Esther Choi

Staff Author


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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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Biz Management class hosts TPHS Women in Business Symposium

The first Women in Business Symposium, organized by the Business Management class, was held the morning of Feb. 7 in the Lecture Hall.  All the speakers at the symposium were all successful women who discussed their careers and were recruited for the event by Business Department chair James Anthony. Anthony and business teacher Jacqueline Niddrie invited students from their classes, the Falconer, Yearbook and Video Film classes to attend, among others.   The event included presentations from the five speakers, a question and answer session and lunch with the speakers afterward.   ...
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Abandoning net neutrality will stifle our free and open Internet

An inherent part of being an American is having freedom. Net neutrality is just one of the preventions protecting that freedom and the right to access websites on the Internet. Net neutrality is what prevents companies from monopolizing the market and controlling aspects of using the Internet to gain more profit.  In 2015, Title II, a provision protecting net neutrality, was passed under the Communications Act of 1934, protecting the internet-using public from being subjected to discrimination and political views of biased companies and the unfair monopolization, or domination of the market, of online phone and ca...
truekitchen

True Food Kitchen

“Healthy” and “natural” are the first adjectives that pop into my mind when I think of True Food Kitchen. The wooden brown and dark green interior decor and the dim lights hanging above tables gave the restaurant a calm and centered atmosphere. The appearance alone made the place seem like the ultimate embodiment of a health food restaurant, from the large earth decoration on the wall to the pretty succulents on every table.  I had expected it to be relatively empty after the lunch rush hour as I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, but the room was loud with the sound of chatter an...
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Global Update

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NAMI club to hold fundraisers on campus for future NCHS events

Fundraisers at Chipotle and the school’s Learning Commons and front parking lot will take place to raise money for future events by the TPHS NCHS, the National Alliance on Mental Illness on Campus High School Club, which raises awareness about mental illness.  The three fundraisers, two of which will be boba fundraisers — where boba will be sold for $4 to $4.50 — at TPHS and the last at Chipotle, will raise money for events later in the year such as Mental Health Month in May and Yellow Ribbon Week, which will take place the first week of March. Earlier in the year, NCHS put on an asse...
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Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Magos

Soft laughter and the gentle clinking of silverware fill the air with festivity and cheer as slices of la rosca, a traditional candied fruit cake in the shape of a ring, are passed around. The pastry is unique in that one small, plastic baby Jesus doll is put into the dough prior to baking. According to tradition, the recipient of the slice with the figurine must host a potluck at their house during Dia de Candelaria, which is on Feb. 2. La Rosca de Tres Reyes, or Three King’s Bread, is made with flour, sugar, raisins and eggs and served during Dia de los Reyes Magos, a Catholic holiday that is celebrated by the Hispanic pe...
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Boys water polo finishes strong in SD Open Tourney

Boys water polo won four games out of five at the San Diego Open Tournament on Oct. 19-21.  The Falcons first met on Oct. 19 with California High School, who would prove to be their toughest opponent. In what was a close, hard-fought four quarters, the Falcons fell 13-12. It was a close call between TPHS and California High School as the game went into overtime.  “We were going into the fourth quarter of that game down by five [points],” Chris Stapakis (12) said. “But we made a comeback, went into overtime and lost after they hit a lucky shot on our goalie.” Becau...
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Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon

Betty’s Pie Whole Saloon’s quiet, peaceful environment, an amusing contrast to its saucy name, was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the western-themed bakery. It brings to mind the word “charming” with the soothing sounds of windchimes and muted country music.  The restaurant was relatively empty, with only one family and two other customers occupying the tables. At the counter, there were about 20 pies on display and the cashier was helpful with various sweet and savory pie suggestions.   We ordered the Wild West Caramelized Onion Mushroom Pie ($8.95), Peac...
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TAP students start merchandise business

The special education program at TPHS recently added Falcon Flyers, a business management group through which students learn to create and sell products.  In the class, students gain job experience, learn soft skills, or communication skills, practice designing products and conduct business transactions in a supervised, safe environment. Hot drinks like tea, coffee (Colombian, vanilla nut, iced and dark), as well as hot chocolate  are sold during the two nutrition breaks and lunch.  Pink breast cancer awareness shirts are also are sold online and designed by students in the class.    ...