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App Review:Canva

by Skye Finnestad

“Canva” is an app that allows you to use templates for any layout you desire or any topic you wish to discuss. They have a ton of templates you can choose from and edit to your own perfection. There are layouts for Instagram posts, Facebook posts and timelines, Twitter timelines, Youtube productions, and many more. You can choose what colors or pictures you want to put in your template, and which font types, sizes, placement, and colors. The pros of this app are that it always saves your work in a file, done or not. You can also use any template size and layout you want, and you can choose from what seems like hundreds of them. It gives you a wide variety of layouts and template sizes. The cons are that in order to receive certain benefits from the app you have pay monthly.  If I had to rate this app on a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give it 5 stars. This app is absolutely amazing user friendly and is practically cost free. Everyone should give this app a try if they like having nice posts.

Diggy Dog App Review

by Skye Finnestad

“Diggy Dog” is a game about a dog digging to find treasures in his owner’s backyard. You can dig as deep you want as long as you don’t lose energy down in the ground or starve to death. You earn rewards for finding collections of treasure and you can sell your treasures for some quick cash. There are also missions you can complete for rewards. If you need food or dynamite, you can go to the shop and find it there. This game is very fun, but it does have some annoying features. The dog gets hungry way to quickly which stunts missions and treasure discover because you have to go above land to feed him. The dog also uses energy so quickly you can only play for a short periods of time and you have to let him recharge for two hours. You also have the chance to play as other dogs, but you have to pay for them. Overall the game is really fun, but it needs some changes. I’d rate it a 3 out of 5 stars because although it’s entertaining, improvements need to be made.

Student Poll

by Katie Willoughby

How many classes do you have 5 – 15 6- 10
What grade are you in 11- 9 12- 16
How old are you 16- 10 17- 15
What is your favorite Class math- 4 English- 2
What period do you start 1 – 15 2- 10

I asked 25 people an array of questions that vary in types. I asked people how many classes they have and most have 15 classes. I asked what grade people were in and they were mainly in 12th grade because most of my classes are with seniors . Most of the people I asked were 17. Most people I asked said their favorite class was English because nobody likes math. Most people start first period and most people had 5 classes.

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.

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.

Fenty Beauty

by Sandiela Dimatulac

If you haven’t heard about Rihanna’s new makeup line, Fenty Beauty, you’re either one or both of two things: not a fan of makeup or immune to social media. The launch has been circulating around the internet for the past month and a half, but news started to spread this summer when Rihanna publicly announced that she’d be releasing Fenty Beauty in September of 2017. The online beauty community had no idea what to expect, considering Rihanna has always been one of the most innovative and original people in music, fashion, and beauty.

One of the more long awaited items from the launch was the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, and Rihanna definitely did not disappoint. A factor that contributed to this would be the extensive shade range; it comes in 40 shades! Talk about diversity over here. Rihanna’s “risky move” of adding a wide array of shades from pale to dark (and I mean real pale and real dark) paid off as it saw all of the dark shades sell out in a couple days. Those who know the beauty world would know that shade diversity is not common for new launches because companies assume that there aren’t as many people who would buy foundation that are on the deeper end of the spectrum.

Not only does the foundation launch contribute to the growing inclusivity in the beauty community, but its formula is one to die for if your face gets oily in any way, shape, or form. Those who have more dry skin might want to take a step back with this one, because when the company claims that it is matte, IT’S MATTE. I have heard that it pills on dry patches, so beware. This foundation kept my combo to oily skin shine free for the entire wear time and I’ve never been happier with a matte foundation. Along with being completely matte, this foundation also stays on for more than 12 hours! The longevity of this foundation is what it claims to be.

The two problems I have encountered with this foundation are that it oxidizes (which isn’t always a bad thing), and that it’s absolutely not full coverage like it advertises. Oxidization of a foundation means that after some time of wear, the foundation gradually gets darker as it adjusts to the pH of your skin. Although this may benefit others who accidentally went too light with their shade matching (ex. me), it can be a less than ideal situation for those who actually picked the correct shade and are now stuck looking like an Oompa Loompa. Also, I can’t help but notice that this foundation is definitely not full coverage. I am not ashamed to admit that I definitely do not have perfect skin, with concerns such as acne, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. This foundation managed to cover up some of it, but couldn’t even cover up the red rings around my nose. Though I like it’s finish, I would say it is more of a sheer to medium coverage foundation.

All in all, I was very impressed with this foundation and will be wearing it more. I think that its $34 price point is fair for the amount you get (1.08oz), especially for the name slapped on it. I am very content with the fact that Rihanna chose to put so much time and effort into a launch instead of coming out with an unsatisfactory product just because of her name. This product receives a 9.5/10!

CYOA: Survey

by Anna Parrott

With the survey that I created, I wanted to know how many students played sports and if they attended the school games. So, when 25 people were asked if they played any school sports, 9 said that they did and 16 said that they did not. I was not entirely shocked by this outcome. While there are many athletic individuals at West Hills, I did not survey a majority of athletes. When the same students were asked if they played sports outside of school, 16% said yes and 84% said no. This makes sense because even if the student plays a school sport, it is not likely that he or she also play a sport that is not affiliated with West Hills. Next, I asked these 25 students if they attended WHHS sports games. 100% of my sample said that they did. I also asked if they enjoyed going to the games and 22 students said yes while 3 said no. This is understandable because some individuals may not like to be around a large group of people. Finally, I asked if these students thought that new sports should be made available to play at school. Only 8% said yes and 92% said no.

CYOA: Sports Review

by Vince

WHAT A MATCH! AC Milan took on the Croatian league champions HNK Rijeka in a thrilling match which played until the last second of the game. The match ended 3-2 with the winning goal coming from the Primavera golden boy Patrick Cutrone and we saw Mateo Musacchio’s first goal in a red and black shirt and Andre Silva scored his 4th goal in 2 Europa League games. Milan lined in a 3-5-2 formation. Gigio Donnarumma was in between the posts, while the back three was Bonucci, Musacchio, and Romagnoli. The five midfielders were Borini, Calhanoglu, Locatelli, Kessie, and Abate. Lastly, Cutrone and Andre Silva partner up for the striking duo.

Straight into the match Milan played a little slow, but Milan at the 14th minute scored with Andre Silva cutting in from the left side and smashed a ball into the right side of the net giving Milan the 1-0 lead. That was all the scoring for the first half. At the 53rd minute Milan had a corner and a deflected shot landed at the feet of Mateo Musacchio. He tapped it in and gave Milan the 2-0 lead. From here Milan started to take the foot off the gas and played very sluggish. Rijeka took their chance at the 83rd minute Rijeka got through the Milan defense and Gigio rushed the player saved the shot, but curled into the goal which decreased Milan’s lead to 2-1. But Rijeka didn’t go down easy with a penalty in the 90th minute with a challenge by Romagnoli clipped the back of the forward’s foot. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL FOLKS! Milan did not give up thankfully a miracle from God Himself sent Borini down the middle, crossed a ball over the whole Rijeka defense and found our Ragazzo d’oro or our golden boy Patrick Cutrone and scored the winner for Milan and the match ended 3-2.

This match taught Milan to NEVER underestimate an opponent no matter what league they come from or what players they have. What I saw from Milan is utter nonsense because we had a 2-0 lead and almost tied the game perhaps almost even lost it. However, Milan got the result and thanks to Ragazzo d’oro or Patrick Cutrone we won the game and remain undefeated in the Europa League. But we have to focus on the game this weekend against Roma. Roma has been struggling so far in Serie A recently.  Milan has to take advantage of it and win the game it is a must because it will boost the confidence in the players to keep going.

Process of doing Homework

Photo Journal: Process of doing Homework

First, I put my backpack on the bed, get comfortable under the covers, and pull my binder out.

Second, I look at my planner and see what I have for homework tonight.

Third, I get out my hardest piece of homework (which in this case is math) and do it.

Fourth, I put the completed homework right back into my binder so I don’t lose it.

Fifth, I check off the homework that I completed on my planner. By doing this, I ensure that I get each piece done.

Last, I put everything back into my backpack.