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What are you thankful for?

Journalism expresses gratitude

The 2020-21 Mustang staff take a moment to share their gratitude

November 20, 2020

Take a look at some of the beautiful moments, places, items, and memories we shared.



Beaches and nature

“It’s good to get out while enjoying our beautiful world. I love getting time outside, especially during distance learning when I’m inside all day!” – Sydney Randolph, Business Manager

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, CA (Photo Courtesy of Taylor Lee)












SDA teachers and staff

“I am so incredibly grateful for all of the SDA teachers, especially during our times of hardship. Teachers are doing everything they can to keep students motivated and doing the best they can to keep students learning.” -Karla Balderas, Staff Writer

The Earth

The garden club run by math teacher Martin Chaker makes our campus more beautiful
















“Taking care of yourself is so vital to how we function. I am thankful that I have eyes to see, a nose to smell, ears to listen, and legs to walk. And for days I can drive by the beach or talk to a friend.”– Taylor Lee, Online Editor 

Essential workers

“I am beyond grateful for those who work day in and day out saving lives.”  -Karla Balderas, Staff Writer

Weekends and sleeping in

“I am grateful for weekends, this is my time to relax and not have to worry about the stress of school.” – Gigi Lea, Staff Writer

A peaceful, sleeping cat
A peaceful catnap. Something we can all appreciate. (Photo courtesy of Kylie Schwartz)












SDA’s funky and accepting spirit

“The accepting atmosphere that SDA provides, making students of whatever background, orientation, or gender feel safe and right at home here.” -Armand Martinez, Staff Writer


“Who is trying their best to make this school year great despite the circumstances” -Madelyn Sequiera, Opinions Editor


“I have two retired horses at home and I ride/ lease ones at my barn that are so sweet and always make me happy. They always bring a smile to my face and make me who I am today. And my dogs always brighten my days and bring joy to my life, I don’t know what I would do without any of them!” – Molly Jackson, Staff Writer

Bunny opening up her present (Photo courtesy of Kylie Schwartz)
















“I am grateful for the beautiful sunsets that are visible on a daily basis. Among other things, it makes our community a truly special place.” – Matty Naimark, Sports Editor

Journalism teacher Yoshi LeaVesseur, education specialist Melissa Shayegan, and math teacher Todd Vollstedt at the beach (Photo courtesy of Sheryl Bode)
















“I am grateful for sports because they’ve given me important traits, including competitiveness and collaboration skills.” – Matthew Schwartz, Sports Editor

Senior Matthew Schwartz playing in a basketball game for SDA (Photo courtesy of Matthew Schwartz )
















“I’m grateful for friends and family, and even though we have to see them at a distance, they still are bringing me up and supporting each other.” Sydney Randolph, Business Manager

People who dress up the Cardiff Kook

“Everyone collectively decides as a town that they will dress up a statue in the night and let everyone see what they did, it is also really fun to see it change.” -Gigi Lea, Staff Writer


“Music teacher Jeremy Wuertz bopping to Dynamite by BTS is better than the music video. They are raising money to support the music program. I appreciate the creativity that went into the video!” – Taylor Lee, Online Editor

Access to technology and the internet

“I am grateful for all the students who pitch in to help teachers when they are struggling with the internet.” -Alexis Girard, Staff Writer

Trader Joe’s

“[Trader Joe’s] because their fall products always have pumpkin, a food to which I am deeply devoted.” – Kylie Schwartz, Editor-Chief

Bike rides

“I love the freedom it gives me. Riding alone or with a friend whenever I want is something I cannot live without. When I leave, when I go to the beach, or my friends out.” – Fairen Rachow, Junior

Senior Taylor Lee riding a bike near Googleplex in Mountain View, CA (Photo courtesy of Taylor Lee)










The time this pandemic has given us to enjoy our hobbies again

“I am grateful that being in lockdown let me have more time to get better at my instruments” -Delilah Campos, Staff Writer

SDA’s wide variety of electives

Autoshop made their own Go-Karts to race at MiraCosta College (Photo courtesy of @sda.autoshop )
















“Who teach me life lessons and encourage me to pursue my dreams” – Evan Ballow, Staff Writer

Ice Cream

Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Salt & Straw
Salted, Malted, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Salt & Straw (Photo courtesy of Taylor Lee)















Local businesses

“I am grateful for the local businesses such as VG’s and East Coast Pizza. Places like this are what make our community what it is.” -Matty Naimark, Sports Editor


To contribute to the school-wide gratitude list, fill out NAMI’s survey for their virtual gratitude wall, coming soon. 

Thank you for your support of our paper. We appreciate the teachers, staff, students, and parents who keep our paper afloat. Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Comment

One Response to “Journalism expresses gratitude”

  1. Molly Jackson on November 21st, 2020 6:51 pm

    This was such a cute article! It made me smile, and I think it was such a great idea to do, and I guarantee it brought many people just as much happiness as it did to me:)

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