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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

At their first meeting, Sending Love Club members show off their hand-crafted heart boxes as they prepare for a year full of heart shaped crafts. Photo courtesy of Allison Tsai (11).

Sending Love from West High

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer October 16, 2021

   Every other Thursday at lunch, room 5139 of West High becomes home to the members of Sending Love Club. At first glance, club members can be seen making different craft projects. But the purpose of Sending Love extends much further than just arts...

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FCA (Fellowship of Chrsitian Athletes) met for the first time in person last Thursday to have fellowship and build relationships with one another. They played games, ate food, and listened to a message by a leader. Photo courtesy of Eva Brandt.

Club Feature: FCA and Young Life

Sarah Han, Staff Writer October 13, 2021

   The best thing about school is the community that comes with it ― whether students find their people through art, music, robotics, or mathematics, people are what make or break the high school experience. Some West students have chosen to create...

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Both Future Health Professionals (HOSA) and American Red Cross are designed to aid students hoping to go into medical fields by providing education and activities. People like Catbagan and our community servers are proof of those efforts.

Meet West’s Future Health Experts!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer October 11, 2021

   Say hello to Future Health Professionals (HOSA) and the American Red Cross!    HOSA is a club for those looking to work in health care. Some notable fields that the club covers include the veterinary field, nursing, and epidemiology. HOSA...

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Handing out fliers, shouting out to students, and holding up signs, TCAA and VSA use their opportunity at Club Rush to attract new members. Now that students are back in person, clubs like these can finally resume activities as usual. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wang (11) and Vanessa Le (12).

Club Spotlight: Taiwanese Chinese American Association and Vietnamese Student Association

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

   Interested in learning more about East Asian cultures? Look no further – here are two clubs that you might want to join during the 2021-2022 school year.    The Taiwanese Chinese American Association is a club dedicated to appreciating and...

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Brilliantly Shooting the ball, Boys Varsity Water Polo senior Tyler Reed (12) scores a point for his team in a heated battle against Culver City. Reed plays club water polo in addition to highschool water polo and this season, all those hours of dedication are paying off. Not only is he a valuable player, but according to Ian Noe (9), “he always acts like a team leader” and “brings positive energy to the team.”

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Reed

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer October 7, 2021

 This week’s Athlete of the Week is an athlete with strong game skills, a drive to succeed, and a shining personality. When teammates were asked to describe water polo point, Tyler Reed (12), this is what they came up with:  “Very skilled” “Incredible...

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FCCLA members are stitching dolls for one of their community service projects: Dollies for Doctors in 2019. These dolls were used to show kids how they were going to be operated on to put them at ease. Photo courtesy of Pragna Chennuri (12).

FCCLA and FBLA: A Little Peek Into the World Outside of Our Classes

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer October 6, 2021

   There are six required classes at school: math, science, English, history, physical education, foreign language. But High School is more than just these six classes. High school is where you can experiment with new things and discover who you are...

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West High’s Friendship Club is back on campus with a ton of new in-person events! After almost two years of missing out on activities due to the pandemic, West High Chapter co-president Faith Iwanaka (11) is “super excited to get going again this year.”

Making Connections With Friendship Club

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor October 6, 2021

   During the almost two years of quarantine, many of students’ social interactions had been limited to impersonal Zoom meetings and the occasional socially-distanced outing with friends. For some, maintaining friendships and establishing new bonds...

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The Academic Decathlon team at the LA County competition in 2020, the last in-person competition. During the 2020 competition, the West’s Acadec placed third out of a total of 39 teams. Photo Courtesy of Shreya Reddi (12).

Well-Rounded: Academic Decathlon

Sarah Han, Staff Writer October 2, 2021

   The name “Academic Decathlon” (or Acadec) is an intimidating term. With it comes the image of perfect straight-A students competing about their knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays or Newton’s contribution to science. However, Acadec is about...

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The back design of the class of 2022 shirt designed by Shozi, which she said “ was difficult trying to create something that everyone would like. That’s why I based it off of In-N-Out since I know many people like that.”

A Deeper Look Into Who Created the Senior Class Shirts

Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer October 2, 2021

   Marisa Shozi (12) was tasked with creating and designing the class shirt for the Seniors of 2022. Her design reflected a key part of Southern California culture as well as the class of 2022 as a whole: In-N-Out restaurants, a staple of California...

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Molly Paulson (11) assists the “For The Kids” Club Rush booth in front of Building 5 where groups of people line up to apply for club membership. Paulson describes the experience: “It was very exciting. I thought it was amazing how many kids signed up for our club.”

West High’s Clubs of 2021-22: For The Kids

Kate Phan, Staff Writer October 2, 2021

   IVs, stiff beds, and hospital food -- sometimes patients need a little more comfort in these hard times. This year, a new club called “For The Kids” has emerged to provide these comforts.     “For The Kids” originated from the experiences...

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Cailey Umamoto (12) entertains a life full of energy, dance, a dream to travel, and so much more. With 4 committed years at West, she is dressed for success. Through these years, she has a continued pursuit in her love of dancing and dedication to fellow confreres. Looking forward, Umamoto hopes for a bright future of travel and University.

Senior Spotlight: Cailey Umamoto

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer October 2, 2021

   For Seniors, being back at school is a fresh experience, as their only full year on campus had been spent as a Freshman. After two years online/blended, those freshies are now at the top of the school. Cailey Umamoto (12), one of those Seniors, found...

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UNICEF Club excitedly advertises their club as West’s Club Rush, encouraging  students to join. If you want to be part of this club go to their meetings on Tuesdays at lunch in room 5106.

Reasons Why You Should Join UNICEF Club

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer October 1, 2021

  Do you want to make a difference in the world and meet new friends? Well, join West High’s United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF club is dedicated to giving a voice to every child in the world. They teach students...

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