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It movie is back 27 years later

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Clowns are creepy no matter what, and Stephen King’s It, has the creepi­est. The clown “It” haunts every 27 years, and the director was very clever to release a remake exactly 27 years later, and definitely met expectations.

Set in summer of 1988 in the small Maine town of Derry, the film follows a group of misfit kids look­ing forward to summer, but it does not meet their expectations.

One of the kids, Bill Den­Brough, is the quiet one; he has a stutter and is still grasping reality from a recent family tragedy. His younger brother, Georgie, disappeared earlier in the year, which kicks off the plot of the film.

“This movie was way bet­ter than the original, and I can’t wait for the next one,” junior Emily Kleitsch said.

Soon, the kids learn their town is haunted by an evil force- “It”- who emerges every 27 years to torment the children. This “It” takes form of Pennywise, a circus clown who lives in the town’s sewers and has an ominous floating red balloon.

As spine-tingling as many scenes with Pen­nywise are in this film, overall “It” is more intense than scary.

“The movie was so terrifying,” senior Hugo Jimenez said.

Besides some inconve­niences, It ends exactly how films like this should and directors should take notes. Many fans can’t wait to see where the filmmak­ers take it next.

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1-800-273-8255

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

American rapper Logic released an album in May called Everybody, which has hit the top of the bill­board charts.

His music focuses on many of to­day’s problems, some from his own experience. This album features topics rang­ing from mental illness to mass shoot­ings, and has caught attention of many.

On his album, his songs focus on some­thing im­portant. He has songs about rac­ism, being broke, on welfare, being poor, and more. Logic is shedding light on who he is and the message he spreads as a whole.

The song “Anxiety,” addresses a panic attack he had in 2015 and a battle with crippling anxiety that led him to the hospital. Logic also grew up poor and had parents who struggled with addiction.

“I think Logic is very wise and has good ideas about how to better the world,” junior Cora Gladlow said.

A top hit on his album “1-800-273- 8255,Heart” was made to help those who are in a dark place and can’t seem to find the light. It is an anthem for suicide prevention, and makes a strong attempt to let the fan know some­one is there for them. It’s sup­posed to be an emotional plea for survival that encourag­es listeners to fight for their lives and over­come feelings of suicide.

“His new song 1-800 was very inspiring to young teens that are gay and/or suicidal. I believe it is re­ally deep, and it describes a lot of relatable experiences,” junior Kelli Bamford said.

Logic’s message is that no one is alone, and with all the problems in the world, we need to come togeth­er. With the spread of peace, love, and positivity, this world can be a better place.

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Fall is here

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Autumn is here, which means it’s time for the leaves to change colors and people throw on their sweaters. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, and getting lost in corn maz­es are perfect things to do this time of year, and luckily there are some local establishments who specialize in these activities.

Mountain Valley Ranch, located in Ramona, is having its 20th anni­versary. It’s open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and has free admission. They have many things to enjoy there, including: assortment of pumpkins and indian corn, a corn maze to get lost in, a corn cannon, a petting zoo, hayrides, and pony rides. All of these attractions are open 7 days a week, and the ranch is open through Oct. 31.

“What I love about fall is that I can wear colorful sweaters and go pump­kin picking with my friends and family,” senior Angela Weeks said.

There is a fall festival in Julian at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures, and it opens every weekend through Oct. 29. Admission is free, which in­cludes entry to the pumpkin patch.

“I love going up to Julian during the fall, because the whole atmo­sphere is the essential part of fall,” sophomore Kaila Kiesel said.

There is a fall festival activity package, which is $20 per person or $5 for each activity. The activities in­clude hayrides, a hoedown, jug band participation, cider pressing, petting zoo, candle dipping, and pumpkin painting.

Additional activities like archery, tomahawk throw, and a paintball slingshot range are available. This is a great place to go to get that fall experience.

These are some fun and cool places to go to celebrate the new season. As the weather gets colder, these activities are a great way to spend an autumn day.

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Memory of Madi Taylor

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Editor-in-Chief

Madi Taylor, who would have been a freshman here, passed away on Oct. 15 after battling cancer since the sixth grade. Many Titans are af­fected by the loss, and some of her close friends remember her here.

“She was a true ray of sun­shine and didn’t let anyone get in the way of her happiness. Even though the time spent with her has become a memory, those moments are treasures. Everyone who got to know her, or even just met her knows that she gave so much to remember. Her happi­ness would always be a promise that you are loved. When we would go out and take pictures for class, she could turn the five minutes into an hour of fun and I will forever be grateful,” fresh­man Jenna Opel said.

“Madi is such a fighter and amazing girl that impacted my life and lives of others. I know she’s up there watching over us with all her puppies, and heaven got a beautiful angel and she will always hold a place in people’s hearts that no one else can fill. She left fingerprints of grace on our lives, and won’t be forgotten. Rest in peace, Madi Taylor,” fresh­man Samantha Seward said.

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Softball Season Starts off Strong: Samantha Needham Squares Up at the Plate to Swing for the Fences this Season

Courtesy of Steven Silva

MASON KERN/ Sports Editor

From the young age of seven, senior Samantha Needham knew that she wanted to be a softball player. She entered competitive league play at just 11 years old for TNL Athletics, and has not looked back since.

Her noteworthy career has led Needham to maintain a varsity starting spot as both an outfielder and first baseman for all four years of high school. When she was just starting high school as a freshman, Needham went to the varsity softball tryouts with understandable trepidation, unsure how the leap of faith would unfold. It is hard for a freshman to muster up the confidence to appear at a varsity level tryout in the first place, let alone with coaches and an organization at large that is unfamiliar with the player, or their track record.

Having hailed from the Mira Mesa softball program, Titans softball coaches were entirely unfamiliar with Needham prior to the tryout. However, her ability shone through and she successfully made the varsity team as a freshman, and continued to maintain that spot all four years of high school.

“It was nerve-racking at first because none of the coaches knew me, and being a freshman at my first varsity tryout… it was a scary thing,” Needham admits.

In her four year tenure with the team, she has been involved in an accumulated record of 68-25, including the team’s most recent 6-2 victory against San Pasqual High School.

In her game against Santana, in which the team won 6-1, Needham hit a homerun that scored two runs for the team. It was her first homerun since her freshman year.

Other highlights of her high school career include winning an Open Division CIF championship in the 2015 campaign, as well as the team making an appearance in the Open Division Championship the following year. Unfortunately they came just short in the final innings.

“I’m really grateful to have experienced so much success in such a great program,” Needham said. “I think the new talent will step up and we’ll have another great season this year.”

As with all high school sports, athletes come and go. As a result, teams need to compensate for yearly losses by adding new players developed from the junior varsity level, or in Needham’s case, those underclassman ready to jump straight to varsity.

As a payoff for her hard work and dedication, Needham has since committed to Santa Clara University where she will continue to play softball for the Lady Broncos, as well as pursue a career in the field of broadcast journalism.

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Dance Team Tops All Competition

Courtesy of Jade Coast Photography

Photo Courtesy: Jade Coast Photography

MASON KERN/ Sports Editor

As the sports seasons have shifted from football to winter athletics, the dance team has feverishly been preparing for its halftime routines, pep rallies and the critically important competitions that they participate in against other dance teams from across the nation.

The mixed-class team is composed of seniors: Lauren Trust, Alex Flies, Emily Wilson, Isabella Seebruch, and Lindsay Nasland; juniors: Devon Medeksiak, Jennifer Lux, Amber Hoffman, Keiki Koch, and Ashley Staley; sophomores: Megan Lynch, Mallory Jul, Audrey Olaes, Tevai Demello, Olivia Mann, Alina Scott; and freshman: Kodi Hightower, Mikayla Voorn, Alexa Workman, Emily Alcalay, Lexie Roche, Kendall Flies, and Skyler Hightower.

The PHS dance team has impressively earned three national championships in years past, and currently has its sights set on securing a fourth win at the national level. Quite notably, the team won its last dance competition across the board, in both their singles and group competitions.

“We really want to get back to the top level and win another national competition,” Wilson said. “I think we have the talent to do it again this year, and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

The students on campus love to support the team, as its success has garnered attention not only from its own school, but students throughout the district as a whole as well.

“Yea people at my school hear about Poway’s dance team, I mean they’re really good,” Mount Carmel senior Viraj Deshpande said. “I saw them perform when I went to the football game against Mount Carmel and I was kind of blown away.”

The level of talent extends throughout all grade levels, as each individual dancer has her own backstory and portfolio of success. For example, Jul was extended the opportunity to perform on NBC-TV’s “The Ellen Show” as a dancer to perform the popular song “JuJu on Dat Beat” by Zayion McCall.

“All of us are really talented in a variety of different aspects of dancing, so when we come together on the floor, we are virtually unstoppable,” Lynch said.

Additionally, the team competed in the USA Regionals competition over the weekend of Feb. 10-11 where they secured first place in three of their routines, and placed in the top three for the rest of their performances as well.

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Wrestling Wreaking Havoc on National Scale

MASON KERN/ Sports Editor

The wrestling program is notorious for highly athletic maneuvers resulting in quick pins and impressive victories. This notoriety has propelled them to become an elite-caliber wrestling program not only in San Diego, but also the nation at large. They have already gotten off to a fast start this school year, having claimed the first place overall team award in five out of their six tournaments.

The team has also won both of their non-tournament meets, the first being the Rancho Bernardo Duel by a score of 46-15 on Jan. 4; and the second being the Westview Dual by a score of 66-12 on Jan. 12.

Led by three seniors, University of Virginia commit Scotty Kiyono, Quentin Hovis, and Celso Silva, the team is poised for another championship run this season. They perennially achieved success, now very well-known across the U.S. for being a top high school wrestling contender.

“We work really hard in practice to meet our goals. We hold everyone accountable, and have high expectations for each and every guy on this team,” Kiyono said.

As of the last InterMat’s rankings update as of Jan. 18, PHS is ranked 16th in the nation, with Hovis earning the distinction as the number one ranked wrestler in the country for his weight class of 152 pounds.

As a testament to their skill, the team has won the California Interscholastic Federation Championship 35 times in total, 30 of those consecutively. Their last CIF loss came in 1986 and, since then, the team has maintained a dominant image in the national wrestling community.

“It’s a real honor to be recognized for all of the hard work I put in each and every day. I just have to keep my head down and grind harder to maintain this level of competition in the future,” Hovis said.

As to their near-term goals, the team will look to continue its success in their upcoming meet at the Mid Cals Classic this weekend, Jan. 27-28 at Gilroy High School.

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Broadway Performances Coming to San Diego

ALEX STEARNS/ Staff Writer

Theatre Locations: The Civic Center & The Balboa Theatre, Downtown San Diego

KEY: * = The Civic Theatre

         3 = The Balboa Theatre

Matilda*

  • February: 1st (7:00 p.m.), 2nd (7:30 p.m.), 3rd (7:30 p.m.), 4th (2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), 5th (1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.)

Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty3

  • February: 5th (1:00 p.m.)

Branford Marsalis Quartet3

  • February: 10th (8:00 p.m.)

Leonidas Kavakos & Yunja Wang3

  • February: 11th (8:00 p.m.)

Cinema @ The Balboa Theatre – Disney’s Little Mermaid3

  • February: 12th (1:00 p.m.)

Cinema @ The Balboa Theatre – Breakfast At Tiffany’s3

  • February: 12th (5:00 p.m.)

Scott Bradlee Postmodern Jukebox3

  • February: 16th (7:30 p.m.)

Shaolin Warriors3

  • February: 17th (8:00 p.m.)

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi*

  • February: 18th (7:00 p.m.), 21st (7:00 p.m.), 24th (7:00 p.m.), 26th (2:00 p.m.)

#IMomSoHard

  • February: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

Under the Streetlamp3

  • March: 8th (4:00 p.m.)

The Legendary Farhad Darya3

  • February: 26th (7:00 p.m.)

Peter Pan*

  • March: 4th (2:30 p.m.) & (7:00 p.m.), 5th (1:00 p.m.)

The Tragedy of Carmen by Peter Brook3

  • March: 10th (7:00 p.m.), 11th (7:00 p.m.), 12th (2:00 p.m.)

Kinky Boots*

  • March: 10th (8:00 p.m.), 11th (2:00 p.m.) & (8:00 p.m.), 12th (1:00 p.m.) & (6:00 p.m.)

Zucchero Black Cat Tour3

  • March: 14th (7:30 p.m.)

Jay and the Silent Bob Get Old3

  • March: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

Malandain Ballet Biarritz: Beauty and the Beast*

  • March: 18th (8:00 p.m.)

An Evening with Neil Gaiman*

  • March: 29th (8:00 p.m.)

Max Raabe and Palast Orchestra3

  • March: 31st (8:00 p.m.)
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Bye Bye Battery

KEIRA BARRY/ Feature Editor

First it was the Samsungs, and now the iPhones are struggling too? iPhone 6S owners have been reporting that their phones are unexpectedly powering down at high battery percentages, or rapidly losing battery. While they are not catching fire or exploding (cough, Samsung), a malfunctioning smartphone is a setback for any student.

“When it’s just on, the battery just starts draining,” freshman Lori Vildibill said of her iPhone 6S.

Some phones may be powering down or losing battery more quickly because they have a different A9 chip. There are two variants of this card, one made by TSMC and one made by Samsung. The Samsung chip supposedly has less battery life than the TSMC chip.

Most of the devices that are shutting down were manufactured between September and October 2016. However, Apple has noted that “a small number of customers outside of the affected range have also reported an unexpected shutdown.”

Still, many students are experiencing no difficulties with their devices. “No problems have occurred [with my device],” sophomore Nicole Manley said.

Students experiencing difficulties with the iPhone 6S can visit a local Apple store or authorized service provider to see if their device is eligible for a battery replacement, which is offered free of charge.

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Celebrating the holiday season in Poway

HANNAH WILLIAMS/ Pop-culture Editor–

Christmas is here, and what better way to spend the holidays than finding festive entertainment around the city. Whether you would like to gaze at bright lights, enjoy a play or two based on Christmas stories, or even go take a picture with the jolly man himself, now is the time to celebrate.

Here in Poway, many residents have dominated the Christmas decoration element. On Hickory Court/Hickory Street, Butterwood Court and Rockrose Court off of Twin Peaks road. and Silverset Street, locals cover their houses with stunning lights to create Candy Cane Courts. This year they are open from Dec. 10 to Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If light sighting isn’t your favorite, then drive to the mountain town of Julian for a hot apple cider and a delicious piece of homemade apple pie. On Saturdays, you can stroll through the neighborhood streets and enjoy the sounds of wandering Christmas carolers and savor the sweater weather.
Down towards the coast, The Winter Wonderland at Del Mar Village celebrates the holidays with carolers strolling down the streets, a snow hill for children, meeting Santa Claus, a cake walk, seasonal treats to savor and holiday shopping at Del Mar Plaza.
If you take an interest in plays, then Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a great theatrical piece to see. It’s playing at The Old Globe from Nov. 5 to Dec. 26, and tickets start at $24.
There are many ways to spend the holidays, but the most important reason is that you spend it with the ones you love.

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