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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,  it has swept the nation as “the new ask.fm”, 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. Giving it a try myself, I explored its 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.

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. Upon 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. 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 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  is 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!

 

App Review

by Ashley Pacheco

Sarahah is an app made in 2017. The app is a social media app that allows people to anonymously be asked questions and for you to present the answer. Most parents are very concerned about how this app is not appropriate. It lets teens and children anonymously talk to people and get questions by people they may not even know. Which in my opinion is really scary. Especially for a  parent not knowing who may be looking at their child’s social media site. This app honestly has no good reviews. There are not many positives to this site other than meeting new people. It only seems to have one star and as I have been looking over the information about it; most people state that it is not a good app. It is known to cause many cases of cyberbullying because of how anonymous it is. It is so easy for people to cyberbully because the person that gets the question doesn’t know who it is and don’t know who’s behind the screen. Overall I‘d just say Sarahah is not at all an app that has many positives to it. In my opinion don’t use it or download it. And especially do not let your young teens or children have anything to do with this app. All it will do is cause problems. So, don’t worry I’m sure we’ll see it gone from the app store very soon.

App Review

by Sarah Shields

I chose to review the app Sarahah. Basically Sarahah is an app for anonymous comments that one can’t reply to. This app was created to be a site where users could leave positive feedback and remain disguised. The app will give you a link you can post anywhere so anyone could visit your page and post a comment to the user’s page. The owner of the page can visit it and see what people have commented but can’t see who had posted the comment. The app is named after the arabic word for frankness or candor. Sarahah arrived in the Apple Store in June and skyrocketed to number one among the app stores free apps.

Some users of the app believe it is the perfect tool for anonymous bullies. People are able to remain anonymous while posting hurtful and mean comments. Many parents and other adults highly suggest other potential users to not download the app because of its numerous potential dangers. Parents of an user see that app as a perfect setting for hate and bullying to occur. Many users receive hateful and mean comments almost immediately after downloading the app and one parent even describe Sarahah as “a breeding ground for hate”. The user’s ability to remain anonymous on the app provides that person with great power to say whatever they want. A lot of people take advantage of this opportunity and abuse this power by freely saying whatever they want.

Despite the opportunities Sarahah gives the bullies the site can also bring friends closer together. The true intended purpose of the app is positive feedback between users. Contrary to some parents other users love the app and the interactions they are able to have on it for many of the  users the app serves as a place for friends to connect to complement one another.

The app was originally created for workspace. It was a place in hopes where employees could give Anonymous feedback to their employers, but it has taken a new Purpose with Snapchat. The app encourages users to share their own link to their page on Sarahah in order for their friends to comment nice things. Numerous friend groups love to use it as a way to share inside jokes and compliments with one another. Although there are many other ways for them to do that. Sarahah is a fun and interesting way to do so. Despite its harmful users, Sarahah is a great app if it is used in the right way.

CYOA

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. People 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.

 

CYOA

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 say that they have friends in 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.

CYOA

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 poll I have come to 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!!

Beat

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!

Beat

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!