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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, members of the robotics team construct and build upon one of their many prototypes. Pieces of machinery like this one are one of several required to build the finished robot. From left to right: Rugved Patil (11), Advait Sawalkar (12), Ishan Samarasinghe (12).

Young Engineers: “We the People” Robotics Team

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer March 29, 2024

   Ten years ago, the West Torrance Robotics Club was created on campus. Throughout the years, the club has expanded remarkably,  providing students with a competitive environment that fosters leadership while teaching the basics of engineering such...

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Students can enjoy the Wellness Center’s large room full of fun activities.

West High’s Hidden Gem: The Wellness Center

Katelyn Baba, Staff Writer March 26, 2024

   Have you or any one of your friends ever needed a place to go when stressed about tests, problems, or other events? If so, come to West High’s very own Wellness Center! Located on the first floor of Building 4 in room 4140, the Wellness Center...

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Cheng beckons proudly towards Torrances 2024 Rose Parade float, The Lyrical Call of Nature. Submitted for a school art assignment, her design beat out 16 other high school contestants in a citywide competition to represent Torrance in the 2024 Tournament of Roses on New Years Day. Photo courtesy of Jodie Cheng (12).

Jodie Cheng’s “Lyrical Call of Nature” Honored at 2024 Rose Parade

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor March 25, 2024

     Entering the cavernous facilities of the Fiesta Parade Floats amid the cold January weather of Irwindale, Jodie Cheng (12) marveled at the spectacular 35-foot long display of twisting paper mache trunks, explosive orchid arrangements and...

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In a surprising move to many, West Capitaneus, the school yearbook publication, will be discontinuing the popular, longstanding tradition of senior quotes. Citing logistical concerns, the West High administration has maintained this restriction, prompting petition by nearly a quarter of the student body.

Say Goodbye to Senior Quotes

Cyrilla Zhang, Editor-in-Chief March 21, 2024

Think of all the Sharpie messages scrawled across the walls of high school bathroom stalls. The drawings on desks — notes to whoever comes next, warning them of a surprise quiz or saying hello. The initials etched into the concrete under a stairwell...

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Thursday, Oct. 5’s theme was Mathletes or Athletes, where students choose to dress up as one of the two subjects. Students in Mr. Collin’s AP Biology class sported their unique choices of attire. From left to right: Leah Ho (11), Gabriel White (11), and Mackenzie Ashford (11).

Get Ready for Some School Spirit!

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer March 21, 2024

    During West High’s spirit weeks, ASB plans exciting themes that allow students to wear unique attire and bring props to school. From Monday, Oct. 2 to Friday, Oct. 6, students participated in the first spirit week of the 23-24 school year. Themes...

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No Need to Panic Panic, its Just the Senior Panoramic

No Need to Panic Panic, it’s Just the Senior Panoramic

Christian Robledo, Staff Writer March 20, 2024

  For most at West, school could not be going by any slower. But, for the class of 2024, it seems to be the beginning of the end. On Oct. 11,  seniors gathered for their yearbook panoramic photo.  While this task may seem dismal and uninteresting...

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A nurse takes the blood of volunteer Aeonn Rubi (12). Both sweet and brave, theyre heroes. Thanks to those who donated and those who volunteered. You’re truly making a difference.

Saving Lives One Needle At a Time

Christian Robledo, Staff Writer March 12, 2024

   Donors save lives. It might be hard to believe, but even some West High students have already become donors by giving their blood at our annual blood drive. Whether for personal reasons or out of altruism, many people elected to have their blood...

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Support from College and Career Counselor Mr. Garcia is available to all West students either by appointment through Schoology or by walk-in from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. in room 7107. Additionally, support from the four A-Z counselors is available through appointment on Schoology or walk-in, in the administration building.

Onwards We March: West High’s College and Career Day

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer March 12, 2024

  With the majority of college admissions decisions due to be released this March, a heavy cloud of anxiety surrounds many seniors at West. Even for non-seniors, questions surrounding future careers can be overwhelming. Luckily, College and Career Day...

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The leaders of the West High Entertainment unit huddle together before the performance.

Band Season Concludes as WHEU Makes It To Championships

Jackson Mancilla, Staff Writer March 8, 2024

It feels like it was just yesterday that band students were stepping onto the field for the first time of the season, with little knowledge of how to march or how to play the musical arrangements. Five months went by in a flash since the sweltering hot...

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The manleaders work together to lift several of their teammates into the air during the halftime show of the Powderpuff game. In spite of their short training period of mere weeks, the manleaders did not fail to deliver on their promise of an entertaining and impressive performance that kept the crowd invigorated.

Flying High at Powderpuff

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer March 8, 2024

   Doubtlessly, the Powderpuff game was an event eagerly anticipated by many West students as the highlight of this year’s winter rally. Featuring solely seniors, the Powderpuff players were split into two teams: the Pink Pancakes and the Maroon...

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The Theatre Department’s 2023 fall musical “Changing Keys” was performed Wednesday, Nov. 15 to Friday, Nov. 17.

Changing Keys: A Fall Musical!

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer March 8, 2024

   When people attend a West High theater production, they can always expect the promise of a wonderful time. And the theater department’s 2023 fall musical “Changing Keys” certainly delivered. After auditions early in the school year, practices...

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With delegates organized into mock cities of around 50 residents, my hometown of Chandler prepares its tent ahead of a city exposition where groups contend for the “Model City” recognition. Nico DeSesa (12), a fellow resident and city council member, remarked that “it was incredible how well put-on the event was,” referring to Boys and Girls State as a whole. “Students ran the event and it felt very freeing, a micro-community formed in . . . the week we were there,” he shared.

To the 2024 Cohort: Lessons I Learned From Boys and Girls State

Sponsored by the veterans' organization the American Legion, the highly selective summer leadership and civics program touts itself as “a week that shapes a lifetime.”
Philip Lam, Editor-in-Chief January 16, 2024

   The pacifying hums of the road engulfed my synapses throughout the June bus ride to the Golden State’s capital, a jet-black curtain enshrouding anything and everything along the lonely interstate. Save for a motley assortment of constellations,...

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