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Mallika Seshadri

Mallika Seshadri , Opinion Editor

If you see someone trip over something, or even nothing, it’s probably me.

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Junior Achievement

May 7, 2018

SDA students attended the Junior Achievement program’s business competition on May 1, where they won Best Innovative Business Commercial and placed fourth overall for their business, Intego Sportswear....

The Grades app has been convenient and helpful for many SDA students.

Grades App Fails to Exist

April 27, 2018

The Grades App is going to be shutting down on April 30. According to its makers, those who currently have the app will have continued access for a brief period of time past the official shut down date,...

SDA band students mill around before their performance.

Commentary – SDA Band Festivals

March 26, 2018

El Camino There was an unusual amount of pressure leading up to SDA’s Wind Ensemble I performance at the El Camino Band festival -- an event where high schools from around Southern California play...

Although most cant vote, students can still make their voices heard.

Staff Ed – Stay Informed

March 16, 2018

This is an extension of the staff editorial in the March print issue of the Mustang. The story described the collective opinion of the Mustang staff on some of the current issues related to gun control...

SDA students participated in a student walkout Nov. 2016 to protest then President-elect Donald Trump.

[Photo] SDA Administration Addresses Student Walkout

March 9, 2018

SDA students participated in a student walkout Nov. 2016 to protest then President-elect Donald Trump.

The #metoo movement has raised awareness about sexual assault both globally and at SDA

#metoo Movement Brings Awareness to Sexual Assault

October 31, 2017

The increasing number of rape allegations toward director Harvey Weinstein caused celebrities to open up about their experiences with sexual harassment/assault in Hollywood by posting #metoo.  These...

“Hamlet” A Hit at the Old Globe

September 19, 2017

When I walked into The Old Globe’s outdoor theater on a misty Sunday night to see Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” I immediately noticed a set that seemed to have been rolled off a new, edgy musical’s...

Students gather around the cast list of Calvin Berger

SDA Students Audition for “Calvin Berger”

September 15, 2017

Those who tried out for SDA’s production of “Calvin Berger” assembled outside the theater after school Friday to view the cast list, leaving some elated and others emotional.   The casting...

Parents gather in the new building courtyard during Back to School Night.

Parents Get Back in the Groove at Back to School Night

September 15, 2017

Hundreds of parents meandered around SDA’s campus Wednesday evening for Back to School Night. Before classroom visits, parents gathered in the new math and science building’s courtyard, where Shawlin...

Saying Goodbye

June 13, 2017

When I was a freshman in the music program, I was told that seeing the seniors leave was going to be progressively difficult as each year passed. This couldn’t be more true (Sorry, underclassman, I don’t...

Guest Speakers Speak About Health and Wellness Careers

May 23, 2017

Students gathered today in the media center to listen to a panel of three guest speakers talking about careers in health and wellness fields. The three speakers included graduate student of public...

Band Students Perform at Padres Game

April 25, 2017

After a single rehearsal, roughly 17 members of SDA’s music program played the national anthem for a Padres game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Petco Park. They were joined by middle and...

Canine Unwind Relieves Students

April 7, 2017

Yesterday after school, amid the usual sea of students scrambling to leave campus, there were numerous huskies, labradors and other dog breeds on campus for the Canine Unwind. This event was held to help...

Furry Friends Visit SDA

Furry Friends Visit SDA

April 7, 2017

Yesterday after school, amid the usual sea of students scrambling to leave campus, there were numerous huskies, labradors and other dog breeds on campus for the Canine Unwind. This event was held to help...

Today at SDA: Band Prepares for Seattle

Today at SDA: Band Prepares for Seattle

April 7, 2017

In band, while some students prepared for this afternoon's departure to Seattle by packing up equipment, others made and had fun with a Ouija board and games of musicians against humanity (a play on cards...

Students Recall April Fools’ Day Pranks

April 3, 2017

When I was about 5 years old, I tried to prank my parents for April Fools’. I told them their shoes were untied (I know, pretty innovative), and they naturally pretended to fall for it. While at the...

Kedi Documentary Sheds Light on the Life of Cats in Instanbul

“Kedi” Documentary Sheds Light on the Life of Cats in Instanbul

March 27, 2017

A number of us have pets: dogs, cats, fish etc. But imagine a world where no being was owned by anyone and yet communities, families and individuals who coexist with animals while considering them to be...

The Tale as Old as Time Returns to the Big Screen

The Tale as Old as Time Returns to the Big Screen

March 21, 2017

Aware of Disney’s propensity for sappiness--yet ecstatic to see my childhood favorite Disney princess come to life in this live action rendition--I entered the theater to see “Beauty and the Beast”...

Behind the Scenes of a Band Festival: A First Person Perspective

Behind the Scenes of a Band Festival: A First Person Perspective

March 20, 2017

El Camino Band Festival Every year since seventh grade, I have participated in the El Camino Band Festival. It’s a tradition, a nerve-wracking tradition, but nonetheless something special to look...

Today at SDA: Guest Speaker in Band

Today at SDA: Guest Speaker in Band

March 13, 2017

Students in both Wind Ensembles 1 and 2 had rehearsal under the direction of a guest conductor Tom Cole from the Coastal Communities Concert Band in preparation for their performance at the San Diego Winds...

SDA Competes in Science Olympiad

SDA Competes in Science Olympiad

February 24, 2017

Following months of hard work and preparation, about 17 SDA students competed in the San Diego Regional Olympiad Competition held on Feb. 17 at University City High School. When students arrived at...

Boo Hoo for Bow Wow Pageants

Boo Hoo for Bow Wow Pageants

February 22, 2017

When I was little, I often visited my aunt who lives in Boston. At the time, she had two majestic, gentle and lovable collies. Like so many dogs, they were easily excited and eager to express themselves...

Band Students Perform at First Ever Band-O-Rama

Band Students Perform at First Ever Band-O-Rama

February 14, 2017

The first ever Band-O-Rama was held on Sunday at La Costa Canyon High School to celebrate instrumental music programs in local school districts, including students from San Dieguito Academy. This band...

Homeroom Olympics Contestants Dance the Day Away

Homeroom Olympics Contestants Dance the Day Away

February 14, 2017

Students wandered into the gym dressed in wedding gowns, sparkly vests, and other matching costumes for a Homeroom Olympics Event titled The Giant Dance Party today after first period. Despite everyone’s...

Today at SDA: Field Trip to San Elijo Lagoon

Today at SDA: Field Trip to San Elijo Lagoon

January 17, 2017

Students in AP Environmental Science took a field trip to the San Elijo Lagoon to study the habitat, its diverse wildlife and the challenges it endures as a result of human activity.

“Hidden Figures” Finally Found

“Hidden Figures” Finally Found

January 17, 2017

The past two weekend’s highest grossing film “Hidden Figures” reveals a story of heroic women that wrongfully has gone unnoticed. Directed by Theodore Melfi, it tells the true story of three brilliant...

Today at SDA: Water Reclamation Field Trip

Today at SDA: Water Reclamation Field Trip

January 5, 2017

Students in AP Environmental Science took a field trip to the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility to learn about the various processes involved in treating the water that is used on a daily basis in local...

An Interview with Jeffrey Deaver

An Interview with Jeffrey Deaver

January 5, 2017

Jeffery Deaver, an international number-one bestselling author, is known for his murder mysteries and crime fiction novels. Worldwide, he has sold 50 million books in 150 countries, including “The Bone...

Twenty Three SDA Students Chosen for District Honor Band and Choir

December 7, 2016

Eleven SDA students were selected for the district honor band. Additionally, 12 SDA students were chosen to participate in the newly introduced honor choir, with some students participating in both ensembles....

Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Review: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

November 28, 2016

Exciting many Harry Potter fans, J.K. Rowling began a new chapter in her writing with a screenplay for the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which was released on Nov. 18. This movie...

Students gather in front of the Performing Arts Center to protest Trump.

Students Hold Walk-Out to Protest Trump

November 10, 2016

A walkout and protest was held by students in response to what they said was the racism, sexism and intolerance of President-elect Donald Trump today during third period. About 150 students participated...

Senate Election Updates

November 8, 2016

There are 34 US Senate seats being voted upon during today's election. The senate majority is attained by a political party once they gain 51 of the 100 Senate seats. So far, the Republican party welcomed: Richard...

Teachers Win Flag Football Second Year in a Row

Teachers Win Flag Football Second Year in a Row

November 7, 2016

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Breen Visits the Dove Library

November 3, 2016

As it began to rain on Sunday afternoon, many fans of political cartoonist Steve Breen gathered to enjoy an Author Talk at the Carlsbad Dove Library. In addition to winning two Pulitzer Prizes, Breen has...

The bracelet given to students following the group session.

Mindfulness Forum a Bit Disappointing

October 28, 2016

As the sun was setting on Tuesday evening, parents hurriedly walked up the steps of the media center. Ironically, they seemed worried and stressed they would be late for a lecture on mindfulness. SDA hosted...

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert

October 24, 2016

A Thrilling and Chilling Wind Ensemble Concert Black lights, glow in the dark effects and partial instruments being played are atypical for a band performance, but were incorporated into the fall concert...

October Sky Review

“October Sky” Review

October 21, 2016

It’s rare to have a spark of inspiration fly across the night sky like it does for Homer Hickam (Kyle Selig), the main character in the musical “October Sky.” This musical, which is playing at the...

Garrison with Thelma Reynaga of class of 64.

Jane Apple Garrison, Class of ’64

October 17, 2016

Q: Did you enjoy attending San Dieguito? Garrison: Oh, yeah, for the social aspect. Q: How has the school changed? Garrison: When we were here, the gym, which was also the stage, we...had one...

Bill Beckett, Class of 64

Bill Beckett, Class of ’64

October 17, 2016

Q: Did you enjoy attending San Dieguito? Beckett: I did. High school was my favorite time. Q: How has San Dieguito changed since you were a student here? Beckett: Well, this is the first time...

San Dieguito Alumni Visit SDA

San Dieguito Alumni Visit SDA

October 17, 2016

The annual Founder’s Day event was held in the media center last Friday. Senior alumni from the graduating classes of ’41 all the way through ’63 attended, sharing stories, smiles, and snacks provided...

Donald Trump: Hitting a New Low?

Donald Trump: Hitting a New Low?

October 13, 2016

This weekend, a video was released revealing presidential candidate Donald Trump asserting that his taking advantage of and sexually assaulting women is acceptable because of his celebrity status. Trump’s...

SDA Pep Band Debuts at Field Hockey Game

SDA Pep Band Debuts at Field Hockey Game

October 7, 2016

The SDA music department has branched out and created a pep band. This newly assembled ensemble made its debut on Oct. 6 for the varsity girls field hockey game against La Costa Canyon High School. The...

What to Look Forward to for New Sherlock Season

What to Look Forward to for New “Sherlock” Season

September 30, 2016

Mr. Holmes will meander his way back to BBC America as season four of “Sherlock” premieres in the beginning of 2017. While much remains a mystery regarding the upcoming season, a few clues have been...

This is a map of the area that the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument covers.

Earth’s Beauty Needs Preserving

September 26, 2016

Growing up on the Southern California coast, living a carefree life filled with wonderment and awe of the ocean, it is easy to take it for granted. For many of us, the ocean is an integral part of our...

Review: Indie Flick Sing Street Finds Strength Through Music

Review: Indie Flick “Sing Street” Finds Strength Through Music

May 13, 2016

If one takes time to close her eyes while watching a movie, despite the absence of visuals, a story filled with emotion and color is illustrated through the musical score. In its plot revolving around...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Review

January 12, 2016

With popcorn at hand, my family and I awaited the moment when the masses of “Star Wars” aficionados were to be let into the theater. Following a seemingly-ever-lasting sequence of advertisements, the...

In Your Arms Review

“In Your Arms” Review

October 7, 2015

Not surprisingly, “In Your Arms,” a performance centered on themes of love, makes a multitude of subtle references to Shakespeare’s classic love story, “Romeo and Juliet.” However, this debut...

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