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Volume LXXXVIII Issue 6-March 28, 2014
On Tuesday, March 4, La Jolla
High senior Lindsey Wilder’s
car, a 1973 Volkswagen Bug,
was stolen from its Fay Avenue
parking spot, right next to the
Coggan Aquatic Center.
When Wilder discovered
her car had been stolen afer
watching pool security cam-
era footage, her initial reaction
was not one of astonishment,
but rather one of good humor.
“First I started laughing, be-
cause no one ever thinks that
their car is going to be stolen at
school,” Wilder said.
Shortly afer, she contacted
the police and fled a report.
Te San Diego Police De-
partment is now looking for
the missing car; however, the
suspect(s) and the vehicle have
yet to be found.
Wilder said she learned it is
better not to park by the pool
anymore, for there have been
numerous break-ins and cars
stolen in the area including
that of senior Jordan Erickson.
Wilder told the LJHS admin-
istration what happened, and
they are also working with the
San Diego Police Department
to get the car returned.
It is recommended that stu-
dents park their cars farther
away from the pool to avoid
Another word of advice came
from Mrs. Rita Bastani, the
principal’s secretary, who said,
“Students should make sure
they lock their cars…Tere are
some devices you can get that
locks the steering wheel or a
low jack system which allows
the police department to lo-
cate the car if stolen.”
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By Zen Kelly
Staf Writer
LJHS students face fears of car break-ins on Fay Avenue.
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Te San Diego Blood Bank
issued an emergency call for
donations of rare blood types.
Blood types O- and B- are “be-
low safety levels,” with only
about three days of supply on
hand, according to the Bank.
“We really want to have a
minimum supply of six to
eight days,” said Lynn Stedd, a
blood bank spokeswoman to
the Union Tribune. “We have
not had a shortage like this
since 2006, so we’re hoping
that the community will hear
us and come out.”
Stedd continued by saying
“blood is in short supply be-
cause sterile saline is critical
in working with some blood
Saline solution generally al-
lows 125 donors each week to
give double the red cell count,
which is equivalent to a total of
250 donations per week. Since
saline solution has been un-
available, the blood bank has
been unable to collect hun-
dreds of donations and each
day the supply declines further.
Te LJHS Blood Drive Club
hosts multiple blood drives
By Jordan Bowman
Business Manager
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at LJHS throughout the year.
From the donations in a previ-
ous drive, over three lives have
been saved.
Te U.S. Food and Drug Ad-
ministration have attributed
the saline shortage to a surge
in demand caused by the fu
season in January through
March. Saline is ofen used
with dehydrated fu patients if
they can’t keep liquids down.
“Usually blood banks with
shortages can turn to other
parts of the country for help,
but currently there is nowhere
to turn due to bad weather,”
Stedd said.
According to Priyanka
Nanayakkara, president of the
Blood Drive Club, “[Blood
Drive Club] usually gets
around 70 donors.” Although
every donation helps, substan-
tial increases in donations are
imperative in order to avoid a
long-term blood shortage.
By Ana Gimber
Staf Writer
LJHS students at a blood
drive in the small gym.
San Diego Faces Blood
Students are warned to lock
their car doors
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Principal Chuck Podhorsky
decided to cancel the two new
courses for the 2014-2015
school year due to poor plan-
ning and statistical evidence
showing lack of student inter-
est and community backing.
“Introduction to Engineer-
ing 1, 2,” and “Principles of
the Biomedical Sciences” were
to be included in the LJHS
master schedule. However,
LJHS does not currently of-
fer the felds that these classes
are categorized under and
they were denied because of
the nature in which they were
Dr. Podhorsky explained it
in a philosophical way, “We
don’t have a complete map of
what the fve year plan for it
is.” He went on to say that each
set of courses is built around
the others. Each “pathway”
between courses must be
complete before the students
enroll in their frst year in any
given subject or department.
Mr. Martin Teachworth and
Mrs. Shauna Brammer were
the site teachers tackling the
two new courses and were
very disappointed with Dr.
Podhorsky’s decision.
Currently, due to the dis-
trict’s change to PowerSchool,
the Hi-Tide was unable to re-
ceive enrollment data on stu-
dents for either course.
Tese courses are not per-
manently canceled and may
become available in the fu-
ture. However, more fund-
ing or fundraising would be
required in order to pay for
their additional teachers. Or,
alternatively, other programs
and courses would have to be
continued on page 10...
Hopes dashed for BioMed and Engineering courses
Hey Vikes!

ASB elections are approach-
ing and will be held on May
23, 2014. If you are interested
in running for an elected po-
sition on ASB, or applying for
a commissionership, check
online in the upcoming weeks
under “ASB Forms.”
Also, if seniors have any
photos that they would like
to include in the senior video,
please email them to ljhsasb@, or drop of a copy
to room 304.
Sydney Moses
ASB President
Photo courtesy of Creekstar Allan
Photo courtesy of Blood Drive Club
Te administration of La
Jolla High School has been
planning a stadium renova-
tion project, which could in-
volve demolition of the 800
building for an addition to
Gene Edwards Stadium.
According to former LJHS
Principal Dana Shelburne,
the plans for this project were
sent to the Division of State
Architecture (DSA) at the end
of January.
Once the plans are approved,
the bidding process will be-
gin, and should last toward
the end of September.
Te submitted plan intends
to create handicapped accessi-
ble pathways on both the east
and west sides of the football
feld. It also plans to remove
the current boys’ locker room
and adjacent bathroom, as
well as construction of a new
boys’ locker room, weight
room, and bleachers for Gene
Edwards Stadium.
When asked about the dura-
tion of this project, Shelburne
said, “Construction on this
project will take around 18
months, but that is tentative,
depending on a number of
[variables] such as unknown
underground issues, con-
struction material availability,
weather and the like.”
Tis plan also includes the
addition of new synthetic
grass, a new track surface, and
a “LJ” logo in the middle of
the feld. Te words “La Jolla”
and “Vikings” would also be
added to the end zones, along
with lines sewn in the feld for
a variety of other sports.
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Field renovations could leave the 800
building in the dust
By Jake Foerster
Staf Writer
Te current boys’ locker room that is tentatively set to be demolished
Photo courtesy of Ben Allen
See the back page for
more information on
Hunter Pauker (art-
work lef), Matty Tay-
lor (artwork right), and
other LJHS artists.
Editor’s Note:
Hi Vikes,
Te Hi-Tide staf would like
to wish everyone a safe and
enjoyable spring break! Keep
submitting your articles and
comments to ljhitide@yahoo.
com and we will see you back
at school in April.
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March 28, 2014
Friday, June 13th
visit any of their classrooms,
and thus their teachers didn’t
behave in a diferent manner.
All in all, we as students were
given various warnings before
the visitation of WASC, and
were repeatedly told by admin-
istrators the importance of this
day, because ultimately, we as
students would be the ones at
a disadvantage if we didn’t pass
the WASC evaluation, and to
be on our best behavior when
representing La Jolla High.
Now, were teachers being ex-
tra cautious due to the chaos
that has plagued the beginning
of our school year due to no
set principal until last month?
Or, is it an issue that needs to
be revisited/with maybe how
WASC evaluates things? Te
reality of the situation is that
if the teachers are changing
the ways they teach, then the
WASC evaluation is lacking
validity. If the teaching meth-
ods that teachers implement
each day, such as lecturing,
which students actually re-
spond well to, are not seen as
adequate, then maybe WASC
needs to change their mind
set of how things should be.
Tey should instead work on
improving existing methods of
teaching, rather than trying to
change them completely.
Tis isn’t just an issue of La
Jolla High being accredited,
but it also brings to attention
the issue concerning the heads
of school boards who are im-
plementing plans on paper
into real life schools without
concerning themselves with
better alternatives.
Education is not to be some-
thing taken lightly, especially
considering we are teaching the
future leaders of America, but
instead needs to be more fo-
cused, with the realities of how
schools are run, how teachers
teach and students respond.
By Jeanine Erikat
Staf Writer
WASC came and lef our
school on Monday, March
3. For those who don’t know
WASC, the Western Associa-
tion of Schools and Colleges,
is responsible for accrediting
schools. With such a serious
case on the line, many teachers
were sitting on the edge of their
seats with anxiety and appre-
hension as the day drew near.
Tis being said, many students
had diferent experiences dur-
ing the WASC visitation.
Junior Adriana Chiquete felt
that “teachers dressed nicer,
and put up posters with school
guidelines. One teacher even
had us do presentations, in a
class we normally wouldn’t.”
Similarly, Junior Saba Fari-
di said: “On the day WASC
was coming to our school to
evaluate our teachers and our
system in the classroom, I feel
like the teachers almost want-
ed to primp themselves, make
themselves look a lot better
than they normally do in class
everyday to make themselves
ft the standards of the WASC,
which I believe is not good, be-
cause teachers should be like
that everyday.”
Likewise, Junior Lea O’Haire
stated: “Tey [the teachers]
were more into school spirit;
they were wearing red and
black. And they told us to be
well behaved, stay on task, and
enforced more of the school
rules. Tey were a lot nicer. It
was just a very diferent mind
set that they had.”
However, some students men-
tioned that WASC didn’t even
We aim to keep the
bathrooms clean.
Your aim would
“It was a decision
that had to be made
by the school district
due to shortages on
ADA money...”
Photo courtesy of Creekstar Allan
By Tony Rivas
Staf Writer
Imagine that moment when
you frst approach the stage on
graduation day. Your stomach
is quickly overtaken by the
sensation of butterfies and
all you can think about at this
point is getting your diploma
as quickly as possible without
tripping on something.
Sad emotions start to spread
like wild-fre, because this
will be the last time you will
ever see many
of your high
school col-
Many se-
niors would
wish for an-
other chance
to hang out
with their
buds, and if
you’re one of those seniors,
then your wish has just come
true. Students will now return
to school the day afer gradua-
tion, freshmen through junior
classes are to fnish their last
day of fnals and seniors are to
participate in an ASB activity.
Tis whole situation isn’t what
we expected; many plans have
been altered due to the chang-
es that have been made by the
school district.
Senior Blair Liss feels that
the whole “coming back to
school afer graduation” is ab-
surd. “Isn’t the whole purpose
of graduating meant for you to
get your diploma on that day?
How else can we feel accom-
According to Principal Sec-
retary Mrs. Rita Bastani, stu-
dents only have a mere image
of the whole situation.
“Te seniors shouldn’t blame
the school administration for
the decision, it was a decision
that had to be made by the
school district due to short-
ages on ADA money and other
problematic reasons,” said
Te state of California funds
school districts based on stu-
dent attendance, also known
as Average Daily Attendance
(ADA), at school. ADA is cal-
culated by
di vi di ng
the total
nu mb e r
of days
of stu-
dent at-
by the
nu mb e r
of days of
school taught during the same
A student with perfect at-
tendance, generates $5,786 in
revenue for the district.
Others may argue that the
situation is a good decision
made by the school district. By
making the seniors come back
another day, the school district
will have the funds from the
ADA. On the other hand, there
are in fact a couple of alterna-
tives to the decision made by
the school district. One of these
alternatives could be cutting
back on short days, or coming
to school on Memorial Day. If
it were you, would you be will-
ing to sacrifce your Memorial
Day so that you could receive
your diploma when you walk,
or would you rather wait to get
your diploma the next day?
Seniors are the Unlucky Ones
March 28, 2014
We, the Junior-Senior class
students of AVID and Mrs.
Rodriguez are writing in re-
sponse to the Opinions Edito-
rial, “A Day In Te Life A Tale
of Two Schools.”
While we commend the ef-
fort on discussing race and
spotlighting successful stu-
dents, upon reading the article,
we disagree with stereotypes,
phrasing, and the overall feel-
ing the article conveys.
Firstly, the article assumes
the term “Latino” to refer to all
who ride the bus. Secondly, it
ignores the fact there are Lati-
nos in the La Jolla community,
that very much enjoy its ad-
vantages. While we do admit
that groups tend to segregate
in terms of race and econom-
ic level, to label our school as
simply two races is to ignore
the rich diversity that our cam-
pus provides.
We agree that labeling La-
tinos as “lazy, dumb, stupid,
and crowding of regular class-
rooms” is simply ignorant. If it
were not for the bussed in pop-
ulation, La Jolla High in terms
of numbers, would not sur-
vive. It is a two-way relation-
ship, we need the school, and
the school needs us. Academic
achievement comes with hard
work and each generation pro-
vides more for the next. Many
of our parents are frst genera-
tion immigrants and we are
so grateful for the chance to
see our parents dream a better
dream for us. It will come, in
As far as participation in
extra-curricular activities,
Latino students have had a
strong representation this year
in boy’s soccer, football, wres-
By Kaitlin Wheeler
Staf Writer
Experience is the key to efec-
tive learning about the world.
Textbooks and tests can only
propel students so far before
the actual act of working at a
job or an internship becomes
necessary to progress further
along the path of success.
Many colleges arrange intern-
ships and job fairs, where local
businesses and large corpora-
tions set up booths on their
campus. College students are
given the opportunity to meet
and converse with employees
from these businesses and of-
fer their résumés to business
ofcials for possible positions
in their companies.
Similarly, some teachers at
LJHS, such as Mrs. Tenen-
baum and Mr. Teachworth,
frequently ofer and expose
students to various science-
related internships. Tis is ex-
cellent for teens who are inter-
ested in biology or physics, but
it’s not benefcial to the kids
who aren’t interested in these
felds of study.
Having a job or an intern-
ship fair at our school would
be proftable to all students at
tling, and girl’s sofball. While
transportation does provide a
challenge in terms of partici-
pation in athletics, it is not the
sole reason for non-participa-
tion. Other reasons include
not feeling welcomed due to
racial issues, schedule conficts
with commitments at home,
economics, or simply cultural
preferences in terms of sports.
Te fact is if you have the pas-
sion or desire for something,
the challenge will not present
a barrier toward participa-
tion. Jorge Jimenez and Edgar
Salamanca are both examples
of students that have managed
to balance their academics and
their athletics. Both have suc-
cessful GPAs and have made
great contributions to La Jolla
High School as captains on the
swim and soccer teams.
Students that commute have
made a decision to do so and
do not see it as a disadvantage,
but as an opportunity that pro-
vides rich life experiences that
one cannot attain in the class-
room. To address the quote,
“but if they spent a day in a
Latino’s shoes they would not
get past lunch,” students that
commute by bus learn to navi-
gate with fexibility within two
worlds. Maneuvering back and
forth from one community to
another brings about countless
challenges that cannot so easily
be summarized in one article,
many of which enrich a per-
son’s life. Do not feel sad, sorry
or pity for “those who walk in
a Latino’s shoes.” And know
that we do not “wish” to be any
diferent so that we can have
“more opportunities.” We are
proud of having created these
opportunities for ourselves.
In Response to
“A Day In The Life: A Tale of Two Schools”
By Camille Furby
Staf Writer
If any of us were to watch a
movie flmed in a high school,
the representation of the caf-
eteria would look nothing like
that in LJHS. Typically, a ma-
jority of the student body in
almost ev-
ery high
school eats
their lunch
in a cafete-
ria, but at La
Jolla High,
most people
try to avoid
Two years
ago, when I
was a fresh-
man, ASB
brought in
I n- N- Out
every Friday, bagels every Tues-
day and Tursday, and burritos
and tacos from Don Carlos on
Wednesdays. But now it seems
the District has imposed every
sanitary health code possible
to not allow us to bring any
outside food in unless it is in
packaged and sealed.
Tere wouldn’t be so much
of an issue if our cafeteria pro-
vided appetizing lunches, but
unfortunately that is not the
LJHS. Mrs. Tenenbaum ex-
pressed her opinion on the
advantages of the job fair:
“Students would have more of
an opportunity to experience
working in places they might
be interested in pursuing. Te
ones I have for sciences are
great, but I think there should
be options for everyone.”
As Mrs. Tenenbaum ad-
dressed above, more oppor-
tunities for a wider range of
jobs can be ofered through a
fair. Not only are students be-
ing given the opportunity to
acquire a job, but they are also
practicing their interviewing
skills, and learning to write a
convincing résumé.
Perfecting the act of physical-
ly walking up and conversing
efectively with an employee in
a conservative and business-
like manner can prove to be
very helpful when looking for
a job.
If LJHS could ofer this to
students, teens could have jobs
right at their fngertips, giv-
ing them the opportunity to
personally experience and dis-
cover their true passions and
Experiencing new environ-
ments and building a strong
work ethic will create a stable
background for students. With
internships and jobs, they can
grow and thrive as they learn
more throughout college or
whatever path they choose to
case. Unlike Bishops and other
schools that are ofered of-
campus lunch, we are not even
allowed to leave.
Many of us, including me,
would much rather not dine
on cafeteria food, and would
much rather spend our money
buying lunches and food from
local restau-
rants in La
Jolla that we
love and en-
Our an-
n u a l - f o o d
fair last year
was harshly
changed be-
cause of the
District’s con-
cern about the
food being
distributed by
students, so if
one day was not even allowed,
they most likely won’t change
their minds about letting us
eat foods from other business-
es who come in and sell their
food to kids.
Personally, I believe if it’s our
money and we are paying for
it and choose to eat it, they
should not worry about every
little thing they think might
happen since we are not of-
fered to leave campus to eat.
By Laura Derickson
Here are a few writing mis-
takes to check for before you
turn in your assignments that
spell check won’t help you
1. Cannot is one word.
Wrong: “I literally can not!”
Right: “I cannot discern the
theme of this essay with so
many grammar mistakes.”
2. Try not to misconnect
Wrong: “I think we should try
and change the dress code.”
Right: “I think we should try
to convince the English de-
partment that we do not read
enough books by female au-
3. Do not use “of ” when you
should use “have.” Do not let
your California accent get the
better of you.
Wrong: “We should of ditched
school and surfed the gnar to-
Right: “I should have taken
AP Chemistry instead of AP
4. Do not confuse “it’s” and
“its.” “It’s” means “it is.” “Its” is
Wrong: “Its really getting me
down that there’s no Brandy
Melville in La Jolla.”
Right: “It’s really getting me
down that Gandhi was so mis-
5. Do not use if when you
should use whether. If and
whether do not mean the
same thing.
Wrong: I am not sure if I
should go to Don Carlos or
Bahia during third period.
Right: I am not sure whether
I should go to the hemotology
symposium or the mock trial
meeting on Saurday morning.
Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Wheeler
“But now it is like the
District has imposed
every sanitary health
code possible to not
allow us to bring any
outside food in un-
less it is packaged and
Should off-campus lunch be allowed?
AVID Students Give Their Feedback
March 28, 2014
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A recent study by a Rut-
gers University Professor
indicates that around 95%
of high school students have
reported cheating at some
point, an extremely high
Much of this cheating is a
result of smartphones and
access to the internet, a re-
source which has only been
made available in the past
Students are generally in-
diferent when it comes to
the morality of cheating, es-
pecially considering it’s ofen
easy to get away with.
Modern education is be-
coming increasingly competi-
tive, and the workload has be-
come much more difcult than
it was mere decades ago.
Many students fnd it hard
to keep up, and there is a gen-
eral belief that doing well on
tests and assessments is vital
regardless of the means used to
achieve this.
As a result, it has become
very easy for students to cheat.
Answers to tests can be found
online in mere seconds while
friends can send each other pic-
tures of work done in earlier pe-
It’s difcult to get caught, and
generally a viable means of get-
ting a good grade.
Furthermore, despite sites
like being used to
combat plagiarism, around
58% of students admit to
copying work from online or
another resource.
Sparknotes is used by many
as an alternative to reading
assignments while other sites
ofer answers to specifc hand-
outs given in class. Sites used
to combat cheating like turni- aren’t always efective
at combatting this either.
Almost everyone is cheat-
ing in one way or another, and
no one seems to care.
Teachers have little infuence
By Shane Lynch
Staf Writer
La Jolla High School’s So-
cial Science teacher Mr. Jones
recently gave students taking
his Government/Economics
class an experience they will
never forget.
Each year, Mr. Jones teaches
a moment in history on for-
eign policy about the con-
ficts and massacres that oc-
curred during the Rwandan
Surprisingly, this lesson isn’t
normally brought up in the
course plan for most Govern-
ment or Economic classes.
During class lectures, Mr.
Jones repeatedly tells stu-
dents about how society and
government go hand in hand
with one another. One key
point is his view correlated to
Tomas Hobbes’ theory on
the state of nature. Because of
the importance of this topic,
Mr. Jones uses multiple tac-
tics to help students get a bet-
ter understanding.
“Te events that happened
in the Rwandan Genocide,”
Mr. Jones said, “are a great
example of society and the
state of nature. It has basical-
ly everything we are learning
about in class.”
For this reason, Mr. Jones
goes outside the norm and
brings up this very dark and
largely unknown time of his-
tory to help demonstrate and
give a better understanding
of Hobbes’ theory.
Regardless of why the Rwan-
dan Genocide isn’t taught in
the school-wide lesson plan,
the experiences and stories
over this issue, as they can’t
monitor what the students do
at home or outside of class.
In addition, the curriculum is
devised in such a way that stu-
dents can totally get away with
knowing very little so long as
they’ve memorized the specifc
information that will be on a
Parents are oblivious to this
issue as well, as they can’t really
control what students do on
their phones or computers.
Furthermore, there is a
greater emphasis on getting
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became of great importance
once a man who was shown in
the documentaries and novels
used in class was there in the
On March 13, 2014, a man
named Carl Wilkens gave up a
day of his time whilst visiting
San Diego to come and share his
story and experiences during
the Rwandan Genocide.
Wilkens lef his mark on his-
tory by being the last United
States citizen to stay in Rwanda
from the beginning to the end of
the Genocide. Having made the
decision to stay and do whatever
he could to help protect some
close friends, he had no idea he
was about to go through one of
the worst genocides in history.
He described to the class the
history then his personal expe-
Afer World War I, Rwanda
was taken over by Belgium with
plans to colonize and create a
modernized society. Leaders of
the Belgium expedition began
to segregate the people based on
their originating tribes and give
more superiority to one side
over the other in order to gain
control. Tese two groups were
from then on identifed as either
“Tutsis” or “Hutus,” no longer
the people of Rwanda. As the
colonization progressed, iden-
tity cards were established while
strong tensions began to rise.
Te Tutsis were given the high-
er title due to their larger bone
structure and height. Te Bel-
gium colonists began to west-
ernize the Tutsi culture and the
racial profling continued.
Overtime, the society in
Rwanda was separated into
three levels of citizens. Te
frst class citizens held pow-
er over all of Rwanda while
the Tutsis served them and
controlled the Hutus with
violence and aggression. Tis
system was used for decades
and as a result, the Hutu tribe
held a negative and violent de-
meanor against the Tutsi tribe.
It wasn’t long until this hatred
was unleashed.
From April 7, 1994 to July 15,
1994, the genocide of Rwanda
took place based of the racial
tension and destructive past
of the Hutus and Tutsis. Te
Hutus saw genocide as a fea-
sible solution and the only op-
tion to putting an end to their
problem. By the time the mas-
sacre was put to an end, over
800,000 men, women, and
children lay dead.
Very few Westerners lived
in Rwanda through the entire
genocide, but Carl Wilkens
was one of those select few.
Students expecting to hear
about the violence, murder,
and destruction were puzzled
when he smiled at the class,
glanced down at the com-
puter and played a small clip
of Rwanda today. Many were
confused at frst why a man
who lived through such an
event would play a clip on the
tourism of Rwanda. As the clip
continued, students realized it
was not just the genocide itself,
but the country’s next step that
was important.
Te video portrayed the
life, the beauty, and most im-
portantly, the Rwanda that is
present today outside of the
genocide that has tainted the
country’s name and reputation.
Wilkens wanted student to fo-
cus on the beauty and growth
that has occurred from it.
Carl Wilkens gave a difer-
ent outlook and approach to
life through his presentation.
On his own, he makes his life
work about changing the per-
spectives people have about
Rwanda. He has changed the
outlook of many students at
La Jolla, and hopefully, will be
able to for years to come.
By AJ Talman
Staf Writer

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actually learning and retain-
ing information, which many
believe signifcantly infuences
the amount of cheating.
Tis may contribute to the
general attitude that cheating
is acceptable, as students value
grades over morality.
Or perhaps the media has
infuenced our generation in
such a way that we have dif-
ferent values than our parents,
who cheated signifcantly less
according to statistics.
Whatever the cause, cheat-
ing remains a major issue in
both high school and college.
Cheating will continue to get
easier with new technologies,
and it will ultimately be up to
the students to decide what
they fnd moral and immoral.
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On March 19, the San Diego
Opera announced its inten-
tions to close afer the current
49th season, just shy of what
was promised to be a star-
studded 50th.
Te announcement comes as
a shock to many. Unlike many
other cultural institutions in
San Diego, the Opera has re-
mained strong in the face of
economic and cultural adver-
sity. In recent years, San Diego
has faced an alarming string of
closures of arts institutions, in-
cluding the renowned Starlight
Amphitheatre, San Diego Lyr-
ic Opera, and Eveoke Dance
Te Opera believes its de-
cision to close is a responsible
one. According to the Union
Tribune, the Opera wants to
close now instead of later in
order to remain “in the black.”
As the arts are a volatile indus-
try, it is not uncommon to see
companies fare out in spec-
tacular fashion, leaving their
checks bouncing and their
artists unable to pay rent. Te
Opera wants to go quietly and
allow its employees sufcient
time to seek another job.
Local notables have urged
the Opera to reconsider, and
lower-profle opera fans have
started Facebook pages and in-
ternet petitions to protest the
closure. Teir eforts will be in
vain unless a heavy-hitting do-
nor steps up to the plate.
Regardless of what happens,
the San Diego Opera has had
a good run, performing in its
possibly fnal season operatic
hits such as Verdi’s A Masked
Ball. Such an outstanding cul-
tural fxture will be missed.
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By Shane Lynch
Staf Wrtier
High school is a crucial point
in a person’s life, determining
where they will spend the next
four years as well as allowing
them to discover their values
and interests. For many teens,
it can be difcult to stay fo-
cused amid a constant fow of
tests and the general stress of
growing up.
Burnout, as it’s commonly
called, occurs when a student
loses motivation to keep up
in school and starts to neglect
their work. Tis condition is
extremely prevalent among
teens, particularly in recent
years. Te factors that lead to
burnout are varied, but some
of the major causes are stress
and indiference.
Statistics show that around
a quarter of American high
school students exhibit very
high levels of stress, usually
due to pressure from parents
to maintain good grades. Tis
anxiety can put a serious strain
on teens to feel that they’re
doing high levels of work with
little gain.
Te main reason for the gen-
eral lack of motivation seems to
derive from the fact that high
school yields little immediate
rewards. While hard work in
high school is necessary for get-
ting into a good college, a spe-
cifc test score or grade doesn’t
drastically afect students’ lives.
Tis leads to the belief that get-
ting good grades is a waste of
time, as we’ll ultimately still
have food on the table when we
get home.
A recent article in from slate.
com seems to agree with this
point, stating, “Nothing is at
stake for kids when they take
the international exams and
the NAEP. Students don’t even
learn how they scored. And that
probably afects their perfor-
mance. American teenagers, in
other words, may not be stupid.
It could be that when they have
nothing to gain (or lose), they’re
Furthermore, many intelligent
students feel that high school is
a waste of their talents, focus-
ing on test scores and rhetoric
over creative input and practical
studies. A recent survey indicat-
ed that 74% of teachers believe
creativity isn’t valued by the ed-
ucation system, a statistic that
no doubt contributes to lack of
motivation in many students.
While burnout may be jus-
tifed in some ways, it still
limits students in the future.
Performance in high school is
necessary to get into a good
college, where students can
focus on a specifc interest
and display passion for their
studies. If teens neglect work
in high school, they are es-
sentially barring themselves
of this opportunity.
According to an article on, something must
change for students to start
being passionate about edu-
cation; “Te curriculum and
atmosphere discourage excel-
lence; students are thought of
as having very little mental
capacity for new ideas and
concepts.” Many researchers
agree with this viewpoint,
citing lack of interest in the
curriculum as the cause of
burnout rather than outright
Whether schools are to
blame for this phenomenon
or the students themselves,
burnout continues to be a
major issue. Each succes-
sive generation experiences
higher numbers of indifer-
ence during high school, and
one can only hope something
changes in the future to re-
duce this mindset.
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It’s 12:09 and the bell rings
for lunch dismissal, and what
do we do? We run and get
inside as quickly as possible
as seagulls immediately be-
gin to swarm the lunch area.
As more and more trash has
been lef behind, it is an obvi-
ous fact that the seagulls know
that when the 12:09 bell rings,
it’s time to get any lefover
food they can grab ahold of.
Since the bell schedule never
changes, the seagulls have got-
ten quite accustomed to over-
whelming the lunch area when
the bell rings, and it has been
noticed as well that over the
past year the amount of seagulls
in the area has doubled.
Te frst siting of the West-
ern Gull was reported nest-
ing in San Diego County
on the clifs of La Jolla in
1935, and since then Seagulls
have made their home here.
Although we might not no-
tice a diference, the seagulls
migrate in numerous amounts
from the months June to Au-
gust, and are least numerous in
April and May, mainly because
of their breeding patterns.
Te main problem with
the seagulls is how aggres-
sive they can get, especially
because when there’s food in-
volved, nothing stops them.
I myself have gotten my
lunch snatched right out of
my hands, as well as been
pooped on multiple times.
To prove this point, I took
a survey here at La Jolla High
during lunch and asked twen-
ty anonymous students if a
seagull has pooped on them.
Te results? Sixteen out of the
twenty had either been pooped
on or encountered a seagull
trying to snatch their food.
Outside of school, the
seagulls, their feces, and
their aggressive habits have
been a problem at the cove
as well, and the smell has
taken over the entire Cove.
Unfortunately, most of us eat
lunch outside and on the quad
where we are open targets.
If you tend to eat lunch on the
quad, the trees that border it are
the safest place to be, but any-
where else there’s no promises.
Everyone needs to real-
ize that the more trash you
leave, the more seagulls it is
going to attract. Tere is a
simple solution of course. Do
your part and pick it up, be-
cause if not you most sure-
ly will be their next target.
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“I got my
license so
I went and
got donuts.”
“Why do you have donuts?”
“Who inspires
you most?
“My sister.”
“What about you is most
like her?”
“My weirdness.”
“What is she weirdest about?”
“She is always weirdly
happy and I think that
rubbed oñ on me."
"What's the most
frightened you've ever
“When my dad died. I was 10.
We walked into the hospital;
we didn't know at the time he
was going to pass away, and
my mom just broke down
Lesser-Known Facts
La Jolla High School has al-
ways been inspired by a vari-
ety of intelligent, passionate,
and creative students.
Tere are students at LJHS
making a diference at home
with fundraisers such as Teens
for a Cure: Relay for Life put
on by Charlotte Hathaway.
Tere are students winning
national and international
championships such as chess
player Varun Kirshnan and
debater Ram Prasad. Tere
are record holders and frst-
timers and gold-medalists and
Each student at La Jolla High
School has a story. So does
each member of the faculty.
With so much focus on college
applications and preparation
for the next step in life and the
next afer that, it is easy to for-
get the passion behind every-
thing our classmates do daily.
Tere are passionate fashioni-
stas in our math classes, trav-
elers in our science classes,
doctors in our English classes,
and they all are starting here,
at La Jolla High School. Tey
all are starting with an inspi-
Starting with our February
2012 issue, the Hi-Tide’s Stu-
dent-Focus page was not only
inspired by the daringstudents
at this school, but also by Post
Secret (created by Frank War-
ren), 50 People 1 Question
(created by Benjamin Reece
and Nathan Heleine) fromthe
December 2012 and Decem-
ber 2013 pages, SoulPancake’s
Snap Your Joy video (created
by Rainn Wilson) from the
January 2014 page, and now
by Humans of New York (cre-
ated by Brandon).
Inspiration comes in all
shapes and forms; the Hi-Tide
is inspired by its readers and
we appreciate all you do to
keep us in print.
"What's the hardest thing about being you?"
"Everyone looks up to me, it's a struggle."
"What's the hardest thing you have ever gone through?"
“When you go outside to get the mail in your socks and the ground is
a little wet. I hate that!”
"What's your biggest goal in life?"
“My biggest goal in life is to accomplish all
of my dreams, which simply, is just singing.
For me, I want to be like the best singer I
possibly can.”
"What's the most frightened you've ever
"The most frightened l've ever been in my life
was when I went to Big Bear for winter vaca-
tion with family friends and family. A couple
of my friends and I thought Big Foot was real
because we saw the Big Foot documentary. My
dad and his friend went around the house and
started banging on the windows. My friends
and I were hiding and crying we were so
scared that Big Foot was outside.”
“What is your favorite thing about each
"Late night 'Catan' matches."
“[The] most excitement I have right now is to
buy 'Settlers of Safaris'."
"She is cutthroat at 'Settlers of Catan', let me
tell you.”
"What's the 'Settlers of Catan'?"
"lt's the best board game ever."
“It gets intense.”
“It is so good. You should try it with us.”
“So you guys like to compete against each
“She kicks my a**.”
“I do?”
"So that's your favorite thing about her? She
challenges you?”
(laughs) “Sure.”
“Max challenges me all the time, except in
“Then I just kick her a**.”
" 'Cause he's butt-hurt about our board
“What do you want to be when
you grow up?”
“I want to be a music producer.”
“My biggest goal in life is
to be able to add some-
thing to society. I want to
inñuence people's ideas,
either in a physical or
thoughtful aspect. Pretty
much, i want to be benif-
ñcial to society."
“What is your
biggest goal in
"What's your fa-
vorite thing about
each other?”
“We play video
games with each
"That they're my
“What is the
hardest thing you
guys have gone
through togeth-
“It took three
hours for us to
ñgure out how to
ask my girlfriend
to homecoming.”
Photos courtesy of Amanda Menas, Taylor Mohrhardt, and Creeksar Allan
HI-TIDE March 28, 2014 SPORTS 8
Most consumers looking for
high-quality workout clothes
turn to Nike to receive dura-
ble, fashionable items. Nike’s
simple motto of “Just Do It”
has spread worldwide, just like
all of its products.
Nike’s latest styles in footwear
combine colorful and com-
fortable and have been the re-
cent must-have when it comes
to athletic wear. Whether it is
Free Runs or Wedge Sneakers,
Nike’s shoes are seen pounding
the pavement.
New watches made by Nike
are also mak-
ing their way
into the spot-
light with
their advanced
tracking ca-
pabilities and
sleek design.
the frst Nike
training shoes
were launched
in 1972, and
used innovative technology.
Te frst shoes Nike created
had “an outsole that had waf-
fe-type nubs for traction” and
were still lighter than the aver-
age training shoe.
Since 1972, Nike has held
standards for shoes that hold
purpose for a variety of ac-
tivities, including sponsoring
Team USA in the Sochi 2014
Carissa Gump, a 2008 Olym-
pian, remarked on Nike’s latest
patronage toward USA Weight
lifing: “Many of our ath-
letes have been wearing Nike
Weight lifing shoes in training
and competition for years. We
are very excited to welcome
them into the USA Weight lif-
ing community.”
Te bright and colorful
Nike running shoes are an-
other product that has quickly
gained popularity among the
masses. Nike has changed the
view of the awkwardness of a
running shoe into a sleek and
comfortable new form. Re-
cently, Nike has debuted new
technology that allows ath-
letes to track their daily exer-
cise. Te new Nike FuelBand
has quickly caught the eyes of
many with its sleek fnish and
endless capabilities that any
athlete would desire.
Te band is able to track
sleeping patterns, count steps
taken in a day, tell time, mea-
sure calories burned, and set
goals. With its Bluetooth tech-
nology, it can be connected to
a smartphone to view progress
while on the go. Tis technol-
ogy has been
compiled into
a sophisticated
bracelet that
comes in a va-
riety of difer-
ent accent col-
Te size of
the band is the
most surpris-
ing feature, be-
cause it has the
ability to track
all of the body’s
activity just by its placement
on the wrist. No longer does
one have to go to the gym and
work out on a machine just to
count the amount of calories
burned. Now, the band can be
used anywhere and its infor-
mation can be gathered easily
through diferent user-friendly
Nike apps on a smartphone.
Reed Vickerman, a junior
at La Jolla High School, raves
about his own Nike FuelBand;
“Te lightweight design allows
me to engage in everyday ac-
tivities without dealing with
the bulkiness of a watch or
Nike is quickly gaining pop-
ularity with its inventive de-
signs, comfortable products,
and aesthetic genius. Nike’s
new, sophisticated watches
hold great purpose in a simple
compact design, while their
running shoes are practical
and preferred for a wide vari-
ety of athletic activities.
By Lily Kennedy
Staf Writer
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Club sports have become
very popular with many high
school athletes. Te students
who play club sports usually
play year-round, including the
On the other hand, high
school sports are played dur-
ing specifc seasons. For most
sports, students take a break
from the club sport during
the high school season. How-
ever, if a student wants to play
a sport other than the club
sport, the seasons overlap.
Some think playing two sports
is benefcial, while others be-
lieve that playing two sports at
the same time is a problem.
Tere are many positive rea-
sons for students to play club
and high school sports si-
multaneously. Te advantage
of playing club sports year-
round is primarily to help a
student consistently increase
their skills throughout the
year. If they take a break from
their sport, their skills may get
rusty, and they will fall behind.
Additionally, if a student
wants to play in college, the
student will need to be able to
play at a very high level. Club
sports provide athletes with
the high level of play neces-
sary to prepare them for col-
lege competition.
Playing another sport at the
same time as the club sport can
help them to increase athletic
For example, a basketball
player who also does track can
increase their speed and stam-
ina with track workouts. Also,
some of the best athletes are on
club teams so with high school
players playing on club teams,
the high school teams may not
be as strong.
However, there are some
people, who believe that it is
not acceptable for athletes to
combine club and high school
sports, as they may have con-
ficting practice schedules.
Tis may negatively efect
both the high school and the
club team. Some coaches and
athletic trainers believe that
it is unsafe for students to be
playing two sports at the same
LJHS’s Coach Frank says, “I
think it should go on an indi-
vidual basis; every student’s
diferent. Tere are some stu-
dents that can handle that ex-
tra time, that have their time
budgeted, that can do two
diferent sports, and get their
homework done. For a lot of
people, especially at the high
school age, I think it can be too
much at times. It’s a decision
that each person, each family,
should decide for themselves.”
High school students have
developing bodies, and can
easily be overtrained. For ex-
ample, if a student runs six
miles in a track workout, they
may run the equivalent of an-
other six miles in a two-hour
soccer practice, which could
lead to an injury. Both coaches
may try to work the athletes as
hard as they can. Tis will not
allow the athletes adequate re-
covery time, especially with a
growing body.
It is virtually impossible for
an athlete to be able to put
his or her very best efort into
both practices. Tis may efect
the cohesion of both team, as
the teammates may feel like
the athlete is not putting their
best efort forward in practice.
Tere are conficting opin-
ions on the value of a club
sport and a high school sport
at the same time. Each sport
is diferent and each athlete
is diferent. Te decision on
whether or not a student ath-
lete should play both sports
should be made by the student
with input from both coaches
and the student’s parents.
By Rachel Carroll
Staf Writer
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4/8 vs. Mira Mesa
Boys’ Baseball
3/28 vs. Patrick Henry
Boys’ Golf
4/7 vs. Scripps Ranch
Boys’ Lacrosse
4/8 vs. Cathedral
Girls’ Lacrosse
3/28 vs. Cathedral
Girls’ Sofball
4/9 vs. Mission Bay
Swim Team
3/28 vs. St. Augustine
Boys’ Tennis
3/29 vs. Scripps Ranch
Track & Field
3/29 Mt. Carmel Invitational
Boys’ Volleyball
4/9 vs. Scripps Ranch
Students playing both club sports and high school sports
experience positive and negative efects.
Not every person is the same,
so why does everyone feel they
have to exercise the same way?
Lately, there has been in-
creasing popularity for alter-
native forms of exercise that
can suit anyone’s desires.
Pilates is a great form of ex-
ercise because it’s similar to
yoga, while focusing more on
strengthening the core and
the surrounding muscles. Te
main goal is achieving the
right form rather than the
burn. Pilates helps with co-
ordination, balance, and im-
proves posture.
Popular Pilates studios in La
Jolla are: Pilates Plus, Pilates of
La Jolla, and White Light Pi-
Insanity isn’t a workout rou-
tine to be taken lightly. It re-
quires serious dedication and
motivation to get through the
60-day plan. According to life-, it’s worth all
the hard work because it yields
great results.
Cross Fit is another type of
hard core workout for those
serious about getting in shape.
Cross Fit is not specialized to
the individual; its main pur-
pose is “universal scalability.”
It includes workouts ranging
from broad, general, to inclu-
Yet another type of alterna-
tive exercise is Zumba. Zum-
ba is an aerobic ftness program
that combines Latin American
dance into resistance train-
ing of short and fast intervals.
Zumba is fun because it incor-
porates Latin music into yet
another intense workout rou-
Insanity and Zumba are eas-
ily attainable and can be done
from the home while on the
other hand, one can go to Pi-
lates and Cross Fit classes.
Tere’s a perfect workout for
By Lauren Robbins
Staf Writer
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“For a lot of people,
especially at the high
school age, I think it
can be too much at
-Coach Frank
“Te lightweight
design allows me to
engage in everyday
activities without
dealing with the
bulkiness of a watch
or phone.”
Blake Shores goes against sports trainer Ben during the Senior
vs. Faculty basketballl game.
Photo courtesy of Creekstar Allan
SPORTS 9 HI-TIDE March 28, 2014
High school athletes are con-
stantly pushing themselves
harder to become better, faster,
and stronger. Tey challenge
their bodies to cope with the
hard practices and intense
Listening to what your body
needs and performing faw-
lessly at the same time is nearly
impossible, yet students con-
tinue to push themselves to the
breaking point.
For many students at La Jol-
la High School, the breaking
point is a tear of the anterior
cruciate ligament (ACL). Ac-
cording to the National High
School Sports-Related Injury
Surveillance Study, “approxi-
mately one ACL tear occur[s]
every 15,000 times an athlete
practiced or competed.”
Te chances may seem slim;
however, with competitive
contact sports, the injuries are
seen quite frequently.
An ACL tear is unlike many
other sports injuries because
of the large possibility for the
need of surgery.
According to Dr. Dawn
Comstock, around 60 percent
of all sport- induced surgeries
are for the ACL.
Also, girls are eight times
more likely to tear their ACL
than boys. Te reason for
this increase in risk in girls is
mainly due to the diferences
in body make-up between the
two sexes.
Kaiser Permanente explains
that girls typically plant their
feet while their body is in
an upright position with the
knees not very bent, causing
“some inward rotation in the
knee,” which is usually too
much stress on the ACL.
Emily Young, a senior, and
Helen Lee, a sophomore, are
both recovering from ACL
tears that occurred several
months ago. For them, the cost
of tearing their ACLs was six
months of recovery, excluding
them from their playing dur-
ing their 2014 lacrosse season,
Lee’s basketball season and
most of Young’s feld hockey
Young and Lee are still con-
tributing to the girls’ varsity la-
crosse team with their constant
support and coaching help. If
all goes well, Young may even
have the chance to play toward
the end of the season.
Lee remarked, “I get cleared
to play sports at six months
but it’s really around nine
months that I’ll be 100%.” She
is optimistic about continuing
to play high school and club
sports afer her full recovery.
Young continues to look at
the benefts of her ACL in-
jury opening her perspective;
“Tearing my ACL has been a
very frustrating experience,
but it has also opened up my
eyes to felds that really inter-
est me like biomedical engi-
neering and radiology.”
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By Lily Kennedy
Staf Writer
Many LJHS athletes have recently torn their ACL’s, preventing them from participating.
Troughout the past four years
the track team has had 2 difer-
ent coaching stafs and now is
on their third.
For the last 2 years, Gregory
Simmons served as head coach
as well as sprints coach, along
with Willy Banks (former
Olympian), as jumps coach,
and Robert McCarthy as dis-
tance coach.
Tis year, the coaching staf
completely changed. Jason
Karp became head coach and
distance coach, Jeremy Spears
became head sprinting coach
and Scotty Gilbert became
jumps coach.
Tis has completely changed
the dynamics of the track
team. Having the previous
head coach be over the sprint-
ers made him focus more on
the sprinters. As the distance
coach, he tends to focus more
on the distance runners.
Not only has a lot changed
with the coaching staf, but
amongst the athletes as well.
Last year, the girls placed 2nd
overall at CIF.
Big contributing points came
from the 4x4 team, made up
of Karly Zlatic (12), Kelli Han-
cock (12), Jenna Harmeyer
(10), and Satori Roberson (9).
Tis team won CIF, advancing
to state.
Zlatic and Hancock also
placed 1st and 2nd in various
events such as long jump, hur-
dles, 200 m, etc. Tese two girls
both graduated, and Harmeyer
will not be returning.
Tis leaves just Roberson,
now a sophomore, as the only
returning member lef on the
Although there are many
members of the team this year,
the team is made up of fresh-
men. Tough this may mean
our team may not be as full of
stand out athletes and place in
CIF as a team, there will be a
lot of building from the bot-
tom. Senior and returning
track member, Connor Hayden
said, “Tis year the coach really
wants to focus on getting ev-
eryone entered into the meets
instead of just focusing on the
top athletes.” Tis is a huge
change; it’s more of a team ef-
fort then it has been in the past.
Kurt Rustin, another senior
and returner added, “I think
the coaching is more organized
with the meet schedule and all
When head coach Karp was
asked what his goals for the
season are, he answered, “ To
establish a smart, structured
system of training, in which
each athlete has the best chance
of success.” He also mentioned
he plans to stick around at La
Jolla High for a while.
Tis coach has a whole new
method and is ready to put it
into action.
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By Lauren Roberts
Staf Writer
La Jolla High has many stu-
dent athletes, some of whom
play on the high school teams,
while others play club sports,
and still others may train on
their own at gyms, or even in
their bedrooms.
Unfortunately, most athletes,
at some time or another will
become the victim of a sports
injury. Whether it is a bruise, a
strain, a sprain, or even a frac-
ture, all injuries require some
level of rest and rehabilitation.
When an athlete plays on a
team, both the athlete and the
coach want the athlete to get
back to training as soon as
possible. Returning someone
to the feld is the goal.
Tis is a problem if the in-
jury occurs at the end of the
season because neither the
athlete nor the coach want
to miss out on the play-of
or championship games. Te
problem is that a small injury
can become a disabling injury
if they do not have the proper
rest and rehabilitation.
Coach Conway, the LJHS
Athletic Director said, “Each
situation and athlete is difer-
ent. My frst recommendation
is for them to see Ben Lowe,
our school trainer.
“I try and adjust to the ath-
letes’ needs to try to help get
them back to full strength as
soon as possible.”
It is important for high
school athletes to be much
more cautious then a profes-
sional athlete. High school
athletes have bodies that are
still developing and they are
more susceptible to long-term
If you have an injury, it is
important to discuss it with
the coach, a trainer, and your
parents, prior to resuming
strenuous training.
By Rachel Carroll
Staf Writer
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Alyssa Burnley pole vaulting at a recent track meet (above).
Last year was one of our girls’
lacrosse team’s best. With an
overall record of 12-5, the girls
made it to the second round
of CIF until losing to La Costa
Canyon. 2013, however, also
proved to be the last year for
a signifcant amount of play-
ers, as Wendy Nettleton, Sarah
Alton, and Emily Dinnerman
graduated; while Emily Young
and Helen Lee are unable to
play due to their devastating
ACL injuries.
Here is injured senior Emily
Young’s opinion on her out-
look for the 2014 season:
Hi-Tide (HT): If you could
describe last year’s team in one
word, what would it be?
Emily Young (EY): Cohesive
HT: What about this year?
EY: Young.
HT: Why?
EY: Tis is defnitely a grow-
ing year. It’s inevitable that it’s
going to be a slow start, but I
think that we’ll be able to push
through adversity and come
out on top.
HT: How long until you
yourself are able to play again?
EY: I’ll be back on April 11.
Te girls’ team is of to a slow
start, but only time will tell if
they are able to pull it together.
By Tristan Saeed
Staf Writer
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A look into the frst month of training with 4 year varsity athlete, Emily Young.
Track & Field takes a turn with a whole new set of coaches, and athletes aspiring for success.
Many student athletes don’t allow for enough recovery time.
Marina Movellan pole vaulting, and a baton run (below).
Swim team practices time trials to prepare for the 2014 season.
Photos courtesy of Creekstar Allan
Photo courtesy of Creekstar Allan
HI-TIDE 10 NEWS March 28, 2014
cut to accommodate the in-
troduction of the new courses.
At the La Jolla Cluster meet-
ing on March 20, Dr. Pod-
horsky spoke to the attendees
about potential course path-
ways at LJHS. He felt that any
new paths that La Jolla High
proposes should be commu-
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nicated to all stakeholders, in-
cluding the students, parents,
and community before any-
thing is implemented.
Podhorsky also believes that
anything and everything that
is proposed must be looked
at from a “long term vision
standpoint,” and that in his
tenure LJHS will not have any
“standalone courses.”
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As those who attended the
annual Senior vs. Faculty
basketball game on March
21 know, the faculty beat the
class of 2014 36-25. Te game
was entertaining and intense.
Coach Carter was a star play-
er on the faculty team, help-
ing guide them to victory and
maintain the faculty’s winning
streak over the seniors. Maybe
next year Vikes!
By Janet Shackleton
Staf Writer
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On Wednesday, March 19,
LJHS had Med-Sled Training
for fourteen volunteer stu-
dents and four faculty mem-
bers. Te training was held in
the upper 500 building afer
Students learned how to use
Med-Sleds to evacuate some-
one from the second foor in
case of an emergency. Med-
Sleds are made of durable
plastic and they can be low-
ered down a staircase by a
pulley system.
Afer the training, the par-
ticipants received a certifcate
saying that they had been
“Med-Sled Certifed.” Tere
was a rafe to see who would
get a wheelchair the follow-
ing Monday for the Day in a
Chair event.
On Monday, March 24,
LJHS hosted the Day in a
Chair event. An event put on
by the non-proft organiza-
tion called HeadNorth, a Day
in a Chair provides participat-
ing institutions with twelve
manual wheelchairs for a day.
By volunteering, participants
go through an entire school
or workday, while navigating
the daily challenges of being
in a wheelchair. In some cases
where there are more than
twelve volunteers, organiza-
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Med-Sled Training and an
eye-opening event for LJHS
By Lilly Grossman
Copy Editor
tions can host half-day shifs
or even multiple days.
LJHS did a morning and an
afernoon shif where a total
of twenty students and three
faculty members spent a day
maneuvering their normal
routine in a wheelchair.
At the end of the day, the
students and faculty had to
fll out an evaluation on what
they experienced and learned
from being in a chair.
Many participants said they
didn’t realize how many hills
there are around campus
and how they had to navi-
gate around the entire school
to get to the upper 500 and
700 buildings. Participants
agreed that they wanted to
do the event again and they
should’ve done it for more
than just a half-day.
Senior, Ian Brininstool, sang the national anthem for the
student body and faculty before the game.
Photo courtesy of Jordan Bowman
Bettie Coy, Vaill D’Angelo, Kaitlyn Wheeler, and Maddie Bolinger all participated in Day in a Chair.
Photo courtesy of Bettie Coy Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Wheeler Photo courtesy of Vaill D’Angelo
March 28, 2014
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By Shane Lynch
Staf Writer
With the release of “Boy”
in 1980, rock band U2 entered
into the UK music scene.
Consisting of four eager
young musicians from rural
Ireland, the group didn’t meet
the success they’d hoped with
“Boy” with only minimal rec-
Even so, they persisted, and
34 years later, they are known
around the world and have be-
come one of the most success-
ful and iconic bands in histo-
ry. From their humble origins,
they’ve gone on to inspire
millions through their music,
charity work,
and commit-
ment to the
promotion of
love and peace
t hr oug hout
the world.
Te group
frst found
s i g n i f i c a nt
acclaim in
1981, afer the
songs “Sun-
day Bloody
Sunday” and
“New Years
Day” reached
the top of the
charts in the
UK. With the
release of their
album “Te Joshua Tree” a few
years later, U2 became one of
the most popular and success-
ful bands in the world.
Since their beginnings,
they’ve gone on to record 12
albums and numerous hit
singles, including “Ordinary
Love,” which won a Grammy
this year for its appearance in
the flm Mandela: Long Walk
To Freedom. Teir songs ul-
timatley focus on themes of
peace and individuality.
Much of U2’s impact has
derived from the band’s com-
mitment to humanitarian
causes. Lead singer Bono has
personally taken numerous
trips to third-world countries
aficted with violence and
poverty, using a majority of
his musical profts to beneft
impoverished nations. U2 of-
ten challenges oppression and
confict in their lyrics, partic-
ularly in the songs “Mothers
of the Disappeared” and “In
the Name of Love,” which was
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By Lana Bass
Staf Writer
Another era ended as Jimmy
Fallon, a 39 year-old comedian
and satirist from Brooklyn,
New York, replaced notorious
late-night TV show host, Jay
Leno on “Te Tonight Show”
on February 6, 2014.
So, who is Jimmy Fallon?
Fallon started his career in
standup comedy, perform-
ing at various comedy clubs
in New York and Los Angeles.
By 1998, armed with notorious
celebrity and musician imper-
sonations, he auditioned for
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”.
Fallon landed a prominent
gig on the 1998-1999 season of
SNL, earning him a Primetime
Emmy Award for Outstand-
ing Guest Actor in a Comedy
Series. Fallon has been praised
for his ability to pull of spot-
on impressions, which became
a captivating part of his own
show, “Late Night with Jimmy
Fallon,” which premired in
2009. His show, composed of
parodies and interviews, has
caught the attention of many
Americans, mostly those in
the 18 to 49 demographic.
In contrast, 63-year-old Jay
Leno has appealed to the older,
mellower, post-college Ameri-
can audience. In 1992, Leno
caused major controversy
when he replaced Johnny Car-
son on Te Tonight Show. In
2009, he lef to create his own
show, Te Jay Leno Show. Afer
an insightful timeslot confict
with Conan O’Brian, Leno re-
turned to “Te Tonight Show”
in 2010.
Leno’s fnal show as the host of
“Te Tonight Show” featured
his fnal guest Billy Crystal and
musical guest Garth Brooks,
along with a few surprise
guests including Jack Black,
Kim Kardashian, Jim Parsons,
Sheryl Crow, Chris Paul, Carol
Burnett, and Oprah Winfrey.
Fallon’s lineup for his frst
week as host included First
Lady Michelle Obama, actors
Will Smith, Bradley Cooper,
and Kristen Wiig, while U2,
Arcade Fire, and Lady Gaga
provided the musical talent.
His more memorable skits in-
clude “Te Evolution of Hip
Hop Dancing,” Will Ferrel fg-
ure skating to the Downton
Abbey theme song, Celebrity
Charades and a Fallon-Tim-
berlake collaboration of “Te
History of Rap 5.”
When Fallon took over,
many wondered if this shif in
the late-night show franchises
would work out.
Looking at late-night shows
of the past, O’Brian opened
with an average audience of
6.4 million, Leno’s return aver-
aged 5.8 million and Kimmel
rounded to 3.1 million. Fal-
lon has pulled in roughly 8.5
million viewers each night so
far making it the franchise’s
most-watched week since the
“Cheers” fnale aired in 1993.
For NBC, however, the long-
term issue was not so much the
number of viewers as much as
their age. With Leno as host,
“Te Tonight Show” had an
average audience of 60 years
old, late-night’s oldest demo-
graphic for that timeslot. “Late
Show with David Letterman” ’s
average is around 55 and when
“Late Night with Jimmy Fal-
lon” was on, the average was
around 50 years of age. Time
will tell if Te Tonight Show
with Jimmy Fallon will de-
crease the average age for NBC
in regards to viewership.
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Teir eforts have been fo-
cused primarily on Africa,
with profts from their recent
song “Invisible” going to-
wards the prevention of AIDS
across the continent. “Te fact
is,” said Bono, “ours is the frst
generation that can look dis-
ease and extreme poverty in
the eye, look across the ocean
to Africa, and say this, and
mean it. We do not have to
stand for this. A whole con-
tinent written of - we do not
have to stand for this.”
Te popularity of U2’s songs
doesn’t derive purely from
their themes,
however. Tey
are also ex-
tremely ap-
pealing from
a musical per-
spective. Per-
haps most sig-
nature are the
distorted rifs
of Te Edge,
the band’s lead
guitarist. Tis
appeal helped
them to estab-
lish a unique
sound during
the techno-
heavy (and re-
petitive) 80’s,
aided as well by Bono’s vocal
strength and stage presence.
He has even been known to
involve the crowd in their
concerts, going as far as kiss-
ing random viewers.
While U2 has yet to reach-
the same success they found
with “Te Joshua Tree,” they
continue to churn out new
songs and are considered by
many to be one of the most
prolifc bands of the last de-
cades. Tey have persisted
through changing musical
tides and still manage to land
unscathed on the top charts.
Even though U2 has yet to
fnish producing new music
themselves, their legacy is
still inspiring to bands today.
Tey have infuenced bands
like Coldplay and Muse, while
their charity eforts have
helped millions hacross the
world. As Bono once said,
“Music can change the world
because it can change people.
Tat is our hope.”
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“Te fact is” said
Bono, “ours is the
frst generation that
can look disease and
extreme poverty in
the eye, look across
the ocean to Africa,
and say this, and
mean it. We do not
have to stand for
this. A whole conti-
nent written of - we
do not have to stand
for this.”
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Taylor is a senior here at La
Jolla High and has been draw-
ing, sketching, and doodling
for years. He claims that he
cultivated his art through
“mind expansion,” which led
to the evolution of his art from
simple doodles in his note-
book, to full pen sketches on
canvas paper.
When asked how our school
and town infuence him, Tay-
lor replied: “Te ceramics
courtyard is really the only
place in the school that has
artwork (other than the senior
benches). La Jolla is typically
close-minded as far as art goes
compared to progressive plac-
es like North Park where peo-
ple express themselves more
artistically without judgment.”
Bohannon, a junior, has been
a serious artist since 8th grade,
when she got her frst draw-
ing tablet. Bohannon special-
izes in Digital Art, which is a
form of art that uses technol-
ogy as the primary part of the
creative process. When asked
how she got involved in art,
Bohannon replied: “When I
posted my stuf online on sites
like DeviantArt, I started to
get more involved in the art
Out of all the mediums, why
digital? “I picked this medium
of art because I’ve always been
really interested in fne de-
tails,” she explained. Bohan-
non believes her inspiration is
all around her. “Everyone’s my
inspiration. I like looking at
how people interpret diferent
forms of art.”
When asked about her per-
sonal style, she replied “I don’t
have a defned style. I guess if
I’m really inspired by some-
thing, I will conform into that.”
When asked her opinion on
Senior Irene Dea says her
style of art is. “...whimsically
realistic.” Dea is known for her
captivatingly playful drawings
and paintings. When asked
what her inspiration is, Dea
replied, “I’ve always loved to
draw, and I’ve been inspired by
famous paintings. My biggest
inspirations are animation,
colors, food, and painters like
Wayne Tiebaud.”
“I chose to get into drawing
and painting because it is re-
laxing, and working by hand
is more direct and personal to
me,” she said, “It gives me the
most control over what I do.”
Senior Tessa Lowe describes
her style as realistic cartoon/
digital, and she is inspired by
American and Japanese ani-
“I enjoy digital art because
I want to be an animator or a
concept artist,” she explains.
She adds, “I like how digital
art looks aesthetically and how
easy it was to learn. I like how
it can be graphic, but can also
look sof and traditional, de-
pending on your vision.” As
for her inspiration? “Fashion
and animation of all kinds,”
she answered.
When asked how La Jolla in-
fuenced her art, she replied,
“I enrolled in AP Art and my
classmates helped me with
improving anatomy and com-
position in a way that I would
not have been able to do on my
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Senior Hunter Pauker prac-
tices the intricate form of ce-
ramics. With the class ofered
as an elective at our school, he
enrolled for the frst time his
junior year.
“I thought I would never
be good at 3D art, I thought I
would only be decent at draw-
ing and sketching, but afer
taking this class I just got into
it.” Now on his “teapot game,”
Hunter fell in love. He bought
his own wheel to create be-
yond the bounds of a singular
class period, and sells dozens
of vases, teapots, mugs, for $15
a piece.
Who and what can take cred-
it for this inspiration? One of
many talented potters, Hunter
looks up to ceramicist Hsin
Chuen Lin.
“Many forms of eastern pot-
tery and a lot of higher fred
pottery inspires me.” To make
every piece of pottery better
than the last, Hunter aspires
to challenge himself day to day
creating and pursuing the art
of ceramics.
Melissa Conroy began act-
ing when she was three years
old. She realized the perfession
was a perfect ft for her from a
young age. “Whenever I would
get really pissed of as a child,”
she said, “acting was the one
thing I could go to to relax, and
to escape into someone else’s
mind, body and character”.
She describes her style of act-
ing as method acting, wherein
an actor carries themselves
through their everyday lives
in the exact way that they im-
againe their character would
do, in order to gain a more in-
depth understanding of their
character. Melissa is inspired
by actress Tina Fey, President
Obama and talk-show host
Oprah Winfrey.
When asked how she feels
about our school/town and
its efect on her acting, she
promptly responded “Hon-
estly, I really love this acting
department, though, it would
be nice to see more fresh faces
in class and on stage,. Te ac-
tors currently involved in the
departemnt are extremely tal-
ented and dedicated to their
how the school infuences her
art, Bohannon stated, “Just a
couple years ago, digital art
wasn’t really considered a
thing. So I think that the art
classroom environment has
opened up diferent worlds of
art. It’s also made me feel more
comfortable.” She also added,
“I see people with similar style
as mine...I think to myself, ‘Oh
okay, I’m not an outcast.’”
Many of you probably know
of senior Adam Hersko-Ro-
natas, but do you know about
all the work that goes into his
artwork? Adam is a flmmaker,
and sometimes an actor. He
began flmmaking when he
was ten years old, and it soon
led to entering competitions
and upgrading his equipment.
“I love flmmaking because
I’ve grown up around it and
because it’s so accessible, even
to those who aren’t so wealthy.
I wouldn’t say it’s easy, but it’s
sort of this new outlet that
almost anyone can express
themselves in.”
He typically makes flms
ranging from work he’s done
with the UCSD Medical Cen-
ter to commercials, but his fa-
vorite is his narrative work that
he creates from start to fnish,
then edits with his friends.
Adam is inspired by several
things, but the fnished prod-
uct of his hard work and the
reaction of those who see it is
what keeps him going. He has
featured himself as an actor
in many of his flms, but what
does he enjoy more: being be-
hind the camera or in front of
“I like being on both sides
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Lana Bass, Emily Veliz,
Lindsey Young, and Carly
Staf Writers
All photos courtesy of Creekstar Allan
Ruby Foster, a junior, be-
lieves she gets most of her in-
spiration from music. “I know
it seems odd, but my love for
flm and media has been great-
ly infuenced by my love for
music. When I listen to a song,
sometimes a video starts to
play in my head. If I like that
video (and it’s not too strange)
I’ll flm it and make it visible
for others to see,” she explains.
When asked how she got into
flmmaking, Foster answered,
“When I couldn’t come up
with good Christmas or birth-
day presents for people, I used
to make them flms about our
friendship instead. I loved their
reactions when I saw them
watch my flms. It inspired me
to make more flms. So I guess,
as cheesy as it sounds, it’s about
seeing the people’s reactions to
my flms and that makes me do
what I do.”
Her opinion on how the
school contributes to flm was
simple: “I feel like our school
doesn’t put much focus on art.
I feel like the focus on study-
ing overpowers art. Tat’s why
kids work really hard on tests
and studying and they don’t
show much creative skill in
In February, the drama de-
partment did something dif-
ferent: they directed and pro-
duced a student-made play.
“Little Boxes”, written and di-
rected by junior Noah Wilson,
was a satirical and dark-hu-
of the camera, but if I had to
choose, I defnitely like be-
ing behind the camera more. I
love cinematography because I
think each shot is like its own
painting and you can make ev-
erything look really cool.” Our
school and town infuence
Adams’ stories in the sense
that location is a huge physical
part of flmmaking. He writes
things based on what sur-
rounds his daily life.
mored play centered on secrets
and emotions that unravel in
the wake of a freak accident on
a small, suburban street.
“I’ve been around theatre ba-
sically my whole life,” Wilson
said, afer explaining how his
mother works as a costume
manager at the La Jolla Play-
house and his father is an Act-
ing Professor.
When Wilson tried out the
theatre department at LJHS his
freshman year, he explained, “I
loved it. I love working with
the people in the department
and telling stories with them.
I think we all kind of bring
out the best in ourselves and
our talents when we work to-
When asked about his type of
writing style, Wilson claimed
he enjoys creating plays that
balance drama with comedy.
“I mean, that’s life,” he said
with a smile. “You know, some-
thing really dramatic can hap-
pen and then something really
funny happens.”

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