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Nadia Ballard

Nadia Ballard, Humor Editor

I’m a Senior and it’s my third year in journalism, I have curly hair and I love tea! I’m a little too loud but you won’t be listening to my voice, you’ll be reading my writing!

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Exhibition Day Preview

Exhibition Day Preview

May 23, 2018

This year Exhibition Day is happening Friday, May 25. Bring your piggy banks and get ready for day full of fun spending. Iconic events such as screen printed T-shirts, skate demos, and food will all be...

Some teachers waiting in the dugout for their chance at victory.

Who Won the Student vs. Staff Softball Game?

March 28, 2018

A perfect day for a fight to the death. The girls softball team versus a ragtag team of teachers. Those girls had been training all season to hone and perfect their bat swinging and diamond chasing skills....

Senior Nadia Ballard prepares for Senior Out.

Senior Out Day 1: Go Big or Go Home

March 6, 2018

First day of Senior Out, you either gotta go big or go home. I hit them with that double whammy. First I woke up. If you want to beat a high school senior you have to beat the birds. I got out of bed at...

Today at SDA: Incoming Freshmen Visits

Today at SDA: Incoming Freshmen Visits

December 13, 2017

Eighth grade students and their parents watch Mr.Cardenas AP physics 1 class as they experiment with sound waves.

Lizzie Waters hits the PAC stage for Battle of the Bands.

Battle of the Bands: Lizzie Waters

November 3, 2017

Today, senior Lizzie Waters performed in front of the PAC. Playing guitar and singing her heart out, she gave a splashing performance accompanied by Dylan Herrera, from the band The Elements, on drums....

Rubenstein Drive By played a set in front of the PAC  today at lunch.

Battle of the Bands: Rubenstein Drive By

October 30, 2017

The first day of battle of the bands started out with a bang, clatter, and boom. The band Rubenstein Drive By performed in front of the PAC. In her golf cart, even Leslie couldn't drive by Rubenstein Drive...

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One Way to Brighten Up Your Day…

September 1, 2017

One day in the middle of summer my dad looked up from his iPad and asked me, “What do you think about heading up to Oregon to see the eclipse?” The only previous experience I’d had of solar eclipses...

Students Nominated for Ben Vereen Awards

May 8, 2017

The musical that wowed and amazed SDA students back in February received a nomination for the 2017 Ben Vereen Awards, a competition for San Diego County high school musical theater. Out of the 24 schools...

Students Scream and Dance to Relieve Stress

April 7, 2017

A group of students could be found, or rather heard, in front of the PAC during homeroom de-stressing by means of screaming. Social science teacher Jamie Duck’s homeroom led Homeroom Olympic classes...

“Roseblood” Could Use More Twists

March 7, 2017

A contemporary gothic fantasy inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, Roseblood by A.G. Howard, is the story of seventeen year old, Rune Germain, and her journey to discover who (or what) she is at a boarding...

Valentine's Day Massacre

Valentine’s Day Massacre

February 14, 2017

Deprimafc With Valentine's Day festivities apparent among couples all throughout SDA today, complications and violations of the school code have arisen. PDAs were a serious problem, with students lodging...

Don’t Look Away From Netflix’s New Original Series

January 17, 2017

As Netflix original series’ go, they rarely disappoint and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” is no different. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as the comedic yet threatening primary...

Child Development Class Throws Holiday Party for Staff and Children

Child Development Class Throws Holiday Party for Staff and Children

December 12, 2016

To start this holiday season with a bang, the students in the child development class threw the SDA staff and their children a holiday party in the Mosaic Cafe last week. Filled with exciting games, fun...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Nine

November 16, 2016

We begin episode nine of season six of “American Horror Story” with the introduction of three teenagers Sophie, Milo and Todd, complete with a hunger for Instagram likes and selfie sticks. We learn...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Eight

November 8, 2016

We begin where we left off last week, in the aftermath of Agnes’s murder and Dominic’s freak out over it. He’s very similar to Agnes in the way that both of them truly didn't sign up for murderous...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Seven

November 3, 2016

Murder, blood and gore go hand in hand with “American Horror Story” and this episode did not disappoint. We already knew beforehand that there will only be one survivor by the end of the three nights...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Six

October 21, 2016

Things are getting dramatic, but not in the way you would expect; it's the worst (or best) type of drama – reality TV drama. In this universe, everything that we saw was actually a show called “My...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Five

October 13, 2016

This just in. Episode five was the finale- or at least it feels like it. Finally actor Evan Peters graces us with his presence and in the form of an 18 century gay art collector- what could be better? Its...

“American Horror Story:” Season Six Episode Four

October 7, 2016

“American Horror Story” season six episode four was a whirlwind of death, discovery, and exposition. The episode starts out with Shelby screaming her lungs out at Matt because of the escapade with...

“American Horror Story” Season 6 Episode 3 Review

September 29, 2016

Episode three of the sixth season in “American Horror Story” began right where the previous had left off. Lee is a sad mother lamenting over the fact that her child is missing and, truly, it's all...

“American Horror Story” Season 6 Episode 2 Review

September 23, 2016

In this week's new episode titled “Chapter 2” (the dullest title you can get for an episode), the ghostly presence in Shelby and Matt’s house has made itself known. We finally get to see actress...

Unsteady Start for

Unsteady Start for “American Horror Story”

September 15, 2016

If you can remember from the first few weeks of U.S history, the lost colony of Roanoke was probably abducted by aliens or, according to the new season of “American Horror Story,” in North Carolina,...

Famous Latin American Singer Dies at Age 66

Famous Latin American Singer Dies at Age 66

September 1, 2016

Sunday Aug. 28 was a sad day for many: iconic Mexican singer and LGBT icon , Juan Gabriel, died at 66 of a heart attack. His death affected many just as his music did. Songs such as “No Tengo Dinero,” “Hasta...

SDA Says So Long to Librarian Donna Gonzales

June 8, 2015

Lead library technician Donna Gonzales is retiring and starting a new chapter in her life. Gonzales has a strong link to SDA. She attended San Dieguito High School before it became the academy. “Hopefully...


April 17, 2015

Coachella is well known as a colorful place of drugs, campsite sex, and indie music but in the past few years it has become the poster child of cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is defined...

Does the Early SDA Student Always Get the Worm?

March 4, 2015

The extra sleep phenomenon that is commonly referred to as late start - is just that. Those other Wednesdays that push SDA school hours forward by almost two hours – at the cost of homeroom of course. Though...

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