Sophomore Matthew Barri releases extended play

Sophomore Matthew Barri releases extended play

People may have heard about Cynocy’s extended play (EP) from an Eye of the Panther cameo or various Instagram posts from Peninsula students, but most know it as the work of sophomore Matthew Barri. As Cynocy, Barri works as a producer, songwriter and disk jockey (DJ). On Jan. 27, Barri released his first EP, titled “You’re the Reason for this EP.” Barri has been immersed in music from a very young age. He began playing the violin at the age of four and then went on to learn the guitar,…

A walk to remember

A walk to remember

On Jan. 22 and 23, approximately 4.8 million people from 50 states, 55 different countries and seven continents participated in the Women’s March in reaction to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Protesters hoped to raise awareness about marginalized groups such as women, immigrants and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The largest of these protests was held in Los Angeles with an estimated 750,000 attendees. Among the marchers was junior and president of Peninsula’s Female Advocacy Movement (FAM) Club, Alexa Jones. “I was really interested in [attending the march]…

students take part time jobs

students take part time jobs

Students with Part-Time Jobs Whether it be to gain communication skills, to build an early resume or simply to make extra money for personal indulgences, the number of students acquiring part-time jobs is steadily increasing. Students need to work to save for college or to supplement family income. Sophomore Ione Ogawa, Junior Kelly Van Boxtel and Senior Cassidy Bennett are three of many students at Peninsula who have part-time jobs. Van Boxtel has been working at the Promenade Ice Chalet since July 2016 and plans to work there until the…

National Art Honor Society Contributes to Local Mural

National Art Honor Society Contributes to Local Mural

Palos Verdes recently received an artistic upgrade at the Ernie Howlett Park. The park, located in Palos Verdes, offers facilities for a variety of outdoor activities including horseback riding, baseball and tennis. Due to the popularity of the park, Peninsula alumna Marianna DeSalles asked the city council for permission to paint a mural on a blank 20-by-40-foot concrete wall facing the park’s entrance. While DeSalles originally wanted the mural to reflect the park’s history, officials suggested the mural feature the sports offered at the 35-acre park. DeSalles offered aspiring artists…

Drama Department Takes on the Laramie Project

Drama Department Takes on the Laramie Project

On Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student of the University of Wyoming, was beaten, tortured and left for dead on the outskirts of Laramie, WY. Shepard was left tied to a fence in freezing temperatures for 18 hours. Once found, he was taken to a Fort Collins hospital; he remained in a comatose state until dying on Oct. 12. Shepard’s murderers pled “gay panic” as a defense, making this felony one of the most influential hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Over the…

All the Right Gears

All the Right Gears

Many high school students are excited by the newfound freedom driving brings, and even more excited when they get their own car. However, unlike senior Isabella Palacios, most students do not have to fully restore their cars. In 2008, Palacios’s father brought home a 1964.5 Mustang and told her that she could have it if she fixed it up. Having spent the majority of her life working with cars, she eagerly took on the challenge. “My dad has been working with cars since before I was even born, so they…

Literary Magazine Wins national Competition

Literary Magazine Wins national Competition

Beard Full of Butterflies (BFOB), Peninsula’s student literary magazine, recently entered the nationwide American Scholastic Press Association’s annual competition and was awarded first place in the magazine category. Additionally, they were honored with the title of Outstanding Photography. BFOB’s Editor-in-Chief, Senior Ashley Liu, is extremely proud to be awarded these titles. She feels that the variation of Peninsula’s students’ art is what truly helped BFOB win. “I feel that winning the award reflects the quality of our students and the work that they do,” Liu said. “The diversity of our…

Students Immigrate from the Philippines to America

Students Immigrate from the Philippines to America

According to the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Philippines has been one of the top five origin countries of immigrants every year since 1990. MPI also states that 45 percent of all Filipino immigrants coming to the United States move to California. Reflecting this statistic, Peninsula’s Filipino student population consists of many immigrants or children of immigrants. Until this school year, junior Charles Liu lived in Cebu, one of the largest provinces in the Philippines. Despite visiting family in California every summer, moving to California was a big step for…

Words Just Don’t Cut It

Words Just Don’t Cut It

This past summer, Sanae Gazdik, senior Jordan Gazdik’s mother was diagnosed with cancer that spread to her lungs, legs, eyes, liver, brain and back. This is Sanae’s second time being diagnosed, as she has survived breast cancer. After feeling weak, countless doctors appointments and tests confirmed that cancer spots were throughout her body. A month after her diagnosis, Jordan Gazdik was ready to spread the news to friends. Among those was senior Ben Prock, who is a close friend of his. “I was devastated,” Prock said. “I could not believe…

Bates Makes Waves in Music Industry

Bates Makes Waves in Music Industry

When senior Brennen Bates was 12 years old, he quit taking piano lessons and taught himself to play the bass guitar. Following his piano teacher’s directions was not Bates’s strong suit, and playing the bass provided him an outlet to create his own sound. “Once I started teaching myself bass, I really fell in love with creating my own music, and just playing and performing in general,” Bates said. Bates first became interested in joining a band when a friend added him to a Facebook group for bass guitar auditions….