Homepage 2, 2023

By Avalon Kelly

What is the Shield?

By Kendall Albrecht

Welcome to The Shield! Westmont’s newspaper appears online monthly, thanks to a hardworking class of students who write articles and design pages. The Shield never fails to create exciting issues. From Global News to Westmont Updates, Op/Ed articles to the latest fashion and food trends, there are interesting reads for everyone. The Shield involves the whole student body through games, surveys, and much more, as well as including writing from anyone interested. Thanks to the journalism class and the amazing teacher Andy Evans, Issue 2 of The Shield is ready to read! Remember, every warrior needs a shield!

The Shield Staff 2021-2022

The Shield En Español

By Jen Mejia

The Shield es el periódico de la escuela Westmont que se enfoca en una variedad de cosas. Esto incluye noticias, actividades en el campo, historias que a los estudiantes les apasionan. Los 37 estudiantes de la clase de periodismo se concentran en difundir las historias. Si usted tiene ideas o le gustaría enviar un articulo, hazlo. Puedes hacer esto por poniéndote en contacto con el Sr. Andrew Evans en la habitación 58.

Did Ya Know?

By Olivia Pocat

  • Rubber bands last longer when they are refrigerated.
  • The eye of an ostrich is bigger than its brain.
  • The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  • Soccer balls were once used for playing basketball.
  • Putting sugar on a cut will make it heal faster.
  • The plastic tips of shoelaces are called aglets.
  • Rudolph the Reindeer is female.
  • Buttermilk doesn’t contain any butter.
  • 75 burgers are sold in McDonald’s every second.
  • Your eyeballs do not change or grow as you age. 
  • A snail has 2,500 teeth.
  • Pigeons can’t fart.
  • Cats can’t taste anything that’s sweet.
  • The average person spends two weeks of their life sitting at traffic lights.
  • Australia is wider than the moon by 600 km.
  • There aren’t any mosquitoes in Iceland.
  • Mushrooms can glow in the dark. 
  • The Supreme Court has its own private basketball court called “the highest court in the land.”
  • Strawberries are not actually berries.

This Day in History

  • 490 BC – Battle of Marathon: The conventionally accepted date for the Battle of Marathon. The Athenians and their Plataean allies defeat the first Persian invasion force of Greece.
  • 1609 – Henry Hudson, an English explorer, sailed down what is now referred to as the Hudson River 
  • 1764 – Jean-Philippe Rameau who was a French composer and music theorist died.
  • 1873 – The first typewriter was sold to customers.
  • 1953 – U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
  • 1979 – Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits and 400 career home runs.
  • 1991 – The space shuttle Discovery took off on a mission to deploy an observatory that was to study the Earth’s ozone layer.
  • 1992 – NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavor on STS-47, the 50th shuttle mission. The first married pair in space, Mark Lee and Jan Davis, as well as Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in orbit, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spacecraft, are all present.
  • 2011 – The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City opens to the public.
  • 2013 – NASA confirms that its Voyager 1 probe has become the first manmade object to enter interstellar space.

The Shield is an independent publication of the Journalism class at Westmont High School. Editorials reflect the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of Westmont High School, its Board of Trustees, faculty, administration, or students. The Shield welcomes all opinions, editorials, poems, artwork, complaints, pictures, advertisements, and letters to the editor. Submit all material to Room 58 and/or aevans@cuhsd.org. We appreciate articles from students, faculty, parents and subscribers. The Shield, Westmont High School, and CUHSD do not endorse any advertisements that run in the newspaper.

Page Editors: Cynthia Andary & Haris Kadich