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The School Newspaper of West High School

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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

​​Bringing the club back to West High after a one-year hiatus, GSA/SAGE board members promise a safe, judgement-free space for LGBTQ students in school. ICC Representative Rachel Pham (11) encourages LGBTQ students of West High to join: “SAGE creates an environment for those who need to connect with people that are in similar situations. Fellow LGBTQIA+ students can help each other out by joining!” Photo courtesy of Bethany Shim (11).

Creating LGBTQ Safe Spaces in Schools

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer October 13, 2021

   Every first and third Friday of the month, dozens of students fill Room 3204 of West High to the brim, coming together as GSA/SAGE (Gay-Straight Alliance/Sexuality and Gender Equality). Though categorized as a “special interest club,” GSA/SAGE...

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COVID-19 vaccines have been a controversial topic among many school districts. TUSD has taken steps to track down student vaccine records without mandating that students must be fully vaccinated, and contact tracing has been strictly enforced to make sure that the COVID-19 virus does not shut down TUSD schools again. TUSD has required mask-wearing in all indoor settings and social distancing, which has helped tremendously with COVID-19 cases in TUSD schools. Students and parents anxiously anticipate the day when schools will return to normal; but whether we take that first step of vaccinating all students is for TUSD to decide.

Implementing COVID-19 Mandates Could Truncate the Pandemic

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer October 1, 2021

   Masks up, sanitizers packed, three feet apart: the drill for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools throughout the country have reopened, despite the global pandemic, out of necessity for schooling.    The distribution of vaccinations to students...

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Right after her 16th birthday, Paityn Yamasaki (10) made it a priority to get vaccinated. She explained how getting a vaccine is a simple procedure: “It’s a very easy process and can go by quickly depending on how busy they are. Make sure to bring your school ID and birth certificate so they can identify you.”

Why Students Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor April 25, 2021

   “April 15, 2021, in the state of California, is not Tax Day,” Governor Gavin Newsom declared. “It’s ‘Vax Day.’”     Since then, all Californians aged 16 and up have become eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. What does...

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Asian American hate is not new. And with the normalization of abusive and racist 
comments and stereotypes, its 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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A rally was held on February 20th at Los Angeles State Historic Park to magnify the recent violence targeting the Asian community. Anti-Asian and Pacific Islander attacks all over the country have significantly increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.

West Must Stand Against Asian and Pacific Islander Racism

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor March 17, 2021

   New York City. Denver. San Francisco. Oakland. Orange County.     Torrance.    Around the country, racist attacks against the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community have increased and intensified since the start of the COVID-19...

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An anti-vax protester criticizes the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Dodger Stadium vaccination site. She is one of many demonstrators who participated in a protest on the afternoon of January 30, assembled by the organization Shop Mask Free Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Los Angeles Times.

Dodger Stadium “Scamdemic” Protest: A Controversy Over Rights and Freedom

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor February 19, 2021

   As hundreds waited in long lines of vehicles to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-vax protesters were present right beside them. On January 30, approximately 50 demonstrators arrived at Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site: one of the largest...

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Herd immunity prevents cases of a virus from spreading among individuals because if there is a high enough number of immunized individuals, the chances of a carrier of a disease coming into contact with someone susceptible to the disease decreases dramatically.

The Importance of Vaccination

Westley Kim, Staff Artist January 18, 2021

   A child is sitting down inside a doctor’s office. The doctor holds  a syringe filled with something — the child doesn’t quite know what. Scared of the needle, the child whimpers a little as the nurse gently dabs alcohol-coated gauze on the...

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Kodi Lee winning America’s Got Talent in 2019 provided inspiration for people who shared many of his identity traits, being blind, autistic, and Asian-American. None of these traits are shown that often in mainstream media, so his victory is seen as a win for diversity because it provides so many people of marginalized groups hope and security.

Diversity in Media and Why it Matters

Westley Kim, Staff Artist January 11, 2021

    We all strive to be recognized, to have our identities validated. One way this works is seeing someone we share one or more traits with portrayed in a well-known work of fiction. However, in many of these works — whether literature or television,...

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Joe Biden’s win turned out to be more focused on Donald Trump’s loss as his legal team campaigned to call out voter fraud in several battleground states.

Democracy: Does it still stand?

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

   It was not the fighting or the civil unrest that was Riya Thakre’s (12) take away from the election. It was the “people in New York [who] were dancing, the lights on the Eiffel Tower [that] were sparkling, and the fireworks in London exploding.”...

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An image of Christopher Columbus. His portrait, although serene, perpetuates a facade of undeserved regality and honor.

Should Indigenous Peoples’ Day Replace Columbus Day?

Westley Kim, Staff Artist October 30, 2020

   In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. While this is true, he also did several other, less favorable things. Because of this, a growing dispute about changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day has become apparent.    Personally, I...

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For the 2020 election, Torrance will only have one ballot box, as determined by Torrance City Council members who cited vandalism. In response, Torrance For Justice led a protest against voter suppression. Photo courtesy of Torrance For Justice.

A Student’s Guide to Politics

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief October 21, 2020

   This year, among other issues, America has dealt with racial unrest, a global pandemic, and a growing partisan divide. Everything, from disease to race, has mutated into a vicious debate: Are masks a moral obligation or an unconstitutional form...

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Although TikTok has its fair share of ups and downs, is this ban the way to fix it?

TikTok and Teens: A Tug-of-War

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer October 14, 2020

   Like every other teen, I’ve downloaded TikTok, enjoyed watching the 15-second videos, and even created my own. I genuinely enjoyed the app. However, after noticing my ever-growing addiction, I deleted it. From then on, TikTok didn’t seep into...

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