by Avila Ashland

West Hills offers many sports giving students opportunities to work with others on a team and grow physically and mentally. I interviewed a former soccer player, John Draney. He shared with me the ups and downs of playing a sport in high school. Playing on a team, you make many good relationships with people because you’re all working hard together with a common goal and the same interests. The competitiveness of it offers a challenge that is always pushing you to work to be your best. Staying in a sport also keeps you in shape while having fun. It was also reported that staying in a sport while managing school can be a bit of a struggle. Managing time is a big part of playing a sport because you still have to fit in all the school work to make sure you’re able to play on the team. Especially at the end of a long practice you often want to just go home and nap, but you have to stay committed to school and get all your work done. Playing a sport in high school is a big commitment, but overall it is a great experience where you bond with others and learn life lessons.

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.

Beat FD

by Cameron Brooks

For my beat I interview Derek Tingey, who is a member of the varsity cross country team. When I asked him how long he has wanted join the team? He said that he, ¨Didn’t originally want to join,¨ but that after seeing his brother and his friends have fun on the team he decided to. He has been a member of the team his entire tenure at West Hills and he said the friendships that develop while on the team motivates him to keep competing.

He stated that the hardest part about cross country was the endurance you have to have while going fast, but that he improves his endurance by practicing every day taking Sundays off. The varsity cross country team practices from 3-5 pm by doing various different workouts: long run, speed workouts, and ¨easy days.¨ Races are every Friday, so be sure to support your Wolfpack cross country team.

BEAT library

by Isabella Reed

This week I decided to 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. Sannwald’s 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 and 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!

Beat- Library Selection

by Audrey Lechien

As any library would, the West Hills library carries a variety of content. All of the titles are by category and alphabetical order. With such a wide selection and organized system, the students benefit greatly from this material.
The range of material is very wide going from school textbooks and research books to magazines. Of course there is academic content in the school library, but there is also things just for fun. For example, there are fictional novels and magazines. This is especially handy because you don’t need to go to a city library. You also don’t need a library card! Not all schools have such a great library, so all students should take advantage and use it as much as possible.

Library/ Counseling

by Alyssa Jenkins

Some pretty interesting things have been going on here at West hills. One thing that is happening this week, Winter Formal tickets are on sale! Yes! Sale! You better go get your discounted ticket before the price goes up! All you have to do is go to the finance office pay your small fee of $25. Then the price will just continue to raise. If you have any questions all you need to do is go to the library, counselors, front office, or even your teachers. They should know about this amazing deal. But make sure you act fast, because they are going to go fast. After this week the price will go up and you will have to pay full price. The dance is at The Rueben H. Fleet in Balboa Park on January 13th.

Wrestling Interview

by Chloe Yeager

Wrestling season has recently started and this past week and on Saturday we had a tournament for both Junior Varsity and Varsity. Our boys and girls did an exceptional job especially Greg Roberts (170) and Justin Zingale (113).

This Thursday the team is hosting and inter-team scrimmage to help the new wrestlers know how a dual meet takes place. We invite friends and family to attend.

JV also has a dual meet this Saturday as well. Where we hope to have every wrestler wrestle and do exceptionally well.  

Interview with Derek

by Zion Reyes

For my beat this week, I will be asking varsity cross country athlete Derek Tingey about track preseason and what his plans and goals are going to be for this year’s track season. Here are the questions I  asked him: What are your goals for this year’s track season? Are there are specific schools or people you want to beat? What are you going to do this preseason to prepare?  The following paragraph will be his answers in respective order.

This track season I want to win our league meet for the mile and 800m. I want to make it to CIF finals. I also want to beat Grossmont during our duel in the mile and 800m and I want to beat Brady DeHaven in the mile at our league meet because he’s the top returner. During the preseason I’m going to do a lot of intense workouts and strengthening so that I’ll be strong enough to win.