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The Little Actions

The Little Actions

Natalie Katz, Feature Editor

June 3, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Adjusting the big white bow holding her glasses in place while smoothing down her dress, she walked to the podium on stage. Taking a deep breath to calm her nerves, she began to give the speech that she would remember for the rest of her life. On April 6, Dasia Taylor ’21 introduced one of her her...

Building connections across the district

Building connections across the district

Natalie Dunlap, Feature Editor

May 27, 2018


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When the new high school opened, West lost a large number of both students and teachers. Next year, more teachers will be migrating to Liberty High School. Among them is Mayra Devries. The Spanish teacher and West PALs adviser will become a counselor at Liberty in the fall of 2018. DeVries went...

Where you can give back

Where you can give back

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

May 26, 2018


Filed under Feature, Multimedia, Showcase

Teenagers are often portrayed as self-obsessed and unconcerned with the world around them. After all, it is easy to ignore others in the context of high-octane day-to-day school life. However, summer break is an opportunity to move past the distractions of daily life and focus on bettering oneself. O...

Continuing their passion

Continuing their passion

May 24, 2018


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Seniors have many essays, forms, and interviews they must prepare for college admissions and scholarships. But some West High seniors have other assignments they must do. Five students share their experiences of college music auditions in order to help future seniors.

The Singing Bee: Summer Edition

The Singing Bee: Summer Edition

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

May 22, 2018


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Join Mason Wang and Kristina Rosebrook as they test West High's knowledge of popular summer songs.

The Ultimate Ramen Cookoff

The Ultimate Ramen Cookoff

Eman Elsheikh, Videographer

May 22, 2018


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What's the greatest test of college readiness? How well you can make ramen, of course. Watch as seniors Junhee, Prateek, Mason face off to see who can make the best ramen.

The strangest pets at West

The strangest pets at West

Ting Gao, Reporter

May 8, 2018


Filed under Feature, Profiles

Pets are known for their ability to enrich lives with their presence. They provide humans with love and company, something many people are growing to lack in this modern age. While some people seek the companionship of man’s best friend or furry felines, others have befriended some more unusual anima...

Managing AP testing

Managing AP testing

Ken Wilbur, Reporter

May 4, 2018


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Spring has sprung. The world has turned green. Snow has turned to sunshine, and the harsh blasts of winter’s winds have turned to bird song. But many academically ambitious students in high schools across the country have barely noticed. For them, spring does not mean renewed exploration of the burg...

The road to Worlds

The road to Worlds

Anjali Huynh, Print Managing and Copy Editor

April 30, 2018


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Thunderous applause shakes the room. Smells of popcorn and hot dogs fill the air as viewers fight to get the best seats. An array of LED embellished signs and mascots wave across the crowd, encouraging them to grow even louder. As the announcer taps the microphone, the crowd begins to die down, ea...

A word is worth a thousand pictures

Jessica Moonjely and Abbie Callahan

April 26, 2018


Filed under Profiles, Showcase, Video

Boldness is defined as the willingness to take risks and act innovatively. To step out of the box. To speak the unspeakable. To challenge the norm. With the help of slam poetry, Khlood Saeed ’20 has learned the true strength that comes with finding her voice. For the past three years, Saeed has...

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

Club Connection: Writers’ workshop club

Ting Gao, Reporter

April 24, 2018


Filed under Club Connection, Feature, Profiles, Showcase

Each Tuesday after school, a motley group of students gather in an ordinary-looking classroom in the English hallway. Huddled over their Chromebooks, they converse briefly about their latest works, and then commence to spend 30 minutes in near-silence, hardly interacting with each other at all. While ...

The Miracle Season

The Miracle Season

Jenna Wang, Reporter

April 16, 2018


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On Sunday, March 18, hundreds of community members arrived at the Englert Theatre for the red-carpeted hometown screening premiere of “The Miracle Season,” a movie that chronicles the story of the Women of Troy’s back-to-back volleyball state championships. Set in 2011, West High’s volleyball team fre...

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