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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.

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.

How to Hobby: Modeling

By Audrey Lechien

A particular hobby that has become more popular and more accessible is modeling, which I do myself. I enjoy modeling because I’m able to create art and express myself while also connecting with others. I became involved through portrait photography and Instagram. Modeling can take up as much time as you want it to. A photoshoot takes anywhere from 15 minutes to a full day. You can use Instagram to connect with photographers or other models and sometimes there are organized meetups in person. My advice for anyone trying to get involved with modeling is to face your fears and don’t be afraid of the camera.

Modeling has been around for a while but it used to refer to posing for portraits. But then cameras came around and people started to model as we know it today. Fashion modeling took over mannequins displaying clothes and this is when it became a job. Once people were making jobs out of it; modeling agencies started opening up. Although modeling is still considered a career today, many call it a hobby and create art just for fun. The evolution of modeling happened mainly because of social media. This is what makes it so easy for anyone to get into it.

How you get into modeling is how you would get into any other hobby; you start somewhere and get practice and exposure. Some people may find themselves to be naturals at posing, for others it may take more effort. In order to be a good model, you need confidence. You can build confidence by posing in the mirror and studying other models. However, the best way to improve is by getting out there and shooting with photographers.  Once again, you can use social media to connect with photographers and set up shoots.


How to Hobby: Chess

By Cameron Brooks

One of the oldest and most popular hobbies around the world is chess. From Asia to Europe to America, it remains one of the most widely played games. There is a chess club at our school, with its president being chess enthusiast Shane Johnson. When interviewing him, he stated that he first began playing at around the age of ten and immediately enjoyed the challenge involved in such an intellectual game. While there is no set amount of time he spends practicing, he attempts to get a game in with some friends every other day and at least once a week in chess club. He says that he started the club to have some tournaments at the school where all experienced or inexperienced chess players can come and enjoy the game.

Chess is one of the oldest games around today, with a very similar game being developed in India during the Gupta Empire in the 5th century. The game spread through the use of the silk road and was introduced to Europe sometime around the 9th century, where it began to morph into the game we know today. Modern chess was  developed in 1475 in southern Europe. The game became very popular during the mid to late 19th century with the first world chess tournament being held in 1886. The level of tournaments and popularity of the game grew during the late 19th to early 20th century, so much so that Tsar Nicholas of Russia became a chess grandmaster. Since the first tournament in 1886, there have been continual world chess tournaments, as well as, the development of other national and local tournaments.

The hobby is simple to get into as all it requires is a chessboard and a setoff pieces, which you can buy for as little as ten dollars for a a plastic set. It may also be helpful to have a friend or family member who is an experienced player who can play with you and teach the rules and strategies that go along with the game. Most people do not spend much time practicing chess. It is a hobby which can be done at any time and does not require much of a time commitment. A game can last for as little as twenty or thirty minutes. People mainly improve by playing a wide variety of players while adjusting to different people´s play style or by joining a class for beginners. Although most simply learn over time or by playing people on various websites where you can play a computer which can be adjusted to your skill level. Either way is an effective introduction to a fun hobby with a long history to go along with it.


ETHAS: Mr. Carman

By Star Gaylord

As a student it is really easy to think of your teachers as just that, teachers. It is really easy to not think of or even realize that they are in fact real people. So, to learn that every teacher has a story, I interviewed Mr. Carman. I asked Mr. Carman questions that ranged from asking about teaching, to hobbies, and to his family.

How many years have you been teaching?

20 years

What subjects do you teach?

U.S. History and American Government

What made you want to become a teacher?

I wanted to be a baseball coach so it led to me teaching.

What is your favorite grade to teach?

Juniors are my favorite.

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?

Chicken shawarma pita

What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?

Go golfing or watching football

What is your favorite sports to watch? To play?

Football, baseball and basketball to watch, golf to play

When you’re having a bad day, what will always make it better?

A nap- a wake up with a fresh perspective

How old are your children?

4 and 6

Do you have a favorite child?

I do not have a favorite. I love them both equally

What is something you are looking forward to experiencing with them/watching them do as they grow up?

Watching them follow their passion.

Who is the funniest person you can think of?

Chris Rock, Mr. Burgess

What is your favorite season?

Summer then fall

What is your dream vacation?

Somewhere it is warm and there’s water

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do with the money?

Quit teaching and contact my financial advisor

I learned much about Mr. Carman and how he is as a person rather than just seeing him as my teacher. I think that it is crazy to think about how all the people in your life and around you aren’t there to just fill up your life. They all have their own families and feelings and hobbies that they enjoy doing. If you ever have a chance to get to know the people around you a little better, especially your teachers, I strongly encourage you to do it!