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Celebrating the Queen of Coding for Women’s History Month: Ada Lovelace

By Thu Nguyen   Ada Lovelace, or formally known as Ada King, countess of Lovelace, was born in 1815 and lived until 1852. She was raised by her mother, Lady Annabella Milbanke Byron, and received formal education in mathematics – which was unusual for women at the time. She was an associate of Charles Babbage,…

Freaking Out About College? How to Start!

Freaking Out About College? How to Start! By Celine Nguyen and Han Nguyen   College applications are over and admission letters are rolling in. Many seniors already know where they are going, and others are still debating. As a senior myself reflecting back on this year, I can only marvel at how much more college…

OCAD takes first!

by Alan Pham After many, many months of grueling training and hard work, the Westminster OCAD (Orange County Academic Decathlon) Team has finally done it! The team won first place in the OCAD Super Quiz, a feat that has not been accomplished from our decathletes in 7 years. Not only did they take first in…

National School Walkout

National School Walkout by Diana Truong On February 14, 2018, 17 innocent lives were taken away. The Parkland school shooting has prompted a loud message; demanding new gun laws. A month has passed since the tragic incident, and schools hosted the #NationalSchoolWalkout day in part to tribute and protest. On March 14, 2018, students across…

Freshmen Passport to Success

By Huy Tran On October 13th, 2017, Westminster High School held its annual Freshman Passport to Success. Parents were eager to know what freshmen need to do in order to succeed over the course of their 4 years of high school. Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a daunting task, but this meeting…

Blade Runner 2049 Review

By Robin Nguyen Blade Runner 2049 manages to show everyone how a sequel is supposed to be made, and Denis Villeneuve shows his genius once again. After directing the Oscar-nominated movie, Arrival, Villeneuve goes into an even darker and grittier route with Blade Runner 2049. In original Blade Runner (1982), replicant humans have been integrated…

MERITS Board Interview

By Alan Pham It’s a brand new school year, and along with that comes a slew of both old and new clubs! Featured this month is the MERITS (Math Education Resources Integrated with Technology and Science) club, which is “the only club on campus that incorporates the STEM field in service, socializing, and learning” Paul...

Sleep Deprivation: Can’t Rise, Can’t Shine

By Katelyn Nguyen No more sleep for me. Nothing really mattress now. Sleeping is the dream. Just a haiku expressing the deepest concern of the average high school student: sleep or more accurately, our extensive lack of sleep. Can you remember the last time you had a sufficient amount of sleep? I can. Wednesday, October…

Sherlock Holmes and the Hidden Costs of Public Education

By Katelyn Nguyen According to a press statement released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, “education is a fundamental human right [which] promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits.” In America, we have a “right to education” with every single state within the nation mandating K-12 education. However, as…

Student Apathy: Change to a Pathetic System

By Katelyn Nguyen “Ugh, I don’t want to be at school anymore.” I am willing to bet that just about every single high school student will say this phrase or a variation of it at least once within their high school career. Whether it be because you absolutely loathe a certain class, you are caught…

Club Rush 2017

By Diana Truong Each and every year, Westminster High School hosts Club Rush week. Club Rush is designed to help students get involved in different organizations on campus. Westminster High School offers a variety of clubs such as Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club, Black Student Union, Key Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, etc. This year,…

A Humorous Revival: Night of the Living Beauty Pageant

Night of the Living Beauty Pageant By Grace Chan If I told you there was a play called “Night of The Living Beauty Pageant”, what would be your first reaction? Some would say that the title’s a mouthful of ridiculousness. Some would believe it’s about mystery, fantasy, horror, and possibly a little bit of murder….

Good Eats: HONEYMEE

Don’t Worry- Bee Happy! Pulling up to HONEYMEE, the first thing you are likely to notice is the sleek environment. The shop is small, but not cramped, with six tables of varying lengths. Its walls are chalkboard black and one side is lined with shelves holding board games. Panels of colorful options and signs advertising…

Senior Unfiltered Advice

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What is the WHS Pawprint?

By The Pawprint Team The Newspaper Club is the voice of the students. We aim to provide a platform for high schoolers to freely express their ideas and opinions in a safe environment. Articles range from spotlights on lesser-known clubs to huge school-related events and dances all the way to the discussion of real-world events…

Spotlights On 2017-2018’s Gen. 5

By Grace Chan Lights, camera, and a five-six-seven-eight! Practicing for three weeks since the bustling Club Rush, Westminster High School’s talented students bust out choreography ranging from hip-hop to ballet to any other groovy moves you can think of. You might recognize these talented performers from last year’s rallies or that one group of kids…

Musically March Your Heart Out

By Han Pham Music enriches our lives. Like magic, it connects cultures to a common language that anyone can innately comprehend. Through music, we reconnect with the essential emotions that makes us human: love, happiness, grief, sorrow. Students in the Westminster Entertainment Unit feel exactly that: the magic of music, while performing. “When I march,…

Westminster Seniors and the Race Against the (College App) Clock

By Nina Ho While underclassmen and juniors were busy learning in their respective classes, seniors worked on their college applications on campus November 14, 2017. This day marked the first annual College Day for graduating seniors from Westminster High School. About 700 seniors excitedly filed into the gymnasium to take one of the final steps…

Pick Me, Pick Me!: Fountain Valley’s College Fair Night

By Grace Chan You would think watching a large hoard of high school seniors, their parents, and other authorities file into Fountain Valley High School’s toasty gymnasium and cafeteria would be chaotic. Look no further! On the chaotic evening of Wednesday, November 8, Fountain Valley High School held a college fair night for all high…

The Record We Never Wanted to Break

  Only a year and 3 months after the Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub, the title of the biggest and deadliest mass shooting by an individual in the United States, was taken on October 1, 2017.   Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old white man, opened fire on concert goers attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival,…

Striving for Success in the Second Semester

By Nina Ho It is almost the end of the first semester, and finals season is upon Westminster students. In a week, students will be focused on starting off the new semester with good grades and better habits. In Student Life, we are giving you some tips in order to survive the rest of the…

Club of the Month: Smash Club

January Club of the Month: Smash Club By Alan Pham At WHS, diversity is present in both academic classes and extracurricular activities. There is a multitude of extracurricular activities offered at WHS, all of which present unique opportunities for members. Super Smash Bros. Club, established last year, offers a very different type of experience than…

“Lady Bird” – More than Meets the Beak

 “Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ is one of 2017’s funniest and most moving” By Robin Nguyen I went in with big expectations for Lady Bird (2017). Not only was this movie Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, but it broke records by maintaining a Rotten Tomatoes record of 100% for the highest number of “Fresh” reviews. Before the…

Lions v. Panthers: Westminster’s Homecoming Game

By Michelle Dang The Westminster Lions managed to pull ahead once again in another home game, despite a formidable opponent in the Orange High School Panthers. In spite of the less than ideal weather on the chilly Autumn night, Boswell bleachers were filled with students and families buzzing with school pride. Even the Homecoming Court…

A Party…But With A Ferris Wheel

By Diana Truong On October 28th and 29th of 2017, I attended my first ever Camp Flog Gnaw. Camp Flog Gnaw is a carnival based music festival invented by Tyler the Creator. Tyler the Creator is the leader and co-founder of the rap collective, Odd Future. Not only does Tyler rap, he produces, designs, and…

Halloween

By Thiery Nguyen The time of year where monsters roam the sidewalks has come again, and no it is not the first day of school; It is Halloween! Before you go dressing up as Pennywise and start scaring some elementary schoolers, you might want to know where it all started and why we are even…

Club Rush

Each and every year, Westminster High School hosts Club Rush week. Club Rush is designed to help students get involved in different organizations on campus. Westminster High School offers a variety of clubs such as Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club, Black Student Union, Key Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, etc. This year, many club representatives…

Got Pride?

By Diana Truong Not only is October known for its spooky festivities, but October is LGBTQ History Month! In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, proposed an idea of dedicating a month to the teachings of LGBTQ history. Wilson picked October because school was in session and October 11th is National Coming Out…

Support Pink October!

By Celine Nguyen Every year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer, the deadliest cancer second only to lung cancer. This year, there is more than 252,700 new diagnoses of breast cancer and more than 40,000 breast cancer deaths. In fact, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, which means…

September Suicide Prevention Month

By Leslie Lopez We need to talk about an issue that many of us will one day encounter, whether it be directly or through the grief of another person, this being suicide. Hear this out, as this information may be helpful in the future. As many people know already, September is known to be National…