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Interview with Clayton

by Zion Reyes

Interview of Clayton Ellis

1 What specifically do you miss about Chris Houston?

I miss his weirdness; it really made cross country and track runs enjoyable.

2 What do you enjoy about cross country?

I enjoy the team, it’s more close knit than track is. I especially enjoy the pastapaloozas, which are pasta parties before every race.

3 What do you enjoy about academic league?

I like how good it feels to get the questions right.

4 What do you enjoy about track and field?

Compared to cross country, track and field shows you visible improvement since all of the races are exact distances, whereas cross country races are all arbitrarily set distances between 2 miles and 5ks which you can’t really accurately measure your improvement from

5 What do you dislike about sophomore year so far?

I dislike the AP World tests.

6 Why did you leave journalism?

I left because I wanted to complete other credits.

7 How do you plan to make varsity for cross country and track?

All I need to do is run faster.

8 Do you like your teachers?

Yes.

9 What is different in high school from middle school?

Since there are so many students at this campus, I don’t have to deal with the same annoying people on a daily basis since I don’t have to see them all the time.

10 What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza.

Revenge of the Sith review

by Devin Craig

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is a cinematic masterpiece. The movie focuses on Anakin Skywalker, a young jedi knight, and his eventual fall to the darkside. Throughout the movie, you will see CGI everywhere, a centerpiece to this film. In addition, Star Wars continues to deliver beautiful soundtracks dedicated to the saga. As far as costumes and casting go, I believe that all of the cast looked exactly how I would imagine their characters looking. The only negative thing about this film is the lack of camera angles. I feel like George Lucas stuck to two simple camera angles throughout the whole film, but it could have been worse. The plot was long and unforgettable, delving deep into the lore of the Star Wars universe. Watching the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker is one of the most tragic stories in cinematography. I recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in beautiful and interesting sci fi universes. You won’t be disappointed. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

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.

Diversity

by D’vir Mona

            West Hills is very diverse in ethnicities and religions. There are many people that attend our school that don’t live in Santee, So that’s where I think the diversity comes from. Most of the races at West Hills include: Caucasian, Hispanic, Arab, African American. I believe it is good that our school is so diverse because it brings us closer together and forgets the issue of racism.

         Diversity in ethnicity also includes diversity in beliefs. I’d say most of the WHHS population is Christian, Catholic, Mormon, and Muslim. This shows that even tho our diverse school believes in different things, we still are banded together! This shows the diversity in our school.

 

Life of and ASB Student: Nicole

By Chloe Yeager

Name,Grade?

“Nicole Nacauili, Senior”

How long have you been in ASB?

“I was in ASB for two years, Sophomore year as a member at large, and Junior year as a Commissioner of Student Affairs.”

Pro & Cons?

Pros: I liked how busy it kept me and I loved being involved in planning activities and events for school. Being ‘behind the scenes’ in all the planning and work was super fun and it made me work hard and appreciate my school.

Cons: I was at school ALL THE TIME. I also procrastinate a lot so many times I always had to rush to finish things. In the class, sometimes we didn’t get along and our ideas would clash, but in the end we would always compromise. One of the biggest things is criticism from our fellow students and maintaining the status as an ASB member. It’s hard to overhear our students not appreciate the stuff we put on because we all work really hard and spend countless hours to plan events. We also have to make sure we look good as a whole. We have to be careful about the things we post or say and set an example for our class.”

What is your favorite part, why?

“My favorite part of ASB is watching the event we have planned and worked for play out successfully and to watch students enjoy themselves. I love knowing that I contributed to fun events and especially the moment it’s all over and we can finally take a break.”

Do you take the class?

“This year I did not take the class. I miss being busy with it, but I told myself if I didn’t win the election for ASB President last year I didn’t want to go down the hierarchy of class and I would use my time to find a job or volunteer more.”

Do you regret anything about your experience?

‘I don’t regret anything really. The class taught me much and I  made  memories and friends in that class.”

Do you recommend it?

“I recommend ASB if you’re willing to give 100% and like being involved in your school and if you’re willing to make time for it as well.”

If you could change anything about your experience what would it be?

“I think my biggest thing  I would change would be to be open to meeting more people in the class. I didn’t realize how close I could end up being with some of my fellow ASB member until around the end of the year and I was bummed out that most of them would be graduating Seniors. If ASB has taught me anything; it’s that sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you into some of the best memories.”

On a scale of 1-10 how much do you enjoy it?

“I think sometimes the scale would vary everyday but most days I’d rate it about a 7.”

Is there any struggle with keeping your grades up?

“ I always knew that my grades would always come before anything, so with that mindset, I always knew to prioritize my homework rather than ASB work. I had to learn to plan things ahead of time and do a little each day with my ASB work so I did not find myself overwhelmed with school work and ASB.”

App Review: Bath and Body Works

by Carly Ana Bockstahler

Today I am reviewing the Bath and Body Works app. The app was released in the Apple store on August 29th, 2017. Basically when using the  Bath and Body works app you are given the availability to  earn rewards, access offers, find a store locations near you, scan and save, and appreciate member’s only exclusive. The app version is 1.0. This app is free when purchasing in the Apple store. The platforms that the app requires is ios 9.0 or later, and compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPod touch. The appropriate audience that is suggested to use the app is aged 4+. The visual layout of the app is quite appealing. The red, white and blue color scheme looks very exceptional when brought together. This app has no sound. An unfortunate downside to the app is it is currently only available in LA and Chicago. Although, until you are able to sign up for the bath and body works emails to be notified when the app is useable where you desire. Also, the app is only available in English.

There are some upsides. This app keeps history to ensure that you will receive your rewards once you earn them. You can save products that you would rather purchase later in your wishlist. If the app is having some technical difficulties, you can contact the customer care at the bath and body works email or by calling 1-800-869-0158. The app is recommended to women who travel an abundant amount of times and come across a Bath and Body Works often. You help save the environment when using the app because the app My Bath and Body Works is digital and the coupons given out after you make your purchase are made from paper. The app has a notification settings to alert you when something significant in the store, online, and on the app occurs.  

Homecoming

By Anna Parrott

I wanted to know what my fellow students thought about the weekend of Homecoming so I asked one senior lady in particular about her experiences:

Q: Did you go to the Homecoming game?

A: Yes. I went with a few of my friends and sat in the Spirit Section.

Q: What was your favorite part of the game?

A: My favorite part of the game was afterwards when the King and Queen were announced.

Q: Who did you vote for for King and Queen?

A: I voted for Jacob Henderson and Brittany Woods.

Q: Were you at all shocked by who won?

A: I was a little shocked when Cam won because I had really thought Jacob would and everyone else I talked to also voted for Jacob.

Q: Did you go to the Homecoming dance on Saturday?

A: Yes and it was really fun!

Q: Did you have a date or did you go with friends?

A: I went with my boyfriend as well as my other friend.

Q: What was your least favorite part of the dance?

A: The DJ at every dance is never any good and this was no exception.

Q: Are there any improvements that you think could be made to make the dance more fun?

A: I really hate having to take my shoes off but I understand why we do it. Also, I different DJ would be nice for a change.
Q: Did you enjoy getting dressed up?

A: Yes! I went out and bought a brand new dress and shoes.

 

AJ App Review

My overall outtake, as a two year use of this app was positive. The only major complaint I had was in regards to the difficulties presented when entering the app. That said, there were a few glitches that carried on from the 2016 version of the app. For example, I always lose points when driving through the red light, with no control of the car at that moment in time. Another issue I had was the prices. It is expensive. It’s hard to not see their reasoning for making prices the way they are when keeping in mind the profit that they aim for to create a better game. The game also gets slower when in high quality due to poor connection.

Now focusing on the many positive aspects of this game. This game is very fun and addicting. It has many different maps and options to go with for whatever your desire. It also has many different cars to chose from, which can appeal to different types of people based on what cars they like. This game also helps new drivers get a handle on what to and not to do when driving. Ultimately, I have spent many hours on this game and plan to spend  more thanks to the way they designed it. This game is far from perfect, but there is reason to be optimistic.

App Review

by Chloe Yeager

I am a reporter with Pawprints, West Hills High School newspaper.  ‘Word Cookies!’ by Bitmango Version 1.4.5 Note, was updated August 28, 2017.  Word cookies! is available on IOS 7.0 or later, available for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch.

Word Cookies! is a free, entertaining, and challenging word game that encourages you to expand your vocabulary.  Although, Word Cookies! is enjoyable for the whole family I recommend being above the age of thirteen to play because the app has challenging vocabulary as the game progresses. The game consists of 580 levels growing in difficulty as you continue playing.  You can play Word Cookies! anytime  and never have to worry about completing the level in a limited amount of time.  As most customer reviews state the game can get very “addictive.”  Word Cookies! is played by swiping your finger along the screen in a correct order to form a word.  You can also find “extra words” that may not be apart of the puzzle, but help you collect and earn more coins.  With coins you can use them to purchase hints to reveal letters and help you complete the puzzle.  Word Cookies! also provides a “daily gift” consisting of an unknown amount of coins.  As you advance in levels you also advance in your chef skills earning a new title and hat.  Word Cookies! provides an instrumental tune when playing the game, but I chose to silence it. The music messes with my concentration.  When you reach higher levels the words grow in difficulty and length.  Word Cookies! currently has over one million downloads and maintains a four and a half star rating in the Itunes app store.  Word Cookies! Can be compared to the Pictoword: Fun Pics Word Guess. Both apps maintain the idea of solving puzzles by forming words.

Although Word Cookies! has favored attributes, it has also received bad reviews, such as some customers complaining that the app has trouble loading and often crashes.  Customers also say that they have problems with the app glitching, while others say the app has “too many adds.”  I personally have never experienced any of these issues.  I also find the app addictive. I find myself playing this game on car rides or in line at the grocery store. I often include my family to help me solve the more difficult puzzles. Word Cookies! offers a lot of fun and it is a game I definitely recommend.

CYOA 9/8

by Devin Craig

  • What is your name?

My name is Isabella Craig-Ruiz.

  • What grade are you in?

I am a freshman.

  • What classes are you taking this year?

I am taking English, PreAlgebra, P.E, Yearbook, and Art.

  • What’s your favorite class  of those five?

I’d have to say PreAlgebra. I like all the people in that class and my teacher is really cool.

  • Any classes you wish you would’ve taken?

I’m actually really happy with all of the classes that I’ve taken this year, so far..

  • Do you play any sports?

I play volleyball for West Hill’s freshman team.

  • What do you do for fun?

I like to listen to music and practice volleyball.

  • Do you have a job?

I am a freshman (laughs) I won’t have a job for a while.

  • Do you like school so far?

High school is definitely WAY better than middle school and I’m really enjoying that.

  • What goals do you have for the year?

I want to get better at playing volleyball and finish both semesters with a 3.5.