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The National Honor Society provides help in many AP exams. Tutors were assigned to one subject to improve their tutees experience, providing advice based on previous experience in each class. “I recommend coming to these AP cram sessions because you can receive help from students who have previously and recently taken the test,” NHS board member Katie Ho (12) explained.
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A24’s First Blockbuster Breakout of 2024: Here’s Why You Should See It

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Alex Garland’s Civil War was a blockbuster hit. Sitting at the top of the box office for the second straight weekend, this is the largest debut that production studio A24 has had for a film yet.

   In a time of tension both inside and outside of the United States, it’s best that we caution ourselves to the uncertain future and its outcomes. And in an all too timely manner, a movie has arrived that perfectly encapsulates the growing fears that we should be addressing. Civil War, A24’s blockbuster hit, just arrived in theatres this weekend and is already the largest debut for a film that the production company has ever had.

   The film, directed by Alex Garland, takes place in a near-future America, where the states of California, Florida, and Texas are in a civil war against the rest of the United States government. The film is “a kind of disturbing look into a possible future” says Mason McClain (12), who saw it on opening night. McClain explained that if there’s anybody who’s even slightly interested in journalism or just looking for an edge-of-your-seat action thriller, “this movie is right for you.” The film is told through the lens of a war photojournalist, which puts a unique spin on the typical ‘war movie’ trope that we often see in these types of movies.

   Apart from its distinct appeal to action fans and aspiring journalists, Garland’s film is “all around a must-see based on the time period we’re living in” states Alexa Danielle. Danielle, who did press for the film, can’t express enough the significance of this film coming out when it did: “With the wars going on in Russia and the Middle East — Garland’s film serves more as a cautionary tale against war that I think is important for a larger audience to see.” Films like this stand out as significant due to the timely messages they intend to deliver to their audience. Grace Delaney (12), a massive fan of A24 films, explains, “More than just a good film, its themes are poignant, and I’m sure, for better or worse, that they’ll resonate with a lot of people right now.”

*The opinions expressed in our Opinion articles are the author’s own and do not necessarily express the views of the Signals Staff or West High as a whole.

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Jackson Mancilla
Jackson Mancilla, Staff Writer
Jackson Mancilla is one of the newest additions to the Signals team. He’s a senior at West High and is an active writer for the newspaper. While not writing articles, Mancilla is making short films and playing piano, guitar, or saxophone. He’s a proud leader within the WHEU marching band and hopes to use his experiences around campus to enrich both the community around him and the papers he writes. Mancilla wants to get into the film industry after high school, and plans to apply his love of writing to the screen one day.