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A picture of the Homecoming Court Top 15 (from left to right, top): Aeonn Rubi, Kostadinos Loukatos, Cameron O’Neil, Darren Chang, Haruto Asami, Isaac Sanles, Jackson Mancilla,  Jonathan Valot, Kainalu Barricklow, Lawrence Pong, Micah Taw, Noa Wada, Philip Lam, Sean Toomey, and Saul Hernandez. Bottom: Aastha Kashyap, Amaya Sanles, Avery White, Chloe Kang, Danielle Wissler, Maddy Heineman, Gracie Ito, Karsen-Reese Takenaka, Cyrilla Zhang, Masami Fumimoto, Sadie Hopkins, Richa Thakre, Simran Bhattacharya, Tiffani Yoshimura, and Yumiko Kasai. Nominee Chang said, “I do not think I will become Homecoming King but I’m also fine with that because I feel like there are other people who are more deserving of that title.”
The 2023 Homecoming Court
Katelyn Baba, Staff Writer • October 21, 2023
After a bitterly fought one hundred and forty-eight day long strike, the strike is officially over. The new labor agreement is going to be set to an official vote October 2 through October 9 for WGA members to ratify. With writers officially cleared to return to work, the future of studio writers is looking considerably up.
WGA Strike Officially Ends
Alexandra Arnold, Staff Writer • October 15, 2023
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Introducing West High’s Local Nail Salon

Recent nail art client Kayla Ha (12) displays Fung’s impeccable paint job. Photo Courtesy of Erika Fung (12).

   Balancing work and life isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a high school student— but, even under busy and stressful circumstances, there are ways to cheat the system and benefit from both school and life. Let Erika Fung (12) be a testament to that fact: Back in May of 2023, she began her now-booming nail business “Lovely Nail Salon Dupe.” Ever since she began in May, she’s been slowly building a following of happy customers who come for a relaxed and friendly approach to getting their nails done.

   What’s arguably most impressive about Fung’s business is how she popularized her small business: she took to social media to market her nails, and, though sales were initially slow, as people around her got word, the news of a new small business caught on like wildfire. Most of her followers for the coming months ended up being West High Students. In retrospect, Fung said, “I had thought of making it a more local-based business anyways, so it ended up working out in my favor.”

   Part of the appeal of this West High student business was that it meant Fung could offer a more personal experience for her classmates as opposed to just going to a normal nail salon with strangers doing their nails. And — of course —  it wouldn’t be a nail salon without a little bit of gossip on the side, free of charge.  

   “Lovely Nail Salon Dupe” has brought about nothing but happy customers since its conception. One of her more recent clients, Siona Soumi (12) has expressed her gratitude for the fact that she got to have an “actual conversation and overall good interaction.” Siona, among many of Erika’s clients, plans on returning for more sets in the near future.

   Fung has had her fair share of obstacles running this business: “It hasn’t always been easy, but the customers make up for that.” She’s managed to push through it all and make serious progress in growing the business as well as her wallet. 

   Unfortunately, when this year ends, “Lovely Nail Salon Dupe” will too. Fung explained, “It’s been a great experience, but I don’t think I’ll have time for it when college starts.” 

   So if you plan on getting your nails done anytime soon, look no further than “Lovely Nail Salon Dupe.” Homecoming’s just around the corner, and you can easily book an appointment with Fung through Instagram at @lovelynailsalondupe.

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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.