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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

(Pictures courtesy of Sea World San Diego)

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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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