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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

“Legally Blonde the Musical” opens on March 23 and showcases a cast of nearly 60 students.  Photo courtesy of Mrs. Orabuena.

Prep for Success: Behind the Scenes of West High’s Legally Blonde Musical

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer February 26, 2023

Brimming with acerbic irony, brilliant vocals, and sharp dance moves, West High Play Production’s "Legally Blonde" is highly anticipated among both cast members and students alike. Fewer things are more iconic among American audiences than leading lady...

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The greater Los Angeles area, including the South Bay, is ripe with perfect spots catering to the likings of any date-goers.

West High Date Nigh(t)

Sarah Han, News Editor February 13, 2023

   February: the month of love. Whether you love it or hate it, February comes with the expectations of chocolates, flowers, and, of course, a well-planned date. To help you out, here are a few suggestions from fellow West High students: Chado Tea...

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Planning a school-wide event requires lots of dedication from every student involved. West High students, clubs, and organizations came together to present our school proudly for anxious eighth-graders, getting them more excited about what’s to come. As Robbie Murata (12) put it, “We have a home for everyone and, if we don’t quite, we encourage them to find it!” Photo courtesy of Kayla Dadivas (11).

A Taste of West: Eighth Grade Visitation Prep

Sarah Han, News Editor March 29, 2022

   It feels not too long ago that we were excited eighth-graders sitting on the gym bleachers, watching amazing performances by students who seemed so grown up. Only a few short years later, we’ve become the presenters and performers, helping the...

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Terrific Torrance: 5 Surprising Facts About Torrance

October 18, 2020

 As Torrance residents, we sometimes fail to see all the city has to offer. While a somewhat quiet city, Torrance can be surprisingly astounding: Did you know that the Del Amo mall is the fifth largest mall in the United States? Del Amo Mall features...

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Courtesy of Nikita Gounder

In Times of Despair… We Eat

Nikita Gounder April 16, 2020

    In response to the growing spread of the Coronavirus, California schools are now closed until the next school year. For seniors, this means no prom, no graduation, no decision day, and no time with friends for the last three months of high-school....

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Wrapping all these textbooks is the easy part — get ready for whats inside when you open them.

The Advanced and Honorable Struggle

Ethan Verderber, Writer March 12, 2020

   A staple of high school culture has long been the presence of AP and Honors classes, as well as their impact on student life. For many students, whole days are consumed by high demands of these courses. In the face of gargantuan amounts of difficult...

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Mike Bloomberg: Success Story or Radical Rich Guy?

Briana Strader, Staff Writer March 8, 2020

Pervasive, to-the-point, and pompously moral, Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign was tirelessly hard to avoid. On YouTube, on television, and on billboards, his face is everywhere, balanced with the familiar reassurance that he is what our country...

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Picture Courtesy of Samantha Takeda (9)

Spicing Up Valentine’s Day

Alexssa Takeda, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 30, 2020

   Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day veteran or new to the occasion, spending time with your loved one is the best way to show that you care. But picking the perfect date idea to impress that special someone can be stressful. To accompany that box...

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Ms. Cheung with a vase she made.

Ceramics With A Touch Of Fun

Rebecca Yan, Entertainment & Spotlight Editor November 19, 2019

   Ms. Cheung, the ceramics teacher who has been teaching for almost 14 years, gives insight on her path to becoming a Ceramics teacher and what a normal day in her class is like, filled with ups and downs.    Q: What college did you go...

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Is Late-Start Worth It?

Briana Strader, Staff Writer November 5, 2019

   Trust me, I’m right there with the rest of my peers. In fact, I have never wanted anything more than to arrive at school at a comfortable time—like maybe after the sun has risen. I too have basked in the extra hour of sleep that late-start Tuesdays...

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Introducing Smokey the Squirrel

October 23, 2019

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We Want You! Smokes Signals Applications are Online

Anoushka Gupta, Sports Editor April 22, 2019

Interested in Journalism? Love writing, art, or photography? Smoke Signals wants you! Smoke Signals is currently accepting application to join the 2019-2020 staff. Any interested applicants can find more information in room 5107 or by contacting us at...

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