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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

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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The West High Track Team competed in a Tri-Meet against South High and Torrance High on March 30. In Boys Varsity events, placing first was Tyler Vo (12) in the 100 meters and long jump, Conor Gibson (12) in the 3200 meters, and Karim Grissett (12) in discus. For Girls Varsity: Amor Jones (12) was first in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump, Sophia Rabang (11) in the 800 meters, Lily Ball (12) in the 3200 meters, and Isabel Reynolds (12) in the high jump.

Track Tri-Meet

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer April 21, 2022

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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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Current eighth graders collect flyers from different clubs at Club Alley after coming out of the eighth grade assembly.

2022 Club Alley: West Programs to Anticipate!

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer March 20, 2022

   Out of all the opportunities West High offers, clubs deserve a spot in the limelight. Thirty-three clubs, on Wednesday, March 10, set up tables outside the gym to promote their clubs to next year’s Freshmen. After watching exhilarating performances...

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As the sun moves across the sky, many intense games take place all at once on the tennis courts. In their game against Beverly Hills, many of West High’s athletes had difficult matchups against players much more experienced than they were: “Yes, I was nervous! They were 6’3” and wore Air Force Ones,” sighed Shoaib Hasnain (10).

League Game Win For Boys’ Tennis

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

   With their season now in full swing, West High’s Boys’ Tennis Team has been working hard to improve their skills and do well this year. On March 3, they had a game against Beverly Hills. As matches began, students waiting for their turn to play...

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Multicultural Day took place on Friday, February 18, and it was a blast for all those who attended. It was available to classes during 3rd and 4th period, and also during lunch for those that couldnt go during class. The event was all about showing off different cultures, and featured performances from several different cultural clubs on campus, including Japanese Culture Club, Filipino Culture Club, and more.

Celebrating Diversity at West High

Kate Phan, Staff Writer March 1, 2022

   Cue the music, decorations, and celebrations! Complete with stage lights, cultural wear, and a supportive and eager crowd, West High hosted Multicultural Day on February 18. The annual celebration allocated a time to embrace every student’s culture.     Students...

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Rithika Yalla (10) performs an Oratorical Interpretation (OI), a 10-minute speech written and published by another person but interpreted by the competitor in a unique style. In her piece, Yalla expressed her ideas on racial biases people face.

The Speech and Debate Showcase: Empowering Your Voice!

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer March 1, 2022

   On February 18, in the Performing Arts Center, speakers and debaters dressed up in their suits to showcase the power of the microphone they held. West High’s Speech and Debate members were encouraged to demonstrate their growth through the program.     Among...

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West Highs Foods Class cooking competition is a fun and flavorful fight between contestants! A competition for all types of cooking, these skilled chefs showed off all they had learned about their unit on mass-producing food and cooking delicious goods to appease the appetite of other students.

Warrior Chef

Cyrilla Zhang, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

   3…2…1…Cook! February 16 through 18 were busy days for West High’s Foods students. Under the direction of teachers Ms. Cantrell and Ms. Hall along with the help of FCCLA, they hosted a cooking competition to show off what they had learned...

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