Portola Pilot

Orange County’s Spookiest: Rating Top Local Haunted Houses

Orange County’s Spookiest: Rating Top Local Haunted Houses

Jenny Won, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 28, 2019

As Halloween rapidly approaches, adventurous families and independent thrill-seekers alike begin their search for the best horror experiences to celebrate the beloved holiday. For those who want a little more thrill than trick-or-treating for candy, Orange County offers three haunting experiences suited...

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?

Kate Hayashi, Assistant Opinion Editor

October 28, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985 when my mother was a teenager. Its sequel “The Testaments” came out last month; a generation later, the story seamlessly reopens and suggests timeless relevance of the topics of gender, power and faith first explored by its predecessor. “The...

Students Become Entrepreneurs with Instagram Businesses

Students Become Entrepreneurs with Instagram Businesses

Kelthie Truong, Back Page Editor

October 25, 2019

Unique from the ubiquity of teenagers purging hoarded items from their closets to earn quick cash, junior Bailey Cooper and senior Isabella Green look to their campus for serious clientele. Cooper and Green, known on Instagram as @fresh.garb and @evasive.styles respectively, began selling their old clothing...

Guessing the Mystery Oreo Flavor

Jaein Kim, Staff Writer

October 24, 2019

Food for the Soul: Special Education and United Sound Bring Music to Campus

Food for the Soul: Special Education and United Sound Bring Music to Campus

Kate Hayashi and Lauren Hsu

October 23, 2019

From the Clean-Up Crew to its mail delivery system and gardening program, the Special Education department is constantly finding ways for its students to get involved in the school community. As of this year, they have partnered with the music department to participate in United Sound, an organization...

Student Artists Prepare for College in the Art World

Student Artists Prepare for College in the Art World

Krisha Konchadi, Social Media & Marketing Team

October 21, 2019

As the college application season is shortly coming to an end, some talented artists on campus have the opportunity to pursue their passion by taking steps to apply to colleges for art. Senior Sunny Song is planning to major in either studio art or illustration and is ready to bring her relentless...

Rock Band Chemistry Brings the Pride of Portola ‘Closer to the Heart’

Rock Band Chemistry Brings the Pride of Portola ‘Closer to the Heart’

Tiffany Wu, Co-News Editor

October 10, 2019

Amid the airy richness of brass and woodwinds, two electric guitars wail a familiar riff, accompanied by the alluring warble of electric bass and a gentle crooning of the keyboard. Metal bleachers pulsate in response to the drum set’s steadily pounding rhythm. Co-band director Kyle Traska incorporated...

Bringing the Taste of Tehran to Irvine: Saffron & Rose Ice Cream

Bringing the Taste of Tehran to Irvine: Saffron & Rose Ice Cream

Minnah Tanzeen, Staff Writer

October 8, 2019

From classic vanilla to rich chocolate and the advent of more modern American favorites like mint chocolate chip and Oreo, ice cream endures as a constant in the long cycle of dessert fads in America. Saffron & Rose, a local Persian ice-cream store, thrives in the diverse dessert culture of Irvine. The...

Craving Boba and Lunch? Get Your Fix at Class 302

Craving Boba and Lunch? Get Your Fix at Class 302

William Hsieh, Julia Kim, and Farhad Taraporevala

October 4, 2019

At the corner of two rows of restaurants bustling with different ethnic cuisines stands Class 302, a cozy restaurant serving delicious Tawiwanese food, including Irvine’s favorite drink: boba. While the self-serve boba station is famous, we decided to try out the full course meal. For one of our ...

Overrated and Overpriced: OC Asian Foods Not Worth the Hype

Overrated and Overpriced: OC Asian Foods Not Worth the Hype

Jaein Kim and Kelthie Truong

September 27, 2019

Business after business in Orange County is emerging to claim the title of the next trendy food that breaks the Internet. With reimagined Asian classics a rising dining trend, the amount of new options is overwhelming. Behind many of the tremendously long lines and over-saturated promotion pictures is...

Katherine Hung’s Characters Shine at the Pageant of the Masters Arts Festival

Katherine Hung’s Characters Shine at the Pageant of the Masters Arts Festival

Nicholas Hung, Business Team

September 27, 2019

While the art studio on campus is filled with buckets of worn brushes and pungent paints, senior Katherine Hung needs only the elegant glide of her pen over her tablet screen to make her characters come to life on the screen. Over the summer, her brilliant colors and life-like drawings were on display...

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