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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...
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1 in 2,568: Rayhan Tabani

At Public Square Coffee House in La Mesa, the focus is not on the drinks or the food; instead, much of the attention is directed toward the live performances and local artists. The stage, illuminated by red and purple lights and surrounded by late-night customers and musicians, is set up in the center. Jazz bands, soul artists and folk singer-songwriters have already taken the stage, but there remains one more act to supply the crowd with its nightly dose of rhythm and blues: Sugar Ray Ray. Rayhan Tabani (11), who is originally from Orange County, has been singing his whole life. Known by fellow Falcons as “Sugar...
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Let’s Break it Down: Supreme Court Nominations

In 1801, former President John Adams lay awake late at night, signing federal judge appointments on the very last day of his presidency, appointments that went down in history as the “midnight judges.” However, in 2016, Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, and former President Barack Obama, with a full 11 months left in his term, was not allowed by Congressional Republicans to appoint the next Justice. The president is the only person who is authorized to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Once the president makes a nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the potential judge. If t...
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The Write Education

As he listened to his aunt share stories of volunteering at underfunded schools in India, Ishaan Patel (9) was struck by the realization that not all students are afforded the privilege of sitting at a desk in a classroom. “I was really surprised because when I compared the schools that she went to volunteer at and the school that I went to, there was a big difference in the quality of education that they got and how they got it,” Patel said. “The students were sitting on the dirt ground and they only had one chalkboard and one teacher for like 60 kids ... When I saw the big difference that there was ...
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All in Good Health

It was more than just an ordinary internship; more than simply sitting in a laboratory all day while conducting scientific research. Instead, it was something much more significant: the chance to change the lives of rural farmers throughout the world. Madeline Song (12) was offered the special opportunity through her internship with the World Food Prize Organization at the Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company, or Mahyco, in Jalna, India. Following in her brother’s footsteps, Song applied to the Borlaug-Ruan Internship through the World Food Prize in 2015. After spending the previous summer exploring climate volatility...
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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...