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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.

CYOA: Life of and ASB Student

By Chloe Yeager


“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.”

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.


Movie review: Moana

By Chloe Yeager


Claimed to be one of the best Disney Movies, Moana, casts an amazing twist on the traditional princess story. Within the whirlwind of events that takes place, Disney gives a compelling insight on the struggles that Moana(Auli’i Cravalho) faces, with obeying her parents but also fighting for what she believes in. Along the way she meets an overly confident demi god named Maui (Dwayne Johnson) who helps guide her on her journey to return the heart of Te Fiti and restore her island’s health.

Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, and Don Hall did a wonderful job with this creation of a Family film, filled with a mixture of Adventure and Fantasy that entered theaters in 2016.  Personally I have taken a strong liking toward this movie and believe that it is a refreshing change to the overused idea of stereotypical princess movies. The movie takes place on the fictional island, Motunui, and begins with the storytelling of Maui and the legend of Te Fiti. Unlike the other children, Moana is thoroughly intrigued and longs to learn more. Moana is being raised to be the chief which conflicts with her attachment to the ocean and its forbidden elements. This Disney movies is packed with catchy songs, one specifically mentioning Moana’s struggles and her draw to the ocean.

Moana learns that she is still the only hope this island has, but the pressure her parents put on her to become a great and honorable chief overwhelms her in more ways than one. Struggling to find a a solution to their problems; when the island’s coconuts become rotten and a lack of fish occurs, she mentions fishing past the reef. Her father quickly disapproves. She is not quite sure of the reason.

Toward the middle of the movie Moana’s grandmother, Tala (Rachel House) tips her off about her family’s background and their past as voyagers. This makes Moana more intrigued and she sets off on her journey past the reef. When Moana finally reaches the open ocean she gets caught up in the harsh waves and due to her lack of sailing experience she finds herself trapped on an island where she finds Maui. After a while of persuading, Maui finally agrees to accompany Moana along her journey. While on their journey, the two face obstacles and Maui threatens to leave Moana. When Moana realizes she will have to fight Te Kah and restore the heart of Te Fiti on her own, she heads off to do so.  Moana eventually comes full circle and and ends on a happy note. This movie is definitely one I recommend for all ages.

Movie review: Tangled

By Anna Parrott

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have 70 feet of magical hair? Probably not but the movie Tangled will make you wish that you had such lusciously, long locks. Tangled, a movie directed by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, follows the story of an 18 year-old named Rapunzel as she journeys to see the floating lanterns that are dedicated to the Lost Princess and befriends some dynamic people along her way. She is faced with danger, action, fun, and romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rapunzel, having been kept in a tower all of her life by her malevolent mother, yearns to see the floating lanterns that appear in the distance every year on her birthday. By a fortunate series of events, she encounters Flynn Rider whom she then uses as her guide to see the lanterns. During their journey, her mother discovers that Rapunzel has escaped and she starts to chase after her. Rapunzel and Flynn make friends who help them later in the movie like Maximus the Palace horse and the ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling. As Maximus, Flynn, Rapunzel, and her chameleon named Pascal finally reach the kingdom, they participate in the exciting events of the ongoing festival. After the festival, all the townspeople head to the boats to release the lanterns for the Lost Princess. While the lanterns are floating in the air, Flynn and Rapunzel realize that they love each other; but, their romantic bliss is interrupted by Rapunzel’s evil mother who takes her back to the tower. Rapunzel realizes that she is the Lost Princess and Flynn tries to save her. When he gets to the tower, Rapunzel’s “mother” stabs Flynn and before Rapunzel can heal him with her hair, Flynn cuts it all off, consequently ripping it of all its magic and killing him. But to Rapunzel’s surprise, the tears she shed over the loss of Flynn still contained magic so she was able to bring him back. She was reunited with her real family and they all lived happily ever after.

One of my favorite scenes in Tangled is when Flynn and Rapunzel are out on the water as the floating lanterns are released. What makes this scene so captivating is the fantastic animation of the characters and the background. The animators perfecting capture the reflection of the hundreds of lights on the water and in the nighttime sky. Also in this scene, Rapunzel and Flynn sing “I See the Light” together which is a beautiful and emotional song where they are finally realizing that they love each other. My favorite character in the movie Tangled probably had to be Maximus. Although he is just a horse and doesn’t have any actual lines in the movie, he provides comic relief through his feud with Flynn. Maximus is sweet and an extremely likeable character in the film.

Overall, I would give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Tangled is the perfect family movie that is great for children and Disney fans of all ages, like myself. The characters were casted superbly and the soundtrack is beautifully composed and is so much fun to sing along to. In terms of the animation, I have never seen such complicated and gorgeous graphics. The plot is exciting as it takes the viewer through both heart-whelming and intense scenes but also end happily. Tangled is my absolute favorite movie and is definitely worth the watch.

NIall Horan by Olivia DiSabatino

I feel as if it is my obligation to write about the latest greatest music releases. Through Harry Styles, to the newest Indie bands, to Pop artists, and now Niall Horan. Niall Horan’s debut album, Flicker, came out last Friday and has been buzzing all around social media. Personally, I have been looking forward to the album release for a long time now, and am delighted to say that I am in love with it. There are 13 songs on his deluxe album, 3 of which have been released to the public. My favorites are ‘Seeing Blind’ and ‘On the Loose’. Since I do have Spotify Premium I am able to listen to it as many times as I would like. Niall Horan is starting his Flicker World Tour coming up and many fans are excited to see him live as a solo artist. All of the One Direction boys are onto their own solo projects, and Niall was actually the first one with his hit song ‘This Town, and is one of the last to release an album. His album is a spin-off of pop and a bit of country. There seems to be a theme within his songs, basically a single man and the adventures he has being single. Whether it is between breakups, parties, meeting a new love, or being absolutely alone he seems to pull off his situations pretty great. His voice is very ashy but pure, he has amazing meaningful songs and I highly recommend listening to his new album. It is available on Apple music, Spotify, Pandora, youtube, and probably more. Also, Niall patterned with apple music and released an exclusive album movie that is only available to Apple Music members. This album is very slow and calming and is great to fall asleep with, drink a cup of tea, walking, or even studying in the background.

Brow Revolution

Over the hundreds of years, both men and women have expressed themselves through makeup, whether it’s a fun lip color, blush, eyes, and now brows. I recently watched the ‘100 years of brows’ on Allures youtube channel, and recommend if you are interested in the history!
Over the years there have been many icons that have shared their brows to the world and started brow revolutions, the current 2010 brow icon, is English Fashion Model, and Actress, Cara Delevingne, with her Power Bro movement. Women throughout the 21st century have kept their brows clean, and well manicured, while Cara has completely gone past that with a fun and bushy bold look. The more the better is her claim.
Personally, I have never done much to my brows, I have usually just waxed or tweezed them and that was about it, but now I am following the revolution and doing a bit of tricks myself. This following article will show you my brow routine!
I haven’t waxed my brows in about 3 months and now I am embracing my hairy brows, and emphasizing them a bit. I wanted to try some cheap drugstore products since I was new to doing my brows and wanted to experiment.
I have five products that I have been using which consist of gels, liners, and brushes! Yes, it seems like quite a lot but I definitely enjoy using them and love being apart of the Brow Revolution!
Here’s my EyeBrow Routine!
First I start off with brushing throughout my brows in an upward motion to make sure I have a good starting line of where I want my brows to be.
I then use the NYX Eyebrow powder pencil in the shade Auburn and fill in my brows, and then use the NYX Micro Brow pencil in the shade Ash Brown. (They are both very different colors, and I use them both because I do have different colored brows).
I brush through my brows once again to evenly make sure my color is spot on and looks a bit natural but very emphasized.
Then I will go in with a gel, to make sure my brows stay in place all day. I have been loving the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara in clear, which can be used for both brows and eyelashes. Or I will go in with the Rimmel ‘Brow This Way’ in Medium Brown if I want my brows to be a bit more emphasized.
That is all I do to my brows and look forward to being creative and trying new things!

  • Olivia DiSabatino