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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Amongst the influx of first year clubs at West High this year, the Dead Poets Society opens a space for all enthusiastic writers, readers, and those passionate about sharing and exploring the world of poetry. Consider stopping by for lunch meetings in room 4203 every second Friday of the month!

Bringing Poetry to Life With Dead Poets Society Club

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

   As a part of their English class, every student has had the opportunity to explore the world of poetry. From Shakespeare to Poe, the skillfully crafted pieces encapsulate readers and tug on heartstrings. But after the unit ends, it's back to novels...

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During Club Rush, Ukrainian Russian Club representatives hope to assist and provide information for both potential members and casual passersby alike. Remarking on one of the most pressing reasons for founding the URC, President Leah Ho (12) explained the growing imperative “to engage the local community to assist Ukrainian refugees coming to the U.S. every day.” From left to right: Skye Nuesca (10), ICC Representative Sophie Gelinas (10), Julia Huffstutter (10), board member Morgan Tan (10), President Leah Ho (10), Kai Nakajima (10), and Ivy Choi (10). Photo courtesy of Sophie Gelinas (10).

Culture Knows No Boundaries: Meet the Ukrainian Russian Club

Philip Lam, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

   Here to make its debut in an expanding catalog of clubs this school year, the Ukrainian Russian Club (URC) is a new cultural club that is open to any and all potential prospects hoping to enrich themselves through the culture, cuisine, and language...

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On Friday, Sept. 23, Drum Major Riyana Roy (12) and Assistant Drum Major Yumiko Kasai (11) led the West High Entertainment Unit in a home football game against Redondo Union High School.

Major Responsibilities in West High’s Band

Jacob Usary, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   West High’s band offers students the opportunity to experience being leaders in their own class. This opportunity comes in the form of the positions of Drum Major and Assistant Drum Major.     Drum Majors conduct the band, set tempos, and...

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Cheerleading captain Eva Reyes (12) grins as she lifts her Superior award for the United Spirit Association competition. Despite the hardships that come with her leadership role, Reyes still finds passion and joy in cheerleading, even with the challenges that come with it: “I love it as a whole and everything that comes with it, even the conditioning — I don’t mind it because it’s doing what I love,” she explained. 
Photo courtesy of Eva Reyes (12).

Leading Solo: Cheering on Eva Reyes

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   Senior year is a coveted time that many students across West High eagerly look forward to. From grabbing the best seats at class competitions to extravagant prom dances, senior year is a breath of fresh air for many.     However, senior year...

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Throughout her time at West, ASB President Allison Tsai (12) has learned how to help others as well as how to set goals for herself: “I’ve learned so much about being there for those around me. West is a community of what I think are really close people, and it’s been so welcoming. I think it has taught me to step out of my shell and has given me ways to improve myself.” Art/Photo courtesy of Allison Tsai.

Allison Tsai on Hard Work and Giving Back

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 18, 2022

   For hundreds of seniors across campus at West, their last year of high school is filled with both bittersweet memories and nostalgic emotions. It’s a time for both laughing at embarrassing moments as a freshman and fondly looking back on achievements....

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After a year of waiting, West High school has brought awareness to Indian culture with its new club, Indian Students Association. The clubs first meeting was a success as more than 50 students attended.

Indian Student Association Club Comes to West

Hridhya Sukumaran, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

    Every year, West High gives its students an opportunity to start their own club. One club new to West this year is the Indian Student Association (ISA). ISA is a cultural club with many activities and events for students to learn more about Indian...

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Book Club board members Kyna Sarhaya (10), Isabella Chow (10), and Sue-Yan Chin (10) advertise the new club with bright posters and popular books lining the table.  On September 14, 2022 Book Club attended Club Rush in hopes of encouraging students to join. President Morgan Tan (10) noted the importance of reading as it is “a lifelong hobby that makes you a more well rounded person.”

Ready to Read at West’s Book Club

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

West’s annual Club Rush has always been a great way to advertise the participation of student groups. Every year new clubs are formed with great ideas on how to educate our students. Book Club was recently made to celebrate the passion of reading, and...

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Navigating your way as a new club on campus is not an easy task, but the Film Critics Club seems to already have a foot in the door. With the Film Critics Club, passionate students could learn about all types of  media and film techniques, appreciate them and also express their opinions freely with other like-minded individuals. Go check them out at lunch every Thursday in room 8100!

Lights, Camera, Critique! A Spotlight on WHS’s Film Critics Club

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

Decked with bold posters, handmade signs and colorful table spreads, West’s Club Rush seemed to pull out all the stops in advertising the countless organizations on campus. The booming music and rushed footsteps could hardly mask the excited chatter...

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Students wave their flashlights in time with music to show support for the Football Team at West High’s first football game.

Welcome to the WARRZONE

Cyrilla Zhang, Sports Editor November 1, 2022

   What cheers loud, shouts proud, and strives for victory? The Warrzone! This year’s newest addition to Friday Night Lights is an official student section: cleverly named the “Warr-Zone” after our very own West High Warriors. This newly-branded...

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Filipino Culture Club (FCC) President Kayla Dadivas (12) speaks to a circle of attendees about new club events and board members. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022 was the first general FCC meeting, filled with authentic Filipino food, music, and important information for this year. Club members can look forward to  new merch designs, and bonding with branches of FCC at other South bay schools. This month is especially important for the club since it is the Filipino American History Month. The board members took this opportunity to inform attendees of the importance of recognizing the history of Filipino-Americans who paved the path for future generations.

Filipino Cultural Club and Filipino American History Month

Eli Fauni, Opinion Editor October 19, 2022

With influencers like Olivia Rodrigo, Beabadoobee, and Bretman Rock, and dishes like sinigang, adobo, and lumpia dominating the internet, there’s never been a better time for Filipino pride. Amplifying this pride even further, October is also known...

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Club Spotlight: Mindful Club

Club Spotlight: Mindful Club

Jasmin Cuaresma, Staff Photographer October 10, 2022

For the first Mindful Club meeting of the new school year, Co-Presidents Khushi Sharma (12) and Sarah Han (12) wear their frog headbands as they walk through the yearly agenda with new members.  On Sept. 30, 2022 Mindful Club made a comeback with a new...

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Musician and rapper Dominic Disloquez (12) reveals his most recent music release “teenagevampire777” featuring musician PolkaDot. Disloquez, who goes by the stage name Sh1nn Digital, dropped his first single “m3lanch0ly” with musician p0pstarcutie 4 months ago on SoundCloud. Since then he has expanded to more music platforms. On Friday, Oct.14, Disloquez will be performing in his first concert called “Friday the 14th alongside his fellow musicians.

Friday the 14th

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer October 9, 2022

   For many, a concert is one of life’s greatest pleasures.     To see a musician perform live — to hear the subtle, human imperfections usually edited out by studio engineers, to be in the same room as the person whose work you have loved...

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