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Students celebrate the season with spirit week

THE ILLIAD/ Kately Dali & Alex Stearns


Titans sparkle with spirit: Students throughout the week dressed in their best and most comfortable pajamas, their ugliest holiday sweaters, their warmest flannels, their decked out snow gear, and finally their most spirited green and gray and festive hats. All grades seem to be getting ready for the upcoming two week winter break. Many Titans will be spending their break with family, friends, and loved ones gathering by the fire, unwrapping presents, driving through candy cane lane, ice skating, or even shredding on the slopes in Big Bear.


From left to right: Justin Pulson, Natalie Marriot, Sarah Butikofer


From left to right: Carly Matz, Sarah Aragon, Grace Driver


From left to right: Megan Elias, Taylor Elias, Roya Ghaseminejad


From left to right: Ivy Garcia, Allison Grissen, Catalina Greaves, Alyssa Hamilton, Rachel Jones, Carley Perez


From left to right: Kayla Persley, Hampton Boyde, Ahn Le, Nick Stansbury, Rachel Johnson

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Poway Students join in on Relay for Life

KATELYN DALI/ Sports Editor

The Relay for Life Event will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00p.m. at Poway at Lake Poway in the Recreation Area.

Poway High students can participate in the relay and come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Anyone can sign up or donate online at the Poway Relay for Life website. Also anyone can volunteer to help out at the stands around the park.

During the relay, teams can camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the lake. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

This is a great opportunity for students to participate in activities and receive community service, all while they increase cancer funds and meet new people.

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New rink opens to Poway Public


On March 17th the Poway City Council decided on a new ice skating rink to open on the corner of Kirkham Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. Monday through Friday is practice time for the San Diego Gulls a minor league hockey team. The rink is open to the public Friday night, Saturday day, and Sunday.

Owner Nish Mehta has made a deal with the Ducks for them to pay half of the four million dollar project, it is estimated that the rink will be done by late this summer and ready for Poway families to enjoy the new facilities.

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Take a Perfect Portrait


Senior portraits are definitely on everyone’s high school bucket list, but not everyone can afford to get a print of their own smiles. Visual photography is kind enough to offer 10 seniors scholarships for their one in a lifetime senior pictures

Qualified seniors should contact Traci Barker-Ball in student services. To help keep students from feeling embarrassment, she does not ask for an explanation on why the student needs a scholarship. “They don’t need to get through one more loop,” she explains. These scholarships cover two 5×7 and eight wallet photos that students will be able to share with their children in years to come.

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Chargers: What could have been

HAMID KOLAHDOUZ. Sports Columnist.

When the Charger’s comeback bid against the Broncos in the divisional playoffs fell short, the most exciting season in recent Chargers’s history commenced. While the season saw the rise of Ryan Mathews out of a shroud of doubt and Philip Rivers erase his turnover tendencies, it is troubling to think of what could have been if first year General Manager Tom Telesco had resigned a few key veterans in the past offseason.

Imagine if this year’s defense still had veteran nose tackle Abrayu Franklin, who went on to start on the vaunted 49er’s defense after Telesco declined to resign him, or even still had cornerback Antoine Cason, who while not an outstanding player to say the least would be a considerable upgrade over Richard Marshall.

Losing Abrayu Franklin hurt the run defense badly as it quickly became apparent that Cam Thomas could not get the job done. The worst non-signing has to be that of pass rusher Sean Philips, the Chargers’ second all-time sack leader, because he went on to make an impact for the Superbowl-bound rival Denver Broncos. The defense could have kept at least part of the dominance it flashed in 2012 if the team had resigned its veterans. The Chargers’s offense was superb this year, but the team’s lack of defense dragged the team to seven losses and allowed the Broncos to overpower the Chargers in the playoffs. If Telesco had just signed the veterans he had available for very economical salaries, then the team could have gone the extra distance.

Telesco had an excellent draft and made great free agency signings in left tackle King Dunlap and running back Danny Woodhead, but in 20/20 hindsight we can see he made a few vital mistakes. Cornerback Derek Cox ended up being a gigantic whiff in free agency and was eventually benched and rookie Manti Teo looked enormously underwhelming during the season. Granted, Teo missed significant developmental time in the pre-season to injury. Overall Telesco improved the team considerably in the off season and turned the team into a real playoff contender; however, in his zeal, he brashly discarded key veterans who could have pushed the team to the next level. Hopefully, Telesco will learn from these early mistakes and successes and elevate the organization to the ultimate goal: the Superbowl.

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