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1 in 2,568: Jake Froman

A red carpet is rolled out on the track at the Homecoming football game. The junior class prince and princess approach, one strolling with flowers in her hand and the other in a wheelchair, wearing a purple button-down shirt. The crowd cheers for both of the familiar faces. Jake Froman (12) has cerebral palsy, a condition that occurred “from a brain injury that [Jake] suffered at birth,” according to his mother, Jennifer Froman. “He uses a wheelchair because he’s more independent that way, and he can cover a lot more mileage … [since] he needs assistance walking long distances,” Jennifer s...
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The Right [To] Education

Amid the Sunday morning bustle, neatly stacked piles of the previous day’s Wall Street Journal laid untouched by idle Starbucks patrons. But they would not remain in this pristine state for long; for as soon as he burst through the double glass doors, Connor McMillen (11) immediately brushed past the winding line, at the end of which his mother, Angela McMillen, was waiting, to the newspapers stand. After ruffling through the stack and skimming the front page, his eyes quickly fixated upon a headline about Iraqi airstrikes in Syria. Minutes later, he returned to his mother’s side, eagerly asking if she had heard about...
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Listen and Learn: Peer Assistant Listeners

As a freshman, Gabby Pacula (12) walked quietly through the mass of students in the TPHS hallways. Although she had attended middle school in SDUHSD, after many of her middle school friends decided to attend Canyon Crest Academy, she began high school without the familiarity of her close friends. “When I was in eighth grade, all of my friends went to CCA so I didn’t know that many people,” Pacula said.  Later that year, Pacula was introduced to Peer Assistant Listeners adviser Don Collins and was immediately intrigued by the group’s mission. Now in her third year in PALs, Pacula serves as the club...
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Listen and Learn: TPTV

Before becoming one of the first anchors of TPTV, Madison Wickham (12) awkwardly attempted to film the first episode of TPTV with an unwieldy green screen as a junior in Derek Brunkhorst’s second period Advanced Video Film class.  Just a few days before, Wickham was pulled out of class. Unsure of why she was being sent to the administration building, she hesitantly walked in. Inside, Wickham and four others were told they had been selected by the TPHS administration to create a new iteration of TPHS’ video announcement program, TPTV, which had last aired in 2003. “Ever since I started [going to school...
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Home Away From Home

Carrying colorful signs with bold political statements and matching white T-shirts, the 150 students who marched silently through the Canyon Crest Academy campus on Feb. 2 sent a clear message: this is how it starts. After days of preparation, including negotiations with the CCA administration and a social media blitz, CCA student Safi Jafri (11) led the group of students in a peaceful protest against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which restricts entrance into the country of refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa for 120 days. “What inspired me ...
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Home Away From Home: Infographic

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Let’s Break it Down: Immigration Rights

U.S. immigration policy has fluctuated throughout the years, transitioning from exclusion acts to quotas and even complete bans. The 1921 Emergency Quota Act placed limits on the number of immigrants allowed from each nation. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act overturned the quota system and allowed for immediate family members of U.S. citizens to enter the country. The 2017 executive order issued by President Donald Trump completely banned any and all immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The recent immigration ban has caused alarm, in the U.S. and...
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1 in 2,568: Kendra Checketts

In a hospital lobby at night, a collection of patients’ friends and family members conversed quietly, awaiting updates on the patients they knew. Seated in the corner, a fourth grader tried to comprehend her father’s coma. Her eyes moved slowly around the room, stopping at the sight of a piano. It was now-senior Kendra Checketts’, who cautiously approached it. Without lessons or knowledge of how to read music, Checketts began to play by ear  and sing for the informal audience. “My dad was in the hospital for a while. He had something called a severe cerebral brain hemorrhage so [singing] wa...
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Let’s Break It Down: Giraffes Endangered

The giraffes we see all over safari parks, zoos and the media may seem common, but giraffe populations have decreased by 40 percent since 1985, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in what is now being called a “silent extinction.” The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, estimated that the population of giraffes in Africa has fallen from approximately 157,000 to around 97,500 in the last 30 years. Before this information was released last December, giraffes were listed as an animal of “least concern” on the IUCN red list, which tracks the conserva...
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Minority Report

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