Category Archives: Clubs & Extracurricular

Chess Club Spring Tournament

By Cameron Brooks

This week in chess club marked the start of the new tournament for spring, which will be the second and final tournament for the club this year. This event includes many more participants than the previous with around 20 members involved (with the rest just watching and eating lunch). The first matches occurred on the 17th of May and led to the first round of eliminations. The matches were decided on random with Sam Keeley and Shane Johnson, the founders of chess club, pulling the names randomly from a hat. The schedule was designed to have matches take place every Thursday at lunch in the library with time for unfinished matches to be continued in the next week, as the schedule left an extra week before school got out. The students who do not show up or are absent are given automatic losses unless a make up day is established to ensure that all matches can be finished before the end of the school year. By the final Thursday of the year the brackets will be completed and a chess champion will be crowned (not literally, but figuratively).

 

Asian Culture Club and Drama Club

By Gianna Creighton

Asian Culture Club takes place on Thursdays every week at lunch. The purpose of this club is to educate students about Asian American cultures and to create a campus of tolerance for every race. They hold potlucks monthly and usually center their food choice around Asian culture. They introduce new types of food and tastes to all the students who attend the potluck. The club is open to all members of any race.

Drama Club takes place on Fridays every week in the theater. Drama club has a warm and bubbly atmosphere as soon as you enter the theater room. This is a club where people can relax and hang out with members who share the same passion as them. This club also offers performing arts members more time on stage to practice or just have fun. They put on many fundraisers as a club and advertise for upcoming plays.

 

Art Club and Key Club

By Gianna Creighton

Art club takes place on Thursdays at lunch in room A1. The president of the club is Belle Lerdworatawee and the vice president Samantha Ryan. The goal of the club is to create an environment for all levels’ of artists who can share ideas. Art club is a way for students to express themselves through their art. The club has access to all types of art supplies and it can take the stress off of school.

Key club takes place on Mondays in room S8 at lunch. The president of the club is Noah Palafox and the secretary is Tanner Coe. Members of Key Club seek opportunities to perform service around the community. Members are free to contribute different public service ideas and volunteer options. The club is open to all people no matter their service background.

 

New 3D Printed Chess Board

By Cameron Brooks

This week chess club received a custom made 3D printed board from 3D design. This new board gives the members at chess club a new board option with custom pieces. The pawns appear to be just regular looking pawns until you look at the top of them and see a paw carved into the plastic. The king says West Hills on it and the coolest piece, in my opinion, is the knight, which is a wolf with teeth carved into it. The board comes with the pieces is also a solid plastic and matches the West Hills blue color theme. The pieces also match the colors, with one side having dark blue pieces and the other using black pieces. We still have some extra regular chess boards left, so if you are interested in playing or learning how to play, be sure to visit chess club every Thursday in the library.

 

Conservative Club

By Devin Craig

This week in Conservative Club some interesting topics were discussed. The Dear Leader of Conservative Club, Scott Bettony, lead a heated discussion on how to thwart Zionist influences in our society. This led to some minor discussion in which all of the members agreed. This conversation progressed into why Angela Merkel is the least attractive diplomat in Europe. They closed the meeting talking about how to stop the liberals from taking over California. All in all, it was a good session with some much needed debate. The next meeting is guaranteed to be just as debate fueled as this one.

 

Clash of Clans 2018

By Cameron Brooks

Most people remember Clash of Clans as one of the most popular breakout games on the app store about four and a half years ago. It was consistently the top grossing app for the week and almost everyone played the game it seemed. As with most phone games, it ran its course and lasted about two and a half years while still remaining popular, a commendable amount of time considering its a free to play iphone game. However, while its popularity may not be what it once was, the game is still alive and well and has had several updates that add so many new mechanics. It looks like an updated sequel compared to the 2014 version of the game. Back then farming for loot, gold, and elixir was a pain and many people complained that it took way too long to find a base to attack that contained what they deem to be an adequate amount of loot. Supercell, the developers, must have listened, as they made the amount of loot you find for each raid higher and dead bases with full gold mines and elixir collectors are also much more prevalent. Additionally,  they added what is known as a loot cart, which is basically a wagon that contains a certain amount of gold, elixir, and dark elixir for you to collect at your village after you are raided, giving you a certain percentage of the loot you lost back. They also answered the age old question of ¨Will they ever give you a boat to explore the water?¨ The developers included a boat that you can use to travel to a whole other village where you can use special troops and attack people live, Clash Royale style. They also introduced a mechanic called clan games, where members of a clan attempt to complete challenges given to them in order to earn points for the clan. If the clan earns enough points collectively, everyone is rewarded with a boatload of loot and special items. Overall, this updated version of the game is much better than the previous versions and is keeping the game alive. It is still a top 10 grossing app.

 

Interview with Max Matkovski

By Gianna Creighton

How long have you been in ASB?

I have been in ASB for four years

What is your favorite part of being in ASB?

I like being active with the school and putting on events for my fellow students.

What college did you plan on attending?

University of Pennsylvania  or Stanford

What is your favorite subject?

I like math because it comes easy for me.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?

I like to play tennis and hangout with my friends.

What profession would you like to go into?

I want to be some sort of doctor.

What is the best memory you have from West Hills?

My best memory I have from West Hills is going to Disneyland each year with ASB.

What is your favorite type of food?

My favorite type of food is Mexican food.

Why did you choose to do ASB?

I chose to be in ASB because I wanted to be more active in the school and have more say in what goes on at school.

What is your favorite color?

Blue, because it brings out my eyes.

 

The Last Jedi Movie Review

By Devin Craig

Star Wars is a franchise loved by many throughout all generations. The saga has existed since 1977 and has been a smash hit since then. The newest installment, The Last Jedi, is an excellent Star Wars movie, however, it has  its ups and downs.

First, I will discuss the high points of this film. The cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen from movies in the last decade. Every camera angle is suited perfectly for the situation that the characters are in. The second highlight of this film is the action. There isn’t much action in this movie compared to some of the other movies, but when it’s there, it will blow your mind away.

Now for the lows. I was not a fan of some of the new characters that were introduced. For example, the new character Rose, is a poor attempt to throw a secondary plot into the story. In fact, the part of the movie that she is involved in could literally be taken out of the movie and it would have no impact on the story whatsoever. As a Star Wars fan, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a new piece of work added to this amazing universe. I enjoyed pretty much everything about this movie and I would rate it a 8 out of 10.

 

Interview with Cash Creighton

By Gianna Creighton

Have you gotten lost on campus this year?

Yes, I went to the Math building when I was supposed to be in science.

Have you walked into the wrong class?

No, I’m not that much of a freshman.

What has been the best aspect of freshman year?

Making varsity basketball.

What is the hardest thing about freshman year?

Balancing between school and sports.

What is your opinion on the food/cart selection at school?

I love the cookies and slushies. They are my favorite things.

What is one thing you would change about classes at West Hills?

I would shorten the periods to 40 minutes. They are kind of long.

What is one thing you want to accomplish this year?

I want to keep my report card clear of any C’s.

Have you been late to any classes?

Yes, I’ve been late to at least twice.

What is your favorite subject/class this year?

My favorite class this year is PE because I like to play sports.

Would you rather have first or second period start?

Second period because I like to sleep in.

 

Class of 2018 Club

By Audrey Lechien

Some of the main clubs at West Hills are the class clubs. These clubs are specifically for organizing class activities, fundraisers etc. I know a couple of people in the class of 2018 club and I decided to ask one of them some questions. Senior Kendall Cady is vice-president of ASB and is also a part of the class of 2018 club. Kendall said during the meetings they do discussing and planning. Much of the time is spent on planning fundraisers and dances such as prom. Each class has an officer that holds all the meetings. For the class of 2018, Ms. Young is the officer. When prompted with the question “what is your favorite part of being in this club?”, Kendall said “I love being involved in the school. Also I wanted our class to have the best senior year possible and I liked being in control of so much”. I then asked her how long she had been in the club and she said “I have been a class of 2018 club member since freshman year”. To conclude the interview I asked Kendall what she would say to anyone considering joining their class’ club. She responded with “I would highly recommend it! I got to meet so many new people and high school is a lot more fun when you get involved”.