Hanrui Zhang

Staff Writer '13-'14


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Can You See That I Am Sick?

Sitting at her desk, laboring over her AP World History homework, Kristi* suddenly feels an intense pressure on her chest and begins to breathe heavily. Panicked, she pushes her homework aside for the night and sits in a room filled with candles to calm herself, breathing slowly in and out. Once again, she fights against the daily attack of her anxiety. “I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and [a] form of bipolar [disorder] and depression,” Kristi said. “I have random outbreaks and my heart starts beating, and I can’t breathe and it feels like there’s this weight on my chest. I can’t think, and I’ll have to stop doing my homework, an...
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Rookie

At 18 years old, Tavi Gevinson is not just the follower of popular culture blogs — she is the creator of one. As founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine, an online publication focused on the concerns and preoccupations of teenage girls, Gevinson publishes new content three times a day to coincide with the average reader’s schedule: after school, at dinnertime and before bed....
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Kiip

While on a flight, Kiip co-founder Brian Wong observed fellow passengers gaming on their iPads and noted that the ads were intrusive and useless. At 19, Wong created Kiip, a program that enables brands to reach consumers with “a targeted, relevant rewards program” at crucial gaming moments, like level ups and high scores, when gamers are most engaged. Kiip has since been expanded to fitness apps as well....
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Isabella Rose Taylor

Like many 13-year-old girls, Isabella Rose Taylor loves keeping up with the latest trends, but this 13-year-old is a college freshman and fashion designer. After attending a sewing camp at age 8, she developed a love for making clothes. Taylor has released an online collection every season since 2011 with the help of Liza Deyrmenjian, who mentors up-and-coming designers. In April 2014, Nordstrom announced that it would begin carrying the Isabella Rose Taylor collection in August....
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Summly

Nick D’Aloisio realized that the length and complexity of important news stories often intimidate younger readers, and, at age 15, created the iPhone app Summly, which condensed articles into “pocket-sized news.” The app was an immediate success, building a user base of 500,000 in just four weeks. In March 2013, Summly was acquired by Yahoo, which removed Summly from the App Store and used its technology to develop Yahoo News Digest.  ...
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Savvy Students

Nick Leslie N2 Kitesurfing Leslie (12) is the founder of N2 Kitesurfing, a successful kitesurfing instruction business that operates in Mission Bay. He started the business in his junior year to earn money for college and spread his passion for kitesurfing. To bring a fresh face to an “old guy’s sport,” Leslie works closely with kitesurfing manufacturers so he can offer lessons at a lower cost and secure kitesurfing gear. Nat Narongsak Thai Pepper Cuisine Narongsak (12) is the owner of the successful Serra Mesa restaurant, Thai Pepper Cuisine, which his mother bought last summer and gave to him so that he could pay for his coll...
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Seeing Double

Being a twin is often regarded as a unique experience — that is, if you’re not a twin. But for Spanish teacher Leonor Youngblood and her identical twin sister, it was simply a fact of life. “I’m a twin, I can’t [relate] to anything else,” Youngblood said. “I’ve always been a twin.” For identical twins Ocean and Matthew Zhu (10), growing up together has given them a shared history and perspective. “We can share a lot of secrets, good or bad,” Ocean said. “[Matthew and I are] a lot closer than [just] brother or sister … There is not much competition at home. I hear a lot of twins say they fight each other, beat each other up,...
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TPHS administration enforces SDUHSD dress code more strictly

On April 30, TPHS administrators sent an email to remind parents and students of district policies regarding appropriate school attire despite rising local temperatures. “[The email was] just a reminder that [the students] are at school, not at the beach, as it gets warmer and warmer,” Principal David Jaffe said. The email quotes the SDUHSD Board dress code policy, which says that “undergarments may not be exposed,” and “strapless shirts or spaghetti straps [are not] permitted.” Ivy Gong (10), who was “dress coded” by history teacher Lars Trupe, and Mimi McKeown (11), who was “dress coded” by administrators, were both told to cha...
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Con: Campus speech codes

As we continue to evolve into a society increasingly reliant on social media and easier ways to communicate with others, the importance of protecting First Amendment free speech rights will increase. University hate speech codes are inappropriate restrictions on free speech, as there is good reason students in learning environments should be allowed to express their thoughts and opinions about other people. Colleges should not be allowed to ban hate speech. Universities are grounded in preserving nonrestricted expression of ideas and concepts. Having expressive freedom allows students in higher education to explore and expand new i...
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Softball loses slugfest 11-12 to San Marcos

The Lady Falcons (7-3) lost to the San Marcos High School Knights (4-6) on Mar. 25 at home, 11-12. TPHS got off to a strong start, but despite their defensive efforts, the Knights scored runs in rapid succession later in the game and finally pulled ahead by one run to win the game. “Both teams are a lot alike,” Falcons head coach Jonathan Moore said before the game. “Both teams can hit, both teams are fast, both teams play good defense, so they are pretty well matched.” The first run of the game came in the first inning by San Marcos, which was later followed by TPHS team captain Emma Wong (12) hitting a bases-empty home ...