The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Westin the Warthog shows his Warrior Pride during a game. As he walked down the field, cheers could be heard from the student section sending love to our new hype man.

Hypeman Headaches? What does West think about Westin?

Christian Robledo, Staff Writer September 19, 2023

     On Friday, August 25th on the football field, West High was introduced to what was believed to be our new mascot: Westin the Warthog. However, the school administration soon cleared up in an online post that Westin is merely a hypeman for our...

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The push by public schools for more STEM-centered learning is nothing new, and has been around since at least the 1950s. When competing against the Soviets in the Space Race first began, it consumed every aspect of American culture, and in a way still does. This desire to become a leading country in STEM-related subjects has endured throughout the years, steamrolling the fine arts behind the glamor and flashy headlines of new advancements and scientific discoveries.

Make Way, STEM Coming Through!

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer September 18, 2023

   “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The question is one we’ve all heard numerous times before — when adults don’t know what exactly to say to a seven-year-old you, and when it’s time to start thinking of college ten years later....

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What the Bell Is Going On?

What the Bell Is Going On?

Philip Lam, Associate Editor-in-Chief & Opinion Editor July 7, 2023

   Edgar Allan Poe encapsulated it the best. In life, there are four types of bells: silver bells are merry and melodious, capturing the adolescent ebullience and youthful vigor that herald one’s prime; golden bells characterize the happiness and...

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With Biden’s student loan debt  forgiveness plan on pause until the Supreme Court reaches its decision, 45 million Americans are left  wondering if they’ll have to carry the financial burden of college into the future.

Education Is a Right, Not a Business Deal

Jacob Usary, Staff Writer May 19, 2023

   More than 45 million Americans have taken out student loans, totaling to a whopping $1.6 trillion of debt. Their situation has been thrust into the national spotlight after the Biden administration announced in October 2022 that it would forgive...

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Though firmly embedded into AP English curriculum, timed writes can encourage rushed, single-draft essays, leaving students little opportunity for improvement in grammar conventions and professional writing.

DOes timed writing teach you how to to right correctly?

Philip Lam, Associate Editor-in-Chief & Opinion Editor May 11, 2023

   Have you ever experienced this? You right vary fast during a timed write in AP Lang or AP Lit hoping to scour a high grade. ?With 50 minutes on the glock, you crutch your pen as you split out as many information as possible. Confidant with your...

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ChatGPT is advanced by the standards of modern AI. However, its formulaic style is a main drawback, especially in English classes, where writing ability is meant to be cultivated by students.

Is ChatGPT Taking Over English Classes?

Anthony Parker, Entertainment & News Editor May 10, 2023

   On Nov. 20,  the San Francisco based company, OpenAI, created a language AI software called ChatGPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer). The software boosted in popularity, reaching 13 million unique users per day. The AI is known for being so...

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It’s no secret that the K-pop industry isn’t the best towards their idols. There have been many cases of exploitation and abuse by companies towards their idols, utilizing their looks and appeal in their fans to push certain agendas and toxic ideologies that reinforce long-standing social issues in South Korea.

Blinded by Stardom: The Inner Turmoil Behind Becoming a K-pop Idol

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor April 27, 2023

   Glowing with dazzling performance outfits, snappy choreography, and brilliant stage lights, the shining star power of K-pop has swept across the globe, becoming one of the foremost entertainment industries, generating over a billion dollars in estimated...

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The famous bow scene, depicted above, has become iconic in pop culture. To capture the film’s sunset, it took 8 days to shoot— while any other director would’ve called in CGI artists.

Please, Please, Go Watch Titanic

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer March 28, 2023

   There are no Titanic spoilers. You know how the movie ends. The ship sinks.     But it's difficult to say why you know that— is it because of the tragedy, or the film itself?     The 1912 disaster was not the deadliest shipwreck...

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With over 12 million copies sold, Hogwarts Legacy is one of the top selling video games on the P.C. distributing platform Steam. With the open-world fantasy costing $59.99, there has been renewed debate as to how much of the sales goes toward J. K. Rowling. Emerging as a prominent social reactionary within recent years, Rowling has faced sweeping condemnation for her views widely deemed as transphobic. The release begs two questions: how might Rowlings presence have impacted the game, and what might this say about its consumers?

No, Buying Hogwarts Legacy Doesn’t (Necessarily) Make You a Bigot

Philip Lam, Associate Editor-in-Chief & Opinion Editor March 3, 2023

   Ever since its Feb. 10 release, the open-world fantasy video game Hogwarts Legacy has sold over 12 million copies and generated over $850 million in global revenue amid controversies surrounding J. K. Rowling, creator of the beloved Harry Potter...

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The inaccurate portrayal of  romantic ideals and healthy relationships normalized on-screen can have detrimental effects on impressionable demographics.

Soured Valentines: How Media Misconceptions Can Leave Viewers With a Warped Sense of Romance

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor February 22, 2023

   When it comes to romance, our first thoughts are typically chocolate valentines, walks on the beach, and cringe-worthy rom-coms. On the screen, the sun always seems to shine on picnic dates and adorable stuffed animals. However, reality can be far...

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), every packaged food is required to have nutritional information published on the package. Kelly Brown (10) stated that wrestlers take great importance of nutritional labels: “We choose what we eat based on our calorie intake.”

Are Calorie Labels Lying to You?

Anthony Parker, Entertainment & News Editor February 8, 2023

   Nutrition labels can be found on nearly all packaged foods. Many people who strive to be healthy pay close attention to the nutritional information on food packaging. It may even be a factor in deciding whether they eat specific foods. What if these...

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Though he’s no stranger to controversy, Andrew Tate’s latest rise to fame in 2022 raises relevant concern to the development and views of young men and individuals under his influence. Enticed by his exploding charisma, self-help advice, and astonishing views on male supremacy, this self-made multi-millionaire, former kickboxing world champion, and media personality was able to rake in millions of fans, online supporters, and dollars.

Who Andrew Tate Really Is

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

   Late into the night on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, Romanian authorities arrested social media influencer Emory Andrew Tate. Among his charges were six counts of human trafficking and one count of rape.     The arrest concludes the latest chapter...

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