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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Mr. Vick Garcia guides students to success with his approachable, easy-going personality. He is prepared to equip students with the college and career life skills necessary to move forward with their lives, no matter where their future plans take them.

New College and Career Counselor Mr. Vick Prepares Students for the Future

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   West High’s new college and career counselor, Mr. Vick Garcia, has made a welcoming entrance by helping students find their futures. Students enjoy Mr. Vick’s company and advice, giving West a warm reception to one of its newest Warrior faculty.     Mr....

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Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church”, is located in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California. It is well known for the organic architecture and prime location on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. It looks like the perfect place to spend with your significant other,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), adding that the chapel “looks like a fantasy.” Surrounded by a lush grassy landscape, majestic redwood trees, and cobblestone walkways that lead  to a breathtaking ocean view, this mystical chapel captures a fairytale-like ambience.

Hidden Gems of the South Bay

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer November 16, 2022

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Early in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 25, seniors dress in their comfy sweaters and pants with a cup of warm coffee in their hands, and reminisce over their years at West. Gathered together at the football field for Senior Sunrise, the class of 2023 enjoyed the last taste of their highschool careers as they head towards their own paths in the future.

Senior Sunrise

Jasmin Cuaresma, Staff Photographer October 29, 2022

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Photographed here is the nine-member panel seated during the ninth and final public hearing before the Midterm Elections. The Select Committee comprises Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Ms.), Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), majority committee members Pete Aguilar (D-Ca.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca.), Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fl.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Adam Schiff (D-Ca.), and minority committee member Adam Kinzinger (R-Il.)

New Revelations Emerge from Latest January 6th Hearing, Including Trump Subpoena

Philip Lam, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

   Originally set to reconvene on September 28, the January 6th Select Committee postponed its ninth hearing to October 13 due to Hurricane Ian’s ravaging of the Florida coast. The proceedings were the latest in a chain of public hearings since June...

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Warm Nights and Glowing Lights:
The ever so popular St. James Fair returns! Held annually at St. James Catholic School for educational fundraising, the fair was open from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9 this year. Students from across the South Bay gathered for the thrilling rides, mouthwatering appetizers, and game booths. Attendee Alan Bribiesca (11) expressed his excitement: “It’s pretty fun to come and hang out with friends, while messing around. It was worth paying [for tickets] for this once in a lifetime experience.” (Pictured: Jordan Seiler (11) and Alan Bribiesca (11))

Festive Fun at the St. James Fair

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

To many, the whirring of carnival rides and the smell of fall-themed food stands are the birthplace of festivity. Flashing lights and loud popular music encapsulates students and families alike as they enter the iconic St. James Fair.     Every...

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Hana Kim (11) explains how FBLA’s game works to a dad and his son. A third boy stands by, patiently waiting for his turn. This was the least busy the booth was for the entire day — a queue of five or more wasn’t uncommon. In the background, older kids could be seen scattered about, playing one of the fair’s many games.

The Hometown Fair: 50 Years Strong

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

In 1972, the South Bay was starting to take shape. Carson turned 4, Lomita turned 8, and Rancho Palos Verdes was trying to decide whether it wanted to become a city. Torrance had just built the Del Amo mall, Redondo completed the Seaside Lagoon, and Manhattan...

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Searching for the right scholarships can be daunting for high school seniors. Luckily, there are plenty of out-of-the-ordinary scholarships for the class of 2023 application season. (AI Art/Photo by Sullivan Kolakowski)

Unscouted Scholarships

Sullivan Kolakowski, Photography Editor October 25, 2022

College applications are not the only deadline high school seniors have to worry about this month: scholarship applications are also due soon. A quick Google search of “scholarships”, will show about 1,260,000,000 results. Finding the right scholarship...

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Students dance the night away with friends in the transformed courtyard of building five at Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. A photo booth, selfie stand, and snack table were just some of the options open for dance attendees. It was an absolute blast of a Homecoming done by West High’s Associated Student Body (ASB) team. ASB brainstormed the theme of “Saturday Night Fever,” inspired by the disco parties in the 1970’s. An ASB representative, Gracie Ito (11), expressed how she “enjoyed Hoco this year,” and how the “dance floor was fun and the photo opportunities were also great.” (Art/Photo by Roger Ayad)

Saturday Night Fever

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer October 23, 2022

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With a camera in one hand and a bed sheet in another, teens roam the streets in the dark searching for the perfect background for their “Ghost Photoshoot.” As one of the biggest TikTok trends of 2020, this fun and easy activity was a perfect way to celebrate the fall season and Halloween while remaining socially distant.

Four Activities for a Memorable Halloween

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer October 20, 2022

     Halloween is the early herald of the holiday season, a pleasant break from the drab of all that first semester homework and an opportunity to gouge on guilt-free candy. Though it may fall on a Monday this year, there’s plenty you can...

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A Night to Remember. Ryan McBride (11) asks Danielle McClain (11) to accompany him to the Homecoming Dance at the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Emotions were running high, as McBride had just finished a triumphant game against South High.  Adrenaline high, he asked McClain to Homecoming and scored another win when she said yes. He reflected on the hoco proposal: “Asking her immediately after taking the dub against South was like a movie, and got me really hyped!” (Art/Photo courtesy of Reagan Naylor (11))

Homecoming Proposals

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer October 19, 2022

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Ethan Thompson (10), Jesse Goodbar (10), Nathaniel Newhart (10), Jack Morton (10), all posing for a once in a lifetime photo on homecoming night.

Homecoming Best Dressed 2022

Triton Prichard, Staff Writer October 9, 2022

   As the lights shine, and the music blasts, you look around and see people dressed their best. There are multiple things to look forward to at the beginning of the school year, whether it be the Friday night football games, or what Nate Newhart (10)...

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Lauren Ng (12) and Frank Wong (12) share the life-long memory of becoming West’s new Homecoming champions. The stadium roared with excitement as Wong and Ng’s  names were announced.

West’s Homecoming King and Queen Have Been Elected!

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

 The night sky glimmered as students in fancy dresses and suits walked onto the stage that had been assembled on the 50-yard line. Alongside the rest of the Homecoming court, Lauren Ng (12) and Frank Wong (12) stood staring at the bustling crowd, awaiting...

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