Del Mar's Young Voices

Roving Teen Reporter: Tuned In Teens

The 2022 midterm elections again arrive at a time of much-needed urgency and action. With the previous midterm election indicating an uprise in voter turnout, this year’s election will likely continue to reflect these heated patterns. Most notably, the overturn of Roe vs. Wade this year has become a motivation

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Roving Teen Reporter: Student Loan Challenges

President Joe Biden announced on August 24th a student loan forgiveness plan that could help reduce the federal loans of over 43 million nationwide. The plan will cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt for those with annual incomes lower than $125,000 and households that earn less than $250,000.

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Roving Teen Reporter: Strong Student Statements

Amidst the calls for changes on national issues regarding race, gun control, or climate change in the last years, students across San Diego have discovered various platforms to voice their opinions and ideals.    In response to the rising diversity and equity issues nationwide, Ayana Johnson, a Torrey Pines High

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Young Voices: Jasmine to Georgetown

Growing up, Jasmine Criqui and her parents sat at the dinner table every Monday to share and exchange their opinions on the latest local events and world news. Over the years, these weekly discussions have helped her develop a strong passion for exploring and understanding politics – now taking her

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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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