Journalism students bring home national honors

Peninsula High School’s newspaper, The Pen, and yearbook, La Pantera, were honored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association at their recent fall convention in Washington, D.C.

The Pen earned two Write-Off second-place awards for excellent writing in the news and editorial categories. Earning those awards for the school’s journalism department were The Pen’s Editor-in-Chief Uswah Shabbir and Student Life Editor Jina Kim.

La Pantera’s Editor-in-Chief Fatima Rao brought home a first-place win for superior yearbook copy and caption writing.

Eight seniors from the two staffs attended the convention. While in Washington, D.C., they visited the National Mall, Supreme Court and the Newseum. They also had the opportunity to meet some of the country’s most noteworthy journalists.


Black and Gold teams fare well in Mock Trail competition

Peninsula High’s Mock Trial teams — the Black Team and the Gold Team — were among the 16 teams that advanced to the third round of the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition. This is the furthest that either team has gone in the competition in the 24 years of PENHI’s participation. This year’s field of competition reached a record high of 94 schools.

The team is coached by John Torelli, Jabe Kahnke, Albro Lundy, Joanie Gale and Misha Euceph.

The team competed at the L.A. County Superior Court on Monday. Results were not known as of press time.


Speech and debate rack up honors

Peninsula senior Arjun Tambe was tournament champion and top speaker in the Lincoln-Douglas debate at the recent David Damus Hollywood Invitational. Peninsula competed against 59 other schools at the tournament held at Notre Dame and Harvard-Westlake high schools in Sherman Oaks. Senior James Zhang was a semifinalist and second speaker. Tambe and Zhang were the only two undefeated debaters after six preliminary rounds.

Sophomore Jonas Le Barillec was an octafinalist and fifth speaker and junior Kris Kaya was ninth speaker. In policy debate, sophomores Jerry Wang was top speaker and Raam Tambe was 14th.


PV High wins when it comes to Water Reliability

Palos Verdes High School and AP science teacher Jill Moeller were recently honored by West Basin Municipal Water District with a Water Reliability 2020 Award for the school’s ocean friendly garden. The garden, developed last spring with a West Basin grant, serves as a “living classroom,” where students learn to care for and maintain the garden. Students also learn about water conservation, especially during California’s historical drought.


Schools shut down for Thanksgiving

Students in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District get a little break next week as they observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Schools will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28. Classes resume Monday, Dec. 1.


District adds safety page to website

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has added a Safe School Resources page to its website in an effort to provide students, parents and staff with school safety information. The page includes contact information for counseling and support staff, school activities and programs, safety policies and answers to frequently asked questions.

To access the page, log on to


University hosts Excellence in Leadership

Students at Marymount California University learned what it takes to lead in the global economy when the university hosted an Excellence in Leadership event focusing on global business management on Nov. 11.

Arley Baker, Caroline V. Brown and Jon Vein sat on the discussion panel, which was led by MCU President Dr. Michael S. Brophy.

Baker is the deputy executive director of communications for the Port of Los Angeles; Brown, the director of global trade and supply chain solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Vein is the founding partner and CEO of MarketShare.

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