Lily Nilipour

News Editor/Sports Editor


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Augur’s 10th-inning blast revives Falcons

The TPHS softball team (18-5) edged out Point Loma High School (11-12-1) 6-5 on April 22 at home; the 10-inning showdown ended after three hours of solid defense that kept both teams off the scoreboard for the majority of the game. The first two innings opened with quick outs on both sides, strong pitching from Kiley Rose (11) giving her teammates an advantage on defense. In the top of the second, shortstop Cassie Kaelber (12) made a backhand catch on a hard grounder, and first baseman Alex Reges (12) stretched to make the play. Kaelber caught another ball on the fly and then whipped back to Reges before the runner cou...
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Beyond the Ordinary

The artwork of five TPHS art students — Jeanette Ju (11), Connie Chen (12), Emma Cecil (12), Rebecca Shin (10) and Alice Yang (10) — was selected to be a part of the Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary presentation at the San Diego Museum of Art and is on exhibit from April 15 to May 28. Art teacher Jennifer Doerrer encouraged some of her students to submit to Young Art after receiving information about the exhibit at the beginning of January. Teachers are permitted up to five student submissions that follow this year’s theme of creating “unique interpretations of the classic still life” i...
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Reduce, reuse, recycle?

Custodian Dave Ham makes his daily rounds in the hallways of the B building after school. He enters each classroom, picks up both the trash and recycling bins by the door and then empties them into a single waste receptacle. According to the SDUHSD Quarterly Refuse and Recycle Weights report for October, November and December of 2016, TPHS recycled 5.01 tons of waste, the second-highest amount of recycling at a school in the district. But, according to Ham, the custodial staff has a limited role in handling recyclable materials on campus. “Cardboard goes into a recycling bin, and then ... each room is ...
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Day in the Life: Lauren and Ava Hanna

Dashing across the field with eyes focused behind her, Ava Hanna (11) prepares to leap into the air and snag her target. With her arms stretched high, Hanna leaps out of the reach of a defender and snatches the object from the air. She is quick to maneuver away from oncoming players, diligently scouting a familiar face. Finding the perfect angle, she flicks the Frisbee to her teammate, knowing that her throw will be successful because — on this occasion — it’s her sister who is on the receiving end.  Twins Ava and Lauren Hanna (11) found their niche playing Ultimate Frisbee early on, learning the...
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Girls rugby dominates in round robin tournament

Girls rugby hosted Temecula’s Chaparral High School and Valley Center High School in a round robin tournament on Feb. 4, with TPHS Team One winning all three of their games to take the victory.  The tournament began with TPHS Team One playing Valley Center, the Falcons taking early control with Ellie Flint (11) scoring a try with an assist from Gabi Blea (12). After halftime, the Jaguars countered with a try of their own. Two more tries from Kristin Bitter (11) and Bella Rivetti (11) and one from Valley Center ended the first game 15-12 in the Falcons’ favor. “Today, we had strengths i...
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Prop AA renovations complete at front of school

Proposition AA renovations at the Del Mar Heights Rd. entrance were completed on Feb. 1, ending the second phase of construction, funded by the $78 million TPHS portion of the $449 million Proposition AA bond. An outside ramp winding up to the B building from the student drop-off area was added, the stairs adjacent to the ramp  were widened and the parking lot in the front was expanded. “There’s been expanded handicap parking and the staff parking has been reopened in the front,” science teacher Brian Bodas said. “I’m already seeing a bunch of people parking out front [incl...
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31st Annual Street Masters car show held at TPHS

The 31st Annual Street Masters Christmas Cruise car show, hosted by the Street Masters San Diego car club, was held at TPHS on Dec. 11, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the YMCA Youth and Family Services. The event showcased vehicles brought by car owners around San Diego, and required people entering cars to donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a cash donation, according to Street Masters president Vince Yamasaki.  “We had approximately 200 cars this year, and it looks like we raised $1,000 more than we did last year ... around $6,000,” Yamasaki said. “We’ve been progre...
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Girls water polo falls to Westview

Girls water polo (9-4) lost to home team Westview High School (6-3) 14-9 on Jan. 5, falling short defensively midway through the third quarter. The Wolverines began with the ball, quickly scoring a buzzer-beater goal on the first possession of the game. A minute later, a TPHS foul drew a free throw for Westview and another goal, bringing the score up to an early 2-0 lead. After a series of turnovers from both teams, Natasha Rosenthal (12) scored the Falcons’ first goal. Westview rebounded with two attempts on goal afterward, both of which were blocked by goalkeeper Savanna Walter (10). But TPHS was als...
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In the Newsroom

In 1984, three students — Cathy Kuhlmeier, Leslie Smart and Leanne Tippett — were seated in a Missouri courtroom. The journalists from Hazelwood East High School held their heads high and stood on the pedestal of their First Amendment rights. In the most recent edition of their school newspaper, the Spectrum, two stories, one about teen pregnancy and one about the effects of divorce on students, were censored at the last minute by Hazelwood principal Robert Eugene Reynolds because he deemed them inappropriate for high school students, especially freshman. Confident in their rights under the First Amendment, Ku...
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Falcon football takes 2016 Avocado West League title

Football (8-3) won the 2016 Avocado West League title after its decisive 41-9 win over La Costa Canyon High School on Nov. 4 at LCC. “We were unstoppable that night, and played hard as a team for a full 48 minutes,” captain Scotty Gange (12) said. “It was a great accomplishment winning League ... I think the rest of the county really noticed us as an elite team in San Diego after winning.” The Falcons’ victory marked the first time in years that the team took the league. “We were co-league champs in 2010, and the last time we were outright league champs was in 2004,” head coach Ron ...