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The highly coveted Oscar trophies illuminate on the display ahead of the 96th Academy Awards. This year, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel reprised his role as host.
The 2024 Oscars: A Bold Year for Film
Anthony Parker, Entertainment & News Editor • March 28, 2024
In a surprising move to many, West Capitaneus, the school yearbook publication, will be discontinuing the popular, longstanding tradition of senior quotes. Citing logistical concerns, the West High administration has maintained this restriction, prompting petition by nearly a quarter of the student body.
Say Goodbye to Senior Quotes
Cyrilla Zhang, Editor-in-Chief • March 21, 2024
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West High’s Hidden Gem: The Wellness Center

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Art/Photo by Amrynn Gordon
Students can enjoy the Wellness Center’s large room full of fun activities.

   Have you or any one of your friends ever needed a place to go when stressed about tests, problems, or other events? If so, come to West High’s very own Wellness Center! Located on the first floor of Building 4 in room 4140, the Wellness Center has many relaxing resources to help West High Warriors destress from their days, including fun games, coloring books, and occasional furry friends.

   West High counselor Mrs. Garcia expresses the reason that West High has a Wellness Center is to “have a safe space for students that are experiencing some form of stress or need just a moment to breathe.” The main goal of the Wellness Center is to have students relax and not focus on school or extracurricular activities. If by chance the center is closed when someone wants to enter, Mrs. Garcia assures “[they] always have staffing in the health office.” 

   West High therapists Mrs. Loftus and Mrs. Burke described more about the purpose and creation of the Wellness Center, made by West’s therapists in 2021. Loftus and Burke explained that “all schools in Torrance created wellness centers to be able to provide safe places for students.” They also expressed that the West High Wellness Center provides many resources and activities to destress students. “There’s beanbags. There’s couches. We have lots of different games, lots of different fidget toys, [and] coloring books.” During finals, therapy dogs come on campus to help with students’ stress levels during the tough three days, a wonderful addition to the other resources in the Wellness Center.

   So the next time you or one of your friends need to go somewhere to de-stress from tests, grades, or other life events, feel free to come to West High’s Wellness Center. You’ll have fun playing with the amount of activities and it’ll keep your mind off of school and other hurdles. If you or your friend is in a serious crisis, you should seek help from one of West High’s therapists and counselors or find a mental health professional.

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Katelyn Baba, Staff Writer
Katelyn Baba is a junior who is a first-year writer for West Signals. She’s excited to share the community’s stories with her fellow West High students. Besides writing for Signals, Katelyn is also on Fusion’s competitive dance team and likes to write fiction stories in her free time.
Amrynn Gordon, Staff Photographer
Amrynn Gordon is a first year photographer for Signals. She’s in her sophomore year ready to capture all of the memories of this year in the storage of her camera. Capturing moments in words has always been difficult for her, so this year she decided to try something a bit new. Amrynn is ready for the new school year and making new friends!