Category Archives: Features

“The Verb Way” and “The strongest shall survive” – mantras play role in athletic and academic motivation and excellence

By Khalid Nelms, Staff Writer At Verbum Dei, many of the sports teams have their own mini-traditions and sayings that get passed from upperclassmen to the next class of talented and promising athletes. Some of these traditions have been at the Verb … Continue reading

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Boating at the Verb? Water woes when rain wets the southland

By Hector Arrieta, Editor in Chief Row, Row, Row Your Boat Gently Down the Square … The month of January in the Los Angeles metropolitan area typically features rain…and lots of it. On a very rainy day, the streets can flood … Continue reading

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“Present Dei Puzzler” back to challenge, to confound, to pay!

January’s Present Dei Puzzler: What is unique about number 8,549,176,320? Note: Due to an error in the initial posting of the number above, the prize for this month’s Present Dei Puzzler is doubled! Legal details:  Participation is open to all students, … Continue reading

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Spiritual retreats offer chance to share brotherhood and faith

By Nicolas Cortez, Staff Writer At Verbum Dei each grade level has a spiritual retreat once per year. The freshmen and sophomore retreats are one-day events; the junior Kairos retreat spans four days and three nights. The senior retreat lasts … Continue reading

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Senior jacket tradition continues with impressive style and flair

By Nathaniel Zelada, Photo Editor The senior classes of many schools have a tradition of ordering jackets, and Verbum Dei is no exception, as this tradition has been around for years now.   The senior class chooses a unique jacket design each year.  Jacket vendors provide … Continue reading

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Living on the wild side: Verb’s fauna of cats, pigeons, and such

  An intrepid and resourceful hummingbird took up “childrearing” on the coaxial cable of a security camera in the 200 Corridor in spring, 2018.  – Image by John Stradley, Moderator, The Present Dei Online News Source     by Joshua Papaqui and … Continue reading

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Verb’s athletic glory days represented in Eagle’s Nest banners

By Oscar Herrera, Columns/Opinion Editor As one steps into the Eagle’s Nest, and he or she glances up onto the banners that hang high above the court, he or she will see multiple championship banners hanging. They hang proudly as a testament to Verb’s glory days: the … Continue reading

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The bronze eagle: How it came to nest at the Verb

By Hector Arrieta, Editor in Chief The bronze eagle statue in front of the chapel is a fairly new addition to the Verbum Dei High School campus. The Forster Family donated the eagle statue on September 9, 2006, the feast … Continue reading

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Legion of Believers builds faith and insight of God in all things

By Alejandro Aquino, Staff Writer The 2016-2017 school year welcomed the Legion of Believers (LOB), a club structured to have religious conversation, to reflect on daily activities, and, in general, to foster and to strengthen the bonds among Christian peers. … Continue reading

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Engineering Club members explore careers and gauge interest

By Joshua Papaqui, Staff Writer The Verbum Dei Engineering Club was founded originally by Carolyn Westdal, Science Department Chair, and Dr. Shanika Bullins, former chemistry teacher and department chair. When the school instituted the Friday Schedule with its co-curricular period, it provided scheduled … Continue reading

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