David Rodriguez
Sep30

David Rodriguez

Easy going student by day and stage diving punk rocker by night, David Rodriguez is not, by any means, your typical nighthawk. However, one conversation with David and you will be thoroughly convinced otherwise. He is one of the most mellow and calm of people. He plainly agreed with this when asked to describe himself and said, “I guess I’m an easy going person most of the time.” His daily hobbies even seem ordinary, including taking naps, merrily strumming his guitar alone in his room, or watching YouTube videos. Although this description paints the picture of an average lethargic teenager (or even a sloth), you would be surprised to learn his favorite past time: punk and hardcore rock concerts David is an avid participant in the punk/hardcore rock scene. However before you conjure up a stereotype of what a punk/hardcore rock fan is like, please consider the previous paragraph. Nevertheless, these concerts include wild and energetic music accompanied by young people that also wild and energetic. There are countless stage dives, mosh pits, and people climbing onto rafters. David might be the most eager person at the concert to climb onto the stage and then plunge faithfully into a sea of upraised hands ready to catch him.  In fact, one of the craziest things David admitted to doing was “front flipping into a stage dive”. At these concerts, David’s mellowness described earlier completely evaporates into pure energy and adrenaline.  These wild gatherings invented by youth culture bring some of the most interesting characters out of David. While the night and day transformation of David Rodriguez is admirable, the real praise should go to the balancing of this double life. His love of the stage and the music is clearly seen when you learn David attended 20 events just this past year!  Unfortunately, many of these concerts are on school nights. David, as the devout concert-goer he is, attends the late night events, but still finds a way to attend school the very next day. Imagine showing up to school with “five to six” hours of sleep after an exhausting night. Not only is he tired, but he is usually covered in bruises and cuts from the mosh pits. Now imagine showing up to first period on a test day or even finals week. Both of these seemingly insurmountable tasks were completed by David, who is able to realize the importance of both school and his love of concerts. His passion for attending concerts and listening to punk and hardcore rock is met with responsibility and accountability. David described concerts on weekdays as “extremely inconvenient but absolutely necessary”. In fact...

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Indira Lofflin
Sep30

Indira Lofflin

Every year, children across the nation choose the flute as the instrument to play in their elementary school band. However, only a handful of them go on to be professional musicians playing with world-renowned symphonies, let alone continue playing through their high school careers. Indira Indira, a junior at Del Norte, is part of that handful. Indira is a part of Del Norte’s Concert Band and has been involved with one of San Diego’s most prestigious music ensembles, the San Diego Youth Symphony’s (SDYS) Wind Symphony and Concert Orchestra. She said, “It was a very tough decision whether to go with a symphony that has a prestigious name to universities or one that is just starting, but I figured I’ll grow better as a musician at New Youth Orchestra (NYO),” Indira says, referring to her decision to leave SDYS and join NYO, where she is currently the principal flutist and piccoloist. Recently, she won a San Diego Flute Guild competition for 10th graders in the San Diego area, and hopes to compete at VOCE next year, which is a flute competition where flutists from all over California come to compete to win the big cash prize. “We did these fun little exercises, and [my teacher] finally got me to make a sound out of the flute,” Indira says, talking about how her teacher, Vivian Bergova, became her inspiration. Indira remembers when she went in for her first lesson as a seventh grader, she couldn’t get her flute to make a sound. Her teacher was the one to help her get past this obstacle. Ms.Bergova also exposed her to different symphony orchestras that Indira says she “really, really, really fell in love with”. She wants to go to a music conservatory, such as USC’s Thornton School of Music, Curtis Institute located in Philadelphia, Rice University in Houston, or Juilliard in New York. Other than music, Indira is interested in psychology and creative writing. She expresses her love of music through singing as well, and plans to release an album of music she has composed during her senior year of high school. Del Norte is truly fortunate to have such an accomplished individual as Indira. Written by Frank...

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The Beaker | Volume 2 Issue 3
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