Farhan Hossain

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A Cultural Contrast

In former President George Bush’s official portrait, the Texan is displayed in the Oval Office, his hand resting on a chair with a cushion emblazoned with the presidential seal, the Resolute desk visible behind him. Bill Clinton chose to stand in front of an ornate fireplace with a porcelain vase on the mantle. At the end of every President’s term, the Commander-In-Chief’s portrait is painted, a longstanding tradition started by George Washington, whose portrait depicts him holding a sword with a gold handle. Before television or the internet, the portrait provided one of the few, if not only, visual ...
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Sara Jacobs (‘07) running for Congress

Sara Jacobs (‘07), TPHS alumna and granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, is running for California’s 49th congressional district — currently held by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa — which extends from Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley in the south to San Juan Capistrano in the north.  After graduating from TPHS, Jacobs attended Columbia University and earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations, and later a  Masters of International Affairs. She spent the following years at the U.N. where she developed a strategy for dealing with large amounts o...
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Whooping cough case reported at TPHS

The San Diego County Public Health and Human Services Agency notified the TPHS administration on Jan. 10 that a student had tested positive for pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough.  In accordance with policies from the county, Coppo emailed staff and parents.  According to the county, the disease spreads through the air and can be life-threatening for infants and young children. Coppo’s email said any pregnant staff or students should contact their “OB-GYN provider immediately.” The letter notifying Coppo from the county to the school stresses the disease i...
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The Commercialization of Christmas

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Seniors present software at tech conference

Skylar Jung (12), Jodie Hoh (12) and Carine You (12), presented their piano practice-assistance software with Augment founder and CEO Eric Nelson, who runs an augmented reality platform, at the 2017 Wolfram Technology Conference in Champaign, Ill. from Oct. 17 to 20, where adviser and teacher Abby Brown gave a lecture entitled “3-D Printing in High School with Mathematica.”  Brown introduced Hoh, Jung and You to Nelson, who gave them the opportunity to intern with Augment last summer as he had for previous TPHS students.  “We were the next generation of kids participating in Augme...
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Global Update

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President Trump should not censor government research

Facts matter. In a political climate in which politicians’ use of ‘alternative facts’ is rampant, it is necessary for the electorate to be well-informed on important issues. That is why the estimated $473 billion the U.S. government spends on research is so important. Spread across a variety of agencies, research on everything from the economy and healthcare to the environment provides data that guides the formation of policy and allows the government to make educated decisions based on credible information. Factual information should never become politicized. While politicians of all types twist data to fit a d...
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Bad Dreams

After long weeks of searching for an undocumented student on campus who would be willing to be interviewed, we were fortunate enough to come across an interviewee. Her name was Isabel*. We met Isabel during lunch in a staff workroom in the E building. Perched anxiously on red chairs adorned with cheetah-print cushions, we hurriedly scarfed down a few bites of our lunch and sat there, waiting for Isabel.  As Isabel was about to walk to where we were in room 103, Rosa Velazquez, a teacher and AVID adviser, called after her.  “Do you want me to be with you?” Velazquez asked.&nbs...
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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...