Varsity Basketball Questions

by Jayden Moreno

In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the varsity basketball team a couple of questions. The questions: why do they play, how long have they been playing and how do they maintain good grades so they can play. The first person I ask said he has been playing since 2nd grade and he plays because he loves the sport. This person also told me he keeps his grades good by putting school before basketball.

The second person said he has been playing since 6th grade and plays because he’s pretty good. This person said he keeps his grades good by always studying and doing his homework. The last person I ask said he has been playing since freshman year and is still playing because he ended up loving the game after his first year. He maintains his good grades by always studying and never missing an assignment.

Volleyball Update

by Devin Craig

The volleyball  match which occurred this weekend was intense. Our West Hills Wolf Pack played against Steele Canyon. West Hills brought outstanding defense to the table right out of the gate. In addition to their great defense, West Hills also delivered with their offense, making them an unstoppable force in all three sets.

However, Steele had some good moments too. They began the match trailing by 6 points. Their offense really stepped up their game and gathered the points they needed to throw it into a tie. West Hills, however; stood strong and countered all of their attacks. Steele proceeded to get beaten in every set.

Steele put up a good fight, but in the end it was West Hills that took the victory. I am eager to watch the next volleyball game and to write a review that includes as much good news.


College Apps

by Audrey Lechien

College application season is right around the corner and it’s time to start asking for letters of recommendation, writing essays, etc. If you are ever confused about what you’re supposed to do or need help on anything you can go to the counseling office to seek the help you need. One way counseling aids students is through the brag packet. this is how they can help students apply for scholarships and complete their letters of recommendation.
Included in this packet is information about the student. The following information includes your GPA, test scores, awards and community service from high school. The packet also includes information about the students future. For example, the packet prompts you to list your majors of interest and colleges you plan on applying to. For those who are not planning on going to a college it asks about the military branch or trade schools you may apply to. The brag packet is due Friday October 13th and is essential if you want to graduate.

Interview with Clayton

by Zion Reyes

Interview of Clayton Ellis

1 What specifically do you miss about Chris Houston?

I miss his weirdness; it really made cross country and track runs enjoyable.

2 What do you enjoy about cross country?

I enjoy the team, it’s more close knit than track is. I especially enjoy the pastapaloozas, which are pasta parties before every race.

3 What do you enjoy about academic league?

I like how good it feels to get the questions right.

4 What do you enjoy about track and field?

Compared to cross country, track and field shows you visible improvement since all of the races are exact distances, whereas cross country races are all arbitrarily set distances between 2 miles and 5ks which you can’t really accurately measure your improvement from

5 What do you dislike about sophomore year so far?

I dislike the AP World tests.

6 Why did you leave journalism?

I left because I wanted to complete other credits.

7 How do you plan to make varsity for cross country and track?

All I need to do is run faster.

8 Do you like your teachers?


9 What is different in high school from middle school?

Since there are so many students at this campus, I don’t have to deal with the same annoying people on a daily basis since I don’t have to see them all the time.

10 What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza.

Revenge of the Sith review

by Devin Craig

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is a cinematic masterpiece. The movie focuses on Anakin Skywalker, a young jedi knight, and his eventual fall to the darkside. Throughout the movie, you will see CGI everywhere, a centerpiece to this film. In addition, Star Wars continues to deliver beautiful soundtracks dedicated to the saga. As far as costumes and casting go, I believe that all of the cast looked exactly how I would imagine their characters looking. The only negative thing about this film is the lack of camera angles. I feel like George Lucas stuck to two simple camera angles throughout the whole film, but it could have been worse. The plot was long and unforgettable, delving deep into the lore of the Star Wars universe. Watching the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker is one of the most tragic stories in cinematography. I recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in beautiful and interesting sci fi universes. You won’t be disappointed. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

Interview with Derek

by Zion Reyes

Interview of Derek Tingey on the HOKA ONE ONE Race

For my beat this week I interviewed Derek Tingey about the recent HOKA ONE ONE Postal 2 Mile. Were you able to beat any rivals you have during the race? How did you prepare for the race beforehand? Did you get the result you were hoping for? The following are the answers he gave me in respective order.

Yes, I did beat some of my rivals. I got to beat the entire Grossmont team in my race, however; I didn’t beat my nemesis, Matt Machnov. I did my pre-race ritual the night before, but it is confidential. I also eat a banana before and listen to hype music. I was hoping to run a little faster, but I PR’d which is good.

Winter Sports

by Chloe Yeager

Out with the old and in with the new. The seasons are changing and Winter sports are beginning. Now we have Basketball, Wrestling, and Girls Water polo as the most popular. I have interviewed some wrestlers on their goals for the season coming up. Diane Baker says that she is ecstatic for the season to come and hopes that she will be able to make it to girls State the year. Senior, Ethan Yeager, is excited to see what takes place in his wrestling career this year at a new weight class and plans to make it to Masters again this year, as well as continue wrestling in college.

Basketball players are also excited for the season coming up. Pre-season has begun and players are currently suffering the morning practices. With hopes of making it to CIF this year it will be interesting to see what this season has in store for the West Hills boys and girls teams.

Student Survey

Student Survey

In this survey I asked various questions about our school rules and socialization. I started by asking students if they are more outgoing or introverted. It seems as if West Hills students prefer to put themselves out there more since more voted for “social”. Next, I asked the students if they could add any elective of their choice, what would they like to see on our campus. The majority voted for a cooking class which I agree with. I then asked if we had any bilingual kids on campus, it seems many students speak 2 languages, maybe even more. I know a student’s favorite part about school is the food so I thought I could ask what was the best snack we provide on campus. Hot cheetos won the round, which are my personal favorite as well. Lastly, I asked about the fairly recent school change we had starting in August instead of September. It seems that students much rather prefer having a longer summer than starting early.