Del Mar's Young Voices

Blah Blah vs. Climate Action

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) was recently held in Glasgow, Scotland from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. The summit drew praise for agreements to rein in deforestation and methane emissions, along with ire from those who thought it did not go far enough to cut emissions

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Noble Nobel Dad

My dad, Ardem Patapoutian, is a professor at Scripps Research who studies the biological process known as mechanotransduction, or how our bodies sense touch. On October 4 this fall, my family got a big surprise. On this day, he was named the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or

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Roving Teen Reporter: Teen Clean

Many high school students who are also frequent beach-goers are all too familiar with environmental pollution, such as the tar balls from a recent Orange County oil spill currently washing up on San Diego beaches. Some students, however, are rallying together to combat pollution’s effects.   “We have collaborated with

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Roving Teen Reporter: Why Recall?

With more than 60% of Californians voting “No” in the September 14 recall election, Governor Gavin Newsom has held onto office by a wide margin. The election, which required the allocation of $276 million from the state budget, highlights California’s outdated and ineffective recall process. California has some of the

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Roving Teen Reporter: New Year Fresh Start

by Jasmine Criqui

It’s been a few weeks since the majority of high school students in San Diego have returned to school in person, and reactions are, unsurprisingly, mixed. For the most part though, conversations about masks

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Teaching with Torreys

by Ariel Renner

Last month I wrote about how my vision of Del Mar has always been framed by the Torrey Pine tree. Living back at home this past pandemic year has reintroduced me to that view with a renewed perspective as I adjusted to once again living here full-time while

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Roving Teen Reporter: Writer Rotation

by Jasmine Criqui

With her top-notch writing skills, passion for all things politics, and attentiveness to her community, Neha Pubbi was the perfect fit to take over the position of roving teen reporter from graduating senior Dhathry Doppalapudi. During her time at the Sandpiper, Neha has covered topics like teen life

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Paradise Lost

by Ariel Renner
I spend a great deal of time thinking about intimacy. For a PhD student in English literature, Del Mar generally remains quite far from this thinking that is related to the academic work I do. My research focuses primarily on 17th-century English poetry, on questions of the environment,

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Roving Teen Reporter: Opening Schools

by Neha Pubbi

With San Diego county moving into the orange tier and the vaccine rollout, San Dieguito Union High School District reopened schools for a 1 day a week learning model on March 16, 2021 and expanded reopening to a 4 day a week on-campus model on April 12, 2021.

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Young Person Profile: Cello Challenges COVID

by William Forrest

When the Pandemic hit I felt trapped. Basketball stopped. School learning stopped. Gatherings stopped. I could not leave the house; I was scared because I did not know if I was going to get sick. Before the pandemic, I practiced cello. During the pandemic, I kicked it up

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Roving Teen Reporter: Black Student Union

by Neha Pubbi

Thanks to Sophomore Ayana Johnson’s initiative, Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) has a Black Student Union (BSU). “Our main goal is to educate and bring awareness about Black culture, Black lives and Black issues, and to create leaders of the future. We want to create a safe space

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Anna Sohn’s Sprouts to Share

by Julie Maxey-Allison

Anna Sohn, a junior at Francis Parker School on a hybrid schedule, is using her days between in-school time to work on her virtual classes and to fulfill her community service requirement, complicated during the pandemic: she and her school friends plotted out and planted a vegetable garden

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