Portola Pilot

Music Department Kicks Off the School Year with Annual Informance

Music Department Kicks Off the School Year with Annual Informance

Lauren Hsu, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

Roaring applause filled the theater as audience members took their seats, and the spotlights flickered on to reveal a sea of polished instruments. The music department hosted its annual Informance Concert on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Portola theater, which featured students from the highest level music...

Impossible Vegan Meat Goes Beyond Typical Fast-Food

Impossible Vegan Meat Goes Beyond Typical Fast-Food

Manan Mendiratta and Akshay Raj

September 25, 2019

The fast-food market has recently embraced a new wave of vegan and vegetarian alternatives to meat with open arms. Companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are pioneers of this trend, producing and distributing plant-based meat substitutes. Several fast-food chains hoping to reach a new market...

VAPA Sets Stage for New Cappies Program

VAPA Sets Stage for New Cappies Program

Claudia Lin, Staff Writer

September 24, 2019

Established by new drama teacher Samantha Sanford, Portola High’s first Cappies program invites all artists who possess a passion deeply rooted in theater to take their understanding of the performing arts to the next level by adding the element of journalism. Students selected for the program include...

‘I’m Gonna Be’ Addicted to Post Malone’s New Album

‘I’m Gonna Be’ Addicted to Post Malone’s New Album

Ajinkya Rane and Simrat Singh

September 20, 2019

At the age of 24, Post Malone has arrived as a dominant force within the hip hop industry, combining both his genreless voice with grungy lyrical bars in order to distinguish himself from other artists. After starting his career with two successful albums, “Stoney”, which focused more on sad, soulful...

Spider-Man: Uncertain Future Ahead

Spider-Man: Uncertain Future Ahead

Nicholas Hung and Aaron Sha

September 16, 2019

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) were devastated to learn news of Spider-Man’s departure from the franchise due to a falling-out on Aug. 20 between Disney, who owns Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, who owns the film rights to Spider-Man. Marvel and Sony had formed a partnership to continuously...

Audience ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ at Pops Concert

Audience ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ at Pops Concert

Ki Joon Lee and Ava Caleca

June 5, 2019

The annual Pops Concert took place in the performing arts theater on May 29 at 7 p.m., with all of the choir ensembles performing a wide spectrum of musical genres from pop rock songs such as “Hooked on a Feeling” to modern musical songs such as “Come Alive” from The Greatest Showman. The en...

Musical Production hosts Exquisite Celebration

Musical Production hosts Exquisite Celebration

Benjamin Kim and Junhee Ryu

June 5, 2019

Not many school events are as exclusive as Portola’s inaugural Musical Gala that took place on May 24, an event that celebrated students involved in the musical production as a part of the cast, pit orchestra or stage tech. Each member was allowed to bring one guest. The main purpose of the ga...

Pho is a Pho-Sure Win for Your Taste Buds

Pho is a Pho-Sure Win for Your Taste Buds

Ki Joon Lee, Marketing Manager

June 4, 2019

Arguably the most popular Vietnamese food in America, pho is the perfect late night comfort food that fills your stomach with savory, warm broth and addictively tasty rice noodles. Dive into these three pho destinations in Irvine the next time you and your friends are craving a bowl that will satisf...

Swing into Summer with Brass, Percussion or Strings

Annie Qiao and Jenny Won

June 4, 2019

Half a dozen lights beam brilliantly to the stage, illuminating the smooth lines and curves carved into wood and the polished majesty of brass. For musicians, practices, rehearsals and performances may seem like another part of a packed schedule, and picking up a new instrument can appear overwhelming. Here...

Come for the Food, Stay for the Mood

Come for the Food, Stay for the Mood

Jenny Won and Jane Zou

June 3, 2019

As the sun sets on the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, live performers, unique art from local vendors, carnival games and endless Instagram-worthy foods light up the evening, giving the OC Night Market a diverse and lively atmosphere unmatched anywhere else. Once past the long lines at the ticket booth...

Aladdin Shows Audiences ‘A Whole New World’ with the Remake

Aladdin Shows Audiences ‘A Whole New World’ with the Remake

Ava Caleca and Giselle Villegas

May 31, 2019

The ‘Aladdin’ live-action casting Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, has made over $105 million in the box office opening weekend, according to Forbes. Premiering May 24th, the re-adapted version of the Disney classic features many of the original songs such as “A Whole New World,” “...

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