Annie Cheng

Staff Writer


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1 in 2,447: Finn Taylor

A sandy-haired high schooler, his slightly-hunched back illuminated by the gentle glow of the clip-on lamp attached to the top of his sloped desk, picks up a pen and slowly marks his sketchbook.  Finn Taylor (10) became interested in art at 10. Come sixth grade, Taylor clutched a drawing of an octopus to his chest, grinning from ear to ear after he won first place in a class doodle competition. His artistic talent has only grown since that small but thrilling victory four years ago.  Born in London, Taylor and his family moved to San Diego last August because of his dad’s job. Even after bein...
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Rats! Power outage during finals affects classrooms in E, G buildings

On Jan. 26, the last day of finals for the first semester, a power outage that left the school with no internet and some classrooms without light for the entire school day occurred at TPHS. According to Principal Rob Coppo, the reason behind the power outage was that the night before, rodents had eaten through wires in electrical boxes off-campus.  The power outage affected not only TPHS, but also surrounding homes and buildings.  Classrooms in the E and G buildings were left without light, but lighting was not affected in other buildings. Administration aided teachers in finding and tra...
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TP Current releases new sitcom “@Break” on YouTube

Near the end of the TP Current episode shown on Nov. 2, the Advanced TV Production class announced its plans to release a comedic sitcom called “@Break” on the “At Break” YouTube channel. Since then, five episodes of the sitcom, each averaging five minutes, have been released. Consistently garnering over 100 views on YouTube per episode, “@Break” features seven fictional characters: Brody (Carsten Nahum [11]), Chelsea (Asia Soliday [12]), Derrick (Garrett Seamans [11]), Justin (Mason Hall [12]), Katherine (Lauren Cassiano [12]), Stephanie (Sonsoles Ramirez [12]) and Tommy (Matthew Ro...
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All in Good Health

A student, swathed in a thick suede sweater and sporting oversized sweatpants, stumbles into class. Shoulders shaking with each sporadic fit of violent coughing, he mentally braces himself for a miserable day of school, which he, despite his physically weak condition, instinctively feels forced to attend because it’s just too hard to miss school and keep up.  High school students often feel pressured to come to school even when they are sick, especially at an academically competitive school like TPHS. “I would say [academic pressure] is greater in our community than it is in other districts,...
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Sophomore Parker wins ASB-hosted ‘TP’s Got Talent’ competition

The finale of “TP’s Got Talent” was held Nov. 17 during lunch in front of the gymnasium where students, Cole Parker (10), Hannah Uzi (12), Rayhan “Sugar Ray Ray” Tabani (12) and Charles “Big Chuck” Livingston (10) placed first, second, third and fourth, respectively.  “TP’s Got Talent,”  hosted by  ASB Commissioner of Philanthropy John Schreckengaust (12) was a week-long talent show that took place during lunch Nov. 13 to 17. Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $100 were awarded to first, second and third place winners.  The first th...
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Glasshouse

After the birth of her baby, English singer and songwriter Jessie Ware released her third studio album. Complete with 17 emotional and soulful tracks, “Glasshouse” brings a new front to Ware’s expanding music genre.  This album is, like its name, very polished and clean-cut. “Glasshouse” includes Ware’s usual slow, sophisticated and generally mellow lyrical style. Ware opens this album with “Midnight,” where she shows off her impressive vocal range and skill. The hauntingly beautiful piano transitions from quiet, single notes to confident chords with percu...
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Performing arts center construction scheduled to begin late October

A performing arts center at TPHS is set to replace the culinary and fine arts classrooms on campus, and construction is projected to begin by the end of October as a part of the third phase of the Proposition AA projects funded by the $78 million TPHS portion of the $449 million Prop AA SDUHSD bond. According to SDUHSD Chief Facilities Officer Mike Coy, the destruction of the arts and custodial rooms began around June 17, shortly after the 2016-17 school year ended. This part of the Prop AA project is the first in which part of TPHS’ campus is being completely destroyed and a new building is being constructed in ...
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Field Hockey perfect in Serra Tournament

Taking first seed in Pool D, Girls Varsity Field Hockey won all three games on Sept. 16 at the Serra Varsity Field Hockey Tournament.  For the first game, TPHS (6-2) defeated long-time rival school, La Costa Canyon High School (3-4). TPHS faced tough competition, according to Kristin Bitter (11).  Bitter and midfielder Emma Marks (12) started the first half by scoring the first two goals of the game, giving TPHS a lead.  “We came in kind of tired, so we were slow at first,” Bitter said. “But we just had to wake up a lot and really had to overcome [our tiredness].&r...
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Stuff You Should Know

From Porta-Potties, spam, hangovers, tipping in restaurants to Barbies, weather control and bee colonies, “Stuff You Should Know” (SYSK) is a podcast, hosted by Josh Clark and Charles “Chuck” Bryant, that covers every topic imaginable. Two or three times a week since Apr. 17, 2008, Clark and Bryant release a 20- to 40-minute episode in which they discuss common, but thought-provoking topics. “SYSK” began with Clark as the only host and Bryant joined him as a main host around a year later.  Clark was a founding editor and staff writer of “The Washboard Weekly,&rd...
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1 in 2,447: Elaine Song

Three office buildings, four floors and three hours after accepting what seemed to be a simple task, Elaine Song (12) has a gathered all the needed signatures for a bill on Pell Grants. Her feet are aching, and the decision to wear black heels seems like a mistake, but she had not expected it to be easy.  Song spent a month of her summer in Washington D.C. interning with San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis, the representative of California’s 53rd District. “I helped them sort emails that they got from their constituents,” Song said. “I ran documents to the Capitol Building for bi...