In a bold demonstration against inhumane imprisonment, several Laguna Blanca upper school students gagged themselves and locked themselves in small cages at the prestigious private school on February 12. As part of their Crimes Against Humanity seminar, the students assumed the identities of real-life political prisoners being held in various facilities worldwide. Looking to stimulate dialogue on the controversial subject while calling attention to the inhumane practices going on at the global, national, and local levels, the teens took to the cages twice on Monday for about an hour at a time, causing more than a few dropped jaws among faculty and students alike.
Battling its way out of a competitive field of 16 local high schools, the San Marcos High Academic Decathlon Team emerged victorious on February 10 in a regional competition in Oxnard, propelling team members to a statewide competition next month. Working with this year’s China theme, the students competed in the areas of art, language and literature, economics, music, math, social sciences, public speaking, essays, personal interviews, and the ever-difficult Super Quiz. The Royals will represent Santa Barbara County in Los Angeles in mid March.