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Opinion

Personal Perspective: Maya Kota

My sense of humor has become solely defined by my intentional mispronunciation of words. It started a few months ago when my mom asked me if I wanted to eat a tangerine. I responded with, “You mean a tang-er-rye-nee, right?” And to my surprise, she went along with it and said: “Yeah, that’s what I mean.” My mom and dad put up w...

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1 in 2,568: Jake Froman

A red carpet is rolled out on the track at the Homecoming football game. The junior class prince and princess approach, one strolling with flowers in her hand and the other in a wheelchair, wearing a purple button-down shirt. The crowd cheers for both of the familiar faces. Jake Froman (12) has...

Entertainment

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Tactfully combining countless interviews from close acquaintances, authentic home movie footage and informative clips about legislation, “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” is an intimate portrayal of the life and legacy of Matt Shepard following his murder in 1998. The film...

Sports

Day in the Life: Lauren and Ava Hanna

Dashing across the field with eyes focused behind her, Ava Hanna (11) prepares to leap into the air and snag her target. With her arms stretched high, Hanna leaps out of the reach of a defender and snatches the object from the air. She is quick to maneuver away from oncoming players, diligently s...

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The Right [To] Education

Amid the Sunday morning bustle, neatly stacked piles of the previous day’s Wall Street Journal laid untouched by idle Starbucks patrons. But they would not remain in this pristine state for long; for as soon as he burst through the double glass doors, Connor McMillen (11) immediately brushed past the winding line, at the end of which his mother, Angela McMillen, was waiting, to the newspapers stand...

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    Listen and Learn: Peer Assistant Listeners

    As a freshman, Gabby Pacula (12) walked quietly through the mass of students in the TPHS hallways. Although she had attended middle ...

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    Listen and Learn: TPTV

    Before becoming one of the first anchors of TPTV, Madison Wickham (12) awkwardly attempted to film the first episode of TPTV with an...

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    Home Away From Home

    Carrying colorful signs with bold political statements and matching white T-shirts, the 150 students who marched silently through th...

Sports

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Softball falls to Westview in deciding final inning

Softball (8-4) lost to Westview High School (3-4) 7-6 on Mar. 16 at home.  TPHS led the game until the seventh inning, falling behind after the Wolverines scored two runs at the top of the inning. “We made about five fielding errors, which was uncharacteristic of us, but the teams were pretty evenly matched,” head coach Jonathan Moore said.  The Falc...

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    Boys lacrosse edges Loyola with last-minute goals

    Boys lacrosse (5-0) narrowly defeated Loyola High School of Los Angeles (6-1) with a final score of 9-7 on Mar. 18. Loyol...

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    Dance wins at West Coast Elite National Competitio...

    The TPHS dance team headed to the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on the weekend of Mar. 18, taking first place ...

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    Girls lacrosse dominates rival La Costa Canyon

    Girls lacrosse (6-0) defeated La Costa Canyon High School (3-2) 16-8 on Mar. 18 at LCC, with dominant offensive plays and good commu...

Entertainment

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My Beautiful Broken Brain

Imagine: it’s a day no different than any other day. You are sleeping after a long day of working at an advertising agency. But your tranquility is short-lived because your head is suddenly racked with excruciating pain. Your mind meanders in and out of consciousness, and you head outside to seek help but instead stumble into an unknown hotel. In the hotel, all mental and physical equilibrium is lo...

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    The Imposter

    “That’s my sister. And this is me, Nick.” The camera reveals a young Nicholas Barclay. In the home vide...

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    The Hunting Ground

    It started off innocently enough; the first few minutes were home videos of high school girls celebrating admission to their dream c...

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    “The U.S.  is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Think abo...

News

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Bouchard and Dupree awarded Teacher and Employee of the Year

Special education teacher Susie Bouchard was named TPHS Teacher of the Year and then SDUHSD Teacher of the Year, and special education instructional aide Janine Dupree was named TPHS Classified Employee of the Year, an award presented to non-credentialed staff members, on Mar. 9. Bouchard and Dupree were nominated by their TPHS co-workers and then won after receiving the most votes by colleagu...

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    Reduce, reuse, recycle?

    Custodian Dave Ham makes his daily rounds in the hallways of the B building after school. He enters each classroom, picks up both th...

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    Staff chili cookoff won by Collins

    TPHS staff participated in the second annual Chili Cook-Off during lunch on Feb. 2 in the woodshop room, and Don Collins took top ho...

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Opinion

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Personal Perspective: Sammy Hallal

My dad came to the U.S., alone, at the age of 17 with nothing but a single suitcase, in search of a better life. In pursuit of the American dream, he left his home and culture behind, and stepped into a land he knew almost nothing about.  Sixteen years later, he would go on to marry my mother, and they would later move to San Diego, where I have lived my entire life.  Both of my parents...

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    Staff Ed: UC Out-of-State Cap Will Help California...

    To many Californian students, the University of California system is a friendly beacon in the treacherous and unknown sea of college...

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    President Trump Wrongfully Undermines Journalistic...

    Being a part of the Falconer, or any news outlet, means reporting every story accurately and fairly. It means writing unbiased, well...

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    President Trump’s Attacks on Media Endanger Americ...

    Democracies can only be sustained with a system of checks and balances on government action.  In the U.S., democratic stability...

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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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