Alexei Serguienko


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Japanese exchange students make second visit to TPHS

Twelve Japanese exchange students from Kyoto Girls High School in Kyoto, Japan attended TPHS from Feb. 2-9, marking the second consecutive year the school has hosted the Japanese student exchange program. This year, seven TPHS students are each hosting either one or two students.  The exchange program was arranged through Skyus, an organization that provides services for study abroad programs in California, which offer “high-quality education,” according to its official website.  In order to graduate from Kyoto Girls High School, a private school whose curriculum is centered primarily o...
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Camila Cabello “Camila”

A little more than a year after suddenly announcing her departure from girl group Fifth Harmony, singer Camila Cabello has finally released her debut solo album. Originally due last September, the record was delayed due to a title change and the addition of new songs, including the chart-topping ‘Havana’ ft. Young Thug. The result is a mostly cohesive album with more than a few standouts. The first song is ‘Never Be the Same,’ kicking the record off on a high note — both literally and figuratively. Here, Cabello sings about falling in love with someone and how she changed as a result. Whil...
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Lady Antebellum “On This Winter’s Night”

If you listen to any of country band Lady Antebellum’s music, two things are immediately evident: the extended use of catchy, uptempo beats on their songs and the pleasantness of the group member’s voices together. Because of this, I had high expectations for their Christmas album “On This Winter’s Night,” and it’s safe to say that I was left surprised in more ways than one. The group, composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, released this album, the follow-up to an EP released in 2012. It features all six songs from the original record, so, only six of the 12 song...
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Day in the Life: Stephen Lukashev

Fueled by his love of the water, Stephan Lukashev (10) stands on the edge of the starting block,  anticipating the buzzing sound that signals the start of the 100-meter butterfly.  For the past nine years, Lukashev has devoted himself to the water, which has led to many victories in his impressive swimming career thus far.  “I started [swimming] around the age of seven at [the University of California, San Diego] just to learn how,” Lukashev said. “I was always a kid that was fond of the water. Whenever I was in our pool I would always jump around and kind of adapt to the sit...
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Google Classroom replaces Blackboard as default system

A recent measure approved by the SDUHSD school board has replaced Blackboard Learn with Google Classroom as the default student, teacher and parent communication system. Blackboard Learn has been the go-to system for teachers at TPHS for the past decade, according to Spanish teacher Leonor Youngblood.  To ease the learning curve that often accompanies the introduction of new technology, the district offered a “Google Summer Camp,” an optional multiple-day course at Pacific Trails Middle School from Aug. 14-17, to educate teachers on effective use of Google Classroom.  “...
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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser held by ASB

ASB President Sophia LeRose (12) spearheaded an ASB fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief on Sept. 8 at the first TPHS home football game against Santa Fe Christian.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 25, after traveling through the Gulf of Mexico. The heavy rain led to flooding throughout Houston and surrounding areas, destroying many homes and businesses. “I think all of ASB felt kind of hopeless because we couldn’t do anything [to help] … so we just thought we might as well try and do something,” LeRose said. In the past, ASB ha...
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Dolce at the Highlands

Italian food has always been one of my favorites, so, when I was offered the chance to review Dolce at the Highlands, I was excited to say the least. Given its location within the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch and its proximity to the massive Crunch Fitness parking lot, neither restaurant access nor parking was an issue. From the exterior, which had a number of tables with umbrellas, to the elegantly decorated interior, I was immediately impressed with what I saw. Visually, the Gnocchi ($19) was the least appealing of the three items, but what it lacked in that aspect, it more than made up for in taste....