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by Jayden Moreno

This week I asked three people from the Sports and Politics club a couple of questions about the club. The questions: why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and what is this club about. The first person I ask said this is her first year and she is in the club because her best friend, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy talking about sports with others. Her favorite thing about the club is having debates.
The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to go to well college and for that to happen you need good grades which he does but also colleges like to see that you participate in school clubs and the like, his favorite part about the club is meeting new kids and talking about his favorite sport. The last person I ask chose this club because all of his teammates are in this club so he joined with them. He said this club benefits for him are having a better chance of getting accepted into college. Lastly, his all time favorite thing about the club is hanging out with his team.

BEAT: Library

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.

BEAT

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!

BEAT: Library/Counseling

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!

BEAT: Counseling Resources

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!

Interview with Hannah

by Chloe Yeager

Name, Grade?

“My name is Hannah Yeager, and I’m a Senior.”

Favorite Class, why?

“History because I enjoy the atmosphere and learning about the government of my country.”

Favorite teacher, why?

“It’s tied between Mr. Sklenicka and Ms. Bohme because she helped me become more interested in English and to expand my English knowledge. Mr. Sklenicka sparked by love for math and his class was always fun and he taught me much”

Do you play any sports?

“I play soccer for a club team and I am the Wrestling team manager.”

Do you attend and school organized events?

“The majority of the sports events.”

Any extracurriculars?

“I’m in Catholic Club.”

Favorite thing to do outside of school?

“Play soccer.”

Do you have any pets?

“Yes, one dog named Cali.”

Do you have any siblings?

“Yes, two , a twin brother Ethan and a younger sister Chloe.”

Favorite movie?

The Lion King

Student Survey

Student Survey

In this survey I asked various questions about our school rules and socialization. I started by asking students if they are more outgoing or introverted. It seems as if West Hills students prefer to put themselves out there more since more voted for “social”. Next, I asked the students if they could add any elective of their choice, what would they like to see on our campus. The majority voted for a cooking class which I agree with. I then asked if we had any bilingual kids on campus, it seems many students speak 2 languages, maybe even more. I know a student’s favorite part about school is the food so I thought I could ask what was the best snack we provide on campus. Hot cheetos won the round, which are my personal favorite as well. Lastly, I asked about the fairly recent school change we had starting in August instead of September. It seems that students much rather prefer having a longer summer than starting early.

Movie Review: A Boy in Striped Pajamas

by Zion Reyes

Plot Synopsis: Bruno, a naive, young boy from Berlin during WWII, is confronted with the news that he has to move to the countryside because of his father’s promotion and reassignment in the German Army. He finds himself homesick and bored, having lost all his friends back in Berlin and spends his time exploring the expanse of his estate. Before long, he finds the hidden reason why his father has been relocated; a large concentration camp is only a few miles from his house, but Bruno doesn’t know the real reason why they’re there and only believes that he has found a farm filled with strangely dressed farmers. There he meets a young Jewish boy named Shmuel and becomes fast friends with him, going to great lengths to hide his everyday excursions to the camp to hang out with him from his family. Meanwhile, Bruno’s mother discovers the truth about about the concentration camp and takes the news harder than naive Bruno did. Bruno’s mother has many arguments with Ralf, Bruno’s father. Eventually  the arguments culminate in Bruno’s mother, Bruno, and his sister all moving to Heidelberg with Ralf staying at the camp to watch over it. Bruno, saddened by this, decides to adventure with Shmuel one more time, but it leads him to a gas chamber where they both die.

Movie Review: The subject matter of WWII is constantly rehashed by Hollywood, what with so many movies such as Dunkirk, Inglourious Basterds, and Saving Private Ryan, but this movie is quite unique. Unfortunately, with great potential comes great responsibility, and in my opinion I feel that this movie isn’t as good as when I first saw it many years ago. After revisiting it with a different mind than what I had in 8th grade I found the acting to be stiff, for lack of a better word. The movie is overall quite well done, for a setting of the countryside there is little in the way of modern noises or distractions that would have detracted from the movie experience, and the soundtrack of mostly classical music is a nice touch. But throughout the movie I couldn’t help but feel like something was off with all of the characters, especially from the children. Come to think of it, the adults in the movie were quite good at acting. If the movie was mainly focused on them then the mediocre acting of the children could have been overlooked, but since much of the movie was focused on Bruno, an 8-year old, there was no avoiding the “off-ness” of his acting, which seemed to have rubbed off onto the other actors as the movie went on. Perhaps his mediocre acting had somehow overshadowed any of the decent acting of the other actors. Bruno speaks in a strange combination of having too much emotion and no emotion at all, which cancels each other out into whatever comes out of his mouth. He also uses a facial expression throughout the entire movie as if someone were dubbing in his dialogue for him, even though he was clearly the one speaking. It’s a melting pot of everything that you shouldn’t do as an actor and any theatre teacher can attest to this. But despite his amateur acting, the ending was really something to behold. I won’t spoil anything, but if you’re willing to drudge through one and a half hours of one looks like the acting of an elementary school play the ending is worth it.   I give it 7/10.

Movie review: Moana

By Chloe Yeager

 

Claimed to be one of the best Disney Movies, Moana, casts an amazing twist on the traditional princess story. Within the whirlwind of events that takes place, Disney gives a compelling insight on the struggles that Moana(Auli’i Cravalho) faces, with obeying her parents but also fighting for what she believes in. Along the way she meets an overly confident demi god named Maui (Dwayne Johnson) who helps guide her on her journey to return the heart of Te Fiti and restore her island’s health.

Directors Ron Clements, John Musker, and Don Hall did a wonderful job with this creation of a Family film, filled with a mixture of Adventure and Fantasy that entered theaters in 2016.  Personally I have taken a strong liking toward this movie and believe that it is a refreshing change to the overused idea of stereotypical princess movies. The movie takes place on the fictional island, Motunui, and begins with the storytelling of Maui and the legend of Te Fiti. Unlike the other children, Moana is thoroughly intrigued and longs to learn more. Moana is being raised to be the chief which conflicts with her attachment to the ocean and its forbidden elements. This Disney movies is packed with catchy songs, one specifically mentioning Moana’s struggles and her draw to the ocean.

Moana learns that she is still the only hope this island has, but the pressure her parents put on her to become a great and honorable chief overwhelms her in more ways than one. Struggling to find a a solution to their problems; when the island’s coconuts become rotten and a lack of fish occurs, she mentions fishing past the reef. Her father quickly disapproves. She is not quite sure of the reason.

Toward the middle of the movie Moana’s grandmother, Tala (Rachel House) tips her off about her family’s background and their past as voyagers. This makes Moana more intrigued and she sets off on her journey past the reef. When Moana finally reaches the open ocean she gets caught up in the harsh waves and due to her lack of sailing experience she finds herself trapped on an island where she finds Maui. After a while of persuading, Maui finally agrees to accompany Moana along her journey. While on their journey, the two face obstacles and Maui threatens to leave Moana. When Moana realizes she will have to fight Te Kah and restore the heart of Te Fiti on her own, she heads off to do so.  Moana eventually comes full circle and and ends on a happy note. This movie is definitely one I recommend for all ages.

Movie review: Tangled

By Anna Parrott

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have 70 feet of magical hair? Probably not but the movie Tangled will make you wish that you had such lusciously, long locks. Tangled, a movie directed by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, follows the story of an 18 year-old named Rapunzel as she journeys to see the floating lanterns that are dedicated to the Lost Princess and befriends some dynamic people along her way. She is faced with danger, action, fun, and romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rapunzel, having been kept in a tower all of her life by her malevolent mother, yearns to see the floating lanterns that appear in the distance every year on her birthday. By a fortunate series of events, she encounters Flynn Rider whom she then uses as her guide to see the lanterns. During their journey, her mother discovers that Rapunzel has escaped and she starts to chase after her. Rapunzel and Flynn make friends who help them later in the movie like Maximus the Palace horse and the ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling. As Maximus, Flynn, Rapunzel, and her chameleon named Pascal finally reach the kingdom, they participate in the exciting events of the ongoing festival. After the festival, all the townspeople head to the boats to release the lanterns for the Lost Princess. While the lanterns are floating in the air, Flynn and Rapunzel realize that they love each other; but, their romantic bliss is interrupted by Rapunzel’s evil mother who takes her back to the tower. Rapunzel realizes that she is the Lost Princess and Flynn tries to save her. When he gets to the tower, Rapunzel’s “mother” stabs Flynn and before Rapunzel can heal him with her hair, Flynn cuts it all off, consequently ripping it of all its magic and killing him. But to Rapunzel’s surprise, the tears she shed over the loss of Flynn still contained magic so she was able to bring him back. She was reunited with her real family and they all lived happily ever after.

One of my favorite scenes in Tangled is when Flynn and Rapunzel are out on the water as the floating lanterns are released. What makes this scene so captivating is the fantastic animation of the characters and the background. The animators perfecting capture the reflection of the hundreds of lights on the water and in the nighttime sky. Also in this scene, Rapunzel and Flynn sing “I See the Light” together which is a beautiful and emotional song where they are finally realizing that they love each other. My favorite character in the movie Tangled probably had to be Maximus. Although he is just a horse and doesn’t have any actual lines in the movie, he provides comic relief through his feud with Flynn. Maximus is sweet and an extremely likeable character in the film.

Overall, I would give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Tangled is the perfect family movie that is great for children and Disney fans of all ages, like myself. The characters were casted superbly and the soundtrack is beautifully composed and is so much fun to sing along to. In terms of the animation, I have never seen such complicated and gorgeous graphics. The plot is exciting as it takes the viewer through both heart-whelming and intense scenes but also end happily. Tangled is my absolute favorite movie and is definitely worth the watch.