Helix’s Class of 2016 Sets the Bar for College Acceptances

Helix is no stranger to academic excellence. Being a high school that specializes in college preparation and rigorous academic courses, Helix’s main goal is to have each senior of the graduating class attend college or have a stable alternative plan.

However, the Class of 2016 is making quite the statement this year when it comes to college acceptances.

Of the 544 students in this year’s graduating class, ten have received acceptances from UCLA, seven from Berkeley, one from USC and one from Stanford. It’s clear from these statistics that 2016 seniors are setting the bar quite high for future graduating Scotties.

“What I find so exciting is the quantity of seniors who took the risk to apply to these four-year colleges and then even further, the number of these students who were accepted were probably one of the highest of previous years,” said Cathy Singer, Helix’s college counselor.

Senior, and former ASB president, Gillian Morgan was one of the 58 applications from Helix who was admitted to her dream school UCLA and committed shortly after.

“I was actually in Sorrento, Italy the day I found out and I totally forgot about it because of the time difference,” said Morgan. “When I opened the email, I cried and was so excited with my other friends who got in as well and we just all celebrated together. It was so great and I can’t believe, or even expected, that I got into my dream school,” the future psychology student said with a huge smile on her face.

Senior Jack Stronach, who was also admitted into UCLA earlier this year on a baseball scholarship, is most thrilled that he gets to continue the sport that he loves at the college level.

“It’s great to know that all my hard work throughout the years has paid off for this amazing opportunity. It’s the best feeling,” said Stronach, who is currently captain of Helix’s varsity team.

“It’s been a goal of mine to play in college since I was seven years old and to see it finally happen was unbelievable,” he said.

Five and half hours up north, another senior Joey Thadigsman, will be furthering his education at UC Berkeley where he will be majoring in Computer Science.

“The moment I got in, I remember just sitting at the computer and freaking out and being super excited,” Thadigsman recalled. “I just visited the campus over the weekend and I’m so stoked to become a Golden Bear.”

And of course, at every school, you’ve got the anomaly.

Out of the 42,497 hopeful seniors who applied to Stanford University for the Class of 2020, senior Julian Rey Saenz was of the 2,140 students who received admission to the most competitive school in the nation, with a record-breaking acceptance rate of 4.69%.

“To be honest, I cannot describe my feelings the moment I found out I got into Stanford. To say it was unbelievable is an understatement. I was incredulous and even that doesn’t encompass it,” Saenz said of his acceptance.

“I just kept staring at the computer screen and my brain could not even process what was going on. I couldn’t even speak properly for a good half hour,” he said with a laugh. “There was just so much disbelief. That’s how little I expected to get in. It’s been about two weeks since then, and it’s still just barely settling in and I’m just so grateful.”

No matter whether you got into Stanford, San Diego State or any college across the spectrum, Helix is proud of all of their graduating seniors who made the decision to reach for higher education and strive for something more.

“It’s the risk of putting yourself out there and just going for it to apply to college is an achievement,” said Singer. “The Class of 2016 was definitely one of the highest for that.”

Senioritis Infects Helix Seniors


For almost all high school seniors, when the school year begins to wind down, they become infected with Senioritis: a volatile disease that rids seniors of their motivation, hopes and dreams. Many fall ill to feeling like skipping a day of school here and there, or disregarding schoolwork because they’ve already gotten into college, so they don’t feel the need to complete it any longer.

However, “senioritis” is not a real medical condition. Helix psychology teacher Julie Damschen said that even the name is a misnomer because the suffix “-itis” refers to inflammation, so calling it senioritis is incorrect because seniors don’t become physically inflamed. According to Damschen, senioritis is an atrophy, when someone just stops doing something, so the correct term for the psychological plague would be “senior-atrophy”.

Psychological terminology aside, Helix’s infected seniors still have to come to school and keep up their grades. Colleges do care about how seniors do at the end of their senior year. Most schools require an overall transcript of their high school career, and senior privileges can get taken away by not attending school or not completing course work.

James Cook, football coach, tech discovery teacher and yearbook advisor says seniors practically start the year off with senioritis, alluding to the fact that some athletes choose to not play sports because they want to have an easy senior year.

“Senioritis definitely gets worse over time, because they have a lot of stuff to worry about,” explained Cook. “It happens every year for yearbook, because they [have] a lot of stuff to worry about. Not only do they have yearbook stuff, but they have their senior project, AP tests, stuff like that. The last thing on their mind is getting [school] stuff done because they’re really more concerned with what they’re going to do next year.”

Cook said senioritis definitely exists, with more seniors procrastinating on getting their work done with a thought process like “do I really need to get this done?”

Volleyball coach and campus security guard Linda Brown said she sees a lot more of attitudinal changes in seniors, from the very first day of school.

“It’s gotten worse as the year has been progressing” she said, stating that seniors are still pretty good at attending class and staying on campus, but it’s little things like “not wearing their ID’s and not caring” that show her that senioritis has begun infecting students.

A piece of advice she wishes to tell seniors is to grow up in the sense that “they have to get more realistic, because the real world is not going to put up with their attitudes and not doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

AP Literature teacher Dan Baits says that while senioritis is present all throughout the school year, he notices a significant difference in students mainly after they finish their senior defense.

“Succumbing to Senioritis is like succumbing to any issue of lack of discipline in anything [they] don’t really want to do. It doesn’t help build our character.”

Baits does point out though that it is important for students to take some time to “rest, eat well, take care of [themselves], and then do what they can to concentrate” in order to rejuvenate themselves before final grades come out. He said that teachers do understand the stress students have had to go through, but “they’re becoming adults and they need to suck it up and take on the last couple of months of school like adults and do what they need to do.”

Especially for Helix seniors, now is not the time to slack off with AP tests around the corner: maintaining regular study habits are key, according to The College Board website, the facilitator of AP tests, SAT, and ACT. If students don’t slack as the year comes to an end, then they will be more prepared for their tests which will grant them college credits if passed with a coordinating score.

5th Period: The Impending Doom

The senior project is something that every Helix student has to complete in order to graduate. The point of the project is to create something that will benefit the community and currently, the junior class has been working on getting their proposals approved, which means they have clearance to being working on their project.

Students have had opportunities to communicate with their graders since before winter break and had until April 11 to get approved.

As for the juniors who failed to be approved before the deadline, were put on the list for 5th period which started on Wednesday Apr. 20 on Monday April 1.

April 11th was when the unapproved students were placed on a list to be put into a 5th period and had the entire week to finish any edits and get their signatures turned in. The students who did not finish their proposals on time are currently being assigned to 5th period which will be starting next week.

According to Senior Project  coordinator, Trina Meredith, nearly 200 students are on the list to be assigned a 5th period. However, this may not be because the class of 2017 has procrastinated the most, this is the largest class of juniors she has seen.

Nimo Arab, an approved junior said, “I feel good that I got my proposal over with and don’t have to stay at school longer.”

The reason for the assignment of this 5th period is that Meredith believes“If they could not get it done in four months we assume that it is because they need help.”

In 5th period, students receive help with editing their proposal and get access to the technology they need that may not be available to them at home. They receive help with any minor edits such as recalculating their hours or as big as recreating their entire proposals.

“Some of the students are already approved but still need to turn their signatures in,” said Meredith,  referring to client and consultant forms.  Meredith hopes that she will only need to keep 5th period running for two weeks approximately

If a student is not approved by the end of the school year then there will be a summer school program which will run for a few days the first week of summer vacation, for a few hours, in order to push students to finish and get their proposal approved before starting their senior year.

The advice that Meredith has for those yet to be approved, especially those who just need to turn  in their signatures, is not to procrastinate any longer.
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Senior Defense vs. Senior Boards

With the school year coming to an end, so do the seniors last few months as high school students. However, these last few months are filled with important events such as Senior Defense and Senior Boards.

 

First up is the senior defense, where the student is defending their project and proving they actually did it themselves to a panel of judges that consist of teachers as well as community members.

 

The purpose is to “explain the students’ stretch and their challenge,” said French teacher and senior project coordinator Amanda Dolphin. “We compare the project very carefully to the proposal to makes sure it lines up with exactly what the student was approved for.”

 

With the defense, there are  three scores a student can get: pass, incomplete, or redefend. When  a student passes, it means that the judges believed that they did their project; incomplete is when they didn’t complete all of what they said they would, and redefend is when a majority of your project is missing what your proposal claimed they would complete.

 

“It is a professional presentation,” Dolphin continued. “It’s like an interview, and you bring your final project to your defense.”

 

Dolphin also mentioned how wearing formal clothes is extremely important, considering that a student should feel comfortable and match what the other seniors are wearing that day.

 

Senior defense takes place next week on Wed., Thurs., and Fri., April 6, 7, and 8.

 

Senior boards takes place in the later part of May, and is also a formal presentation, focusing a student’s life throughout all of high school.

 

“It’s more of a polished presentation that’s a representation of your growth throughout high school,” Dolphin explained. “You have to use your project as one of the three examples, but it’s no longer to prove you did the project.”

 

The boards prompt requires a student to demonstrate that they are learning through a variety of ways. Students have to choose three examples, including the senior project, and show how it helped their growth from freshmen to senior year.

 

To be ready for both of these presentations, Dolphin suggested that seniors be thorough and honest with their project and presentations.

 

Any more questions, or specific problems with a project, Dolphin said that any student could come into her room (140) or office (140A)  and talk to her about anything regarding issues that they may be facing.

 

Senior Janet Hines said how the only reason she was nervous was because her advisor said that “the judges are looking for ways to trick you.”

 

“So, yes, I’m nervous only for that,” said Hines. “But I’m still very confident.”

So for all the seniors preparing for their defense and boards: good luck, you’ll do great.

Decisions, Decisions: How to Choose the Right College For You

Congrats! You’ve been accepted and you know college is in your future. However, specifically which college you will be soon be able to call your home isn’t certain quite yet. Choosing the college that is right for you is a nerve-wracking decision, especially when you like them all! There are a few key factors that you should definitely consider though before sending that commitment letter.

Think Realistically

Even though it may be your first instinct to pick the college that has the best brand name, you should acknowledge the fact that it may not be the best choice for you. We all have different needs and wants and if that college doesn’t meet your essentials, prestige won’t matter four years down the road. Take the time to fully analyze what you want out of college from all aspects and match it up to the school that checks off those boxes.

Don’t Neglect the Costs

As much as you want to not think about it, cost of tuition is one of the most essential factors of your decision. Yeah, they’re all expensive but which can you actually realistically afford? If your college’s benefits outweigh the cost, then maybe set up a plan that will help you lower the debt over time. Will a second job be necessary or something a few hefty scholarships can remedy? Discuss it with your parents to explore all your options.

Visit the Campus Without Mom and Dad

It’s always good to visit the campus again (or for the first time!) before you fully make your decision. After walking around campus with a tour guide to get basic info, it’s time to ditch mom and dad. Try exploring the campus on your own to get a feel for the school as if you actually attended there. Feel free to even ask current students to give you their feedback on the school and how campus life is on the daily. Try to schedule a tour on a day classes are in session to get the full effect.

Research Your Major

Knowing how your school performs for your major can also majorly sway your decision. Is the major popular? If so, how competitive is it to get in? Look up the professors of your core classes and successful alumni and see what their standing is in that field. Some majors require extra essays, internships or a minimum GPA to get in so make sure you know all the info before you attend there. Although there’s always a chance that you’ll change majors in the future, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Location, Location, Location

If you’re planning on moving out of city, state or country (!!), it’s important to remember that your entire 4 years won’t be spent on campus. If you love the school, but can’t imagine living in snow for 6 months out the year, maybe that choice isn’t ideal. Other considerations such as cost of living, amenities, city life (or lack thereof), and transportation should be included as well.

Choosing the right college shouldn’t be nightmare. Put yourself, your interests and your aspirations first to ensure that wherever you go, you’ll be happy and excited for the years to come.

Helix Teachers Go Viral After Amazing Airbands Performance

Anyone in this generation knows the quickest way to get famous is through the Internet, specifically a viral video. Whether it’s about jumpy cats, awkward encounters or classic white Vans, once it’s viral, it’s everywhere.

As of recently, Helix is on the way to becoming web-famous and the video is probably not what you expect. In tradition of Helix’s Airbands, the teachers and staff created their own routine and to all of our surprise, it’s going farther than just the Helix campus.

Honoring the retirement of physical education and former football and basketball coach, Donnie Van Hook, the staff commemorated his 42 years at Helix by coordinating an airbands performance to Silentó’s song, “Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae)” which included a lot of well, whipping and nae naeing.

The first time it was seen at Helix’s Airbands on Mar. 8, students went wild for their teacher’s performance and much of it was documented on Snapchat and Twitter and had been viewed by much of the student body the next day.

However with all the commotion about it, a local radio station caught wind of it and featured it on their website.

San Diego’s Energy 103.7 FM, described the performance as “hilarious” and “one awesome way to celebrate.”

Since it was posted, the video has received a little under 10,000 views and the number is growing by day. Who knew Helix teachers could groove like that?

Check out the teacher’s amazing airband performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NVVuzWbxrU

Airbands 2016: Frula Takes the Victory

On Tues., Mar. 2, the Helix 2016 Airbands was surely a tough competition between the five teams: Rufio, Diamonds, Theta, Frula, and, the fan favorite that always seems to get disqualified, Wild Boyz. As every year, the teachers also gave a performance at the end while the judges decided who the top three teams were, and which two teams would be sent off to district competition next week.

 

The first performance of the night was given by Rufio, whose choreography told a story of trying to find the last Rufio tiger before Grossmont High School could. They eventually lured her with song and dance before Grossmont had a chance to find the tiger first.

 

The next group was Diamond. They centered their story with sassy vampires who wanted some blood, and ended up running into vampire hunters. By the end of the performance, the vampires killed the hunters to save themselves, while also refreshing themselves on drinks of blood in the process. Even with all of the technical difficulties such as a short lapse in the music on stage, the group didn’t falter.

 

The third act of the night was performed by Frula, who were dressed as a group of Japanese ninjas led by their sensei (otherwise known as “Father Frula,” or senior Miles Baack). They went through their dances preparing themselves to fight the evil “shadow hunter”, and included a crowd favorite song: “I’ll Make a Man Out Of You” from Mulan. The performance finished by the group defeating “The Shadow Hunter,” receiving an honorary pink belt, and settling into peace and quiet.

 

Although the next act, Theta’s, intro video didn’t work, the group refused to let that bother them. Their unique tale followed a young girl who is scared to sleep because of fear of dolls, and the girl’s grandmother soothing her and promising that there is nothing to be afraid of. However, in the midst of the night the dolls come to life due to the grandmother’s witch-like powers. When the young girl awoke and met the dolls, she too was turned into one.

 

The final act of the night was, in fact, Wild Boyz, and, despite the rumors spread, were actually not disqualified this year (finally!). The story followed a mock “Father Frula” who was incarcerated, and whose girlfriend threatened to leave him. In between the fights between the inmates and guard, and the jeers, his fellow inmates sang him lovesongs and attempted to win back his girlfriend by bringing roses.

 

The encore performance was of the teachers dancing to “Bet You Can’t Do It Like Me,” and all of the included faculty members danced their hearts out (including the whip and nae-nae), proving that Helix truly does have a wonderful set of involved (and crazy) teachers. This performance was in dedication to Donnie Vanhook’s, Helix coach and P.E. teacher of well over 30 years, retirement. The intro video that almost all of the falculty participated in is now going viral, and was mentioned in a multitude of radio stations. To read more click on Alexis Cormier’s story here: USTCV

 

As the results were calculated, it was announced that the first and second place team would be advancing to districts next week at Grossmont. Rufio won third place, Theta won second place, and the performance of the night was Frula.

 

The judges included Schmidt, Demers, Cooper, and Leighton.

 

Many students were disappointed that Wild Boyz didn’t win. “They were the best act,” said junior Hailey Parkmen on Twitter that night, “It should have been Wild Boyz, then Diamond, and then Frula.”

 

“It’s understandable,” said senior Erica Smith, “Although I don’t agree, the teachers and staff who judged really don’t prefer the music that Diamond and Wild Boyz used compared to the melodies of Frula and Theta.”

 

However, despite the annoyance at some of the crowd, the teams who won were thrilled to be in the top places. Junior Rilyn Gardner, a member of the Rufio team, said how just being able to dance was amazing, and that “the energetic crowd made it even better.”

This year’s airbands is a tough one to beat, between the teachers and all the students, Airbands 2017 has some major competition. Good luck to Frula and Theta at distracts on March 8th! Go support our Helix teams at Grossmont at 7 pm.

Advice From a Senior: What I Wish I’d Known for C4Me

Juniors going on this year’s College 4 Me trip, this is for you. When I was a junior, I went on College 4 Me, and it was the best experience so far in my high school career,  so hopefully it is for you too. Whether or not you’re all  packed and ready, or you may not, but here are a few things that are important to know before you go on your trip.

Things To Bring You Might Not Have Thought Of

A much as I knew that there would be some long stretch of driving throughout the trip, I wasn’t prepared for the boredom and discomfort that would ensue. Sure, you’re going to be on a charter bus, but when you’re sitting in the seats for hours on end, they start to get super uncomfortable. I would suggest bringing a pillow of some sort, like a neck pillow. Also, when you’ve been on the bus for hours, and you’re bored, you might get the munchies, so stow some  individual bags of goldfish or fruit snacks in your backpack.

Something I’m glad I brought was a portable power cell for charging my cell phone. This was before low-power mode was introduced to the iPhone, so my portable charger was a lifesaver. A tip for keeping you power cell and cellphone charged with only one outlet to use is to plug your power cell in and then plug your cell phone into it while it charges. That way, they are both charged and ready to go for the next day.

Lastly, bring a refillable water bottle to keep with you. When you’re outside all day walking, you’ll get thirsty and water fountains are few and far between on college campuses.

About Packing and College Gear…

Overpacking is easy, but try to pack as light as possible in order to save room for college gear. There’s not enough room on the bus to accommodate for overflow paraphernalia, so if you plan on buying anything that could take up a lot of room, plan for that when you pack. Something else to think about when you’re touring the colleges is whether or not you could actually see yourself going there, because you don’t want to waste money on college apparel if it’s not actually a school you want to go to. I know I ended up with a $20 UC Merced sweatshirt that I now regret wasting twenty dollars on.
Make a Shower Schedule and Don’t Stay up all Night

With four people to a room, making a shower schedule helped my roommates and I stay sane, so I recommend that you do it too. If you’re a morning shower person, keep in mind that in the mornings there is a very limited amount of time to eat breakfast, get ready, and pack all of your stuff up again unless you get up early. As exciting as the weeklong sleepover may be, don’t stay up all night talking with your roommates because the next day you’re going to be so exhausted, and hotel coffee is not going to help much. You’re going to be active and walking, all day long and you’ll regret not getting enough sleep.

Remember you’ve earned the right to go on this trip, so have fun.

Earning a spot on the College 4 Me trip is a big deal. You went to the workshops, did the extra work, and have done well enough in school to be considered for the trip, so enjoy it. As much as it should be considered a learning experience, and you should try to figure out if the schools you’re going to be touring are a fit for you. Enjoy it, take selfies with the school mascots, collect newspapers from all the schools that you visit, and enjoy your spring break.

 

The Not So Spirited Spirit Week

When thinking about the fun things high school has to offer students, spirit weeks are thought to be one of the most fun and creative ways to showcase pride in your school. Contrary, Helix’s Associated Student Body, ASB ,has put on two spirit weeks recently that garnered little, if any participation.

Many might say that the lack of participation is a dig at Helix’s school spirit, but it could also mean that Helix students are too busy with school work and extracurricular activities that could keep them from planning out wacky outfits to wear to school the next day. One of the two spirit weeks took place in mid-January and the next the week before Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day, leading to another possible reason for low participation, the fact that the spirit weeks were so close together in time, which might have made the idea of dressing up for another week seem like a not important choice.

Janet Hines, senior, feels like the lack of spirit around Helix’s campus is depressing. She notes that during football season spirit is up, but when it comes to around campus, “spirit is low, it makes the school look bad.” She wouldn’t relate the lack of participation to the focus on academics either: “people just don’t care enough. I’m all into academics, but I still try to dress up, but the spirit days are weak” she said.

Senior Sara Alshaheri agrees with Hines on the depressing feeling the lack of spirit brings Helix. She said that “other schools have really cool spirit weeks, and spirit days, where everyone participates, and then [Helix] is just the downer.”

The first being Winter Sports Week, which allowed students to wear pajamas to school on Monday for Morning Swim Monday, Turnover Tuesday, which was wear your clothes backwards day, Throwback Thursday, which was wear the old school class colors, and finally, on Friday, since it was before the Super Bowl, was to wear the team colors of whichever football team they were rooting for. Helix’s ASB representative Matthew Goldman, sophomore, who coordinated Winter Sports Week, couldn’t recall the spirit day for the Wednesday, which might go to show that Helix’s ASB even needs a lesson in school spirit.

Alshaheri also believes that ASB’s modes of advertising aren’t working, because she “doesn’t see any posters around and when we do, the spirit days aren’t appealing enough” to garner participation.

Hine’s believes ASB’s attempts at creating school spirit aren’t working because she “barely hears the announcements or sees posters” also noting that their social media presence is weak. “I didn’t even know it was spirit week until I saw someone post a photo of their outfit.”

“The only spirit day that ever gets any participation is pajama day. I think it’s the lack of advertisement and the spirit days themselves that are the problem,” Alshaheri noted.

For Love Week, the spirit days were: Pink and Blue day for Monday, Twin Day for Tuesday, Cupid Day for Wednesday, and on Thursday, the final day of the spirit week due to the four day weekend was Red Out, where students were to wear all red.

Goldman wouldn’t necessarily say ASB is entirely at fault though, because he thinks “it just goes to show how our school does not like to be involved in school activities.” He doesn’t even think the academic rigor of Helix causes students to not participate but it’s just laziness of the students.

“It doesn’t take too long to read a sign and think about a way to dress up. You don’t even have to plan an outfit, all you have to do is wear a color” he said, noting afterwards that he doesn’t think the spirit on campus will rise again because “the students who dressed up before will still dress up, but the kids who don’t care are still not going to care.”

 

Any Spring Break Plans?

With only 4 weeks left until the end of the quarter, Spring Break is calling the name of many Helix students. While several juniors will be attending the College For Me week- long trip, other students may be interested in these here are ten awesome activities to do over break:

1. Relax. By this time finals would be over so just take a deep breathe and relax. School is a stressor for many teens that can have a really bad effect on the mind and body. So fill up that bath tub with bubbles, set some music and simply enjoy the art of doing nothing.

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2. Road Trip. Although many students can’t drive yet, bring a parent to drive or an older brother or sister. Head to the beach, the mountains, or maybe even the Grand Canyon! Pick a favorite place grab some friends or family and go have fun. If you drive- consider heading to the beach or to the mountains.

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3. Festivals. Spring Festivals are always fun to attend during a break. They’ve got music, people, crafts, and best of all: food! Maybe even help out with setting up or at a vendor. Here are some upcoming festivals to attend: shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party at Gaslamp Quarter: Main entrance is at 5th Avenue and G Street on Mar. 17 http://www.sandiego.org/events/holidays/shamrock.aspx , Cultural movie lovers head to Mission Valley for day two of the 10-day San Diego Latino Film Festival on Mar. 14http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/March-2014/San-Diegos-Best-Events-in-Mar/  , and Enjoy Saturday at the Ranch, a fitness, food, and relaxation experience at Rancho La Puerta on Mar. 22 http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/March-2014/San-Diegos-Best-Events-in-Mar/.

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4. Read a favorite Book. Find a new book or reread a favorite one. For fans of Gone Girl,  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a book that you can enjoy as a  psychological thriller. It follows Rachel, who sees something shocking happen to a couple while on her morning commute, not knowing that her life will change forever.

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5. Movie Marathon. Watching old movies with friends is so much fun. Invite friends to  bring their  favorite movies and watch them all night. Make sure to make loads of popcorn and bring extra snacks just in case. Never forget, tired teens are hungry.

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6. Do Something you’ve always wanted to do. If there’s anything that you’ve wanted to do but never had anytime now is the time to do it. You probably can’t cure a disease or climb the #1 highest mountain, but there have to be some other smaller goals that you have in mind. If you’ve always wanted to do something like write a song or cook a fancy gourmet meal, Spring Break is a great time to do it.

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7. Attend a Concert. Spring Break is an amazing time to go see a concert. Grab some friends and jam out to the music. Make it fun and don’t worry about anything, it’s break time. https://www.ticketcity.com/san-diego-tickets/house-of-blues-san-diego-tickets/gungor-mar-13-2016-1454508.html. http://concertfix.com/tours/string-cheese-incident+the-observatory-north-park+san-diego-ca. http://www.san-diego-theater.com/common/monthly_events.php?category=Concert&month=03&year=2016

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8. Volunteering. Doing a little community service over spring break is a quintuple win. Community service hours will be fulfilled, getting some sun, gaining muscles, or meeting new people. Here are links to some organizations: http://sandiegofoodbank.org/. http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-diego. https://www.speakupnow.org/.

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9. Bedroom Makeover. It’s spring, so why not do a little spring cleaning? Let’s be honest most teenager’s rooms are quite messy. It’s probably a big project but there’s nothing but time. Pick some clothes that could be donated and then look around the room for any changes that will work. Rearrange furniture or paint your walls with some friends for help.

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10. Go Outside and get active. Pick an outdoor activity that everyone can participate in. Go ice skating, swimming, play soccer, baseball, basketball or football. Anything really,  to get many minds off of school and burn some calories while doing it. Here are some places to check out: http://www.sandiego.org/articles/25-fun-free-things-to-do-in-san-diego.aspx. http://www.10best.com/destinations/california/san-diego/attractions/outdoor-activities/

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Spring Break will creep up on Helix students quickly. Many students will most likely stay home, but try these activities at least, it would not hurt to try. Have an awesome Spring Break and be ready for school to return.