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By The Numbers: Academic [Dis]honesty

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Coping

“Why are you so quiet today?”  Silence ensues and the question is left hanging in the air. Averting his eyes, Stephen Martindale (11) does not say anything.   On the outside, he seemed fine. Martindale went to his classes, took notes and filled out worksheets. No one, neither teachers nor peers, could have guessed the feelings of numbness and isolation that he bottled up inside him. Close friends were unaware that he was quietly grieving for the death of his grandmother; their attempts to learn about his sudden muteness blocked by a wall of silence.  Martindale had ...
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Academic [Dis]honesty

The classroom is bustling with paper-shuffling and nervous banter as students quickly review their notes in the hope of cementing the material in their minds before the test. Perched anxiously on the edges of their plastic seats, George Smith* and his friend are painfully aware of their lack of preparation. After the test is distributed and dividers are put up, the two begin to whisper to each other, realizing that their knowledge of the content overlaps just enough to cover all the topics on the test. In an act of last-minute desperation, they make a pact to cheat off of each other. With calculated shifts in paper placement, Smi...
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1 in 2,447: Farzaan Kaiyom

Maybe it’s Farzaan Kaiyom’s (12) maroon bomber jacket that catches eyes as he walks through the hall or, for those who prefer to stare at the ground, the Adidas NMDs that he chose for that day.  “I got really into fashion partly because of my taste in music. I listen to a lot of hip-hop and R&B, and artists of those genres never fail to dress … I think I’ve taken a lot of my fashion choices from them,” Kaiyom said. But while his affinity for streetwear has led some people to refer to him as a “hypebeast,” Kaiyom has spent much of his high school caree...
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Let’s Break it Down: Foundation’s Budget

With 15 board members, four assistants and a new executive director, the TPHS Foundation is working to fill in gaps in the school’s budget. Established in 1993, the TPHS Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money through donations and fundraising events with the goal of supporting students’ and staff’s educational needs. Donations can be made to athletic teams, academic clubs, other campus groups, the Teacher Classroom Grant Program or the TP Education Fund, the funds from which go directly into classrooms to support students.  The distribution of funds, which...
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Under Pressure Infographic

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Let’s Break It Down: Government Shutdown

The words “government shutdown” sound so catastrophic and scary, almost like a Purge-type situation. While   a government shutdown might not indicate a period of lawlessness and anarchy, there’s no denying that it has other negative implications. A shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass a budget resolution for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. The Jan. 19 shutdown was caused by partisan disagreements regarding both the budget and whether the resolution would be tied to solutions for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Past shutdowns have been t...
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1 in 2,447: Finn Taylor

A sandy-haired high schooler, his slightly-hunched back illuminated by the gentle glow of the clip-on lamp attached to the top of his sloped desk, picks up a pen and slowly marks his sketchbook.  Finn Taylor (10) became interested in art at 10. Come sixth grade, Taylor clutched a drawing of an octopus to his chest, grinning from ear to ear after he won first place in a class doodle competition. His artistic talent has only grown since that small but thrilling victory four years ago.  Born in London, Taylor and his family moved to San Diego last August because of his dad’s job. Even after bein...
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Move Right In

As the blistering San Diego sun slowly sinks below the horizon, quiet suburban neighborhoods and their surrounding canyons are bathed in cool darkness, the coral sunset bleeding into cerulean blue. Allison Kelton (12) stands in her backyard, gazing at the sky; she feels a wave of nostalgia that reminds her of her hometown, Reddington, New Jersey. To Kelton, the chaparral is a drastic contrast to the lush, towering oak forests that were common near her old home.  Every year, hundreds of new teens take their first steps as TPHS students. Many are freshmen, coming from one of SDUHSD’s feeder middle schools and ...
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Under Pressure

As an eighth grader, Bella* (10) watched her mother navigate the complex college admissions process with her brother John* (‘16). After guiding her son through both successes and failures during his rigorous high school experience, Bella’s mom became even more determined to mold her second child into “the perfect candidate for college.”    At a young age, Bella discovered she liked building things, and took a beginning engineering class in seventh grade. Yet her mother, unlike Bella, saw engineering not as the projects her daughter was tinkering with, but rather as a practical college m...