Movie Review: A Boy in Striped Pajamas

by Zion Reyes

Plot Synopsis: Bruno, a naive, young boy from Berlin during WWII, is confronted with the news that he has to move to the countryside because of his father’s promotion and reassignment in the German Army. He finds himself homesick and bored, having lost all his friends back in Berlin and spends his time exploring the expanse of his estate. Before long, he finds the hidden reason why his father has been relocated; a large concentration camp is only a few miles from his house, but Bruno doesn’t know the real reason why they’re there and only believes that he has found a farm filled with strangely dressed farmers. There he meets a young Jewish boy named Shmuel and becomes fast friends with him, going to great lengths to hide his everyday excursions to the camp to hang out with him from his family. Meanwhile, Bruno’s mother discovers the truth about about the concentration camp and takes the news harder than naive Bruno did. Bruno’s mother has many arguments with Ralf, Bruno’s father. Eventually  the arguments culminate in Bruno’s mother, Bruno, and his sister all moving to Heidelberg with Ralf staying at the camp to watch over it. Bruno, saddened by this, decides to adventure with Shmuel one more time, but it leads him to a gas chamber where they both die.

Movie Review: The subject matter of WWII is constantly rehashed by Hollywood, what with so many movies such as Dunkirk, Inglourious Basterds, and Saving Private Ryan, but this movie is quite unique. Unfortunately, with great potential comes great responsibility, and in my opinion I feel that this movie isn’t as good as when I first saw it many years ago. After revisiting it with a different mind than what I had in 8th grade I found the acting to be stiff, for lack of a better word. The movie is overall quite well done, for a setting of the countryside there is little in the way of modern noises or distractions that would have detracted from the movie experience, and the soundtrack of mostly classical music is a nice touch. But throughout the movie I couldn’t help but feel like something was off with all of the characters, especially from the children. Come to think of it, the adults in the movie were quite good at acting. If the movie was mainly focused on them then the mediocre acting of the children could have been overlooked, but since much of the movie was focused on Bruno, an 8-year old, there was no avoiding the “off-ness” of his acting, which seemed to have rubbed off onto the other actors as the movie went on. Perhaps his mediocre acting had somehow overshadowed any of the decent acting of the other actors. Bruno speaks in a strange combination of having too much emotion and no emotion at all, which cancels each other out into whatever comes out of his mouth. He also uses a facial expression throughout the entire movie as if someone were dubbing in his dialogue for him, even though he was clearly the one speaking. It’s a melting pot of everything that you shouldn’t do as an actor and any theatre teacher can attest to this. But despite his amateur acting, the ending was really something to behold. I won’t spoil anything, but if you’re willing to drudge through one and a half hours of one looks like the acting of an elementary school play the ending is worth it.   I give it 7/10.

Beat FD

by Jayden Moreno

In this weeks beat I asked players from the football team how they plan on beating their next few opponents this season and what would be their strategy if they make playoffs.

The first person I interviewed said they must have amazing defense because defense wins games and if their defense stops the opposite team then all they need to do is score. The last player I asked theses questions to said if they want to win they must put points on the board because you can’t win a game without any points. After I interviewed both of the players I asked them what would their playoff strategy be? And they said they would need a lot of energy and that should win them more games.

Beat FD: sports

Devin Craig

 

The past two football games have been a wild ride. The first game against Helix was a complete blowout. West Hill’s defenses was constantly being penetrated by Helix. They took advantage of this and scored many times. In the end, Helix destroyed West Hills with a final score of 54-6. However, West Hills did not let this discourage them. They came back the following week in the second game against El Capitan. After some hard fought offensive drives, West Hills eventually defeated El Cap in a very close game. Overall, these games have been quite eventful and it has been a blast being able to watch them all. Hopefully, we see more results like the El Capitan game in the future.

 

Beat FD: College Signing 

By Anna Parrott

November is the time when senior students begin to submit their college applications and have to eventually  decide what school they want to attend. But for student athletes, the process is slightly different. These young men and women have to decide where they want to play their sport for the next 4 years.

This process is referred to as ‘signing’ to a college meaning that after you visit the school and decide where you want to go, you commit verbally and then the coach will send over formal papers that you will sign which makes you officially committed to that school. Starting in their junior year of high school, students typically start trying to get college coaches  interested in them and the skills that they have to offer to the team. Students sometimes have multiple schools that they are considering, so the offer that the college makes them is extremely important to their final decision.

Dvir Mona Week 11 Beat

by D’vir Mona

            West Hills is very diverse in ethnicities and religions. There are many people that attend our school that don’t live in Santee, So that’s where I think the diversity comes from. Most of the races at West Hills include: Caucasian, Hispanic, Arab, African American. I believe it is good that our school is so diverse because it brings us closer together and forgets the issue of racism.

         Diversity in ethnicity also includes diversity in beliefs. I’d say most of the WHHS population is Christian, Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim. This shows that even tho our diverse school believes in different things, we still are banded together! This shows the diversity in our school.

 

Beat: Art

by Skye Finnestad

 

This week, 3D Art has been focusing on creating stabiles out of wood. First they did some research on the man who first created the stabiles. They found out how they were made, what they were made of, where they were placed. Next, they drew their own shapes, 15 geometric, 15 organic, and 15 shadows. From these shapes, they colored in their three favorite from each group. Then they redrew them onto bigger pieces of paper, cut them out, and began to shape them together, each stabile including three shapes. Out of the three stabiles created, they then picked their favorite one! They then were given a flat piece of wood and supplies they need, and were sent to work. From there, the students drew their designs on the piece of wood and began to saw them out.  Once all the pieces are cut out, the students will sand them down, paint them, and connect them.

CYOA: Life of and ASB Student

By Chloe Yeager

Name,Grade?

“Nicole Nacauili, Senior”

How long have you been in ASB?

“I was in ASB for two years, Sophomore year as a member at large, and Junior year as a Commissioner of Student Affairs.”

Pro & Cons?

Pros: I liked how busy it kept me and I loved being involved in planning activities and events for school. Being ‘behind the scenes’ in all the planning and work was super fun and it made me work hard and appreciate my school.

Cons: I was at school ALL THE TIME. I also procrastinate a lot so many times I always had to rush to finish things. In the class, sometimes we didn’t get along and our ideas would clash, but in the end we would always compromise. One of the biggest things is criticism from our fellow students and maintaining the status as an ASB member. It’s hard to overhear our students not appreciate the stuff we put on because we all work really hard and spend countless hours to plan events. We also have to make sure we look good as a whole. We have to be careful about the things we post or say and set an example for our class.”

What is your favorite part, why?

“My favorite part of ASB is watching the event we have planned and worked for play out successfully and to watch students enjoy themselves. I love knowing that I contributed to fun events and especially the moment it’s all over and we can finally take a break.”

Do you take the class?

“This year I did not take the class. I miss being busy with it, but I told myself if I didn’t win the election for ASB President last year I didn’t want to go down the hierarchy of class and I would use my time to find a job or volunteer more.”

Do you regret anything about your experience?

‘I don’t regret anything really. The class taught me much and I  made  memories and friends in that class.”

Do you recommend it?

“I recommend ASB if you’re willing to give 100% and like being involved in your school and if you’re willing to make time for it as well.”

If you could change anything about your experience what would it be?

“I think my biggest thing  I would change would be to be open to meeting more people in the class. I didn’t realize how close I could end up being with some of my fellow ASB member until around the end of the year and I was bummed out that most of them would be graduating Seniors. If ASB has taught me anything; it’s that sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you into some of the best memories.”

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy it?

“I think sometimes the scale would vary everyday but most days I’d rate it about a 7.”

Is there any struggle with keeping your grades up?

“ I always knew that my grades would always come before anything, so with that mindset, I always knew to prioritize my homework rather than ASB work. I had to learn to plan things ahead of time and do a little each day with my ASB work so I did not find myself overwhelmed with school work and ASB.”

App Review: Bath and Body Works

by Carly Ana Bockstahler

Today I am reviewing the Bath and Body Works app. The app was released in the Apple store on August 29th, 2017. Basically when using the  Bath and Body works app you are given the availability to  earn rewards, access offers, find a store locations near you, scan and save, and appreciate member’s only exclusive. The app version is 1.0. This app is free when purchasing in the Apple store. The platforms that the app requires is ios 9.0 or later, and compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch. The appropriate audience that is suggested to use the app is aged 4+. The visual layout of the app is quite appealing. The red, white and blue color scheme looks very exceptional when brought together. This app has no sound. An unfortunate downside to the app is it is currently only available in LA and Chicago. Although, until you are able to sign up for the bath and body works emails to be notified when the app is useable where you desire. Also, the app is only available in English.

There are some upsides. This app keeps history to ensure that you will receive your rewards once you earn them. You can save products that you would rather purchase later in your wishlist. If the app is having some technical difficulties, you can contact the customer care at the bath and body works email or by calling 1-800-869-0158. The app is recommended to women who travel an abundant amount of times and come across a Bath and Body Works often. You help save the environment when using the app because the app My Bath and Body Works is digital and the coupons given out after you make your purchase are made from paper. The app has a notification settings to alert you when something significant in the store, online, and on the app occurs.  

BEAT: Administrative and Counseling

by Gianna Creighton

Mrs. Baker is the Vice Principal at school, meaning she works with students whose last names end in A-G. She also oversees different responsibilities like attendance, the Learning Center, state and district testing, and Unity Days. Outside of the learning environment, Mrs. Baker enjoys reading Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but also appreciates reading the classics. A general day in the office consists of meeting with students, working on upcoming events, responding to emails, talking to parents, supervising at break and lunch, and helping students and staff. Mrs. Baker states, “ I really enjoy interacting with students. I know APs deal with discipline, but we do interact with the kids all the time in positive ways. That is the best part of my job.”

Mrs. Bean has been working at West Hills for 16 years. Before she became a counselor she was a math teacher for 8 years so this will be her 8th year being a West Hills counselor. One of her favorite things to do outside of school is have fun and hangout with her little boys. Mrs. Bean’s favorite memory is from working with the women’s volleyball program as a coach and being able to interact with the girls from the various teams. Mrs. Bean explained, “I love getting to know students and helping them navigate through the sometimes tumultuous high school years. I also love helping students with college applications.”

CYOA: Homecoming

By Anna Parrott

I wanted to know what my fellow students thought about the weekend of Homecoming so I asked one senior lady in particular about her experiences:

Q: Did you go to the Homecoming game?

A: Yes. I went with a few of my friends and sat in the Spirit Section.

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: My favorite part of the game was afterwards when the King and Queen were announced.

Q: Who did you vote for for King and Queen?

A: I voted for Jacob Henderson and Brittany Woods.

Q: Were you at all shocked by who won?

A: I was a little shocked when Cam won because I had really thought Jacob would and everyone else I talked to also voted for Jacob.

Q: Did you go to the Homecoming dance on Saturday?

A: Yes and it was really fun!

Q: Did you have a date or did you go with friends?

A: I went with my boyfriend as well as my other friend.

Q: What was your least favorite part of the dance?

A: The DJ at every dance is never any good and this was no exception.

Q: Are there any improvements that you think could be made to make the dance more fun?

A: I really hate having to take my shoes off but I understand why we do it. Also, I different DJ would be nice for a change.
Q: Did you enjoy getting dressed up?

A: Yes! I went out and bought a brand new dress and shoes.