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PLAYING THE CLASSICS: Bryan Huang ‘24 (left), Matthew Zhang ‘24 (middle) and Tarun Subramanian ‘24 (right) perform Bach’s double violin concerto on April 27 during lunch. The group of musicians plans to perform more in the future.

WHS students perform for music therapy concert

May 22, 2023

On April 27, during lunch in room 31M, Matthew Zhang ‘24 hosted a music therapy concert for LEAP students, playing calming and therapeutic music. Zhang performed alongside four other musicians Tarun...

Remembering Wesley Welling

Remembering Wesley Welling

Makenna Norman, Alyssa Rice, and Vivian Stein May 12, 2023

On April 18, 2023, WHS lost a beloved freshman on campus, Wesley Welling ‘26 — a bright student, kind friend, selfless individual and caring brother and son. “He was such a sweet kid,” said...

A NEW WORLD: Mario gazes into the Mushroom Kingdom after he is transported into a new world through a portal underground. The Mushroom Kingdom, home of Peach and Toad, provides safety and comfort as Mario fights to defeat Bowser.

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros Movie Review

Kalia Bell, Staff Writer April 26, 2023

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros has been a classic video game since it was released in 1985. Impacting generations of video games enthusiasts, it quickly developed into one of the most famous video games...

Unrealistic standards in children shows

Unrealistic standards in children shows

Sydney Elias, Featured columnist April 18, 2023

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, The Little Mermaid, and Hannah Montana seem to only have one thing in common: they are children’s movies. While this is true, they have more in common than what first...

A restroom is a place of rest  — not at WHS

A restroom is a place of rest — not at WHS

Shane Douglas, Sports Section Editor March 30, 2023

A restroom is a place of rest. It is a place where individuals are able to relax, no longer worrying about any stress that has built up throughout the busy day. It acts as a safe haven from life's harsh...

CONSEQUENCES TO WILDLIFE: Some animals expected to be impacted by Project Willow are artic foxes, bald eagles, musk oxen, polar bears, reindeer, sea otters and many more.

Project Willow affects Alaskan communities

Jocelyn Glick, Social Media Editor March 27, 2023

A proposal known as the Willow Project made by ConocoPhillips, a countrywide petroleum refinery, in August 2021 has the potential to lead the world into an environmental disaster that risks the biodiversity...

STORED FOR SPRING:  Snowpacks on Mount Rose Highway in Nevada have multiple layers of snow tightly compacted on top of each other. As the snow melts in spring, the runoff creates a vital source of water for many.

Heavy rain increases California’s water storage

Laura Teegarden, Staff Writer March 24, 2023

During the first three months of 2023, California saw what was predicted to be a ‘dry winter’ turn into heavy rainfall, storms and flooding. As storms move around the state, 40 of the 58 counties in...

CURRICULUM GETS POLARIZED: Governor Ron DeSantis and other politicians continue to debate school curriculum standards as elections loom closer.

College Board revises AP African Studies Curriculum

Sania Gali, Social Media Editor March 24, 2023

In mid-February, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida threatened to cut ties with the College Board over the new AP African Studies curriculum. The move came after Republican conservatives in Florida opposed...

Personal Meditation: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

Personal Meditation: “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

westlakearrow March 20, 2023

by Zoe Curtis Thump. Slosh. Crack. Crunch. A cacophony of sounds replays as I trudge up the mountain. My boots are caked with cracked mud and dried droplets of river water stain my knees, calcifying...

NOT SO NUTRITIOUS: Popular foods among teens often include unhealthy options such as hamburgers, fries, tacos and sodas. Delivery services can bring these foods from restaurants to students in a number of minutes.

WHS adopts new food delivery policy

Vivian Stein, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 15, 2023

Principal Jason Branham sent out a digital Weekly Warrior Update on Feb. 12, 2023 informing students, parents and guardians that food delivery services are no longer allowed on campus. Branham stated...

GUILTY AS CHARGED: The WHS mock trial team accepts the third place award at the 2023 Ventura County Mock Trial Competition award ceremony after seven rounds of competition.

WHS Mock Trial team ranks third in Ventura County

Makenna Norman, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 8, 2023

The annual Ventura County Mock Trial Competition took place Feb. 6–9 at the Ventura County Courthouse. WHS’s Mock Trial team competed against 26 other high school teams and took home five individual...

PLANT POWER: Poppies, the California state flower, blooms from April to June. The native plant tends to thrive in mild humidity and warm temperatures. Similar to poppies, mustard weed can be spotted throughout California, but its effects are detrimental. This invasive plant inhibits the growth of many native plant species

Native plants contribute to prospering environment

Lanza Peretti, Staff Writer February 27, 2023

Over many centuries, urbanization has pushed native wildlife out and brought invasive plants in, permanently damaging the environment. This issue can also be seen with California's wildlife. For example,...

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