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The Best Day Ever . . . The parade of teams highlights the Opening Day ceremonies for Silver Spur Little League at Ernie Howlett Park.

• All four Peninsula Little Leagues hold Opening Day ceremonies. The spring sports season is in play for athletes from 4th grade to high school varsity competing in events all over the Peninsula. The District Science Fair was also held, while PVYBL held its closing day ceremonies after a great first season. Check out the next edition of Panorama with PVBA Championship Sunday results and much more.

Science Fair

Award Winner . . . Palos Verdes High sophomore Gavin Peters Don’t Mess With Pirates . . . Buses, trollies and boats were all part of the PV Little League parade.


Yellow Ball Back In Action

Peninsula softball players take advantage of sunny skies to play a few games. See Page 13


Championship Games

3rd and 4th/5th grade championships capped the first PVYBL season. See Pages 12-14

is congratulated by School Superintendent Alex Cherniss after placing first in Microbiology at the District Science Fair.


Local Students Raise Funds

Peninsula and Palos Verdes high schools held fundraising walks last week. See Pages 4-5


PVBA Playoffs Stay Hot

Championship Sunday takes place this weekend at Peninsula High. See Page 17

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Sea Kings Remember The Tritons With Annual Walk Fundraising • Palos Verdes High holds "Remember the Tritons Walk" with great success.

By Sarah Liu On Feb. 22, students traded class time for an opportunity to honor lost Sea Kings at the annual Remember the Tritons Walk. The Walk was organized by the student leadership class Be the Change (BTC), and raised more than $18,000 for the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center. The Walk was originally called Brian’s Walk in remembrance of Brian Booth, a Palos Verdes High School student that died in 2012 from Ewing’s Sarcoma. BTC made the decision to donate to the center where Booth received treatment. As the years went on, the focus of the event changed, but the cause never did, as the Walk now honors PVHS students that died before they had the chance to graduate. The Walk is successful each year

mainly because of BTC, an offset of the Associated Student Body. “We start planning The Walk months in advance and right after it ends we go over everything that was successful and everything we could improve on,” senior and Vice President Alaina Bucy said. The Walk began with a ceremony, paying respects to the fallen Sea Kings, along with a carnival serving food, such as shaved ice and popcorn, in addition to a carnival with entertainment, such as a velcro wall. Students then took a walk around the neighborhood as BTC members tossed colored powder at their classmates. Students had the option to either donate or participate in The Walk. For students unable to walk, making a donation still hit close to home for some Sea Kings. “I donated because… it is a great cause,” sophomore Parker Zane said. “My grandma had cancer and the fact that a school-affiliated organization donated to the Jonsson Cancer Research Fund was great to see.”

The Walk was a large undertaking for BTC, and in order for everything to go smoothly, everyone had to do their part. “We have to order T-shirts, food, get sponsorships, make posters and, most importantly, try to make sure a majority of the student body participates,” Bucy said. “There are so many different aspects of The Walk that we need to plan, and our wonderful Commissioners of Special Projects and Activities are amazing with the organization of The Walk.” As vice president, Bucy oversaw all parts of the event, from making posters to planning the logistics of the trail. She got involved in BTC as a freshman with the guidance of her middle school counselor. When she learned about how BTC impacted the student body, she knew that she wanted to join. As a result of joining BTC, she believes that her experience has strengthened her problemsolving skills as well as given her new friendships and memories.

Annual District Science Fair First Step For Many Students Science

• Palos Verdes and Peninsula high students attend the annual District Science Fair.

By Lily Shah Peninsula High and PV High students participated in the highly competitive Palos Verdes Peninsula School District Science and Engineering Fair at the Botanical Gardens on Thursday, Feb. 21. After many months of work, the students presented their projects to a variety of judges. With projects ranging from computer science to behavioral science, the breadth of knowledge and innovation made the competition fierce and the ability to place difficult. The fair is the first qualifying round on the journey to the international science fair that takes place towards the end of the school year. Students who place in the top three of their category at the Peninsula school district fair will move on to

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Peninsula Host Annual "Walk for Life" Fundraising

• Peninsula High students walk from campus to Highridge Park during annual Walk for Life event.

By Nina Li Peninsula High School’s annual Walk for Life took place on Feb. 22 with hundreds of Panthers walking to show support to City of Hope, Cancer Support Community and the millions of lives who have been affected by cancer. The event began with a carnival, where all the school’s clubs sold different foods and objects to the students. During the event, many students and teachers had their hair cut by profession-

al hairdressers as a way to donate their hair to those who need it. The Rose Ceremony followed the walk, at which students that participating in the walk went to the decorated field and listened to guest speakers. The Rose Ceremony involved the Walk for Life Ambassadors who put a rose in a glass vase for each person who has died from cancer. The heartfelt ceremony was a time for students, teachers and administrators to come together in solidarity for those whose lives have been touched in one way or another by cancer. A total of $42,000 was raised, with half of the money donated to the Cancer Support Community and the other half will be donated to City of Hope.

The organization of Walk for Life is a result of the hard work put in by committees from both Service Learning Leadership and the Associated Student Body as well as volunteer ambassadors. Senior Lexi Harris has been a Walk for Life Ambassador since her sophomore year and is also a part of Service Learning Leadership. The members play a crucial role in making sure the event runs smoothly. They plan meetings, schedule dates, make posters and spearhead important decisions such as the T-shirt design and color. Walk for Life Ambassadors raise money through friends, family and local businesses. They plan, the activities, set up the event and clean up after the event. Harris’s grandparents are currently battling cancer, so the event holds a special place in her heart. “Walk for Life is incredibly meaningful to me because I know cancer affects almost everyone at some point in his or her life,” Harris said. “I volunteer extensively at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Oncology department and have done research in the Bone Marrow Transplant Department, so I have seen firsthand the bio, psycho, social elements of cancer that affect patients and their families,” she said.

The Annual Purple Blast . . . Peninsula High students explode in purple dust during Walk for Life ceremonies last week.

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“The money raised gives not only hope for a brighter future for these patients, but an increased quality of life and happiness to both the patients and families. Walk for Life is so impactful. The students at Peninsula really come together to make a difference.” Senior Morgan Dickson is also an ambassador as well as a member of Service Learning Leadership. She says that this year, the event was different because

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Science Research Drives District Science Fair Profile

• Local students compete at the annual District Science Fair.

By Nina Li The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District held its annual Science and Engineering Fair at the Botanical Gardens on Thursday, Feb 21. Students from Peninsula High and Palos Verdes High participated with projects related to various science fields. Of the 100 projects submitted, Peninsula High senior Sina Moshfeghi placed second in the Medicine and Health Category and will be competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). His project, titled Transdermal Lactate Collection with Agarose Gels for Noninvasive and Painless Monitoring of Patients, aims to create noninvasive medical diagnostic exams that will allow doctors to detect illnesses earlier on. Moshfeghi has been a part of Science Research since his sophomore year and has competed in the science fair every year. Moshfeghi’s project battles the issues of painful and expensive diagnostic exams such as blood tests, which results in improper administration to detect fatal illnesses such as sepsis and heart failure while at a time period that is still treatable. His project involves using hydrogels to absorb human fluid and electrochemical sensors to analyze biomarkers in the fluid to make accurate diagnoses.

“My project specifically tested the absorption of the lactate and glucose biomarkers, which can be used to detect sepsis, heart failure and diabetes, with the hydrogel method,” Moshfeghi said. “I created the hydrogels by heating a buffer solution with a 3 percent agarose powder concentration and allowing it to cool in a mold. Before experimenting with human subjects, I conducted in vitro tests with porcine skin to identify all the factors that will influence the absorbed concen-

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Peninsula High student Sina Moshfeghl is awarded during the District Science Fair last week. tration and to optimize the experimental design.” “After establishing an accurate procedure,” Moshfeghi said, “I began testing the method on human subjects, mostly volunteers from the lab. I would ask them to undergo a thorough sterilization procedure to clear any sweat residue on their fingers.” He analyzed 54 different tests and discovered the method which he believes demonstrates a hopeful future for mak-

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ing all diagnostic procedures noninvasive, painless, cheap and effective. From a young age, Moshfeghi was interested in engineering, which he has incorporated into his years of research. His knowledge of technology in the biomedical field is what spurred his project, and he began working at UCLA’s Integrated and Interconnected Bioelectronics Lab to fulfill his goals. While at UCLA, he discovered the lab’s failed attempts to establish the procedure and decided to work on bringing the concept to life. His efforts paid off, as he is advancing to Intel ISEF, a convention where students from more than 70 countries convene to showcase their research. “I am beyond excited to be representing Palos Verdes Peninsula High School at the Intel ISEF,” Moshfeghi said. “It is a huge honor to be selected as one of 1,700 high school researchers internationally, and I intend to show everyone just how scientifically inclined Peninsula can be. Ever since I started competing in science fairs, my dream has been to compete at the ISEF. I expect to meet new friends of various backgrounds, encounter phenomenal research and hopefully come home with an award.” Moshfeghi plans on furthering his project and enhance what he already is working on. “I enjoy competing in science fairs because I get to interact with judges who have specialized in the field of my research,” Moshfeghi said. “Getting feedback from professionals allows me to reflect on my methods and

improve as a result of it. Additionally, I meet new people at every fair I attend, and always learn something new from them.” For the young scientists and researchers, Science Fair provided them an opportunity to display what they have learned and a platform for them to share their ideas. “I encourage anyone who is not already in science research to consider joining,” Moshfeghi said. “I think many students tend to believe that everything has already been invented or that they are too young to be a researcher or inventor,: he said. “You would be surprised by what you can accomplish if you are truly engaged by a topic. I certainly did not believe that I could make a difference at this age until I participated in science research. My time researching in labs and corporations has given me a new perspective, and I am sure it can for you too,” he said. Previous Intel ISEF competitor, senior Christina An, also emphasizes the opportunities offered for her as a result of her participation in Science Research. She recounts her time at Intel ISEF and shows her appreciation of being able to compete and win the competition. “One thing I recommend is to use that week to the fullest by talking to anyone and everyone because it is really about the people you meet and build connections with,” An said. “Honestly you can meet such inspiring people there and the fact that you are being recognized internationally is awesome.”

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. . . Continued from Page 4 the Los Angeles County Science Fair. It is an extremely laborious process competing in science fairs. The student researchers begin their projects in September and continued working until the fair in February. Some students even choose to continue previous projects to deepen their research.

In order to participate in the fair, students are required to write a full research paper on the issue they are trying to address, the methodology of their experiment, and their findings. The expanse and complexity of the topics is phenomenal and their work does not go unnoticed.

Famous Scientists . . . Peninsula High Principal Brent Kuykendall takes a picture of students at the annual science fair at the Botanic Gardens.

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PEN Students Walk For A Cause

. . . Continued from Page 5 there were a lot more people helping out with the event and greater support from many community members and ambassadors. One of the main events during Walk for Life is the throwing of the purple powder in the air. “It is really inspiring to see all of the supporters in the stands throw the powder as a grand finale to presenting the checks to the organizations and acts as a fun send off into the walk to Highridge Park,” Dickson said. Walk for Life is a day when everyone comes together and supports one another even if they do not know one another really well. “Walk for Life is so amazing every year, but I feel like it just gets better and better,” Harris said. “My favorite part about Walk for Life is the sense of accomplishment. I get to work with my classmates on a project that makes a difference in the community and people who are affected by cancer.” Junior Lauren Kim has been walking in Walk for Life since her freshman year and recounts the day. “It was a gorgeous and sunshine filled day for this year’s walk, and I felt overwhelmed by the love and solidarity that the students showed,” Kim said.

“Seeing everyone walk to Highridge made me reflect on all the patients that cannot walk right now, and cannot leave their hospital room. We were all walking for someone; I was walking for my aunt and grandpas. This event is one of my favorite events throughout the school year, and I hope others feel the same way.” Cancer affects lives in many different ways, whether it be actually battling it or helping a loved one battle through it. Walk for Life is impactful in many ways and its significance will never be lost. “This Walk is and has been so significant in my life because I lost a grandpa due to cancer before I was born and my aunt, grandpa and numerous family friends have endured or are going through cancer,” Kim said. “It breaks my heart to know and clearly envision what they are going through. Cancer does not only affect the patient, but their family, friends and loved ones. The club that I started focuses on raising awareness about childhood cancer, yet I believe that every single person on this planet needs to be aware of the pain and difficulties that patients go through. Cancer is brutal, but it can be overcome.”

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Training Gets Middle School Athletes To Peak Performance Getting In Shape

• Peninsula High holds special Tuesday training sessions for middle school athletes looking for top performance on and off the field.

By Justin Kim The number of athletes playing high school football in California continues to dwindle, as fewer teenagers find the value in playing football for their school. Although what once was a highly esteemed sport, whose athletes were given special treatment, now a number of California high schools are finding it difficult to muster a sufficient number of players to suit up against opposing teams. Peninsula High faced a similar problem in 2016 when its program was shut down due to the large number of injuries as the season progressed. Football is not defined by just the physical aspects fans see on the field. It is also about the camaraderie that the players develop through the long hours together on the practice field and in the weight room. A brotherhood is developed through the pain, sweat and tears that each player

skills that I can apply to my work for the rest of my life. Even though it was tough, I managed to succeed both athletically and academically.” Chang said. This past season, the Peninsula football program turned its story around, and turned heads on the Hill, under coach David Young. The Panthers finished with a 3-2 record in Bay League and 9-5 record overall, losing in the CIF-SS Division 11 Championship to Western High School. The program that was once brought to its knees, fought its way back onto its feet. What is especially commendable is the special few students who dedicated their four years to the program, during and after the program was shut down. Their dedication inspired more students to join their cause and continues to be recognized by their classmates today. As one of those players, Chang said, “the impact Coach Young has made on the program can’t accurately be illustrated in words. The work he’s done to turn the program around extends beyond the X’s and O’s of football. He’s helped to create young men who are better now than when they joined. He’s pushed his players to levels most didn’t expect was pos-

“Managing football and school work was extremely difficult, but it has also taught me valuable time management skills that I can apply to my work for the rest of my life.” — Wyatt Chang endures in order to help his team. Football requires dedication and the commitment of time through the physically draining practices that players go through everyday. No other sport quite literally forces kids to work well and effectively with others. Football also brings students out of their homes and off their couches, where they could be wasting time playing video games or gluing their eyes on their phones. It enforces time management onto students as well, since they must get their homework and studying done and keep their grades up while they dedicate themselves to the sport. Peninsula High senior Wyatt Chang has a 4.6 GPA and is a three-year varsity football member. “Managing football and school work was extremely difficult, but it has also taught me valuable time management

sible. This directly translates to aspects outside of football and has given many of his players the confidence and drive they need to succeed in their future endeavors.” In an effort to keep the movement going, and perhaps inspire some more kids, Coach Young has started a youth camp for 6th, 7th and 8th grade athletes that would like to improve their strength, fitness and flexibility for their upcoming sports season. “The purpose of the youth camp,” Young said, “ is to teach correct methods of strength training along with the understanding that flexibility has a lot to do with an athletes performance. The training sessions have proven to be successful for us in the sense that we have been able to get younger athletes moving in the right direction as it comes to their personal health and fitness,“ Young said.

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Battle For A Rebound. . . The Basilisks and Griffins compete in the first Palos Verdes Youth Basketball League’s 3rd Grade championship game.

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4th/5th Grade Champions - Team Flash . . . The team includes Aiden Lee, Benjamin Uyema, Landon Park, Agustin Angulo, Bryce Lee, Michael Chu, Elijah Hsu and Keanu Pourafzal. Coach Mike Lee.

Take A Championship Shot . . . 4th/5th Grade Finalist - PV Avengers . . . The team includes Cory Lee, Michael Chao, Kevin Han, Rhys Barrett, Kevin Yang, Marcus Martinez, Aaron Heinze and Cash Matthews. Coach Brandon Lee.

Jack Schroeter takes a shot for the Basilisks during the 3rd Grade championship game.

3rd Grade Champions - Basilisks . . . The team includes Rylan Nip, Jack Schroeter, Jackson Suhling, William Foldesy, Yuto Hashimoto, Mateen Javid and Matthew Schloemer. Coach Tom Schloemer.

Taking Charge In A Flash . . . Aiden Lee leads Team Flash during the 4th/5th Grade championship game.

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3rd Grade Finalist - Griffins . . . The team includes Quentin Lanquetot, Scott Harter, Beau Carroll, Elias Lee, Nathan Marcus, Ricky Hernandez, Nico Wiederkehr and Tobin Gilmartin. Coach Jon Marcus.

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Softball Girls Keep The Action Going Softball • The Palos Verdes Peninsula Girls’ Softball League has been getting games played in between winter storms. 10U teams continue to battle for first place, while the two 12U teams the, Honey Badgers and Tidal Waves, will compete against other leagues before facing each other in the game of the season.

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Transportation Alternatives . . . A double-decker London bus and a San Francisco trolly were the highlights of the PV Little League Opening Day parade.

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Games Underway . . . George Allen Field and Ernie Howlett Park will be busy this spring with 10 teams competing in Junior League.

Lunada Bay Set For Baseball . . . Lunada Bay Little League is ready for another great baseball season.

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2019 Baseball Season Opens Little League

• All four Peninsula Little Leagues and Junior League began the 2019 spring season. Dodging winter rain storms and flooded fields, all the leagues were able to hold Opening Day ceremonies as well as the first games of the season last week. However, practice and scrimmage time has been limited because of the wet weather, and there is sure to be more wet weekends coming up. Keep up with baseball at all levels this by getting a copy of the Panorama this spring.

Nice Catch . . . The PV Little League Minors Athletics began the season playing good infield defense.

Minors Take Valmonte Field . . . The Minor Division Athletics and Orioles battle on Opening Day at Palos Verdes Little League.

Solid Start . . . The PV Little League Minors Athletics got some key hits during the first game of the season.

Open On The Road . . . The Rolling Hills Majors Cardinals traveled to Lunada Bay to face the Diamondbacks.

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PVBA Finals This Weekend Playoffs

• The Palos Verdes Basketball Association will finish its winter season this weekend with a full slate of championship games Sunday at the Peninsula High main gym. PVBA girls teams will have 4th/5th

Grade and 7th/8th Grade championship games today at the Miraleste gym. PVBA boys teams 3rd through 8th Grade will have championship games allday Sunday at the Peninsula High main gym with an All-Star exhibition game afterwards.

8th Graders Battle To Be King . . . PVBA Championship Sunday takes place this weekend. Check out the next edition of PANORAMA for extensive coverage.

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. . . Continued from Page 8 “Getting kids onto Peninsula’s campus is another plus because it displays all the great things that go on at Peninsula and it gives some insight to the younger athletes to what they can expect if they were to attend Peninsula in the future,” he said. Coach Young aims not to just limit the opportunity for future football players, but for any middle schooler in the community who just wants to work on their personal strength. “The camp is for any athlete in the area that is a 6th, 7th or 8th grade stu-

dent. You do not need to be a football player to attend the workouts. Each work out is designed for the multi sport athlete and is enriching to any athlete seeking to find a new and better way to workout.” said Young. “Football gives kids more than just a sport,” Chang said. “It gives them something to believe in. We learned to believe in ourselves and went from forfeiting a season to the CIF Finals in our careers at Peninsula. It teaches players the value of hard work and persistence. Just as importantly, it gives kids a group of friends that will have their back no matter what.”

The Suns Rise Up . . . The Suns got a 51-50 win over the Lakers in PVBA 5th Grade playoff action at the Peninsula High gym last week.

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Final Weekend Of Basketball . . . The Peninsula basketball season ends this weekend with PVBA Championship Sunday, except for spring and summer ball.

National Hockey Day

Celebrate Ice Hockey . . . The local Ice Chalet celebrated National Hockey Day at the Promenade. The “PIC Knights” youth hockey players of the Promenade Ice Chalet were able to unwind from the normal grind of the weekly practice and game schedule this past Sunday to enjoy National Hockey Day. This particular Sunday was filled with relay races, target shooting games and the chance to skate freely with friends and family. During the free skate, parents and friends were able to experience the joys and complexities of the sport these young players work so hard at each week during the season.

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Take A Listen . . . Players at Silver Spur Little League read the Little League Pledge during Opening Day ceremonies at Ernie Howlett Park.

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