Category: Feature

Let’s Break it Down: Gerrymandering

In an idealistic system of democracy, everybody’s voice is heard, everyone is equally represented and nobody rearranges the situation to skew the results in his or her favor. Gerrymandering does not fit with that perfect form of government. Gerrymandering is the process by which an electoral district’s boundaries are changed in favor of a particular party or a certain candidate’s election. After every national census, which take place every 10 years, voting districts are reapportioned. During this time, districts are often gerrymandered to ensure that a certain political party has more voters in the dist...
infographic

Healthy Kids Survey

...
baddreamswall

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...
IMG_4370

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...
falcon

Teen Spending and Earnings

...
elaine

1 in 2,447: Elaine Song

Three office buildings, four floors and three hours after accepting what seemed to be a simple task, Elaine Song (12) has a gathered all the needed signatures for a bill on Pell Grants. Her feet are aching, and the decision to wear black heels seems like a mistake, but she had not expected it to be easy.  Song spent a month of her summer in Washington D.C. interning with San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis, the representative of California’s 53rd District. “I helped them sort emails that they got from their constituents,” Song said. “I ran documents to the Capitol Building for bi...
Shooting5

Traumatized

It was a quiet day. The squad car ambled down the road with its windows down, sirens off, music playing softly in the background. The police radio let out a short, static sound interrupting the calm;  it was a report of an individual armed with a gun, in the middle of a street close to the cop car. The music disappeared, the windows went up and the sirens blared as the car picked up speed. The tales of police  always begin the same: a cop involved in a shooting, a person, injured or dead, sparks an investigation. Police shootings affect everybody involved: the individual, his or her family, bystanders, witnes...
falcon

Let’s Break It Down: North Korea Tension

In 2010, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea openly declared its possession of a nuclear weapon. The isolated Asian nation, lead by dictator Kim Jong-un, has dedicated itself to expanding the size and precision of its nuclear program. The nation’s weapons serve as a protection against the threat of regime change brought by the U.S., its greatest enemy. North Korea has strong reason to believe the U.S. State-controlled North Korean media regularly delivers warnings to Japan and South Korea, two economic and diplomatic allies with the U.S. Also, both Amnesty International and the United Nations have dubbed K...
DSC_9136

1 in 2,568: Erica Hwang

She takes a deep breath. In, out. In. Out. She reviews the piece mentally, ensuring that her solo piece is memorized, the notes ingrained in her mind. She then steps onto the stage. While everything is memorized, it will not stop her from doubting her every passage. Erica Hwang (11) was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, or NYO-USA, a youth orchestra organized by Carnegie Hall Weill Institute, in February. For now, she waits for July 1, when she will arrive at the residence hall at the State University of New York, or SUNY, at Purchase, where she will practice the pieces she wil...
falcon

The F-Word

Every other Thursday, a group of about eight girls gathers in an otherwise empty classroom to scarf down lunch before starting to use the F-word.  But how much chit-chat can be made on the topic of one single word? “They make judgements about who you are by just this one word alone,” Gabi Gonzalez (12) said. She and Zoe Catz Johnson (12) serve as co-presidents of a TPHS club dedicated to the F-word. They facilitate those bimonthly meetings so that club members can have a place to voice their opinions around like-minded people. No, this is not a forum for etymology enthu...