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Summer ‘22: Gas Prices on the Rise 

By Melania Petriccione

With the end of the school year comes the beginning of the summer travel season. However, according to Scott Clement and company, writing for The Washington Post, roughly 61% of Americans say that gas prices are a major consideration for them when making this year’s summer plans.


According to AAA, American Automobile Association, as of May 23, 2022, the national average for a gallon of gas had risen to $4.59, with the prices in all 50 states being above $4.00.More specifically, AAA states that the national average as of June 17, 2022 is currently $5.00 for a gallon of regular gas.

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Vaping: A Call for Change

By Samantha DiPaolo

According to author Nick Galov's 2022 vaping statistics, 25.5% of high schoolers use e-cigarettes. Compared to the 2.4% of teens that vaped in 2019, this percentage is extremely high. 

As a freshman in high school, I have witnessed countless attempts to lower the vaping rates in my school. I have gone to a number of assemblies in which there are long monologues about the detriments of vaping. 

Typically, students find those conventions to be extremely tedious. They sit and listen to the speech by force, then leave to go vape in the bathroom.

E-cigarettes are banned at Westlake High School, but evidently, this expulsion has done very little to diminish the vaping rates. 

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The Senior Experience 

By Scarlett Feighan 

Senior year. 


The countdown year. 


A year that is an incredible year in itself, but with all the added benefits, it makes this year extraordinary. From leaving during lunch periods to grab lunch at Rosehill with friends to getting more independence outside of the school building due to free periods at the end of the day, the year has its perks. 

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Intellectual Property with Covid Vaccines

By Samantha DiPaolo

As of today, about 66% of the American population has received a full vaccination dose for the COVID-19 virus. In low income countries, fewer than 15% of all citizens have been vaccinated. Why may you ask? Vaccines are not available to these people due to the ongoing conflict of Intellectual Property Waivers.  


An IP waiver is a document that gives someone permission to manufacture a product that was conceptualized by someone else. 


Apple AirTags

By Lexi DiSalvo

Almost every year, Apple comes out with a new phone or invention to release publicly. Last year, Apple created a device called Apple Air Tags: a small, little tracker that people are supposed to use to find their lost item. Unfortunately, criminals have started using them to track people and their vehicles.


Therapy Dogs at Westlake

By Medina Celaj

Most people think school is a place of stress, anxiety, and hard work. Westlake has figured out a way to alleviate the negative traits associated with school. Therapy dogs are dogs that are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people. 


Therapy dogs, and dogs in general, are proven to release a chemical called oxytocin otherwise known as the, “happy chemical." It is scientifically proven that dog and human contact release oxytocin. Therapy dogs in school have been proven to lower anxiety, boost attendance, grades, and morale amongst students and faculty. 

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Changes to the SAT

By Samantha DiPaolo

The high school Scholastic Aptitude Tests, commonly known as the SATs, will be receiving many new changes in the following years, the most substantial being that it is going virtual. 


In the previous years, the SAT exams were given as scantrons and test booklets. Now they will be issued on computers either owned by the students or dispersed by administrative personnel. 

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Omicron: COVID Variant

By Samantha DiPaolo

Omicron is the newest variant of the Covid-19 strain and it seems to be proliferating at a rapid rate. Proven to spread easier than the original SARS-CoV-2, the United States is reporting about 720,000 cases each day according to the New York Times. 


However, the quantity of hospitalized people infected has decreased by 26% from last year’s Delta surge, according to Reuters.

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Russia Vs. Ukraine Situation

By Lexi DiSalvo

There have been ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine since 2014, over 8 years ago. These conflicts are mainly centered around territory disputes on Russia’s border with Ukraine and who the land truly belongs to. On this border, many people speak Russian and consider themselves part of Russia. 

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has placed troops and military artillery on the border of Ukraine, saying that is not a threat. Rather, he insists it  is a place for its military to practice. Skeptical of this claim, a phone call has been planned between “US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky,” Ivana Kottasová from CNN reports.

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Michigan School Shooting 

By Ivanna Rivera

School shootings are a big issue that impact a lot of schools around the country. One of the most recent ones being the Michigan school shooting at Oxford High School, which took place on November 30, 2021. 

A 15-year-old student opened fire, leaving four innocent teenagers dead and seven others injured in the afternoon hours. Officials and students alike say Ethan Crumbley gave many signs and warnings threatening the school on social media, however, the school did little to intervene.

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News About Shoes

By Lexi DiSalvo

On the night of November 28th, a protest took place throughout New York State, including on Westlake campus. This reported protest garnered significant controversy in the surrounding few weeks since the incident. 

Before this argument continues, allow me to note that I have nothing against a peaceful protest. I do, however, want to challenge the beliefs behind the protest. Personally, I believe that the protest was illegal, wasteful, and above all, pointless.


Root 2 Rise

By Kathleen Bennett

Are you looking for delicious, healthy food that you can eat and taste out of this world? Well, Root 2 Rise is the place for you, a 100% gluten free, vegan, and organic eatery in the heart of Pleasantville, NY. 


Root 2 Rise has an array of options to choose from for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Does Alexa Listen All of the Time?

By Kathryn Wilson

While using our modern day technology, we often overlook how our technology is understanding our questions, our likes and dislikes, and always supplying us with advertisements right after we were looking for them on Google.

We need to be more concerned about Alexa. Is she always listening?

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Where to Next?: Yankees Wild Season Comes to an End

By Dean Williams

The morning of Wednesday, October 6th was a tough one for Yankees fans, as the Yanks tragically fell to the Boston Red Sox the night before in the do or die American League Wildcard game. 


Homecoming returns to Westlake

By Ivanna Rivera

After a year of remote learning and social distancing, the Westlake Wildcats FINALLY got to celebrate Homecoming 2021 as it should be done! Throughout the fall sports season, athletes created bonds that will never be lost. High school football, soccer, cheerleading, tennis, and volleyball roared back amid the pandemic with several states. 


This year’s homecoming was happy and sad for everyone; while some teams lost and some teams won, it was simply enjoyable to be able to experience normalcy. 


Westlake Varsity Soccer on Their Way to Winning the Sectional Finals

By George Bojovic

The Westlake Varsity Boys soccer team has recently been on a winning streak.


To date, Westlake has accumulated 3 wins in the playoffs: first, defeating Pawling, 4-1; then, winning against Blind Brook 3-1; and lastly, in a close and hectic game against Bronxville, pulling through with a 4-2 victory.


Should you play less to do better?

By Tyler Masiello

As a Freshman, I know very little about studying for major tests for good grades.


However, I know I like playing video games, and I hate studying, but it is what we need to do to pass a test or exam, so we must do it anyway.


Timberview School Shooting

By Lexi DiSalvo

Almost every person in America is aware of school shootings; unfortunately, the country had to suffer yet another on October 6, 2021. 


Though these events are rare, they can happen all over the country -  this particular event taking place in Arlington, Texas at Timberview High school. The accused gunman behind the shooting was Timothy George Simpkins, who brought a .45 caliber gun to school and started to fire.

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