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Midnight Madness

Midnight Madness

Kimberly Baldarrago, staff writer

November 14, 2012


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West Ranch boy’s Varsity basketball team held a successful night last Friday, “Midnight Madness”, to start off the new basketball season. The night started off by the introduction of the girls Varsity Basketball team and then the foothill champs, the boy varsity team. After, the head coach Shant...

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor offers scares to last the night

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor offers scares to last the night

Michelle Ngan, Section Editor

November 2, 2012


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Alright, confession time: I am a wuss when it comes to scary things. I quiver at the opening sequence of horror movies and am the person who hides her face behind a pillow during what other people consider the best parts. So, naturally, going to Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor in Long Beach on a Saturday...

Halloween Costumes

November 1, 2012


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Student Spotlight: Ria Perera

Student Spotlight: Ria Perera

Sarah Dixon and Ashlyn Matheus, Features Editors

October 19, 2012


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For many people, Halloween is the ultimate day to throw late-night parties, stock up on candy, frighten the neighbors, and dress up as their favorite characters and icons. But there is one West Ranch student who is truly dedicated to the spooky holiday. Senior Ria Perera, goes above and beyond...

Too Much Noise, Too Much Damage

Too Much Noise, Too Much Damage

Michelle Ngan, Section Editor

October 18, 2012


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All of us listen to music, mostly on our iPods or iPhones. But did you know that 80 percent of people listen to music too loudly? The main reason: background noise. In an interview to Science Daily, Dr. Brian Fligor, an audiologist and Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Children's Hospital...

Major Businesses Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Major Businesses Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Amanda Jordan, Features Staff Writer

October 16, 2012


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As October begins, many corporations raise money and recognition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. By sporting or selling pink products, businesses everywhere are able to show their support for a disease that has killed about 39,510 women in the United States. It all began in 1992, when Estee...

Happy Birthday, John Lennon

Happy Birthday, John Lennon

Ryan Mancini, Opinions Editor

October 9, 2012


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Today would mark the 72nd birthday of the late musician John Lennon. More than three decades after his death, his music, legacy, and quest for peace live on through his children, Julian and Sean Lennon, and widow Yoko Ono. Born in Liverpool, England in 1940, Lennon became fascinated with music as a...

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Scott Hoppes, News Writer

October 9, 2012


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Caution tape surrounds a display of a variety of books that have either been banned or have attempted to be banned at one point. On the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, people all around the nation remember their right to read the book they would like. The American Library Association tries to bring...

The Void, an Insanely Difficult PC Game

Alex Riviera, freelance writer

September 25, 2012


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The Void is a very difficult first person action-adventure game in which you take the role of a lost soul who has found his way into a purgatory-like place where your spirit lacks the colors necessary to survive. What makes the game so complicated is the way you must obtain color, how you process...

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Leff

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Leff

Michelle Ngan, A&E Editor

September 19, 2012


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As the school year begins, so do the music programs at West Ranch. As Director of Jazz Band, Mr. Brian Leff is preparing the band for another great year of music from the students. “[I want to] make sure that the students are getting a well-rounded education in jazz,” Mr. Leff said. He has...

West Ranch’s very own EDU Africa

West Ranch’s very own EDU Africa

Sarah Dixon, Features Editor, Copy Editor

September 19, 2012


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If you want to help struggling schools in Africa and make a difference in a child’s life, then West Ranch’s very own EDU Africa may be the perfect club for you. EDU Africa meets every other Wednesday at lunch in Mr. Oliver’s classroom, room 406. The club’s main goal is to fundraise for Mohammed...

Mrs. Asplund, Our New Assistant Principal

Mrs. Asplund, Our New Assistant Principal

Eunice Hong, Features writer

September 18, 2012


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Last year, West Ranch High School received sad news that Mrs. Warren, our old assistant principal, would be retiring. But with every ending comes a new beginning, and this year West Ranch received news that the new assistant principal, Mrs. Asplund, would take her place. Having great experience...

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