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CYOA: Life of and ASB Student

By Chloe Yeager

Name,Grade?

“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.”

App Review: Bath and Body Works

by Carly Ana Bockstahler

Today I am reviewing the Bath and Body Works app. The app was released in the Apple store on August 29th, 2017. Basically when using the  Bath and Body works app you are given the availability to  earn rewards, access offers, find a store locations near you, scan and save, and appreciate member’s only exclusive. The app version is 1.0. This app is free when purchasing in the Apple store. The platforms that the app requires is ios 9.0 or later, and compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch. The appropriate audience that is suggested to use the app is aged 4+. The visual layout of the app is quite appealing. The red, white and blue color scheme looks very exceptional when brought together. This app has no sound. An unfortunate downside to the app is it is currently only available in LA and Chicago. Although, until you are able to sign up for the bath and body works emails to be notified when the app is useable where you desire. Also, the app is only available in English.

There are some upsides. This app keeps history to ensure that you will receive your rewards once you earn them. You can save products that you would rather purchase later in your wishlist. If the app is having some technical difficulties, you can contact the customer care at the bath and body works email or by calling 1-800-869-0158. The app is recommended to women who travel an abundant amount of times and come across a Bath and Body Works often. You help save the environment when using the app because the app My Bath and Body Works is digital and the coupons given out after you make your purchase are made from paper. The app has a notification settings to alert you when something significant in the store, online, and on the app occurs.  

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.

 

AJ App Review

My overall outtake, as a two year use of this app was positive. The only major complaint I had was in regards to the difficulties presented when entering the app. That said, there were a few glitches that carried on from the 2016 version of the app. For example, I always lose points when driving through the red light, with no control of the car at that moment in time. Another issue I had was the prices. It is expensive. It’s hard to not see their reasoning for making prices the way they are when keeping in mind the profit that they aim for to create a better game. The game also gets slower when in high quality due to poor connection.

Now focusing on the many positive aspects of this game. This game is very fun and addicting. It has many different maps and options to go with for whatever your desire. It also has many different cars to chose from, which can appeal to different types of people based on what cars they like. This game also helps new drivers get a handle on what to and not to do when driving. Ultimately, I have spent many hours on this game and plan to spend  more thanks to the way they designed it. This game is far from perfect, but there is reason to be optimistic.

App Review

by Chloe Yeager

I am a reporter with Pawprints, West Hills High School newspaper.  ‘Word Cookies!’ by Bitmango Version 1.4.5 Note, was updated August 28, 2017.  Word cookies! is available on IOS 7.0 or later, available for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch.

Word Cookies! is a free, entertaining, and challenging word game that encourages you to expand your vocabulary.  Although, Word Cookies! is enjoyable for the whole family I recommend being above the age of thirteen to play because the app has challenging vocabulary as the game progresses. The game consists of 580 levels growing in difficulty as you continue playing.  You can play Word Cookies! anytime  and never have to worry about completing the level in a limited amount of time.  As most customer reviews state the game can get very “addictive.”  Word Cookies! is played by swiping your finger along the screen in a correct order to form a word.  You can also find “extra words” that may not be apart of the puzzle, but help you collect and earn more coins.  With coins you can use them to purchase hints to reveal letters and help you complete the puzzle.  Word Cookies! also provides a “daily gift” consisting of an unknown amount of coins.  As you advance in levels you also advance in your chef skills earning a new title and hat.  Word Cookies! provides an instrumental tune when playing the game, but I chose to silence it. The music messes with my concentration.  When you reach higher levels the words grow in difficulty and length.  Word Cookies! currently has over one million downloads and maintains a four and a half star rating in the Itunes app store.  Word Cookies! Can be compared to the Pictoword: Fun Pics Word Guess. Both apps maintain the idea of solving puzzles by forming words.

Although Word Cookies! has favored attributes, it has also received bad reviews, such as some customers complaining that the app has trouble loading and often crashes.  Customers also say that they have problems with the app glitching, while others say the app has “too many adds.”  I personally have never experienced any of these issues.  I also find the app addictive. I find myself playing this game on car rides or in line at the grocery store. I often include my family to help me solve the more difficult puzzles. Word Cookies! offers a lot of fun and it is a game I definitely recommend.

CYOA 9/8

by Devin Craig

  • What is your name?

My name is Isabella Craig-Ruiz.

  • What grade are you in?

I am a freshman.

  • What classes are you taking this year?

I am taking English, PreAlgebra, P.E, Yearbook, and Art.

  • What’s your favorite class  of those five?

I’d have to say PreAlgebra. I like all the people in that class and my teacher is really cool.

  • Any classes you wish you would’ve taken?

I’m actually really happy with all of the classes that I’ve taken this year, so far..

  • Do you play any sports?

I play volleyball for West Hill’s freshman team.

  • What do you do for fun?

I like to listen to music and practice volleyball.

  • Do you have a job?

I am a freshman (laughs) I won’t have a job for a while.

  • Do you like school so far?

High school is definitely WAY better than middle school and I’m really enjoying that.

  • What goals do you have for the year?

I want to get better at playing volleyball and finish both semesters with a 3.5.

Girls Cross Country

by Taylor Gomez

Have you ever questioned why someone would sign up for cross country? According to Makynzie Floyd, girls varsity runner, “cross country makes you push yourself to levels you’d otherwise not push yourself to, and that teaches you a lot. “  Girls cross country was off to a rough start, but soon started to pick up the pace… so to speak. Makynzie said, “we lost our first couple of dual meets, and it’s not that our team is bad because we’re not, it’s just that the other teams we’ve faced have been so unbelievably good. We used those meets as a warm- up, and then did really well at the invitationals.”

Both girls and boys cross country teams practice everyday for an average of an hour and a half. Makynzie says, “ some practices we only run about 2 miles, but other practices we can run up to 8 miles, it all depends on the day and our coach’s mood.” When asked about the teams’ pre-race routine, she answered, “that’s my favorite part about being a part of the team; the night before races both the girls and boys team go to someone’s house where they host a pasta party, it’s so fun!” Makynzie says that the relationships you make being a part of such a demanding sport are some of the strongest friendships she has. She says, “sure, when you see the same people everyday for a couple of months you either grow to hate them or love them, but struggling with someone, pushing through with someone, and being inspired by someone truly gives you so much respect for that person that it’s almost impossible not to be super close with them.” The next big thing on the team’s agenda is kicking butt in CIF’s!!!      

Campus Poll

by Taylor Hobbs

I surveyed twenty-three people that attend West Hills High School about the dress code on our campus. In conclusion, all of the females who were asked claimed that the dress code was unfair. On the other hand, the males were either neutral or they believed that it was fair. The Majority of the people who were asked these questions were seniors. All in all, I believe that the females think that it is more unfair than the males because they receive the punishment more often.

When asked how/ if the dress code affects you, the results tended to differ. Sixteen out of twenty-three people interviewed said that they had been dresscoded more than two times, which leads me to believe that they were girls. All but three people said that if they had the option to change they would. Finally, the last question asked was, “Do you allow the dress code to alter how you dress for school?”, fourteen people said no, five said yes, and four said sometimes. Ultimately, I do not think that the dress code is taken as seriously and the staff believes and either needs to be changed or enforced.

NYX vs. Dior

by Sandiela Dimatulac

It is not hard to admit that the world of beauty has evolved a great amount in the last 10 years. From differing techniques to revolutionary new products, makeup is constantly changing as the years go by. A recent observation I made is that makeup from the drugstore has recently been competing with high-end makeup from stores like Sephora. This is quite the convenience for makeup lovers on a budget who may not have the money to splurge on $30 lipgloss.

Speaking of $30 lipgloss, I recently tried Dior’s Addict Ultra-Gloss in the shade “Mirrored,” and was extremely pleased with the way it made my lips look. I don’t regret buying it at all, but at the same time I also question if it was worth the $30 when I have a perfectly fine NYX lipgloss sitting at home that cost me $5. I decided to conduct an experiment with different components that would allow me to decide whether or not the purchase was worth it.

First, I tested the overall look of the two lipglosses. I realized that even with the price difference, I still preferred the Ultra-Gloss more because of the tiny micro-glitters that looked so beautiful when worn. It also gave my lips a plumping effect that the NYX does not. The NYX lipgloss is just a plain, clear gloss which I don’t mind, but don’t view as mind blowing either. For this test, I’d have to say that Dior wins.

Next, I tested the comfort of wear and wear time between the two lipglosses. The NYX lipgloss was only somewhat gloppy, but didn’t bother me much. I would say the same for the Dior as well. Additionally, the NYX and Dior also seemed to have the same amount of wear time, with the Dior leaving a little more of a stained glitter look. I concluded that it was a tie between the two.

Lastly, I weighed my thoughts by considering extra information such as price and packaging. Obviously the Dior Ultra-Gloss wins in the packaging category because the NYX gloss just looks cheap. But for a $5 lipgloss, I would say that NYX would have to win in the price category for such a nice product at a good price.

All in all, I would say that the Dior lipgloss is worth the splurge, but the NYX lipgloss is a good alternative for those who are on a budget. I’d give them both a tie for their respective prices and quality.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review

by Sandiela

Claims

The Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation claims to have the coverage of a concealer but the look of a liquid foundation and weightlessness of a powder, while maintaining a flawless look for 12 hours. The stick’s innovative formula allows the foundation to sink into the skin seamlessly by adjusting to an individual’s body temperature. The unconventional triangular shape allows the user to precisely contour and highlight with this versatile product. There shade range comes in many different skin tones.

My Review

The Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation launched in August of 2016. You can purchase this foundation in Hourglass’ online store, Sephora, and other retailers. I have been using the Vanish Stick for months now and have formulated many opinions on it. I would definitely say that the claimed wear time is accurate, and on a good day I can get the Vanish Stick to last for up to 16 hours on me before it disappears. Since I have a normal to oily skin type, this was unexpected (usually oily skin will break down product faster than dry and normal skin).

Prior to purchasing the foundation, I had watched many videos to find out what other people thought about it since I didn’t want to spend $46 on something that would not be worth it. After deciding to buy it, I fell in love with it after my first time using it. The full coverage lives up to the internet’s hype, and it is as weightless as the company claims it is. The foundation also provided an excellent base for the rest of my makeup and I noticed a significant improvement in both the application and wear time of it. But, I really wanted to put this product to the test.

First, I took a picture with the back camera of my iPhone to test the flashback. There ended up not being any and the finish looked beautiful in pictures. You couldn’t see any of my acne scars, under eye circles or redness/hyperpigmentation. I also wore the foundation for 20 hours once to test the wear time. Around the 16 hour mark it started to wear off, but that is still 4 hours over the projected wear time.

I’d say that the overall finish is a dewy to natural, which means that it has some elements of luminosity to it, but not enough to make you look like an oily light bulb. Since the finish has elements of dew to it, I’d recommend people with more dry to normal skin to use it (even though it is compatible with my oily to normal skin).

My last few thoughts are this: I don’t think there are any cons to this foundation besides the price. Although I think it is worth it, not everyone has the money to buy a $46 foundation that only comes with .25oz of product (the rule of thumb for foundation is usually 1 full oz). But if you have the money to splurge, I would highly encourage it, because you barely need any product to achieve a high coverage look. Almost everything I stated above was a pro, and I think everyone knows what the final verdict is. My final opinion is that everyone who has the money to buy this foundation should, because there’s nothing else quite like it.