress. The president enlisted lawmakers to address gun violence...

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It is officially softball season and our Warriors are ready for a strong season ahead of them! On Feb. 15, they took their first steps onto the field for the home-opener against Downey High School. This team has practiced all year round to show South Bay what they’ve been working for this spring. Varsity player, Kayla Vargas (11) expresses her focus for this upcoming season, “I feel like this season is going to be great because we are building a good chemistry as a team, I can’t wait to see what the season is about.”

Looking Toward a Promising Season: Softball’s Home-Opener

Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer March 1, 2023

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Audiences enjoyed an array of performances during Multicultural Day: French Club’s fashion show; dance routines from Filipino Culture Club and Black Culture Club; and a folktale reenactment from Taiwanese Chinese American Association. A passionate student body shed light on their culture, making for a very entertaining and informative show. Member and performer for Filipino Culture Club’s hip hop and traditional folk dance routines, Christine Huston (11) explained, “it’s great to show recognition to our culture club, and I think every culture does a great job on putting on amazing performances.”

Diving Into Cultures Around the World With Multicultural Day

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer February 28, 2023

   Throughout Feb. 17, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) lights dimmed and the audience was engulfed with vibrant stage lights, signifying the beginning of West High’s Multicultural Day. During 3rd and 4th period, students caught a glimpse of a variety...

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West High’s Robotics Team puts in their all to compete with others all over the state. Every member utilized their different skills in designing, building, programming, and business to succeed. Through Robotics, their members have gained so many connections outside of the club, bonds, and teamwork skills.

It’s Robot-Building Season

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer February 26, 2023

   For West Torrance Robotics, the first Saturday of the year is a big deal.     It's the day FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) — organizer of the largest robotics competition in the United States — announces...

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“Legally Blonde the Musical” opens on March 23 and showcases a cast of nearly 60 students.  Photo courtesy of Mrs. Orabuena.

Prep for Success: Behind the Scenes of West High’s Legally Blonde Musical

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer February 26, 2023

Brimming with acerbic irony, brilliant vocals, and sharp dance moves, West High Play Production’s "Legally Blonde" is highly anticipated among both cast members and students alike. Fewer things are more iconic among American audiences than leading lady...

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Co-Artistic Director Misa Cohen (12) gets lifted by fellow members of Advanced Dance during the “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” Dance Department show. West High and Dance Department alumna Zoe Kono expressed how “every piece had such different themes and costumes — I could never predict what was going to come next.”

“Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” at West High Dance Department’s Winter Showcase

Philip Lam, Staff Writer February 26, 2023

   As the lights began to dim in the Performing Arts Center, a spirited audience, which turned up in droves, fell silent in anticipation. The culmination of months of diligent work by the West High Dance Department was about to unfold in front of them....

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West Highs new banners brighten campus and promote the Warrior Way

New Year, New West

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer February 23, 2023

   During the 2022-2023 school year, West High has launched a campaign to advertise their brand new logo. West has also been experiencing a spike in school spirit from students and staff. Is this spike related to the rebrand? Was the initiative a good...

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As the second semester begins, students take advantage of the comforts of the new Warrior Loft as a quiet space to study. The Loft was originally created as a way to better utilize the library space. Now refurbished, the Warrior Loft provides an opening environment for students to both work and relax.

The New Warrior Loft

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer February 23, 2023

  If you need a calm, quiet place to study, as you proceed into the second semester, the new Warrior Loft is the place for you!     The Warrior Loft is located inside the library on the second floor. It is now officially open for students during...

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The band Noir walks onto stage as the last performance of the night. The crowd roared as the three juniors started to play.  “I wasn’t expecting so much support on our first night,” stated drummer Elijah Cattouse (11).

2023 Talent Show Rocks West High!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer February 17, 2023

   On February 10, after many days of practicing, West High students walked into the bright spotlights to showcase their talents. West High’s annual talent show is an example of pure dedication to creativity, from the students who perform to the students...

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The greater Los Angeles area, including the South Bay, is ripe with perfect spots catering to the likings of any date-goers.

West High Date Nigh(t)

Sarah Han, News Editor February 13, 2023

   February: the month of love. Whether you love it or hate it, February comes with the expectations of chocolates, flowers, and, of course, a well-planned date. To help you out, here are a few suggestions from fellow West High students: Chado Tea...

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