The Iliad The Student News Site of Poway High School Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BOYS BASEBALL Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:00:06 +0000 Boys Varsity Baseball is having a fantastic season with a record of 17-5 and 5-1 in league to varsity boys have been able to put it together this year for a winning season. The baseball team was able to pick up their 17th win on April 23rd beating Del Norte 15-1.

“I really feel like our chemistry this year is great, on and off the field and I think that is what is helping the team towards success,” Senior Rylan Nigro said.

The Titans are ranked 26 in California. The team has been able to perform well under pressure this season. Senior Taylor Johnson explained, “ You win some, you lose some but through hard work and dedication the team has been able to put together a good season.”

Ive been able to develop with the same team for all four years of my baseball career here at Poway, and I think it’s contributed to our success,” senior Robby Williams said.

The team has a pretty good chance at winning a championship this year. They are even with rival school Rancho Bernardo 1-1, with Poway taking the first win 4-2 on April 9th with the help of Poway’s ace Ivran Romero, as Rancho Bernardo battled to even the score on April 11 5-3.

Poway plays Rancho Bernardo one last time for the last game of the season on May 11 fans can come out to support the baseball team.

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THEATRE GUILD ELECT NEW OFFICERS Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:34:10 +0000 The 2014-2015 Theatre Guild looks promising with the newly appointed officers. This past year, president Peter Lazarz and Director Rollin Swan put up three different plays entitled, Iliad, Leading Ladies, and Love List. Each play was impressively successful, and brought a great group of people together. On May  22 the new officers and president were announced at the banquet. The new president for 2014-2015 is Juliana Riley, the new vice president is Sarah Bergman, the secretary is Aiden Connerty, the treasurer is Juliana Hock, publicity is Jonathan Courtney and Homers officer is Mackenzie Welsh.

Theatre officers will be responsible for working closely with all our actors and addressing each of he production elements: sets, lights and costumes on our shows”, Swan said.

Former president Peter Lazarz is leaving behind some big shoes to fill, but he is very confident in the new officers, “They look promising and will help provide PHS with great entertainment”.

Jimmy Haskins, a senior, is also confident in the officers, “I’m excited to see what they do, and I wish I could be there with them helping out”.  It is no surprise that everyone feels next year’s theater will be a success, as all of the plays this year were a massive success, Mr. Swan is excited to see where next year takes theatre, “They are very talented and energetic, and will be great next year!”

If you have any interest in auditioning for the plays next year, be sure to see Swan in the little theater to get more information on the plays.

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FAIR FOOD: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE SICKENING Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:33:23 +0000 Avocado, butter, ice cream, and Kool Aid. What do all of these things have in common you might ask? They can all be found at the annual San Diego County Fair as deep-fried and stomach-turning delights.

Each year, the fair adds new fried foods to its already sickening list of food options. In past years, some of the most popular items include deep-fried avocado, chocolate covered bacon, and deep-fried butter, all of which I have tried. I would be lying if I said I enjoyed any of these options, as they are all too absurd to be tolerable. The deep-fried avocado was good upon first bite however they give you 4 pieces in one tray and anything more than one bite is simply just too much. The chocolate covered bacon I was interested to try since I had heard from friends that it was good. They could not have been more wrong, in my opinion. It was too much too have something so salty covered in something so sweet. The deep-fried butter was the worst of them all. First off, butter should never be eaten alone. Frying it does not make it anymore except able to eat. It is a disgusting mess and you can literally feel your cholesterol spiking up with every chew.

Adding to the list this year are deep fried birthday cakes, deep fried eggplant, deep fried chicken skins, and deep fried Gansitos (Mexican sweet cake). I am not sure about the rest of you all, but I am ready for some new and not-so-fried food options.

In addition to the “deep-fried” food group, the fair also offers many non-fried, yet just as sickening delicacies. This list includes anything from chocolate covered bacon, to bacon wrapped churros, to the triple decker Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, or to a Cajun fire dog. None of these options sounds even remotely appetizing, let alone edible.

Not only are the current foods almost all deep fried, but every option is absurdly over-priced. In my opinion, spending $10-$15 on lunch is far too much, especially when the healthiest thing you can find is chicken strips or a turkey leg.

Fair food, while unusual, is not worth the time or the money. Go to the fair for the rides and the art, not the food.

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SENIOR TRADITIONS LACK EXCITMENT Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:32:24 +0000 As each school year winds down seniors, in particular, have many end-of-the-school-year perks to look forward too. Among these perks are the annual senior picnic, senior breakfast, and Grad Nite. This week of events happen is often referred to as “senior week”.

However, this ‘week’ really only consists of three days, two of which we are required to attend in order to receive graduation tickets and our gaps and gowns.

These traditions are passed on from year to year as rights of passage for those graduating. However, many other schools have so many other events going on, some of which I think Poway should incorporate into senior week.

For example, each year at Mt. Carmel, seniors have a “student trip” of which they take a day on the weekend to go somewhere with their class. This year, they went to Disneyland. People that I know that attend MC and attended the trip, said it was one of their favorite events in high school. I believe that Poway High should also do something like this for their seniors as one last “hoo-rah” before we graduate. We only have a few weeks left with one another and a day like this would help make that transition easier as we will leave knowing we had the best senior year.

I highly recommend that PHS incorporate something like this into future senior weeks.

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FIELD HOCKEY STEPS UP Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:31:40 +0000 Senior Isabelle Flud attacks the opposing goal with ferocity. The Titans beat Westview 4-3 on Oct. 4.

The girls’ field hockey team started their season strong, and they look to continue their success as the season moves forward. Having already played a total ten games, the team has jumped out to an early 7-3 season (at the time of publication), and a win percentage of 70 percent. The team hopes to continue their large strides, and build on their Sept. 29 win against Fallbrook High School.

“Our team this year has really good chemistry. We know what each other are going to do and we will always be there for each other,” team captain and San Diego State University commit Isabelle Flud said.

With seven goals to her name already early on in the season, Flud looks to continue to lead her team towards greatness. The team chemistry is evident as the girls are undefeated at home. The team’s plays show that they are very comfortable with one another; and they understand each other’s playing style very well.

The team hopes to get a positive result in their upcoming games on Oct. 18 at Poway versus San Pasqual High School, and Nov. 2 against arch-rival Rancho Bernardo High School.

“We lost a lot of seniors and core players last year, but we still have very capable players this year and I’m sure we’ll perform well in the remainder of our season,” field hockey athlete Lauren Whitney said.

As for the coaching, the staff seems to be leading the program in the right direction, and it is evident that their tactics are having an impact on the players.

“Our coaches press us really hard in practices and in games so we can succeed both on and off the field,” Isabelle Flud said.

The Titans’ will surely be a force to be reckoned with as the season continues, and will command a high seed going into the playoffs if their recent play continues. Led by both Isabelle Flud, and junior Lauren Leland, the girls’ field hockey team will look to get a result in their upcoming game against Del Norte on Oct. 12.

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42ND SEASON OF SNL Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:30:55 +0000  

The time has come for new seasons, the leaves are falling and the weather is cooling down slightly for San Diego, and now the new season of Saturday Night Live is released.

Lorne Michaels and Dick Ebersol created the series in 1975. Over the past 50 years the show has aired with a total of 796 episodes. It has won the most Emmys out of all series with 45 in total and 202 nominations. It has also ranked 7th of top 100 entertainers.

It has launched multiple famous actors towards their career including Chris Rock, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan, and most importantly, Eddy Murphy.

The 42nd season premiered on October 1st on NBC. Starting the episode, the host Margot Robbie introduced hit artist the Weeknd, as they played their new ranking songs Starboy and False Alarm. Alec Baldwin took over by impersonating Donald Trump in a parody of the presidential debate. While Alec Baldwins acting career seems to be nonexistent, his portrayel of Trump is pretty much spot on

Although not much is known about what new skits the show will be performing in the future, new actors plan to hit the stage for the remainder of the series, including a new trio of Mikey Day, Alex Moffat, and Melissa Villasenor. The talented cast s season well, and the comedy is better than ever. However, famous stars Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and John Rudnitsky will not return and are taking their talent elsewhere.

Grab your coffee and get ready to stay up late, for the next episodes airing at midnight every Saturday.

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ENERGY DRINK: RED BULL VS. MONSTER Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:30:07 +0000 Monster and Red Bull are two of the most popular drinks out there.

There are many minor differences between the two that make people prefer one over the other.  For one Monster’s can size is sixteen ounces and Red Bull is served in a twelve ounce can.  Monster energy has a whopping  54 grams of sugar compared to Red Bull only has 37 grams. thus giving Monster a sweeter taste.  The caffeine level in both drinks is extremely high.

Monster tops it off with a massive 89 milligrams of caffeine and Red Bull has 111miligrams. In comparison, an average cup of coffee has 95 milligrams.

There is also a minor price difference that sets apart the two products.  Monster energy drink sells for around three dollars while Red Bull can sell for almost five dollars per can.

Many Titans prefer Red Bull over Monster because Red Bull is faster to drink.  “In my opinion I like Red Bull better because its faster to drink due to the size of the bottle and it makes me feel alive” senior Ryan Carlson Said.  Carlson is not the only titan that prefers red bull.  Many Titans also think Red Bull tastes better “Red Bull simply tastes better than monster” Junior Teryn Correa states .

Many Titans have conflicting views on these two drinks but they both give the person drinking it tons of energy.

Freshmen Tyler Book likes Monster better because “ better” than Red Bull.  Personally, I do not really prefer one over the other.  If I had to choose one drink over the other I would have to go with Monster because I like the taste better.  Topic will always be a hot one.

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LERNER LEADS EVENT HORSE TO GLORY Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:28:57 +0000 Horseback riding is hard enough for most to do in and of itself. Beyond the basics of just riding this gracious animal, training it to compete in the harshest of conditions is a challenge that takes equal parts skill, patience and tenacity. This is what senior Madi Lerner has done since she was just a little girl.

“Eventing,” basically the equivalent of an equestrian triathlon, encompasses both physical and mental components that must be undertaken by both horse and rider. There are three phases associated with eventing: dressage, endurance and show jumping. Lerner has trained her horse, Jasper, since 2008 and has loved every moment of her time as an equestrian trainer and rider.

“I started riding because my mom wouldn’t get me a puppy or kitten for my seventh birthday, and instead got me riding lessons,” Lerner said. “From the first lesson, I was so glad that she didn’t get me the puppy or kitten because I immediately fell in love with riding.”

“Horseback riding makes me feel fulfilled. I feel like I can accomplish anything because it’s the part of my life that makes me feel whole, like I have a purpose,” Lerner continued.

Competitions last three days, with the first being dressage. This is followed by endurance and, lastly, show jumping. Dressage is scored based on the intricate movements that the animal makes in harmony with its trainer. Optimally the animal performs required tasks of its own accord, so as to not disobey the trainer.

Lerner competed in the national championships held at Woodside Horse Park in Redwood City, California. There she, along with her companion athlete Jasper, secured the win. However, after this event, she sustained a concussion and nerve damage when she was bucked off her horse during a training session. While she qualified for the championships again this year and the following, she is unable to attend this year’s event because protocol mandates that injuries of her kind must keep riders out of competition for a whole year.

“I knew that my injury was just a small part of my life, and that I could grow and move on from it. Also, I knew that Jasper counted on me to come back and to prove that we can compete against that we will stay a strong team and come back better than ever,” Lerner noted.

She hopes to continue to compete in equestrian events in the future, and hopes to continue fostering the best relationship possible with Jasper, as well as all other horses Lerner competes with.

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BYE BYE BATTERY Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:28:05 +0000 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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DANCE TEAM TOPS ALL COMPETITION Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:27:18 +0000 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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