Del Mar's Young Voices

Roving Teen Reporter: Student Stress

At Torrey Pines High School, the PALs (Peer Assistant Listeners/Leaders, depending on whom you ask) class is a group of students whose goal is to promote student wellness and connection. Jeffrey Owen, who currently teaches the class, says a main focus of PALs this year has been destigmatizing therapy and

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Roving Teen Reporter: Superintendent Slip-Up

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Cheryl James-Ward was placed on administrative leave on Apr. 20 following her controversial comments regarding Chinese-American students.   During an Apr. 11 SDUHSD Board meeting on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Trustee Michael Allman asked James-Ward “Do we know why Asians do so well

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Roving Teen Reporter – Ukraine: 1984

Even students who seldom pay attention to the week’s top headlines are by now familiar with the conflict in Ukraine through discussions in their classes and with their friends. As such, many students are drawing connections between current events and their curriculum.   “It’s been brought up in class a

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Roving Teen Reporter: Gelato Gems

Tucked between Tamarindo and a “Coming Soon” sign is An’s Hatmakers, the most recent addition to the Del Mar Plaza. It is not, as the name suggests, a place to buy hats, but rather a charming gelato shop distinguished by its artisanal flavors and quaint atmosphere. The menu is split

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Roving Teen Reporter: Covid Decision Tree

The San Dieguito Union High School District’s constantly evolving COVID-19 policy has been communicated to parents and students through a series of email updates. To explain the latest revisions, the district sent out a link to “Decision Tree Guidelines,” comprehensive flow charts detailing isolation and testing protocol. For example, one

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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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