CYOA: Things to do Before you Finish Senior Year

By Sophia Fakhouri

After being in high school for four years, I am positive the majority of seniors are eager to leave and begin their new chapter of life and adulthood, especially once they know where they are attending college/vocational school. Senior year is incredibly important in the sense that you are preparing to enter adulthood. There are many deadlines to be aware of, resources to take advantage of, and activities to participate in. Hence, I compiled a list of things to do after you have chosen your future school and before you graduate:
First, invest in a planner so you can mark the numerous important deadlines and stay organized!

Make FAFSA a priority! Even if you do not think you will get any financial aid, based off of your family’s income, FAFSA is how you can access direct federal loans, which have less interest than bank loans, and work study, where you can work on campus to pay for college.

Become familiar with the school you have committed to, especially if it is nearby, take advantage of that and explore the campus.
Get in touch with current students that are attending your future college. It is helpful when you establish connections early on.
Apply for as many scholarships as you can! Although you can apply to nation wide scholarships, try focusing on local scholarships specific to Santee, San Diego, Grossmont District, etc., you will have a better chance of receiving it. Also avidly check the WHHS scholarship page where there are a myriad of scholarships you can apply for.

Lastly, enjoy your last year here at West Hills and spend time with your friends, while you can, before some have to depart for college, and embrace the light highschool workload before you have to take on the heavy college work.

CYOA – Interview:Ryan Clark

By Alyssa Jenkins

1. What is your name?
Ryan Clark

2. What grade are you in?
12th grade

3. Do you know what senioritis is?
Yes, I know what that is.

4. Do you have senioritis?
Yes, I have been diagnosed with senioritis.

5. What is your favorite part of senior year so far?
My favorite part has been my senior football season.

6. What is your least favorite part of senior year so far?
My least favorite part was having to take economics.

7. What advice do you have to give juniors going into senior year?
Make sure you pick easy classes. You won’t regret it.

8. What is the easiest and the hardest part of senior year?
The easiest part are the easy classes I took and the hardest part is trying to figure out what is next in life.

9. Are you going to prom?
I am not sure if I am going to prom yet.

10. Are you going to participate in senior ditch day and go to grad night?
Yes, I will be participating in senior ditch day and no I will not be going to grad night.

Clash of Clans 2018

By Cameron Brooks

Most people remember Clash of Clans as one of the most popular breakout games on the app store about four and a half years ago. It was consistently the top grossing app for the week and almost everyone played the game it seemed. As with most phone games, it ran its course and lasted about two and a half years while still remaining popular, a commendable amount of time considering its a free to play iphone game. However, while its popularity may not be what it once was, the game is still alive and well and has had several updates that add so many new mechanics. It looks like an updated sequel compared to the 2014 version of the game. Back then farming for loot, gold, and elixir was a pain and many people complained that it took way too long to find a base to attack that contained what they deem to be an adequate amount of loot. Supercell, the developers, must have listened, as they made the amount of loot you find for each raid higher and dead bases with full gold mines and elixir collectors are also much more prevalent. Additionally,  they added what is known as a loot cart, which is basically a wagon that contains a certain amount of gold, elixir, and dark elixir for you to collect at your village after you are raided, giving you a certain percentage of the loot you lost back. They also answered the age old question of ¨Will they ever give you a boat to explore the water?¨ The developers included a boat that you can use to travel to a whole other village where you can use special troops and attack people live, Clash Royale style. They also introduced a mechanic called clan games, where members of a clan attempt to complete challenges given to them in order to earn points for the clan. If the clan earns enough points collectively, everyone is rewarded with a boatload of loot and special items. Overall, this updated version of the game is much better than the previous versions and is keeping the game alive. It is still a top 10 grossing app.


Interview with Lauren Lines

By Audrey Lechien

  1. What is your name and what grade are you in ?

Lauren Lines and I am in 12th grade.

  1. How many AP classes are you taking?

I am taking 2: AP Government and literature.

  1. Out of those 2 classes how many AP tests are you taking?

I am only taking the gov test.

  1. Why aren’t you taking the Literature exam?

Because I don’t think I’ll pass. I took the AP lang test last year and didn’t pass. These tests are similar.

  1. How are you preparing for the test you are taking?

I am going to some of the review session that Mr. Cambou holds so I can practice taking an AP style test.

  1. Are you caught up with all the work in that class?

No, I need to go back and finish my unit notes and FRQ’s which will probably help me to study too.

  1. Do you think you’ll be able to pass this exam?

I’m not sure because history is not my best subject but if I study and really put in the  effort I could possibly get a 3.

  1. What is your biggest concern about the exam?

I am scared that the question style will be much harder than what we usually see on our unit tests.


Interview with Max Matkovski

By Gianna Creighton

How long have you been in ASB?

I have been in ASB for four years

What is your favorite part of being in ASB?

I like being active with the school and putting on events for my fellow students.

What college did you plan on attending?

University of Pennsylvania  or Stanford

What is your favorite subject?

I like math because it comes easy for me.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of school?

I like to play tennis and hangout with my friends.

What profession would you like to go into?

I want to be some sort of doctor.

What is the best memory you have from West Hills?

My best memory I have from West Hills is going to Disneyland each year with ASB.

What is your favorite type of food?

My favorite type of food is Mexican food.

Why did you choose to do ASB?

I chose to be in ASB because I wanted to be more active in the school and have more say in what goes on at school.

What is your favorite color?

Blue, because it brings out my eyes.


The Last Jedi Movie Review

By Devin Craig

Star Wars is a franchise loved by many throughout all generations. The saga has existed since 1977 and has been a smash hit since then. The newest installment, The Last Jedi, is an excellent Star Wars movie, however, it has  its ups and downs.

First, I will discuss the high points of this film. The cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen from movies in the last decade. Every camera angle is suited perfectly for the situation that the characters are in. The second highlight of this film is the action. There isn’t much action in this movie compared to some of the other movies, but when it’s there, it will blow your mind away.

Now for the lows. I was not a fan of some of the new characters that were introduced. For example, the new character Rose, is a poor attempt to throw a secondary plot into the story. In fact, the part of the movie that she is involved in could literally be taken out of the movie and it would have no impact on the story whatsoever. As a Star Wars fan, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing a new piece of work added to this amazing universe. I enjoyed pretty much everything about this movie and I would rate it a 8 out of 10.


Interview CYOA Katie Willoughby

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?

Emily: correct.

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.

Giving Up Cookies

By Gianna Creighton

I am going without cookies for the week because I have them almost everyday at school from the snack cart. The item is like a little dessert to me in the middle of the day and improves my life because I look forward to it everyday. Cookies are important to me because they make my day twenty times better. My biggest concerns about giving it up is that I am going to have to eat healthy for the week because I will not have it. My biggest adjustment is going to be avoiding the temptation at lunch to go to the cart. The food that will probably take the place of cookies will be more chocolate.

On the first day of giving up the cookies my mom had bought all the ingredients to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and I had to tell her not to make them because I actually would have eaten five. The second day I did not really notice that I had not eaten any cookies because I had such a busy day. The third day my brother brought home the frosted powder cookies from his banquet and he had a whole box of them. It took all my willpower not to eat one. The fourth day was by far the hardest because I had my soccer banquet and the dessert was Costco cookies so I had to control myself the most with that. The last day I was just thinking about the cookies I would be able to have the next day.  

Giving up cookies for the week was probably for the best. I ended up eating healthier than I would any other week. I also think I had more temptations to eat cookies during the week I gave them up than I would any other normal week. I think I needed the separation from the cookies because now I don’t eat them as much as I usually do.


My Torturous Week

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

I wanted Chick-Fil-A really bad today and my free medium fry expired so I’m upset.

Day 5

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.

My Torturous Week: Sugary Drinks

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!