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Interview with Dutch Schaefer

by Zion Reyes

For one of my beat contacts I had Dutch Schaefer, cross country team captain. Upon asking him what it was like to be team captain, this is what he had to say. “Being team captain is a big responsibility in my eyes. I’m in charge of keeping the team in order and doing the right thing when Naranjo (CC coach) isn’t there. Trying to organize stuff with the girl’s and guy’s team can get hectic but it’s worth it.” When asked what he wanted to achieve as team captain; he wanted to have the team be more communicative as a whole, even when it comes to small things. Dutch believes that communication is key to every team sport and he believes that if he is there for everyone, then the team can go far.

I also asked him about what attitudes he has seen from people throughout his many years on the cross country team. He had a lot to say. He said that it’s really a downer when he sees people on the team that don’t take it as seriously as they should and just mess around during practice. Cross country is a sport that takes a lot of dedication and time. If you don’t come to practice every day with the attitude of bettering yourself and acknowledging that cross country is not a walk in the park but rather a hard sprint in the desert. All you’re doing is wasting your time and the team’s time.


by Star Gaylord

This week I interviewed  the quarterback of the varsity football team, Jordin Young. I asked him some questions for information about this season and this week’s upcoming game the Mayor’s Cup.

The Mayor’s Cup is the football game between Santana High School and West Hills High School. This game is a big deal to everyone in Santee because it is a “cross-town” rivalry. Everyone knows each other on both teams and they probably grew up playing football together when they were little. In this game the teams will fight until the end to prove they are the best football team in the city.

When asked about the team, Young said, “The team we have this year is pretty young despite our key players being seniors. We have an athletically good team with big kids where we need them.”

I asked Young if he thinks the Wolfpack will come out on top this week and he responded, “We will most likely win. According to Santana, every year is their year although they haven’t won it in a while. But the team we have should destroy Santana.” He stated showing confidence in his team.


Beat FD

By David Griffith

Beat #1 Mr. Ash: I recently asked Coach Ash of the football program a few questions about his sport. I asked him what he is hoping to achieve this season, how he has been training his team, and if he thinks his team can go the distance. He said “I hope to win the Mayor’s Cup, which is coming up this week. West Hills has won it many times before, and I want to bring home the Cup for another year, and to defeat Santana. We train nearly every day. I take pride in how hard we push ourselves to win. I think we can achieve great things this year.”

Beat #2 Coach Naranjo: I asked Coach Naranjo the same questions about his Cross Country team. Sadly, he informed me that we won’t have anything going on until Sept. 1st. But, please remind me every Monday or so. You can email me on the week of Sept. 4.” I’ll have to inform you of his XC antics at a later time.

Beat #3: Cameron Cantotal: Cameron is very optimistic of his team. He said “I believe we can win league this year and make it far into CIF. We have many returning players and we have good chemistry across the team. We have practice two times a day and usually swim 2-3 miles to prepare us for games. I believe that with hard work and chemistry we will do very well”.


Back to school Interview

by David

Interview #1, back to school- Nolan Smith

David: Thank you for the opportunity to interview you. I’m here to ask you about back to school. so,What is your favorite part about back to school, Nolan?

Nolan: I would say getting to see people I didn’t get to see over summer is pretty cool.

David: Fair enough, and I agree. On the flip-side, what is your least favorite part (of b.t.s.)?

Nolan: Homework is my least favorite part by far.


David: Oh as every kid’s is as well, I’d assume. Do you enjoy your classes though?

Nolan: Yeah, a few are starting very slow though, so they can be boring.

David: I’m sorry to hear that, I certainly hope they start gaining traction soon. What is your favorite class this year so far?

Nolan: I’d say Principles of Engineering with Mr. Sklenicka.

David: Sounds like an interesting class. What would have you done differently in your first week of school?

Nolan: In the first week I could have sat next to new people instead of my friends, so I could meet new people.

David: Interesting, it’s good to separate from your bungee cord buddy. What would you not change about what you did?

Nolan: I would not change sitting next to my friends in my AP Government class.

David: Fair enough, your friends often make the class. Are you content with being a senior already?

Nolan: I’m still getting used to it being my senior year, but I’m happy with it.

David: Fair enough, I feel the same. What was your favorite year of high school so far?

Nolan: My favorite year… probably junior year, but I feel senior year will be even better.

David: I feel the exact same, senior year is certainly an exciting time. What was your least favorite year?

Nolan: My least favorite year was sophomore year, I just wasn’t a big fan of my classes, it was just a boring year.

David: That makes sense, I’m glad the next year was better for you. Final question, what is your least favorite class this year?

Nolan: That’s a tough choice, but the one I enjoy the least is Photo with Miss Hinkle, I was just put into it instead of 3D Design. It’s a good class though.

David: How unfortunate, I hope you come to enjoy it. Well, thus concludes our interview. Thank you for joining me today, Nolan. It was a pleasure.

CYOA: Survey results

by Cameron Brooks

                                  Math               English            World lang.          History                Other

Favorite class? 5 2 0 8 11

                           Football            Baseball            Basketball          Volleyball             Other

Favorite sport event to attend at WHHS? 13 1 1 3 8

Yes                                              No

Attend the plays? 13 13

Yes                                   No                            Somewhat

Enjoy School? 6 12 8

                           Math               English           World Lang.          History               Other

Least favorite class 7 10 0 3 6

Summary: During this survey I chose 26 people at random after school in the pit from different  grade levels. The first question, ¨What is your favorite subject,¨garnered results which differed slightly from what I would have originally thought. Other was the most popular result, which I expected as the other classes not listed are electives which the student gets to pick. However, I did not expect math to do as well as it did and I expected world language to at least get some votes. Most people I know seem to despise math and generally enjoy the language they chose to take. The next question,¨Favorite sport,¨ gave expected results with football being the most popular followed by other which includes tennis, water polo, and wrestling. The third question,¨Do you watch the plays,¨ gave a perfectly even 50/50 split and from what I noticed most females chose yes and most males chose no. The fourth question again gave expected results with only 6 out of 26 students surveyed saying they enjoy coming to school and 12 out of 26 saying they do not with the rest somewhat enjoying the experience. The final question also provided interesting results with nobody choosing world language as their least favorite class and most people picking English as the worst. Math came in a close second along with other. This survey was designed to get student´s opinions on their classes and the events that occur on campus such as the plays and sporting events.

CYOA Final Draft

CYOA Written Interview

At almost every school there are dress codes that are enforced. Some common rules include: fingertip length shorts, two finger width straps and no inappropriate writing or graphics. The main purpose of these dress codes are to rid schools and educational environments of distractions. However, the codes can have the opposite effect. To get opinions and first hand insight on this topic, I interviewed a senior from West Hills, Gina Cazares.

Q: Would you consider fashion to be one of the ways that you express yourself?

A: Yes.

Q: How does dress code limit this kind of self expression?

A: It makes it harder for me to feel comfortable and confident in what I’m wearing.

Q: Do you usually follow the school dress code? Why or why not?

A: No because the clothing I like to wear is considered to be inappropriate for school.

Q: What are some of the positives of a dress code?

A: I can’t think of any.

Q: What are some negatives?

A: I can’t express myself, it’s unrealistic, and during the beginning/ end of school its very hot and I can’t wear shorts.

Q: Are dress codes more strict on males or females?

A: Females.

Q: Why do you think this is?

A: Because trends for girls are different like long shorts are not a fashion standard for girls but they are for guys so it’s easier for girls to get dress coded.

Q: Can you tell me about a time when you were dresscoded?

A: I was wearing a loose shirt and I was running to class and the shirt came up for brief second.

Q: Do you think you should have been dresscoded in this situation?

A: No.

Q: Why or why not?

A: Because if I were standing normally the shirt would be a dress code issue.

CYOA Survey: Answers To The Universe

by Sara Willis

This past week I asked West Hills students and staff several need to know questions. When asked if they prefer swimming or running, seventeen said they would rather swim and only eight prefer running (given that they are the cross country stars). If you have never tried a slushie from the ASB store, ten people would recommend the red slushee, eight would recommend mixed and seven say blue. The Chargers don’t seem to be a fan favorite at West Hills because only four people say they will still support them. Five people said they wouldn’t and sixteen say they never did. Are you wondering what sport to support? If so, eleven people favor Winter sports, eight prefer Spring sports and six are for Fall. West Hills loves math! When asked what what their favorite subject is, nine people say math, seven for science, five enjoy english the most, three say history and three for spanish. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream? Survey says thirteen people would rather have frozen yogurt and twelve would rather have ice cream. This may be a highly controversial subject, but twenty-three people say golf IS a sport over the two that do not. The things you can find out if you just ask.


Swimming or Running?

Swimming 17
Running 8

Red, Blue or Mixed Slushee?

Red 10
Blue 7
Mixed 8

Fall, Spring or Winter Sports?

Fall 6
Winter 11
Spring 8

What is your favorite subject?

Math 9
Science 7
English 5
History 3
Spanish 3

Are you still going to support the Chargers?

Yes 4
No 5
Never Did 16

Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream?

Froyo 13
Ice Cream 12

Do you consider golf a sport?

Yes 23
No 2


Final Draft Survey: Journalism

  1. Do you think West Hills ASB brings school spirit?
Yes: 21
No: 4
  1. Do you enjoy ASB-run events like school assemblies and pep rallies?
Yes: 15
No: 10
  1. Do you think our ASB could be doing a better job at these activities?
Yes: 19
No: 6
  1. Do you think our ASB is an accurate representation of the people at West Hills?
Yes: 17
No: 8
  1. Do you think we are a spirited school?
Yes: 20
No: 5
  1. Do you participate in class/ASB elections?
Yes: 15
No: 10
  1. Do you consider posters as an effective way of spreading information?
Yes: 13
No: 12
  1. Do you participate in class dress-up days?
Yes: 10
No: 15
  1. Did you enjoy HOWL day?
Yes: 20
No: 5
  1. Do you participate in things like blood drives (if qualified) or food drives run by ASB?
Yes: 7
No: 18