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The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

The Student News Site of Millard West High School

The Catalyst

Emma Baker

Emma Baker, Catalyst Editor-in-Chief

Two year staffer Emma Baker is a heavily involved senior at Millard West. As a National Honor Society officer, member of Wildcat Service Club and national spokesperson for the Sunshine Kids, she values giving back to the community. Emma is also involved in French Club, Student Council and Senior Class Board. When school is out, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, her dog and a good book.

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Seniors Andrew Kenny and Drew Hinton — both members of the 32 and Above Club — hold a plaque for being National Merit Finalists. Some take the ACT once, others retry to achieve their desired score or get a feel for the kind of pressure they may be under. “I took it once in October before we had to take it together as a class,” Kenny said. “I wanted to know what it was like before we had to take it.”

Above and beyond

May 7, 2021
Foxy Sushi’s Crazy Salmon and Crunchy Hollywood cooked sushi rolls may come from a drive-thru, but their flavor still holds up. Both are covered in crispy panko, incorporate delicious seafood and provide satisfied smiles for under $8.00 each.

New to the ‘thru

March 10, 2021
For support in moments of crisis, reach out to trusted individuals or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


March 2, 2021

Ringing in the New Year

January 14, 2021
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” chronicles the tale of a down-on-his-luck toy maker. His estranged daughter and granddaughter inspire him to believe again.

Jingle Jangle all the way

December 17, 2020
Ariana Grande strikes a pose for her latest album “Positions.” Through many killer songs, the album showcases the confident and intimate side of  Ariana.

In a position of power

November 5, 2020

Sanitary solutions

October 9, 2020
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time that shines a light on young warriors but also the extreme lack of funding for the disease.

Four-saken funding

September 18, 2020
Sophomore Tayler Hand picks an apple at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard over Labor Day weekend. The Apple Festival allowed for Vala’s to have a sort of “test run” before the rest of their fall season. “My favorite part was being able to do something that feels normal in a world of craziness,” Hand said. “It is similar to the pumpkin picking in which you drive out to the fields on the hayrack ride.”

Fall traditions kept alive

September 11, 2020
March 14th is National Write Down Your Story Day. To celebrate, we decided to go out and ask the students and teachers of Millard West what their stories are.

Stories to inspire

March 12, 2020

Cranes carry hope

February 28, 2020

Jam the gym

February 6, 2020
Junior Kaitlin Keleher goes into an arabesque during one of her performances at Lauritzen Gardens last Sunday. She has been dancing for as long as she can remember and loves any opportunity to get out into the community. “Dance evolved from me being on the competition team, to me just learning to love to perform,” Keleher said. “I always hope I can give the audience a little bit of joy that day because life can’t be great all the time. Sometimes seeing a smile on a performer’s face just helps make your day.”

Evolution of dance

December 13, 2019
On the left is a more recent photo of retired auto worker John Demanajanjuk, and on the right is a younger Demanjanjuk from a war identification card that formed a part of evidence that determined if he was or was not Ivan the Terrible. “The Devil Next Door” relays the true story of the trials and appeals Demanjanjuk faced over the span of around 30 years in a mysterious five part series.

Man or monster

December 9, 2019
Inner Rail Food Hall’s outdoor fireplaces, games and indoor communal tables make the environment welcoming and fun for all ages. It transforms a small eatery into a great place to hang out.

Old Idea, New Style

October 14, 2019
Emma Baker, Alex Stamer-Fuentes, Martin Plascencia, Daniel Leiva and Christhor Roy stand with their right hands raised as they are sworn in as junior members of the Los Angeles Police Department. After being inducted, we met the chief and our officer for the day. Then, we rode in the motorcade to Raleigh Studios. “The motorcade was super fun,” junior Alex Stamer-Fuentes said. “I felt some empowerment because they closed down Hollywood Boulevard for just the president and us, the Sunshine Kids.”

Sunny in Cali

October 3, 2019
El Alambres house speciality, the Alambres. Three meats, onions, peppers and cheese piled into one delicious dish. Scoop it onto a tortilla or eat it with a fork - Theres no wrong way to do it!

Authentic with a Twist

September 6, 2019
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