by Audrey Lechien
Another club-goer at West Hills High School is senior Ashleigh Hartwig. She attends a number of clubs including Hope Club on Tuesdays, Food Driven Club on Wednesdays and Dead Poets Society club, which she runs, on Fridays. There are so many reasons to join a club: you can meet new people, make friends, become more involved at your school, help people and much more. Ashleigh says that her favorite parts are “ helping people hang out with new people and making new friends at Hope Club.” She also said “I don’t like it when people can’t afford food and so I help out the most I can with donating food items and volunteering to help feed people at the Club food drive.
As president of Dead Poets Society Club, Ashleigh gave me some insight about what they do. In a typical day at the Dead Poets Society Club, the members and attendees “unlock a passion for reading” and “ each week is different but it’s a bunch of activities that deal with books essentially” Ashleigh says. She explains that her inspirations for creating the club include “ My passion for reading and the idea that most teams don’t enjoy reading and I wanted to change that by exposing high school students to fun book activities. I hope to encourage more reading and appreciation for books, poetry, essays etc.”. Be sure to check out the Dead Poets Society Club when they meet on Fridays in S10.
by Taylor Gomez
Are you interested in a career in the medical field? Have you dreamed of becoming a doctor, nurse, or other specialist and are looking to jumpstart the learning process? Join the Health Career Pathway Club! This club helps to keep you updated on all volunteer and learning opportunities and aware of all the careers in medicine. Go join the officers and club members in S9!
The club meets every Thursday and the club advisor is the department chair of science at West Hills, Ms. Biggerstaff. This year, the club plans to volunteer and even get certified in things like CPR and HIPAA. Sabrina Major, the club president, and other club officers say that this is going to be a fun and exciting year, so if you’re dedicated to your education and excited for your future, head on over to s9 on Thursday’s at lunch!
by Taylor Gomez
Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to help spread awareness of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also known as IDD. Best Buddies Programs allow people to get involved and advocate for others within their community. This organization is an unbelievable opportunity for creating life-long friendships and leadership development.
Here at West Hills we are lucky enough to have a Best Buddies Club ran by Mr. Knopp and student representative, Ilan Matkovski. In the club you have the choice to get matched up in a one-on-one friendship with someone with an IDD or you can participate in all the club happenings and be a part of all the friendships. The club meets every Tuesday in the library at lunch for fun games and videos. Go check it out!
“Picture your best friend. Now imagine your life without that person. For people with developmental disabilities, the laughter and excitement of a best friend is only a dream. Best Buddies is a lifeline to the joy of having and being a friend.” – Best Buddies CEO
by Taylor Hobbs
This week school clubs will host a drive in the black circle during lunch. Until this date, no clubs are being held during lunch, West Hills High School offers clubs ranging from Key Club, which finds volunteer work around the community for students to do, to Disney Movie Club, who watch Disney movies every Friday. Our school offers an array of clubs all days of the week.
Mrs. McDowell’s physiology class offers many summer internships in the health and medical field. In order to insure a spot you should sign up soon. Some extracurricular activities at our school include culture clubs such as Asian Culture Club. In Pawprints, the school newspaper, students are working to make sure students on twitter are informed. In order to know about more volunteer work and community service, Key Club is a great resource.
by Haley Valles
Ally Coronas interview about cheer.
When did you start doing cheer?
- I started doing cheer when I was only 9 years old.
Is this something you’d like to continue out of school and onto college?
- It’s a possibility, I just have to see where life takes me, but I can definitely see myself cheering more in the future!
Was it challenging being on varsity when you were only a freshman?
- Yes, because I didn’t know most of the girls on the team and I felt like I had to give my all to impress them, be accepted, and to let them know I am as dedicated as anyone else.
What has this experience taught you?
- It taught me that by working hard, I can reach my goals and become a better athlete and person.
What has been your favorite part of cheer?
- The football games because they’re really exciting and everyone is showing a lot of support and spirit.
Most memorable moment with your team?
- It had to be sophomore year when we won our National competition in Vegas.
If there was something about cheer you could change, what would it be?
- They way people perceive us as cheerleaders and think we are stereotypical and do not deserve to be called athletes.
Scariest moment during cheer?
- Last year right before our Vegas competition, I sprained my ankle during practice and had to be on crutches for a month.
An accomplishment you made during cheer?
- I think the biggest accomplishment I made was being on the varsity team all 4 years of high school.
If you could redo your cheer experience in high school all over again would you? Why?
- Yes, because it was the best and most memorable activity I participated in high school.