by Anna Parrott
One characteristic that is typical of any library is the abundance of books and other resources. But a special feature of the West Hills library is the bookshelf that highlights all the new books that have recently arrived. This gives every student the option to discover new books and genres that with appeal to them.
Here are just some of the new books in the library:
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by journalist Annie Jacobsen is a nonfiction addressing of the Roswell UFO incident and it is the perfect book if you are interested in extraterrestrials or anything out of this world. On the other end of the literary spectrum is What Light by Jay Asher, a story about romance written for young adults. Colson Whitehead’s piece, The Underground Railroad, is an alternate history novel that follows two slaves on their escape to freedom. Additionally there are many other new additions in the library with a variety a genres that are guaranteed to appeal to any reader.
by Taylor Hobbs
Monday night my family ate out at Oggi’s in Santee located in the town center near target. When we walked in we were greeted by two ladies while one of them took us to the patio to be seated with no wait at all. Surprisingly, the patio was nearly empty and extremely quite which was nice. However, with time large parties attended the patio as well and it grew noisey, but it was the normal and did not bother us. I ordered a water to drink and the spaghetti that came with red sauce and a garlic knot. For the food we waited about twenty minutes, which was definitely not long at all. The garlic knots were a little dry, but without asking the waiter brought us out fresh, new knots that just came out of the oven, she also apologized and told us that the ones we first received were the last of the old batch. The second garlic knot was way better than the first one. The noodles and red sauce were extremely hot, but nevertheless delicious as always. After eating we hung around on the patio for an extra thirty minutes to talk while we finished our drinks because of the great atmosphere. They brought us the check, which was affordable for three people, and did not rush us out although we had already finished our food. Having finished our drinks, we left through the restaurant because the patio gate was locked. On our way out we were once again greeted and wished a good night as another employee held the door open for us. I would say that our overall experience at Oggi’s was quite pleasant due to the nice staff and great food that we were served. I would say that the Oggi’s in Santee has great customer service.
by Isabella Reed
This week I investigate the library even further. The library at West Hills High School is more than just checking books out for a good read or textbooks. We have computers that you can use freely to finish your essays or any projects that require research or typing. We also have library TA’s that help Mrs. Sannwald organize and keep everything intact. You can always print out your work as well, in case you don’t have a printer at home. Its free but if you want color you only have to pay 50 cents.
Behind Mrs. Sannwalds desk/checkout area, you can see we have a tech repair room. Chromebooks are now taking over the use of paper in schools so we have to have an area where we can get them fixed if anything goes wrong. We also loan out chromebooks for those days you forget to put your computer in your backpack or forget to charge it so it dies in the middle of class. They no longer supply chromebook chargers, but if you’re lucky, some of your teachers hold extras in their class. The library is also a pretty popular hangout spot for lunch when it’s too hot/cold outside. It’s also a great place to host clubs for example “Best Buddies” is held inside!
by Star Gaylord
I interviewed Travis Deal, a football player for West Hills High School. Travis plays the position “slot” and started out the season on the varsity team. He got moved down to JV because their “star player” Steven Cristini broke his thumb. Deal is helping out the younger team a lot because he is able to stand as a leader and a role model for them.
As of Friday, September 22, Varsity has a record of 4-1 and are on a 4 game winning streak. JV has a record of 3-2 and has been playing up and down; they’re not going very steady. The freshman team has a record of 2-3 but are very competitive. This week there are no games (this is called a bye week). Deal says that this bye week will benefit our varsity team because it will give them the chance to get more practice in for the game against Valhalla. He says Valhalla will be a good and tough matchup for our Wolfpack, so we must prepare.
by Kayla Schoenborn
Library: Mrs. Sanwald, the librarian, wants students to know that there is no longer eating or drinking allowed in the library. Also, this Saturday, September 30th is the last day to purchase chromebook insurance. Without insurance, repairs are more expensive for you or your family to pay. Mrs. Sanwald wants students to know that there are free online test prep resources for WHHS students for the SAT, ACT, and AP tests! The link for more information is on the Library website. https://spark.adobe.com/page/OFlXPHNJ9R6Oy/
Counseling: Counselors can help you with more than just school! If you need to talk to someone about personal issues you can go to your counselor and they are excellent people to talk about school, family, or any issues that you need to discuss with them. Counselors are there to assist students in academics, career development, and also helping with personal issues. They will always be there to help and it’s important to develop a good relationship with you counselor over the four years of high school. Don’t be hesitant to email and talk to your counselor!
by Anna Parrott
The annual Winter Sports Assembly will be held on Friday, December 8th during 5th period. Assemblies are an exciting gathering of students to celebrate and acknowledge the community of West Hills. In this assembly, those participating in varsity winter sports will have the chance to have the spotlight on them as they run into the gym with their team. Such winter sports include boys wrestling, boys soccer, boys basketball, girls soccer, girls basketball, and girls water polo. As a student sitting in the stands, it is so much fun to cheer on your friends as they rush out. Another thrilling aspect of the Winter Assembly is the performance that both the JV and varsity cheerleaders put on for the crowd. This gives them a chance to show off the hard work they have put into preparing for upcoming cheer competitions. Assemblies are a great way to present our school’s successful athletes.
by Star Gaylord
Here at West Hills High School, directly on top of the library, we have our counseling office. Our counselors are great and are always here to help students. One of their many great talents is the way they are able to assist students in finding the right career for them.
First, the counselors lead students to the counseling website where they can access the Path to Success links. There is a Path to Success for each grade level. After going through this path, they have a link to a Career Matchmaker. Once you find a career that may fit you, you can save them and find the best schools to go to for this occupation. However, some students decide that they would like to join the military or go into a specific trade program and counseling even has resources for these students too!
If you’re ready to get going and figure out what you’re going to do for the rest of your life, make an appointment with counseling and they’ll get you going!
by Zion Reyes
Interview with William Cleves
For my beat contact this week, I was planning to ask the current country coach, who is Señor Naranjo. When I spoke to him, he said that since he hadn’t really been coach for too long, he said that the old coach, Coach Cleves, would be better suited for these questions. Here are the questions: As coach, when do you remember the “golden age” of the team? What was done during those years that should be replicated now? Do you have any general tips for new cross country runners?
Here are his answers in respective order. It was 1998 to 2007. During that time the boys won 6 CIF titles and the girls one, with 3-4 runner-up. West Hills was the new school then, and many of our best athletes lived outside of Santee. It would be hard to replicate that. Running consistently without zeros over a long period of time is very important. Athletes fall into the trap of searching for a magic workout that does not exist. Having realistic goals and resetting them from time to time.
by David G
I decided to do a written interview with my Water-Polo beat, Cameron. Below is the questions I posed, and the answers he gave.
- What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
- Winning all of our games.
- Do you get along with all your teammates?
- Yes-they’re all great people.
- What do you to do prepare yourself for meets outside of practice?
- Do you have a special diet you partake in to train your body to perform at its peak?
- No, I like to eat too much.
- What has been your biggest accomplishment in Water Polo?
- Being CIF champions and earning my letter.
- What has been your biggest failure?
- Would you do it all again if you could?
- Nothing, besides win more.
- What are some things you would change?
- Nothing, besides win more.
- What are some things you wouldn’t change?
- How is the season going so far on a scale of 1-10?
- 10, Water Polo is perfect.
by Sara Willis
Last Friday the Cross Country attended the South Bay Invitational at Rohr Park. As always our team did fantastic. Our JV lady runners took second out of their races and our Varsity ladies took sixth out of twenty-three teams. Two of our varsity girls medalled. The JV boys team came in fifth out of twenty teams and our Varsity boys got fifth out of twenty-six teams. This Friday, September 29, the team has a dual meet versus Valhalla. Our boys varsity water polo team has been doing great this season with Cody Breshears still leading the team in goals. Our ladies’ polo has already started their pre-season, but the official season does not start until Winter.
The women’s golf season is coming to an end, so I decided to sit down with Halee Tritthart and ask a few questions. When I asked her what her favorite memory of this season was the team potluck the team had a few weeks ago. There are ten girls on the team this season and Halee said they did okay for losing so many of their best seniors. She also said the team this season is pretty close and they have many “group chats and snap streaks.” Practices are tough especially when it is over ninety degrees, but Halee says coach is able to make them “chill and relatively fun.” Tritthart thinks the team can definitely improve for the next season because the team needed to really work on their skill this year and they “can definitely win league next year if [they] just work hard enough for it.” The team still has two matches left, so let’s go pack!