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The School Newspaper of West High School

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Seen smiling, spirited students carried along shopping carts, baskets, and buckets on Bring Anything But a Backpack Day! It was definitely one of the more entertaining days as students looked all around to see creative items.

A Spirited Farewell Into Winter Break

Kate Phan, Staff Writer January 17, 2022

   For the final stretch of 2021, students at West High were welcomed on Monday with an abundance of joy for Spirit Week! Nearing Winter Break, the week of December 13th to the 17th was dedicated to the holiday spirit.     West High’s Associated...

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Shown is an example of a negative COVID-19 at home rapid test. One line revealed on the test means results are negative; however, two lines means the patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The Spike in COVID Cases

Kate Phan, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

   Chances are, you know someone who’s recently contracted the coronavirus, which is spreading quickly. At-home rapid tests are sold out, testing sites are booked, and students are on extended absences as they quarantine at home.    In January...

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Warriors are seen cheering for their grade level during the Winter Rally. With high spirits, outdoor rallies allowed closer bonding post-pandemic.

Boosting School Spirit at the Winter Rally

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 5, 2022

   Banger music played in the background as crowds with green, red, purple and blue colored outfits cheered for their grade levels. The stadium at West was filled with high schoolers pumped up for their first Winter Rally in two years, with one thing...

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The West Warriors Cross Country team celebrates their state championship victory on top of a double decker bus. The celebration led by Coach Druten and his runners was well-deserved after a long and hard season. Varsity Runner Matthew Frey (12) felt amazed by what the team had accomplished, recognizing how “it feels great to be a part of the fastest team ever at West High, and [the] second fastest team time in the whole state.”

West High Celebrates Cross Country State Championships

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer January 5, 2022

  Pop! A confetti cannon fires from atop a bus. Streamers and bits of colorful paper float through the air and onto the crowd. Slowly moving down the street is the West High Band, a firetruck, Santa on a unicycle, the Cross Country team on a double-decker...

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Cameras of friends, families, and guardians are aimed at the stage, seen from every other seat. After a year devoid of concerts on West’s campus, the 2021 Winter Wonderland Concert was important for many. From filming Instagram stories to posting on family Facebook pages, this was an important moment to record. Nervous performers knew the significance of the event, so choir director Mr. Dowdle advised them to “just relax. Enjoy yourself. Everything else will be okay.” Photo courtesy of Naoya Yoshimura.

Singing in a Winter Wonderland!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer December 28, 2021

     Lights, camera, action! On a chilly December 10, minutes before 7 p.m., a line of families and friends snaked around the Performing Arts Center (PAC). As the crowd flooded through the doors and into the house’s seats, a group of...

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Candy Cane Lane residents were back to going all out with their holiday themed lights and decorations! “It’s a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit!” Rakza Srivanitchayakun (11) expressed. Photo courtesy of Tommy Nguyen (11).

‘Tis the Season For Candy Cane Lane!

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer December 27, 2021

      Every year, the residents of Robert Road, Pacific Coast Highway, and Doris Way fill their lawns with dazzling holiday decorations, inviting the town to a community-run light show. With extravagant bright lights filling your sight and a cup...

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BTS performs in front of live audiences once again for their “Permission to Dance” tour while fans enjoy their performance, holding up their light sticks (known as Army Bombs) to the tune of the melody. The group, which made history in the past year through their wins at the American Music Awards, represented growth in the popularity of Asian media. Mrs. Lee stated, “it is so impactful and powerful… that Korean culture is featured and available to so many more people.” Photo courtesy of Jasmin Cuaresma (11).

BTS: Making History

Sarah Han, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

   After two long years, BTS finally came back to Los Angeles to perform live in concert. On November 27-28 and December 1-2, SoFi Stadium was filled with thousands of people cheering, laughing, singing, and dancing. Fans who had been waiting for years...

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Two students get lunch at the Red Cart located in Cafe 5. Giving free food to students is crucial, especially in a time of high financial stress for many families. TUSD has been providing free meals since COVID-19 hit last year.

West High and the National School Food Shortage

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer November 16, 2021

   Brring! It’s lunchtime! Every day, schools all across America serve food to their hundreds ― if not thousands ― of hungry students. Eating a midday meal is crucial to the health of growing teens, especially because many tend to skip breakfast....

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Having survived the haunted house, kids are applauded for their bravery. West High’s Dance Department hosted their annual Halloween Haunted House on Friday, October 29th, much to the excitement of students and the community. Dancer Simran Bhattacharya (10) expressed how her favorite part about the haunted house was “being able to create an experience that people will enjoy whether it’s a good scare or just being with your friends.”  Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (11).

Spooky Friday: The Haunted House

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer November 13, 2021

   Bloody shirts, scary faces, and skinny skeletons, all made this year’s Haunted House the spookiest one ever. On Friday, October 29th, West High’s Dance Department hosted their annual Haunted House. The Haunted House was for all middle and high...

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College and Career Day held panels for those who wanted to learn more about their futures. Students gathered in the Performing Arts Center to gain a better understanding of tools that would help them in their future, including the ability to take care of themselves and possible careers that they may want to pursue.

Preparing for the Future with College and Career Day

Sarah Han, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

   As the due date for college applications approaches, students face anxiety surrounding the college admissions process and their future careers.  Many don’t know what to expect or how to prepare for it. West High School’s College and Career Day...

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West High Entertainment Unit’s first-place win at their competition on October 23 showed a lot of progress since their first show at South Bay Invitational. Their score rose from roughly 60 points to nearly 70 points, and the show incorporated more music, choreography, and drill. Overall, the band’s win, though out of two bands in their division, was representative of hard work on the part of the students and staff.

West High Entertainment Unit Wins First Competition of the Season

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

   Bright and early, the West High Band fills the campus with the beautiful sound of their practice. Aside from welcoming students to their classes for the day, the band has also been spending their mornings improving their playing and perfecting their...

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At the end of October, ASB included the theme of Halloween (a popular cultural event) to connect with West’s students and persuade them to stay away from harmful substances.

A Recap on Red Ribbon Week

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer November 9, 2021

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