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A Rant on NFL Kneeling Ban

By Cameron Brooks

A ban on player protests in the NFL took place this Wednesday, proving that both Trump and the NFL owners don’t get it. Critics dismiss the players as anti – American with some, such as Trump, floating the idea of firing the protesting players. However, if you talk to any of the players involved in the protest, they will all say the same thing, being that they love this country and support those who serve and that they are protesting police brutality against minority communities. For some reason however, Trump and the republicans cannot seem to understand their basic, powerful message.


Hobby/ Basketball

By Jayden Moreno

Hobbies let you explore interests outside of your line of work. They let you be creative and try all kinds of new things. If you’re bored with your old hobby, picking a different one can get your creativeness going again. Also take a look at your budget before choosing a new hobby, as some can be expensive, but you have plenty of options available to you even if your budget is tight. Find what interests you. See what takes up your spare time, when you have it. Think about what you value most. Think about the topics you go on about. Now, think your favorite subject that you enjoy so much and find how it can be transformed into a hobby.

Being a hobbyist helps to relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. Hobbies allows you to take your mind off the stresses of everyday life. My favorite hobby is playing basketball because I’m good at it, all my friends love playing in it and it gets  competitive too. Basketball seems to clear my mind if I’m having a bad day or stressing over things. If I didn’t have this hobby I wouldn’t be as calm when there were problems.

I wonder how a hobby can keep our mind clear or how it makes us so happy over something so little. For recommendations everyone says you should have a friend with you when doing your hobby so you can share great times with them and have someone to talk to. Hobbies are a major key in life because it keeps our mind in a stable place and keeps the overwhelming things in our head be free.

Interview with Mr. Ross

By Gianna Creighton

Mr. Ross is a history teacher in room W11. He teaches AP United States History and a college prep senior class on economics. He has been teaching at West Hills for over twenty years and loves every moment of it. Mr. Ross attended University of California at Riverside and now lives in Santee with his wife. He is a very energetic and sarcastic teacher and is liked by all his students.

What is your favorite thing about teaching upperclassmen?

They are more mature than the other grade levels

Where did you go to college?

UC Riverside

What degree(s) do you have?

I have a degree in United States History

If you could teach any other subject what would you teach and why?

I would teach English because an essay in English is as close as I could get to a DBQ in U.S. History.

What is your favorite drink?

Diet Pepsi

Who is the one person who you look up to?

One person I look up to is my mom because she is the strongest person I have ever met and known.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I wanted to educate young minds on the history of our nation

What kind of activities do you like to do outside of school?

I help correct and edit author’s books or former students essays.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I see myself finally being retired and living with my wife somewhere pretty.

Where is your favorite spot to go on vacation and why?

My favorite spot to go on vacation is Hawaii, just like any other person, because it is just so different than any state we have.

What other profession would you like to be in if you were not a teacher?

I would like to be a stand-up comedian because I like to think I am pretty funny.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorite movie is basically any documentary or show that has to do with history.

What is your pet peeve?

When students do not complete their work even though they had a whole week for an assignment.

What skill would you like to master?

I would like to master the skill of sarcasm. I think I have it down  well, but I want to perfect it.

Throughout this interview we have learned that Mr. Ross’ overall favorite subject is United States History. He loves the movies that involve history and even has a degree in it. Mr. Ross also hates when his students do not turn in their work but is a big fan of the color blue. In ten years he hopes to move and retire somewhere other than Santee. Lastly, Mr. Ross’ favorite drink is Diet Pepsi which is extremely apparent because he drinks one almost everyday in period 4.


Clash of Clans 2018

By Cameron Brooks

Most people remember Clash of Clans as one of the most popular breakout games on the app store about four and a half years ago. It was consistently the top grossing app for the week and almost everyone played the game it seemed. As with most phone games, it ran its course and lasted about two and a half years while still remaining popular, a commendable amount of time considering its a free to play iphone game. However, while its popularity may not be what it once was, the game is still alive and well and has had several updates that add so many new mechanics. It looks like an updated sequel compared to the 2014 version of the game. Back then farming for loot, gold, and elixir was a pain and many people complained that it took way too long to find a base to attack that contained what they deem to be an adequate amount of loot. Supercell, the developers, must have listened, as they made the amount of loot you find for each raid higher and dead bases with full gold mines and elixir collectors are also much more prevalent. Additionally,  they added what is known as a loot cart, which is basically a wagon that contains a certain amount of gold, elixir, and dark elixir for you to collect at your village after you are raided, giving you a certain percentage of the loot you lost back. They also answered the age old question of ¨Will they ever give you a boat to explore the water?¨ The developers included a boat that you can use to travel to a whole other village where you can use special troops and attack people live, Clash Royale style. They also introduced a mechanic called clan games, where members of a clan attempt to complete challenges given to them in order to earn points for the clan. If the clan earns enough points collectively, everyone is rewarded with a boatload of loot and special items. Overall, this updated version of the game is much better than the previous versions and is keeping the game alive. It is still a top 10 grossing app.


Interview CYOA Katie Willoughby

By Katie Willoughby

I interviewed Emily, she is a student at West Hills. Emily is a well rounded honor roll student.

Katie: Where did you grow up and how did it affect you today?

Emily : I grew up in El Cajon and it made me into the person I am today.

Katie: What is your GPA?

Emily: a 4.0.

Katie: How do you feel it has impacted your life?

Emily: It has made me into a great student with a great work ethic.

Katie: What do you think the most challenging thing will be when it comes to keeping your 4.0?

Emily: I think the most challenging part is balancing my social life with school.

Katie: You have had a 4.0 your entire high school career right?

Emily: correct.

Katie: Do you feel it is rewarding?

Emily: It’s rewarding because I am very proud of it.

Katie: What’s the most challenging subject for you?

Emily: I think math is challenging but I get through it.

Katie: What is your favorite thing about school?

Emily: My friends.

Katie: What advice would you give to future students at WHHS?

Emily:  Do your work and don’t listen to what other people say.

Katie: Are you excited to graduate?

Emily: I am so excited to move on to the next stage of my life but I am also nervous.

Giving Up Cookies

By Gianna Creighton

I am going without cookies for the week because I have them almost everyday at school from the snack cart. The item is like a little dessert to me in the middle of the day and improves my life because I look forward to it everyday. Cookies are important to me because they make my day twenty times better. My biggest concerns about giving it up is that I am going to have to eat healthy for the week because I will not have it. My biggest adjustment is going to be avoiding the temptation at lunch to go to the cart. The food that will probably take the place of cookies will be more chocolate.

On the first day of giving up the cookies my mom had bought all the ingredients to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and I had to tell her not to make them because I actually would have eaten five. The second day I did not really notice that I had not eaten any cookies because I had such a busy day. The third day my brother brought home the frosted powder cookies from his banquet and he had a whole box of them. It took all my willpower not to eat one. The fourth day was by far the hardest because I had my soccer banquet and the dessert was Costco cookies so I had to control myself the most with that. The last day I was just thinking about the cookies I would be able to have the next day.  

Giving up cookies for the week was probably for the best. I ended up eating healthier than I would any other week. I also think I had more temptations to eat cookies during the week I gave them up than I would any other normal week. I think I needed the separation from the cookies because now I don’t eat them as much as I usually do.


My Torturous Week

By Avila Ashland

I’m going be giving up Chick-Fil-A for this week since it’s something I have multiple times a week and fast food is a luxury that many of people don’t have.

Day 1

I really was fine today, I didn’t crave Chick-FIl-A at all since I had it yesterday and I didn’t feel as if it affected me in any way.

Day 2

I didn’t notice a difference in myself today either. I ate at work so I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day.

Day 3

My boyfriend worked today and I really wanted to go in to visit him, but I didn’t because I knew I’d want the food even more.

Day 4

I wanted Chick-Fil-A really bad today and my free medium fry expired so I’m upset.

Day 5

I still want Chick-Fil-A, but I know I’ll make it through the day considering there’s only one day left.

In my time of fasting Chick-FIl-A I learned that having such a strong craving for fast food all the time is probably unhealthy. Some of my frustrations were that opportunities like coupons for free went by and not being able to visit my boyfriend at work made me sad. I would definitely say that it got worse as the week went on considering the longer I went without it the more I craved it. I learned that I’m too attached to Chick-FIl-A.

After going a week without eating my favorite food I was thrilled to go have it again after school today. I think it’s interesting how often I crave it and it definitely does hold some kind of power over my life. It  bothers me how often I eat it considering it’s a fast food and it’s not good for me. Though after not having it for a week it was just a fun thing to be able to go have again. I do think we take many things in life for granted and that being able to go pick up a quick and hot ready meal is a luxury.

My Torturous Week: Sugary Drinks

By Star Gaylord

For my torturous week, I decided to give up sugary drinks. I made this decision because I thought that this would improve my life by making me healthier. It is important to me because sugary drinks are really bad for your body. Much of the time, the sugary drinks I have are a source of energy for me. I inferred that my day-to-day would change because I would be drinking a lot more water instead of juices and soda. My biggest concern was not being able to get going in the mornings.

Well, I started the week off pretty strong for the first day. I did not have any sugary drinks. I only drank water. However, on Sunday, when I got to work, my boss had a Starbucks coffee waiting for me and I couldn’t say no! Therefore, the second day was a fail. After this slip up, I was able to stick with my plan for the rest of the week with the exception of a iced green tea from Starbucks before my game on Monday. Tuesday, I only drank water. I was really thirsty so I drank three Hydroflasks of water. Wednesday I drank 2 Hydroflasks full of water. Thursday was the final day of this challenge and I finished strong with only drinking water.

I am surprised by how well I did (not counting the 2 Starbucks) with the challenge. I was able to substitute all of the drinks I normally consumed (like coffee, tea, and juice) to water. This made me feel better physically and mentally. I felt stronger and healthier. Instead of relying on a sugary drink to get me going in the mornings, I got up five minutes earlier and had breakfast which got me going even better than coffee. Nobody in my life but me was affected by this challenge. Actually, almost nobody knew I was doing it! This challenge was a great experience for me and helped me realize how easy it is to make little lifestyle choices that make you feel so good!

Giving Up My Xbox

By Cameron Brooks

For my torturous week, I will be going without the xbox. I chose this item because I find myself playing it every day, but I feel like it is an item I can go a week without using. I think it will make me turn towards different devices to play on and will allow me to easily do my homework without being distracted because I am thinking about the various games I plan on playing later in the day. I will probably end up having the Nintendo Switch substitute it, as it has Skyrim, Doom, and Rayman legends to entertain me. The game that I will probably miss the most is Overwatch or South Park: the stick of truth. This is a basic challenge and it will not affect other people in the house.

During my week without my product, Xbox one, I found myself turning to other consoles and devices to spend my time with. The main replacement consisted of the Nintendo Switch and Youtube. Because I normally spend my time on the Xbox playing Skyrim, I found the switch to the Switch (pun intended) as being a relatively minor one. I also primarily use the Xbox for Youtube on the big screen and a blu ray player for movies. The Playstation 3 is already hooked up to my TV along with the Xbox, so that worked just fine as a standalone blu ray player and I ended up just watching Youtube on my phone. I really did not find myself crawling back to play the Xbox and have been just fine using the other devices, as there are no games that I own right now, that I haven’t already completed or are into that make me want to play it more than the Switch.

During the week without the Xbox One, I turned to the Nintendo Switch along with other consoles to entertain me instead. However, now that the week is over I am now back to playing the Xbox and it is just how I remember it. However, I feel like I will no longer be playing on it as much, as I am interested in some of the newer Switch games and have been loving to play Skyrim on it during the week without the Xbox. I guess this week just made me switch my product of reliance from the Xbox to the Switch. It does not bother me that we tend to overly rely on things in life. I think that if something makes you happy or you enjoy doing something you should, for the most part, do it, as long as it is something safe and legal. I do not see a problem with it.


Relationships At School With Melany Lopez

By Avila Ashland

  1. Q: Have you ever had a relationship in high school? A: “Yes I have, freshman year.”
  2. Q: What was the best part about having a relationship? A: “Having someone to do all your activities with.”
  3. Q: What was the hardest part about having a relationship in high school? A: “The constant fighting and there’s so many distractions.”
  4. Q: What’s a word of advice you have for someone just starting out in a relationship? A: “Don’t get yourself into one until you’re completely ready and mature enough to handle all the challenges.”
  5. Q: If you could change something about your past relationship what would it be? A: “I should have stood up for myself more.”
  6. Do you think it may be better to stray from relationships and just focus on school? A: “Yes, definitely”
  7. Q: Was your boyfriend ever distracting?  and How? A: “Yes, he would always want me to come over or go out when I had things to do.”
  8. Q: How did you maintain a healthy relationship in school? A: “I tried being as unproblematic as I could and separate my school, relationship, and social life.”
  9. Q: If you could tell your freshman self about your relationship, what would you say? A: “Be careful in your high school relationship, they  can drain you. Also make sure you really learn and grow from your experiences and mistakes, because that’s how you’ll truly learn to love someone.”
  10. Q: Are you grateful for all the experiences and relationships you’ve had in school? A: “Yes, I’m very grateful because they taught me much about myself and other people.”