Armando Garcia’s Senior Project: A Rising Director

The cast of “Wanda’s Visit” in the black box theater

“Theater geek” and actor of 12 years, Armando Garcia has finally lived out one of his greatest dreams.

And he’s only a senior in high school.

For his senior project, Garcia produced and directed a one act play, “Wanda’s Visit” and held it in the black box theater for everyone to watch and enjoy.

The choice of the play, “Wanda’s Visit” by Christopher Durang, was actually more coincidental than it seems according to Garcia, who came it across it simply by browsing the internet.

Garcia said, “I knew I wanted a smaller cast and a comedy genre, but also a little heart and that’s how I ended up with it.”

Garcia’s consultant and drama club teacher, Gregg Osborn, said “[Wanda’s Visit] is not everyone’s cup of tea but Armando enjoys the humor of Christopher Durang and I believe his audience would as well so it was a good choice for him.”

However, with some large, comedic shoes to fill, Garcia needed some large, comedic personalities.

“I wanted people who could match that ‘over-the-top’ cast accordingly,” he said.

Being that Garcia is an experienced member of the Highland Players, it was not a surprise that all of his cast were some of his closest fellow Player members, a couple actors even being alumni.

Garcia held auditions for his play over summer and received a considerable turnout, making his final casting cut a difficult one.

“Communication was definitely probably the hardest aspect of my project. Having to get my point across with my 6 actors and 5 crew members and having them understand what I want from them is all part of the director’s job and it can be difficult sometimes,” the 17-year-old said. “But the cast was amazing and fit my vision so well, I couldn’t have been prouder.”

Garcia’s one-night-only showing of “Wanda’s Visit,” maxed overcapacity in the black box theater, with 105 people in attendance and an even larger applause as the show came to an end.

“I was nervous up until the day of thinking, ‘What if nobody comes?’ and ‘What if it’s just Mom and Dad in the audience?’ but I was able to get a full house and then some, so that was awesome.”

Osborn said of Garcia, “I was very confident in his abilities. He’s been Drama Club President for two years in a row and very experienced with the shows here. I thought he did a great job of keeping control, conducting rehearsals, and … giving feedback to his cast.”

Sable Beltran, senior and actress who played Marsha in the play, described the play as “better than [they] ever could have imagined.”

“Armando did a fantastic job with his project,” she said.

Overall, despite the overwhelming stress and a time crunch to produce the play, Garcia believes that it was all worth it for the laughs and enjoyment of the audience.

“I’m happy with how it turned out,” Garcia said. “I know that I had a lot of fun, the people involved had a lot of fun, and the audience did as well and that’s all I could really ask for. I’m just glad that my senior project is done, that’s for sure,” he said with a laugh.

Garcia hopes this isn’t the last piece of work with his name on it.

“The thing about Armando is that if he puts his mind to [anything], he’ll be successful. He’s that type of person that when something catches his interest, he’ll jump into it. I expect him to be successful in whatever he chooses to pursue,” said Osborn of Garcia’s future in the theatre industry.

“Theatre allows me to perform. It’s not like I just want people to know my name, I like to perform  because the entire concept of taking on another character is challenging and rewarding at the same time,” Garcia said. “You start to build with a relationship with your character you’re playing … and it allows you to have a fresh start and escape sometimes.”

“It was exciting to see what we created as a team and watch the play from a different role than I usually do. It was such a great feeling. Hopefully, I’ll get to do it much more in the future.”

New Monday Schedule

Students at Helix are in a confused panic now that the Wednesday “late start” has been moved to Monday. Instead of the “mid-week break” that many Highlanders were so accustomed too, Helix now starts at 10:25 on Mondays, and the tutorials are made so that you can go to any class at any time before school and adjust your schedule accordingly.

Many teachers have different speculations on why the board decided to change the late start day. One Math teacher, Jennifer Underwood, said that it was because so many students were absent on Monday mornings.

However, psychology teacher Julie Damschen speculates it is because of scientists saying that adolescent brains cannot function before 10 a.m. It has also been heard that it is to help students recover sleep patterns from a long weekend.

However, most teachers and students do approve of the change to have combined tutorials. With classes such as ASL, it’s better that they have a whole “chunk” of time dedicated to signing, instead of having to rush like before, senior Jennifer Walz said.

Even though many students don’t like the new schedule, there are still mixed emotions going around campus.

Junior, Noah Garcia shared that he didn’t have much emotion for the change. “It’s good because I can sleep in after the weekend, but I did like the late Wednesday mornings,” he said with a shrug, “There’s advantage and disadvantage in the situation. I don’t have an opinion.”

Jack Layman, a senior, expressed his dislike for the new schedule. “After three years of getting used to a break in the middle of the week, it feels weird and the weeks feel longer,” he said, mentioning that he hopes it will change back soon.

Marissa Northcutt, a freshman, explained that she actually liked the schedule. “It’s good for a break after the weekend. I’m usually really busy and having that monday Morning is pretty cool and less stressful.”

“It’s here to stay, anyway,” Garcia said, “No use complaining about it. Just enjoy the extra couple of hours in the morning. Extra sleep is always good, no matter what day it is.”

Food, Fun, and Old Friends: Helix’s Alumni Picnic

On the late Sunday morning of Aug 16, Helix hosted an Alumni Picnic for all graduates of Helix to return and reminisce about good times with the school and past classmates. There was a variety of alumni, including some graduating in 1961, and others just graduating a few years ago in 2012.

Booths were set up in the quad with different graduation years so the alumni could easily find their old classmates. Representatives (usually those who organize the reunions) brought chairs, canopies, and cute little decorations to differentiate between the classes, as to well as share a piece of their Scottie pride.

Each alumni at the picnic showcased their love for Helix and couldn’t wait to share their experience with the school.

Donna Cole and Marliene Nowlen were graduates from the class of 1969, and often schedule reunions every-five-years for their class.

“We were a pretty close class,” Cole said, recalling some of the good times with her fellow graduates.

“[We would] stick shoes in our locker after football games,” Nowlen added, nostalgically. “We could only wear socks in the gym for a dance.”

Brother and sister John and Christine graduated in 1961 and 1965. When walking onto the campus, they reminisced about how much Helix has changed since they last walked the hallways.

“It amazes me how almost all of the buildings are the same,” John mentioned. “Except for the science building and the performing arts building. We didn’t have as many electives then.”

“They did use to have a typing class,” Christine said, laughing. “We would learn how to write on a typewriter.”

Maia Maltas graduated in 1982 and spent her years at Helix performing with choir, traveling around to other schools and “kicking their butt, because [Helix] was better.” Maltas continued on to mention how her choir would travel to Grossmont Center and sing Christmas Carols every year.

She raved about the welcoming home that Helix had to offer. Since moving to the school her sophomore year from Massachusetts, she said how everyone was “really nice and open. They accepted [her] with open arms.”

Jacqueline Vaughn was an alumni of not only Helix in 1968, but also the Highland Fling. “I was the features editor at the time,” she said. “I may have moved up to be a manager as well,” she stated. “The class was small… and [in addition to the types of journalistic writing] we also learned about the publication aspect of newspapers… We would travel to the local newspaper downtown and really see it being published in action.”

“I was also active in ASB, but most of my time was spent with Speech and Debate,” she said, merely naming two of the many programs she took part in, “I was really big in extracurriculars.”

Vaughn continued to mention how Helix helped her tremendously in her future. All of the  classes and other activities she took at the school helped her to do many things with her future, She continued her Speech and Debate, and journalism in college, attending three different colleges for a variety of subjects, became a University teacher for four different colleges, started her own business, as well as working for the district attorney’s office.

With Vaughn’s success story, as well as many others that continue to grow, graduates from all classes were eager to get back to their roots and sit in a place of familiarity with other classmates.

The Helix Alumni picnic was a huge success, bringing in alumni from all over to continuously greet old friends, memories, and just have a great time.

There was a variety of food offered as well, such as hamburgers, chips, and even coffee. Lil’ Miss Short Cake truck was there to share their food.

The Helix pep band, drumline, and Drumline played, as well as a Helix teacher band, the Sound and the Fury, Bon-a-fide Brass, Mojave Green, and many more.

For most every graduate that walked on graduation day, it still reigns true that “once a scottie, always a scottie.”

New Year, New Turf

Here at Helix, our football field is our trophy. Being a school that dominates in many of our sports teams, the turf field is where we show our pride and spirit in the school. From football and soccer games, to the occasional carnival, to band practices, the field is the heart of Helix.

This summer the football field underwent a major makeover.

The school decided to renovate the ten-year-old turf for the third time, updating the numbers with our personalized Helix font and even decorating the end zones with a spirited Tartan print, symbolizing the school’s tradition.

The brand new turf has gotten positive remarks from students and even more appreciation from the athletes who play on it.

“The quality of the field has definitely improved compared to the first,” said Paloma Carrillo, senior and varsity field hockey player. “This field is way better. Obviously, you can see and feel the difference when you’re playing. It just feels so much smoother.”

Helix physical education coach, Ryan Silva, said, “Our field is utilized by a lot of people, not just our teams but our community as well and it needed to be re-done. It’s good to see it all brand new.”

For even the non-athletes on campus, other students share the same sentiments.

“Before it was tearing apart and it looked almost trampled,” said Joleen Macapagal, a senior. “It’s much cleaner and better quality than before.”

Quality and “turf monkeys” (the little black pieces embedded inside the turf) aside, the biggest surprise when revealing the field were the unique end zones covered in plaid.

Designed by a group of alumni who own a design and brand company, the Tartan filled end zones did raise a few eyebrows and drew up a bit of confusion from students at first.

However, according to Damon Chase, athletic director and senior grade level principal, the plaid turf is a feature that should be embraced by Helix and its campus community.

“It takes a while to get used to and I think some people may not get it, but the concept is cool. The Tartan is a part of Helix and it’s something that’s unique and different and that’s what excites me about it,” Chase said. “It’s a long-standing tradition. Once [people] hear the stories and meaning behind it, they’ll get it.”

“Overall, the new turf is far and above the previous versions that we’ve had,” Chase said.

With a new field and other construction projects in the works, Chase hopes that students can realize just how much Helix contributes to everyone.

He said with a smile, “I hope people find how it makes Helix a little more special and unique place to be.”

To see the end zones in video, click here:’s-most-intricate-end-zone-design


Top 5 College Resources for Seniors at Helix

The time is here Class of 2016- it’s finally senior year. Three years of hard work, procrastination, all-nighters and precious memories and it all leads to this last chance to leave our mark on the Helix campus. However, before we get to that last part, there are a few minor things we need to accomplish first. One of them being college and actually getting accepted into one. Here at Helix, seniors have many resources to aid them in their journeys to picking the right college- from teachers on campus to accessible websites. To prevent overwhelming stress and immense panic, check out some of these resources to advance your college plans.

  1. Club College

If you have extra time after school on Wednesdays, swing by the library and check out Club College to receive some help on college-related activities such as applications, scholarships, or college essays. Teachers and counselors will be in attendance there every week to discuss any questions you may have. Club College stays open from 3:30-6:00 p.m. and you’re free to come and go as you please, so make use of your Wednesday afternoons by getting ahead in your college plans.

  1. College 101 course

Scheduled for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 7:00-7:45 a.m., Helix is providing seniors with “College 101,” a class on all-things college related. From scholarships to admission, the quarter-long course is open to a limited number of students curious and willing to learn more about the college process. For more information on how to enroll in the class, head to the Career Center.

  1. Naviance

Helix recently purchased access to the website, Naviance, a career and college-readiness service provider, for students to openly use. The site is full of college planners, personality and career tests, and university research with matching tools to help you find the right school for you and your interests. It also keeps track of your possible colleges and the application status of each. With all of your college information in one place, your application process just got that much easier.

  1. Mrs. Singer

Cathy Singer has recently taken the role of college counselor on Helix and she is a resource that you can’t forego. Available most of the day, Mrs. Singer can be the personal confidant you need when choosing your perfect school. Having been the tour coordinator for the 2015 Girls College For Me trip, she has traveled to countless colleges in California and can give you advice on any college issue you may encounter. To schedule a one-on-one meeting with her, stop by the Career Center for more information.

  1. Cappex

Ever wanted to know the chances of you getting into a certain college? The answer is possibly just a click away. The website, Cappex, is another college research center that contains information on colleges across the nation. A key feature: after inputting facts about yourself such as your GPA, test scores and extracurriculars, Cappex can roughly calculate your chances of getting into a college based off of previous accepted students’ data. Of course, the data is vague and cannot be taken as fact, but that along with reviews of the schools by current students, it can definitely be a helpful tool to narrow your choices down.

It’s no doubt that applying for college can be a demanding aspect of senior year. However if you prepare yourself, manage your time efficiently,and take advantage of the resources here on campus, college preparation can become a more exciting outlook of your future and send you well on your way to the next adventure in your life. Make this last year a good (and less stressful!) one, Class of 2016!


Alexis Cormier: From High School Journalist to Professional Journalist in One Summer

Most students spend their summers lounging at the beach, going on vacations,or sleeping. However, Alexis Cormier, senior, got the opportunity to test out her future aspiration of writing at a newspaper by interning at the San Diego Union Tribune.

Cormier was no newcomer to the journalistic world when she applied for the internship seeing as she has been a part of Helix’s online newspaper for the last three years and attained the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editor-in-Chief positions throughout her junior and senior years of high school. Due to her experience, Cormier knew that she wanted to pursue a career in journalism and expressed that to her closest friends, which is actually how she learned about the internship.

One of her close friends, senior Paloma Carrillo’s mom sent Cormier a picture via Carrillo  of an advertisement that was posted in the Union Tribune.

“She knew I was interested in journalism, and even in journalism at school so [one day] completely by chance because at her work everyone throws newspapers away, but there was that one day that no one threw it away. She got the newspaper and was skimming through it because she had some time before work and she saw that ad on the bottom,” recalls Cormier. Carrillo’s mom then sent a picture to her daughter who then forwarded it on to Cormier and told her she “[had] to do it.”

When Cormier applied, the internship was only available to Latinos and then halfway through the application window they opened it up to everyone because there were not enough applicants. Cormier did not know of the lessened restriction when she attended her first day and was surprised to see people of different racial backgrounds, “I was like, ‘whoa!”

In order to be considered for the position, an application, two writing samples, two letters of recommendations and an interview were required. For her writing samples, Cormier decided to utilize her experience as a Helix journalist and chose a couple of her favorite stories from The Highland Fling. She wants to give a shoutout to Mrs. Meredith and Mr. Reid for their help with getting into the program because “they [wrote the recommendation letters] for me really last minute.” An interesting thing about the application process that Cormier shared was that the application and writing samples had to be mailed in.

Once the Union Tribune received her application, it was reviewed and she was then called in for an interview with a panel of editors and the program coordinator from the paper. About a week later, Cormier got a phone call and learned she had been selected as one of the 12 high school students to partake in the summer program.

Now when most people think of news reporters they think of having that press pass that gets you in wherever you want, and while that’s not always true, Cormier got to experience the backstage access aspect of being a journalist by getting to cover San Diego Comic-Con, the Del Mar Fair as well as one of the biggest concerts of summer, One Direction.

Aside from the reporter’s privileges, Cormier would have to say that the most memorable part of her internship were all the people she had the chance to work with. She wouldn’t call these people her coworkers though, saying “when you’re with them every single day for eight hours, you really bond with them. We’re all going through the same thing, all the struggles of trying to make deadline, put all of our videos and stories together, so through that we really bonded. They aren’t even co workers anymore, they’re really good friends.” Cormier does keep in touch with her fellow UT interns through a group text and she hopes to be able to maintain contact throughout the school year.

In addition to her friends, the editors and journalists she met were great mentors. One in particular, John Gibbons, was who she shadowed when she attended Comic-Con and “was so sweet and always super chill about two teenagers following him around crazy crowded places.”

Also, Alex Monroe Rankin, the art advertising director, was “super sweet as well and probably one of the coolest adults I’ve met, like ever. She’s super chill.”

Cormier was super grateful for all the UT staff who really took her and her peers under their wings because “they’re all such amazing people who are really great at their jobs. It was such a rewarding experience being able to learn from them since they’ve been in the field for a long time and they really know what they’re doing.”

Although Cormier had a great experience working at the UT and she’s willing to do it all over again, she’s no longer sure if working at a newspaper is what she still wants to pursue in the future because “it’s really structured and strict. Because it’s such a large news platform you have to be careful what you say because everything can be misconstrued. A news story and basically any other story that is not an editorial has to be straight facts. You can’t really put your judgement on it.”

She doesn’t believe that’s the road she wants to take because she prefers to “add some humor, a pun, or adding some background information about a person. To me, that’s good, but to a newspaper, it’s a no-no.” Recalling the first story she wrote about one of her co-workers, “when one of my editors was making edits, it was so heartbreaking to see all of these red marks all over my paper. It’s not because of my level of writing, but because it’s for a newspaper, you can’t say some of these things.”

She believes that working at a magazine in the future will fit her better so that she can inject some personality in her writing.

No matter what, Cormier is grateful for the experience because it really helped shape her as a journalist give her insight into the mass media world, and help her realize what she really wants to pursue in the future.

To read Cormier’s writing from her summer internship visit

Sadie Hawkin’s Dance

On Friday April 18, the gym lit up with twinkling lights, fun music, and a crowd of people ready to dance at Sadie Hawking’s, a dance where the girls ask the guys.


Before the dance, there was many posters and cute proposals for girls to ask who they wanted to go with. For more proposals, look at Keilani’s story here:


Although the sale numbers did not exactly go as ASB had originally planned, and the weather did not permit the outdoor starry night that was promised, the decorations and accommodations that the ASB dance committee made surely fulfilled their promise for a superb night.


Inside, there were hanging lights, tables to rest, a free backdrop to take pictures with friends using a personal camera, as well as a large dancing area.


Although there was some controversy with having to pay for the water, while at other dances it’s free, and a few of the songs, the dance went pretty smoothly.


There was a wide variety of attire there, as well. Some went all out in tuxes, heels, and pretty dresses, while others simply styled up a sundress or nice slacks and curled their hair.


For most people, there was an advantage to having not as many people attending the dance as there normally is. Even though it was held in the Gym due to weather issues (weather?! In San Diego?!), the Gym wasn’t nearly as hot and stuffy as dances such as homecoming would be. There was also lots of room to dance, relax, and enjoy the night, without having to inhale others sweat.


There was lots of hype about the backdrop to take free pictures with your date or some of your friends, as well. Many students enjoyed that time and effort was put into making the backdrop looking professional and sleek.


The booth was also quite popular in terms that one could use their own camera for a hassle-free, time saving way of preserving and sharing photos of the memorable night.


In short: the first Sadie Hawkin’s dance that Helix has put on in year was a huge success, despite some minute flaws that accompanied it. Those who went had a pleasurable time, and sure bragged about the dance to those who didn’t go.

Bye-Bye Mrs. Wood!

As the end of the 2014-2015 school year approaches, not only are the seniors preparing to say farewell to Helix, but so is English teacher and CSF advisor Ms. Julie Wood-McGuffin.

Mrs. Wood has been teaching at helix for 19 years.

Wood taught Academy for at-risk students and in that program she was able to teach Geography, PE, and English. Wood also taught honors freshmen and College Prep English in her years at Helix.

“I will miss the students the most.” says Wood, “ My highlight has been watching the many moments of achievement in their eyes as they earn a higher score on a timed writing or an essay. I will also miss their individuality!”

The students from her present and past classes agree that aside from Wood’s optimistic attitude, they are going to miss her famous “Question of the Day” that she would begin every class with. Students say that it was an opportunity to get to know their classmates better, and also give their classmates an idea of who they are.

Although Wood has many memorable aspects about her, she also wants to remind us that everything we accomplish is just as relevant as the life and academic lessons she instructed.

“It is important to me that students and colleagues remember their accomplishments, not necessarily anything about me.” Wood expresses, “I would hope as most teachers do, that I made a difference in at least one student’s love of learning and their success in college.”

Wood is truly thankful for the students she has taught, and the staff that surrounded her.

Along with the memories she made with her former and present students, Wood says her favorite memorable moments were the CSF trips to the universities. “Made me want to go back to college!” Wood recalls.

From the many lessons that Wood taught at Helix, she would like to give one last piece of advice to the students: “Try hard! Do your best. Make your family proud and most of all, make yourself proud.”

Volunteer Opportunities Over Summer

When people think of summer, they envision lying on beaches, getting tan, and spending time with friends. While that is appealing to many, there are other things that could be done over summer, like volunteering. For Helix students, volunteering anywhere for a minimum of 40 hours is a requirement before they can graduate, and summer is the perfect time to spend a few hours a week giving back to the community. For teens, it can be difficult to find places to volunteer, so here are a few to consider.


Animal Shelter

If you consider yourself an animal lover, then volunteering at an animal shelter nearby may be something to consider. With shelter locations spanning all of San Diego County, it won’t be difficult to find a location to fit your needs. The only thing to consider when attempting to volunteer at an animal shelter is that you may not always be able to work with animals, because many shelters have age restrictions in regards to where volunteers are placed. An event that is available for volunteers that is a couple of days after school ends, is the Spring Fling being put on by the Helen Woodward Animal Center. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, click the link below:



Now if animals aren’t your thing, and you would prefer a less furry or noisy working environment, then try volunteering at your local library. Duties for people volunteering at a library branch can include  presenting and assisting with branch events, tutoring adult literacy learners, reading to children in the “Grandparents and Books” programs, helping students with homework, leading book discussion groups, and serving as Internet docents. If that sounds like something that’d be fun to spend a few hours a week doing, then head on down to your local library and become a volunteer, or visit the website below to learn more:


Homeless Shelters

If you’re someone who feels like they want to make a bigger impact, try checking out a homeless shelter, like the San Diego Rescue Mission. With many different areas available for volunteers,it may be a broader horizon to explore if you’re 16 years of age or older. The process to volunteer is a more extensive process, consisting of an application and an $18 registration fee, an interview, orientation, and background check. It will be worth it though, in order to not only earn your volunteer hours, but make a lasting impact on someone’s life.


Nature Cleanups

For that person who doesn’t particularly want to volunteer and do something that involves people and wants to spend time at the beach over summer, try volunteering with a clean up organization that is centered around beaches. San Diego Coast Keepers, an organization that puts together public and private cleanups, small to big, is welcoming volunteers with open arms to attend cleanups along the coasts of California. Every month, the Coast Keepers puts on two cleanups a month, and these twice-a-month cleanups are free and open to the public, and provide a great way for people to have an immediate, positive impact on our coastal environment. For more info, check out their website:

A Bad Case of Senioritis

There has recently been an illness spreading on the Helix campus and it is crippling the senior class as we know it. Many teachers and other classmates have witnessed this increasing severity as the school year is coming closer and closer to an end. The symptoms include: increased laziness, an excessive wearing of athletic or lounge clothes to school, lack of studying and/or completion of assignments, repeated absences, and a generally apathetic attitude. This, my friends, is a bad case of senioritis.

The only known cure: graduation.

With their diplomas finally within a hand’s reach, the seniors’ patience is running out and the overwhelming feeling of independence is tugging and, hard.

Despite having spent four, long years roaming the halls of the Helix campus, for most seniors, the time has come for them to move on.

“I want to graduate so bad,” said Chris Pribilo, a senior who is anxious to finally hold that diploma. “I deserve it, honestly. I’ve worked so hard these past four years and I don’t think I could stand being here for another year,” he added with a laugh.

Another senior, Sabrina Diaz, claimed, “I’m excited to start my life already and leave high school for good.”

Uyen Tran describes her attitude towards school as simply “indifference” as the year starts to come to close. “I’m only here because I have to be,” the senior said with a faux frown.

“I’ve had [senioritis] as a freshman, and it’s only gotten worse,” senior Cameron Johnson joked with a smile, “but really though, I’m happy to graduate.”

The idea that four years full of hard work, pulling all-nighters, unnecessary procrastination, test cramming, tears, laughs, and memories will be commemorated with a six second walk of fame, a piece of paper, and a couple handshakes sounds strangely appealing to most of us. Especially when that conclusion means a new beginning that sparks a life on our own.

Weirdly enough, despite wanting that freedom and independence so badly, that new beginning tends to scare most of us even though it holds so much potential to become who we’ve always wanted to be.

There essentially will be no more curfews, no more parents, no more hand-holding, no more instruction, and a whole lot of independence. And that can be overwhelming and even a little scary.

Johnson commented saying, “It’ll be weird. We’re going to have to be responsible for ourselves now and most of us aren’t really used to that.”

“Despite my indifference, I know after I graduate I am going to miss this place. Here, teachers hold your hand and they actually care about you. In college, you’re on your own and it’s going to be tough,” said Tran of her expectations for college. “Senioritis or not, laziness just won’t cut it.”

But for some seniors, it’s not the responsibility or workload that intimidates them, but rather the sentimental comfortability that many senior Scotties have come to know all too well.

Attending Humboldt State in the fall, Diaz describes her departure from high school “bittersweet” as she prepares to move 766 miles away from home.

“I did spend four years here at Helix and I grew. I grew as a person. It’s going to be sad to leave definitely, but nonetheless, I’m happy. I’m finally ready to leave,” she said with a small smile.

No matter how eager one is to leave high school behind, it’s undeniable that it is a piece of everyone’s life that helped shape them into the person they are today. Only the experiences of first loves, stressful classes, petty drama, and raging hormones can make the four years of high school absolutely unforgettable.

Congratulations Class of 2015. Helix will miss you and we know you’ll go on to do great things, of course, with a couple mistakes along the way. However, no matter what happens, remember that once a Scottie, always a Scottie. Good luck!