Kahyun Koh

Feature Editor


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Japanese exchange students make second visit to TPHS

Twelve Japanese exchange students from Kyoto Girls High School in Kyoto, Japan attended TPHS from Feb. 2-9, marking the second consecutive year the school has hosted the Japanese student exchange program. This year, seven TPHS students are each hosting either one or two students.  The exchange program was arranged through Skyus, an organization that provides services for study abroad programs in California, which offer “high-quality education,” according to its official website.  In order to graduate from Kyoto Girls High School, a private school whose curriculum is centered primarily o...
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TP Current releases new sitcom “@Break” on YouTube

Near the end of the TP Current episode shown on Nov. 2, the Advanced TV Production class announced its plans to release a comedic sitcom called “@Break” on the “At Break” YouTube channel. Since then, five episodes of the sitcom, each averaging five minutes, have been released. Consistently garnering over 100 views on YouTube per episode, “@Break” features seven fictional characters: Brody (Carsten Nahum [11]), Chelsea (Asia Soliday [12]), Derrick (Garrett Seamans [11]), Justin (Mason Hall [12]), Katherine (Lauren Cassiano [12]), Stephanie (Sonsoles Ramirez [12]) and Tommy (Matthew Ro...
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Tender Greens

Upon hearing the name “Tender Greens,” I thought that the place I would be reviewing was an obscure salad bar. Boy, was I wrong.  Occupying a little corner of the UTC mall, Tender Greens is sleek and modern, with soft guitar music melting into its romantic atmosphere of dim, rustic lights that gently illuminate the plastic chairs scattered throughout the restaurant’s chic interior.  Fortunately, I was able to zip through the short line of customers and place my order within of a few minutes. I ordered a Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwich served with Romaine Hearts ($12), Rustic Ch...
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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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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.    ...
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Tiny Leaps, Big Changes

“Welcome to another episode of ‘Tiny Leaps, Big Changes,’ where I share simple strategies you can use to get more out of your lives.” This is the same line podcaster Gregg Clunis  uses to kick off all 140 episodes of his self-produced video-podcast.  The podcast shares interesting research on topics that Clunis collects in his spare time, ranging from the benefits of making lists to ways to handle sugar cravings. He then packs and presents the summarized facts into a single episode or several episodes that have been “carefully scripted and compiled” to make the information ...
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Hateful

It is the night of Jan. 19, 2017. The next day, the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, will be inaugurated.  A student walks through TPHS’ west quad, silently weaving in and out of the mottled shadows of the English building. The only lights abound from the orange incandescent bulbs above the lunch tables and the distant neon signs of the Del Mar Highlands. The student approaches a green electric box and slides his phone out of his pocket. In one hand, the perpetrator holds a photo from Google Images. In the other, a white graffiti marker pen. The artist looks back to the photo before to carefully traci...
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Teen Spending and Earnings

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Since elementary school, I have heard many things about  “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and have seen dozens of my fellow classmates dress up as Jack Sparrow for Halloween. During those past few years, I have never actually harbored an interest in the series. So, for the longest time, the only three things I knew of the subject were: pirates, Sparrow and a creepy-looking octopus-man, whose name I later learned to be Davy Jones. Because of my fairly limited knowledge regarding the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, I was skeptical about being able to understand the events of the fast-paced, fifth movie of...
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The Butterfly Effect

In her sophomore year, Grace Lee (12) was frustrated by trying to select a topic for her English classes’ research paper. But, Lee was regularly engaged in Korean culture and media, having moved from South Korea at age 11. Headlines about comfort women, a euphemism for Korean sex slaves who were used by the Japanese army during World War II, sparked outrage in Lee, who decided to further research the topic for her essay. After writing her English essay, Lee still felt connected to the topic and wanted to take her advocacy further.  “As I got older I became more aware of social problems,” Lee said...