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!
by Anna da Rosa
This week I visited a new boba tea place in Santee called Kung-Fu Tea. I was intrigued because of the name to see what it would look like and what kind of items they would serve on the menu. When I arrived the shop’s decor was the first thing that caught my eye. Everywhere around the store were pictures of Japanese or kung-fu related art, including some photos of Po the Panda from the movie Kung-Fu Panda. Their menu is full of tropical and unique flavors including coconut, pineapple, and taro tea. I ordered a taro milk tea with boba and it was amazing. The tea itself was sweet and refreshing and the boba was bursting with flavor. The price is also reasonable at only $6 total.
Not only does Kung-Fu Tea have quality drinks, but the setup of their establishment is unique compared to other stores. There’s a regular sitting area with tables, but in the corner there’s a section with traditional Japanese style (low to the ground tables and pillows for you to sit on). In this area you are required to take off your shoes, as they would in Japan and you can sit on your knees or criss-cross. In this area they have a cabinet of games to play with your friends while you enjoy your tea including Jenga, Uno, regular playing cards, and more! I enjoyed every moment of my experience in Kung-Fu Tea, give it a try.
by Gianna Creighton
Mrs. Baker is one of the Vice Principals at school. She works with students whose last names end in A-G. She also oversees different responsibilities like attendance, the Learning Center, state and district testing, and Unity Days. Outside of the learning environment, Mrs. Baker enjoys reading Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, but also appreciates reading the classics. A general day in the office consists of meeting with students, working on upcoming events, responding to emails, talking to parents, supervising at break and lunch, and helping students and staff. Mrs. Baker states, “ I really enjoy interacting with students. I know AP’s deal with discipline, but we do interact with the kids all the time in positive ways. That is the best part of my job.”
Mrs. Bean has been working at West Hills for 16 years. Before she became a counselor she was a math teacher for 8 years so this will be her 8th year being a West Hills counselor. One of her favorite things to do outside of school is have fun and hangout with her little boys. Mrs. Bean’s favorite memory is from working with the women’s volleyball program as a coach and being able to interact with the girls from the various teams. Mrs. Bean explained, “I love getting to know students and helping them navigate through the sometimes tumultuous high school years. I also love helping students with college applications.”
by Zion Reyes
In reviewing the hit game Clash Royale, this free-to-play game was made by Supercell, also known for Clash of Clans. It is a 1 v 1 game where you battle other players in real time by using different cards which summon various troops. Some of these troops are taken straight from Clash of Clans, such as the Giant and the Archer, but there are also some troops who are made unique for Clash Royale such as the Prince. There are also some cards classified as Legendary, which are extremely difficult to obtain, but are very powerful, such as the Ice Wizard.
As you play the game, you start off on Arena 1 and can move up all the way to Arena 11. After every successful battle you receive a chest, which is your way of obtaining resources such as gold and most importantly new troop cards to use for the next battles. Unfortunately, you can only open 4 of these chests at one time and some of them take hours and even days for you to be able to open, as they have a loading time before player can look at the contents. Through this process of having you wait the game gives you essentially 2 choices: pay or wait. If you choose to pay, you are looking at losing upwards of hundreds of dollars to this game if you want to be competitive at the highest level. Paying to open the chests is a surefire way of improving in the game, but a majority of people are turned off by the microtransaction aspect of Clash Royale. This is a common problem with “free-to-play” games, if you don’t cough up the cash it takes more time and work to get better. Most people they choose to delete the app and do something more productive.
As for the look of the game, it is similar to Clash of Clans in its cartoony art style and has many bright colors incorporated. It is sure to have many children playing it. The menus are straightforward and easy to navigate. I recommend this game for anyone who wants to kill time, but just don’t waste your money on it. I would rate it 8/10.
by Star Gaylord
Adult coloring books have become very popular lately because of their ability to help people relax while they color. Color by Disney is a coloring book app. This app was created for adults to color in various different characters. The app has different folders based on different pixar movies and the coloring pages go from easy to very intricate.
Using the App
When I first opened the application it took a very long time for it to load my images when I was on wifi. After the images were loaded, the app immediately made me enter my Apple id confirming that if I don’t end my subscription at least 1 day before the 7 day free trial is up I would be charged $7.99 for a week subscription. I entered the password and choose a page. I chose the beginner level and it took me about 8 minutes to complete the first image. There are 6 total pictures in the starter artwork folder. While you still have the free trial all of the folders are available to color.
How to play
When you choose your image there is a loading screen. After the app loads, it gives you a screen with the image and colors on the bottom. All you do is tap a color and then tap the sections you want to fill with it.
- Good stress relief
- Relaxes your mind
- Fun to color
- Limited images to color after the free trial is over.
- Expensive subscriptions
This app is overall a good one if you have the money and are okay with paying the subscriptions needed in order to get the full selection of images . I rate it a 7/10.
by Jayden Moreno
In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the Best Buddies club to ask them a couple of questions on the club. The questions are; why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and how does this club benefit them? The first person I asked said this is her first year and she is in the club because her sisters made her, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy helping the kids and getting to know them and also his favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.
The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to get into a really good college and for that to happen you have to have good grades which he does, but also colleges like to see that you participate in school clubs and other extra-curricula activities. His favorite part about the club is meeting new kids. The last person I ask chose this club because he wanted to help the kids with special needs. He said this club benefits him in having a better chance is getting accepted into college. Lastly, his all time favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.
by Isabella Reed
This week I diverted my attention towards the counseling office and counselors in general. Since it is the beginning of the school year the counselors are being bombarded with students trying to switch their schedules around. I, myself, went up to counseling and got a class changed and there were so many kids waiting in line to see if they were able to get a new schedule. I was able to, but many others were not as fortunate since a lot of classes are being filled quickly or it is not good for their academic career. Many students are still trying to make appointments at times when their assigned counselor is not busy.
I decided to think about what the counselors are currently going through. They said the beginning of the school year is the time when they are the most busy and stressful. They have the students to worry about but they still have to do their own personal work as well and attend meetings. They are sending slips down very frequently to meet with their students. I have gotten one of these slips as well. So far they are doing a decent job at balancing their priorities even though they are extremely busy.
by Kayla Schoenborn
This week the Library has been closed during 7th period this week on Monday and Wednesday due to lack of staffing! Mrs. Sanwald wants to remind students that if students lose anything with a name on it in the library, they get the items back to students. This includes Chromebooks! If students lose phones and they can’t identify them, they send them to VP secretaries. If students lose small items like water bottles or sweatshirts, they have a new lost & found area by the sign-in counter. Here is a picture:
Mrs. Bean informed me that there are many misconceptions about things like sports and PE credits. She wants students to know that for every season of a sport that is completed you get one semester of PE. You must meet all the requirements for the sport though, so that means participating in a certain number of meets or games. Also, for students who may not know, the counseling office is located above the library and you are welcome anytime but you should email your counselor first. When you get to the front desk, make sure to sign in! And if your counselor’s door is closed or they are with another student, there is a waiting area and when they are ready they will come out and call you in. Don’t be afraid to talk to your counselor! They are there for you for whatever you need, unless it is out of their region of expertise.
by Anna Parrott
The job of counselors is to assist students with anything they need. Whether they are switching out classes or asking for advice on college, counselors are there to help. They offer guidance and can answer any question that is thrown at them. The counselors are located in the offices above the library and are available throughout the school day so their assistance is easily accessible.
One of the main responsibilities of the counselors is to take care of class schedules. Also, if a student is in a class they do not like, the counselors will do everything they can to switch the class out. Secondly, the counselors have guidelines and suggestions for each grade to help students do what they need to do and to get through the year successfully. Especifically for seniors, the counselors provide resources on financial aid and scholarships for college as well as internship opportunities to help seniors find their passion. A major aspect of the counseling department is providing information about testing such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and even AP tests so that students can easily have access to details. Counselors also check in on students who may not be completing all of the required courses for graduation or college to make sure that they are on
by Sara Willis
Forest is an app that will help you be more productive in your daily activities and keeps you off your phone so you can live a healthier lifestyle. It is only compatible with IOS devices that have the 8.0 update or later. The app was developed by Seekrtech and is sold by ShaoKan Pi for $1.99. There are in app purchases for two different amounts of “Sunshine Elixir”, which will triple you reward for either seven days or twenty one days. The current version is 3.28.1, which was updated August 27, 2017. Forest is designed to help customers avoid their phone and accomplish more in their daily lives. It is very simple to use and is visually appealing as well. This app is intended for people 12 and older who have a reason to concentrate and a phone to stay off of. The user selects an amount of time they want to concentrate for 10 and 120 minutes. The longer you concentrate the more coins you will receive to buy different types of plants and sounds. If you collect 2500 coins, you are able to plant a real tree. When the user selects a time between 10 and 20 minutes, they will plant a smaller plant. The size of the plant will be larger if you focus for more time. If the user leaves the app while a tree is growing, the tree will die and another tree will need to be planted. After planting the tree, ten seconds are given to cancel the growth of the plant. A total amount of time focused is given for each day and is planted in a forest with the trees that were successfully planted and the trees that were not able to grow. All the data is saved and can be arranged with different tags, such as study, work, social, rest entertainment, sport, or a custom label. Achievements are given for different milestones reached in the app, and coins are awarded to the customer. This app is simple to use and a walkthrough is provided when first opening the app. I personally use the app for concentrating on homework or household chores, but it can also be used to simply help keep someone off their phone and have a few minutes of downtime. This app is beneficial in many ways and will greatly improve your life for such a low price!