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App Review

by Cass Emlund

Sarahah was an app first developed for companies to give feedback to their employees anonymously based on how they are performing on the job. However, since it has swept the nation as “the new”, many teens have used it as a way to anonymously leave comments on other peers link. With an app such as this one there is always a high risk or bullying and/or risk for harassment when using these type of apps. After reading reviews of this app, I have found that when used for it’s intended purpose, not by teens, that the app seems to be a very good and useful tool. However, when it’s just used for “fun” it tends to be reviewed negatively and not get the positive results that the app can usually generate. After giving a try myself, I explored the features. It is a very minimal app to say the least, there is really nothing to it. You have a link and nobody can search you. They must have your link to give you feedback. You are also the only one that can see your feedback. So in reality you don’t even have a profile. It is all private. Likewise, this means that when the bullying aspect comes into play it’s kept to one’s self. Which many would say is better, but that also leaves no one to regulate the negativity. All in all, if you are using this app for its main intended purpose I would give it a 9/10, it does need some improvements, but overall it is a good app. But if you are trying to use it as a social site, I rate it a 5/10.   Honestly, there are no good qualities like.

App Review

by Skye Finnestad,

Looking for a game to keep me entertained in times of boredom, I stumbled upon the game Super Mario Run. First opening the app, I expected to play a few rounds and then delete it from my phone, however; I surprisingly became very addicted to the game. I played the first level and was challenged to run through a course and collect a certain number of coins, which is what drew me to keep playing. I played level after level, enjoying the challenge, yet noticed some things that had let me down. The game is in portrait mode rather than landscape, which makes it a bit more difficult to locate the coins you need to collect. This setting would not necessarily be unbearable if there were controls to go backwards during a level.

Throughout each level, you are only given the option to go forward, which can be quite frustrating if you miss coins needed to complete the level. Although there are some unfortunate features to this app, there are definitely some good ones! You are provided with unlimited lives, so you are not held down to a certain limit as to how many times you can play. There is also a really fun mini game, where you can compete against online players to earn coins and more toads to build your kingdom. In addition, you also have the choice to connect your game to your own premade wii character, which gives you the option to invite and play against friends!

Overall the game is really addictive and fun, but there is a price to pay. The free version of the game only offers one world, including four levels and three mini levels within each of of the four. If you want all six worlds, all twenty levels, and all sixty sublevels, you have to be willing to pay $9.99. In my opinion, the game is not worth ten dollars. Personally, I would play the game until I was bored of it and then delete the app. That is a waste of ten bucks right there. However, many people may find this a deal and be willing to drop ten dollars on this game. My overall rating out of five stars would probably be a four, because I feel like the game is not really anything special and definitely is not worth ten of my hard earned dollars. The game is enjoyable, yet I find it silly that we are expected to pay ten dollars for a phone game.

App Review

by D’vir Mona,

“Flappy Dunk” by Voodoo is a coordination game that tests your ability to time and judge distance. If you are interested in “Flappy Bird” or the sport of basketball, you will love this game! When you are bored or don’t have Wi-Fi it is a wonderful game to play, since it is an offline game. My favorite category of games is strategy and so this game’s falls perfectly under that category. I usually play this game when I’m just hanging out with the family, friends or I am bored. Once you play this game you will be hooked, as it is an endless game. It has an infinity of fun. The graphics of “Flappy Dunk” are very cartoonish and cute. They leave a really pleasing image on the eyes. Like many other games it’s very addicting with always fun features and icons. “Flappy Dunk” is a awesome app because it has features that give you rewards for your flapping. You can earn different colored basketballs that have different effects and outcomes. This game is also very simple, so it leads into some negatives. Although there is a “mission mode” It’s still not very difficult. If I had to make any adjustments it would be to make the game more difficult with different difficulty settings that challenge even the most skillful players.  Overall I think this is a very exciting and addictive game. It’s always going to be there to play and will never not be ready for your flapping. It has the offline feature so that’s always good for younger users who don’t have phones!



by Skye Finnestad

This picture represents today’s society and their priorities. Notice that they’re all focused on their phones while in an electronics store. The back TV represents the real issues and worries of today’s world, but the people do not notice it because they are too focused on their phones. In the bottom of the picture, you see a fast forward button, a play button, and a replay button. I feel that this is the way people live their lives, trying to fast forward and just get through the day, pressing “play” to begin their day rather than actually enjoying the life they’re living, and replaying the same day over and over again in their life routine.



by Alyssa Jenkins
For this CYOA I took a survey on school campus life, by asking students in some of my classes, who were mostly seniors. I asked 25 people five different questions. It was pretty interesting to see how involved the people are in the school life. 3 out of 5 people said they were planning on going to most of the football games this season. 4 out of the 5 people said that they were planning on buying a parking spot. 3 out of the 5 people said that they drive. 1 out of the 5 people said that they are involved in clubs. 5 out of 5 so that they have friends and it most classes. I was not very surprised by these results because not all the students I asked we’re seniors. But it was interesting to see how independent students are by driving themselves to school everyday.


by Sarah Shields,

A poll of questions involving 30 West Hills students.

What grade are you in?
9th: 10 10th: 5 11th:8 12th:7

Do you bring lunch, buy it, or not eat at all?
Bring it: 15 buy it:11 don’t eat: 4

Do you drive yourself to school?
Yes: 19 no: 11

How many periods are you taking?
5: 10 6: 17 7:3

Are you planning on going to college?
Yes: 18 no: 5 idk yet: 7

Through this pull i have made a realization. I have noticed most West Hills students are ambitious. They are also hard working. They are prepared for school most drive themselves and bring a lunch. It is very smart to bring a lunch. Most aspire to go to college and that’s great! West Hills has amazing students who strive to be better. These kids are going above and beyond. Great job wolf pack!!


by d’vir mona

We are competing this week with SHS to see who has more spirit for our upcoming Mayor’s Cup. It is a very important week for both WHHS and SHS. We are rival schools and are always competing to get ahead. Mayor’s Cup, this year, is more important than the last because it is on our home turf!

ASB is working very hard to make sure both sides are going to have a great game. Posters, banners, etc. are being made for this game to show we mean business. If we lose to SHS we won’t hear the end of it until next year, so winning is definitely a must. GO WEST HILLS!


by Skye Finnestad

This week West Hills High School and Santana High School competed in a spirit week! The dress up days were nerds vs jocks, toddlers vs elders, hip hop vs rock, tropical vs country, and the last day is school colors! Unfortunately, hip hop day was said to be considered racist and offensive, therefore it was “scratched.” However, this spirit week was a great way to get everyone involved and excited for the Mayor’s Cup this Friday! Speaking of which, ASB has organized an alarm clock pep rally Friday morning at 6:15 in the gym to really pump everyone up! The news will be there to cover how excited we are about the game and how the boys feel about it. And of course, there’s the pep rally at lunch on Friday as well to really show the Pack support, so there is no acceptable excuse to miss it! Make sure you show your spirit at the Mayor’s Cup tomorrow! Come decked out in blue and black and join the spirit section to hype everyone up and show Wolf Pack support!


Sarah Shields

This week is dress-up week for the Wolfpack! Monday is dress up is nerd attire. On Tuesday dress as a toddler. Then  Wednesday’s Hip Hop was cancelled so we’re blue for West Hills on Wednesday. Thursday is Hawaiian day so make sure to wear your floral shirts and lays. Friday is game day! Deck out in all blue to support the Pack football team. Friday morning is an alarm clock pep rally and the News will be there! Bring all your beads and pom poms. Tonight at 7 get ready to watch the West Hills Wolfpack feed the Santana Sultan’s on our home field for the Mayor’s Cup bring your most spirited self and cheerful yelling voices to cheer on our boys Friday morning at the pep rally. ASB will reveal the theme of our 2018 homecoming. So make sure to be there for this exciting event with your fellow Wolfpackers.


by Ashley Pacheco
West hills High School ASB is an elective filled with spirited students representing the pack with pride. ASB is a group of students mature enough to handle the freedom and duties of being apart of the class. Constantly being role models to the students of West Hills High School. They prepare many activities and events for the school to be involved in!

For example, this week August 28th – September 1st is dress-up (rivals week) week against Santana . Dress up week consists of five different themes for each day as we compete against our Rivals the Santana Sultans.

To start off the week:

Monday is nerds vs jocks, so make sure to show off your true self. Tuesday is toddlers vs elders so make sure to show off your 4 year side.

Wednesday approaches make sure to come in the best hip hop outfit you got. It’s hip hop vs Rock!

Thursday is tropical vs country.

Friday wear your school color; come all decked out in BLUE!

Therefore, each and every student apart of the ASB Class participates in the putting together of these special spirited weeks. getting us all prepared and pumped to win the football game for the seventh year in a row! Taking home the Mayor’s Cup once again! The Mayor’s Cup is a trophy to prove to the residents of Santee which school truly has the stronger side. As we West Hills students would like to say. So, make sure to participate in this weeks dress up and come out to the football game at 7:00 pm against our biggest rivals completely covered in blue. You won’t want to miss our WIN!