Category Archives: West Hills & the community

Wayne’s World

By David Griffith

Wayne’s World is a comedy film from the year 1991, starring Mike Myers as the main character as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, and starring Rob Lowe as Benjamin. Wayne and Garth run a cable access show in Wayne’s basement appropriately titled Wayne’s World. Rob Lowe’s character Benjamin is a big shot TV producer and wants to buy the rights to Wayne’s World so he can exploit it to its full potential. Hilarity ensues.

Personally, I find Wayne’s World to be very entertaining. I think a lot of the humor is very high school level, which I appreciate. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have a rich history together on SNL, so they work well together. Rob Lowe also makes a great sleazeball, as probably influenced by his real life. Some jokes are a little too corny but that’s fine.

I would definitely give Wayne’s World a watch if you have not seen it already. It’s excellent. Although not appropriate for all ages, it is a timeless classic. 9/10.


By Sarah Shields

This week is dress-up week for the Wolfpack! Monday is dress up as your favorite teacher attire. Thursday dress as your freshman self. Friday’s dress up day is pajama day. Seniors prom is this saturday!this week we have seen lots of pictures of girls posting their fresh nails and tans and the boys posting about their discount at Friars Tux shop rentals. If you are going to prom you must have all your fines paid off. If you don’t have these fines cleared you cannot enter into prom. Hopefully you had bought your tickets before the 14th because they went up 10 dollars after that. And also remember when at the dance you must present an ID to get in. Many of AP tests this week. Thank you to our staff for helping facilitate the tests. Hope everyone did amazing and got lots of sleep to decrease their stress levels going into the tests. Finals are coming up and it’s never too early to start studying. Only 13 days left of school! We can all make it and remember on the 28th we get a holiday day off of school due to memorial day! The school year is almost over!


By Chloe Yeager

Much is happening in the West Hills community right now. First off we have Prom season so everyone is buzzing about that. Who to ask?, what to wear? It is becoming an exciting time for the Seniors with Prom and graduation coming so close. As well as those exciting activities ASB election week just passed and Member at large interviews are nearing.

Although Prom is one of the more talked about dances, West Hills is still hosting its last dance of the year for other classmen as well as the Seniors. We have a student performing at the dance and that is currently what everyone seems to be talking about.

Interview with Lauren Lines

By Audrey Lechien

  1. What is your name and what grade are you in ?

Lauren Lines and I am in 12th grade.

  1. How many AP classes are you taking?

I am taking 2: AP Government and literature.

  1. Out of those 2 classes how many AP tests are you taking?

I am only taking the gov test.

  1. Why aren’t you taking the Literature exam?

Because I don’t think I’ll pass. I took the AP lang test last year and didn’t pass. These tests are similar.

  1. How are you preparing for the test you are taking?

I am going to some of the review session that Mr. Cambou holds so I can practice taking an AP style test.

  1. Are you caught up with all the work in that class?

No, I need to go back and finish my unit notes and FRQ’s which will probably help me to study too.

  1. Do you think you’ll be able to pass this exam?

I’m not sure because history is not my best subject but if I study and really put in the  effort I could possibly get a 3.

  1. What is your biggest concern about the exam?

I am scared that the question style will be much harder than what we usually see on our unit tests.


Interview with Max Matkovski

By Gianna Creighton

How long have you been in ASB?

I have been in ASB for four years

What is your favorite part of being in ASB?

I like being active with the school and putting on events for my fellow students.

What college did you plan on attending?

University of Pennsylvania  or Stanford

What is your favorite subject?

I like math because it comes easy for me.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?

I like to play tennis and hangout with my friends.

What profession would you like to go into?

I want to be some sort of doctor.

What is the best memory you have from West Hills?

My best memory I have from West Hills is going to Disneyland each year with ASB.

What is your favorite type of food?

My favorite type of food is Mexican food.

Why did you choose to do ASB?

I chose to be in ASB because I wanted to be more active in the school and have more say in what goes on at school.

What is your favorite color?

Blue, because it brings out my eyes.


West Hills vs. Poway

by Taylor Gomez

The West Hills Women’s soccer team has had a busy schedule lately, averaging about 4 games a week. “With two tournaments early in the season, we’ve definitely had our hands full”, says senior Kate Hodgetts. The girls have had a rough start. They’ve had to play some tough competition, such as the open division CIF championship winning team Torrey Pines, only to lose 2-1. This week the girls competed in University City’s Holiday Jubilee. For their last bracket game they played Poway High School. “The game was definitely an interesting one,” says Kate.

At the beginning of the game, our West Hills girls were totally dominating the game. They were connecting 8-10 passes eventually building up to opportunities at a goal. “Unfortunately, finishing our chances has been something we are trying to get better at”, says Hodgetts. After a couple of missed West Hills opportunities, Poway got a lucky break and found the back of the net. Fans were screaming “offsides, offsides, offsides” but the referee missed it. “Our coach doesn’t normally argue with the referee or make excuses on why we gave up a goal, but this time he knew the offical made the wrong call and was pretty upset”, says Hodgetts. Hodgetts also added, “Mentally, it’s tough when you’re controlling the game and then the other team gets a goal.” That didn’t stop West Hills. With about 15 minutes left in the game, sophomore Maliah Wirsig, taps one in the goal off of a beautiful cross from Emily Deprima. After a physical battle both teams were fighting until the very end trying to get the last goal. West Hills ended up giving up a goal in the last three seconds of the game and fell to Poway 2-1.   

Strictly Strings Performing Arts Concert

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!

Oggi’s Restaurant Review

by Taylor Hobbs

Monday night my family ate out at Oggi’s in Santee located in the town center near target. When we walked in we were greeted by two ladies while one of them took us to the patio to be seated with no wait at all. Surprisingly, the patio was nearly empty and extremely quite which was nice. However, with time large parties attended the patio as well and it grew noisey, but it was the normal and did not bother us. I ordered a water to drink and the spaghetti that came with red sauce and a garlic knot. For the food we waited about twenty minutes, which was definitely not long at all. The garlic knots were a little dry, but without asking the waiter brought us out fresh, new knots that just came out of the oven, she also apologized and told us that the ones we first received were the last of the old batch. The second garlic knot was way better than the first one. The noodles and red sauce were extremely hot, but nevertheless delicious as always. After eating we hung around on the patio for an extra thirty minutes to talk while we finished our drinks because of the great atmosphere. They brought us the check, which was affordable for three people, and did not rush us out although we had already finished our food. Having finished our drinks, we left through the restaurant because the patio gate was locked. On our way out we were once again greeted and wished a good night as another employee held the door open for us. I would say that our overall experience at Oggi’s was quite pleasant due to the nice staff and great food that we were served. I would say that the Oggi’s in Santee has great customer service.

Raising Cane’s

by Alex Leggate

So there is a new fast food restaurant coming to Santee. It is called Raising Cane’s and it specializes in chicken strips. They just tore down a bank so that they can start building it next to Taco Bell on Mission Gorge. It is right across the street from KFC, so we will see if KFC can handle another chicken place in Santee.

I wanted to see what everyone was so excited about, so I went up to LA and tried it for myself. I was expecting  more people since there are only some in LA and Arizona, but there weren’t that many customers. I walked in and purchased their specialty, “the Caniac”. It came with 6 chicken strips, a heaping of French Fries, a piece of Texas toast, and coleslaw. I was very satisfied with it. I am looking forward to the opening day.

Student Standout

by Sandiela Dimatulac

Sometimes life may feel like you are sticking your head out of a car window on the freeway. The metaphorical flies flying into your face and maybe even your mouth (no, thank you) representing life’s never ending challenges. As teenagers we somehow manage to overcome this feat of nature: balancing school, work, sports, and extracurricular activities. Day in and day out we participate in the unimaginable struggle that comes with being a teenager. Occasionally, if we’re lucky, we get an extra ten dollars as a consolation prize. But other times the reward is truly worth the ups and downs we’re challenged with everyday. I spoke to Marc Paksima, a member of Santee’s Chamber of Commerce, to provide everyone with some insight on a new award for juniors and seniors: the Student Standout Article.

The Student Standout was created by Paksima and will be featured in the Santee Magazine. You may be familiar with him if you have ever read “Socializing Santee with Marc Paksima,” which is also available to view in the same magazine. The Student Standout is awarded to eligible juniors and seniors who have a minimum 4.0 GPA, are on the roster of at least one varsity sports team, and participate in at least one extracurricular activity (be it ASB, a club, community service, etc). Those who are presented with the award are then interviewed by Paksima and the interview will then appear in the next issue. Through this project, Paksima and the Chamber hope to motivate students to “strive for greater things” and show the personal side of student lives.