By Alex Leggate
Working on cars can be very fun and a good use of time. My friend Tony Wylie is into working with cars so I talked to him about it. He has been working on them for a little less than a year because he started it in his auto body shop at Santana. In that class he got his welding certification and just finished a table that uses an engine as a base. He says that he wanted to take that class because his brothers were always working on cars and he wanted to be like them.
Cars were invented in 1886 by a German man named Karl Benz, the creator of Mercedes-Benz. Cars used to go super slow, be very hard to work on since no one had knowledge of how to do it, and that used to not be able to drive for very long. Now cars can go over 200 mph, drive for hours, and are easier to work on. People get into working on cars because they need to repair them, or because they like cars, or because they have grown up around mechanics and have always been around mechanics so it is part of their life.
To get into this hobby, you just need to have a car to work on, the correct tools, and a mind that is ready to learn. You can start with changing spark plugs, air filters, the oil, and burnt out bead lights. Never use the wrong tools because it can ruin your the tool, or even ruin your car, so you always have to make sure your tools fit. Also, when you start, or start doing complex things it is smart to have an experienced person watch over you to make sure you are not doing anything wrong.
By: Sophia Fakhouri
Hey Wolfpack! I decided to conduct an interview with a WHHS student so you can all get to know her a little more! I interviewed Makenna Garcia, a fellow friend of mine and a student here at WHHS.
Q: What grade are you in?
A: I am a freshman here at West Hills.
Q: What is your favorite subject?
I would say English, that class is definitely my strength.
Q: Who has been your favorite teacher?
Q: Do you play any sports?
I do not play any sports right now, but I do dance at Expression Dance Studio here in Santee.
Q: Are you in theater?
No, I am not.
Q: Involved in any clubs?
Yes! I am involved in one club right now and that is Key Club! I really like how it is not exclusive to West Hills. We go out in the community.
Q: What about organizations outside of school?
I am a part of the Worship Team at Pathways Community Church and dance like I mentioned before.
Q: What is your favorite activity to do outside of school?
Dancing is a huge passion of mine so that is something I look forward to after school.
Q: Do you have an idea of what you want to pursue in the future?
Right now, I have my eyes set on Nursing for my future career.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to incoming freshman?
Time management!! Also organization is key is so is staying on top of your homework, it will definitely pay off.
By Avila Ashland
I feel like the deadline to get all of your college requirements done is too soon. At that point in my life I was still unsure about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. If this deadline was pushed back, I would have had more time to decide. I’m still very happy to be staying here and going to community college, it’s still a great option, but I feel really left out when I hear about everyone and how they’re moving for college. I wish I would have had more time to choose to do so.
I don’t understand why it’s so hard for teens to get jobs. Someone please explain to me why employers think we are incapable. It saddens me to think I had to wait until I was 18 to get a job when I was perfectly capable of doing work at 16 or 17. I have been applying for jobs for 3 years on and off and right after I turned 18 I got hired at CVS. I want it to be easier for future generations to have jobs but I know that is not a possibility because robots are taking all of our jobs.
By Chloe Yeager
Name and grade?
Answer: Nate Stevenson, 11th grade
What sport(s) do you play?
Favorite thing to do in your free time?
Favorite class and why?
Answer:”Physics, because I like when I figure the complicated problems out.”
What do you plan to do after high school?
Answer:” Go to college and study mechanical engineering.”
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Answer:”Having a well paying job at 16 years old.”
Dream College and why?
Answer: “Auburn University because it’s a D1 college in Alabama.”
Any career plans?
Answer: “ I want to become a mechanical engineer and design cars or become an auto mechanic.”
What is your most embarrassing moment during high school?
Answer: “One time I said ‘pardon’ to a group of attractive girls at lunch as the new kid.”
1.What was the hardest thing about running for president of ASB?
I think the hardest thing is still yet to come and that’s going to be the time commitment and stress that will come with it.
2. What is one thing you’re hoping to change for next year?
I am going to try and get more students involved with the school and come to after school activities and show school spirit.
3. How do you feel about being a senior next year?
I am honestly in shock and it still doesn’t feel real that I’m already going to be a senior. I feel like I was just a freshman in Mr. Peterson’s class and now I’m going to graduate!! It’s just overwhelming and insane.
4..Are you going to graduation?
Yes, I have to go for ASB anyways, but I also am going to see all my senior friends.
5..Are you sad about your senior friends leaving?
Of course I am! ASB is not going to be the same without Cam and Kira and Kendall. I’m glad that they aren’t going too far away, but I’m going to miss seeing them everyday.
6. You are also involved in Class of 2019, how has this affected your school year?
Well, I’ve been in class since freshman year and this year by far is the most stressful due to prom venues and picking class shirts. I also am no longer able to hold a position in class due to being ASB president
7. How is prom planning coming along?
It is very stressful but I think our prom is going to be amazing due to all the amazing people in our club that are putting so much effort in it.
8. What is one thing you’re most looking forward to for next year?
Probably my parking spot that I get since I’m ASB president
9.What was your hardest class you took this year?
Honestly, Algebra 2 Honors was my biggest struggle, but a runner up would be APUSH.
10. What is one thing you recommend to upcoming juniors?
I would tell them not to slack off toward the end of the year because junior year is very crucial to college.
By Kayla Schoenborn
Week 1 of AP exams is over, including one for AP Psychology. There is some lingering evidence of final stretch and what looks like a Mother’s Day message on the ground outside Mr. Vanderhyde’s room written in chalk! One of our library aides who loves painting is transforming a giant cardboard box we got something delivered in this week into a mobile green screen option. It should be ready to test out next week! Also, log into Destiny to see if you have any fines to clear, as well as any school textbooks or library books you will need to return for the end of the year.
SENIORS! As you plan for graduation, remember you will have the opportunity to purchase your Chromebook for $20. Note Senior Chromebook Buying Days listed on the library twitter and website. Work on clearing any school fines before then. You will receive more info soon in English! A talented library aide recently created an out-of-this world display for our picture book collection. (see picture)
By Cameron Brooks
One of the most popular mobile phone game genres is the runner games. These are the apps that follow in the footsteps of Temple Run and Subway Surfers and it seems like half of everything that has ever been licensed, from Despicable Me to Sonic the Hedgehog, has its own runner game on the App Store or Google Play. Most of these games play very similarly to each other and do not offer much variety, but I find Spider Man Unlimited to be an exception in some ways. While most endless runners are endless, Spider Man Unlimited prefers to break the game up into stages which each contain mini levels where the main goal is to defeat a boss from the Spider Man universe. The main story describes how the Green Goblin was able to team up with the sinister six and open up a wormhole to other dimensions, allowing them to bring in clones of themselves from other dimensions to fight Spider Man. You play as Spider Man, unlocking your own dimensions and teaming up with other Spider Man clones to fight the sinister six. Because there are so many levels in the game (over 300 at the time of this review) there are consistently bad guys to fight and new areas to unlock and explore compared to other games, where you always play the same level hoping to go slightly further each time. This eliminates most of the monotony involved in the traditional runner games. Another element is the various enemy types you can encounter while running. These including flying enemies, ground enemies, and shielded enemies, and your attack´s effectiveness depends on which enemy you encounter. Flying enemies require jumping attacks, while shielded troops require kick attacks, etc. Once you begin running fairly fast it can be difficult to react quickly enough with the right moves while avoiding other obstacles and collecting the coins along the way making this game quite a challenge. However, the challenge is not enough to get under your skin and the game offers more variety compared to other runners, so overall, if you are a Spider Man or runner fan, I would recommend giving it a look.
By David Griffith
How is the school year gone on a scale of 1-10?
I would have to say a 7.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
Probably fighting off Senioritis.
Do you get along with all your peers?
Yes, everybody loves me!
What do you to do prepare yourself for tests?
Crying usually helps me.
Do you have any kind of special traditions before a test?
Studying all night.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Getting accepted into UC Davis.
What has been your biggest failure?
I don’t do failure.
Would you do it all again if you could?
Yes, I don’t want to graduate.
What are some things you would change?
I’m really not sure.
What are some things you wouldn’t change?
I had a good time in high school, I wouldn’t change a lot, if anything.
By Cameron Brooks
A ban on player protests in the NFL took place this Wednesday, proving that both Trump and the NFL owners don’t get it. Critics dismiss the players as anti – American with some, such as Trump, floating the idea of firing the protesting players. However, if you talk to any of the players involved in the protest, they will all say the same thing, being that they love this country and support those who serve and that they are protesting police brutality against minority communities. For some reason however, Trump and the republicans cannot seem to understand their basic, powerful message.