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March

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2012

No. 8

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Kony By Ethan Decker

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Mr. Titan royalty

Thousands of 4 protesters have been marching the streets of downtown San Diego since Oct 7 in a movement Popular games known as “Occupy San compared 7 Diego.” The movement was inspired by “Occupy Wall Street,” a march in New York City that is mostly protesting the fact the Baseball boys takethat down Torrey Pines in 10 wealthiest taxpayers the United States (the top one percent)Events own forty percent the nation’s Lateof Start Monday APRILMeanwhile, 9 wealth. the other ninety-nine Star Testing percent April 16-May 8 only own the remaining sixty percent of the nation’s Saturday School wealth. April 21 AP Exams However, protesters May 7-18 such as Poway High senior Megan Peranteau are Titan Talk fighting for other causes. What Peranteau said thatare sheyour has Spring Break applied for numerous jobs plans? in many fields, and has never even been granted anI’m interview. “It’s become going to the more about who you beach and getting a know tan.”rather than how well Olivia Lake, 9 you can do the job,” said Peranteau. I’m going to Northern

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Crowning the kings: (Left) Mr. Titan participants Josh Kennedy and Richard Durr hoist Mac Pitts, the first ever Mr. Titan, up after his win is announced. A panel of four judges selected the winner after he performed his rap, “Mac City.” (Above) Nick Paris is presented the Crowd’s Choice award by Bella Scuito while fellow contestants Brandon Kohl and Luke Castor applaud his victory. Paris wowed the crowd with his dance routine. For more on Mr. Titan, see page 3. ~Courtesy of Nicole Foster

Start Smart to park next year

Students must take class to use senior and junior parking lots TORI MORIN Sports Editor

In California, drivers under the age of 18 who want to get a driver’s license, must spend a large amount of their own personal time and effort attempting to do so. Students start with either online or classroom training and six hours of behind the wheel with a professional driving instructor. They also need to spend at least 50 hours in practice driving with an adult over the age of 25. Along with these hours new drivers have completed, starting in the 2012-2013 school year, PHS students who drive and wish to receive a parking permit for either the junior or senior lot must now also enroll in a teen driving and safety class called Start Smart.

This class is designed to teach young drivers about the dangers and consequences of poor choices when driving. Todd Murphy is the current coordinator for the Start Smart class, working with Gene Morris to prepare for next year’s new requirement. “Crashes’ consequences, driving laws, underage drinking and safe driving, along with the video, “Red Asphalt” are the five main issues being discussed,” Todd Murphy said. School officials hope that this requirement will prevent accidents. “A lot of students don’t know how to drive. Breaking every rule, this class might make them say ‘Hey, maybe we shouldn’t do that,’” Gene Morris said. Currently, to pass this class, you must schedule a time to sit at the sheriff station with a parent or

guardian for the entire two hours. As of right now, the class is being offered monthly and has limited space available per class. Since there is such a large number of teen drivers at PHS, the class schedule will be altered to fit accordingly. The logistics for the class are still in the process of being worked out, but hopefully the class will be offered several times over the summer at Poway High. “At this point it is not determined if parents are going to be required to attend as well,” Murphy said. To reduce the number of students needing to complete this by the start of school, as of right now, the class will be offered once in the PAC sometime in the end of May. Those who have taken the course previously are exempt from retaking the course.

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Gas prices leave pockets empty NORAH CUNNINGHAM Associate Editor

San Diego’s infamously high gas prices are pumping money from the pockets of Poway teens. With gas prices at an all-time high, visiting the pump has become a menacing necessity and a massive burden, especially for teens with minimum wage jobs. According to the U-T San Diego, San Diego gas prices average $4.37/ gallon, which is $0.57 more than one year ago. Compared to the national average of $3.47/gallon, San Diego teens have to pay about a dollar more than any other teens of America to get from one place to another. With this continuous rise in prices, gas is estimated to possibly reach $5 by the summer of 2012. Poway High junior and Ford Focus owner, Kira Ryberg, feels the effect

of rising gas prices weighing on her shoulders. “Ten dollars used to get me a quarter of a tank; now it gets me out of empty for a day,” Ryberg said. “I’m basically on empty, like, 100% of the time.” The average teenage salary in California is $8/hour, and the average tank of gas holds about 16 gallons. By the time summer arrives, teens would have to work ten hours to fill up their car, with no money set aside for other expenses. Junior Tyler Ulrich, also finds the rise in gas prices difficult for him to keep up with. “It’s completely draining my account. It feels like all the hours I work are wasted,” Ulrich said. As gas prices rise, so does the distress for working teens who pay for their own gas. If the average does indeed rise to $5 this summer, many will be forced to change their routines and possibly stay off the roads.


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