Volume I Issue 30 ~ April 21st, 2019
1. Academics Spotlight
Seniors in Ms. Barton's government classes got to experience and apply many of the concepts that they have learned this semester to real world experiences. The C-SPAN bus that has traveled to every one of the 50 states made a stop at PV High to talk to our students about the government. Students had the chance to interact with videos, quizzes, and learn about the role that C-SPAN has as a news outlet. This chance to interact with the curriculum really made democracy come alive for our Sea Kings.
2. Athletics Spotlight
Baseball beat Leuzinger 3-2 and 2-0 in two different games this week.

Softball beat Redondo 4-1.

Boys Volleyball competed in the Redondo Tournament beating Cerritos 2-0 and losing to Westview. The boys also beat Leuzinger 3-0 earlier this week while celebrating Senior Night.

Boys Lacrosse defeated Santa Margarita 14-6 and Loyola 15-8.

Girls Lacrosse beat Peninsula 17-3 and finish the league as co-champions with Redondo with matching records of 5-1.

Swim hosted Peninsula at home.

Boy’s Tennis beat rivals Peninsula 10-8.

Track and field beat Peninsula at their annual dual meet.

PVHS surf team ranked 5th In the state overall after two days of competition.
Top short-boarders were: Charlie Winkworth, Briggs Peus, Lucas Barajas, Trevor Khan, James Maxwell, and Conrad Sanacore. Top longboarders of the weekend were: Leo Montiel and Trevor Khan.  
3. Signing Day
PVHS has a long standing tradition of building outstanding students both in the classroom and on the field. This holds true for over 30 of our seniors who are committed to play their sport at the next level next year. We congratulate all of our students for this accomplishment and wish them the best of luck next year. The following is a list of the students, their sport, and college they will attend next year:

  • Hailey Alexander, Water Polo, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Erik Anderson, Baseball, MIT
  • Auggie Bae, Soccer, CSUDH
  • Ainsley Basic, Lacrosse, Emerson
  • Aaron Davies, Baseball, ECC
  • Noah Delio, Baseball, LMU
  • Ryan Echeverria, Track and Field, Marymount
  • Brandn Fransworth, XC and Track and Field, Redlands
  • Herbert Grageda, Track and Field, Marymount
  • Kelsie Grant, Sailing, U of Hawaii
  • Janessa Groves, Soccer, U of Texas
  • Nick Holyfield, XC and Track and Field, St. Mary's
  • Eden Houske XC, and Track and Field, Carroll College
  • Kendall Hoyt, Lacrosse, Central Michigan
  • Kelly Hoyt, Lacrosse, Central Michigan
  • Brian King, Baseball, Brandeis
  • Nate Lantz, XC and Track and Field, Butler
  • Luke Madden, Soccer, New Hampshire
  • Abigail Merchant, Lacrosse, Ft. Lewis
  • Brooklyn Merchant, Lacrosse, Ft. Lewis
  • Wade Nygren, Cross country, U of San Diego
  • Madisen Olsen, Tennis, U of Oregon
  • McKenna Paulson, XC and Track and Field, UC Irvine
  • Audrey Powell, Volleyball, Skidmore College
  • Neil Randall, Lacrosse, Baldwin Wallace
  • Sydney Sharp, Soccer, Denver
  • Jenna Sloan, Tennis, Gonzaga
  • Will Teets, XC and Track and Field, Wake Forest
  • Amanda Treatch, Softball, LMU
  • Maxwell Yee, Fencing, Yale
4. Academic Championship
Our Boys Water Polo and Baseball teams have been awarded the CIF Academic Championship for large schools. The Water Polo average GPA is 3.77 and the baseball average is 3.62. Great work everyone!
5. Student Art Spotlight
Our PVHS art students hosted their annual art exhibit at the PV Peninsula Library. The exhibit showcases glass blowing, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation. If you missed the opening day the exhibit will be open until May 1st. Great job to all of our students for creating such amazing pieces of art!

Cover art by Seven Smith Mercer
6. Sailing Spotlight
For the first time, PV High students qualified to compete at the US Nationals for interscholastic Sailing. The event will be held on May in Seattle. Good luck to all of our students participating! 

In photo Coach Alex Smith, Seniors..Lukas Kraak , Gavin McJones, Justin zumina, Sophia Lopez,Coach Roger O'Connor
Madeleine McJones
7. Library Spotlight
Ms. Mindicino’s English 1H classes came to the library to work with Ms. Brockman to Speed Debate characters, plot points, and themes of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Paired off head-to-head, a class of 36 students debated 18 topics, each rotation students switched topics as well as debate partners. It was a lively enthusiastic day full of impassioned hand gesticulations and speed talking. Side by side, pairs of debaters read their topic, took either the Pro or Con side, then alternated between 30 sec. openers, 15 sec. rebuttals, and 30 sec. reflections and final thoughts, all the while making use of rhetorical devices and employing Logos, Pathos, and Ethos when fitting.
A small sampling of the topics:

“Knowing the outcome of the story from the start weakens the play.”

“The younger generation is at fault for the new violence breaking out in Verona.”

“Love is love. Our understanding & expectations of it are not influenced by our pop-culture, i.e. the music, poetry, & stories we’ve grown up with.”

“Parents should let their teens make their own decisions, regardless of what the parents think is best.”
8. Eagle Scout Spotlight
Chance Lee completed his Eagle Scout project and delivered redwood benches to the campus this past weekend. Chance is a part of troop 783. Thank you Chance for all of your hard work and effort to give back to PV High and congratulations on this prestigious honor!
9. Student Spotlight
Sea King senior Daniella Vincent won the Regional Level student speaker contest sponsored by the 19 local Lions Clubs in the Southern Region. Speaking on the topic of "Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?", Daniella was representing the local Palos Verdes Peninsula Lions Club in the competition. This was Daniella's second win and to date Daniella has won $500 in prize money for her efforts. She is pictured below with Lion Yolanda Ramo, the chairperson of the Regional contest. Congrats Daniella!
10. Next week at a glance
  • Scholar Quiz starts today!
  • Softball @ Leuzinger
  • Girls lacrosse vs. Culver City
  • Tennis @ Bay League Finals
  • PEF online auction closes tonight at 9pm. Click here to bid on a variety of amazing prizes: www.maineventauction.com.

  • PTSA Meeting 9am in the MPR. All are welcome!
  • Track and Field @ Bay League Prelims
  • Swim @ Bay League Prelims
  • Golf vs. Peninsula
  • Volleyball @ Peninsula
  • Baseball @ Peninsula
  • Choreo and Intermediate dance auditions begin today at 3pm in the Lower Dance Room.


  • Softball @ Peninsula
  • Choreo and Intermediate dance auditions continue at 3pm in the Lower Dance Room.

Thursday :

  • Boys lacrosse @ Bay League Finals
  • Girls lacrosse @ Bay League Finals
  • Tennis @ Ojai Tournament
  • Swim @ Bay League Finals
  • Baseball vs. Peninsula
  • Choreo and Intermediate dance auditions continue at 3pm in the Lower Dance Room.

Friday :
  • Track and Field @ Bay League Finals
Health and Wellness

Each week, one of our community partners, Dr. Moe Gelbart generously volunteers his time to provide information for our community related to wellness. Dr. Gelbart is the Executive Director of Thelma McMillen Center in Torrance.


Anxiety is the most common and prevalent mental health issue that adults, teens, and children experience. The good news is that it is a very treatable problem, with high levels of success in overcoming it. Since everyone experiences anxiety at times, understanding the difference between “normal” anxious feelings, and how that differs from the continuum of the disorder of anxiety is important. In the next few columns, I will address what anxiety looks like in it’s different forms, when it qualifies as a “disorder”, what the signs and symptoms are, and what are some of the coping strategies.

As stated, everyone experiences some forms of anxiety at some times in their lives. It is a sense of worry, fear, nervousness, concern. The anxiety cycle is part of our survival mechanism. In the classical fight or flight response, which has been with us since man walked the earth, a threat is perceived (like a tiger in the jungle) and the body goes into automatic survival response, including heart pumping, blood racing to the interior, sweating, muscle tensing, all designed to prepare the body to deal with the stress, that is fight, or flee. When the threat (the tiger) is gone, the body comes back to normal. Without this autonomic ability, we would not have survived. However, as our brains developed, we have come to a place where we do not need an actual threat, but can create one in our mind. We worry, anticipate, catastrophize, all without an actual threat. Our bodies go through the fight or flight response. What we go through, and what our children go through, is what I call a case of the “what ifs”….what if I am not popular enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough….what if I fail the exam, don’t make the team, don’t get into college, get bullied, and so on. The list is infinite and endless. The result is that we perceive a threat, our bodies react, we become aware of our physical symptoms, they concern us, which leads to deepening the perception that something is wrong, and we spiral down the tunnel of anxiety.

Anxiety can be mild, moderate or intense. Some anxiety may even be beneficial, and help one prepare properly for a task by making us feel prepared, alert, focused, and ready to take on a problem. When anxiety becomes too overwhelming and powerful, it interferes with our ability to perform and do our best, and in it’s most intense form becomes paralyzing and disabling. When feelings and thoughts of anxiety become so overwhelming that they become obsessive, and prevent us from achieving things, or we find relief in avoidance of important things, we can consider the problem more serious and begin to look at anxiety disorders. The common thread to these are that the anxiety occurs too often, is too intense, is out of proportion to the reality of the situation, and impacts daily activities and feeling of well-being.

There are six main types of anxiety disorders classified by the American Psychological Association:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: With this common disorder, people worry constantly and chronically about many things. Children can worry about family, school, health, social media, the future, etc. They always think of the worst that could happen, what we call catastrophizing. Generalized anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, including headaches, stomach aches, pain, nausea, and can lead children to avoid activities, or even not go to school.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD. This anxiety is one in which a person has unwanted thoughts or images (obsessions) which they attempt to cope with by performing repetitive or ritualized actions (compulsions). An example would be that one feared germs were everywhere (obsessive thought) which would lead to ritual cleaning and handwashing (compulsions).

Phobias. Phobias are intense fears of things which are either not dangerous, or the level of fear is much over exaggerated compared to the threat. Common phobias are fears of heights, animals, flying, public speaking. Reactions and coping mechanisms usually involve avoidance of the perceived threat.

Social Anxiety Disorder. This is more than casual shyness, and involves intense fear over social interactions. The results are withdrawal, isolation, lack of involvement in activities, and constant fear of being judged.

Panic Attacks. These are among the most disabling forms of anxiety. A person experiences a sudden terror, which can include severe physical symptoms and intense fears of passing out, dying, “going crazy”. The coping mechanism is fleeing from the situation, which provides some measure of relief, but actually increases the strength of the phobia.

Post Truamatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This anxiety is the result of a traumatic and terrifying past experience, resulting in continual replay of the event, nightmares, flashbacks, and a sense of dread and fear.

The common thread with anxiety disorders is the anxiety is a result of thinking. Thoughts can become unrealistic, and tend towards all or none, black-white thinking. The thinking leads to feelings of anxiety and fear, and cause physical symptoms which are experienced as fearful and anxious, which then intensify\ies the cycle of thinking. Those suffering from anxiety are hesitant to let anyone know, as they fear being judged or misunderstood. Often when they do share their concerns, they are minimized by others who perceive them as unrealistic fears, or common concerns that should not produce so much distress. This intensifies the anxiety. In the next column, we’ll look at the cause of anxiety, and how to recognize it in your children.

Remember, if you have issues you would like to see addressed, please email me at askdrgelbart@gmail.com.

Moe Gelbart, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center
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