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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

For hours on end at the latest points of the night, students reinforced their learning with intense study methods and lots of coffee during finals week. A time that could be incredibly isolating could also be a time of great growth— it is a demonstration of the hard work and persistence students performed over the semester.

Calm Through the Studying Storm – West High Finals Season is Here!

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer January 17, 2023

   When January comes to mind, you might immediately envision several things – from layer-worthy cold to pelting rain to hot chocolate, there’s no shortage of new things the new month brings. Along with it is the inevitable promise of finals...

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Set a few goals and start 2023 off strong. You get this opportunity once a year – make it count!

New Year, New You

Triton Prichard, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

   As the New Year begins, hugs may be exchanged, or not, but one thing is certain: New Year's resolutions come into play. Whether it be relationships or extracurriculars, everybody has room for positive reinforcement.     Meredith Bailing (11)...

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Whether it be after leaving the ice rink, a stand at Candy Cane Lane, or as a hand warmer after a day on the slopes, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate is the perfect supplement to any winter activity! As a staple tradition for the American Christmas, warm drinks are the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season.

Three Activities to Make the Most out of Winter Break

Bella Levinson, Staff Writer & Photographer December 27, 2022

   With just one week of winter break left, the return of school is slowly creeping up on us. But there are still a variety of activities that can help you uphold the holiday spirit. Here are some options for you to try with family and friends.  Take...

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Amongst the influx of first year clubs at West High this year, the Dead Poets Society opens a space for all enthusiastic writers, readers, and those passionate about sharing and exploring the world of poetry. Consider stopping by for lunch meetings in room 4203 every second Friday of the month!

Bringing Poetry to Life With Dead Poets Society Club

Ilma Patel, Staff Writer November 22, 2022

   As a part of their English class, every student has had the opportunity to explore the world of poetry. From Shakespeare to Poe, the skillfully crafted pieces encapsulate readers and tug on heartstrings. But after the unit ends, it's back to novels...

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Wayfarers Chapel, also known as “The Glass Church,” is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. It is well known for the organic architecture and prime location on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. It looks like the perfect place to spend with your significant other,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), adding that the chapel “looks like a fantasy.” Surrounded by a lush grassy landscape, majestic redwood trees, and cobblestone walkways that lead  to a breathtaking ocean view, this mystical chapel captures a fairytale-like ambience.

Hidden Gems of the South Bay

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer November 16, 2022

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West High’s Varsity Football battles with Torrance on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, trying to clinch a playoff spot. After a hard fought game, the Warriors came home with a victory, solidifying their spot in this years playoffs. “Clinching a playoff spot means so much to me as a Senior. I get to keep riding the wave and playing the game I love,” stated Varsity linebacker Tyler Schlappatha (12).

Warriors Win Football Playoff Spot

Christopher Huston, Staff Photographer November 2, 2022

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Early in the morning on Tuesday, Oct. 25, seniors dress in their comfy sweaters and pants with a cup of warm coffee in their hands, and reminisce over their years at West. Gathered together at the football field for Senior Sunrise, the class of 2023 enjoyed the last taste of their highschool careers as they head towards their own paths in the future.

Senior Sunrise

Jasmin Cuaresma, Staff Photographer October 29, 2022

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For the last time under the Friday night lights, the West High Varsity Football seniors line up for the last home game against El Segundo on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. It was a bittersweet moment for the seniors as they beat El Segundo, 42 to 31 in the last home match. Cornerback and wide receiver Ernesto Hernandez (12) recalled how, “playing in my last home game felt surreal, the atmosphere felt like a dream.”

Football Senior Night

Christopher Huston and Roger Ayad October 25, 2022

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Students dance the night away with friends in the transformed courtyard of building five at Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. A photo booth, selfie stand, and snack table were just some of the options open for dance attendees. It was an absolute blast of a Homecoming done by West High’s Associated Student Body (ASB) team. ASB brainstormed the theme of “Saturday Night Fever,” inspired by the disco parties in the 1970’s. An ASB representative, Gracie Ito (11), expressed how she “enjoyed Hoco this year,” and how the “dance floor was fun and the photo opportunities were also great.” (Art/Photo by Roger Ayad)

Saturday Night Fever

Roger Ayad, Staff Photographer October 23, 2022

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Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft

Fall Fits: A Timeless Craft

Darren Kawazoe, Staff Photographer October 10, 2022

As the summer heat waves level off, West High students transition into light layers of fall attire. Kayla Dadivas (12) and Quentin Fontanilla (10) modeled their casual, yet exclusive outfits in the neighborhood of Old Torrance, as they welcome autumn’s...

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Opposite hitter Abby Witzansky (12) goes in for a hopeful point, but is stopped by Torrance High’s defense. Unfortunately, West High’s Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team fell short once again to Torrance High, after a long, hard-fought battle on Sept. 20, 2022. Despite the difficult loss, West kept their heads up, going on to beat the North High Saxons on Sept. 22, and two days later, held a 3-0 sweep against The Webbs School.

Eyes Towards the Future: Goals for the Girls Volleyball Team On and Off the Court

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer October 6, 2022

   Athletic games are a constant source of excitement and entertainment for many students across campus, and West High’s Girls’ Volleyball match against Torrance proved to be no exception. Volleyball is a sport that blends both technical and physical...

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