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West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Sullivan Kolakowski

Sullivan Kolakowski, Visuals Editor

Sullivan Kolakowski is the Photography Editor and a senior at West High. This will be her third year in Signals, and she is eager to share her photography knowledge and experience with staff. In her free time, Sullivan can be found studying for her private pilot's license or surfing at the beach.

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Set a few goals and start 2023 off strong. You get this opportunity once a year – make it count!

[Art/Photo] New Year, New You

Triton Prichard, Staff Writer January 12, 2023
If your ideal Halloween involves visiting a haunted house, chances are you visited the Maricopa Haunted House on Maricopa Street in Torrance. The Maricopa Haunted House was undoubtedly a hit; lines as long as fifty people stretched down the street. The residential-home-turned-house-of-horrors was adorned with realistic props using special effects, Hollywood-level actors in character, and perfectly timed jump scares. This year was the 25th anniversary and the final year for the Maricopa Haunted House. Each room had the theme of a previous year: “The house was well-designed and orchestrated nicely,” expressed Taran Sunkara (11), a visitor of the haunted house.

[Art/Photo] Maricopa St. Haunted House Spooks Students

Anthony Parker, Entertainment & News Editor November 10, 2022
Searching for the right scholarships can be daunting for high school seniors. Luckily, there are plenty of out-of-the-ordinary scholarships for the class of 2023 application season. (AI Art/Photo by Sullivan Kolakowski)

Unscouted Scholarships

Sullivan Kolakowski, Visuals Editor October 25, 2022
September 26, 2022 marks the one year anniversary of the passing of West High freshman Wyatt Eddy. In his honor, a paddle out was organized by his friends and family on the crisp morning of September 10 at Torrance Beach. Local food trucks, legendary surfers, vintage cars, and close family friends came together to remember Eddy. The atmosphere was filled with meaningful embraces and heartfelt words. Eddy is deeply missed.

Long Live Wyatt Eddy

Sullivan Kolakowski, Visuals Editor September 19, 2022
Chris Matsuoka (11), a candidate for Secretary of Athletics, is hanging up posters for his campaign. As an athlete himself in baseball, Matsuoka hoped to “get as much hype as possible for our student section and to represent all of our athletes,” if he was elected.

[Art/Photo] Candidates’ Campaigns For ASB

Kate Phan, Entertainment Editor May 3, 2022
Through the hardships that come with fashion and design, however, students learn to persevere and problem-solve. West High’s program offers so much more than needles and strings- it offers opportunities that can’t be seen anywhere else, preparing students for all the best and worst things their futures have to offer.

[Art/Photo] Needles and Strings

Sarah Han, News Editor April 24, 2022
Talent show participants cheer as first place talent show winner Sarayu Kocharlakota (10) makes her way up to the front to receive her award. West High’s Choir Department hosted the West High’s Got Talent show on Thursday, February 10 in the Performing Arts Center. Kocharlakota shared what singing means to her: “Singing is my stress-buster; It’s the only thing that makes me forget about everything else. It fills me with happiness and helps me connect with people all around.”

[Art/Photo] West High’s Got Talent

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer February 17, 2022
In the middle of a fierce match, West High Games Club members compete against each other in a chess tournament hosted on February 4, 2022 after school. All skill levels were welcome and winners received gift cards to Target. Tournament participant Elizabeth Kim (10) shared that “when I heard there was a chess tournament I was like – woah! And it just seemed like a fun after-school thing.”

[Art/Photo] Checkmate!

Cyrilla Zhang, Editor-in-Chief February 15, 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.

[Art/Photo] Hangouts at Steve’s

Luciana Gonzalez, Staff Writer January 31, 2022
New year, new me! New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set goals for the upcoming year. Students share what resolutions they made and how they plan on measuring their achievement progress.

[Art/Photo] New Year, New Resolutions

Sarah Han, News Editor January 17, 2022
Warriors are seen cheering for their grade level during the Winter Rally. With high spirits, outdoor rallies allowed closer bonding post-pandemic.

[Art/Photo] Boosting School Spirit at the Winter Rally

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 5, 2022
Powderpuff players run towards the endzone, hoping to make a touchdown for their team. Pictured in black shirts were the Blitz Babes, running with the ball, as the Trophy Wives (pictured in pink shirts) followed. Lilly Ramirez-Johnson (12) enthusiastically recounted the game, saying that it was “super fun getting to play a traditional game in front of the school’s audience.”

[Art/Photo] Powering Through Powderpuff

Sarah Han, News Editor January 5, 2022
It’s that time of the year again! Pumpkins have never been more popular – whether that’s on doorsteps or the dinner table. Students shared their favorite autumn season recipes, hoping to not only spread the great taste but the fall feeling. Natalia Cruz-Chicas (10) expressed how “every time I bake something, I still never get bored. It’s really my favorite thing!”

[Art/Photo] Warrior Fall Baking!

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer November 29, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Sullivan Kolakowski.

Backstage Pass: Puffs Tech Week

Sullivan Kolakowski, Visuals Editor November 18, 2021
Brilliantly Shooting the ball, Boys Varsity Water Polo senior Tyler Reed (12) scores a point for his team in a heated battle against Culver City. Reed plays club water polo in addition to highschool water polo and this season, all those hours of dedication are paying off. Not only is he a valuable player, but according to Ian Noe (9), “he always acts like a team leader” and “brings positive energy to the team.”

Athlete of the Week: Tyler Reed

Sullivan Kolakowski, Visuals Editor October 7, 2021
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