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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Lauren Ng

Lauren Ng, Staff Writer

As a Staff Writer for West Signals, Lauren Ng is excited to engage, entertain, and educate readers through the platform of writing. This is Lauren’s first year with Signals. Currently a West High sophomore, she has a passion for dancing, playing the piano, cooking, and eating the food that she cooks.

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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

May 25, 2021
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Mrs. Rippeto has been a secretary at West High for 23 years, working behind the scenes to ensure school matters run smoothly and to support West families. Mrs. Rippeto said the best part of the job is when parents “call me back or send me an email just to tell me how helpful I've been, and to thank me and show me their appreciation. Those are the kinds of things that make the day worthwhile.

Unsung Heroes of West: Mrs. Rippeto

March 15, 2021
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Reaching for a book in the textbook room, Mrs. Tehrani flashes a quick smile under her mask. You don’t have to see her warm grin to feel her radiant energy. West High is lucky to have such a spirited presence: “I like working in the school because I like the kids. The kids are fun, they’re funny!... I love what I do.”

Unsung Heroes of West: Mrs. Tehrani

February 17, 2021
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The fried chicken sandwich wars heat up as contenders release new sandwiches on their menus. From left to right: Chick-Fil-A®️ Deluxe Sandwich, Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, Jack in the Box’s Cluck Sandwich, McDonald’s Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

Food Fight: The Fried Chicken Sandwich

February 7, 2021
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Ms. Kahlon was one of West High’s first teachers to provide on-campus education for students this school year. Despite the modified learning environment, she observed that it has “helped a lot of kids. I see that students' grades have improved.”

Unsung Heroes of West: Ms. Kahlon

January 26, 2021
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Skye Zeledon (12) demonstrates the plank position for the WHS Dance Department’s annual plank challenge. Zeledon and fellow Advanced Dance member Stephanie Bernal (12) planked for an astounding 42 minutes. Zeledon shared,“Knowing that Steph and I worked hard to create a record that is going to be in [the Dance Department] for a while makes me really happy.” Photo courtesy of Skye Zeledon (12).

Plank Power

December 29, 2020
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Kayla Luis (12), West High Varsity Football’s backup kicker, sports her jersey as she poses in front of West High’s Fred Petersen Football Stadium. She voiced one of the inspiring lessons playing football has taught her: “I believe there will be challenges in anything you do, but if you aren't willing to overcome them it will stop you from achieving what you really want. Being the only girl on the team, I struggle to keep up with the guys, but it allows [me] to push beyond my limits and get better.”

Trailblazing Women of 2020

December 20, 2020
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As the days of online learning play on repeat, students such as Eva Reyes (10) wonder when in-person school will return. She expressed, “online [school] is getting tiring as it’s hard to sit and look at a computer for a long time and learning feels the same for every class.”

When Will We Go Back to School?

November 17, 2020
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Volunteers can donate cans and boxes for the weekly bags of food distributed by the Volunteer Center’s Food For Kids program. Ms. Myers, President and CEO of the Volunteer Center, emphasized that “we encourage people to think about how many people had normal lives... and then COVID hit, and they may have lost their jobs.”

How to Spread Kindness

November 17, 2020
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The Los Angeles Dodgers swarm the field on Tuesday, October 27, following pitcher Julio Urías’s final strikeout of the ninth inning. Overjoyed, the Dodgers celebrate their hard-earned win as Game 6 of the World Series comes to a close. Photo courtesy of Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

A 32-Year Awaited Victory

November 8, 2020
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The virtual school year has its ups and downs, but many people choose to cherish the bright side of things, as they finally have the time to do things like simply sitting down and enjoying breakfast with their family before work or school.

Breakfast Pandemic-Style

November 3, 2020
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Customers enjoy dinner at HopSaint Brewing Company’s socially-distanced outdoor patio.

Local Restaurants Amid the Pandemic

October 21, 2020
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Like other athletes, Varsity Girls Tennis Captain Ashelyn Tablan (12) is glad to be back at practice, working hard and following COVID guidelines.

The Return of Athletics to West High

October 21, 2020
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