News from Helix Charter High School – Feb. 24, 2017

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By Jennifer Osborn | Helix Highlights

Judges needed for Senior Boards

Community members are invited to participate as judges for upcoming Senior Defenses and Senior Boards. All Helix seniors must complete the Senior Project, which entails creating a product, coordinating an event, planning a performance, or providing an actual service that has been designed by them. The final phases of the Senior Project are the Senior Defenses and Senior Boards, which provide an opportunity for our students to shine and to feel a sense of accomplishment as they demonstrate their knowledge and skills to their community.

Senior Defenses will take place on April 5, 6, and 7 from noon-3:30 p.m., and Senior Boards will take place on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24, from noon-4 p.m. Community members are welcome to participate in any or all dates. Please contact me at to confirm your participation.

The Senior Project is just one example of Helix’s ongoing efforts to provide graduates with the tools necessary to succeed in their future endeavors, whether it is college, full-time employment, trade school, or the military.

Theater night out for the Alumni Association

The Helix Alumni Association is holding an Alumni Night on April 1 at the Off Broadway Live Theater in Santee for their production of “On the Road to Woodstock.” Four middle-aged misfits are hitching their way to the “Mother of All Music Festivals.” Without much money, they must “gig” their way across the country, but, soon find out all gigs are not created equal. Each is hoping for something from the destination, yet, discover the journey is where you find your answers.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $33 and $38. A portion of each ticket purchase benefits the Helix Foundation. Contact the box office at 619-988-LIVE (5483) for tickets.

Poetry Out Loud contest features Helix students

Helix senior Sada Abdullahi and sophomore Ivan Jimenez competed in the San Diego Regional Finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition at the Downtown library. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition, and every year, Helix sends two representatives to compete in the county finals. This is Abdullahi’s second year as a finalist, and Jimenez’ first year participating.

Helix Choir success

The Helix Show Choirs competed in the San Diego Sings! Choir festival. HD — the all-girls group — finished fourth in their division, and HLX — the boys’ and girls’ advanced show choir — finished fifth in their division. Both groups represented Helix very well, and the event organizers complimented them on their spirit and class.

Helix’s boys’ and girls’ advanced show choir perform at the San Diego Sings! Choir Festival. (Photo by Lisa Brannen)

Winter sports successes

Winter sports teams are heading into the CIF Playoffs. Highlights for Helix include the Girls’ Water Polo team taking on Torrey Pines in the CIF Division 1 Semifinals and Boys’ Basketball being seeded third in CIF Division II.

Girls’ wrestler Destiny Lyng repeated as San Diego Section champion by pinning her opponent in 54 seconds. The wrestling team will compete for a bid to the State Championships in the CIF Masters Tournament, while the Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams are both seeded ninth in their respective divisions.

Good luck to all of our student-athletes and their coaches.

Excellence in Education

If you are interested in finding out more about Helix Charter High School, please attend one of our Excellence in Education Tours, held twice monthly. The Tours for March are March 7 at 9:10 a.m. and March 30 at 5:30 p.m. Reserve your spot using our website,

—Jennifer Osborn writes on behalf of Helix Charter High School. Reach her at

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