Girls Cross Country

by Taylor Gomez

Have you ever questioned why someone would sign up for cross country? According to Makynzie Floyd, girls varsity runner, “cross country makes you push yourself to levels you’d otherwise not push yourself to, and that teaches you a lot. “  Girls cross country was off to a rough start, but soon started to pick up the pace… so to speak. Makynzie said, “we lost our first couple of dual meets, and it’s not that our team is bad because we’re not, it’s just that the other teams we’ve faced have been so unbelievably good. We used those meets as a warm- up, and then did really well at the invitationals.”

Both girls and boys cross country teams practice everyday for an average of an hour and a half. Makynzie says, “ some practices we only run about 2 miles, but other practices we can run up to 8 miles, it all depends on the day and our coach’s mood.” When asked about the teams’ pre-race routine, she answered, “that’s my favorite part about being a part of the team; the night before races both the girls and boys team go to someone’s house where they host a pasta party, it’s so fun!” Makynzie says that the relationships you make being a part of such a demanding sport are some of the strongest friendships she has. She says, “sure, when you see the same people everyday for a couple of months you either grow to hate them or love them, but struggling with someone, pushing through with someone, and being inspired by someone truly gives you so much respect for that person that it’s almost impossible not to be super close with them.” The next big thing on the team’s agenda is kicking butt in CIF’s!!!      

Campus Poll

by Taylor Hobbs

I surveyed twenty-three people that attend West Hills High School about the dress code on our campus. In conclusion, all of the females who were asked claimed that the dress code was unfair. On the other hand, the males were either neutral or they believed that it was fair. The Majority of the people who were asked these questions were seniors. All in all, I believe that the females think that it is more unfair than the males because they receive the punishment more often.

When asked how/ if the dress code affects you, the results tended to differ. Sixteen out of twenty-three people interviewed said that they had been dresscoded more than two times, which leads me to believe that they were girls. All but three people said that if they had the option to change they would. Finally, the last question asked was, “Do you allow the dress code to alter how you dress for school?”, fourteen people said no, five said yes, and four said sometimes. Ultimately, I do not think that the dress code is taken as seriously and the staff believes and either needs to be changed or enforced.

NYX vs. Dior

by Sandiela Dimatulac

It is not hard to admit that the world of beauty has evolved a great amount in the last 10 years. From differing techniques to revolutionary new products, makeup is constantly changing as the years go by. A recent observation I made is that makeup from the drugstore has recently been competing with high-end makeup from stores like Sephora. This is quite the convenience for makeup lovers on a budget who may not have the money to splurge on $30 lipgloss.

Speaking of $30 lipgloss, I recently tried Dior’s Addict Ultra-Gloss in the shade “Mirrored,” and was extremely pleased with the way it made my lips look. I don’t regret buying it at all, but at the same time I also question if it was worth the $30 when I have a perfectly fine NYX lipgloss sitting at home that cost me $5. I decided to conduct an experiment with different components that would allow me to decide whether or not the purchase was worth it.

First, I tested the overall look of the two lipglosses. I realized that even with the price difference, I still preferred the Ultra-Gloss more because of the tiny micro-glitters that looked so beautiful when worn. It also gave my lips a plumping effect that the NYX does not. The NYX lipgloss is just a plain, clear gloss which I don’t mind, but don’t view as mind blowing either. For this test, I’d have to say that Dior wins.

Next, I tested the comfort of wear and wear time between the two lipglosses. The NYX lipgloss was only somewhat gloppy, but didn’t bother me much. I would say the same for the Dior as well. Additionally, the NYX and Dior also seemed to have the same amount of wear time, with the Dior leaving a little more of a stained glitter look. I concluded that it was a tie between the two.

Lastly, I weighed my thoughts by considering extra information such as price and packaging. Obviously the Dior Ultra-Gloss wins in the packaging category because the NYX gloss just looks cheap. But for a $5 lipgloss, I would say that NYX would have to win in the price category for such a nice product at a good price.

All in all, I would say that the Dior lipgloss is worth the splurge, but the NYX lipgloss is a good alternative for those who are on a budget. I’d give them both a tie for their respective prices and quality.

Beat – 9/1

by Chloe Yeager

The start of the Arts! We have an amazing Arts program here at West Hills. Here is a little about our theater and choir programs.

In theater, the behind the scenes portion of the production is part of the reason the show runs so beautifully. This week our backstage crew has been learning all the rules of safety to acknowledge when running the show. The actresses/actors are working on perfecting their ensembles in order to prepare for the show.

West Hills choir is also an amazing way to show how talented the students at West Hills are. Recently our choir participated in a Foreigner competition on Tuesday performing Mr.Blue sky. Unfortunately our choir had some tough competition and did not come in first but earned a $500 reward for being voted top five in the competition. Currently our choir is preparing an arrangement of songs to perform at the winter concert coming soon.

Beat 9/1

by Carly Bockstahler

On August 29th there is a choir concert in Chula Vista. There are going to be five different choir organizations. We are all going to perform on stage for a cash reward of 2,000 dollars. If we win we are going to perform with the famous, well-known band Foreigner.

The choir organization is having a winter concert at West Hills. The concert is planned to happen on the first of December. Though the West Hills High School choir organization is trying to push the date to December 14th. This is one of the biggest events for West Hills Performing Arts.

Although Rielly Mock is not as involved in choir as the other two candidates she still has some insight. There are going to be numerous fundraisers to helps raise money for the organization. Following the winter concert by a few months, there will be a spring concert also at West Hills. At the end of the choir year, the whole class gets to go to Disneyland to perform. She is not aware of the dates in when these events are happening, but as soon as she knows, she will inform me.

Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation Review

by Sandiela


The Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation claims to have the coverage of a concealer but the look of a liquid foundation and weightlessness of a powder, while maintaining a flawless look for 12 hours. The stick’s innovative formula allows the foundation to sink into the skin seamlessly by adjusting to an individual’s body temperature. The unconventional triangular shape allows the user to precisely contour and highlight with this versatile product. There shade range comes in many different skin tones.

My Review

The Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation launched in August of 2016. You can purchase this foundation in Hourglass’ online store, Sephora, and other retailers. I have been using the Vanish Stick for months now and have formulated many opinions on it. I would definitely say that the claimed wear time is accurate, and on a good day I can get the Vanish Stick to last for up to 16 hours on me before it disappears. Since I have a normal to oily skin type, this was unexpected (usually oily skin will break down product faster than dry and normal skin).

Prior to purchasing the foundation, I had watched many videos to find out what other people thought about it since I didn’t want to spend $46 on something that would not be worth it. After deciding to buy it, I fell in love with it after my first time using it. The full coverage lives up to the internet’s hype, and it is as weightless as the company claims it is. The foundation also provided an excellent base for the rest of my makeup and I noticed a significant improvement in both the application and wear time of it. But, I really wanted to put this product to the test.

First, I took a picture with the back camera of my iPhone to test the flashback. There ended up not being any and the finish looked beautiful in pictures. You couldn’t see any of my acne scars, under eye circles or redness/hyperpigmentation. I also wore the foundation for 20 hours once to test the wear time. Around the 16 hour mark it started to wear off, but that is still 4 hours over the projected wear time.

I’d say that the overall finish is a dewy to natural, which means that it has some elements of luminosity to it, but not enough to make you look like an oily light bulb. Since the finish has elements of dew to it, I’d recommend people with more dry to normal skin to use it (even though it is compatible with my oily to normal skin).

My last few thoughts are this: I don’t think there are any cons to this foundation besides the price. Although I think it is worth it, not everyone has the money to buy a $46 foundation that only comes with .25oz of product (the rule of thumb for foundation is usually 1 full oz). But if you have the money to splurge, I would highly encourage it, because you barely need any product to achieve a high coverage look. Almost everything I stated above was a pro, and I think everyone knows what the final verdict is. My final opinion is that everyone who has the money to buy this foundation should, because there’s nothing else quite like it.

CYOA – 9/8

by Chloe Yeager

Answers courtesy of Diane Baker (2020)

  • What was the biggest change from freshman to sophomore year?
  • ” My athletic ability grew.”

What is your favorite class, with who, and why?

  • “English, with Ms. Worth, because she is super real, she makes you work hard, she doesn’t let you slack off, and she pushes you to your academic limits.”
  • What is your favorite sport, why?
  • “Wrestling, because it takes a lot of hard work so a lot of the people who wrestle are dedicated, and the team has a family atmosphere.”
  • Do you play any sports?
  • ”I wrestle.”
  • How  does it feel being one of the only girls on the wrestling team?
  • ”It’s intimidating, but encouraging because it’s uncommon. It’s exciting, yet scary because you have a spotlight on you and you know people are waiting for you to fail because you’re a girl. “
  • Do you attended any of the school events?
  • ”Football games, wrestling tournaments, and pep rallies.”
  • What is your favorite school activity to attend?
  • ”Football games, because they are very school spirited.”
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
  • ”I love to read and skateboard”
  • What are your goals for yourself?
  • ”I would like to get straight A’s all year, graduate high school, go into the military, go to college at UCLA, and go to cosmetology school.”
  • Do you have any animals?
  • “ I have 2 snakes, 12 gecos, a scorpion, 2 birds, a bearded dragon, an alligator lizard, 2 chameleons, 3 dogs, a beta fish, and a hedgehog.”