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 community.” The event was free, while TPHS athletes could pay $25 at the event to get an annual physical, required for athletic participation.
“[The TPHS Foundation is] trying to encourage parents to come to school, be more involved [and] see all the amazing things that their students are involved in,” Zac Scornavacco (12), TPHS ASB president, said. 
The event was open to anyone from “the district community” to “enjoy what’s great about Torrey Pines,” according to Principal Rob Coppo.
Many different sports teams, clubs and performing arts groups were present at Spring Fling to represent TPHS activities, including both the JV and varsity dance teams, TPHS Jazz Band and Improv team, a student DJ, a student band comprised of TPHS freshmen and eighth-graders from Carmel Valley Middle School, and the singers who placed in the top three spots of the TP Idol competition that took place from May 2-5.
“We thought it was important to showcase the many talents on our campus,” Baril said. “So [the Foundation] invited all teams to be part of the evening.”
While the event was organized by the Foundation, Scornavacco was also involved in the planning of Spring Fling. At the event, he was the Master of Ceremonies, and introduced the ASB president for the 2017-18 school year, Sophia LeRose (11), who helped Scornavacco emcee.
“I meet monthly with the Foundation [and keep] them informed on what ASB’s doing with different things on campus,” Scornavacco said before the event. “They asked me to be the emcee, so I’m just hosting the event for the Foundation.”
According to Baril and the Foundation’s VP of Development, Susie Mikolajewski, local food trucks were also on campus for the event, including Kona Ice, Porkyland and Baked Bear. Attendees were encouraged to bring picnic blankets and eat on the grass while they watched the performances.
The Foundation planned for the finalists of TP Idol to perform as well. Madison Sayre (12), who placed third in the competition, agreed to perform at Spring Fling because she saw it as an opportunity to represent the visual and performing arts at TPHS.
“I am very excited to perform at Spring Fling,” Sayre said. “I think it is a great way to showcase the arts at Torrey Pines, which is something the Arts and Theater departments greatly appreciate … The outstanding visual arts are kind of hidden in the shadow of sports, and Spring Fling really makes [these groups] feel like a part of [TPHS].”
The TPHS Foundation hoped that at least 350-400 people would attend and plan to make Spring Fling an annual event, according to Baril and Mikolajewski. Additionally if Spring Fling draws a large enough number of attendees because of its association with the Athletics Physicals Night, the Foundation will continue to hold the two events on the same night.

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