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La Jolla High School preps for homecoming, college

Editor’s note: La Jolla High seniors Erika Ostroff and Colburn Mowry will be sharing news from their campus throughout the school year.

Homecoming’s here

Welcome to the Jungle 2009: Not only is it a clever theme for La Jolla High’s Homecoming on Oct. 23 and 24, it also sums up (to a degree) the high school experience. It is a jungle where teachers are supreme, weekends are too short, and last summer is reduced to a distant memory. It is a classic Guns n Roses takeoff, and can inspire ideas and decorations for a great night for everyone. In the case of Homecoming, I believe the latter is more applicable.

When you are in ASB, the everyday buzz is about plans for a great event. I distinctly remember my freshman year and thinking Homecoming was nothing but a cliche school function, portrayed in movies with some lame underwater theme. I didn’t even know La Jolla held a Homecoming! However, I saw the first poster of the year: “Homecoming-save the date.” I was so panic-stricken I didn’t know what to do. Homecoming? I felt like a 30-year-old in my scrawny, 14-year-old body.

Now, back to the work ASB puts into Homecoming. In a nutshell, we choose a date to have the event on, and then work assiduously to make sure everything makes the deadline. Making calls, painting the backdrop, and organizing the float parade is all part of the deal. It is always a mad scramble the week of the event, but it pays off. ASB is Homecoming, and it feels great when you plan a night that goes down in history (or at least has a good yearbook spread).

— COLBURN MOWRY

All about college prep

For the very first time, on Oct. 14, La Jolla High School implemented a mandatory PSAT exam. All freshmen, sophomore and junior students took the exam to prepare them for the countless standardized tests that are crucial for college acceptance. The PSAT was also given to make each student aware of where he/she places on the scoring spectrum. As the majority of the school was frantically punching buttons on calculators or skimming comprehension passages, the entire senior class was packed into the auditorium for a staggering four-hour college preparation assembly. Though many would think this was an educationally enriching experience, seniors thought the time could have been spent more productively and would have preferred to stay home working on college applications. — ERIKA OSTROFF

LJ Radio launched

As an editor on the La Jolla High Tide newspaper, I am proud to announce a new “wave” of communication at La Jolla High – The LJ Radio. The hype of digital media and its importance in the modern world is in our midst, and La Jolla High School’s journalism class is well aware of its cutting-edge importance. Though some of my fondest memories are copyediting tedious print articles, fervently designing the perfect centerfold layout, and staying late at school to go to press, the La Jolla High Tide is now more than just a simple eight pages.

LJ Radio, a broadcasting branch off of the High Tide, is in the works and is something worth listening to. The up-and-coming radio component will feature students from throughout school, along with live feed of full-length interviews from the High Tide newspaper. The exclusively student-focused radio is run by a four-person staff and is geared to project the voices of the student body while touching upon the field of broadcast journalism.

“I am excited that the High Tide is looking into new media,” Antonia Cereijido, editor of LJ Radio, said. “I believe it’s the future of journalism.”

Every three weeks, new podcasts will be featured on the radio with varying themes, ranging from this weeks “La Jolla High: Question and Answer” or the upcoming “Crazy Surf Stories.”

Be sure to tune in and visit www.ljhitide.com or e-mail ljhitide@yahoo.com to get involved.

— ERIKA OSTROFF