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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

Westley Kim

Westley Kim, Staff Writer

Westley Kim is a sophomore and a freelance writer for West Signals. It is his first year in Signals and he hopes to improve his writing and interviewing skills. He enjoys reading, listening to music, drawing, and practicing the alto saxophone or piano in his free time.

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As a month of AP testing continues, students prepare for online exams by taking practice tests. Riyana Roy (10) notes how she plans to study for her AP World History exam: “Since world history is about remembering facts, I’m [going to] use active recall where I ask myself questions about important topics to see if I can remember them. I’ll probably create notes for every unit too, and sort them into various world history themes which would be useful on the DBQ (Document Based Question) portion.”

Conquering AP Anxiety

May 11, 2021
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Allison Tsai (10) in her campaign video, using a fun intro that took advantage of the popular song “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo, and related the song to student experiences. After her win, she said, “Knowing that I would be able to do something I loved next year was the most amazing feeling!” Her passion for the job is definitely likely to make her a great leader.

Election Day at West

April 23, 2021
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Planning a trip to Zion National Park was a good choice because Ellie Song was able to keep her spring break vacation time, even without the accompaniment of her school friends. She explained that “Quarantine essentially affects our spring break in the same way it affects other parts of our lives; we can’t just meet people if we don’t want to, and we have to be much more cautious.” Even with COVID-19 restrictions being loosened, it is always a good idea to be considerate of those around us.

Spring Break in Quarantine

March 25, 2021
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   An image describing the shift in GME’s stock values over the course of recent history. The values rose dramatically at around the end of December and beginning of January, and peaked at $483. The values then dropped to where they are now, at $49.51.

GameStop’s Stock Surge

February 26, 2021
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With an abundance of time on people's hands during lockdown, many turn to new hobbies and self-care routines like reading, baking, or simply napping to keep themselves occupied during such uncertain times.

The Bright Side of Quarantine

January 23, 2021
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Herd immunity prevents cases of a virus from spreading among individuals because if there is a high enough number of immunized individuals, the chances of a carrier of a disease coming into contact with someone susceptible to the disease decreases dramatically.

The Importance of Vaccination

January 18, 2021
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Kodi Lee winning America’s Got Talent in 2019 provided inspiration for people who shared many of his identity traits, being blind, autistic, and Asian-American. None of these traits are shown that often in mainstream media, so his victory is seen as a win for diversity because it provides so many people of marginalized groups hope and security.

Diversity in Media and Why it Matters

January 11, 2021
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As COVID-19 cases begin to rise in Los Angeles County following major holidays, stricter regulations are being implemented. Residents of LA County are being further encouraged to continue social distancing and mask-wearing to keep safe.

LA County Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions

December 29, 2020
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An image of Gregory Howell taken from a booking photo released by the Torrance Police Department. Although both he and his wife were arrested on July 24, he was the only one that was charged and was set a court date, for the higher amount of evidence connecting him to the charges of vandalism.

Torrance Man Charged with Hate Crime

November 20, 2020
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A good example of how to celebrate during the pandemic: an outdoor and socially distanced party with friends.

A Safe Celebration

October 16, 2020
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Pictured are members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) holding up a poster encouraging students to join during Club Rush last year. This year even with a virtual Club Rush, board members were able to connect with their members through posting and creating videos to promote their clubs.

Club Connection

October 7, 2020
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