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TPHS students compete in annual GoKart Challenge

On May 7, TPHS Automotive Technology students Mark Mauzey (11), Adrian DeVico (12), Jake Carr (12), Steven Heller (12) and Brock Bruun (12) competed in the 6th Annual GoKart Challenge at the MiraCosta College Oceanside campus as “an amazing learning experience,” according to Industrial Technology and Game Design teacher Eric Neubauer. San Dieguito High School Academy won the competition after scoring the highest across various categories including craftsmanship, quality, safety and time in the race. According to Neubauer, the five competing schools, TPHS, SDA, James Madison High School, Will C. Crawford Hig...
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Falcon Tries: Wrestling

I’m so out of shape. Over the four-day weekend after finals, I almost died five times. I honestly think we should rename this article “Falcon Tries: Walking Down Stairs.” But the focus of this story isn’t on how I almost fell down the stairs because my whole body was sore and my legs kept collapsing under me, but rather on what I did when I joined the wrestling team for a short one-hour practice on the Friday before the long weekend. After the bell rang at 11:55 a.m., I changed into my workout clothes and headed over to the gym. Even though I’ve been at TPHS for three and a half years, I w...
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Dae Jang Keum

I was first exposed to Korean food when I was around 7 years old. I didn’t try any, but I watched it being made on episodes of a Korean television series called “Dae Jang Geum” — the English translation of which is “Jewel in the Palace.” The historical drama told the true story of an apprentice cook in the royal kitchen who went on to become the first female royal court physician. While I didn’t understand much of the drama, my mouth watered when scenes with Korean dishes came on. And so, I was especially excited to review Dae Jang Keum, a Korean restaurant with the same name as the telev...
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Personal Perspective: Alice Qu

I wasn’t always afraid of spiders. When I was 7, I would bravely squash all the creepy, crawly things I found in my house. Now, at 17, I scream. Surely, as I’ve grown older, it seems I’d have become less afraid, right? I know that the monsters underneath my bed and in my closet are not real — hopefully. I know that the chances of a shark attack are infinitesimally small — but even then, I rarely go to the beach. True San Diegan right here. But the truth is, as I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered more things to be scared of. College applications and being late to Aposhian’s class r...
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Day in the Life: Taylor Scornavacco

The life of a college-committed athlete is not easy — especially if he or she has only recently started playing the sport. A little more than a year after learning how to play lacrosse as a freshman, Taylor Scornavacco (11) committed to play for Stanford. “Every time I tell people when I started [playing lacrosse], they always laugh and think I’m joking because they know I’m going to college for it,” Scornavacco said. “But when I tell them I’m not joking, they’re always really surprised.” Scornavacco has a long history with sports, beginning with baseball...
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ASB hosts “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” prom at NTC

TPHS ASB hosted the 2015 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”-themed Prom at the NTC Promenade in Point Loma on May 23 from 8-11 p.m. According to ASB junior class president Jackie Weinrich, 720 tickets to Prom were sold and paid for the budget of approximately $30,000. The ASB Junior Class Council started planning Prom in May of last year, after new ASB positions were announced. “We visited a lot of venues, and we liked the Promenade because it had a lot of space and was easy to be creative with and do whatever we wanted,” Weinrich said. ASB sophomore class president Scotty G...
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A Chip Off the Old Block

Cat Canedy (12) never attended sleepovers or summer camps. She was permitted to go to school, come home, do homework and go to bed — only to rise the next morning and follow the same routine. Like most kids, before middle school, Canedy lived under the rules set by her father, which left her unable to pursue her passions or express herself, in her estimation. During her middle school years and at the start of high school, Canedy participated in as many extracurriculars as possible — like dance, theater and track — “to get away from [her] father.” “Since those were school activities or activit...