Everyone Has A Story: Kathy Worley

by Rider McKenzie

I decided to interview West Hills’ own manufacturing teacher Mrs. Worley, this year.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?

A: In my second year of college I went all the way through high school planning to be a doctor. I hated organic chemistry and wanted to have a life. My passion was elsewhere and I changed majors prior to junior year to industrial arts. Doing sports and trying to get into med. school was tough.

Q: Why did you want to teach manufacturing?

A: I didn’t know I wanted to. I was asked to start a new pathway that East County wanted. It is fun most of the time.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching at West Hills?
A: Yes I do, it is different than when I taught at Mt. Miguel for 23 years. It helped me grow as a teacher and was new and exciting.

Q: What is the best part about it?
A: The students make it enjoyable the majority the time and each student is different and unique. I get to know many different personalities, every student’s own strengths and weaknesses, and what they’re capable of.

Q: The worst?
A: The students. When a student isn’t motivated and doesn’t care about doing their work, that’s when it becomes a discipline issue. Not the students who may have trouble. They try their hardest to fix it and actually learn. It’s the students that don’t give any effort that are the problem.

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Madam Secretary because the political discourse interests me, or shows like Cabin Masters and Barnhouse Builders, where I can maybe learn something and apply it.

Q: Favorite book?

A: The President. Not a best seller but a good book. I’ve held on to it over the years.

Q: Do you believe in ghosts?

A: Yes and no, it’s hard to get definitive proof. But there are some things out there that you can’t explain, so it’s hard to say.

Q: I understand that you were one of San Diego’s Teachers of the Year, this year. What was that experience like?

A: Yes, it was a lot of fun. A lot of activities, things like getting honored at Aztecs games, and getting free tickets. The mayor of Santee announced Kathy Worley day, and then a week after it was Kathy Worley day for San Diego county. A plaque at San Diego County Credit Union. It’s been really nice. Made my family really proud.

Q: How was the award show?
A: A lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect but was just like the Grammys or Oscars. It had entertainment, 10 groups of teachers and they choose 1 teacher from each group who each got to go to the semi-finals. It was nice. I had many family and friends come, and it was generally a good time.

Q: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Neither, Diet Cherry 7-Up is my choice.

Anyways, stay frosty, Wolfpack.


West Hills vs. Poway

by Taylor Gomez

The West Hills Women’s soccer team has had a busy schedule lately, averaging about 4 games a week. “With two tournaments early in the season, we’ve definitely had our hands full”, says senior Kate Hodgetts. The girls have had a rough start. They’ve had to play some tough competition, such as the open division CIF championship winning team Torrey Pines, only to lose 2-1. This week the girls competed in University City’s Holiday Jubilee. For their last bracket game they played Poway High School. “The game was definitely an interesting one,” says Kate.

At the beginning of the game, our West Hills girls were totally dominating the game. They were connecting 8-10 passes eventually building up to opportunities at a goal. “Unfortunately, finishing our chances has been something we are trying to get better at”, says Hodgetts. After a couple of missed West Hills opportunities, Poway got a lucky break and found the back of the net. Fans were screaming “offsides, offsides, offsides” but the referee missed it. “Our coach doesn’t normally argue with the referee or make excuses on why we gave up a goal, but this time he knew the offical made the wrong call and was pretty upset”, says Hodgetts. Hodgetts also added, “Mentally, it’s tough when you’re controlling the game and then the other team gets a goal.” That didn’t stop West Hills. With about 15 minutes left in the game, sophomore Maliah Wirsig, taps one in the goal off of a beautiful cross from Emily Deprima. After a physical battle both teams were fighting until the very end trying to get the last goal. West Hills ended up giving up a goal in the last three seconds of the game and fell to Poway 2-1.   

Basketball Interview

by Jayden Moreo

In this week’s beat I went to ask one of the senior basketball players a couple of questions. I thought asking him about sports would be  perfect because he has been on  the Varsity Basketball team since his freshman year. So after our practice I went and asked him these following questions: How fast did high school go and what was your favorite part, What do you plan on doing next year, and lastly What are you most excited for this year?

For the first question he said freshmen year felt like yesterday but his favorite part was being able to get involved with everything. The next answer was he wants to wait and see after the season to see if he receives an offer from anyone and lastly he is most excited for playing the game he loves with his brothers

Strictly Strings Performing Arts Concert

by Sandiela Dimatulac

Last Saturday, I attended the “Strictly Strings” Winter Guitar and Orchestra concert, which was held in the Bob Guess Theater here at West Hills. The show was put on by both the Advanced Guitar class and the Advanced Orchestra Class. Mr. Steve Lorentz was the conductor for both groups, as he is the teacher of both classes. Each class performed songs that the have been learning throughout the course of the semester and there were quite a few solo performances that I enjoyed as well. The night was filled with amazing music and talent from both classes.

Tickets were $8 for students and $10 for adults, which I felt was a reasonable price considering the money goes to West Hills Performing Arts program. Upon entering they were also selling snacks and water, which I also thought was a nice addition since I do tend to get hungry and have the urge to snack when I am in the audience. Finding seats was not too hard, but the theater was perhaps ¾ of the way full and all of the seats in the front were occupied when I arrived. The show began with the Advanced Guitar class on stage. I thought the first 2 songs sounded very nice, but my favorite song they performed has to be “Exogenesis Symphony 3” by Muse. Though I am not a guitar player myself and therefore cannot comment on their technique, I still loved it wholeheartedly. They finished off with a song called, “Dueling Banjos” and exited. The Orchestra then came on stage and played 5 songs. I was mesmerized instantly with the fluidity of their playing and could not wait to hear more. I am an avid fan of classical music, and their pieces made me fall in love with music all over again. My favorite piece overall was a cover of “Time” by Hans Zimmer from the soundtrack of the movie, Inception.

Overall, I was very impressed with how talented our Performing Arts program is. This was just another show of how amazing and deserving they are of our recognition. My hope in the future is that school concerts like this one will begin to become more significant in high school culture, and overall more appreciated. A job well done to Mr. Lorentz, the Guitar Program, and the Orchestra Program. I will definitely be on the lookout for the Spring Concert!

CYOA:Survey/Student Poll

by Alyssa Jenkins

I took a survey on school campus life, by asking students in some of my classes. I asked 25 people 5 different questions. It was interesting to see how confident students are in their finals and such. 5 out of 5 people said they were not looking forward to their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they were planning on studying all weekend. 2 out of the 5 people said that they got tutors for their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they already had or are going to have at least one final this week. 1 out of 5 said that they feel confident in their classes with finals. I was not very surprised by these results because this semester, especially seniors, have shown concern and stress for this semester of finals. Especially me, I am very nervous for what this semester’s set of finals holds. But it was interesting to see how different the students are in how they react to my questions and how different students answered these questions.

Everyone Has a Story

by Audrey Lechien

In highschool, it is easy to be friends or acquaintances without knowing things like their background and life outside of school. Everyone has a story and you’ll never know it unless they tell you. I decided to take a look into senior Chasity Shaw’s life and asked her a few questions.
Q: What are your hobbies or interests?
A: I do modeling and acting.
Q: When did you start acting and modeling?
A: I started acting when I was 7 and I just started modeling.
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I was scouted at a mall.
Q: What are some acting projects you’ve been in?
A: I have been in Haunted Hathaways, Criminal minds and a horror movie.
Q: Have you lived in San Diego your whole life?
A: I was born in San Diego and lived here until I was 9 and then moved to Oceanside. I lived up there for a few years and now I’m back.
Q: How has moving around impacted you?
A: It was hard to change school and make new friends when I just had to leave them again.
Q: Do you miss living in Oceanside?
A: Yes, I loved Oceanside and I wish I could move back.

Guitar Concert

by Anna Parrott

About a week ago, the Beginner and Intermediate guitar classes showcased the songs that they have worked all semester on in their Winter Concert. I interviewed a beginner student from Mr. Lorentz’ period 3 about their experience in the class and in the concert. Here is what I learned:

Period 3 learned three different songs to perform for the concert. “Aura Lee”, “Moorish Dance”, and “Waltz” by Brahms. It takes the class about two weeks to learn each song and to test out in order to move on to the next. But as the concert neared, they had to learn their last song in only a week. The class was very nervous being on the stage and having to perform in front of a large audience because this was the beginners’ first concert, but they learned much from this experience and know what to do for their next concert. This student thinks the guitar class is lots of fun and is something they would have never thought to do in the past. They intend on continuing with guitar throughout their years in high school so that they can be skilled enough to eventually be a part of the Advanced guitar class. It is clear that this student has found a new passion for music and the art of playing an instrument. It’s extraordinary to see young people getting involved in the arts and passing on their love to others.