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Vaping Epidemic has Started to Take Lives

Vaping Epidemic has Started to Take Lives

Reya Mehta, Staff Member

October 18, 2019

   Recently, the vaping epidemic that has been spreading across the country like wildfire has taken a turn for the worse.     As of October, there have been more than 1,000 cases of vaping-related injuries and at least 24 deaths, according to CNN.    The life-threatening ailments come ...

ACT Changes Allow Students to Retake the Test for a Higher Score More Easily

ACT Changes Allow Students to Retake the Test for a Higher Score More Easily

Lauren Guss, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

  Beginning in September of 2020, the ACT will become much easier to retake for a higher score.    Officials at ACT (American College Testing) announced on Oct. 1 that they have changed a few aspects of this standardized test, which include being able to only retake one out of the five sections t...

Wildcats Get Ready to Rock and Roll!

Wildcats Get Ready to Rock and Roll!

Alexa Empleo and Cynthia Rahman

October 8, 2019

On Sept. 13, Wildcats filled the gym for the Rock-and-Roll-themed homecoming rally. Hosted by ASB students Eric Abrahamian, Brandon Arana, Hannah Sullivan and Kayla Halbertstam , the mood of the event demonstrated the excitement for not only the homecoming dance but for the football game later in the d...

Dorian sweeps destruction across Northwest Bahamas, Southeastern US and Atlantic Canada

September 30, 2019

   On Sept. 9, a post-tropical storm moved from the Bahamas up to Canada. A mid-latitude weather changed the features of cold seas, allowing the hurricane to take form.       As the hurricane continued to strike Canada from Sept. 7 to 8, 400,000 were left without power. In the Bahamas, the death toll remains at 50, and many bodies have st...

West Ranch gloriously defeats Royal High School at homecoming game

West Ranch gloriously defeats Royal High School at homecoming game

Gaby Lesmana, Mia Ouyang, Jessica Son, and Emily Yoon

September 26, 2019

  On Sept. 13, the cheers of the student body filled the stadium as the football team ran onto the field. That night, the arena seemed to be teeming with even more excitement as students got ready for the homecoming football game, which ended with a score of 44-21.     With the Wildcats up against Royal, ev...

Goats on Campus: How a Few Animals can Provide Students With Mental Help

Goats on Campus: How a Few Animals can Provide Students With Mental Help

Quynn Lubs, Opinions Editor

September 19, 2019

   At lunchtime on Sept. 10, students at West Ranch left their 5th period classes to be greeted by a stunning surprise brought by the Wellness Center. In the grass area underneath the new Wildcat mural, there stood two tents, shading three goats from the sun.     Many students were shocked, confused a...

Club Rush Day Leads to a New Wave of Opportunities

Club Rush Day Leads to a New Wave of Opportunities

Lauren Guss, Alyssa Chang, and Jasmine Wongphatarakul

September 17, 2019

   Students rushing around upper campus, flyers flying out of club presidents’ hands, the dream of being a part of something bigger than themselves in young pupils’ eyes.    On Sept. 4, West Ranch clubs set up booths in the upper campus as students hurried to try to sign up for clubs in th...

Saving Our Oceans One Straw at a Time: How Reusable Straws Have Changed Our Generation

Saving Our Oceans One Straw at a Time: How Reusable Straws Have Changed Our Generation

Lauren Guss, Staff Writer

September 12, 2019

   A video was posted online in Aug. 2015 featuring marine biologist Christine Figgener removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nose. However, we only seem to be considering this now due to the lack of previous media coverage.     Why have we ignored this momentous video for so long?  ...

Shift of the Student Section Leads to a More Immersive Football Game Experience

Shift of the Student Section Leads to a More Immersive Football Game Experience

Lauren Guss, Staff Writer

September 10, 2019

   For the past 14 years, the student section at our home varsity football games has been on the far left side of the bleachers. Why, all of a sudden, was this area moved to the far right?    The switch first went into effect on August 23. For so many years has the student section been in its signa...

The Burrito Bowl

The Burrito Bowl

Chika Winston and Jaeeun Park

September 9, 2019

   On Aug. 21, the tenth annual Burrito Bowl was held at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.     All the football teams in the Hart district, as well as their cheerleaders, were there to compete for a $2000 check from the WISH foundation. Attendees were able to enter a raffle for gift card p...

The Amazon Rain Forest, the Most Important Ecosystem on Earth, Has Been Under Constant Inferno the Last Few Weeks

The Amazon Rain Forest, the Most Important Ecosystem on Earth, Has Been Under Constant Inferno the Last Few Weeks

Lauren Guss, Alyssa Chang, and Mia Ouyang

September 9, 2019

    One would think that if the most important ecosystems on Earth was burning for three weeks, it would be a major alert to millions of people. This was unfortunately not the case for the Amazon rain forest, which supplies the world with 20 percent of the world’s oxygen according to CNN. The Am...

Beauty is Pain is Hunger: The Eating Disorder Community on Tumblr

Beauty is Pain is Hunger: The Eating Disorder Community on Tumblr

Mia Ouyang, Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

   About a year ago, I had stumbled onto a website bluntly named “MyProAna,” where a forum was discussing what their favorite “thinspo” photos were. They were using that term, “thinspo,” to describe anything that spurred them to keep losing weight, and it lead to the gaping black hole t...

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