Colette Chiang

Staff Author


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Cheer hosts Formal at San Diego Air and Space Museum

TPHS Cheer hosted an “out of this world”- themed Winter Formal on Feb. 10 at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park.  Limousines and party buses pulled up to the curb at 8 p.m. on Saturday night and were greeted by Assistant Principal Michael Santos, as well as parent volunteers and teachers. Students were then split into two lines: a line on the left for girls, and one on the right for boys.  At the front of the line, Principal Rob Coppo and police officers checked the contents of purses and bags, discarding items like gum, cough drops, hand sanitizer and perfume. ...
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Under Pressure

As an eighth grader, Bella* (10) watched her mother navigate the complex college admissions process with her brother John* (‘16). After guiding her son through both successes and failures during his rigorous high school experience, Bella’s mom became even more determined to mold her second child into “the perfect candidate for college.”    At a young age, Bella discovered she liked building things, and took a beginning engineering class in seventh grade. Yet her mother, unlike Bella, saw engineering not as the projects her daughter was tinkering with, but rather as a practical college m...
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Craft Burrito

If you’ve never heard of Craft Burrito, it’s probably because it was established in 2017.  With a large appetite and high hopes for this newly opened restaurant, I decided to check it out for myself.  When I first walked in, I was greeted by a friendly cashier who recommended the Craft Burrito ($8.25), Hot Buggy Burrito ($7.75) and the grilled chicken Craft Fries ($9.00). For each order, there were three sauces to choose from: red, green and chile, and once again, I asked for her favorite, which was the green sauce. In terms of drinks, other than their beers on tap, they did not have an...
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YouTube should hold creators like Logan Paul accountable

In 2005, a group of three ambitious PayPal employees created YouTube.com, a site where people can post and share videos. Little did they know that their simple idea would go on to revolutionize the internet.  The first YouTube video, made by co-creator Jawed Karim, was a shaky 18-second clip of Karim in front of a group of elephants, entitled “Me at the zoo.” Today, over 1.3 billion videos have been uploaded to the site, with as many as five billion views per day. Its incredible popularity, along with the chance to make money since YouTube started selling ads, has attracted an array of successful YouTu...

1 in 187: Laurence Trupe

History is the study of the past, particularly of human affairs, and how the actions of one person or a group of people can have countless effects on others. Recorded in documents over time, history shapes the perspectives of the world as students connect the past to current events. Although Lars Trupe does not use a traditional textbook, he teaches AP World History and AP Art History in his own memorable and impactful way with a unique story of his own. For Trupe, the decision to become a teacher was an obvious one. On his mother’s side, “We were either  teachers, farmers or engineers,” he said....
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Kick Pho Hope holds fundraiser to support children in Vietnam

Members of the Kick Pho Hope club sold Krispy Kreme donuts as their first fundraiser on Nov. 14 at TPHS, raising $144 to make care packages with soccer equipment for underprivileged children in Vietnam, according to Club President Annabelle Pham (10). The fundraiser was held before school, and members sold donuts both in front of the B building facing the drop-off area at the front of TPHS and at the top of the ramp connecting the student parking lot to campus. According to Pham, a total of 144 regular glazed donuts were sold that day for $1 each.  Pham also sold about two boxes of remaining ...
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AVID students and teachers take annual statewide college tour

Thirty TPHS AVID students from all grade levels visited college campuses in Central California and the Bay Area as a part of their annual fall college field trip from Oct. 1-4. Students were accompanied by all three AVID teachers, Colin Cornforth, Anastasia Kokkinis and Rosa Velazquez, as well as former AVID teacher and current special education teacher Francisco Lona. In total, they visited 10 colleges: UC Merced, Sacramento State University, UC Davis, St. Mary’s College of California, CSU East Bay, UC Berkeley, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Stanford University and San Jose State U...
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Day in the Life: Hannah Zhao (12)

As she steps onto the tennis court for the final match in the Girls’ 18 Singles event at the Southern California Junior Sectional Championships, returning champion Hannah Zhao’s (12) brain seems to freeze. With all eyes on her, arms shaking and heart pounding, Zhao breathes in and out, becoming more confident with each hit until the match is over and she is crowned the champion. However, Zhao is no stranger to winning; ever since she began hitting balls with her father at age 5, she has always excelled in tennis. “I was pretty good at [tennis and] it was basically the only sport I had ever played,&rdq...
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Girls Volleyball takes 6th in Durango Classic

Girls volleyball competed at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas on Sept. 15-16, securing their place as the sixth best team in the nation.  According to Coach Brennan Dean, the Durango Fall Classic is “the most competitive tournament in the U.S.” and TPHS has historically done well there. Sophia Chen (11), who has played volleyball for five years, was very excited about the tournament because of the “really good teams from all around the country that were going to be playing there.”  The competition was difficult; among 64 of the best volleyball teams in the Un...