Portola Pilot

Marching into a New Era of VAPA

Marching into a New Era of VAPA

Ajinkya Rane

October 5, 2017

Marching band delivered its first field show during the halftime of a football game against Northwood High on Sept. 29. Musicians and guard members played, twirled and danced to the colorful score from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," “Pure Imagination”. While the performance was shorter in...

A Fresh Take on an Old Tale: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review

A Fresh Take on an Old Tale: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review

Grace Tu, Staff Writer

April 25, 2017

Being a tale as old as time and a song as old as rhyme, the love story between the beautiful and brave Belle and the hot-tempered yet kind-hearted Beast has been embedded into the childhoods of most people. Disney’s recently-released live-action film adaptation, succeeding its 1991 animated adaptation, h...

Five High Schools, Three Nights, One Festival

Five High Schools, Three Nights, One Festival

Priscilla Baek, Co-Editor-In-Chief

April 13, 2017

IUSD music festival showcase brought together all five Irvine high schools from March 28-30 in the Portola theater with participants celebrating various forms of music. Tuesday: Wind Ensemble The festival started off strong with Portola High wind ensemble playing pieces from Mark Williams and Duble...

Rogue One Review – I’ve Got Stardust In My Eyes

Rogue One Review – I’ve Got Stardust In My Eyes

David Jang, Visuals Director

March 29, 2017

For decades, the crucial story of the Death Star blueprints, the catalyst that set off the original “Star Wars” saga the world fell in love with, went untold. Now, that tale is immortalized in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Soon, fans will be able to enjoy the epic at home with the DVD and B...

Celebrating the Fine and Performing Arts Programs

Celebrating the Fine and Performing Arts Programs

Ajinkya Rane, Co Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2017

  The inaugural Fine Arts Week occurred March 13-17. The celebratory event was organized by fine arts commissioners Nicholas Hung and Paris Zhuang, and displayed the various fine arts capabilities on campus. “[The purpose of Fine Arts Week] is to showcase our school’s fine arts capability ...

Identity and Pear Tree Blossoms: A Review of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

Identity and Pear Tree Blossoms: A Review of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

Maya Sabbaghian, Features Editor

February 28, 2017

The 20th century was an immensely controversial time regarding African-American rights, resulting in a torrent of equally contentious books. Deemed one of the most influential and significant works of African-American literature, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” a 1937 classic by Zora Neale Hurst...

Best Boba in Irvine

Best Boba in Irvine

Priscilla Baek, Co-Editor-In-Chief

February 23, 2017

Bubble tea? Boba tea? Or plain old boba? Whatever you call this sweet drink, you know it is delicious. With the rising popularity of boba tea, a tea-based drink with tapioca pearls, I decided to test out local boba shops to find out which one is the best.   First Stop: Lollicup Cost: $4.00...

Construction of the Long-Awaited Theater Finishes

Construction of the Long-Awaited Theater Finishes

Grace Tu

February 22, 2017

The construction of the theater at Portola High School has been finished, and the theater has finally showed itself to the public after staying in the shadows for a long time due to construction. The theater was first opened to the public on February 1, 2017 at the first ever Portola concert. The ...

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