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1 in 2,447: Hannah Uzi

At the age of six, Hannah Uzi (12) and her two sisters, who were living in Moscow at the time, regularly took singing lessons. Unlike her sisters, who did not necessarily enjoy singing, Hannah realized that she never felt more comfortable than with a microphone in her hand. In the beginning, her performances started out as nothing more than her singing on the tallest kitchen chairs that she could find. Now, twelve years later, Uzi (12) has a much larger audience; she performs in front of hundreds of people and records her own music, in pursuit of a singing career. She began like anyone else, working tireless...
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All in Good Health

A student, swathed in a thick suede sweater and sporting oversized sweatpants, stumbles into class. Shoulders shaking with each sporadic fit of violent coughing, he mentally braces himself for a miserable day of school, which he, despite his physically weak condition, instinctively feels forced to attend because it’s just too hard to miss school and keep up.  High school students often feel pressured to come to school even when they are sick, especially at an academically competitive school like TPHS. “I would say [academic pressure] is greater in our community than it is in other districts,...

1 in 187: Laurence Trupe

History is the study of the past, particularly of human affairs, and how the actions of one person or a group of people can have countless effects on others. Recorded in documents over time, history shapes the perspectives of the world as students connect the past to current events. Although Lars Trupe does not use a traditional textbook, he teaches AP World History and AP Art History in his own memorable and impactful way with a unique story of his own. For Trupe, the decision to become a teacher was an obvious one. On his mother’s side, “We were either  teachers, farmers or engineers,” he said....
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The Commercialization of Christmas

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Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Magos

Soft laughter and the gentle clinking of silverware fill the air with festivity and cheer as slices of la rosca, a traditional candied fruit cake in the shape of a ring, are passed around. The pastry is unique in that one small, plastic baby Jesus doll is put into the dough prior to baking. According to tradition, the recipient of the slice with the figurine must host a potluck at their house during Dia de Candelaria, which is on Feb. 2. La Rosca de Tres Reyes, or Three King’s Bread, is made with flour, sugar, raisins and eggs and served during Dia de los Reyes Magos, a Catholic holiday that is celebrated by the Hispanic pe...
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Chuseok

As Sua Kim (10) walked through the doors of her grandmother’s traditional Korean-style house in South Korea at age seven, she was immediately overwhelmed by the loud chatter of many conversations between all of her relatives, creating a memory vivid enough for Sua to remember to this day. Although she was overwhelmed by the gathering, Sua felt at home, where she was surrounded by family members whom she had not seen since moving to the U.S. when she was three. Sua’s family was gathered to celebrate Chuseok, a celebration observed by Koreans on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar on the fu...

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...
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Healthy Kids Survey

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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...
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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...