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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

West plays their second football game of the season. During halftime, there was an amazing performance from our band and color guard. Band member Mayu Herrera (11) reflected: “I think that the music we play might be a bit of encouragement!”

Halftime Highlights: West vs. Santa Monica

Amrynn Gordon, Staff Photographer September 18, 2023

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Mr. Lai also coaches for the Cross Country team at West. Runner Natsuki Nawachi(9) expressed that as a runner, “he pushed everyone to do their best.” Whether it be in or out of the classroom, Mr. Lai continues to be an inspiration for all of us.

Guiding Explorations: Meet the New Teacher Nurturing Scientific Minds

Maya Nawachi, Staff Photographer September 18, 2023

   Walking around and hanging out with friends at Del Amo mall is something we have all done. For Mr. Lai, the new Biology teacher, that’s no different. At one point in time, he too would hang out with his friends at the mall. After leaving for college...

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Congratulations to Mrs. Chambers for winning  Teacher of the Year.

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Chambers

Elise Fauni, Opinion Editor June 26, 2023

   For some students, school becomes a place of boring and repetitive nature. Countless hours are dedicated to studying for the sake of a passing test score, prioritizing memorization over comprehension. Often lost in the structure of our education...

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On May 21 in the Hermosa Beach Playhouse Theater, Wyatts man nanny Stassin Sexton and filmmaker Eric Light share the stage, describing the emergence of the WYATZ66 film. Photo courtesy of Jordan Salmon.

WYATZ66: The Story of Wyatt Eddy

   On Sunday, May 21, in the Hermosa Beach Playhouse Theater — roughly five miles from the late Wyatt Eddy’s hometown of Torrance, CA — WYATZ66 premiered. Under the direction of filmmaker Erik Light, the documentary captivated the eyes and tugged...

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Honors Decathlete Qinghan Jia (10) and Varsity Decathlete Kyle Chung (10) share their jubilation after having won 7th at the state competition and several individual medals. The 44th Annual California Academic Decathlon was held at the Santa Clara Marriott venue near San Jose in Northern California. Photo courtesy of Michelle Zhang.

Academic Decathlon Wins 2nd In County, Top 7 At State

Philip Lam, Associate Editor-in-Chief & Opinion Editor May 19, 2023

   What’s the product of 2½-hour daily practice after-school, rigorous discipline, ten additional subjects to study, and over 700 pages of literature to read? A 2nd place win for West High’s Academic Decathlon at the county competition, a 7th...

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Dulnaka Jalath (12) won this year’s inter-school chess competition at West High. Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (12).

West High Games Club Hosts Inter-School Chess Competition

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor May 19, 2023

   Before West High’s Games Club Co-Presidents Anika Agarwal (12) and Claire Perry’s (12) efforts, there hadn’t been a chess competition at West High for years –– much less one between multiple schools. Now, West’s Games Club is proud to...

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Perfectly in sync, Claire Perry (12) and Amanda Bruers (10) toss their flags in a performance  titled “Medusa.” Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (12).

Flags, Rifles, and Sabres, Oh My!

Triton Prichard and Cyrilla Zhang May 17, 2023

   Although Color Guard isn’t familiar to many, it is a sport that requires just as much hard work and practice as any other.    At practices, members typically warm up, get equipment, and clean up choreography. Then, the team does a few runs...

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West High Black Culture Club Secretary Zara Simon (10) reads her poem “My Skin” at the 22nd annual “Continuing the Legacy” event for the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce on March 2. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Murata.

West High Black Culture Club Featured at Torrance Chamber of Commerce’s Black History Month Celebration

Lauren Ng, Co-Editor-in-Chief May 15, 2023

   Yellow for optimism and prosperity. Red for the blood of lost lives. Green for the lush environment of African land. Black for resilience and identity. Each of the Black History Month colors add a distinct layer to the tapestry – and when threaded...

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The West High Cheer Team performs at all football games to cheer on Warriors and bring energy to the student section.

West’s Cheer Captain on Why You Should Join Cheer

Jacob Usary, Staff Writer April 24, 2023

   Cheer captain Eva Reyes (12) has been on the team at West High for four years, and has been involved in cheerleading for the last 15. As her final year on West’s team nears its end, Reyes reflects on her experiences and the importance of future...

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In the tough game against the Torrance Tartars, Skyler Schultz (12) looks out to her teammates and is ready to work to obtain the lead and prevent the Tartars from scoring. Photo Courtesy of Skyler Schultz.

Senior Spotlight: Skyler Schultz

Ilma Patel, Assistant Social Media Manager March 13, 2023

   On Senior Night, Skyler Schultz (number 18 on the field)  scored the only winning goal against the tough El Segundo Eagles. Despite starting the game off 0-0 in the first half and most of the second half, Schultz stepped up her game and brought...

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Varsity Water Polo player and California Scholarship Federation (CSF) tech coordinator Mia Yuguchi (12) is enjoying her final months as a West High student.

Mia Yuguchi on Lessons Learned

Jacob Usary, Staff Writer March 3, 2023

   With the end of another school year approaching faster than we realize, and a fresh group of wide-eyed eighth graders getting ever closer to their first day of high school, it is helpful to consult the wisdom of a senior, particularly one who is...

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Student couple Jason Huffstutter (12) and Claire Perry (12) have been together for nearly two years. Photo courtesy of Jason Huffstutter.

Spotlight: Student Sweethearts at West

Natalie Ou, Sports Editor March 2, 2023

   The season of love isn’t limited to the month of February – all year long, student life is dotted with couple ship names and the occasional relationship drama. But for longtime couples, the seasonal sentiment is year-round.     West High...

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