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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The West High Warriors prepare to face off against the Peninsula Panthers. The night of September 9 was filled with cheers and roars from the audience during the Varsity football game. Fans at the edge of their seats watched the West Warriors fight hard in order to maintain their lead of 28-0 at halftime. In the end, the Warriors secured the win with a score of 28-21.

First Home Game Win For Varsity Football

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer September 21, 2022

After a rainy, nerve-racking first home football game of the season, the West High Warriors took the win from the Peninsula Panthers in an exciting 28-21 victory on September 9.     Starting their season away from home and losing against Culver...

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Mrs. Jennifer Milla, or commonly known amongst students as “J Rod,” helps out on the football sidelines as West High’s new athletic trainer. Mrs. Milla loves her job and helping students safely compete and accomplish greatness in their sports. She is passionate about sports and health because “[I] grew up within sports,” adding that she would “like to be able to help out all the other teams and get to know the athletes of other sports.”

Mrs. Milla: Jack of all Trades

Grace Lu, Staff Writer September 21, 2022

   West’s teachers play an integral part in the success of our community. Along with teaching classes, some faculty also elect to coach sports teams or act as club advisors. But in addition to these responsibilities, Mrs. Milla, known to many as JRod...

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September 26, 2022 marks the one year anniversary of the passing of West High freshman Wyatt Eddy. In his honor, a paddle out was organized by his friends and family on the crisp morning of September 10 at Torrance Beach. Local food trucks, legendary surfers, vintage cars, and close family friends came together to remember Eddy. The atmosphere was filled with meaningful embraces and heartfelt words. Eddy is deeply missed.

Long Live Wyatt Eddy

Sullivan Kolakowski, Photography Editor September 19, 2022

September 26, 2022 marks the one year anniversary of the passing of West High freshman Wyatt Eddy. In his honor, a paddle out was organized by his friends and family on the crisp morning of September 10 at Torrance Beach. Local food trucks, legendary...

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To kick off the school year, students from all grades came together on the first of September to discuss their summer reading books. In Mr.Cheungs room, a special guest visited the class: Phil Yu, co-author of Rise, to discuss contemporary Asian-American culture through graphics, illustrations, and text.

West High’s Summer Book Talk Features Special Guest

Philip Lam, Staff Writer September 12, 2022

In its widely anticipated return after being placed on an indefinite hiatus, the annual summer reading book discussions were held on September 1st during Warrior Workshop. One of the sessions, hosted by Mr. Cheung, featured a special guest appearance....

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Waking up early is always tough for some students but a little extra sleep can make all the difference. This school year, a statewide mandate granted public middle and high school students in California with an extra half-hour of sleep.

New Year, New Schedule

Anthony Parker, Staff Writer September 9, 2022

   As the new 2022-2023 school year begins, so does an official mandate for the state of California. The new law states that schools start 30 minutes later than normal, which has many students excited and multiple others concerned.     In 2019,...

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On Friday, May 20, West High hosted its first West High Car Show in the student parking lot after the dismissal bell rang. With music blasting and students chattering, the car show was about to begin!

Car Culture at West High

June 9, 2022

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Excited and humbled by the title of Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Hettinger strives to “[create] a place that is both friendly and kind, but also safe.”

Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Hettinger

Lauren Ng, Co-Editor-in-Chief June 3, 2022

   Students walking into Room 5207 are greeted with a friendly message on the door: “Hooray! You’re here!” Small gestures like these, as well as hard work and compassion, have earned Mrs. Hettinger the title of West High Teacher of the Year ―...

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Seniors from the volleyball team wear celebratory leis on their shoulders with posters in hand. Players celebrated their win as they walked down a line and posed for photos with loved ones. “I’m grateful for the time we’ve had together,” said senior Jason Irie.

West Victorious at Senior Night Volleyball Game

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

   Watch out, a triple block wall coming your way! Will you go for it? Pass? Or will you feint a shot and throw off the blockers? The audience peers in anticipation! It’s moments like these that are ingrained into the fundamental thrill of volleyball....

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After one year the South Bay Champs Track and Field meet is back, and the athletes sprang into action in all events. The Warriors competed against teams from all over Los Angeles County, and it turned out as a great success with West coming home with 1st place. First time South Bay Champs participant Justin Hernando (9) described how it felt to be at the meet, sharing, “It was really fun for my first time, I liked the environment and everyone was super chill.

Racing Into Action

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

   After almost a year, the West High Track and Field Team got the opportunity to participate once again in the South Bay Champs Competition on April 15 and 16. “The energy everyone brought and the level of competition brought forth a lot of competitiveness...

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This year marks the 10-year anniversary All-Male was introduced into West by Adam Burt, son of West teacher Ms. Donna Burt. The West Drill and All-Male Dance showcase saw guest performances from Glendale, Carson Street Dance, Carson Flaggies, Kindreds, Channel Islands, Mira Mesa, and the 1st year alumni of All-Male. This was the last performance for seniors Pierce Vo, Cathy Lam, Leah Sullivan, Saki Matsumoto, Joseph Kim, Sammy Kelley, Nico Villongco, Jocelyn Traub, Chris Fauria, Taylor Benedict, and Breana Maravilla. Drill/All-Male ended their season, winning 3 different National Titles. Drill members Gracie Ito (10) reflects on their past season, “Drill is like a second family to me, and I think everyone did an amazing job this season,” she expressed.

West Drill and All Male Showcase

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer May 9, 2022

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People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have been discriminated against for as long as it has been a diagnosable condition, and the challenges that they face today often still create a hostile environment for them socially and politically. The definition of Autism Awareness has changed over time, and now it is imperative that their existence is validated in a way that describes ASD as not a curable condition, but a part of who they are. Autistic individuals oftentimes don’t connect with other people the same way that neurotypical people do, even as children. Parallel play is a type of socialization where kids show interest in another’s activity, but do not actively engage in the activity with the other child. There have been many studies that show that children who have ASD are more likely to engage in parallel play with other kids than in other types of play.

In April We Wear Blue!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 26, 2022

  Wear blue, be inclusive, and spread kindness. April is National Autism Acceptance Month. Although it was previously known as Autism “Awareness” Month, the Autism Society officially announced a terminology change in 2021 from “awareness” to...

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The Enviro Club is showing how yard sales can be used to help the environment! It can be very green to resell items instead of buying from bigger industries because it reduces waste. Reselling items also reduces carbon emissions from large transportation vessels.

Sustainable Shopping: Enviro Club’s Yard Sales

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer April 22, 2022

   Fashion has always been a huge part of cultures worldwide. With trends being phased out as quickly as they came, there’s always a worldwide desire to buy new clothes. However, clothing production carries a long list of environmentally harmful...

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