OUR RIGHT, PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY

OUR RIGHT, PRIVILEGE AND RESPONSIBILITY

Upon graduation, the class of 2016 will embark on the worn path of adulthood. For those reaching legal age this year, turning 18 will add more weight to our responsibilities as graduates; we will not only have legal permission to buy lottery tickets and cigarettes, but also to vote in the November elections. Though we are consumed by other life-decisions like commitments to colleges and summer jobs, which play a critical role in our own individual lives, the person who will be deemed president of the United States for the…

Immigrant grant given to three groups

Immigrant grant given to three groups

On Feb. 24, Los Angeles (LA) Councilman Curren Price announced that over $1 million in grants will be split between three immigrant advocacy groups. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) will each receive $500,000, while the Black Alliance for Just Immigration will receive $25,000. Each group aims to help immigrants facing legal matters and deportation and plans to use the proceeds to support these issues. According to the Daily News, Price will be taking the money from his South…

panthers say farewell to two administrators

panthers say farewell to two administrators

On March 1, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) announced leadership transitions that will be occurring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Among the list of retirees is Peninsula’s current principal, Mitzi Cress. Cress described the rewards of being principal and how it has impacted her outlook of not only the school, but of students in it as well. “Every single day that I have been given the privilege to come to this school to humbly serve as the principal [is my favorite memory],” Cress said. “[I…

The reign of rain

The reign of rain

The three-year drought in California was partially uplifted by weeks of severe rainstorms and snowstorms. Most of California was hit the hardest on Feb. 17 by rain and powerful winds that reached up to 49 mph in the Torrance. According to United Press International, the rain brought disastrous aftermaths, including the deaths of five people due to drowning, electrocution from a collapsed power line and a traffic accident from the flooding of Interstate 15. According to Ryan Mau, meteorologist for WeatherBell Analytics, during the week of Feb. 15 to Feb….

Health: Senator proposes to adjust school start times

Health: Senator proposes to adjust school start times

Sleep deprivation has become an increasingly prevalent problem for students. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep to function best, but only 15 percent are getting 8.5 hours of sleep on school nights. This leaves 85 percent of teens not getting adequate sleep, impacting their ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. To counteract these negative effects, California Sen. Anthony Portantino proposed a new bill, Senate Bill 328, which prevents schools from starting any earlier than 8:30 a.m in the 2017-2018 school…

Health: Students discover new ways to cope with stress

Health: Students discover new ways to cope with stress

Many Peninsula students can probably recall a time of stress and anxiety due to school, sports and other activities. One study conducted by New York University in 2015 found that stress levels of high school students have increased rapidly in recent years and persist through college. Prolonged stress can lead to mental health problems, social issues and inability to succeed academically for students; excessive stress can also cause heart problems, high blood pressure and strokes due to abnormal heart rhythms. Sophomore Natalie Wong experiences daily stress as she struggles to…

Health: Edibles Invade Peninsula

Health: Edibles Invade Peninsula

Marijuana edibles, food items infused with cannabis, are rapidly becoming popular in high schools throughout the United States. They are especially dangerous because of their high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, which causes hallucinations, distorts sensations and impairs memory. A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in 2015 also found a link between the use of THC in adolescents and increased risk for a form of testicular cancer in males. Marijuana can be found in many different food and beverage types including…

Winter sports update

Winter sports update

BOYS’ BASKETBALL Peninsula varsity boys’ basketball placed fourth in preseason, but the team rebounded in time for the main season. “When we actually started to put our head in the game and play like a team, we actually won games,” sophomore Dominic Blanco said. The team ended their season with an overall score of 7-3 and will move on to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Peninsula varsity girls’ basketball went into their main season after placing third in their preseason game, the Redondo Battle at the Beach. “At our…

Lost and Found: Students find new lives at pen

Lost and Found: Students find new lives at pen

Many students who attend Peninsula have moved from different areas around the country and around the world. They had to adjust to a new school environment, including new friends and new teachers. Senior Himari Shimizu, sophomore Brianna Li and sophomore Gia Morelli moved to Palos Verdes during high school and acclimated smoothly to Peninsula. Shimizu moved to California from Saitama Prefecture, a district in Japan, when she was 13 years old. She had to learn English, which was overwhelming for her at times. “At first I was really confused in…

Lost and Found: Peninsula families help save rescue animals

Lost and Found: Peninsula families help save rescue animals

Day after day, lost animals residing in shelters search for love and companionship. With the help of people who adopt from or volunteer at shelters, these animals can finally find a family and receive the care they deserve. Animal lovers senior Ricky Negishi, junior Alisa Hathaway and sophomore Renée Yang all adopted their current pets from shelters. “When my family first decided to get a dog, we were going to buy from a breeder,” Negishi said. “In the end, we decided to rescue a dog from a shelter and visited…