News

ASB hosts annual TP Idol contest for TPHS students

The annual ASB-sponsored TP Idol contest was held in the quad during lunch from May 2-5, and Hannah Uzi (11) won first place on the last day of the competition. To reach the finals, contestants went through an initial round where they were evaluated by three teacher judges: Jacqueline Niddrie, Lars Trupe and Marinee Payne.  “[The grading criteria] were tone, pitch, style and actual voice,” Niddrie said. “It was a scale of one to five. There were four categories and we just added up points.” After the first round of competition, the top three singers were c...

Opinion

Trump must condemn authoritarian leaders who violate human rights

In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte is waging a deadly war on drug users. In Russia, Putin is restricting the citizens’ freedom of expression. In The Democratic People’s of Korea, Kim Jong-Un is holding tens of thousands of political enemies in prison camps. Donald Trump must respond to human rights violations like these as a part of his new job...

Feature

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It was a quiet day. The squad car ambled down the road with its windows down, sirens off, music playing softly in the background. The police radio let out a short, static sound interrupting the calm;  it was a report of an individual armed with a gun, in the middle of a street close to the c...

Entertainment

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Sports

Expression Session to be hosted by TPHS Dance program

The Torrey Pines High School Dance program will host “Expression Session” in the TPHS gymnasium on Sat., June 10. The annual showcase will feature dancer students from the Dance PE classes, as well as dancers from both the JV and varsity dance teams. They will perform numbe...

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Let’s Break It Down: North Korea Tension

In 2010, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea openly declared its possession of a nuclear weapon. The isolated Asian nation, lead by dictator Kim Jong-un, has dedicated itself to expanding the size and precision of its nuclear program. The nation’s weapons serve as a protection against the threat of regime change brought by the U.S., its greatest enemy. North Korea has strong reaso...

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    1 in 2,568: Erica Hwang

    She takes a deep breath. In, out. In. Out. She reviews the piece mentally, ensuring that her solo piece is memorized, the notes ingr...

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    The F-Word

    Every other Thursday, a group of about eight girls gathers in an otherwise empty classroom to scarf down lunch before starting to us...

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    A Family Affair

    After meeting on a blind date in Mexico City and getting engaged only three weeks later, Pepe and Deborah Stepensky packed up their ...

Sports

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One Night At The Freddies

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    Day in the Life: Jake Boone

    It is May 2017, a beautiful day in San Diego. As the TPHS baseball team runs into the outfield to begin warming up, dedicated fans f...

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    TPHS Swim and Dive sets new league record after wi...

    The TPHS Swim and Dive Team claimed wins in both the Avocado West North County League and Division 1 CIF, their eighth consecutive C...

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    Independent investigation into pay-for-play claim...

    After pressure from CIF and multiple requests from TPHS parent Wendy Gumb, the SDUHSD school board hired an independent investigator...

Entertainment

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It’s All About [You]Tube

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    My experience as a YouTuber has been positive since I began making videos. I have had several channels, starting in the 5th grade wh...

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Since elementary school, I have heard many things about  “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and have seen dozens of my fel...

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    13 Reasons Why

    The first scene of “13 Reasons Why” pans out on a high school locker, decorated with condolence cards and memorabilia. B...

News

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TPHS Foundation hosts first Spring Fling community event

Spring Fling, a community-building event, was held by the TPHS Foundation for the first time in the TPHS east quad on June 1, 2017  from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Athletics Physicals Night, after the Falconer went to press  According to the TPHS Foundation Executive Director, Nicole Baril, Spring Fling was held as “an opportunity for parents, students and staff to get together as a c...

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    A drug seminar for parents and students sponsored by the SDUHSD Recovery Education Alcohol Drug Instruction, or READI, was held in t...

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    Art show by TPHS Art Department to be held in Lear...

    The TPHS Art Department will stage its annual art show, “For Art’s Sake” June 5-8, featuring art pieces by TPHS st...

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    SoCal shark sightings rise

    Shark sightings and encounters have spiked in the past month across Southern California. Notable sightings ranged from the shark a...

Opinion

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Backlash against Obama’s Wall Street speeches is hypocritical

Former President Barack Obama has been suffering backlash for agreeing to give for-profit speeches on Wall Street now that he is no longer president but a private citizen. Obama is set to receive $400,000 for his appearance at an event organized by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Upon first hearing, the amount he charges for a single public appearance might appear exorbitant, especially when ...

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    Dear Liberals: Don’t be too happy about the French...

    On May 7, the day of the French election, millions of moderates and leftists around the world found themselves breathing a sigh of r...

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    Personal Perspective: Irene Yu

    You might know me as that girl that has changed a lot since elementary school, or the girl that complimented your outfit in the bath...

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    Con: Standardized Tests

    In the past few weeks, many Advanced Placement students got too few hours of sleep, drank too much coffee and studied, arguably, too...

Focus

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Katie Qian and Calvin Ma

Photographer Calvin Ma (‘13) and stylist Katie Qian (’15) are fashion’s newest power couple. Ma, a photography student at California State University, Long Beach, and Qian, a psychology student at the University of California, Los Angeles, have been working together only since last year, when Qian encouraged Ma to pursue fashion photography.  “[Katie] pu...

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    Alexa Hozouri

    Up until junior year, Alexa Hozouri (12) was planning to go to medical school. She planned to follow in her two older brothers&rsquo...

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    Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring is easily one of the most recognizable paintings in the world: a girl wearing a h...

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    Myles Hamilton

    Inspiration strikes unexpectedly. Sometimes, it’s a quiet moment in the student parking lot. When Myles Hamilton (12) saw Lila...

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