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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...

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...

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...

HEIGHTENED DOWNFALL: The Chinese spy balloon was shot down by American F-22 Raptor fighter plane off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, 2023.

Foreign surveillance sparks public outrage

Grace Hefner, News Section Editor February 24, 2023

A U.S. fighter plane shot down a Chinese high–altitude balloon on Feb. 4, 2023 after the balloon was spotted orbiting in North American airspace, resulting in public outrage from Americans over the threat...

UC graduate student strike ends

UC graduate student strike ends

westlakearrow January 31, 2023

Written by Chenya Kwon The best laid plans of UCs and UC strikers often go awry.  That was the case for the UC graduate student strikes that occurred throughout the final months of 2022. Though...

Elon Musk gains ownership of Twitter

Elon Musk gains ownership of Twitter

Sydney Elias, Social Media Editor December 15, 2022

On Oct. 27, 2022 Elon Musk finally sealed the deal. The billionaire took over one of the world’s largest social media networks, Twitter, paying a total of about $44 billion for full ownership of the...

INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHINA GROWS: Protests and vigils grow outside of the Chinese Consulate in Toronto in support of the protestors arrested in China.

Protests erupt in China over ‘Zero COVID-19’ policy

Sania Gali, Social Media Editor December 9, 2022

On Nov. 28 2022, protests erupted from Shanghai to Beijing over China’s ‘Zero COVID-19 Policy’. The policy has come under controversy since the COVID-19 pandemic occurred in 2022 with China being...

Trump announces 2024 presidential campaign

Trump announces 2024 presidential campaign

Makenna Norman, Co-Editor-in-Chief December 6, 2022

On Nov. 15, 2022, former President Donald Trump announced that he will be running as a candidate in the 2024 presidential election.  “In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight...

MARCHING FOR PRIDE: Peaceful rally participants marching through Mexico City during an LGBTQ+ Pride Parade.

Social changes take place across North America

Sydney Elias, Featured columnist December 1, 2022

On Oct. 26, 2022, same-sex marriage was officially made legal throughout all of Mexico. Although the Supreme Court declared state laws preventing same-sex marriage unconstitutional in 2015, some states...

WHS re-evaluates Warrior mascot

WHS re-evaluates Warrior mascot

Sania Gali and Summer Nichols November 10, 2022

During the start of the 2022–23 school year, WHS has taken steps to re–evaluate the school mascot, specifically regarding its affiliation with Native American culture. Faculty and staff members have...

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