The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

FBLA competing members gather for a group photo at their State Leadership Conference on April 12. Held in Anaheim, schools across the state of California gathered to compete and qualify for the national conference in the near future.

FBLA: West High’s Young Business Leaders

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer April 26, 2024

At West High, there are numerous clubs and school organizations to be a part of, including: from culture clubs to volunteer clubs, there’s a wide gamut for students to explore. One group, however, stands out in particular for those interested in business,...

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If you’re interested in supporting local restaurants, check out Marugame Udon! Open seven days a week from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M., the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as counter and kiosk ordering to keep the lines moving.

Marugame: Torrance’s New Local Udon Spot

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer April 26, 2024

If you’re looking for a new local restaurant to try, you’re in luck. Recently opened in the Village Del Amo, Marugame Udon is a Japanese cuisine restaurant that serves udon bowls, tempura, rice bowls, and an assortment of beverages. It was the first...

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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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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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Lucy Hasenmayer (12), Abdo Kaid (12), Seira Yoshida (12), Kevin O’Dell (12), Ashon Amir (10), and Amanda Bruers (11) being recognized for their outstanding character in West’s weekly student newsletter.

Introducing West High’s Outstanding Warriors

Joshua Lee, Staff Writer February 28, 2024

  This past month at West High, a group of students has been recognized for their outstanding character, creativity, and resilience. Lucy Hasenmayer (12), Abdo Kaid (12), Seira Yoshida (12), Kevin O’Dell (12), Ashon Amir (10), and Amanda Bruers (11)...

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From left to right: Seniors Gizelle El Assal, Amaya Sanles, Makena Irvine, and Dylan Smith celebrate their commitment and signing to college. What began as a process almost two years ago, the seniors expressed their elation to continue playing sports at the collegiate level.

They Get to Sign Because They Already Shine!

Christian Robledo, Staff Writer December 15, 2023

On Wednesday, November 15, West High held its annual Signing Day:  Athletes who have worked tirelessly in the sport they love pledge to partake in a corresponding collegiate team. For some, the process of getting a college to want you to play for them...

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After the wonderful halftime performance of their 2023 field show entitled “Shattered” at the first home football game, the team huddles up for a group picture. Color Guard tryouts typically take place in mid to late April.

Color Guard: West High’s Hidden Gem

Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer November 10, 2023

  Colorful silks and equipment twirl through the air, followed by the satisfying snap of a solid catch. Despite its lesser known reputation as part of the West High Entertainment Unit, Color Guard is a sport that requires immense effort and behind-the-scenes...

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Recent nail art client Kayla Ha (12) displays Fung’s impeccable paint job.
Photo Courtesy of Erika Fung (12).

Introducing West High’s Local Nail Salon

Jackson Mancilla, Staff Writer September 26, 2023

   Balancing work and life isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a high school student— but, even under busy and stressful circumstances, there are ways to cheat the system and benefit from both school and life. Let Erika Fung (12) be a testament...

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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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