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Interview

By Chloe Yeager

Name and grade?

Answer: Nate Stevenson, 11th grade

What sport(s) do you play?

Answer: “Wrestling”

Favorite sport?

Answer:”Football”

Favorite thing to do in your free time?

Answer:”Fish”

Favorite class and why?

Answer:”Physics, because I like when I figure the complicated problems out.”

What do you plan to do after high school?

Answer:” Go to college and study mechanical engineering.”

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Answer:”Having a well paying job at 16 years old.”

Dream College and why?

Answer: “Auburn University because it’s a D1 college in Alabama.”

Any career plans?

Answer: “ I want to become a mechanical engineer and design cars or become an auto mechanic.”

What is your most embarrassing moment during high school?

Answer: “One time I said ‘pardon’ to a group of attractive girls at lunch as the new kid.”

Interview

By David Griffith

How is the school year gone on a scale of 1-10?

I would have to say a 7.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

Probably fighting off Senioritis.

Do you get along with all your peers?

Yes, everybody loves me!

What do you to do prepare yourself for tests?

Crying usually helps me.

Do you have any kind of special traditions before a test?

Studying all night.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

Getting accepted into UC Davis.

What has been your biggest failure?

I don’t do failure.

Would you do it all again if you could?

Yes, I don’t want to graduate.

What are some things you would change?

I’m really not sure.

What are some things you wouldn’t change?

 I had a good time in high school, I wouldn’t change a lot, if anything.

Thrift Shopping

By D’vir  Mona

Carlos’s hobby is thrift shopping. In Carlos’s eyes thrift shopping is bringing clothes back to life, giving them new meaning, recycling. He loves thrift shopping because everything is always so cheap, and he never leaves without something he loved in his hands. His mother brought him to his first Goodwill when he was very young and he really only shopped there for clothes always after that. He’s always looking for the steals any thrift shop has to offer.

    I found that many thrift related business do very well in the US. First,  because they don’t sell their own or produce their own clothes, therefore they are stocked up by people not wanting clothes,  which saves money. Second, the prices are much cheaper than a regular retail store, so they attract wide attention. Reverend Edgar J. Helms created Goodwill in 1902 in Boston, MA. From one store in Massachusetts, this franchise has grown to thousands of stores all of the U.S. People love it because it’s the opportunity to buy clothes, without the high prices!

    To get into this hobby, just stop going to retail stores so much! Take a visit to your local Goodwill or no-name thrift store and buy yourself some very nice, inexpensive clothes. There isn’t much to study except for knowing what stores you’ve liked before, and remember them so you can return to them.

Gardening

By  Sarah Shields

A very trendy hobby nowadays is gardening. Summer is just around the corner so planting would be a great hobby to take up. An enthusiast I interviewed for this is my dear friend Meghan. She has a love for gardening and I asked her why and she said it’s just fascinating to plant  and help it grow and watch it develop over time knowing you’re the reason for that development. She became involved after seeing many gardening pages online that inspired her to make her own garden. It doesn’t take much time or effort to grow a garden. On the website www. Local history. Org it shows the history of the hobby of gardening. The earliest Gardens were used for practical reasons such as herbs or vegetables. When Man became civilized an upper class emerged with the Leisure to enjoy purely decorative Gardens. People love garden nowadays for reasons of growing their own fruits vegetables hurts or flowers for a pretty sight.

Wayne’s World

By David Griffith

Wayne’s World is a comedy film from the year 1991, starring Mike Myers as the main character as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, and starring Rob Lowe as Benjamin. Wayne and Garth run a cable access show in Wayne’s basement appropriately titled Wayne’s World. Rob Lowe’s character Benjamin is a big shot TV producer and wants to buy the rights to Wayne’s World so he can exploit it to its full potential. Hilarity ensues.

Personally, I find Wayne’s World to be very entertaining. I think a lot of the humor is very high school level, which I appreciate. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have a rich history together on SNL, so they work well together. Rob Lowe also makes a great sleazeball, as probably influenced by his real life. Some jokes are a little too corny but that’s fine.

I would definitely give Wayne’s World a watch if you have not seen it already. It’s excellent. Although not appropriate for all ages, it is a timeless classic. 9/10.

Wrestling

By Chloe Yeager

Most people have hobbies but this one is not the most common. Diane Baker a 16 year old Sophomore at West Hills is on the wrestling team and is most often found at practice whether that be high school season or off season. She is really dedicated to this sport and her dedication has paid off by being able to claim her title as first girl to go to State in West Hills history, so I decided to ask her a few questions.

First, a little background on wrestling, wrestling was originally found in French Babylonian cave drawings but the Greeks created it to train their soldiers for the brutal combat they were going to endure. After the Greeks were defeated by the Romans the Romans took the idea and removed all the brutality from it to create an entertainment source. Greeks still wanted to keep the traditional aspect which is where Greco-Roman wrestling comes from. There are actually 8 different types of wrestling approved by Fila. Folk ( high school), Freestyle (college), Greco-Roman, Mixed Martial Arts or Grappling wrestling, Oil wrestling (Turkish), Beach wrestling, Sambo (Soviet Union), and Pankration, along with many more that are not approved by Fila. Wrestling is a really easy way to get involved and meet other students because teams consist of about 13 wrestlers and you compete with other teams around the same size. Wrestling’s popularity has increased because it is a great workout, it’s fun, challenging, and entertaining.

The sport is kind of expensive though. The initial cost and mandatory items are shoes, headgear, and a hair cap (if you have long hair). Shoes typically range from $45-$100+, head gear $20-$40, and a hair cap is about $30. So all together the cost is around $150 to $200.

Photography

By David Griffith

Photography, it’s the art of taking pictures. Although it may not seem like rocket science, it takes  practice and artistic knowledge to achieve that perfect shot. Alec Sellers is an avid enthusiast of the practice, and  visionary I will be interviewing.

What exactly is photography? Taking pictures…

Why do you enjoy photography? It allows me to express my artistic directions and stylings.

How did you become involved in it? I’ve always had a love for it.

How much time does it take? Not a whole lot, my Polaroids usually develop within 5-10 minutes.

Are you apart of any groups or clubs? Nope, I’m a 1 man band.

Any other information you care to give? Take pictures, they last forever.

History of photography? People have been taking pictures since the 1800’s, when the very first camera was invented. From then there has only been more and more advances to make it more accessible to all.

Where did it come from? The guy who invented the camera.

Who created it? Some jabroni named Joe Niepce.

Has it changed/grown/morphed? Yeah, it went from taking hours to take a picture to everyone having a digital camera in their pockets. It’s evolution.

Why do people love it? Because people like to create memories that will last forever. It’s not very hard to get started/invested into photography. Everyone has a high tech, crisp camera in their back pocket. All they really have to do is open the camera app and start taking pictures of what they want to. You can go from there if you want to invest in different cameras or what not. The more you practice, the better your style of shots will become. You can do it whenever and take pictures of whatever. It’s the easiest hobby to get into.

Hobby/ Basketball

By Jayden Moreno

Hobbies let you explore interests outside of your line of work. They let you be creative and try all kinds of new things. If you’re bored with your old hobby, picking a different one can get your creativeness going again. Also take a look at your budget before choosing a new hobby, as some can be expensive, but you have plenty of options available to you even if your budget is tight. Find what interests you. See what takes up your spare time, when you have it. Think about what you value most. Think about the topics you go on about. Now, think your favorite subject that you enjoy so much and find how it can be transformed into a hobby.

Being a hobbyist helps to relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. Hobbies allows you to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life. My favorite hobby is playing basketball because I’m good at it, all my friends love playing in it and it gets  competitive too. Basketball seems to clear my mind if I’m having a bad day or stressing over things. If I didn’t have this hobby I wouldn’t be as calm when there were problems.

I wonder how a hobby can keep our mind clear or how it makes us so happy over something so little. For recommendations everyone says you should have a friend with you when doing your hobby so you can share great times with them and have someone to talk to. Hobbies are a major key in life because it keeps our mind in a stable place and keeps the overwhelming things in our head be free.

After School

By Jayden Moreno

In this week’s beat I went to some  people and I asked them,: What’s your favorite thing about school, why did you choose to come here and lastly what is the school known for. The first person I ask said  their favorite part is how friends are here. They chose to come to West Hills because the academics are very good and they think West Hills is known for sports. The second person I asked said their favorite part is they get to play sports. They chose to come here to play football and they think West Hills is known for having good grades and great students.