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Week 19 (5/28 - 6/1)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

San Diego Fair

Opening Day for the San Diego County Fair is on June 1. The ending of the fair is set to be July 4. The fair is also going to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in June, but open on July 2 and July 3. Each day the fair is set to open and close at varying times. The theme for the San Diego County Fair is called “How Sweet It Is,” and it’ll be sugar-filled. Visitors are encouraged to “get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair presented by Albertsons|Vons. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is.”

Once you step onto the fairgrounds, you will be transported into a land of sweets that will awaken the child in everyone. There are many events and attractions that include, but aren’t limited to, chocolate tasting from a fountain, looking at the ocean from on top of a ferris wheel, and enjoying various concerts that the fair provides. You’re warned: “your toughest decision will be choosing what to indulge in first!”

Prices vary; for children under five, it’s free, it costs $12 for children six to twelve years old, it is $19 dollars for adults aged thirteen to sixty-one, and for seniors it is $12. There will be free admission for children under the age of twelve on every Friday. You can also receive a $5 Fair Day on Opening Day, June 2, and June 6. You can not purchase these tickets at the fair -- they’re sold at Albertsons and Vons only.

Picture by SDFair.com

Picture by Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

The San Diego County Fair starts on June 1.  The Fair this year is set to start on June 1 and go until July 4.

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Week 18 (5/21 - 5/25)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Vista Strawberry Festival

Vista, California used to be the unofficial strawberry capital of the world. In the 1960s and the 1970s, strawberries from Vista were shipped all over the country and the world. On Memorial Day weekend every year, they now boast and celebrate their strawberry fields in Vista. The Festival is meant to celebrate the joys of the strawberry and all of the happiness they bring. At the festival, there will be over three-hundred vendors and many different events like pie eating, costumes, athletic competitions, and much more.

There will also be concerts held at the festival including Aon Events Party Music at Empowered Firearms Beer Garden Stage, which starts at 9:00am, Barbwire at the SDG&E Crozier’s Flowers Stage, which starts at 4:00pm, and many other bands that will show off their musical talent. The festival will also have a Kids’ Zone for the kids to play. The Strawberry Festival crew wants everyone to “[c]ome enjoy full carnival rides at our primary Kids' Zone - located on the grass playing field of Vista Magnet Middle School.  Great rides for all ages. The Kids' Zone will be open Friday night through Sunday night.”

Another event set to take place this weekend is the Strawberry Run. The run consists of a 5K and a 10K that goes through Downtown Vista, runs through Vista’s Kite Sculptures, and ends at the Vista Strawberry Festival. All runners will receive a t-shirt, a custom medal, a goodie bag, some fresh fruit once they make it to the finish line, and, for those over 21, a free beer. There will also be cash prizes for the three fastest male and female runners. First place will get $500, second will get $250, and third will get $100. For kids 12 and under, there will be a one-mile run, and for kids 5 and younger, a quarter-mile run. They promise that, “[a]ll courses are stroller friendly, however, dogs are prohibited in the run. The 10k starts at 6:45 a.m. … Online registration closes Friday night, May 25 at midnight.”

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Picture by SanDiego.org (above)

The Vista Strawberry Festival starts this Memorial weekend.

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Picture by Vista Strawberry Festival (right)

People starting the Strawberry Run from a previous year.

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Week 17 (5/14 - 5/18)

Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

Salute to Education

Every year, San Diego County Ford Dealers give out 160 scholarships each worth $1000 to eligible students who apply for their “Salute to Education” awards. They also gave away two Ford Mustangs this year; the Ford dealers usually give out only one, but one was left over from last year. One of our own here at Santana High School was granted this award. She was the only student at Santana to get this scholarship.

The awards ceremony was held in downtown San Diego at the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park on Thursday, May 3rd.  The Keynote Speakers were Henry Ford III and Michael Brunker. The event was covered by many news outlets including Channel 8 and Channel 9 News. All of the scholarship awardees were mentioned in the San Diego Union Tribune. Kim is going to continue her academic and artistic career at UC-Santa Barbara at the College of Creative Studies and major in mathematics.

Photos taken by Christine Johnson, Kimberly McAdams's mom

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Cancer Survivors Day

Scripps Cancer Survivors Day is set to be celebrated in June. Scripps Health is set to hold a series of free public events for cancer survivors and their friends and families at hospital campuses in La Jolla, Encinitas, and Chula Vista. The events will be part of Scripps’s 27th annual observance of National Cancer Survivor Day. All programs are open to anyone that has had cancer affect their lives; it doesn't matter where treatment was received because everyone is welcome. Celebrations will include stories of survival, refreshments, entertainment, and opportunities to meet and talk to caregivers and survivors. Parking is free for the event.

National Cancer Survivors Day events are held in hundreds of places all over the nation in June. All events are made to help people connect and celebrate those who have survived. Events are also designed to inspire the recently diagnosed and offer support to their friends and family. They also want to recognize those who have supported them throughout the way.

Right now, about 15.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with cancer. Scripps is partnering with the MD Anderson Cancer Center to create and provide a comprehensive and clinically-integrated cancer care program in San Diego. The Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center is set to open later this year. Scripps “invite[s] cancer survivors, families, friends, medical staff, hospital employees and volunteers to join us for this informative and inspiring event.”

Picture by Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (left)

National Cancer Survivors Day is set to take place in June.

Picture by Millennium Physicians (below)

People all over the nation will be celebrating cancer survivors in June. 

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Week 16 (5/7 - 5/11)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is made possible by the National Association of Letter Carriers. These letter carriers go into different neighborhoods every day sometimes six times per week to participate in the food drive. For many years, local NALC branches have annually collected food for those in need as an act of community service. This year, the 26nd annual food drive will be held on Saturday, May 12. The food drive is always held on the second Saturday of May.

In order to participate in this supporting this cause, you must leave nonperishable food in bags by your mailbox. This must be done a while before the carriers are scheduled to come to drop off the mail. The carriers will then pick up the food from your mailbox after delivering your mail, which is then delivered to local food banks and given to local families.

After considering the seasonal stock of food banks and pantries, it was decided that the best time to collect would be in the spring. This is because food donations from the Thanksgiving and Christmas are always the lowest of any time all year. The traditional food drive as we know it was originally organized on May 15, 1993. The goal was to have at least one branch in every of the 50 states; it resulted in more than 220 branches joining and collecting more than 11 million total pounds of food. All over the country, letter carriers did double duty, both picking up donations and delivering mail. In 2010, the organization hit the one-billion pound mark, and the organized efforts of NALC will only keep growing.

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Picture by Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive (above)

On May 12, the food drive will be carried out by the letter carriers.

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Picture by APWU (right)

Leave food out on May 12 to give to people in need.

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Week 15 (4/30 - 5/4)

Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

Spring Fishing

One of my favorite times of the year is the springtime fishing season. It is one of the best times of the year for anglers because the fish start moving around and eating a lot more than they did in the winter time. San Diego is an especially great place for spring fishing because the water

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      gets warm very quickly. Usually, all of our  local lakes and reservoirs are lined with fishermen during the time of the springtime

                                        hype. Lakes that are doing well right now include those in the areas of El Capitan, Santee Lakes, Lower Otay, Dixon, and San

 Photo by SanteeLakes.com       Vicente. I went to El Capitan last week and caught 18 fish despite the bag limit weight being 5 fish and 27 pounds. It's too bad

                                        that I wasn’t in the tournament that was going on there. I haven't been to any of the other lakes besides Santee Lakes and San

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~       Vicente, so I can inform you of these two areas. San Vicente is a good place for fishing year-round for Florida-strain largemouth bass, blue catfish, sunfish, and bluegill. I have been doing well mostly on the warmer days because the fishing gets worse when the weather gets cold. Santee Lakes is the most popular fishing place in California, especially on the weekends. The best times to catch bass there are early in the morning and later on in the evening. Fishing during the day works very well there, but there are massive amounts of people that go there to fish, so one must be wary. Every lake in San Diego is good for catching fish at the moment; you just have to go out there, explore, and find the best holes for yourself.

Photo by Go Camping America

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Cinco de Mayo Run

The Cinco de Mayo Run was founded by the Valley Elementary Education Foundation in 2007 to raise money for Valley Elementary School, which is located in Poway. Most recent years have hosted an attendance of over 1,200 runners from all over San Diego County and Southern California, and the leaders of the run expect that this many or more runners will show up this year. The Cinco de Mayo Trail Run is used to raise money for local children so that they can have equal access to school supplies, technology tools, and enrichment activities more fortunate students have so that they may build the foundation for a lifetime of success.

The races will begin on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, at 6:30 am. There are two options for the races: a 5K and a 10K. The courses can be challenging, but they will take you on a journey across Lake Poway Trail, through the foothills, and around the lake near the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Experienced runners claim “[t]he 5K is designed to let you pick your pace. Enjoy it as an elite trail runner, as a challenging family run or simply a gorgeous morning nature hike. The 10K adds to this course — with a grueling out-and-back trek (or up-and-down if we’re being honest) into Blue Sky and a quad-burning +10% climb to the Ramona Dam. Take our advice and start training now!”

There is also a race made for children called the Kathy Crafts Memorial Kids Race. The children’s race starts off with a warm-up 15 minutes before the race begins. The Kathy Crafts Memorial Race is great for kids under the age of seven that aren’t quite ready to take on the 5K and for any mini-runners that just want to have fun without the stress of competition. The track is approximately one-third of a mile long, follows a trail on the side nearest to Lake Poway, and finishes on the same spot as the 5K and the 10K. Parents are invited to chaperone and participate with their little ones.

Picture by RunGuides

The Cinco de Mayo Trail Run will take place on May 5th.

Picture by CincoDeMayoTrailRun.org

People enjoying a past year’s run.

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Week 14 (4/23 - 4/27)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Locomotive Celebration in Poway

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 am to 12 pm, there will be a celebration of locomotives in Poway. The event will be hosted by the City of Poway at the Old Poway Train Park. You are encouraged by the City of Poway and the Poway Midland Railroad Volunteers (PMRRV) to join in the celebration of the return into active service of the beloved No. 3 Baldwin Steam Locomotive, the only fully operational steam locomotive that is accessible to the public of San Diego. The PMRRV is a nonprofit organization that operates only on the money gathered from passenger ticket fares and donations. This free event is completely open to the community.

The PMRRV restores, preserves, and operates vintage railroad equipment. The volunteers are also able to offer the community and visitors with vintage train rides around the park, and, through interpretation, provide educational programs (such as Operation Lifesaver). The last time the historic locomotive was operational outside of Poway was in 2016. It had been running for over 20 years when, in 2016, its service had to end because of critical boiler repairs that could not be overlooked.

Children that attend the locomotive celebration are encouraged to dress up in their best train costumes. They can dress up as conductors, engineers, train riders, or even the trains themselves. Rides on the trains are available for a nominal fee. You can also donate to the organization separately if you wish.

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Pictures by Poway Midland Railroad

This Saturday, you will be able to ride on the historical No. 3 Baldwin Steam Locomotive. (right)

The Poway Midland Railroad is hosting a free event on Saturday, April 28. (above)

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Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

Lakeside Rodeo

San Diego is huge. The nicest parts of San Diego include parts such as Seaport Village, and the more remote areas include unincorporated areas like Lakeside. In Lakeside, the annual rodeo is a big deal. For Lakesidians, there’s nowhere else to get super wasted, smoke cigarettes, get in fights, and watch people break their ribs falling off bulls and horses all at the same place. Seriously though, it is a really fun and rowdy event to attend, especially if it can be enjoyed with friends.

The rodeo takes place this Friday and Saturday during the day, and on Saturday and Sunday at night. I will be going Saturday night with my girlfriend and her family. My favorite event at the rodeo is bull riding. It’s my favorite because the bulls are absolutely huge, and when the rider falls off, they can get trampled, spiked with the bulls’ horns, or charged at, which makes for some good entertainment. The food there is also really good. I’d suggest getting the smoked barbecue ribs. If you don’t like cigarette smoke and a bunch of fake drunk cowboys, I urge you to go anyways simply because, in my opinion, it is a fun event that everyone should experience at least one time in their lives.

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Photo by the Lakeside Rodeo (above)

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Week 13 (4/16 - 4/20)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Boston Marathon Winner

The Boston Marathon took place on Monday, April 16, 2018. This year’s marathon made history because it was the first year since 1985 that an American woman won the race and a record seven women placed in the top 10 for the marathon. The best part of it for us is that the winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon was born and raised in San Diego! More specifically, she was born in Chula Vista. Her name is Desiree Linden. Linden graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001. She also represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Linden ran the marathon through the wind and the rain on Monday. She claimed on the Today show that “[t]he weather was brutal and early on it didn’t feel like it was going to be my day.” Despite the cold, Linden managed a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds. This was her sixth time running the marathon. In 2007 Linden placed in the top 20 women racers, and in 2011 she lost the marathon by only two seconds; losing only made her try even harder.

Before Linden managed to break the 33-year streak of foreign-born winners, she trained with Shalane Flanagan. Flanagan stopped and made a detour during the race this year to use the bathroom, but Linden didn’t leave Flanagan behind. Even after stopping, Linden finished the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in first place. After trying for years, Chula Vista native Desiree Linden managed to make her dreams of winning a reality. Linden went on to say, “[i]t’s amazing. It’s story book stuff. It feels full circle.”





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Chula Vista native Desiree Linden wins Boston Marathon.

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Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson was an African American baseball player from 1947 to 1956 who changed baseball and society forever when he started at first base on the Brooklyn Dodgers team on April 15, 1947. Before Robinson became the first player of color to ever play baseball, there were only white people playing the sport. America was still full of racial hatred towards blacks from whites, so baseball had a “negro league” which was for exclusively black people to play.

Robinson was a cultural icon in the 20th century. He broke the color barrier not only in sports, but in our schools, public transportation, bathroom usage, films, and even the military. It didn’t come without challenge; Robinson was criticized and scrutinized everyday of his playing career until he started to change the minds of people who doubted him. While altering the American mentality, he accomplished many achievements; some of which included being Rookie of the Year, National League Most Valuable Player, and playing six times in the World Series. We now honor Jackie Robinson on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15th. In every baseball game played on April 15th, each player on every team nationwide wears the number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson because that was his number.

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Photo by JackieRobinson.com

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Week 12 (4/9 - 4/13)

Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

Rattlesnake Season

A couple years ago I was running up a mountain in my neighborhood. It is a really popular place for people to mountain bike, hike, and walk dogs. I was running with my headphones in, and there was a bush in front of me, so instead of going around it, I jumped over it. This was a big mistake, because when I went to stick the landing, I landed on a rattlesnake and got bitten on the leg just above my ankle. I went to the hospital and was determined to be fine. I was lucky enough to only have received some swelling and pain from the fangs; my overall health was good.

I’m writing this to spread awareness. Getting back from spring break officially means that rattlesnakes are out in full force looking for food. Rattlesnakes in Southern California are different than those from other areas in that they do not hibernate. Instead, they are still out roaming around. They move extremely slowly, so they may go undetected. It is still possible to get bitten by them, especially if you are unaware of where they are because they don’t make much noise in the winter time. Nonetheless, I am reminding everyone to steer clear of rattlesnakes, especially in San Diego! They are everywhere! We live in their natural habitat, and with the weather getting as warm as it is, they are going to be moving around a lot more. Rattlesnakes are close to water during the day and they move the most at night and in the morning. If you do ever get bitten by a rattlesnake, do not put any pressure on it -- just get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

Photo from CouesWhitetail.com

Photo taken by the San Diego Zoo
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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Mother’s Day Activities

Are you looking for something to do with you mom on Mother’s Day? Well, there are multiple events going on throughout the state of California, and even a few good ones in our county. Not all events land on Mother’s Day; most range from May 5 to May 14. It doesn’t matter what your mom likes because there is something for every mother this Mother’s Day. Events range from brunch at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park to races and cupcake pairing, but make sure that you make reservations soon, as spaces may fill up in the events you want to attend with her.

The brunch mentioned above is the San Diego Zoo’s Mother’s Day brunch, which takes place on May 13, Mother’s Day, at Albert’s Restaurant in the Lost Forest section of the zoo. The brunch starts at 10am and lasts until 4pm on Sunday. You must either have a present zoo membership or a zoo ticket to gain entry into and attend the events at the San Diego Zoo. For adults, entry costs about $50, and for children ages 3 to 11 years, it costs about $20 for admission. The zoo hopes that you can, “[c]elebrate Mom at the San Diego Zoo with friends and family, and savor a bountiful and delicious buffet brunch prepared by Executive Chef Carissa Giacalone and Albert's Chef Charles Boukas.”

Being held from May 11-14 is the Mother’s Day macaron cooking class in La Jolla. All classes start at 10am and go until 12pm at the La Sur Table in La Jolla. They encourage your attendance to the event: “Forget flowers—treat Mom to macarons featuring the flavors of strawberries and Champagne. We’ll walk you through all the steps, from mixing batter and baking macarons to infusing cream with basil and preparing ganache and buttercream fillings."

Whatever your mom likes, there will be an event going on during the day of Mother’s Day that she will enjoy for sure. There are many more events unmentioned here going on throughout San Diego that every mother will enjoy on Mother’s Day.

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Picture by the San Diego Zoo

There will be brunch at the San Diego Zoo this Mother’s Day.

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There will be a macaron cooking class at Sur La Table on Mother’s Day.

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Week 11 (3/19 - 3/23)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Help a Three-Year-Old Diagnosed With Cancer

Emma Craig, a girl at just three years of age, is fighting for her life right now. This young Oceanside girl has been diagnosed with medulloblastoma. This means that doctors have found a tumor in the little girl’s brain. Loving family members from her family are now asking the public for help. They are trying to raise $20,000 which will go to Emma and her family to help them while Emma fights the battle of her disease. They are using a GoFundMe page to raise the money that will help the Craig family as they go through this hard time.

On the GoFundMe page, it informs that surgeons were able to successfully remove the tumor from young Emma’s brain. This procedure, however, has left the three-year-old with akinetic mutism. This means that the child is left with no real motor skills unless caused by pain or hypertonia, and with no speech. The mutism, though, isn’t strange. The strange part is that she can’t move or talk -- hence the akinetic part of the name. Emma just doesn’t care to move or talk. The last update on the GoFundMe page has announced that Emma is currently going through chemotherapy, but the treatment is extremely taxing on her small body.  

Things seem to be going fairly well though. Emma has been moving her arms and legs and family members have claimed that she has even giggled from time to time; however, there has been no real advancements with her speech skills. Family members are also asking to "[k]eep your fingers crossed for chemo," and explaining that, “it's a very scary road considering the amount of therapy she has to go through." As of Monday, March 19, 2018, the page has received $13,000 in donations. If you would like to donate, visit her page at GoFundMe.com.

Picture by Patch.com

Three-year-old Emma Craig has been diagnosed with cancer and is looking for the public’s help to raise money for her treatments.

Picture from GoFundMe.com

Emma has gone through a successful surgery to remove the tumor on her brain, but must now go through chemotherapy.

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Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

The Day of the Leprechaun

Many people treat St. Patrick’s Day differently than they treat other holidays. Some see it as just another day of the year, some consider it a special holiday deserving of celebration, and some use it as an excuse to partake in mind-altering substances like alcohol. One thing can be agreed about St. Patrick’s Day by everyone, though: it is a retail paradise. There is plenty of money to be made, whether it is in the sales of clothing, groceries, liquor, or decorations for this green holiday.

Alcohol is probably the most profitable St. Patrick’s Day product of all. People often simply dedicate this holiday to drinking. This creates huge revenue for bars and liquor stores as a result. This holiday often puts people on the streets with blood levels far higher than the legal alcohol limit. Parades and parties actively aid in the distribution of the “evil” liquid. Overall, despite the apathy surrounding St. Patrick’s Day, it is an active holiday filled with cheap liquor, red Solo cups, clovers, and pots of gold for many.

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Week 10 (3/12 - 3/16)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Gunman Takes Woman’s Purse

At Hillcrest in San Diego a man armed with a gun snatched a women’s purse on the morning of March 12, 2018. The armed robbery occurred at about 6:15 am in the 3400 block of First Avenue between Walnut Avenue and Upas Avenue, San Diego. The robber left the scene with the victim’s purse. At the time, it wasn’t known if there was anything of value or any amount of money inside of the purse. Officer Dino Delimitros said that there were no immediate injuries that were reported to the authorities. Robbery detectives were dispatched to the area of the theft to investigate the robbery.

The suspect that is being looked for is a male described as roughly 5 feet and 4 inches to 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He is a Hispanic man with a heavy build, short hair, and was wearing dark clothes at the time of the theft. He ranged from 30 to 50 years old and spoke with a heavy accent. The suspect was last seen running toward Upas Street, away from the scene of the crime. The victim and witnesses reported a car racing eastbound on Upas Street. This was reported after the robbery occurred. It is unclear if the racing car was related to the crime that happened not too far from the street.


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Authorities were sent to Hillcrest to investigate a robbery.

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Police are looking for the man who stole a woman’s purse on Monday.

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Week 9 (3/5 - 3/9)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Red Cross Month and Blood Drives

This month, March of 2018, is Red Cross Month, and in honor of their month, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible people in the community to donate blood to help those who need it. The American Red Cross needs people all over the country to donate blood to help 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Everyone that can donate should donate, no matter what blood type he or she is, but they are especially looking for type O, as always, since there is a constant shortage. Blood Drives are being held all over San Diego County. Some of the places hosting the drives include The Fields Church in Carlsbad, High Tech High in Chulas Vista, El Cajon Heartland Mosaic, Encinitas Library, Valley High School in Escondido, and The Health Occupations Center in San Diego.

In order to help, you need to schedule an appointment if you want to donate. You can make an appointment by using the Blood Donor App, go to redcrossblood.org, or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS, which can be dialed as 1-800-733-2767. Making donation appointments and filling out the Rapidpass questionnaire online health history survey are both encouraged by the Red Cross to help reduce the time it takes to donate blood. The questionnaire can also be taken in Spanish, if necessary. There are only four steps, and it will only take 10 to 15 minutes to take. After you finish the survey, you need to print, download, or email the RapidPass results and bring them with you when you go to your appointment.

There are some other things you may need to know about donating blood. One is that you need a blood donor’s card or a driver license or two other forms of official identification when you check in.  In most states, you must be 17 in order to donate (or 16 with a parental consent form where it is allowed by law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. High school students and others under the age of 18 must meet height and weight requirements. If you can donate blood, please visit your local donation center and give your blood to save others in the country.

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March is Red Cross Month, and they encourage you to donate blood.

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If you can donate blood, please help save a life.

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Week 8 (2/26 - 3/2)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Thunderstorms in California

This week in San Diego, we are expecting to have rainfall and maybe even thunderstorms. The National Weather Forecast claims that rain will be expected throughout this week and instructs us to be ready for it. On Monday, rain was said to only fall during the night with an 80% chance. During the day it was expected to be a high of 63 degrees with 5 to 10 mph winds through the day. On Tuesday, showers will persist with a possibility of thunderstorms until 4 pm. During the day, there will be an 80% chance of rain. That night, there will be a 30% chance of rain and the temperatures will reach a high of 47 degrees. Winds will be around 5 mph and fairly calm.

Wednesday will be a break from the rain, with a high of 61 degrees. Wednesday night, it will be partly cloudy with a low of 47 degrees throughout the night. Thursday, during the day, there will be no rain, just like on Wednesday; there will be a chance of rain after 10 pm. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low of about 47 degrees. Friday will consist of a chance of rain with a high of 61 degrees. It will also be partly cloudy. That night. there will be a chance of rain with a low of 57 degrees.


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Showers are to be expected throughout the week.


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Picture by Samuel D. Barricklow (right)

Thunderstorms are a possibility throughout this week.


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Week 7 (2/19 - 2/23)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

San Diego School on Lockdown

Last Wednesday afternoon, two San Diego County schools got put on lockdown because a gun was reported to be on campus. This happened just after the shooting at a school in Florida that killed 17 people. The lockdown was issued in Morse High School and Fulton Elementary School after school hours at about 3pm. Both schools are located on Skyline Drive. The San Diego Unified School District reported that a student at Morse was seen flashing a gun, which initiated the lockdown. A fifth grader named Miguel Chavez recalled after the incident that he “just had to keep in [mind] that, 'I hope we come out here alive. I'm feeling thankful because I'm still alive and I was safe."

Police described that the suspect fled the scene on foot and possibly got into a car. The San Diego Police Department searched around the area for the person, but saw no results on the ground. The department’s ABLER helicopter also surveyed the area from the air. It was announced by the district that the lockdown ended nearly eighty minutes after it started and no one was in custody. It is believed that the suspect fled the from the school, headed westbound on Skyline Drive, and possibly got into a car.

The SDPD are saying that the suspect is a man that is about five feet and eight inches tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white shirt, and black pants. The school district has announced that they are unsure if the suspect is a student from either school. At the time, there were about two hundred students and staff members still on the Morse campus when the lockdown was active. Parents of students at both schools were made aware of the scary situation by an automated call home from the school district.

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Morse High School was placed on lockdown last Wednesday after a suspect was said to have a gun on campus. (left)

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Fulton Elementary School was placed on lockdown after a man was reported to have a gun on Morse High School property. (right)

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Week 6 (2/13 - 2/16)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Robbery at SDSU

On Tuesday, the authorities announced that a hot prowl burglary had occurred in the San Diego University area. According to the university, the incident occurred between 10:20 and 10:45 pm on Monday. The burglary happened at the 5500 block of Hardy Avenue. The complex where the incident occurred is between Viejas and the SDSU Sports Deck, so the area is not technically part of campus-owned property. From what claims have arisen from the authorities, the suspect is unknown. The suspect entered through two different apartments on Monday evening. They entered through unlocked windows and encountered one of the victims during the event of the heist.

An SDSU police officer reports that “[n]o weapons were used or seen and the suspect fled on foot in and unknown direction. The loss was a cell phone and an iPad.” Apparently, no one was injured during the robbery. After being spotted, the suspect got away on foot with a loot of only two pieces of technology.

The police are still looking for the suspect that burglarized the two apartments in the SDSU area on Monday. The suspect is said to stand at about 5 feet and 5 inches tall and be a black man between 30 and 40 years of age. He is also believed to weigh 160 pounds and to be bald, as described by the witness. He was last seen in a black hoodie and jeans when the crime was committed. The San Diego Police Department is still investigating the incident and officers are asking the public to, if anyone has information on the burglary, contact the police, the SDSU police, or Crime Stoppers.


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Two Hardy Avenue Apartment were burglarized on Monday evening. (above)



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Two apartments near SDSU were burglarized and the police are still looking for the suspect. (right)



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Week 5 (2/5 - 2/9)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Zero Waste in San Diego

On Tuesday, there was a day-long conference dedicated to eliminating waste and conserving our world’s natural resources. The fifth annual Zero Waste Symposium started at 9am at the County Operations Center. This event is made possible by a nonprofit organization called Zero Waste San Diego. This organization aims at educating the populace, reducing waste, and maximizing conservation in the region. According to the group, this requires a new way of thinking. "Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them," the Zero Waste International Alliance mission statement reads; "[i]mplementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health."

This year, the focal points of the conference were reusing and recycling, organic materials markets, and how the public, corporations, and nonprofits each have responsibilities in reducing waste. Climate scientist V. “Ram” Ramanathan of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography gave the Keynotes address, which was titled "Drafting a Climate Change Declaration with the Pope and Vatican/San Diego's Impression Climate Action Plan." Other speakers discussed resource management, social responsibility, recycling markets and climate change. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear also appeared. She delivered an address called “The Power of Political Will.” A representative from Goodwill Industries also spoke about reusable products. Many other local nonprofit organization leaders were at the corresponding panel together, all gathered for the same goal -- to help preserve our precious environment.

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The Zero Waste Symposium began on Tuesday. (above)

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This event works to try and bring awareness to waste management issues in San Diego. (left)

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Week 4 (1/29 - 2/2)

Jacob Raycraft

Staff Writer

The Public vs. The Police


There is a constant flow of news, whether real or fake, that is a lot of times questionable. Not too long ago, hundreds of high school students protested about a police abuse scandal. It involved a La Mesa police officer and a student from Helix Charter High. The student was considered “non-compliant,” so the officer threw her to the ground and pinned her with his shoulder. The details may not be clear, but the girl seemed to be targeted by the police officer. When trying to leave class because she was not feeling too well, she was accused of being a drug addict. The instructor searched her bag and found pepper spray, which is a weapon. She was asked to leave campus but didn’t want to because of her claims of discrimination and no chance for her voice to be heard. She was later escorted out of the school and pinned down.

The protest that took place obviously focused on police brutality. Most police officers do not house malicious intentions, but there are always few that abuse their power. Hopefully, in the future, everyone will at least be able to view others through their own eyes and put themselves into their shoes more often. People, unfortunately, will always continue to be corrupt and maintain a certain amount of dysfunction in our world.


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Images from the San Diego Union Tribune's coverage of these protests.


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Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

SEX TRAFFICKING

In San Diego alone, an average of eight to eleven thousand people fall victim to sex trafficking each year. A 16-year-old girl from San Diego High School was among those rescued in a recent two-day anti-human trafficking operation that resulted in hundreds of arrests across the state. Out of 20 high schools surveyed in one study, all claimed that they knew that recruitment was taking place. The main targets are runaway 15- and 16-year-old girls who come from broken families that appear vulnerable. Many of the recruited are also gang members who try and convince themselves that being recruited will bring on a better lifestyle than the one than they were living, and they wind up as prostitutes as a result.

Gang members that recruit young girls know that the younger the victim starts in the business, the easier the convincing becomes. Many don't use condoms in sexual intercourse and feel dirty and unwanted, so the pimps continue to take advantage of the naive teenagers by promising a real relationship when nobody wants them anymore. Sex trafficking victims tend to fall asleep in class after a late night working. They often miss school on Mondays or Fridays, and may use a second cell phone to communicate with a pimp. They may acquire tattoos, expensive clothing, or purses that they didn’t previously have. Some have “older boyfriends” who pick them up after school for sex work. Hopefully, knowing these indicators will help us identify the victims and their abusers better in the future.

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer 

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will premiere at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego on the first of February and last through the fourth of February. There will be six films played to spotlight social injustice with powerful storytelling to back them up. The makers of these films hope that the screenings will inspire guests to take action in taking on local issues. These screenings will tackle scarcely mentioned subjects and inquiries such as “What do you do when your brother with a mental illness gets shot 14 times by police, or when your husband ignores a domestic violence restraining order?” and “How much power do you have over another's life as a juror, and how much power does your government have over you?” These explorations at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be done completely by independent filmmakers. Six films and their following question-and answers will lead people into a variety of different situations, but all are tethered to the idea of a better world. 

On Thursday, February 1 at 7pm, will be a film about a former juror that explores capital punishment alongside 11 others that, 20 years earlier, sentenced a man to death. On February 2 at 7pm, a film will be played about an expert on digital technology that undercovers how governments control and manipulation on social media as a tool of activism and to monitor their citizens. The third day of premieres will feature two films, one at 3pm and the other at 7pm. The first one is about a Liberian environmental activist that fights to dismantle corruption in a the country he loves. The other is about a mother that attempts to prevent the death of her three young daughters after they were abducted by their father after a violation of a domestic abuse restraining order. The film to be shown on the fourth day will be about a factory worker that fights against the global smartphone industry for better work conditions and rights for the workers. The last film will be played at 7pm on February 5, and it will be about a family that fights for justice and challenges police violence after a man with a mental illness was shot 14 times and killed by the police.  

Each of the six films were specially chosen for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival to expose people to many types of injustices happening around the world and maybe on a local or community level. The people behind these films hope that they will empower the people who view them to take action in their communities. They also want people to come together as a whole to create necessary social changes to create a better life and want to encourage people to create a better world. If you plan on attending the festival, you can purchase a single screening to watch only one film or you can buy a four-day festival pass and attend all six films.

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“The Blood Is at the Doorstep,” is one of the films to be played. (above)


The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be in San Diego on February 1 through 5. (left)


Pictures from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival's website.


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Valerie Rivera

Staff Writer

Teen Pregnancy

In 2015, a total of 229,715 children were born to women between the ages of 15 and 19, and the birth rate was 22.3 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is another record low for U.S teens, and the statistics demonstrate a drop of 8%. They had said “Birth rates fell 9% for women aged 15–17 years and for women aged 18–19 years”. Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity and the teens who are sexually active more frequently using birth control than in previous years. Our teen pregnancy rate, however, is still comparatively higher than in other Western industrialized nations.

The birth rate of Hispanic teens in 2015 was still set at two times higher than the rate for non-Hispanic white teens. According to Pew’s statistical recordings, the rate of non-Hispanic black teens was twice as high as the rate among non Hispanic white teens and American Indian/Alaska Native teens birth rates stayed more than one and a half times higher than the non-Hispanic white teen birth rate. The differences in teen birth rates are evident both within different areas of one state and across state lines. Even in certain states with low overall teen birth rates, some counties within those states have high teen birth rates than other counties due to unfavorable socioeconomic conditions, such as low education and low income rates of a teen’s family. Teenagers registered in the child welfare system are at higher risk of teen pregnancy than other teens. For example, young women living in foster care are more likely to become pregnant in their teenage years than those that are not in foster care. These statistics should lead to increased awareness about this prevalent issue in our society.

Graph of teen pregnancy in the United States from the CBC.

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Week 3 (1/22 - 1/26)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Pit Bull Attacks Other Dog


On Saturday, four pit bulls apparently got into a neighbor's yard. This vicious pack has supposedly killed up to seven other dogs. After the incident, the pit bulls were handed over to animal services, and they have been euthanized since. The incident happened at 10:45 on Saturday morning in San Diego’s Skyline neighborhood. Animal services and San Diego police responded to a call in the neighborhood that the caller’s five chihuahuas had been killed by a neighbor’s pit bulls. Dan DeSousa of animal services said, “While animal control officers could not file criminal charges against Jimenez because they did not witness the incident, the owner of the chihuahuas asked to press charges, and Jimenez received eight citations for the killings. The charges are considered misdemeanors.”

The pit bulls, two-year-old Patrón, four-year-old Crunch, eleven-month-old Travieso, and six-year-old Toast, have all been handed over to animal services by their owner, thirty-four-year-old Juan Jimenez. This isn’t the first time that animal services has been called to Jimenez’s residence. In 2013, animal services received a report that one of Jimenez’s dogs broke free from a chain and attacked a sheriff’s deputy. After that incident, six-year-old Toast was impounded from the home, but was later reclaimed by Jimenez.

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One of the four pit bulls that has been euthanized after killing at least five chihuahuas.

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One of the pit bulls being put into the animal service van by owner, Juan Jimenez.

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Josh Oedewaldt

Staff Writer

South Side

Every year, Alex Spanos, the owner of the Los Angeles Chargers, funds a football game called the “Spanos Classic” in which all the All-Star high school players compete. The teams competing are San Diego’s North County and South County. The team for which I competed and played was the South County.

John Joyner and the Mater Dei High School football staff coached the South County, and Rick Davis from Rancho Buena Vista coached the North County. Both teams had less than 3 weeks to practice and were limited to an hour and a half of time to practice during each time the teams attended practice. The game’s layout was fair; however, it was the longest-lasting high school All-Star game in San Diego’s history. I was honored to play in this game, and it was awesome. Even though the drive times around the event were roughly 40 minutes at night during the times with the most traffic, after my baseball practice, I reflected that it was well worth it for the experience. Getting to play with former enemies and current friends is an experience I would not trade for anything, especially since this was my last high school football game ever. I was not too nervous while going into the game because I decided to take the event in the present moment; I knew it would be the last time I would ever get to participate in high school sports. We ended up losing at the very end of the game by a 6-point margin, but I was not mad at all -- I was still happy with the way my high school football career ended.

I had fun playing sports in high school, and I will remember these times, even though they’re not completely over yet. If I did not play football in high school, my high school experience would not have been complete, and I honestly don’t know what high school would have been like without it.


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Josh Oedewaldt, AKA “The Beast.” 

Photos by the Los Angeles Chargers


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Week 2 (1/15 - 1/19)

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

TIDE POD CHALLENGE

In these past weeks, one joke challenge’s arising has raised mass concern and has even hurt people. People are eating Tide Pods as a joke for internet fame or just to be funny in front of their friends. This viral issue has spread worldwide and is starting to have a serious effect on people. It all started as a joke with people posting memes of Tide Pods and joking about them. It soon expanded to people posting videos of people eating Tide Pods on Youtube, among other platforms.

This has, of course, brought on much concern for parents and other adults. Tide Pods are packets of laundry detergent that are very potent, containing several different hazardous chemicals. Tide has released several statements explaining the danger in eating the Pods and advising that they should be used for cleaning purposes only. People who eat these don't realize the danger in which they are putting themselves. Some of the side effects caused by ingesting the Pods are nausea, vomiting, and the burning of one’s lips. Health officials are urging for all to quit this action immediately and to keep yourself safe from what could happen.

Picture from 9News.com


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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Puppies Found in San Diego

The County of San Diego is asking the public to help with information about the person that dumped two puppies in the trash. Two seven-week-old chihuahuas were found abandoned in a trash can at the Old Town trolley station on January 12. This is the second time in less than two weeks that puppies have been found dumped in San Diego. "The two tiny dogs were discovered Jan. 12 and taken to the County's animal shelter on Gaines Street," Tracy DeFore wrote. "Veterinary staff determined the dogs were females and they both appeared to be in good health." Since the puppies are so young, they are being held with a group that will foster the dogs. When the puppies are old enough, they will be put up for adoption.

Just 10 days before, two other puppies were found inside a box in a dumpster in the Midway area. These pups were about twelve days old and believed to be spaniels. Defore further asserts that, "There is no reason whatsoever to dump puppies, kittens or any other animals in a trash can where they are certain to die. Anyone can drop off unwanted animals at County Animal Services where they'll have an opportunity to find a good, loving home." County Animal Services are looking for any information about either cases. They are looking for who might have owned the puppies and the identities of the people that committed the crimes. If convicted of animal cruelty/abuse, a suspect could face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both.

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Two seven-week-old chihuahuas found in the trash on January 12. (left)

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12-day-old spaniel puppies found less than two weeks before two other puppies were found. (right)

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Pictures from Patch.com

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Week 1 (1/8 - 1/12)

Kyle Herwehe

Staff Writer

Attention To ALL Sports


At our school, there are many sports; each Santana athlete takes their chosen sport extremely seriously. All of the coaches at our school take their respective sports very seriously as well, which is why we have had the athletic success we have, such as Olympic water polo player Alex Bowen dominating his high school seasons at Santana, getting a scholarship to Stanford University, and getting recruited for Team USA; now, he is currently a starter for Team USA in the Olympics. Nonetheless, football still gets most the attention in our seasonal assemblies and gets more attention by the school.

Most students that aren't football players will agree that it seems a little unfair when football players get so much glory for dedicating just as much time and effort into their sport as the average athletes. Grady Lawson, for example, discussed this issue with me and claimed that he “[feels] that all sports should be treated equally,” and that “football shouldn't always be taken as seriously as it is and other sports should be taken more seriously.” Jacob Vargas, another student I interviewed, supported the same argument by declaring that, “sports like football obviously get way more funding; I feel sports should be more equal.” There are a great number of student athletes in this school, so hopefully all sports get the same respect, attention, and funding from the school in the future.

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Kim McAdams

Feature Editor

First Impressions of Santana

Santana High offers numerous opportunities for students to share with others their feelings about life, love, and friendship at school; an example of one of the best known around the school would be Unity Day, where Sultans gather to speak with one another about the various emotions and experiences they have had over the course of their lives as a way of welcoming themselves and their new classmates into the Santana Sultan family.  Even though this is the case, however, most of the results of these indicators of school spirit, whether they be surveys, gatherings, meetings, or any other form of opinion sharing opportunity, are either vague and unable to be quantified or completely private and unshared with us, the students who provided the information. For this reason, I took it upon myself to survey a large sample of unsuspecting underclassmen (mostly freshman and some sophomores) to find out what kind of image our school creates in the minds of new students and how younger Sultans feel that Santana has benefited and/or detrimented them both personally and academically.  I ensured true anonymity by conducting this survey on a Kahoot I launched while taking over multiple classes on Senior Takeover Day with a friend; the underclassmen didn’t expect the optional questioning and I didn’t know what to expect in terms of who I would include in my sample.

The results of my survey were very mixed and inconclusive overall.  Most of the time, there was no majority consensus.  I asked the students three questions with four answer options each.  There were, of course, no “right” answers, and no points were docked for answering one of the questions in any certain way.  The first question was a very basic one; students were to simply rate the school from one to ten in terms of its general atmosphere.  A majority of 35.3 percent of the sample of 51 students who answered this question judged the school to deserve a score from eight to ten.  27.4 percent of the same group of students, however, stood behind ratings from one to three, and 21.6 percent took the middle ground from scores four to seven.  

Even though such significant portions of the students surveyed answered in the low numbers in terms of how they would rate our school, most of the students decided either not to answer or to answer positively the question that followed, which was about what kinds of problems they had encountered at Santana.  An overwhelming majority of 46.9 percent of the 32 students that decided to submit an answer to this query claimed that they had not encountered any significant problems at Santana, and the worst problems reported (28.1 percent of them sided with this choice) were lunch line and lunch price issues.  It seems that the most relevant problem to young Sultans would be an overwhelming lunch line experience different from that of previous school ages.

Although this outcome was not as surprising as the previously mentioned one, the last question was answered by the most people.  52 students answered what their favorite school subject or grouping of subjects was, and 36.5 percent of them favored mathematics, science, and/or any other STEM-related course or pathway over the other subjects offered to them here.  The second-place favorite collective of subjects was the English language, meaning specifically English Literature, Language Arts, Writing, or any other course they may be taking or have taken, and in third place rested a fairly silent minority of 9.6 percent of the surveyees, who voted for social studies, geography, and/or history as their top choice to study.  Although Santana High boasts high performance in athletic pursuits, we academically excel as well; the math and science programs here are superior to other schools in the district, and our STEM pathways rank high among similar schools as well.

Ultimately, I have learned through this survey that although newer Santana students rate our school as pretty mediocre on average, not too many issues are prevalent on campus most of the time and academic inspiration in the classroom most frequently occurs from courses related to STEM.  Though new Sultans may feel overwhelmed about activities here to which they are not yet accustomed, hopefully their experiences here will eventually wear away any fear or doubt about this school and allow them to feel optimally in-tune with the family-like bonds that Sultans proudly possess and for which we strive.

The Sultan family lives on; Sultans of every class were invited in 2010 to celebrate “45 years of Sultan pride”.

Image from Classmates.com

Academic inspiration is common here at Santana, even though it doesn’t receive as much public attention as our athletics do.

Image from the blog of InGenius Prep

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Winter Festival

If you want to celebrate winter and all it has to offer, come to Poway to enjoy the Winter Festival on Friday and Saturday, January 12th and 13th, to keep yourself in the winter spirit. It will start at 5pm on Friday and continue until 9pm, and it will last from 3:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday at Poway Community Park. The event is also free and has many winter activities for children and adults alike. There will also be a free shuttle service from the Boys and Girls Club, City Hall, and Tarascan parking lots to bring you to the Winter Festival. Reviews exclaim, “The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!"

Some of the various activities offered in the park for the festival include sledding down a hill of snow, building snowmen, roasting marshmallows, and eating smores; there will also be a free photo booth and ice skating in a synthetic ice rink, but there will be no ATM at the event, so one must bring money before attending. There will also be a variety of vendors with a plethora of products and food at the event. You are also promised by the hosts that, “Lights will twinkle, as music sets the tone and laughter fills the air. The Winter Festival brings to life all of the charm and entertainment of a cold-mountain town, set right in Poway. Bring one or bring all; there’s something for everyone!" So, head down to Poway this Friday and Saturday to experience winter in an brand new way.


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There will be a snowy hill at the Winter Festival in Poway.

Picture by Caroline Gusman


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A picture of a previous Winter Festival.

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Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

HAMILTON IS COMING!!!

If you are an avid lover of musicals and the theater in general, I have something that may excite you to no end. Coming soon to our area is the famous Broadway play, Hamilton, one of the most well-known and famous contemporary American plays in the world. This broadway production’s focus is Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was one of president George Washington's right-hand men during the Revolutionary War. Although this is a very iconic story in American culture, it is very intriguing nonetheless.

This play will take place on January 12th in downtown San Diego at the Civic Theatre and you are guaranteed to have a good time. The play is estimated to start at about 8 pm and run for about 2 hours. This musical very fun in nature because it integrates many modern music types such as hip hop, rap, and jazz into stories of old. This musical is appropriate for all ages, but if you are 10 or under, you must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will cost 35 dollars, so be sure to buy them before they sell out.

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Week 17 (12/11 - 12/15)

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

SUP PUPS

If you are looking for something new and adventurous to spend time doing, I have just the thing in which you may partake. A company located in National City offers classes on how to paddle board, but this is not just any regular paddle boarding class -- they teach you how to paddle board with your dog on board with you! Although this sounds a little strange and out of the ordinary, it’s growing in popularity, and the reviews claim that people are having a good time.

This is not something that you have to do just with your dog either. Some people bring their whole family and all of their friends along with them to experience this new trend. This all takes place under the North Harbor Bridge near the Navy Dolphin Training Facility. The classes go on all through the week, so get out there and try something new and fun!

Picture from ChickyBus

Picture from the LA Times

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Craft Fair and Santa

On December 23 in Ocean Beach, there will be a craft fair where you and your family will be able to meet Santa Claus! This is the last date on which the event will take place, so you should stop by and visit before it ends. On Saturday, the fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Santa will only stay from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. While you’re at the fair, according to the hosts of the festivities, you can freely “[e]njoy the OB Craft Fair put on by the OB Town Council each year leading up to the holidays” and “[s]hop from local craft vendors and enjoy the beautiful oceanfront view.” Not only is the event something fun to do this weekend, but they are also collecting food and toys that will help support 90 local families with children and seniors this holiday season.

The food and toy drive is supported by the craft fair. This amazing organization, “partners with community groups and volunteers to package a week’s worth of groceries, care packages and new gifts and toys for those in need of help during the holidays.” If you cannot attend the event, there will be donation boxes everywhere including, but not limited to, Surf Lodge, 1502 Noodle House, Pruett Reality, and The Holding Company. So make sure to drop off non-perishable food items and toys to support local families.

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A vendor at the Ocean Beach craft fair.

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The Ocean Beach Craft Fair.

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Week 16 (12/4 - 12/8)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

City Ballet Nutcracker

One great way to get into the Christmas spirit this year is to see the classic ballet,“The Nutcracker,” being performed by the City Ballet Of San Diego at Spreckels Theater starting on December 8 until Christmas Eve. There will be many showings of the classic ballet throughout December, with multiple shows on some days, with a special performance on Christmas Eve. Throughout the performance you will, “go on Clara’s magical journey from her family Christmas party, where toy soldiers and mice come to life, to the enchanted Snow Forest and onto the Land of Sweets. That's where she's welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier and magical performances from dancers throughout the world.”

The dancers will also be accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra and Chorus to help spread the Christmas cheer during the performance. The members of the cast will also be in the lobby of Spreckels to greet members of the audience and pose for photos with them. You will also be able to, "feel the magic of the holidays at a performance of City Ballet of San Diego’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker. As you come into the grand lobby of the historic Spreckels Theater, you will be charmed by a chorus of carolers bringing you the joyful songs of the season.”

City Ballet of San Diego's production of The Nutcracker.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy in the City Ballet of San Diego's holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

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Poster above from Danny's Twitter feed (@DannyDuncan69)

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer


Danny Duncan Meet-Up


Boys and girls, you had better buy your tickets quickly for this upcoming Saturday night; it’ll be one to remember because famous Youtuber and comedian Danny Duncan will be having a live show for all of his dedicated and loyal fans. There will be a DJ, live stunts, giveaways, and much more for people to enjoy.

The show takes place on Saturday, December 9th at 7 pm. You can buy your tickets either online or at the gate, but it is better to get them sooner than later because there are only a limited quantity and they are sure to be sold out shortly after they go on sale. The event will take place at 3350 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA and all ages are welcome to attend. Buy your tickets soon to have a night that will be one of the greatest times you have had all year.

Picture below from TeeSpring

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Week 15 (11/27 - 12/1)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer

Coronado Holiday Parade

This weekend will mark the 42nd Annual Holiday Parade in Coronado. This event begins on the first of December and starts at 6 p.m., but people usually arrive to this event early to sing and listen to Christmas carols and wait for Santa to enter the scene in a fire truck. When Santa comes, one lucky family will get the opportunity to assist the mayor in lighting the Christmas tree. This year, according to the parade hosts, “that family could be yours by entering the 1st Annual Coronado Tree Lighting Contest!”

Last year, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Coronado Police Department for the Annual Teddy Bear Drive. They were able to collect 77 bears at the parade and over 500 bears in donations set across Coronado. They will also be accepting donations of new stuffed animals this year in numerous facilities and local businesses all over Coronado; these places include Coronado Bliss Salon, Coronado Chamber of Commerce, Coronado Eagle & Journal, and Coronado Hardware Glass & Paint. Additionally, this year the Hotel del Coronado has pledged to help with the drive efforts. They will be dedicating their annual cafe, Polar Bear Tea, to the teddy bear drive. The “Hotel Del” claims that the experience at the Polar Bear Tea will be, “a classic tea experience with a twist, including a special children’s spread including activities, book readings with Mrs. Claus and more.” A plush polar bear keepsake gift from Coca-Cola will be given to the guests that bring a new stuffed animal to donate to the Teddy Bear Drive, but before you attend these events, you must make a reservation.

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Sage Zachary

Staff Writer


The Run For Hunger


During this past week, some amazing and incredible people participated in the 5k and 10k Runs for the Hungry. These runs raised money for a food drive to give people who possibly can't afford meals for Thanksgiving something to eat. They raised enough for over 50,000 meals for families in need.  

There are around 300,000 people in San Diego that typically don't know from where their next meal will come. The San Diego Food Bank tries their best to give each of these people at least one hot meal per day. They greatly appreciate any and all donations. If you would like to donate, you can visit any of the food banks in San Diego or go to their websites to donate electronically.

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Week 13 (11/12 - 11/16)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer


Holiday Lighting Celebration


On Friday, November 17 at Santee Trolley Center, there will be a holiday lighting celebration taking place.  The event will have limited free parking, so you must get there early to park near the event, but it is recommended that you take the Trolley Green Line to these rain-or-shine seasonal festivities. Alongside the lighting celebration will be free holiday crafts, snow sledding near Rise City Church, and pictures with Santa Claus that will cost anywhere from $12 to $20.

This will be the 15th annual hosting of the tree-lighting celebration and it all starts around 6:15 p.m. The merriments include “Live Music by the Bayou Brothers on the Cal Coast Credit Union Stage” at 5:30p.m., a petting zoo, a balloon twister, multiple face painters, groups of carolers, and a caricature artist, so the whole family can enjoy getting into the holiday spirit early. The restaurants in close proximity to the event will also be open to the public, so everyone can fully absorb the atmosphere of Santee by experiencing the sights, tastes, and smells of the locality.

A past celebration at Santee Trolley Center.

Photo by BJ Coleman of the Californian

The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Santee Trolley Center.

Photo by CityofSantee.gov
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Week 12 (11/6 - 11/9)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer 


Be the Astronaut


There is no better way to spend this weekend than exploring an exhibit in Balboa Park learning about the universe in a safe place. There is an event in the San Diego Air and Space Museum that has been active since February 4 and continues until December 31. The cost of admission is $5 per person on top of the original museum admission price. 

The Be the Astronaut exhibit is an interactive attraction where you get to control the launch of a rocket, pilot the spacecraft, and drive a rover through space. The goal is to help kids “discover the solar system first hand with the help of virtual astronauts, and land on multiple worlds, including the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and asteroids,” according to the exhibit’s host museum. NASA’s experts have designed this attraction to be fun for the whole family and informative in terms of learning about the use of STEM in outer space.

In conclusion, the Be the Astronaut exhibit is something fun for the entire family and it teaches people of all ages science and skills that can be used inside and outside of school. The experts that designed this exhibit elaborated on their work by stating “scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, Be the Astronaut teaches you about the concepts, challenges, and excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts, and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules.” So, if you're looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend, head down to Balboa Park and learn to be an astronaut!

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Be the Astronaut in Balboa Park

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Be an Astronaut exhibit in the San Diego Air and Space Museum
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Week 11 (10/30 - 11/3)


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Come to see the Breeders’ Cup this weekend at Del Mar.

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Last year’s Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar, California.

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer


Breeder’s Cup  


Are you looking for something to do this weekend that will take you where the “surf meets the turf?” On November 3rd and 4th, you can go down to Del Mar to watch horses race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but if you don’t plan on attending the event, you can watch it on NBC Sports Network on T.V. Children under the age of seventeen are permitted to enter the race, but should be looked after fairly closely.

There will be many riders coming to try and claim the six million dollar prize on their various different types of horses. Besides the Classic occurring this weekend, there are a variety of other races taking place during the very exciting weekend. There are four races on Friday followed by eight (not including the Main Event) races on Saturday. CBS News informs the local public that “There is a significant amount of overlap in terms of jockeys in these races, with Smith and Castellano being among the most notable.”  Additionally, they assure us that “as [the] weekend goes on,” we should “keep an eye on Smith in particular, who was dominant in 2017 and will look to continue that dominance in Del Mar.”

If you are looking for a exciting family event, come down to Del Mar and pin your favorite jockey and horse to cheer on in the Breeder’s Cup Classic this weekend.


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Week 10 (10/23 - 10/27)

Freya Luttmers

Staff Writer


“Hamilton” Outbreak


There has been an outbreak of popularity locally in one single play: “Hamilton.” This production has prompted people to research and learn about the history behind it, buy tickets for themselves and friends, and build bonds with fellow fans. Tickets have consistently been going up in price since “Hamilton” hit its epoch. People have been camping outside of the box office to buy tickets for the next showing of the musical since October 26. Tickets are being bought as fast as Comic Con tickets when they become available. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the play, told The Associated Press that he felt "really humbled and really overwhelmed," when he was interviewed. “Hamilton” is based on one of the most hard-working founding fathers in terms of fundamental economic and governmental structuring, Alexander Hamilton. The tickets to the next showing of “Hamilton” have been on sale since a few days ago. Unfortunately, Miranda has retired from his role as the protagonist, Alexander Hamilton. Nonetheless, the play has produced such outrageously full houses that Fox 5 News reported and wrote a news story documenting the flurry of people in the lines seeping out of buildings selling its tickets.



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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer


Dia de los Muertos in Old Town


Dia de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead” in English, is celebrated on the first and second of November. San Diego, being enriched with culture from its neighboring nation, Mexico, puts on quite a show for this day. The festivities in San Diego’s Old Town will last from October 28 to November 2 and admission is free to the public. 

The celebration in Old Town will hold many amazing things to help us memorialize and immortalize lost lives this Dia de los Muertos. Each day has many different activities for everyone to do that include (but are not limited to) children’s arts and crafts, face painters, Aztec dancers, sugar skull decorating. There will also be an area where you can look up your ancestors. Old Town claims that they “will have six computers and six family history specialists present to help anyone that is interested. [We will have] one specialist in Mexican family history and a beautiful display of Mexican ancestry, [along with] one specialist in African family history research and another great display of African ancestry. We will have all of the materials to fill out in order to find out information about their family. Also you will have something to take home with you.”

The churches around Old Town will also have services throughout Dia de los Muertos that will include masses, harp meditation, All Saints’ Day obligation, and night fever. The churches will also be open in the evening on November 2 in procession to the cemetery. 

There is also a celebration called the Fiesta de Reyes taking place in addition. Those hosting the festivities affirm that, “as is the custom every year, the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard in Old Town will be full of fanciful, humorous, and visually-stimulating décor, offered as tributes to many of San Diego’s early citizens. Many life-sized Catrina skeleton dolls in fancy dress, and some greater than life size, hold court at Fiesta de Reyes throughout the fall season.” Folklorico dancers will also prance through Old Town during the events being held, so head on over! Parking will be free.


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A promotional photo for Dia de los Muertos in Old Town, San Diego.

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Some of the decorations that can be seen around Old Town during the Dia de los Muertos celebration. 

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Week 9 (10/16 - 10/20)

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A promotional photo from Birch’s Haunted Aquarium. (Top)

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Some pumpkins promoting the Haunted Aquarium.

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer


Haunted Aquarium


If you are looking for some spooky, scientific fun, you should go to the Birch Aquarium on October 20 or 21. This event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. You’ll get to enjoy being in close proximity to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and get to see unusual creatures rarely seen in the aquarium. Birch Aquarium urges you to, “Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time,” at their Halloween-themed event.

There are many events going on within the two days of scientific discovery including, but not limited to, getting up-close and personal with a Humboldt squid; getting to see creepy creatures like the skeleton shrimp and the sea spider; a family-friendly costume contest; a good vantage point of multiple glow-in-the-dark ocean creatures; family-friendly spooky story-telling; and so much more.

Additionally, a recycling event at the aquarium permits that if you bring in any clear plastic material, you will receive a gift shop coupon until the nineteenth of October. The aquarium encourages, “Birch Aquarium is calling on the community to reduce, reuse, repumpkin, and create spooktacular pumpkins out of recycled plastic containers. The plastic pumpkins can be made of any clean, reused container, and should be submitted to Birch Aquarium for a coupon to the Gift Shop by October 19[th]. The Plastic Pumpkin Patch will be on display for Haunted Aquarium.”

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Week 8 (10/9 - 10/13)

Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer 


Fleet Week Starts


This week in San Diego, Fleet Week is dedicated to celebrating our men in women in the military. Fleet Week lasts from October 11 to October 17 and is open for active military, veterans, and the general public to attend. 

The first event open to the public is the USO Concert in the Park, which begins October 13. The first half of the concert the USO Show Troupe will perform songs ranging from 1940’s tunes to today’s hits. The second half of their performance will include “beach country” songs from Tim Hurley. In order to get good seats, be there when the doors open at 5 p.m.

The events on October 14 include Fleet Week’s Sea and Air Parade and the MCRD Boot Camp Challenge. The parade will show off the military’s best action with cruisers, amphibious ships, destroyers, frigates, submarines, aircraft, Coast Guard search and rescue, vintage military aircraft, and many more amazing technological feats. The parade is free to the public and starts 12 p.m. The MCRD Boot Camp includes a three-mile obstacle run with 60 USMC drill instructors at the course helping guide everyone in the right direction. If you want to attend the Boot Camp, you must sign up in advance. 

On the 17th of October, the Fleet Week Enlisted Luncheon takes place at Seaworld San Diego, which will also honor our military. Channel 7 explains, “This luncheon at SeaWorld San Diego honors more than 250 military enlisted guests who have distinguished themselves in their service and within their various commands. Honorees and guests enjoy a delicious lunch and award presentation hosted by NBC 7’s Bridget Naso. After the luncheon, attendees are invited to enjoy an exciting day at SeaWorld San Diego.” 

Fleet Week holds plenty of exciting events beyond those described here, all in the name of helping us honor our past and present military and show them how much we appreciate their service.


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A photo from last year’s Fleet Week in San Diego

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MH-60 Seahawks flying over San Diego during last year’s Fleet Week.

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Week 7 (10/2 - 10/6)

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People enjoying what Pumpkin Station, Del Mar has to offer.

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Raelyn Schoonover

Staff Writer 


Pumpkin Picking 


Pumpkin carving is a popular Halloween tradition. The places where you can pick the perfect pumpkin are finally starting to open. Oma’s Pumpkin Patch is opening on Wednesday, October 4 and stays open until Halloween 

day. Oma’s is only closed on Sundays and Mondays and the hours are from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. The festivities at Oma’s include hay rides, pedal carts, a sand pile with toys for children to play in, a cottonseed mountain, and much more. Oma’s ushers in the pumpkin season by announcing, “We'll have lots of great pumpkins for sale!! Sizes range from tiny to 100+ lbs. Also available for sale will be Indian corn, corn stalks, gourds, and hay bales. Come visit our 'A Piece of the Farm' gift shop for souvenirs, crafts, honey and other seasonal items.”

Another place children can be brought to pick out their perfect pumpkins are Pumpkin Stations. There are Pumpkin Stations all over San Diego County, so you should be able to find one. Pumpkin Station kicks off Halloween with merriment on September 29 and continues spreading the spirit until October 29. The hours vary; Sundays through Thursdays, Pumpkin Station is open 9 A.M to 7 P.M., and Fridays and Saturdays, they are open 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Pumpkin Station hosts a lot more exhilarating activities than pumpkin picking that include an antique carousel, a swing ride, a car ride, a petting zoo, a game zone, some slides, and many more fun things for children to do. Sandy Coronilla says that “No matter where you are in the county, there's likely a Pumpkin Station nearby. The stations feature giant slides, inflatables, a game center, and more.”

Pumpkin picking and carving are easy ways to get into the Halloween spirit, especially in San Diego. There are amazing opportunities at both Oma’s and Pumpkin Station, so the little ones definitely will not be bored visiting and playing among the pumpkins.

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Guests at Oma’s Pumpkin Patch enjoying a ride.

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Mina Rivera

Staff Writer

Unwanted Decorations


In a city like Santee, the crime rate totals 980 total crimes per year on “bad” years, which now includes petty crimes. Robberies of items worth even low amounts such as 2 dollars are also contributing factors to the crime rate, but Santee’s crime numbers do not compare to cities and neighborhoods like Detroit, Milwaukee, the Bronx, and Chicago. We go to a school in a city where there isn’t much talk about violence or gang-related activity, because simply not much happens in our area. That’s why it was shocking to some when possibly gang-related graffiti and tags started popping up at the parks near the school -- but is this graffiti really a problem or even something to worry about?

The newly added “decorations” to the local parks are highly questionable. Some believe that “graffiti is always vandalism,” as Heather MacDonald of New York Times puts it, but others look at graffiti as a form of expressive art. One Santee local claims that “it’s just a bunch of little kids and really not anything to worry about.” Most Santee residents seem to either pay little mind to this new issue or are uninformed of it.

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Unsafe vs. safe areas in big cities across the USA.


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Week 6 (9/25 - 9/29)

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

The Hunt Is On


Want to have an amazing weekend with a group of friends? Well, this activity is just for you! This is not just a scavenger hunt, however; you can walk around with friends, take a tour around downtown San Diego to Balboa Park, and learn about the history surrounding these destinations. Your group of two to five people can sign up online and have a couple of hours of fun. You can even form more than one team and play against all of your friends. You will be guided by your smartphone around San Diego, using clues to complete challenges while learning about the area's history. When you are done, your scores will be posted to the San Diego leaderboard so you can see your ranking and your team's score.

This Urban Adventure Quest comes at a great value too! If you have five or more teams, you can get a 20% discount on your scavenger hunt. If you have 10 or more groups, you get 25% off. Simply call 805-603-5621 for any other questions on potential discounts. The scavenger hunt consists of 23 challenges and a total distance of 2.4 miles; the average time of completion is in the approximate range from three to three and a half hours. If you are interested in scavenger hunts, this is a must-see!

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Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt: Old Town San Diego
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Scavenger Hunt Map for San Diego and Mission Beach

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Week 5 (9/18 - 9/22)

A plate of pasta by the Philadelphia Restaurant Week.

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer

Restaurant Week 


An exciting Restaurant Week is coming soon! Restaurant Week is an event in which local restaurants partner with multiple organizations to promote their lunch and dinner specials to the public. The restaurants that participate also reduce the prices to their most expensive and exclusive meals to make them more affordable and enjoyable for everyone. 

Restaurant Week started in 1992 in New York. They originally only served lunch; it would cost around 20 dollars for a 3-course high-end lunch. Now they serve both lunch and dinner and make both meals relatively affordable. Get out there and have some delicious fun! It starts on September 24 and ends on October 1. Don't miss out! Make sure to get out there and enjoy some unique and amazing worldly cuisine. 


Different foods on forks by Westchester Restaurant Week.

(Pictures from the respective Restaurant Weeks mentioned above)

Raelyn Schoonover 

Staff Writer

Halloween By The Sea


If you are looking for something to get you into the Halloween spirit, starting September 23 through October 29, SeaWorld San Diego is transforming their theme park into a spooky and family-friendly atmosphere for the Halloween season. 

With Halloween approaching, SeaWorld San Diego has revamped their usually ocean-themed facility into a lighthearted Halloween paradise for children to explore. Chrysty Summers says, “I loved how creative they were at merging the sea life themes in with Halloween, all the while keeping it family-friendly and spook-free.” With candy stations all over the brightly decorated park, children and adults alike have the opportunity to roam around and collect candy from each station. If they want a break from running around, they can watch the many shows that SeaWorld offers. Dance parties are also available in the park and wearing costumes is allowed.

SeaWorld also has a section of the park dedicated to the festivities of Dia de los Muertos. The area is decorated with radiant banners. SeaWorld enthusiastically claims that the decor of, “colorful papel picado flags, vibrant ofrendas and large catrinas will invite guests to learn about this traditional Mexican holiday, and take part in this festive celebration of life.” You will never forget the dazzling decorations.

So, if you are looking for something fun to do with the entire family, SeaWorld provides an amazing and enjoyable atmosphere everyone will love. 





SeaWorld’s Dia de los Muertos decorations.






Sesame Street characters all dressed up.

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Week 4 (9/11 - 9/15)

Sage Zachary

Staff Writer


Family Fun


If you are looking for something easy and enjoyable to do this weekend, this is definitely something to consider: this weekend, the San Diego Bayfair is taking place and brings with it fun for everyone! The San Diego Bayfair takes place in Mission Bay and entertains with activities such as boat racing and fireworks. It is 30 dollars for a ticket, so you must get them before they sell out if you’d like to attend the fair.

The San Diego Bayfair has been a tradition for many years. The fair first started in 1964, which would never have happened without long-time hydro boat racer Bill Muncey. He was the one who mapped out the track and pressured the city to host this event. The Bayfair is non-profit and is made to give people a weekend full of fun and opportunities to learn about some of the rich history behind San Diego's hydro boat racing.


(Pictures from top to bottom courtesy of SanDiegoBayFair.org and the San Diego Reader, respectively)

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