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West Gets WASC’s Highest Honors

Grant Torre, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2013

   Congratulations to the West High community for being awarded WASC's highest accreditation status after the visit in March. This award gives West accreditation through June 30, 2019. Principal Ben Egan sent out the following mem...

Crackdown on Distracted Driving

Kristin Corse, Staff Writer

May 28, 2013

  Picture yourself driving with your friend on a perfect summer afternoon. The music is blasting, you’re singing along, but then your friend’s phone goes off and it’s a text from another friend you made plan...

Lange Chosen As Teacher of the Year

Grant Torre, Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2013

Each year, the West High community comes together to nominate teachers for the annual Teacher-of-the-Year Award. This year, the selection committee chose Mrs. Lange, one of West High's Art Teachers.    When selecting the r...

Dancing Their Way to the Top

Kristin Corse, Staff Writer

April 22, 2013

   Some kids inherit their dad’s blue eyes or their mother’s long blonde hair. However, for Thomas Oh (11) and Sabrina Lin (11), their parents gave them the gift of being talented dancers, as they won West High’s Best Da...

The ASB Election Frenzy Begins

Connor Ji, Staff Writer

April 19, 2013

As many students prepare for the weekend, some are beginning a long process of preparing campaign material for next week’s ASB Elections.   Last year, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter advertised what candida...

Tumbling Towards Triumph

Carly Saber, Entertainment Editor

April 4, 2013

Wake up, go to school, go to the gym, sleep, do it all again– that is the life of a gymnast. Eri Tamada (11) has been doing gymnastics for thirteen years. She started her career at South Bay Gymnastics where she learned her ...

Spring Spirit

Connie Chung, Staff Writer

April 4, 2013

It’s the final week before spring break as students sit restlessly in their classes, pleading the clock to move an inch quicker. This week, students were given the opportunity to unwind by participating in our annual Spring...

Enter the Exciting World of BioShock Infinite

Kevin JB Kim, Staff Writer

April 3, 2013

Booker DeWitt is a man out of his element — a ‘fish’ 20,000 feet above water. Similar to the previous Bioshock games, the protagonist enters a lighthouse and, in doing so, is sent to the new and strange world of Colombia...

Students Speak at Showcase

Connor Ji, Staff Writer

April 3, 2013

West High’s Speech and Debate team has had great success this year, and is going on to the State Championship. To raise money for this event, the team’s showcase took place on both Thursday and Friday, March 28th and 29th i...

Pursuing Proper Parenting

Kristin Corse, Staff Writer

March 29, 2013

Most parents would say that every day brings new adventures in the parenting world like helping with homework or taking care sick kids. However, some parents are making their own parenting choices such as selling their toddler...

West May Be a California Distinguished School

Connor Ji, Staff Writer

March 27, 2013

On Wednesday, March 20th, the California Distinguished School (CDS) Award’s committee visited the campus as a validation visit to consider West High as one of California’s Distinguished Schools. This visit, unlike that of th...

A Tale of Two Countries

Jonathan Choi, Co-Opinion/News Editor

March 27, 2013

On February 12th, just over a month ago, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) tested two separate nuclear warheads underground. Just a month before, Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong Il’s successor, sent the go-ahead for the ...

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