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Football Update

by Devin Craig

The past two football games have been a wild ride. The first game against Helix was a complete blowout. West Hill’s defenses was constantly being penetrated by Helix. They took advantage of this and scored many times. In the end, Helix destroyed West Hills with a final score of 54-6. However, West Hills did not let this discourage them. They came back the following week in the second game against El Capitan. After some hard fought offensive drives, West Hills eventually defeated El Cap in a very close game. Overall, these games have been quite eventful and it has been a blast being able to watch them all. Hopefully, we see more results like the El Capitan game in the future.

 

College Signing 

by Anna Parrott

November is the time when senior students begin to submit their college applications and have to eventually  decide what school they want to attend. But for student athletes, the process is slightly different. These young men and women have to decide where they want to play their sport for the next 4 years.

This process is referred to as ‘signing’ to a college meaning that after you visit the school and decide where you want to go, you commit verbally and then the coach will send over formal papers that you will sign which makes you officially committed to that school. Starting in their junior year of high school, students typically start trying to get college coaches  interested in them and the skills that they have to offer to the team. Students sometimes have multiple schools that they are considering, so the offer that the college makes them is extremely important to their final decision.

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.”

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.

 

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.

NIall Horan by Olivia DiSabatino

I feel as if it is my obligation to write about the latest greatest music releases. Through Harry Styles, to the newest Indie bands, to Pop artists, and now Niall Horan. Niall Horan’s debut album, Flicker, came out last Friday and has been buzzing all around social media. Personally, I have been looking forward to the album release for a long time now, and am delighted to say that I am in love with it. There are 13 songs on his deluxe album, 3 of which have been released to the public. My favorites are ‘Seeing Blind’ and ‘On the Loose’. Since I do have Spotify Premium I am able to listen to it as many times as I would like. Niall Horan is starting his Flicker World Tour coming up and many fans are excited to see him live as a solo artist. All of the One Direction boys are onto their own solo projects, and Niall was actually the first one with his hit song ‘This Town, and is one of the last to release an album. His album is a spin-off of pop and a bit of country. There seems to be a theme within his songs, basically a single man and the adventures he has being single. Whether it is between breakups, parties, meeting a new love, or being absolutely alone he seems to pull off his situations pretty great. His voice is very ashy but pure, he has amazing meaningful songs and I highly recommend listening to his new album. It is available on Apple music, Spotify, Pandora, youtube, and probably more. Also, Niall patterned with apple music and released an exclusive album movie that is only available to Apple Music members. This album is very slow and calming and is great to fall asleep with, drink a cup of tea, walking, or even studying in the background.

Brow Revolution

Over the hundreds of years, both men and women have expressed themselves through makeup, whether it’s a fun lip color, blush, eyes, and now brows. I recently watched the ‘100 years of brows’ on Allures youtube channel, and recommend if you are interested in the history!
Over the years there have been many icons that have shared their brows to the world and started brow revolutions, the current 2010 brow icon, is English Fashion Model, and Actress, Cara Delevingne, with her Power Bro movement. Women throughout the 21st century have kept their brows clean, and well manicured, while Cara has completely gone past that with a fun and bushy bold look. The more the better is her claim.
Personally, I have never done much to my brows, I have usually just waxed or tweezed them and that was about it, but now I am following the revolution and doing a bit of tricks myself. This following article will show you my brow routine!
I haven’t waxed my brows in about 3 months and now I am embracing my hairy brows, and emphasizing them a bit. I wanted to try some cheap drugstore products since I was new to doing my brows and wanted to experiment.
I have five products that I have been using which consist of gels, liners, and brushes! Yes, it seems like quite a lot but I definitely enjoy using them and love being apart of the Brow Revolution!
Here’s my EyeBrow Routine!
First I start off with brushing throughout my brows in an upward motion to make sure I have a good starting line of where I want my brows to be.
I then use the NYX Eyebrow powder pencil in the shade Auburn and fill in my brows, and then use the NYX Micro Brow pencil in the shade Ash Brown. (They are both very different colors, and I use them both because I do have different colored brows).
I brush through my brows once again to evenly make sure my color is spot on and looks a bit natural but very emphasized.
Then I will go in with a gel, to make sure my brows stay in place all day. I have been loving the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara in clear, which can be used for both brows and eyelashes. Or I will go in with the Rimmel ‘Brow This Way’ in Medium Brown if I want my brows to be a bit more emphasized.
That is all I do to my brows and look forward to being creative and trying new things!

  • Olivia DiSabatino

CYOA: Campus Survey

By Chloe Yeager

Favored Holiday?

Halloween 8
Christmas 17

Vans or Converse?

Vans 18
Converse 7

Winter or Summer?

Winter 18
Summer 9

Football or Fútbol?

Football 18
Soccer 8

HOCO or Formal?

Hoco 16
Formal 7

 

America’s Got Talent Grand Finale

by Olivia DiSabatino

Last night, September 21, I had the privilege of attending the season 12 grand finale of America’s Got Talent. I was invited by Tyra Banks personal stylist, Joanna Konjevod. I had VIP tickets, so I was very up close and personal during the production of the show. I saw the contestants, the judges, stylists, wardrobe changes, music, lights and so on.

  Tyra Banks looked stunning in her Fouad Sarkis nude outfit, her makeup was ever less and the hair was just as amazing. The show was two hours long with commercial breaks every 10 minutes. It was a live show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

    Many others asked if the producers constantly told you what to do and how to behave at the live show, but the answer is not really! They would tell you at commercial breaks to get up on your feet and clap, but besides that, they do not stage anything. It was quite an interesting experience seeing the talented contestants performing, seeing the four judges buzz away, seeing the personal stylists fix the dresses of the celebrities. In the front row were many spectators with their laptops reviewing the performance. They did not participate in cheering, or standing up, it was like they weren’t even there. They were writing away!

    After the total of twelve episodes on AGT the winner was claimed at the last performance, America was heard. The fabulous winner was Ms. Darcy Lynn! She acted with her puppet, Petunia, and sung her heart out! It is interesting because there is now an eleven-year-old millionaire!