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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Luciana Gonzalez

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer

As a staff writer at West Signals, Luciana Gonzalez is excited to inform, engage, and entertain through each article every week. This is Luciana’s first year with Signals, and she is ready to make the most out of it. In her free time, Luciana enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, and eating good food. As a current senior, Luciana is excited to document every important moment of her and her classmates' last high school year.

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West High’s Giving Day was a total success. Twenty-seven thousand dollars were fundraised all thanks to everyone who donated and participated. “It’s a blessing to be at this school and it’s nice to know we are so well supported by the community,” Coach Butler expressed.

West High’s Giving Day

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 27, 2022
After one year the South Bay Champs Track and Field meet is back, and the athletes sprang into action in all events. The Warriors competed against teams from all over Los Angeles County, and it turned out as a great success with West coming home with 1st place. First time South Bay Champs participant Justin Hernando (9) described how it felt to be at the meet, sharing, “It was really fun for my first time, I liked the environment and everyone was super chill.

Racing Into Action

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 10, 2022
As teacher appreciation week is underway, students are seen showing their love and appreciation for all teachers. With everyone back in school this year, we are able to show how much we really appreciate our teachers by giving gifts, cards, signs, etc. Student Gaby Nieraeth (11) shared her thoughts on the amount of appreciation teachers get, explaining, “I think teachers definitely do not get enough credit for everything they do.”

We Love Our Teachers!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer May 9, 2022
People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder have been discriminated against for as long as it has been a diagnosable condition, and the challenges that they face today often still create a hostile environment for them socially and politically. The definition of Autism Awareness has changed over time, and now it is imperative that their existence is validated in a way that describes ASD as not a curable condition, but a part of who they are. Autistic individuals oftentimes don’t connect with other people the same way that neurotypical people do, even as children. Parallel play is a type of socialization where kids show interest in another’s activity, but do not actively engage in the activity with the other child. There have been many studies that show that children who have ASD are more likely to engage in parallel play with other kids than in other types of play.

In April We Wear Blue!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 26, 2022
Mr. Jin prepares for his presentation for his next class. Introduction to Data Science is one of West High’s new classes that provides helpful tools to immerse yourself in the world of math and science.

Codes, Data, and More!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer April 20, 2022
Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day has already come and Trader Joe’s knows it. These Valentine’s Day-themed items are perfect for a date with your friends, partner, or yourself.

Valentine’s Day at Trader Joe’s

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 15, 2022
Seniors celebrate their win against North High on their Senior Night. “They’ve taught us a lot about how to be a team and supporting everyone,” Lucy Hasenmayer (10) commented. Seniors played their last game of the Pioneer League and were undefeated all season.

Girls Soccer Seniors’ Last Goals

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer February 14, 2022
Steve’s Char-Broiled Burgers has served food and smiles for generations. Steve’s has become part of many West High students’ daily routines. “It’s a great place to eat and hang with friends,” Alyssa Reamer (12) expressed.

Hangouts at Steve’s

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 31, 2022
Practicing shooting during warm-ups, West High Girls’ Varsity Soccer player #8 Cherrie Cox (12) prepares for the game against Palos Verdes High School on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Cox has played soccer her entire life and recently committed to playing for Cal State Long Beach.

Athlete of the Week: Cherrie Cox

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 5, 2022
Shant Mazmanian (12) catches a wave as he practices on a sunny Saturday morning. Surfing is a sport that requires great passion and dedication, and Manzmania has both. His perseverance has allowed him to compete against South Bay’s top high school surfers.

Athlete of the Week: Shant Mazmanian

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer December 3, 2021
Having survived the haunted house, kids are applauded for their bravery. West High’s Dance Department hosted their annual Halloween Haunted House on Friday, October 29th, much to the excitement of students and the community. Dancer Simran Bhattacharya (10) expressed how her favorite part about the haunted house was “being able to create an experience that people will enjoy whether it’s a good scare or just being with your friends.”  Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (11).

Spooky Friday: The Haunted House

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer November 13, 2021
Learn about the deaf and hearing impaired community with ASL club! They meet every other Thursday and practice ASL and engage in different activities and volunteer opportunities.

Learning With ASL Club!

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer October 31, 2021
Last Wednesday, all clubs were gathering between buildings 3 and 4 for Club 
Rush. After almost two years, students got to experience Club Rush again and 
sign-up for different clubs.

Club Rush Makes a Comeback!

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer September 22, 2021
Mr. Phelps works with students at home while those in-person are reading an article on the topic of discussion. With some students being at home, teachers are trying to do most in-class activities online so that students both in-person and at home can get the same experience.

We’re Back…On Zoom?

Luciana Duke, Staff Writer September 14, 2021
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