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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Samantha Takeda

Samantha Takeda, Staff Artist

During her freshman year, Samantha was inspired by her sister Alexssa’s fascinating experience with Signals and debated on applying to become a staff artist until she received the final push from supportive friends and family. She enjoys drawing, playing tennis, and picking up new skills in her spare time. She’s always had a passion for art and using it to tell stories.  Going into her sophomore year, she’s excited to test her limits as a freelance artist and see how far she can progress even with the unusual circumstances of a virtual school year.

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West High’s ASB threw themed events for each class using the GooseChase scavenger hunt app. Anika Agarwal (10) participated in the St. Patrick’s Day themed event, noting how one event included collecting as many green items as she could find to photograph: “it was pretty fun, especially [when] asking my family to [help].”

[Art/Photo] The Hunt Is On!

March 25, 2021
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A Social-Distanced Sports Season

March 14, 2021
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So far, President Biden has implemented 40+ executive actions, many of which reversed contentious Trump-era policies in order to create a safer, more unified America. One of the policies most recently targeted by the Biden Administration was Trump’s controversial ban on transgender troops in the military. The repeal of this ban will allow any qualified individual to serve in the armed forces, regardless of gender identity.

[Art/Photo] New Efforts Towards Equality

February 10, 2021
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President Biden has reversed 24 Trump-era policies through executive actions in order to create a safer, unified America. One of the policies most recently targeted by the Biden Administration was Trump’s controversial ban on transgender troops in the military. The repeal of this ban will allow any qualified individual to serve in the armed forces, regardless of gender identity.

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February 10, 2021
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West High students hopped on their laptops for a virtual Winter Rally in exchange for the typical in-person experience. The rally included a baking competition among students from each class and their advisors. The winner, Marina Suzuki(9) had a few things to say about her winning dessert: “I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the process of baking this cheesecake cake. If there’s an opportunity to do something you love, you should always do it...I saw the opportunity on Instagram, plus I love baking so I just went for it.”

[Art/Photo] A Holly Jolly Winter Rally

December 29, 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.

[Art/Photo] Breakfast Pandemic-Style

November 3, 2020
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The recent rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide and political pressure from the Trump Administration raises political and ethical concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine coming before the November election.

[Art/Photo] The Race to Relief

October 27, 2020
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A good example of how to celebrate during the pandemic: an outdoor and socially distanced party with friends.

[Art/Photo] A Safe Celebration

October 16, 2020
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Parents, students, and teachers encountered many of the ups and downs of West High’s virtual Back-to-School Night over Zoom.

[Art/Photo] Back-to-Zoom Night

October 4, 2020
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