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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

As Mr. Cheung reflected on his years as a student at West, he described it as “a good place to grow up and to be educated,” urging students to “take advantage of all the opportunities” that the school provides.

Coming Back Home: Ms. Eriksen and Mr. Cheung

Sarah Han, Staff Writer June 18, 2022

   The most interesting thing about having teachers who are West High alumni is that they once stood exactly where we stand today. They were a part of the same clubs, had the same teachers, and got excited for the same rallies and dances that we did....

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The West High 1992 yearbook showcases the modern dance program of Principal Murata’s senior year. Many of West’s arts programs continued to be maintained by past graduates, such as Mr. Banim of the West High Entertainment Unit and Ms. Vorhis of the Dance Department. Principal Murata commented, “There’s a lot of West High tradition that gets passed down through the teachers that I think is really special here.”

Coming Back Home: Principal Murata and Mr. Banim

Sarah Han, Staff Writer June 16, 2022

   High school is where most students begin to learn about themselves and find their passions. Teachers, especially, find their inspiration and love for the school environment during those years. Principal Murata and Mr. Banim are just two of the West...

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Our seemingly simple city of Torrance was able to shape one of today’s famous science fiction writers, Becky Chambers. Chambers is currently working on a new novel, but in the meantime, readers can also look forward to her next release in July: Prayer for the Crown Shy, a novella serving as a sequel to another one of Chamber’s novellas, A Psalm for the Wild-Built. Photo courtesy of Other Scribbles.

Traveling the World of Science Fiction: Meet Becky Chambers

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer June 13, 2022

   To many of its locals, life in Torrance is Steve’s Charbroiled Burgers, Bonello’s Pizza, and unlimited beach trips. Growing up in it all was Becky Chambers. This former West High Warrior now resides 700 miles away in the redwood forest as a...

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Amor Jones (12) spent her last prom wearing a pink corset and feathered skirt that she pieced together on her own. Her pearl necklace, gloves, and hair in a braid truly brought the look to elegance. Photo courtesy of Amor Jones (12).

Best Looks at West High’s 2022 Prom

Kate Phan, Staff Writer June 2, 2022

   Glitter, sequins, silk, lace, and more: the much anticipated West High Prom at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens brought a wave of fashion forward looks. The theme this year: “Baile de Mascaras”, a Masquerade. Some students chose to include...

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West High’s Giving Day was a total success. Twenty-seven thousand dollars were fundraised all thanks to everyone who donated and participated. “It’s a blessing to be at this school and it’s nice to know we are so well supported by the community,” Coach Butler expressed.

West High’s Giving Day

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 27, 2022

   What better way to start May than with Warrior Pride? On May 4 and 5, West High had a goal of fundraising “24k in 24 hours” to renovate the weight room. This campaign was initiated by the athletic director Coach Druten. Flyers, pictures, and...

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WHS Dance runs through their perfected performances after adapting to last minute changes. Despite the added difficulty, choreographer Ray Pham (11) expressed, “Everyone has been trying their best to overcome these challenges and it’s been amazing to see the team work harder than ever!” The dancers successfully persevered through all of their troubles, bringing another spectacular show to the West High Performing Arts Center.

How WHS Dance “Continued to Thrive” Through May Show

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer May 16, 2022

   On May 5-7 in the West High Performing Arts Center, the WHS Dance Department presented another breathtaking May Show. However, for the dancers, the show’s theme “Continue to Thrive” ironically reflected the obstacles of the show’s preparations.     With...

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Regarding this year’s Earth Day, AP Environmental Science student Kate Amano (11) expressed, “Even though I am just one person on this planet full of 7 billion people, living more eco-friendly has made me feel good about myself and what impact I make on the world.”

Earth Day at West High

Kate Phan, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

   April 22 was Earth Day, an annual celebration of our planet! Earth Day’s theme this year was to “Invest In Our Planet” and change our actions towards the earth to save it from the rising threat of climate change. The theme is linked to the...

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West High’s Tutorial Club and National Honors Society partner to make tutoring more accessible to students. Ms. Kim shared, “Seeing tutoring in action is such a treat because the students genuinely want to learn and the tutors truly want to help their peers.” Tutoring is open to all students during lunch and after school at the library.

Tutoring with Tutorial Club and National Honor Society

Sarah Han, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

   Community should be a group of people who support and help each other in times of need. Luckily, West High’s community is always willing to step up to that challenge. In the coming weeks, National Honor Society (NHS) will be partnering with Tutorial...

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Released on February 21, 2022, Turning Red was streamed in 2.5 million U.S. households in just the weekend of its release, becoming the most successful Disney+ original title. Continuously gaining praise for its entertaining story and excellent Asian representation, Turning Red is a must-watch. Photo by Pixar/Disney.

Embracing Asian Representation: Turning Red

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer April 24, 2022

   Set in Toronto, Canada in 2002, Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red follows Chinese-Canadian 13 year old protagonist Meilin “Mei” Lee through the chaos of balancing a life honoring her traditional mother and experiencing the joys of youth. A hilarious...

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Through the hardships that come with fashion and design, however, students learn to persevere and problem-solve. West High’s program offers so much more than needles and strings- it offers opportunities that can’t be seen anywhere else, preparing students for all the best and worst things their futures have to offer.

Needles and Strings

Sarah Han, Staff Writer April 24, 2022

   Walking into Room 2117, you can hear the whirring of sewing machines, shuffling of paper, and passionate voices discussing the dozens of upcoming projects. Under Mrs. Cantrell’s guidance, West High’s fashion program hosts some of the most talented...

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Mr. Jin prepares for his presentation for his next class. Introduction to Data Science is one of West High’s new classes that provides helpful tools to immerse yourself in the world of math and science.

Codes, Data, and More!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 20, 2022

   Do you have a passion for coding? Perhaps you’re one of the few of your friends that actually enjoy math? Or maybe you have considered a career in STEM? As the end of the year approaches, most students are starting to plan their schedules for...

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West High’s Cheer team poses at a football game. Cheerleaders typically perform for football games, occasionally at basketball games, or even for soccer. A lot goes into practicing for these big games: “People get thrown up in the air… we practice our cheers, we’ll do some stunts, [and] we’ll throw in some tumbling.” Photo courtesy of Natalie Foronda (9).

Athlete Of The Week: Natalie Foronda

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer March 29, 2022

   While cheerleaders support home teams in sports, Cheer could be seen as  its own sport as well. Performing stunts, dances, and gymnastics, cheerleaders use as much energy and effort to execute each move as any other sport. Nearly all her life, Natalie...

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