by Sandiela Dimatulac
Last Saturday, I attended the “Strictly Strings” Winter Guitar and Orchestra concert, which was held in the Bob Guess Theater here at West Hills. The show was put on by both the Advanced Guitar class and the Advanced Orchestra Class. Mr. Steve Lorentz was the conductor for both groups, as he is the teacher of both classes. Each class performed songs that the have been learning throughout the course of the semester and there were quite a few solo performances that I enjoyed as well. The night was filled with amazing music and talent from both classes.
Tickets were $8 for students and $10 for adults, which I felt was a reasonable price considering the money goes to West Hills Performing Arts program. Upon entering they were also selling snacks and water, which I also thought was a nice addition since I do tend to get hungry and have the urge to snack when I am in the audience. Finding seats was not too hard, but the theater was perhaps ¾ of the way full and all of the seats in the front were occupied when I arrived. The show began with the Advanced Guitar class on stage. I thought the first 2 songs sounded very nice, but my favorite song they performed has to be “Exogenesis Symphony 3” by Muse. Though I am not a guitar player myself and therefore cannot comment on their technique, I still loved it wholeheartedly. They finished off with a song called, “Dueling Banjos” and exited. The Orchestra then came on stage and played 5 songs. I was mesmerized instantly with the fluidity of their playing and could not wait to hear more. I am an avid fan of classical music, and their pieces made me fall in love with music all over again. My favorite piece overall was a cover of “Time” by Hans Zimmer from the soundtrack of the movie, Inception.
Overall, I was very impressed with how talented our Performing Arts program is. This was just another show of how amazing and deserving they are of our recognition. My hope in the future is that school concerts like this one will begin to become more significant in high school culture, and overall more appreciated. A job well done to Mr. Lorentz, the Guitar Program, and the Orchestra Program. I will definitely be on the lookout for the Spring Concert!
by Alyssa Jenkins
I took a survey on school campus life, by asking students in some of my classes. I asked 25 people 5 different questions. It was interesting to see how confident students are in their finals and such. 5 out of 5 people said they were not looking forward to their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they were planning on studying all weekend. 2 out of the 5 people said that they got tutors for their finals. 3 out of the 5 people said that they already had or are going to have at least one final this week. 1 out of 5 said that they feel confident in their classes with finals. I was not very surprised by these results because this semester, especially seniors, have shown concern and stress for this semester of finals. Especially me, I am very nervous for what this semester’s set of finals holds. But it was interesting to see how different the students are in how they react to my questions and how different students answered these questions.
by Audrey Lechien
In highschool, it is easy to be friends or acquaintances without knowing things like their background and life outside of school. Everyone has a story and you’ll never know it unless they tell you. I decided to take a look into senior Chasity Shaw’s life and asked her a few questions.
Q: What are your hobbies or interests?
A: I do modeling and acting.
Q: When did you start acting and modeling?
A: I started acting when I was 7 and I just started modeling.
Q: How did you get into it?
A: I was scouted at a mall.
Q: What are some acting projects you’ve been in?
A: I have been in Haunted Hathaways, Criminal minds and a horror movie.
Q: Have you lived in San Diego your whole life?
A: I was born in San Diego and lived here until I was 9 and then moved to Oceanside. I lived up there for a few years and now I’m back.
Q: How has moving around impacted you?
A: It was hard to change school and make new friends when I just had to leave them again.
Q: Do you miss living in Oceanside?
A: Yes, I loved Oceanside and I wish I could move back.
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.
by Audrey Lechien
Another club-goer at West Hills High School is senior Ashleigh Hartwig. She attends a number of clubs including Hope Club on Tuesdays, Food Driven Club on Wednesdays and Dead Poets Society club, which she runs, on Fridays. There are so many reasons to join a club: you can meet new people, make friends, become more involved at your school, help people and much more. Ashleigh says that her favorite parts are “ helping people hang out with new people and making new friends at Hope Club.” She also said “I don’t like it when people can’t afford food and so I help out the most I can with donating food items and volunteering to help feed people at the Club food drive.
As president of Dead Poets Society Club, Ashleigh gave me some insight about what they do. In a typical day at the Dead Poets Society Club, the members and attendees “unlock a passion for reading” and “ each week is different but it’s a bunch of activities that deal with books essentially” Ashleigh says. She explains that her inspirations for creating the club include “ My passion for reading and the idea that most teams don’t enjoy reading and I wanted to change that by exposing high school students to fun book activities. I hope to encourage more reading and appreciation for books, poetry, essays etc.”. Be sure to check out the Dead Poets Society Club when they meet on Fridays in S10.
by Star Gaylord
Christmas is a great time of year and many people celebrate it. There are many traditions within this holiday and some celebrate in different ways than others. Here is an interview to give some insight on how Karyssa Macleod celebrates!
1.What is your favorite part of Christmas?
My favorite part of Christmas is shopping for other people.
2.What is a tradition you have on Christmas?
(Our tradition is) going to my grandma’s and grandpa’s for breakfast.
3.Do you do anything fun leading up to Christmas?
Yeah, I go ice skating.
4. Do you attend or host Christmas parties?
(My family) attends.
5.On Christmas day do you celebrate at your house or do you go to a relatives?
(We celebrate at ) my grandma’s.
6.What do you eat on Christmas?
7.What is on your wishlist?
A lot of random stuff.
8.What is the best present you’ve ever received?
Hmm. Thats hard. My mom and dad have (given) me really cool things though. But last year was my Apple Watch.
9.Do you agree with the saying “Giving is better than receiving”?
10.What aspects of Christmas are you most excited for?
Decorating and watching the people I love open presents.
Q: How has the state of theatre been since I last interviewed you?
A: It’s been alright, the class as a whole, especially the new freshman are showing great strides towards where we need them to be for our play, “the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee.”
Q2: How has the state of quior been since I last interviewed you?
A2: Well, we have have great talent here and we’re beyond willing and able to work through any adversity as a team.
Q3: Which year would you say has been your favourite year of theatre thus far?
A4: So far it’s been this year because I’ve been able to take a leadership role, and be a mentor for everyone else. It’s very enjoyable.
Me: Thanks Ryan! Always a pleasure!
by Gianna Creighton
Mr. Reiderer has worked at West Hills since 2004 as an ENS teacher, athletic trainer, Sports Medicine teacher, EdGenuity teacher, CEIS coordinator, and Assistant Principal. Mr. Reiderer received a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State and his Masters in Educational Admin from Alliant International University. His favorite thing to do outside of school is spend time with his family. He participates in activities like wakeboarding, traveling to Idaho, and going to SDSU football games. He was a member of the graduating class of 1987 and loves getting the opportunity to give back to West Hills. Mr. Reiderer stated, “My goal is to spend many more years as an administrator here, I love working with the students.”
Mrs. Dufloth has worked at West Hills now for two years. She attended SFSU and SDSU where she got her Bachelors and Masters Degrees and also attended National University where she got her Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential. Mrs. Dufloth favorite things to do outside is go camping, road cycling, mountain biking, and hanging out with her family. She chose to work at West Hills because it is the “best school in the district!” Mrs. Dufloth favorite memory was when on the first day of school her new office was decorated with silver, blue, and black.
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.
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.