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The School Newspaper of West High School

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This summer will be different from last year, with things returning back to normal. But it’s important to still maintain our safety by wearing our masks and keeping our distance. Here are some activities that you can do over the summer while staying safe! Photo courtesy of Forbes Magazine.

Summer 2021: Safe and Fun!

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer June 10, 2021

   The sun is gleaming, the birds are chirping, and it seems as though everyone is happy. For many students, it’s their favorite time of the year: summer! That means tons of vacations, free time, and most importantly, not having to worry about school....

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Students make their way down the whimsical garden path into the Mad Tea Party Formal Event. The day before, as ASB was setting up the campus, ASB Advisor Ms. Eriksen expressed her excitement, saying “I think people will be surprised at what school can look like when you throw some different lighting on it. I’m looking forward to it!”

Formal Returns To West High

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer June 3, 2021

   On May 22nd, the campus came to life, adorned with vibrant lights, scattered playing cards, and familiar animated characters— a scene that seemed straight out of Wonderland. After a year without prom, formal events have made a grand return.     But...

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West High’s Summer Workshops will offer five different enrichment opportunities on campus for students between mid-June and early August. Theater Director Ms. Orabuena encourages students to give her workshop a try “if you think you might want to be involved or you just want to come back to school and have fun for a couple weeks.”

West Teachers Offer Free Summer Workshops

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

   Just 11 more days, and summer break will have officially arrived. As the school year comes to a close, the doors of summer opportunity begin to open. Five of West’s teachers are offering free workshops specializing in a variety of skill sets –...

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On top of the new style, the performers had to familiarize themselves with filming, rather than performing on a stage. Morgan Kotecki (11), who plays Rebecca Hiliker in the play, expressed: “Acting from home was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done. It was a fun experience because we had to think outside of the box to put up production but definitely an experience I'll never forget. I’m just glad that we are starting to do more acting in person.”

Behind the Scenes: The Laramie Project

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

   Despite having to cancel their Spring production in 2020 and having to protest for in-person practices, West High’s Theatre Department still found a way to assure that the show must go on. On May 14th and 15th, The Laramie Project, the Theatre...

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Following a TUSD board meeting discussing the full reopening of Torrance campuses, disdain from teachers and students for the district’s decision-making process grows louder.

TUSD Board Democracy

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

   On April 26th, a Special TUSD Board meeting was called to debate on changing the current hybrid schedule this year. The Torrance Unified School District’s (TUSD) Board of Education came to the consensus with a three to two vote, that since the...

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As a month of AP testing continues, students prepare for online exams by taking practice tests. Riyana Roy (10) notes how she plans to study for her AP World History exam: “Since world history is about remembering facts, I’m [going to] use active recall where I ask myself questions about important topics to see if I can remember them. I’ll probably create notes for every unit too, and sort them into various world history themes which would be useful on the DBQ (Document Based Question) portion.”

Conquering AP Anxiety

Westley Kim, Staff Writer May 11, 2021

   The stress of a clock counting down until a final deadline, the anxiety of a pass or a fail, a five or a two. It’s AP season.    With a seemingly infinite number of ways to study, however, it can be helpful to have a little guidance. Robbie...

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Since the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in California, businesses such as movie theaters are slowly beginning to reopen. But after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the elimination of capacity limits in these theaters, some movie-goers wonder if it will remain safe.

It’s Showtime! But Is It Safe?

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer April 30, 2021

     On April 6th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California could lift most state-wide COVID-19 restrictions by June 15th. Along with scrapping the color-coded tier system, capacity limitations in businesses including movie theaters will be...

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Allison Tsai (10) in her campaign video, using a fun intro that took advantage of the popular song “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and related the song to student experiences. After her win, she said, “Knowing that I would be able to do something I loved next year was the most amazing feeling!” Her passion for the job is definitely likely to make her a great leader.

Election Day at West

Westley Kim, Staff Writer April 23, 2021

   Everyone at West has been waiting with bated breath for the release of next year’s ASB government. The results of the election were posted to the ASB Instagram on April 16, and the exciting changes planned by these students are definitely something...

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Asian American hate is not new. And with the normalization of abusive and racist 
comments and stereotypes, it's become harder and harder to recognize racism and hate. But hatred has no place in this country. Now is the time to embrace our differences, not turn them down. So speak out, make your voice heard, and educate yourself.

Enough is Enough

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

   We’ve all been there. We’ve all seen it, or worse, done it. Fingers pulling at the corners of their eyes, exaggerated gibberish flowing from their mouths. This was a light-hearted joke. This was teasing. This was racism.     On March 16,...

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Students returned to West High’s campus for the first time in months as COVID restrictions were loosened in Los Angeles County. Hallways decorated with posters and signs remind students to wear a mask and socially-distance. Blended student Gaby Nieraeth (10) notes how “staircases only go one direction...when walking around campus, some pathways point a certain way, so I had to find alternate paths to get to my classes.”

A Day in the Life of a Blended Student

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

On March 25th and 26th, West High welcomed back about 70% of its student body – one year since the last 2:57 dismissal bell. But what are the new changes to campus and classroom life, and what remains the same? A few of West’s Blended students give...

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West High’s ASB threw themed events for each class using the GooseChase scavenger hunt app. Anika Agarwal (10) participated in the St. Patrick’s Day themed event, noting how one event included collecting as many green items as she could find to photograph: “it was pretty fun, especially [when] asking my family to [help].”

The Hunt Is On!

Alexssa Takeda, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

   With most of our social interactions being limited to awkward breakout room encounters and afterschool Zoom calls, it isn’t uncommon for students to feel disconnected. ASB is working harder than ever to bring students together by hosting activities...

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