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DEC. 21, 2012

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Winter Choir Concert NCL holiday home tour MADELEINE SMITHERS Staff Writer

Getting into Christmas spirit : (RIGHT) On Dec. 11, the choir put on their annual winter, showcase featuring all sections of choir. Die Leaders members, Wyatt Miller (12), Tyler Ulrich (12), Grant Boutin (10), and Chase Cullen (12) sing in their Barbershop Quartet called the “Do-Re-Migos.” The four boys are showing their Christmas spirit by singing “Up on the Housetop,” and getting the crowd ready for the holidays. GEORGIA VAN TYNE// The Iliad

“Hallelujah”: (LEFT) The Concert Choir showed their Christmas spirit through some good old Christmas carols. They sang some original songs, like “Hallelujah,” along with some other holiday themed songs. The winter choir concert gets the attendees ready for the long-awaited break. GEORGIA VAN TYNE // The Iliad

The Poway Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) put on their ninth annual Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 1. The tour consisted of three different houses in the Poway area that were decorated extravagantly for the holidays, and the proceeds are given to three different local charities. According to the Poway Chapter’s Vice President of Ways and Means, Mary-Jane Ritter, the NCL members in charge of the tour “try to choose homes that are very different in décor, architecture and size.” The houses are prepped for the event weeks in advance, and the decorating can take up to about a month. The Holiday Home Tour raises money every year for the Gayle Kennedy Memorial Scholarship Fund as well as two other philanthropies supported by NCL. The Gayle Kennedy Memorial Scholarship fund receives $5000 in scholarships from the home tour. The scholarships are awarded to two female PUSD high school students pursuing a degree in education. The two other philanthropies supported by the Holiday Home Tour vary each year. This year NCL is planning to donate to The Poway Senior Center and the Valley Elementary After School Homework Club. Both philanthropies are focus philanthropies of the NCL Poway Chapter. This year approximately 500 to 600 people attended the event. In past years, the tour has raised about $15,000 for local philanthropies, with $5000 going to each individual charity. According to Ritter, there is yet to be a final count of the funds raised this year, but it is estimated to be over $15,000. “Hopefully we will be giving more than we have in the past,” Carla Collignon, NCL Poway Chapter Treasurer said. Although the 2012 tour has just recently finished, NCL is already looking for homes to tour in 2013. Home-owners can contact NCL by e-mail for more information.

Chargers continuously suffer from blackouts on T.V. KELSEY HORVATH Business Manager

Every year around a certain time, football season starts, people begin to bust out their jersey’s and the excitement commences. Football fans everywhere come together to root for their favorite teams. Every fan knows how important it is to see the game, but what happens if that privilege is taken away from them? San Diego sports fans have been disappointed just a few times this year, as their game has been “blacked out,”

meaning that it will not be televised in the area. Many Poway High School students are disappointed. “If we had a better team I think more people would come out to support, and if more people came out to support, these games wouldn’t be blacked out,” sophomore Kyle Dean said. There have been three games this season that have been blacked out for the Chargers: Chargers vs. Ravens, Chargers vs. Falcons, and Chargers vs. Cowboys. If fans no longer want future blackouts, then the key for them is to attend more Charger games, because the more

games they go to, the more likeliness it will get sold out and be televised for all to see. “I feel we brought it upon ourselves as Chargers fans and if we want to fix that problem then we should be the ones to support them on the field,” sophomore Liv Lake said. Attending the Chargers’ games is beneficial to the fans because they get to experience the live action and all the excitement in the stands along with witnessing first-hand tackles and touch downs. Tickets range from $54 to $98 dollars, and the Chargers have an overall record of five wins and eight losses.

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