Ellie Ahles

Entertainment Editor


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Umabe and Hargraves named Teacher and Employee of the Year

Japanese teacher Sato Umabe won Teacher of the Year and ASB Accounting Assistant Patricia Hargraves won Classified Employee of the Year on Feb. 27 and 26, respectively. “I feel very honored, especially among all the hardworking teachers here at Torrey Pines,” Umabe said. “A lot of teachers sent me congratulatory emails and personally congratulated me, and I’m very honored to have been selected.” As TPHS’ employee and teacher of the year, Hargraves and Umabe will now be in the running for SDUHSD’s employee and  teacher of the year. The winners of the district competition will go o...
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Staff Picks: Wonder Woman

“Wonder Woman,” a 2017 live-action film, is an on-screen manifestation of the DC Comics character, who was born in 1941. As the fourth release in the DC Extended Universe, “Wonder Woman” is, at the very least, the best since the first “Man of Steel.”  One of the more interesting parts of the movie is Wonder Woman’s backstory. The exposition quickly capitalizes on this, explaining Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) and the legend of her people’s creation as Amazon warriors. Viewers watch Diana grow up as the only child on the Amazon island Themyscira, only to become the fierc...
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Culture of sexual harassment is omnipresent in the U.S.

In Oct. 2016 a video wherein Donald Trump is heard saying, “I just start kissing [women]. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y,” was released. A month later, he was elected President of the United States of America. In electing Trump after knowing he made such vile remarks, the U.S. made it clear that it condones a culture of rape, defined as an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Clearly, sexualized violence is excused by our culture, or at...
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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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Personal Perspective: Ellie Ahles

Superman is one of my favorite heroes; he’s Clark Kent most of the day and no one suspects him of being any more. Obviously I’m no Superman, but there are things about me no one else cares to know about. I’m multifaceted: I’m a little naive, a little odd, a dreamer, a believer, occasionally optimistic, slightly scatterbrained, always honest, driven, determined, mostly sarcastic and the list goes on and on. Every side of me has been competing to shout something from this platform, but every idea faces a roadblock of fear. I want to use this space to talk about my curls, but fear no one will understand why t...
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Play On Preview

Theatre is an art form often times not given the credit by high schoolers that it deserves. “Play On” is a comedy taken on by the TP Players as their first play of the school year and is constructed as a play-within-a-play.  “It’s almost like a tribute to acting,” TP Player Jackie Morales (12) said. “You see [the characters] going through [the] struggle of learning their lines, but also messing up on their lines and how much the show actually changes from the day you get the script to the day of final production.” The first thing I noticed as I sat in on an earl...
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Steiner joins Junior National Cycling Team

McKenzie Steiner (11) rode for the Women’s Junior National Cycling Team for the Junior Track World Championships, which was held in Montichiari, Italy on Aug. 24-28. Held annually, the Junior Track World Championships is a biking competition composed of events such as the Omnium, a series of four races, and the Madison, a partner-based speed relay race between junior bikers from various countries. The national team placed eleventh overall and Alijah Beatty was the only biker who qualified to move onto the final round of her event. Steiner’s teammate for Team Pursuit, an event in which the cyclist...