BEAT: Journalism

by Isabella Reed

This week I diverted my attention towards the counseling office and counselors in general. Since it is the beginning of the school year the counselors are being bombarded with students trying to switch their schedule around. I, myself, went up to counseling and asked one of the counselors for some college input and to sign up for one of the after school college courses they provide. There were not a lot of people signing up for that opportunity. Many students are still trying to make appointments at times when their assigned counselor is not busy.

I decided to think about what the counselors are currently going through. Mrs. Albrecht came to many different classes and gave us a presentation. She talked about different college issues and how we can get grants/student loans. The counselors have also been sending us text messages to remind us of the counseling events they are providing for us. We are able to get help for college admissions from them and we have a place to ask questions if we are ever confused about the transition to college.

Written Interview with Andrew Pappalardo

by Ashley Pacheco

  1. Do you like WHHS?


2 . Do you play a sport involved with school ?  

Yes, soccer

  1. Do you attend school dances ?    

No, not often

  1. Which dances do you plan on attending this year ?

If I were to go I’ d maybe attend  homecoming but definitely prom.

  1. Do you have good grades?

Yes, very good

  1. What’s your best grade as of right now?

A 95% in photo is my best grade.

  1. Do you like the school lunches?

Definitely NOT

  1. Are you the type of person that wants to get school over with or do you want to enjoy every second you can?

I honestly just want my high school year to be over with.

  1. Who’s you favorite teacher at school if you have one?

Mr. Carman

  1. What grade are you in?



By Sandiela Dimatulac

This week is one of excitement as we approach the first dance of the school year: Homecoming! This year’s theme is “When You Wish Upon a Homecoming,” if you could not tell from the numerous Disney themed murals made by ASB that are decorating the school’s walls and windows. Not only is our school adorned from wall to wall. We also have a Disney themed dress up week! The dress up days are MU Monday (College Day), Sleeping Beauties (PJs), Favorite Character, Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum (Twin Day), and Wilderness Explorer on Friday (Tourist Day).

The dance is set to take place in West Hills’ gym on Saturday, October 14th. Tickets are already on sale in the finance office for $15 with an ASB sticker and $20 without! You can also start voting for Homecoming King and Queen; the link is on ASB’s twitter and instagram. Don’t miss out on this night, you’ll regret it! Finally, if you’d like to support West Hills’ Clubs and show your school spirit, then don’t forget to come to the Varsity Football game against Steele Canyon at 7pm on Friday and check out the food and games that will be sold in the outdoor basketball courts!

Homecoming Week

by Taylor Hobbs

This Saturday, October 14th, is the homecoming dance it starts at 7pm and tickets will not be sold at the door. Since the dance is this week, the school will be holding many fun events. Friday we will have a double assembly schedule because of homecoming, this means that second period will start early at 8:07 and lunch will not be until 12:31. Everyday this week will be a different dress up day to show your spirit, Monday is MU Monday (college gear), Tuesday is sleeping beauties (PJ’s), Wednesday is favorite character, Thursday is tweedle dee & tweedle dum (twin day), and Friday is wilderness explorer (tourist day).

Wednesday is a minimum day schedule due to the juniors who will be taking the PSAT in order to prepare. First period will not start until 7:33 and fifth period ends at 11:08, sixth period ends at 11:49, and seventh period ends at 12:30. Also, Wednesday is financial aid night at the school from 6pm-8pm. If you want to find out more information about how to receive financial aid, make sure to attend the meeting.

BEAT: Library

by Alyssa Jenkins

This week is a huge for all seniors. There is a thing called a “Brag Packet” that all seniors are required to fill out in order to graduate. It is a packet that the Counselors gave to seniors and we are reaching the deadline. It is due by October 13th and  is to be completed and turned in online. The “Brag Packet” basically is to make sure that all seniors are cleared by parents to release student’s transcript, and to make sure that students are good on their community service hours. It is also for counselors to see where students are. This is one of the most important packets.


Today our own West Hills High School librarian gave me time to interview her today. Below are the questions and responses.

(1)Question: How long have you been a librarian for?

Answer: I have been a librarian for awhile.

(2)Question: What do you most enjoy about working at West Hills?

Answer: I enjoy the kids.

(3)Question: Does the library ever get a little bit too noisy during the day?

Answer: Yes! During lunch it gets very loud in here!

(4) Question: Why should the library always be quite?

Answer: Students are reading

(5) Question: What days are the library open?

Answer: Monday through Friday.

(6) Question: What was your favorite subjects at school?

Answer: English of course!

(7) Question: What’s your favorite book?

Answer: To kill a Mockingbird

(8) Question: Do you enjoy working at West Hills ?

Answer: Yes

(9) Question: What’s the most hectic time of the year and why?

Answer: The end because all of the students are turning in their books.

(10) Question: Do you know how many books are held in this library?

Answer: Definitely Not!

Brow Revolution

Over the hundreds of years, both men and women have expressed themselves through makeup, whether it’s a fun lip color, blush, eyes, and now brows. I recently watched the ‘100 years of brows’ on Allures youtube channel, and recommend if you are interested in the history!
Over the years there have been many icons that have shared their brows to the world and started brow revolutions, the current 2010 brow icon, is English Fashion Model, and Actress, Cara Delevingne, with her Power Bro movement. Women throughout the 21st century have kept their brows clean, and well manicured, while Cara has completely gone past that with a fun and bushy bold look. The more the better is her claim.
Personally, I have never done much to my brows, I have usually just waxed or tweezed them and that was about it, but now I am following the revolution and doing a bit of tricks myself. This following article will show you my brow routine!
I haven’t waxed my brows in about 3 months and now I am embracing my hairy brows, and emphasizing them a bit. I wanted to try some cheap drugstore products since I was new to doing my brows and wanted to experiment.
I have five products that I have been using which consist of gels, liners, and brushes! Yes, it seems like quite a lot but I definitely enjoy using them and love being apart of the Brow Revolution!
Here’s my EyeBrow Routine!
First I start off with brushing throughout my brows in an upward motion to make sure I have a good starting line of where I want my brows to be.
I then use the NYX Eyebrow powder pencil in the shade Auburn and fill in my brows, and then use the NYX Micro Brow pencil in the shade Ash Brown. (They are both very different colors, and I use them both because I do have different colored brows).
I brush through my brows once again to evenly make sure my color is spot on and looks a bit natural but very emphasized.
Then I will go in with a gel, to make sure my brows stay in place all day. I have been loving the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara in clear, which can be used for both brows and eyelashes. Or I will go in with the Rimmel ‘Brow This Way’ in Medium Brown if I want my brows to be a bit more emphasized.
That is all I do to my brows and look forward to being creative and trying new things!

  • Olivia DiSabatino

CYOA: Campus Survey

By Chloe Yeager

Favored Holiday?

Halloween 8
Christmas 17

Vans or Converse?

Vans 18
Converse 7

Winter or Summer?

Winter 18
Summer 9

Football or Fútbol?

Football 18
Soccer 8

HOCO or Formal?

Hoco 16
Formal 7


Photo Journal: Santee to Me

by Nicholas Webb

Santee is the place where I live. I eat, drink, sleep and indulge in this place. It’s not the biggest house on the block, but for the purposes it serves it works spectacularly. My mother and sister live here and enjoy life with me. I have a good life here.

It may not seem like anything from a glance but this is where I enjoyed the first many year of my life. Exploring these wooded areas. Being scared of rattlesnakes and exploring these parts made up a large part of my childhood and it felt to important not to incorporate.

This Ford escape doesn’t look like much but when I was christened with it in 2017. It was my greatest joy. It brought a whole new amount of variety into my life. So much exploration so many new people so much new life and flavor to my sometimes dismal life.

This is the YMCA in Santee. This place is my escape when life weights on me.  A place where I don’t have to think only indulge. A place of rebirth for me when days are rough. It’s been there and is unchanging. I hope it doesn’t change.

This picture is here to represent my love of music and how it affects my life. This picture was taken at probably the best night of my life. A concert where a band was performing entitled Royal Blood. The energy and the passion, everything about that night was perfect to me and reconfirmed my will to live.

Technical theatre has been a massive part of my life and I want to spend the rest of my life doing and it brings me joy and intrigues me. I am involved in theatre at West Hills, but also outside of school at local theatres like at Off Broadway Live and La mesa Lamplighters. I hope I can pursue it as a career one day.