Alexei Serguienko


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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 numbers from different genres including hip hop and contemporary. “There’ll be some hip hop numbers, some contemporary numbers and some lyrical numbers,” said Simone Swift, the choreographer for both dance teams. Among the dance numbers are routines that have been performed at competitions, as well as ne...
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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 compared to how much others of a similar caliber have charged in the past. For each of his appearances, George W. Bush only charged between $150,000 and $175,000, which is less than half of what Obama is charging.  Bu...
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YouTubers

My experience as a YouTuber has been positive since I began making videos. I have had several channels, starting in the 5th grade where I would make pointless videos with my friends and on my own, and upload a few videos a week. I started my first channel (that has since been deleted) after I discovered the iMovie app on my computer and taught myself how to edit videos. I never garnered more than 500 subscribers on that channel, but for a middle schooler, I thought that was pretty impressive. After posting random content on that channel for the next few years, I stopped making YouTube videos for a number of reasons, in...
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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 fill the bleachers, ready to support and cheer on the team. Lifelong baseball fan and shortstop Jake Boone (12) joins his teammates with the enthusiastic support of familiar faces; his father, Bret Boone; uncle, Aaron Boone and grandfather, Bob Boone. “My entire family plays baseball,” Jake said. “I started playing when I was two years old, and that was kind of it.” When Boone says his entire family plays baseball, he is not talking about adult leagues or ...
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TPHS Swim and Dive sets new league record after winning another consecutive CIF.

The TPHS Swim and Dive Team claimed wins in both the Avocado West North County League and Division 1 CIF, their eighth consecutive CIF win for the girls and third for the boys. Both Avocado League victories took place at the Carlsbad Monroe Pool on the Carlsbad High School campus, with diving on May 5 and swimming on May 6. Meanwhile, the CIF victories took place on May 12 at San Diego Mesa College for diving and May 13 at Granite Hills High School for swimming. “[The Avocado League is] not really what we’re after at the start of the season, our goal is always to win CIF ... we’re always lo...
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Art show by TPHS Art Department to be held in Learning Commons

The TPHS Art Department will stage its annual art show, “For Art’s Sake” June 5-8, featuring art pieces by TPHS students. According to art teacher Emily Moran, the show will open to the public on Monday, June 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with Kelly Coward’s culinary students catering the event. “Then, [on] Tuesday and Wednesday, the show [will be] open for the rest of the school to come by and take a look,” Moran said. “Then, [the art classes] start taking [the art pieces] down on Thursday, June 8.” The Art Department is excited to use the new Learning Commons to showcase the stu...
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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 belongings and moved to San Diego to pursue new careers, unsure of what their lives would be like in a completely foreign place. Decades before, Deborah’s father traveled to Venezuela, a country he had never set foot in, after being rescued from a concentration camp during the Holocaust in Poland. Their own forays into the unfamiliar led to more opportunities and better lives for Pepe, Deborah, and Deborah’s father. According to Pepe, the Stepenskys became the third family to own the Po...