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Pilot Press Spring 2017 - Quarter 3

Woman of the Year

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A Monumental Trip

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OLP Varsity Soccer Champions

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Student Travel

A Monumental Trip

By: Linda Alvarez ‘19 and Alexa Gonzalez ‘17

Mr. Gonzalez and Mrs. Antolin at the FDR monument | Alexa Gonzalez ‘17

Witness history. Relive history. Walk 30+ miles in 5 short days. Meet people from all walks of life. These are just a few of the things Nicole Ballesteros ‘20, Isela Quinones ‘20, Alexa Apodaca ‘19, Klaudia Coronel ‘19, Sofia Steinberger ‘18, Zoe Sidiropoulos ‘18, Isabella Torregiani ‘18, Lauren Jacobson ‘18, Alexa Gonzalez ‘17, Katie Reigo de Dios ‘17, and Marissa Gerick ‘17 did on their trip to Washington D.C. this past January on the OLP sponsored Inauguration Trip. These girls journeyed to D.C. with Mr. Gonzalez and Mrs. Antolin to embrace the rich history that lies in Washington D.C. and bear witness to not one, but two historical events in one weekend.

“I thought it was beautiful. It was hard for me to take in that [George Washington] actually lived there… It had a wow-factor.” Afterwards it was party time as the girls made their way to the EF Inaugural Ball held a day before the Inauguration to accommodate the large number of EF travellers.

Once the girls landed in D.C. they got moving immediately and went straight to the Tidal Basin off of the Potomac River where they visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Later that day they took a private tour of the Pentagon. Alexa Apodaca ‘19 says that one of the highlights of the trip for her was visiting the Pentagon. Aside from the mysterious atmosphere of being in one of America’s most heavily guarded buildings, students were awestruck by the 9/11 memorial on site. After dinner, the girls settled into their hotel rooms and were able to rest after a long first day. Inauguration Day | Charlie McDermott

Visiting the Pentagon | Mr. Gonzalez

The next day the girls toured the Arlington Cemetery and paid their respects to President Kennedy at the Eternal Flame. Next, they stopped by the Marine Corp War Memorial, commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial. Then came Mt. Vernon, the plantation house of the one and only George Washington. Marissa Gerick ‘17 remembers with delight:

Day three was by far, the longest day of the entire trip as the girls woke up at 4 a.m. to head to the Inauguration at 4:45. They walked 4 miles to the National Mall to secure a good view of the event. The group arrived with time to spare and had a decent view. The The event exceeded Lauren Jacobson’s ‘18, expectations: “The Inauguration stood out to me because we got to witness history. It was really cool that we got to see a president sworn into office and the process of how it happens.” The event was truly memorable, one that impacted Isabella Torregiani ‘18 who believes, “Everyone should visit Washington D.C during the Inauguration because it is a truly inspiring trip!” Day four started on an unforeseen note. The girls finally visited the Washington Monument after passing by it multiple times and were able to view the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and the Constitution; a history fan’s dream come true. While at the monument, small, steady groups of marchers came from every direction all headed toward Capitol Hill. They had the opportunity to be on the National Mall while the Women’s March was in full swing, allowing them to witness history in the making.

Nicole Ballesteros ‘20 said that she “felt a lot of love during the march. I’ve never seen so many people in one place that were so supportive of each other.” The girls took pictures with people holding posters dear to their hearts and even marched for a short while. Many girls noted the difference in the energy felt at the March versus the energy at the Inauguration, and Mr. Gonzalez commented, “Democracy is slow and sometimes unorganized...You’re going to read about these two days together in history class” to which Klaudia Coronel ‘19 excitedly noted, “And we were there.” Women’s March signs | Refinery 29 instagram

After the March simmered down the group went to Madame Tussauds and saw wax figures of all 45 presidents and various celebrities. After a delicious dinner the group went to see the sight that Mr. Gonzalez claimed would make him cry: the Lincoln Memorial. They viewed the Korean War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam Women’s, and National World War II Memorials, then finished the evening at the Lincoln Memorial where, sad to say, Mr. Gonzalez did not shed a tear but rather stood awestruck and speechless. Many girls were moved by these memorials that offered a new perspective of the many lives given for the sake of peace in our nation. Lauren Jacobson ‘18 was heavily impacted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: “I had a family member that fought in the Vietnam War and being able to show my respect to all the fallen soldiers was just breathtaking.” Viewing these meaningful memorials was the perfect conclusion to the girls’ fourth and final night in DC. The next day was the last in DC and now that crowds from the events of the previous days had simmered down, the group finally visited Capitol Hill up close and personal. They saw the United States Capitol, Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Alexa Apodaca ‘19 said that visiting the Capitol was her favorite part of the trip: “Thinking that the senators and people from the House of Representatives gather there to make decisions for our country was amazing.” They tried to make a photo stop at the White House, however, Secret Service forced them to leave the area shortly after arriving. Although they didn’t get the ideal White House experience, they certainly got a unique and memorable one. The girls then went to the Newseum for one last stop in OLP students visiting the Iwo Jima Monument | Charlie McDermott DC. There, they learned about the history of journalism in the United States, the right to free speech and its many expressions, and also got the chance to see one of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. At long last, it was time to board a direct flight to San Diego and conclude a once in a lifetime trip. At the end of this trip, Marissa Gerick ‘17 stated, “I feel more empowered to be involved in politics and what is going on in the world, not just being ignorant. After this trip I feel that I gained perspective.”

I had a family member that fought in the Vietnam War and being able to show my respect to all the fallen soldiers was just breathtaking. - Lauren Jacobson ‘18

This group of 12 OLP girls and two incredible teachers are witnesses to history. They partook in a unique experience that inspired and encouraged them to speak out, not only about their fight for equality and justice, but for the beautiful roots that this country has. The girls were able to see breath-taking monuments that pay tribute to this nation’s leaders. Not only are they a reminder of our past, but they inspire leaders today. Would they go to DC again? Zoe Sidiropoulos ‘18 says, “I learned so much during the short five days that we were in D.C.; I learned and experienced so many different things while having fun and being with people I care about. Bottom line, I would do it all over again without a doubt.”

Student Travel I Left My Heart in Nicaragua By: Lily Lucero ‘18

In our social media centered, future driven, busy world, it is far too easy to lose sight of simplicity and pure happiness. In Nicaragua, this is not an issue. On the recent service immersion trip to Chinandega, Nicaragua, fifteen OLP students experienced the true meaning of loving and serving one’s dear neighbor. We worked alongside the native Nicaraguans through Amigos for Christ, an organization that promotes the upholding of human dignity through their water and sanitation, healthcare, education and nutrition, and economic development projects. We learned to embrace the relaxed lifestyle of Nicaragua and to live for a week as the natives do in order to more fully appreciate the colorful culture of the country. We began our community work in the small town of La Chuscada, where Amigos for Christ is working alongside the locals to build an elementary and middle school. The preschool and kindergarten were opened in 2016, and as we pick-axed the trenches for the foundation walls of the secondary school, we watched the young children play outside, spraying water on each other and laughing uncontrollably. We had been told upon our arrival at the work site on that first day that our diligent work is important, but what matters most is that we engage with the people and form relationships.

OLP students building the secondary school in La Chuscada | Amigos for Christ

Throughout the week we met some amazing people who continued to show us an abundance of hospitality as we continued work in another community, working alongside families to construct bathrooms consisting of flushing toilets and running showers. This trip was a truly life changing experience where we not only learned more about ourselves but also became more devoted to service of our dear neighbor. Working with the Nicaraguans provided all of us, students and teachers alike, with new perspectives. I returned home with the determination to continue the pursuit of my passion for social justice and the upholding of human dignity. There is a distinct difference between working for someone and working with someone. This trip fostered solidarity and bridged divides that were based on the socioeconomic differences and cultural variations of our two countries. As I settle back into my routine in San Diego, I constantly remind myself of the people I met and how they changed me. I will never forget them, and they have made a lasting impact on my life and those of my fellow Pilots.

That day, we all had the privilege of meeting some of the kids and visiting their homes, where we were embraced with open arms. To many of us the trust and hospitality the Nicaraguans showed was unfamiliar, as American culture is much different. We befriended many of the children, one of whom stood out to many of us. Dereck, a twelve year old boy who lives in the Chuscada community, caught up with us on our walk through the town during our lunch break on Monday. His desire to learn English and his vibrant smile gave him the attention of the adoring OLP girls.

Visit www. to watch a video that the OLP girls made during their trip to Nicaragua If you are interested in volunteering in Nicaragua, contact Amigos for Christ at Lily with a Nicaraguan student in La Chuscada | Photo by Olivia Gastaldo ‘18

A Glance At a Pilot Journalist: An Interview with Katie Anastas ‘14

OLP Alumnae

By: Makena Huey ‘17, Lorena Ramirez ‘18, and Anitza Velazquez-Marquez ‘18

At the heart of OLP is a spirit of sisterhood, and one of the most important ways to be a part that sisterhood is by honoring and learning from former Pilots. Katie Anastas, who graduated in 2014, is pursuing her career as a freelance journalist and radio show host at the University of Washington, and explains how both her education at OLP and her involvement in Pilot Press impacted the way she tells stories from a unique perspective. Can you give us a small background on who you are? “I grew up in San Diego and am currently living in Seattle, Washington. When I was at OLP, I was a Pilot Press editor, president of Peace Commission, a Spring Sing costume designer, and on the golf team. In Seattle, I work as a freelance journalist and do research in the Department of History. I also host a weekly radio show where I interview student artists and musicians.” Where do you go to college and what did you major in? “I go to the University of Washington. I’m working toward a major in journalism and a minor in Spanish.” What OLP activities did you participate in that inspired you to be a journalist? “When I was a student at OLP, three of my favorite activities were Peace From Commission, Spring Sing, and Pilot Press. In Peace Commission, I brought in guest speakers, organized events, and reached out to organizations that could help us contribute to causes that OLP cared about. A big part of Peace Commission was raising awareness of local and global social justice issues, and I realized that journalism would allow me to do that on a larger scale. Spring Sing gave me more writing experience and taught me to produce content that audiences would enjoy. Pilot Press gave me my first taste of writing articles, editing other writers’ work, and producing a newspaper. “I hadn’t declared a major when I first came to the UW, but I knew I wanted my career to involve writing. Who would you consider your role model? “Part of my work in the UW Department of History has involved researching the underground press of the 1960s and 70s. This involves reading either scanned or hard copies of these newspapers, which were written by people in almost every group imaginable, from antiwar soldiers to civil rights groups to feminist organizations. The papers also range in production quality – some are a few handwritten pages, while others are typed and have elaborate photo collages. The editors often write about how they were harassed for publishing their paper, either by police, military authority, or university administration. Any time I read about what those writers went through to express opposition to war, racism, and sexism, I’m inspired to become a better reporter.” How did your all-girls education impact your college experience? “My all-girls education taught me to be confident in my abilities, to challenge myself, and to lean on the support of the people around me. An all-girls school is one of the most supportive environments you can find, and I always felt like I could be myself at OLP. Activities like Spring Sing and Pilot Press taught me to work well with my classmates, to take risks and try new things, and find my own voice. Though I’ve enjoyed going to a larger, co-ed university, I think attending a smaller, all-girls high school helped me build a confidence in myself that I might not have found at a co-ed high school.” What is your favorite part about being a journalist? “My favorite part about being a journalist is that I’m constantly learning something new. When I first started college and was choosing a major, I worried that I might get stuck doing something I wasn’t really passionate about. With journalism, I’m meeting new people, solving new problems, and learning about a new part of my community every day. When I’m working on a story, I get to learn about something I might not have in a classroom, like how a mayoral candidate wants to improve bike safety or how researchers are making online navigation maps for people in wheelchairs. I come away from each story knowing something about my community that I didn’t know before. Once a Pilot Press editor, Katie Anastas has showed us that OLP prepares its students to soar. It was her years at OLP that influenced her to the work she loves and has given her the tools to enter into journalism and write about the topics that inspire her in a personal light.

Student Life

Spring Sing Stars Behind the Curtain By: Nicole Stepovich ‘19

Now that Spring Sing is nothing more than a nostalgic memory, it is time to look back on the students who had some of the biggest roles in the entire production. No, not the main characters, but the girls who worked tirelessly for more than 12 weeks every single day to produce a phenomenal show. These are students on leadership who have put their all into the show, both behind the scenes and on stage.

What is your role on the leadership team? “Choreographer.”

Nicole Jimenez - Junior, Dance Choreographer

What do you do to prepare for Spring Sing? “I make the dances for the dancers and I also make the dance moves that chorus will do. It’s a super stressful process because the dancers like to mess around sometimes and some of the moves are too [complicated for all of chorus].” Are there any major differences or adjustments from Spring Sing in the previous years, specifically with your role? “The copyright issues that came this year with the music was definitely difficult. Since we had to look for music that was legal to use, we had to turn to music of the previous generation which was really hard for me to choreograph to. In the end it all pulled together though.” How many hours of work do you put into Spring Sing every week/ overall? “About 13-14 hours a week. Overall it’s probably over 100.” What’s the most challenging part for you? “The most challenging part for me is probably the time consumption. I don’t play a sport so I wasn’t used to the daily life of staying 2+ hours every single day and getting home at a much later time than usual. I really had to adjust my schedule accordingly and set my priorities in place in order to make time for them.” What do you enjoy most about this position? “What I enjoy most about this position is seeing my work go on stage and watching the dancers enjoy what they’re doing. It’s great to see [what] my hard work is going towards and the end product is so worth the stress that I go through during the process.” What do you enjoy most about Spring Sing in general? “What I enjoy the most about Spring Sing every year is the actual day of the show. Everyone is so excited and happy and ready to perform and there’s a certain camaraderie between my class during the night that I can never get anywhere else.” What qualities and/or skills do you need to be dance coordinator? “Definitely a lot of patience. That really goes for any position in leadership. The girls that participate (at least for our class) can really be a handful sometimes and patience is key to getting through rehearsals. Some skills you need would probably be organization, time management, and creativity.” Do you have any funny or interesting stories from Spring Sing this year or in past years? “There’s so many little things that always happen every practice that it’s really hard to choose one! For me though, my favorite would probably have to be freshman year. We were all backstage getting ready and I just remember not knowing ANYTHING about makeup so literally 10 girls would surrounding me trying to help me understand the difference between foundation and setting powder. They were all getting so frustrated because I just didn’t get what the difference was so they just gave up and I went on stage looking like a mess.” Do you have any advice for people who are interested in Spring Sing leadership? “Go for it! It may seem stressful at times, but watching it all come together on the night of performance makes it so worth it. You grow closer to your sisters and you just have a really fun time with them! It also gives you a chance to make some great memories.”

Both photos by Mariela Lopez-Oviedo ‘19

Natalia Ventura - Senior, Director What is your role on the leadership team? “I am one of the two directors for the Seniors.”

Gabby Pascua - Sophomore, Secretary What is your role on the leadership team? “Secretary.”

What do you do to prepare for Spring Sing? “During the months of Spring Sing, all my time goes into preparing for our performance. As director, I have to make sure everyone is doing their job, while still doing mine. I’m usually running around campus during practices, checking up on everyone, recording songs, consulting with moderators, and more.”

What do you do to prepare for Spring Sing? “I have to exercise those spreadsheet skills! Being Spring Sing Secretary has taught me how to maneuver my way around Excel/Google Sheets more than school itself has ever taught me. I maintain documented files on all overall cast information, money balance, and student whereabouts/attendance.” Are there any major differences or adjustments from Spring Sing last year to this year, specifically with your role? Being Secretary as a Freshman has basically the same responsibilities as being Secretary as a Sophomore, but having that first year of experience has definitely improved my work ethic for this year. We do also have a much larger cast this year compared to the last, which calls for a lot more people to keep track of.” How many hours do you put into Spring Sing? “Honestly, I couldn’t give you a definite answer! Spring Sing kind of dominates my life and a lot of my time starting from late November.”

Senior Spring Sing leadership team

What’s the most challenging part for you? “I’d say trying to keep everyone excited. It can get pretty rough when you’re practicing the same song over and over again.” How many hours do you put into Spring Sing every week/ overall? “If you do the math, I dedicate about 23 hours a week to Spring Sing, excluding weekend practices, performance days, and meeting deadlines. And when I’m not working on Spring Sing, I’m stressing about it. It takes all your energy (and sanity), but it’s worth it.” What do you enjoy most about this position? “I’m always amazed of how a bunch of teenage girls can work together to create amazing shows. It’s a unique experience that I don’t think I would have been able to have anywhere else.” What do you enjoy most about Spring Sing in general? “I love being able to spend time with my class outside of school hours. It’s a great way to get to know people you wouldn’t otherwise talk to outside of school. My best OLP memories are Spring Sing memories.” If you could change one thing about Spring Sing, what would it be? “I think if we were able to include more instruments, it would really add to the show. Don’t get me wrong, Ms. Kamrath is the best, but we have a lot of talented musicians in our class that could really contribute to the production.” What qualities and/or skills do you need to be a director? “The ability to work well under pressure. And patience. Lots of patience.” Do you have any funny or interesting stories from Spring Sing this year or in past years? “Muffin gate. Seniors know what I’m talking about.” Do you have any advice for people who are interested in being a Spring Sing director, or are interested in Spring Sing leadership? “Just go for it. Freshman year I ran for director and I got elected, and it was how I got to know all the girls in my class. Just put yourself out there and you’ll discover new skills you never thought you had.” Anything else you would like us to know before we are done? “I just want to send love to the Seniors, I hope they know I have loved working with them these past four years. <3”

What’s the most challenging part for you? “Getting people to check their emails! So much vital information is communicated through emails and it’s kind of disheartening when people don’t check them. I now know how teachers feel when they have to reiterate information so many times.” What do you enjoy most about this position? “[Being a secretary] is a very behind-the-scenes job, like the glue piecing everything together that you don’t really see. Oddly enough, I love the organizational aspect of being secretary and I love being constantly busy before, during, and even after Spring Sing season. It’s like being a mom to your OLP sisters for a few months. Even though the amount of work that has to be done seems to make people turn away, I honestly just could not imagine not doing it all four years.” What do you enjoy most about Spring Sing in general? “The sense of community and the amount of love shared throughout the entire school is absolutely overwhelming. Even though it’s a competition between classes, there’s always that constant encouragement and support from everyone. Despite all the stress, tiring rehearsals, and getting home when the sun has already called it off, Spring Sing makes OLP bonds stronger than ever imaginable.” What qualities and/or skills do you need to be a secretary? “Attentiveness, organization, effective communication, and a realistic sense are definitely key components! When you have a class as creative and flamboyant as the Sophomore class, as Secretary, sometimes you just have to be the one to give lay down the line to figure out what’s feasible and what’s not.” Are you involved in any other theatre activities? If so, how are you involved in these (ex. Actor, crew, etc.)? “Yes! In middle school I used to be part of CYT (Christian Youth Theater), my favorite role being Crutchie in Newsies. At OLP, I’m part of Thespians and I have done chorus for the two previous Fall musicals, Anything Goes and Beauty & the Beast.” Do you have any advice for people who are interested in being a Spring Sing Secretary, or are interested in Spring Sing leadership in general? “Being a boss and being a leader are two entirely different things.” Visit to read more interviews with student leaders and to view a Spring Sing photo gallery.

Spring Sing: A Look Behind the Scenes By: Mariela Lopez-Oviedo ‘19

Spring Sing has always been valued greatly by not only the OLP community, but also the local community. The annual performances first started in 1970 when Sister Mary Sheila, the principal at the time, decided to create a fun and entertaining activity for students at the Academy to showcase their creativity. She hoped it would become a valued activity in the future and it definitely has. The friendly competition has become such a big hit at Balboa Theatre that the showing time expanded from being only one night to two nights. Spring Sing can mean a variety of things to the different participants and viewers, including a fun time for cheer and a lot of hard work, but what does it really mean to OLP students? “Spring Sing is a time of the year for class bonding and sisterhood strengthening through creativity with music, dance, and writing. The energy it brings is absolutely priceless. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you won or not because of the friendships that were made or grown.” -Sophia Bacino, Director, class of 2019. “Spring Sing is my favorite activity. No kidding, it’s the reason why I came to OLP. And I know this school is academically challenging, but I love Spring Sing because it’s a time to bond with your sisters. It’s also a place whether you’re talented or not you can still participate, and it builds unity and lets you have fun.” -Alexa Gonzalez, Secretary, class of 2017. Spring Sing is great commitment, especially for the leadership team of each class which includes directors, music coordinators, prop coordinators, costume coordinators, dance choreographers, and secretaries. “Spring Sing is definitely a huge responsibility, but also a great opportunity to really learn how to be a leader and get to know my classmates. It can be crazy at times, but I really think this gives me the chance to learn how to be more responsible in a creative, artistic way because honestly, music means the world to me so this is sort of like having fun with your job.” -Julianna Padilla, Music Coordinator, class of 2020. For the chorus and dancers, attendance is crucial, especially because a few missing people can affect the whole organization of the performance; every single participant in Spring Sing has a big role when everything comes together, and especially when the classes compete for Best Theme, Best Costumes, Best Props, Best Script, Best Acting, Best Chorus, Best Singing, Best Dancing, Best of Show, and overall winner of Spring Sing. This year, there were over 300 participants. Every OLP student and family was extremely excited to see the results and the outcome of Spring Sing on February 24th and February 25th. This year’s theme was landmarks; the freshmen took the crowd to the Eiffel Tower, sophomores to Buckingham Palace, juniors to Chichen Itza, and seniors to Easter Island. The majority of the students were mainly excited about getting ready to perform, doing their makeup, taking pictures to capture priceless memories, and seeing what the other classes had been preparing for weeks. “I’m most excited to see the other grades’ performances. It’s nice to see how hard everyone has been working. I’m especially excited to be in the dressing rooms the nights of the shows. It’s so much fun and many memories are made.” -Ariana Martinez, Costume Coordinator, class of 2018. Spring Sing program cover art by chorus member Marcela Diaz ‘17

The results for this year’s show were outstanding due to each of the students’ dedication and hard work. This year became the first year in which OLP gave out a sisterhood award given to Emma Gronstad from the class of 2019 for her collaboration with all four class. Every class also nominated a Miss Spring Sing and this year, the winners were Katie Marie Zucherburg ’20, Kaseba Gilinsky ‘19, Marissa Hernandez ’18, and Katia Lopez’ 17. Sophomores became the overall winners for Spring Sing 2017 by winning Best Script, Best Dancing, Best in Show, Best Props, Best Acting, and their Best in Show: “the Pink Panther.” The freshmen took the award for Best Theme and their Best in Show song was “Frere Jacques.” The juniors received Best Costumes with their Best in Show: “Mayan Legend” (an original song written by Emory Standifer ‘18). Finally, the Seniors, being their last year of Spring Sing, received the awards for Best Singing and Best Chorus with their Best in Show: “Wayfaring Stranger.” This student-run musical performance is one of the most cherished events for OLP students, mainly because it is an exciting way for students to bond, create great memories, showcase their creativity, and have a little friendly competition.

Both photos by Mariela Lopez-Oviedo‘19

Food Restaurant Review: Cucina Urbana By: Jesseca Saavedra ‘17

What: Cucina Urbana Where: 505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101 Time: Open from 11:30AM- 10PM Phone: (619) 239-2222 Website:

Pear and gorgonzola pizza | Jesseca Saavedra

Cucina Urbana has a friendly, warm environment and fresh, home cooked food - the perfect recipe for any Italian restaurant This is the place to go for all food lovers and families who wish to eat delicious food in a beautiful, vibrant setting. The dining experience begins with appetizers which range from squash blossoms, to avocado salad, and burrata caprese, to the famous polenta board. One of the more popular

Ragu | Blogspot

appetizers are the mussels which are cooked in a creamy sauce. The whole dish tastes so fresh. Entrees range from the sea bass, to pizzas, and to several of the freshly made pasta dishes. Recommended would be the pear and gorgonzola pizza with caramelized onions, pecans, arugula, and balsamic reduction. There are also a variety of desserts to choose from, which include nutella ricotta zeppole, lemon semifreddo, chocolate peanut butter bar, and caramel budino rose. Although a tough choice, the caramel budino rose is a definite winner. Cucina Urbana is one of San Diego’s best Italian restaurants. Due to Cucina Urbana’s increasing popularity, it makes it difficult to get a table if one does not make reservations ahead of time. The good crowd, modern decor, fresh Italian food, and helpful service ensure its customers leave satisfied after each visit, and keep coming back. Urban Kitchen Group

Current Events

Are You My Dopplegänger? By: Caroline Muñoz ‘18

Francois Brunelle has been photographing look-alikes from around the world in a project called I’m not a look alike! This project involves more than 200 black and white photos where the “twins” wear plain clothing in order to look as similar to each as possible. These people have an uncanny physical likeness to each other, although they share no common DNA. Furthermore, these “twin strangers” do not act similar and have completely different personalities. Although previously thought that people may treat someone who looks a certain way the same, it was found to be incorrect (Major Personality Study Finds that Traits are Mostly Inherited,” Daniel Goleman). Thus, have discovered that physical traits do not appear to influence the way people are treated. In a similar study, researcher Nancy Segal, who directs the Twin Studies Center at California State Fullerton, learned that there are no special bonds because of the identical looks. The only entity similar with the “doppelgängers” are their physical traits. Bridget Barclay ‘19 and Alicia Barber ‘18 | Caroline Muñoz

So why are there dopplegängers? A dopplegänger, a person who looks like another person to the point that there is confusion, are actually more common than thought. Ever run into someone who looks exactly like your next door neighbor? There are a limited number of genes that influence facial features, and many scientists speculate that there are seven other people in the world who look exactly like oneself. Julia Franke states in her column (“Unrelated Identical Twins? Science of Finding your Doppelgänger”) that, “specific genes control the differentiation of cells into the bones, skin, and muscle tissue of the face”. Because of this, there is a fairly decent chance that a person’s physical traits are someone else’s physical traits (“Does Everyone Have a Look- Alike?,” Adam Hadhazy). An image from the “I’m not a look alike” project | Francois Brunelle

In March 2014, three Irish students set out to find their doppelgängers through the power of social media. Only one of the students, Niamh found a clearly uncanny match in less than two weeks. When Niamh and Karen (her “twin stranger”) both put on similar clothes and combed their hair the same way, they had a striking resemblance to each other. Therefore in order to spread their passion for finding their dopplegängers, the Irish students set up a website to connect look-alikes with each other (“Unrelated Identical Twins? Science of Finding your Doppelgänger,” Julia Franke). For only $3.95 per 6 months, their customers can search for people who look eerily like themselves. The process is quite simple - just put in your facial features (including lip and head shape), height, and other physical features. Then the site attempts to find one’s “twin stranger,” yet this could take several months due to the fact that one’s “twin” might have not registered on the site. Now, as one rushes through the halls of Aquinas, keep an eye out, for one might find one’s own doppelgänger rushing by. Lily Lucero ‘18 and Sebastian Larson Saints ‘18 are often asked if they are fraternal twins. | Caroline Muñoz

“Woman of the Year” By: Gemma Carretta ‘17

For 135 years, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace has taught thousands of students to become “all of which woman is capable,” and so far, OLP students have been capable of handling whatever has been hurdled their way. This amazing feat was recognized on March 11, 2017 at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade where OLP was nominated as the “Woman of the Year” by the Irish Congress of San Diego who, as Dr. Blade explained, are “instrumental in choosing who will be selected to be honored”. Kim Edwards, mother of OLP graduate Caitlyn Edwards ‘16, is the chair of the Irish Congress St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Dr. Blade, Director of Mission Integration and Historian, explained that OLP has been nominated as the “Woman of the Year” to recognize the vast number of young women who have been educated inside the green gates over the past 135 years. This award honors “the influence that OLP has had on young girls who have made [a] difference in San Diego, and [in] the world. We’re very honored to be the recipient of this award.” Delia Garland ‘17 with the Woman of the Year Award | Dr. Blade OLP will not be the only recipient honored, for the Irish Congress also honors a “Man of the Year,” “Irish Woman/Irish Man of the Year,” and “Younger Woman of the Year.” OLP also received another honor through Michelle Malone, and OLP graduate, who was honored as the “Irish Woman of the Year.” Every honoree is chosen because of their significant contributions to the local community. All of the honorees were highlighted in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and OLP’s own Hooper, and Delia Garland ‘17 (who does Irish dancing) drove in a Corvette through the involvement in the parade is nothing new. For the past 18 years, art students from Art Honor Society have designed and created the official banner for

Dr. Lek, Mrs. parade. OLP’s the National the parade.

This year’s theme for this celebration was Mná an Domhain - Celebrating Women of the World, a fitting year for OLP to be honored for helping girls in the community become “all of which woman is capable.”

Photos by Dr. Blade and family of Delia Garland

Physical Life

Diving Into Water Polo By: Bridget Barclay ‘19

The Academy officially dove in! 2017 marks the first season of OLP’s water polo team. This team, run by Coach Chuy (who played water polo in high school and for Mesa College), is made up of 17 dedicated players. The idea of an OLP water polo team was sparked when a new student, Samantha Tyssee ‘19, became a Pilot. Samantha played water polo at Grossmont High School and was disappointed when she heard OLP did not have a team. She then spoke with Mr. Gonzalez, the Assistant Principal of Athletes, and brought him the idea of a team. The two then collaborated in order to turn this idea into reality. There was an overwhelming amount of girls who were interested in this new sport and could not wait for the season to commence. The team had an amazing season, including two outstanding wins, and there are prospects for it to continue to grow and dive deeper into this competitive, fascinating, and high-spirited sport in the 2017-2018 school year. All photos by Izzy Muruc

Our Lady of Peace Varsity Soccer

By: Celia Martinez ‘17

Despite the rain and field closures, the 2016 - 2017 Our Lady of Peace Varsity Soccer Team is redefining what it means to be a soccer player at OLP. This year the girls Varsity soccer team won the Lady Vaqueros Tournament for the first time in OLP history, scored over 100 goals, finished 1st in League for the first time since 1993, won the Division III CIF Championship, and they are currently placed 5th in the county.

To highlight these accomplishments, the OLP Varsity soccer team has been featured on KUSI Prep Pigskin Report, which focused on their win again Santa Fe Christian High School, and they were featured in San Diego Union Tribune post their CIF win.

The varsity captains are Ashlin Healy ‘18, Jenna Chandler ‘18, and Natalia Castellanos ‘17. In addition to being one of the Varsity Team Captains, Ashlin Healy ‘18 was also awarded the Winter Athlete of the Season for the second year in a row.

As a team, the players have earned a spot on the OLP soccer banner which will read 2017, acting as a reminder of the girls’ drive, dedication, and accoplishments this season. What the OLP varsity soccer team accomplished this season does not happen often at OLP, and this will be a memory shared not only by the girls on the team, but by the whole student body. All photos ourtesy of OLP soccer families

Pilot Press Spring 2017 - Quarter 3

Plaid Problems

By: Lily Lucero ‘18 and Caroline Muñoz ‘18

Dear Plaid Problem Guru, Yesterday I tripped on the stairs. Today I tripped again. The day before yesterday I also tripped, but that day I had a heavy backpack on and fell in front of a classmate. She laughed, and I felt like crawling into my bed and remaining there for the rest of the semester. (Well actually...the rest of my high school career, but I won’t get ahead of myself.) Suffice to say, this has not been my week. Oh wise plaid problem guru, help me to eliminate my clumsy feet. Dear Clumsy Feet, I see your struggle… quite literaly since I was the classmate that laughed at you. To solve your problem, attach wings to your shoes so that you can fly over all the stairs and the uneven floors at school. With wings on your shoes you will also be able to get to class faster and avoid the hoards of students in the hallways, although you may fly into some trouble if you crash into the Holy Spirit mid-flight. To find such wings, please visit the Spirit Store in St. Catherine’s. However, the wings are only available to those OLP girls who have exemplified what it means to be an OLP student: maintained a 6.5 GPA, been C10 President, and shaken hands with Amelia Earhart. Please heed my advice carefully in order to avoid future falling fiascos. Clumsy feet | Caroline Muñoz

Dear Ever - Enlightened Plaid Problem Sage, I need your help. Desperately, ever so desperately. The problem with the new turquoise chairs is spinning out of control. These chairs, although quite lovely to look at, have become quite a monstrosity in my life. Every time (EVERY STINKING TIME) I want to get out of my chair, WHOOSH I am suddenly sliding to the back of the classroom. The classroom floors are uneven and the wheels on my chair follow the incline and I unexpectedly end up in a different part of the room.*deep breath* Please give me some much needed guidance, or a leveling tool. Dear Sitting with Setbacks, For your slippery slope issue, I have a simple solution. Arrive to school extremely early so that no one will see you (or hear you). Bring along a hammer and some nails in an unassuming black bag and then tiptoe to your Block A classroom. Pull a bobby pin out of your hair to pick the lock on the door. Then find your seat in the classroom and nail down the wheels of your chair into the floor. This might be extremely difficult but as an OLP student you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Sneak out of the classroom, lock the door (as if you were never there) and continue to put nails in all of your chairs in each class that you take. This solution will ensure that your chair will never move again and you can safely get in and out of you seat without the cumbersome sliding.

Sitting with setbacks | Caroline Muñoz


Student Life, ALumnae, and Travel: Makena Huey and Elizabeth Ortiz Current Events: Lily Lucero, Celia Martinez, and Caroline Muñoz Food: Jesseca Saavedra Arts and Entertainment: Annie Babka, Stefi Cerqueira, and Alejandra Garcia Physical Life: Lily Lucero Layout and Graphics: Julia Isbell and Emily Lujan Website: Bella Hoang Editor in Chief: Gemma Carretta Moderators: Ms. Cuaresma and Mrs. DeVore

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Pilot Press Spring 2017 Edition