by Sandiela Dimatulac
As the beginning of the school year kicks off, we celebrate in numerous ways across campus. From football games to spirit assemblies, pep rallies and dress up weeks; we come together as students and staff to show our excitement for the 2017-2018 school year. But who, you ask, is responsible for the endless school events that take place? Well, that would be our student body government, ASB. I spoke with ASB’s Commissioner of Student Affairs, Natalia Nasrawi, to get insight on upcoming events and the experiences she has had in her last two years of ASB.
When asked about anything exciting currently going on in ASB, Natalia informed me of two events going on this friday: the Mayor’s Cup football game against Santana High School and the Alarm Clock Pep Rally. Though both of these will be all fun and games for the students, it is hard work ASB students. I asked Natalia what it’s like to be in ASB while balancing her time with her other classes as well. She responded with, “It gets a little too much sometimes, but in the end it all pays off.” Natalia enjoys ASB very much and says that preparing for homecoming, football games, and pep rallies have been her favorite aspects of this year’s ASB.
by Sara Willis
Tragedy has struck our women’s varsity golf team this season. Sara Willis has sustained a career ending knee injury and Victoria Nease has had back pains that have become worse. Our six starters this season where Sierra Streit, Victoria Nease, Sara Willis, Camille Torre, Alainna Bolton and Haley Tritthart. Due to the injury Willis sustained early on in the season Alyssa Borbolla has filled her spot. Monday, August 28th the girls faced off against University City on the Torrey Pines south course. What a treat it was to play on such a course and claim the win. Tuesday was Coach Armstrong’s birthday and the team had a short practice to celebrate! On Wednesday the team played through the heat against Cathedral Catholic. Victoria Nease was unable to play due to her back injury and newcomer Tara Bandi filled in. August 31st was the league opener against El Capitan. It was a good match, but the team lost 274-266. Next week the team will play Helix and Valhalla. The team is also having a scramble golf tournament with a shotgun start on Tuesday, September 5th at 4pm. There will be prizes for the winning team and other games. The proceeds will go to support the team.
Another sport in the spotlight is Cross Country. The team is having their annual Wolfpack Invite on September 1st. Around thirty schools compete in this event and everyone gets to race. The first heat starts at 4pm and it is the freshman girls. The heats go youngest to oldest, girls then boys. Each event is 20 minutes apart and they start behind the visitors bleachers and end on the track. Girls and freshman boys run 1.5 miles and boys run 2.1 miles.
Boy’s Varsity Water Polo has a great starting lineup this year with Keith Patrick, Jackson Lettow, Cody Breshears, Skylar Pelant, Garrett Fernandez, Tyler Grady and Cameron Canotal in goal. The team has added 5 new players to the team with 8 returning. The boys won their most recent game against Monte Vista with an astonishing score of 18-3. It is early in the season for these sports, but we have great athletes willing to give it their all for our school!
by Zion Reyes
For one of my beat contacts I had Dutch Schaefer, cross country team captain. Upon asking him what it was like to be team captain, this is what he had to say. “Being team captain is a big responsibility in my eyes. I’m in charge of keeping the team in order and doing the right thing when Naranjo (CC coach) isn’t there. Trying to organize stuff with the girl’s and guy’s team can get hectic but it’s worth it.” When asked what he wanted to achieve as team captain; he wanted to have the team be more communicative as a whole, even when it comes to small things. Dutch believes that communication is key to every team sport and he believes that if he is there for everyone, then the team can go far.
I also asked him about what attitudes he has seen from people throughout his many years on the cross country team. He had a lot to say. He said that it’s really a downer when he sees people on the team that don’t take it as seriously as they should and just mess around during practice. Cross country is a sport that takes a lot of dedication and time. If you don’t come to practice every day with the attitude of bettering yourself and acknowledging that cross country is not a walk in the park but rather a hard sprint in the desert. All you’re doing is wasting your time and the team’s time.
by Star Gaylord
This week I interviewed the quarterback of the varsity football team, Jordin Young. I asked him some questions for information about this season and this week’s upcoming game the Mayor’s Cup.
The Mayor’s Cup is the football game between Santana High School and West Hills High School. This game is a big deal to everyone in Santee because it is a “cross-town” rivalry. Everyone knows each other on both teams and they probably grew up playing football together when they were little. In this game the teams will fight until the end to prove they are the best football team in the city.
When asked about the team, Young said, “The team we have this year is pretty young despite our key players being seniors. We have an athletically good team with big kids where we need them.”
I asked Young if he thinks the Wolfpack will come out on top this week and he responded, “We will most likely win. According to Santana, every year is their year although they haven’t won it in a while. But the team we have should destroy Santana.” He stated showing confidence in his team.
by Anna Da Rosa
Ladonna McCraney is a senior at West Hills and has attended the campus since her freshman year. This year Ladonna along with her three of her friends decided to band together and form a club called, “Unpopular Opinions Club” that meets on Fridays at lunch in A4. Ladonna is the President, Eliza Jedrzejewski is the Vice President, Emily Wright is the Secretary, and Shae Burns is the Treasurer. The idea of the club sprouted last year when Ladonna expressed her desire for a club where people could talk about random things without being judged. Over the summer she suggested to Emily about making the club themselves for their senior year and she agreed.
The purpose of her club is to rant, complain, share your thoughts, anything a student wants to get off their chest as long as it’s appropriate. She hopes for her club to be a safe and chill place to talk about topics that may be considered controversial or unpopular. Ladonna states, “My vision for the club is that people will feel comfortable talking about their thoughts without the fear or judgement.” Ladonna believes that some of the more popular topics being discussed will be conspiracy theories and political views, but all discussions will be led by the club members so the possibilities are endless! In the future she is interested in incorporating outside events planned for her club, but that is still to be determined. This is a new and exciting experience for Ladonna. She has never ran or started a club before and has only been a member of Key Club. She looks forward to the rest of her senior year so she can see how her club will grow and flourish over time.
By David Griffith
Beat #1 Mr. Ash: I recently asked Coach Ash of the football program a few questions about his sport. I asked him what he is hoping to achieve this season, how he has been training his team, and if he thinks his team can go the distance. He said “I hope to win the Mayor’s Cup, which is coming up this week. West Hills has won it many times before, and I want to bring home the Cup for another year, and to defeat Santana. We train nearly every day. I take pride in how hard we push ourselves to win. I think we can achieve great things this year.”
Beat #2 Coach Naranjo: I asked Coach Naranjo the same questions about his Cross Country team. Sadly, he informed me that we won’t have anything going on until Sept. 1st. But, please remind me every Monday or so. You can email me on the week of Sept. 4.” I’ll have to inform you of his XC antics at a later time.
Beat #3: Cameron Cantotal: Cameron is very optimistic of his team. He said “I believe we can win league this year and make it far into CIF. We have many returning players and we have good chemistry across the team. We have practice two times a day and usually swim 2-3 miles to prepare us for games. I believe that with hard work and chemistry we will do very well”.