Category Archives: Sandpiper Selects

Breaking the mold: Resources help first-generation students overcome obstacles on road to college

BY JOYCE DOHERTY In her senior year, 2015 Carmel High School graduate Selene Elias knew that she wanted to go to college, but she didn’t know how to get there…

Local athletes prep for NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’

  BY ALEX POLETTI As the sunlight wanes on a Saturday evening, Jacob Johnsson is still scaling the homemade salmon ladder in his backyard. The Class of 2016 CHS graduate…

Marc Del Toro: Back from abroad with new perspective

BY ATHENA FOSLER-BRAZIL While many of his fellow members of the class of 2018 were anxiously cramming for the PSAT and trying to fit in as many AP classes as…

Concerns from bomb threat lead to new policy development

By: ALEX POLETTI Teacher and student responses to an Oct. 19 bomb threat on campus have led to a conversation among CHS site and district administration on whether proper measures…

Students deal with realities of drug-use repercussions

By: ATHENA FOSLER-BRAZIL Forty-one percent of Carmel High School juniors reported using drugs or alcohol in the past month, according to the most recent California Healthy Kids survey for the…

Young art talent draws upon inspiration to put pencil to paper

By: QUINN SPOONER After taking out his box of pencils and sketchbook, Salvador Perez added the finishing touches on his drawing: an old man holding a red-and-white rose, with a…

Carmel players unfazed by national anthem protests

By: IAN GEERTSEN Among the many controversies of 2017, one of the most prevalent, and possibly most surprising, is the national anthem protesting. What started with one player has turned…

Sophomore docents for love of science, stewardship

By: PASCALE MONTGOMERY The Pacific Grove Natural History Museum has been serving and educating patrons of the county and beyond for more than 130 years thanks to the help of…

The Doctor is in: Superintendent Dill-Varga ready to make her mark on Carmel Unified School District

By: ALEX POLETTI More than a month before the first pealings of the bell marked the official start of another school year, new CUSD superintendent, Dr. Barbara Dill-Varga, was already…

In-class political bias leads to some disagreement over its appropriateness

On Nov. 10, 2016, Mountain View history teacher Frank Navarro found himself being asked to leave the school after a parent sent the school an email expressing their concerns over…