Thrift Shopping

By D’vir  Mona

Carlos’s hobby is thrift shopping. In Carlos’s eyes thrift shopping is bringing clothes back to life, giving them new meaning, recycling. He loves thrift shopping because everything is always so cheap, and he never leaves without something he loved in his hands. His mother brought him to his first Goodwill when he was very young and he really only shopped there for clothes always after that. He’s always looking for the steals any thrift shop has to offer.

    I found that many thrift related business do very well in the US. First,  because they don’t sell their own or produce their own clothes, therefore they are stocked up by people not wanting clothes,  which saves money. Second, the prices are much cheaper than a regular retail store, so they attract wide attention. Reverend Edgar J. Helms created Goodwill in 1902 in Boston, MA. From one store in Massachusetts, this franchise has grown to thousands of stores all of the U.S. People love it because it’s the opportunity to buy clothes, without the high prices!

    To get into this hobby, just stop going to retail stores so much! Take a visit to your local Goodwill or no-name thrift store and buy yourself some very nice, inexpensive clothes. There isn’t much to study except for knowing what stores you’ve liked before, and remember them so you can return to them.


By Alex Leggate

What is your name, age, and grade? Nathan Jones, 17, and Junior.

Do you play any sports? I play football and I played baseball freshman year.

What posistion do you play? I play center, I am the one that Snaps the ball.

Which team are you on? I am on varsity this year, and I was last year.

How did you last season go? It was good except I sprained my ankle so Alex Leggate had to play center for a couple games.
Are you excited for this upcoming season? Very, I am excited to hopefully bring home the league championship.

Who is going to be your biggest contender? Monte Vista by far.

Which game are you looking forward to most? The Mayors Cup. This year it is a league game so even more in on the line.

How is the team looking? Good, we had a couple key players graduate, but we have the right people filling their spots.

How is the line looking? Good, we have more kids filling their spots.


By  Sarah Shields

A very trendy hobby nowadays is gardening. Summer is just around the corner so planting would be a great hobby to take up. An enthusiast I interviewed for this is my dear friend Meghan. She has a love for gardening and I asked her why and she said it’s just fascinating to plant  and help it grow and watch it develop over time knowing you’re the reason for that development. She became involved after seeing many gardening pages online that inspired her to make her own garden. It doesn’t take much time or effort to grow a garden. On the website www. Local history. Org it shows the history of the hobby of gardening. The earliest Gardens were used for practical reasons such as herbs or vegetables. When Man became civilized an upper class emerged with the Leisure to enjoy purely decorative Gardens. People love garden nowadays for reasons of growing their own fruits vegetables hurts or flowers for a pretty sight.

Sophia BEAT

By Sophia Fakhouri

Often times you can find answers to all of your school related questions on Google; it is convenient, user-friendly, and gives you many sources to choose from. But what if you are searching for a piece written by a scholar, a professor, or an Academic Journal that is peer reviewed, this is where Google can falls short. Popular search engines, like Bing and Google, may include sources that are not accredited or trustworthy, especially for a school paper. Thanks to Miss Sannwald, that problem is solved. On the West Hills Library website, she has kindly provided students with online databases that can be extremely useful for research papers.
My personal favorite database is EBSCO Host; this search engine contains a myriad of Academic Journals, articles, and excerpts pertaining to any subject. Whether you are researching social injustice or the science behind genetic disorders, EBSCO has your back. Out of all my research papers I have composed throughout my high school years, the ones containing evidence from EBSCO Host were the most profound.
You can add different tags or descriptive words to find the most accurate article for your subject of interest, which I find convenient. In addition, if you are not on school grounds, but would still like to utilize this resource the username is grossmontu and the password is welcome. I hope you found this article helpful for your future research and I encourage all students to take advantage of this valuable resource.

Performing Arts Beat

By Isabella Reed

The performing arts program at West Hills is super talented. The students are very passionate and hardworking, especially when a play is going to be presented. “The teacher Mrs. Edwards is a great teacher and fun to be around”, said students that are taking theater. There are different levels of theater you can take. You can take beginning or advanced and I believe another type. Much is work put into these plays and productions. It can take students a long time to prepare everything.

When you think of a play, you think of the people that are on stage playing a role, but not only are there actors and actresses, there are people in the background that are just as important. The people in charge of lighting, props, and  sound. Without them the play wouldn’t have the amazing outcome is would. Normally plays take a couple (or more) months to perfect. You start off with the auditions, which I imagine would be hard because there are so many talented kids at West Hills. The endless hours of rehearsal and memorizing the script. It’s all worth it in the end.

Wayne’s World

By David Griffith

Wayne’s World is a comedy film from the year 1991, starring Mike Myers as the main character as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, and starring Rob Lowe as Benjamin. Wayne and Garth run a cable access show in Wayne’s basement appropriately titled Wayne’s World. Rob Lowe’s character Benjamin is a big shot TV producer and wants to buy the rights to Wayne’s World so he can exploit it to its full potential. Hilarity ensues.

Personally, I find Wayne’s World to be very entertaining. I think a lot of the humor is very high school level, which I appreciate. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey have a rich history together on SNL, so they work well together. Rob Lowe also makes a great sleazeball, as probably influenced by his real life. Some jokes are a little too corny but that’s fine.

I would definitely give Wayne’s World a watch if you have not seen it already. It’s excellent. Although not appropriate for all ages, it is a timeless classic. 9/10.

Interview CYOA

By Anna Parrott 

With graduation very quickly approaching, I wanted to know what thought another senior was having about the upcoming event and the future to come. The following interview is of a male student who wishes to remain anonymous but was eager to share his opinions.

Q: Are you excited for graduation?
A: Yes, I’m so excited! I’ve been counting down the days for the past month.
Q: How many of your family members will be attending graduation?
A:10, I think.
Q: What are you plans after graduation?
A: I will be attending UCSD to major in marine biology.
Q: Are you working over the summer?
A: I have an internship at the Birch Aquarium.
Q: What do you have to do in preparation for graduation?
A: I still haven’t sent out my announcements and I really should have done it last week.
Q: Are you being acknowledged at senior award night?
A: Yes, I got a couple scholarships.
Q: What was your favorite part of senior year?
A: Just being a senior has been my favorite part. Knowing that I’ve spent 4 years at West Hills and that I’m moving on after this.
Q: What was your least favorite part?
A: My senioritis is so bad!
Q: What are you looking forward to in the future?
A: I’m definitely looking forward to my college experience and making new friends.
Q: Will you miss high school at all?
A: I think I will miss seeing my friends every day, but I won’t miss school itself.

AP Testing

By Anna Parrott

One important aspect of senior year is considering taking AP classes. These courses are much more rigorous but the pay-off is tremendous. Not only do AP classes better prepare you for the intensity of college, but you can also get college credit for that course if you pass the AP test. That is amazing because you will not have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for that same class at your university. Also, you could potentially graduate early from college if you have enough credits already taken care of.

However, if you’ve never taken an AP test before, there are a few things you should know and consider beforehand. For instance, it’s important to know that each individual AP test costs around $90. This sounds like a lot but fee waivers are available if you cannot afford the price. Additionally, AP tests take place on school days and can range anywhere from 2-4 hours long depending on the course and can be in the morning or afternoon so you do not have to worry about going to school on that day. It is crucial to study  before the test and to get plenty of rest the day before. From personal experience of taking several AP tests throughout my years in high school, I can say that they are great opportunities to challenge yourself academically and to help prepare for your future.


By Chloe Yeager

Most people have hobbies but this one is not the most common. Diane Baker a 16 year old Sophomore at West Hills is on the wrestling team and is most often found at practice whether that be high school season or off season. She is really dedicated to this sport and her dedication has paid off by being able to claim her title as first girl to go to State in West Hills history, so I decided to ask her a few questions.

First, a little background on wrestling, wrestling was originally found in French Babylonian cave drawings but the Greeks created it to train their soldiers for the brutal combat they were going to endure. After the Greeks were defeated by the Romans the Romans took the idea and removed all the brutality from it to create an entertainment source. Greeks still wanted to keep the traditional aspect which is where Greco-Roman wrestling comes from. There are actually 8 different types of wrestling approved by Fila. Folk ( high school), Freestyle (college), Greco-Roman, Mixed Martial Arts or Grappling wrestling, Oil wrestling (Turkish), Beach wrestling, Sambo (Soviet Union), and Pankration, along with many more that are not approved by Fila. Wrestling is a really easy way to get involved and meet other students because teams consist of about 13 wrestlers and you compete with other teams around the same size. Wrestling’s popularity has increased because it is a great workout, it’s fun, challenging, and entertaining.

The sport is kind of expensive though. The initial cost and mandatory items are shoes, headgear, and a hair cap (if you have long hair). Shoes typically range from $45-$100+, head gear $20-$40, and a hair cap is about $30. So all together the cost is around $150 to $200.