App Review: Matchington

by Skye Finnestad

Looking for a simpler version of “Candy Crush”? “Matchington” is easier, and much more fun than “Candy Crush”. This game is set in an old mansion and each time you beat a level the mansion gets a little prettier and more fixed up! The point of the game is to match colored cushions in a row of three or more in order to beat the level. As you move further into the game the levels become harder. In some cases you need to free mice and in others you need to open boxes and remove the product within them. You can accomplish this by matching cushions right next to the specified objects. This game allows you five lives, each time you fail a level a life is lost. The life takes ten minutes to refill once again. After a level is passed, the player is rewarded with coins and a star! Stars are used to fulfill missions listed for players. These missions range from introducing yourself to the neighbors, changing floorboards and wallpaper, to buying new furniture for the house! The game is quite exciting and addictive. Another amazing thing about this game is ads are optional! If you choose to double your rewards or earns extra coins, you can watch an ad to do so! The game is wonderful because there is no buffering, no crashing, and no forced ads. “Matchington” is also simple enough to be addicting, yet challenging enough to where it is not boring. I wish I had some sort of suggestion, but the game is perfect just the way it is. I’d easily give it five out of five stars. “Matchington” definitely deserves a chance from everyone!

Movie Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

by Anna da Rosa

Howl’s Moving Castle is a Studio Ghibli film created by none other than the talented Hayao Miyazaki. Howl’s Moving Castle is about a young girl named Sophia living a drab life working at a hat shop, until she meets a mysterious wizard named Howl. Although her experience meeting Howl was enchanting, the evil Witch of the Waste sees their immediate bond and gets jealous and places a curse upon Sophia to suddenly turn her into an old woman. The story is about Sophia’s journey alongside Howl and his moving castle so she can find the way to break her curse. Howl’s “moving castle” is a strange looking contraption that travels wherever Howl wants it to go. It is controlled by a fire demon named Calcifer who took over Howl’s heart. Howl’s Moving Castle tells a story of risk, bravery, magic, kindness, and most importantly the power of true love. While Howl is reckless and cowardly. Sophia is brave and hard working; so they help each other to leave their comfort zones. I believe what Miyazaki is trying to tell his fans is to not let your fears get in the way of accomplishing your goals, like how Howl gets over his fears because of his love for Sophia and Sophia broke her curse because of her bravery in the face of the Witch of the Waste. Howl’s Moving Castle is a Studio Ghibli classic and a perfect film for the whole family.

Written Interview

by Katie Willoughby

I interviewed Ally, a student at West Hills. Ally is a well rounded honor roll student.

Katie: Where did you grow up and how has it affected you today?
Ally : I grew up in El Cajon and it made me into the person I am today.
Katie: What is your GPA?
Ally:  4.0.
Katie: How do you feel it has impacted your life?
Ally: It has made me into a great student with a great work ethic.
Katie: What do you think the most challenging thing will be when it comes to keeping your 4.0?
Ally: I think the most challenging part will be balancing my social life with school.
Katie: You have had a 4.0 your entire high school career right?
Ally: correct.
Katie: Do you feel it is rewarding?
Ally: It’s rewarding because I am very proud of it.
Katie: What’s the most challenging subject for you?
Ally: I think math is challenging but I get through it.
Katie: What is your favorite thing about school?
Ally: My friends.
Katie: What advice would you give to future students at WHHS?
Ally: Do your work and don’t listen to what other people say.
Katie: Are you excited to graduate?
Ally: I am so excited to move on to the next stage of my life but I am also nervous.