Conservative Club

by Devin Craig

Conservative club is a a club that discusses conservative viewpoints with its members and newcomers. Each and every week they gather and make their opinions known in a safe environment. This week in conservative club members discussed the matter of gun control. The discussion was brought up due to the tragic events in Florida. Their debate stretched through most of the club and the members were very adamant about their positions on the matter. In addition they had a speech about how the public school system is a failure and that we’d all be better off if the Department of Education was destroyed. As they were with gun control, all the members had a very specific and passionate view on the subject. Overall Conservative club seems to be a very active and productive club.


Clubs at West Hills

by Audrey Lechien

West Hills High School offers many clubs to their students. A few include KEY club, Asian club, and Best Buddies. There is something for everyone. Clubs are a way for students to express themselves, connect with other students and even help the community. All clubs are held at lunch and many of them are advertised over the morning announcements or showcased in the Club Drive which was this Thursday, February 22.

Many students that I know at West Hills are involved in clubs such as seniors Brittany Woods and Kendall Cady. Brittany runs the Badminton club along with Bri Tursellino, Devin Diffey  and Emma Gibbs. When I asked what they did in badminton club Brittany said “We have tournaments every Monday in the gym and we promote happiness”. I also talked to Kendall Cady who is part of KEY club, Spirit club and class of 2018. “I enjoy participating in clubs on campus because it is a weekly chance to make new friends, have fun and help our community” Kendall stated.


App Review:Canva

by Skye Finnestad

“Canva” is an app that allows you to use templates for any layout you desire or any topic you wish to discuss. They have a ton of templates you can choose from and edit to your own perfection. There are layouts for Instagram posts, Facebook posts and timelines, Twitter timelines, Youtube productions, and many more. You can choose what colors or pictures you want to put in your template, and which font types, sizes, placement, and colors. The pros of this app are that it always saves your work in a file, done or not. You can also use any template size and layout you want, and you can choose from what seems like hundreds of them. It gives you a wide variety of layouts and template sizes. The cons are that in order to receive certain benefits from the app you have pay monthly.  If I had to rate this app on a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give it 5 stars. This app is absolutely amazing user friendly and is practically cost free. Everyone should give this app a try if they like having nice posts.

Homeless and Hunger Awareness Club

by Gianna Creighton

Homeless and Hunger Awareness club is one of the Friday clubs that meets in room S9. The club is run by Maxim Matkovski and Ilan Matkovski is the vice president. The goal of the club is to deliver useful products to homeless people who are in need and who are living on the streets. The club has done many drives at local food centers that allow members of the club to volunteer. The club also hopes to educate students on their responsibility to help homeless people.

Growing Minds club is one of the Thursday clubs that meets on campus. The club takes place in room A4 and the president is Olivia DiSabatino. The goal of the club is to educate students on the different types of mental diseases that plague everyday students. Every month the club chooses a different mental disorder to study. The club is open to all students of West Hills and will accept anyone who wants to join.

Atheist Club

by Cameron Brooks

This week I  visited atheist club which meets in S11 every Wednesday at lunch. Although the name implies that it is a club for atheists. Christian, Catholic, and Mormon’s are members as well. It is better described as a religion club that discusses religious ideals with presentations and debates as to why people believe certain things. The club is run by junior student, Derek Tingey, who hopes to create several deep discussions for both sides of the religious argument to consider. Most days begin with Derek or another member stating the main subject of the week and  a short powerpoint presentation to help present his ideas. The club members then give their opinions on the topic and discuss them. This discussion will usually leads to some debates and fairly deep conversation about certain aspects of religion or atheism.

Spring Sports: Tennis Plus

by Skye Finnestad

This week we only have a couple of games and events! To start the week off  we have a boys JV and varsity tennis match against Santana here on campus, Tuesday February 20 at 3:30. That same day the airbands talent show rehearsal at 5pm. Then we have the airbands talent show cast call from 3:30 to 5:30 on Wednesday February 21. To end sports activities this upcoming week, we have another boys JV and varsity tennis match against Patrick Henry on Thursday February 22 at 3:30. Don’t miss out on these fun ways to come support the Pack!

Swim Beat

by Avila Ashland

West Hills offers many different selections in extra-curricular activities. The sports that students choose to participate in and work hard in, shows much about these students and our school as a whole. One very popular sport is swim. Swim is an extremely physically demanding sport like many others. But being part of a sport in high school offers more challenges than just physical. The swim team members that I spoke with all came to a general consensus that it can be very hard to balance with school work, having a job, and maintaining a social life. Though they all believe the friendships you make are amazing. Being part of a team sport offers a great sense of community and that it also helps them keep themselves accountable. Overall being part of a sport here can be loads of fun, but make sure you are up for the physical and mental challenges.

Diggy Dog App Review

by Skye Finnestad

“Diggy Dog” is a game about a dog digging to find treasures in his owner’s backyard. You can dig as deep you want as long as you don’t lose energy down in the ground or starve to death. You earn rewards for finding collections of treasure and you can sell your treasures for some quick cash. There are also missions you can complete for rewards. If you need food or dynamite, you can go to the shop and find it there. This game is very fun, but it does have some annoying features. The dog gets hungry way to quickly which stunts missions and treasure discover because you have to go above land to feed him. The dog also uses energy so quickly you can only play for a short periods of time and you have to let him recharge for two hours. You also have the chance to play as other dogs, but you have to pay for them. Overall the game is really fun, but it needs some changes. I’d rate it a 3 out of 5 stars because although it’s entertaining, improvements need to be made.

Student Poll

by Katie Willoughby

How many classes do you have 5 – 15 6- 10
What grade are you in 11- 9 12- 16
How old are you 16- 10 17- 15
What is your favorite Class math- 4 English- 2
What period do you start 1 – 15 2- 10

I asked 25 people an array of questions that vary in types. I asked people how many classes they have and most have 15 classes. I asked what grade people were in and they were mainly in 12th grade because most of my classes are with seniors . Most of the people I asked were 17. Most people I asked said their favorite class was English because nobody likes math. Most people start first period and most people had 5 classes.


by Katie Willoughby

Basketball was created in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. The game became well known quickly and grew very popular as the 20th century progressed. First in America and then throughout the world. After basketball became established in American colleges, the professional game followed. The American National Basketball Association (NBA) established in 1946 grew to a multibillion-dollar company by the end of the century and basketball became an important part of American culture. Basketball is an important sport at West Hills our teams have won numerous awards and have a great reputation among other high school teams. Right now the girls basketball season is in play and will end the 16th of February.