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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

As a tutor for Tutorial Club, Sohan Devalapurkar (11) helps students in the library at lunch and after school free of charge. In addition to offering help on a regular basis, Tutorial Club tutors plan to help teachers during potential cram sessions before finals.

Final Tips for Studying for Finals

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 13, 2022

   Textbooks, highlighters, and a mug of coffee: this is what finals week looks like each year, with students from all grade levels working hard to seal the grade they want. Often, there isn’t enough time or students’ minds are in turmoil regarding...

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Shant Mazmanian (12) catches a wave as he practices on a sunny Saturday morning. Surfing is a sport that requires great passion and dedication, and Manzmania has both. His perseverance has allowed him to compete against South Bay’s top high school surfers.

Athlete of the Week: Shant Mazmanian

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 3, 2021

   This week’s athlete of the week has strong game skills, an outgoing personality and a drive to succeed. Cold weather, waves, and longboards accompany Shant Mazmanian (12) each morning. Mazmanian is part of West High’s Surfing Team and started...

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It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkins have never been more popular – whether that’s on doorsteps or the dinner table. Students shared their favorite autumn season recipes, hoping to not only spread the great taste but the fall feeling. Natalia Cruz-Chicas (10) expressed how “every time I bake something, I still never get bored. It’s really my favorite thing!”

Warrior Fall Baking!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 29, 2021

   With the fall season comes the fashion, sports, and cozy Thanksgiving feel. As the holiday season rolls around, students cook up various dishes at home. Ovens are baking in the midst of the season’s chilliness: everything’s getting all toasty!...

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Having served in the military and now as a Computer Science and Math teacher at West, Mr. Reyes decorated his classroom with posters reflecting his life experiences. He hopes to “live up to expectations of the wars of the past, live by example for the wars of the present and hope to be used as a model for the wars of the future.”

Honoring Our Veterans: Mr. Reyes

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer November 20, 2021

   November 11 was a long awaited date for students and teachers alike. After a full month without lengthened weekends, Veterans Day comes as a well deserved break to sit back and relax. However, not only is it a day to sleep in and forget about the...

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Designer and Artist Peter Cepeda (12) showcases his hand-painted shirt and tote bag. Cepeda has designed and painted many pieces of clothing, art, bags, and other accessories for many years. He has come across many great opportunities to grow and even started selling his clothing to showrooms. “I feel like I need to go farther, do more and reach more every time I accomplish something,” remarked Cepeda.

Senior Spotlight: Peter Cepeda

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer November 20, 2021

   Carefully laying down a final brush stroke, Peter Cepeda (12) completes his current project. The clean lines throughout and iconic characters are trademarks of his work. Another piece finished! But instead of painting on canvases like most traditional...

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JCC President Fusako Maekawa (12) and Vice President Julie Kimura (12) show off their spooky, bi-cultural door that won first place in the Halloween Door Decoration Contest. Maekawa explained that their goal was to use “Japanese crafts like origami to show [the] American culture [of] Halloween.” The club meets in Room 4105. Photo courtesy of Fusako Maekawa (12).

Spooky Doors at West!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 15, 2021

   This year, West’s annual Halloween Door Decoration Contest resumed! After two years online, students are back at their desks, classrooms are in use, and doors open in full swing. In October, those doors were decorated and judged by ASB in a spooky...

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In honor of Wyatt Eddy (9), his family and friends gather at the American Legion for a limited-size memorial. LLWE stands for Long Live Wyatt Eddy. Photo courtesy of David Eddy.

Long Live Wyatt Eddy

Ashley Kim, Editor-in-Chief November 14, 2021

   Kind, positive, and funny: this is how Wyatt Eddy will be remembered. He was the kind of person whose presence could light up a room. Eddy died on September 29, 2021, as a result of a surfing accident. His loss came as a sudden tragedy to his loved...

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After a long wait, the Warrior Mile was back and better than ever! On a beautiful Wednesday evening, with a great west coast breeze, the long beloved Cross Country Meet kicked off. Runners, parents, and coaches from all across the South Bay arrived at West to be a part of the ecstatic event. JV Runner Aaron Liu (11) described his experience at the meet: “With everyone cheering us on and the music playing, it always gets us in the groove to run fast.” The night ended with so many personal records (PR) for many of our Warrior runners, and it was a great success.

The Warrior Mile is Back in Business!

Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer November 8, 2021


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This fall comes bearing warm colors and chunky sweaters. As the temperatures and leaves drop, students at West take advantage of the weather to cozy up in style! Pictured from left to right: Dominic Disloquez (11), Samantha Kelly (12), Nicole Smith (10), Peter Cepeda (12), Tobeanna Anyaoha (12), Tommy Nguyen (11), Felix (Abigail) Paddi (11). Photo courtesy of Kaila Uyemura (12).

Fall Fashion At West!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 6, 2021

   From sweaters to turtlenecks, students at West have shown their taste in the fall trends. Summer tees turned into layers of tops as it gets a little chillier each day. Those of all grades sport the flare pants and mom jeans, rocking it with some...

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Learn about the deaf and hearing impaired community with ASL club! They meet every other Thursday and practice ASL and engage in different activities and volunteer opportunities.

Learning With ASL Club!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer October 31, 2021

   Words, for most of us, have always been our way to communicate verbally with each other. But what about those who are not able to communicate verbally? Well, since its introduction in the 17th century, American Sign Language (ASL) has become the...

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Kaiawe Miyasato (12) can almost always be found with a pair of drumsticks and a set of drums. Though he’s been playing since childhood, Miyasato gained a love for performing through his experiences at West High, and hopes to continue performing the drums after graduation. Photo Courtesy of Kaiawe Miyasato (12).

Senior Spotlight: Kaiawe Miyasato

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer October 25, 2021

   Drum roll, please! Kaiawe Miyasato (12) has been playing the drums since age five, and credits his experiences throughout his journey at West High for his ever growing passion. As a senior this year, Miyasato was able to take this passion to the...

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The Manhattan Beach fair took place from October 2 and 3 where participants had to set up a games booth to collect money for the PTP. Members had the option of choosing which 2-hour shifts they were available for to run the booth. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Libertor (12).

Key Club and CSF: Ways of Serving the Community!

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer October 25, 2021

   Schools are open and the need to get back on task is greater than ever. Opportunities for volunteering are emerging again, reminding students of the wide range of exposure that they can get outside classrooms. Gokul Giridharan (11) expressed,  “I...

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