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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. 

Getting a paper back

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.

Cleaning Hospital Room

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.

Cupola of Russian churches

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.

Empty School Desks And Chairs

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.

Freshly Baked Muffins

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?

Getting a paper back

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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