By Avila Ashland
I think strongly that students need more help and guidance when it comes to preparing for college. In my personal experience I felt really lost on how I should go about making the next step of my life happen. I think there should be classes and training available to fully elaborate to students how to navigate signing up for college and why it’s so important. Being comfortable and confident in where you’re going is a key to success when wrapping up high school. So why is help not so readily available to us? Guidance is needed to help us succeed. 100
By Skye Finnestad
The movie, I Feel Pretty is based on a woman who suffers from insecurity and always wanting to be a part of social beauty standards. One day she wishes to be beautiful and the next day she feels beautiful! The move outlines how her life changes when she feels secure and confident in herself. Amy Schumer, the main character, undergoes crazy character development during her phase of confidence. The relationships in her life change drastically, she is offered many more opportunities in the workplace, she is catching more attention from dudes she never thought she would get. Some of the change is for the better and some is for the worse. This movie was really good because it genuinely captured what it means to feel insecure in today’s day and age. They did a wonderful job executing what it feels like to be insecure and how the world feels when you’re insecure. The movie, however, did receive backlash from more of the women audience than expected. Women who are more overweight, women of color, and a few more, all complained about how Amy Schumer does not know the struggle because she isn’t overweight, she’s blonde, she’s already pretty, and she makes good money. However, this just goes to show that many more women than we expect actually deal with insecurity issues as well. This movie showed how confidence can make you beautiful in ways no one can really understand until they experience it. I loved this movie and the message it held, and I believe that everyone should see it when they have the chance.
As the school year comes to an end so do the sports. Most of the sports have by now had their senior nights and have most likely given out all their awards (spring sports are finishing up). I, being a senior, will never again have the opportunity to be on a high school sports team. I hope my siblings and all incoming freshman tryout for sports because it is an activity that will help shape you as a person and help you to make lifelong friendships. I know my time on the West Hills tennis team is not something I will soon forget. I am excited to move on with the rest of my life, but I am saddened by the fact I have to leave my team mates behind.
By Avila Ashland
West Hills offers many sports giving students opportunities to work with others on a team and grow physically and mentally. I interviewed a former soccer player, John Draney, and he shared with me the ups and downs of playing a sport in high school.
Playing on a team, you make many good relationships with people because you’re all working hard together with a common goal and the same interests. The competitiveness of it offers a challenge that is always pushing you to work to be your best. Staying in a sport also keeps you in shape while having fun. It was also reported that staying in a sport while managing school can be a bit of a struggle. Managing time is a big part of playing a sport because you still have to fit in all your school work to make sure you’re eligible to play on the team. Especially at the end of a long practice you often want to just go home and nap, but you have to stay committed to school and get all your work done. Playing a sport in high school is a big commitment, but overall it is a great experience where you bond with others and learn life lessons.
By Katie Willoughby
I interviewed Emily, she is a student at West Hills. Emily is a well rounded honor roll student.
Katie: Where did you grow up and how did it affect you today?
Emily : I grew up in El Cajon and it made me into the person I am today.
Katie: What is your GPA?
Emily: a 4.0.
Katie: How do you feel it has impacted your life?
Emily: It has made me into a great student with a great work ethic.
Katie: What do you think the most challenging thing will be when it comes to keeping your 4.0?
Emily: I think the most challenging part is balancing my social life with school.
Katie: You have had a 4.0 your entire high school career right?
Katie: Do you feel it is rewarding?
Emily: It’s rewarding because I am very proud of it.
Katie: What’s the most challenging subject for you?
Emily: I think math is challenging but I get through it.
Katie: What is your favorite thing about school?
Emily: My friends.
Katie: What advice would you give to future students at WHHS?
Emily: Do your work and don’t listen to what other people say.
Katie: Are you excited to graduate?
Emily: I am so excited to move on to the next stage of my life but I am also nervous.
By Avila Ashland
I’m going be giving up Chick-Fil-A for this week since it’s something I have multiple times a week and fast food is a luxury that many of people don’t have.
I really was fine today, I didn’t crave Chick-FIl-A at all since I had it yesterday and I didn’t feel as if it affected me in any way.
I didn’t notice a difference in myself today either. I ate at work so I wasn’t hungry for the rest of the day.
My boyfriend worked today and I really wanted to go in to visit him, but I didn’t because I knew I’d want the food even more.
I wanted Chick-Fil-A really bad today and my free medium fry expired so I’m upset.
I still want Chick-Fil-A, but I know I’ll make it through the day considering there’s only one day left.
In my time of fasting Chick-FIl-A I learned that having such a strong craving for fast food all the time is probably unhealthy. Some of my frustrations were that opportunities like coupons for free went by and not being able to visit my boyfriend at work made me sad. I would definitely say that it got worse as the week went on considering the longer I went without it the more I craved it. I learned that I’m too attached to Chick-FIl-A.
After going a week without eating my favorite food I was thrilled to go have it again after school today. I think it’s interesting how often I crave it and it definitely does hold some kind of power over my life. It bothers me how often I eat it considering it’s a fast food and it’s not good for me. Though after not having it for a week it was just a fun thing to be able to go have again. I do think we take many things in life for granted and that being able to go pick up a quick and hot ready meal is a luxury.
By Star Gaylord
For my torturous week, I decided to give up sugary drinks. I made this decision because I thought that this would improve my life by making me healthier. It is important to me because sugary drinks are really bad for your body. Much of the time, the sugary drinks I have are a source of energy for me. I inferred that my day-to-day would change because I would be drinking a lot more water instead of juices and soda. My biggest concern was not being able to get going in the mornings.
Well, I started the week off pretty strong for the first day. I did not have any sugary drinks. I only drank water. However, on Sunday, when I got to work, my boss had a Starbucks coffee waiting for me and I couldn’t say no! Therefore, the second day was a fail. After this slip up, I was able to stick with my plan for the rest of the week with the exception of a iced green tea from Starbucks before my game on Monday. Tuesday, I only drank water. I was really thirsty so I drank three Hydroflasks of water. Wednesday I drank 2 Hydroflasks full of water. Thursday was the final day of this challenge and I finished strong with only drinking water.
I am surprised by how well I did (not counting the 2 Starbucks) with the challenge. I was able to substitute all of the drinks I normally consumed (like coffee, tea, and juice) to water. This made me feel better physically and mentally. I felt stronger and healthier. Instead of relying on a sugary drink to get me going in the mornings, I got up five minutes earlier and had breakfast which got me going even better than coffee. Nobody in my life but me was affected by this challenge. Actually, almost nobody knew I was doing it! This challenge was a great experience for me and helped me realize how easy it is to make little lifestyle choices that make you feel so good!
By Avila Ashland
There are many perks that come along with being active and involved in school sports and activities here at West Hills. One special thing we do at our sports events is senior night. Senior night is when all the seniors that are playing in that particular sport are honored for their time at their last game. This is done by having their family come, speeches are given, and posters are made. This is a fun way to say thank you and good bye to the seniors by giving them a special night dedicated to them. So if you’re a senior make sure you keep working hard and persevering in whatever sports you’re participating in, so your senior night will be that much more special.
By Skye Finnestad
Do not miss the JV and Varsity Tennis match against Mount Miguel March 6 at 3:30pm. In addition, JV boys volleyball is at 4:30 and varsity is at 5:30. This will be a home game against Liberty Church. If you’re interested in dodgeball, the signups will be March 7th at lunch. Furthermore, varsity baseball plays against Montgomery at 3:30, which is also a home game. On March 8th, JV and varsity tennis play at West Hills against El Capitan at 3:30. Finally, varsity baseball game against Helix High School is at 3:30.