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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The Top 15 of the homecoming court and the theme of the dance being announced just a few weeks before it will take place.

Building Hype for the Homecoming Dance

Dominic Herrera, Staff Writer October 15, 2021

   Not only were the plans and decorations being built for this year's 2021 Homecoming dance, but the excitement was too.    Excitement for this year's dance was at an all-time high as due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year's Homecoming dance...

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West High’s Friendship Club is back on campus with a ton of new in-person events! After almost two years of missing out on activities due to the pandemic, West High Chapter co-president Faith Iwanaka (11) is “super excited to get going again this year.”

Making Connections With Friendship Club

Alexssa Takeda, News Editor October 6, 2021

   During the almost two years of quarantine, many of students’ social interactions had been limited to impersonal Zoom meetings and the occasional socially-distanced outing with friends. For some, maintaining friendships and establishing new bonds...

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An early start, freshman students make their way to their first periods in West High’s Building Five, ready for learning. Finding their classes is a breeze after already having a few days of instruction.

Fresh to West

Kate Phan, Staff Writer September 4, 2021

   Welcome back to six periods a day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., wobbly desks, and pen and paper. It’s been more than 500 days since West High School last convened in-person, and with a new year comes new freshmen (who are quite clueless about West High)....

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Competing in South Bay Championships, Varsity Cross Country runner Megan Gonzalez (12) keeps the pace quick in the 3200m race at West on Saturday, May 15. Gonzalez has been a member of the cross country team for all four years and has consistently won in her events, breaking PR (personal record) after PR. She expressed how running “has shown me that hard work really pays off, and through it I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. It’s made my high school career immensely better and I couldn’t imagine high school without it.”

Senior Spotlight: Megan Gonzalez

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor May 25, 2021

   Broken the school record for the fastest 3-mile run? Volunteered with CSF? On track to attend university? Check, check, and check. With just a couple of weeks at West High left, Megan Gonzalez (12) reflects on her years as an athlete, recounts some...

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Posing in front of a photo-op station, Daelene Cabahug (12), Lauren Bolton (12), and Faith Shortridge (12) sport college merch for Senior Decision Day. Shortridge explained how the seniors “signed a banner, got a cool button, and had our picture taken before we got a donut and took a bunch of pictures.” She also expressed how being able to “talk and take pictures with everyone” was fun for all the seniors.

Seniors Celebrate Committing to College: Decision Day

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

   On Wednesday, May 12, West High seniors celebrated making one of the biggest decisions of their lives: committing to a college. With seniors trickling in wearing college merch, they were greeted by a beautiful setup of balloons and offerings of...

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End of 21 Football Season: Final Game vs. North

End of ’21 Football Season: Final Game vs. North

April 30, 2021

   Under the Friday night lights at North High’s football field stadium, the West High football team donned their helmets and charged onto the field for the last time this season. Friday, April 16th, marked the team’s final game of the season against...

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Right after her 16th birthday, Paityn Yamasaki (10) made it a priority to get vaccinated. She explained how getting a vaccine is a simple procedure: “It’s a very easy process and can go by quickly depending on how busy they are. Make sure to bring your school ID and birth certificate so they can identify you.”

Why Students Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor April 25, 2021

   “April 15, 2021, in the state of California, is not Tax Day,” Governor Gavin Newsom declared. “It’s ‘Vax Day.’”     Since then, all Californians aged 16 and up have become eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. What does...

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Noah Russo (10) displays her adorable Snoopy mask with a positive message: “be kind.”

Masks Galore!

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

   As hybrid learners return to school, seeing friends and being on campus for the first time in over a year feels new and exciting. Safety protocols ask for us to stay six feet apart, sanitize, and wear masks. But these protocols can actually be something...

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Students returned to West High’s campus for the first time in months as COVID restrictions were loosened in Los Angeles County. Hallways decorated with posters and signs remind students to wear a mask and socially-distance. Blended student Gaby Nieraeth (10) notes how “staircases only go one direction...when walking around campus, some pathways point a certain way, so I had to find alternate paths to get to my classes.”

A Day in the Life of a Blended Student

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor April 2, 2021

On March 25th and 26th, West High welcomed back about 70% of its student body – one year since the last 2:57 dismissal bell. But what are the new changes to campus and classroom life, and what remains the same? A few of West’s Blended students give...

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Greeted by the enthusiastic beats of drumline, students walk back onto campus for the first time in a long time.

Change in the Air as Students Prepare

Westley Kim, Staff Artist March 29, 2021

   As of March 25, 2021, West High students will be able to attend class in person for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This, of course, is something monumental considering the grim nature of the year. But because of a year...

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Seconds away from the finish line, Amor Jones (11) gives it her all in a battle for first against the Palos Verdes sprinter in the varsity girls’ 200m race. On Saturday, March 20th, West High Track & Field kicked off their season with a friendly dual meet against Palos Verdes High School. Jones described her feelings about returning to the track for races once again: “I can admit I was nervous, but me being nervous I feel made me more prepared... while I was running it felt like I was floating in a way.”

West Girls’ Sprints Team Kicks Off Season at PV High

Lauren Ng, Sports & Opinion Editor March 27, 2021

   The bright spring sun shines down on the vast field below. Racers line up side by side, lane by lane with the rust-colored track beneath their fingertips and their feet ready to push off from the sleek metal starting blocks.     On Saturday,...

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On Tuesday March 9 at 3:00pm, the West Boys’ Tennis team started their season off with a tournament against Peninsula High School.

Boys’ Tennis Takes On Peninsula

Sullivan Kolakowski, Staff Photographer March 24, 2021

  

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