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Cozy and Comfortable Vibes Fill the Air at Spring Festival

Cozy and Comfortable Vibes Fill the Air at Spring Festival

Ki Joon Lee and Junhee Ryu

June 5, 2019

ASB, in collaboration with the visual and performing arts department and yearbook, hosted the second annual Spring Festival on the chilly evening of May 31, converting the outside amphitheater to a complete Bulldog community experience comprised of activities, food and live music. “This year...

NAMI Holds Third Annual Outreach Event

NAMI Holds Third Annual Outreach Event

Ajinkya Rane and Benjamin Kim

June 4, 2019

In conjunction with the counseling department, YAT and ASB, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) club hosted events on May 22-24, as part of Each Mind Matters Month. “Our goal was to spread awareness about mental health and to share stories in order to show others that mental health is a s...

Trump Impacts U.S. Tech Stocks with Huawei Ban

Trump Impacts U.S. Tech Stocks with Huawei Ban

Ajinkya Rane and Benjamin Kim

June 4, 2019

President Donald Trump and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May will discuss this week Trump’s trade ban issued May 15 on Chinese technology conglomerate Huawei, who is currently the world’s top provider of telecom equipment. According to the executive order, the reasoning behind the ban i...

Recent Lawsuit against Major Drug Manufacturers Reflects Growing Drug Crisis

Recent Lawsuit against Major Drug Manufacturers Reflects Growing Drug Crisis

Annie Qiao, Features Editor

June 3, 2019

Attorneys general from 44 states filed a lawsuit in Connecticut’s federal court on May 10 accusing 20 major drug manufacturers of artificially inflating prices of over 100 different generic drugs, according to Pharmacist.com. The lawsuit alleges that drug companies like Teva Pharmaceutical Industrie...

Selecting the Venue for Graduation Ceremony

Selecting the Venue for Graduation Ceremony

Maya Sabbaghian, Opinion Editor

May 31, 2019

The staff is starting very early stages of planning for Portola High’s first graduation ceremony in June 2020. This process includes selecting a venue, colors for caps and gowns and other logistics that will set the precedent for all future graduation ceremonies. Heavy planning of the ceremony will not comm...

Previewing the Last 2019 Pep Rally

Previewing the Last 2019 Pep Rally

Dylan Gates, Media Director

May 30, 2019

The last pep rally of the 2019 school year is anticipated to be the most engaging and exciting of the year. The rally will feature a variety of games and activities that will boost school spirit going into the end of the year and specifically will try to target all different groups of students. The rally i...

National History Day teams compete at State Competition

National History Day teams compete at State Competition

Benjamin Kim, Business Team

May 24, 2019

Julia Kim, Kevin Lu, Henry Liu, Sai Kullipi, Shreya Shah and Jenny Won qualified for finals in the State Competition for their National History Day projects on May 10-12. They traveled to Fresno that weekend after winning the county competition. “The most interesting thing would definitely be meeting other ...

Iconic Aquapark Returns Under Plan for OC’s Great Park

Iconic Aquapark Returns Under Plan for OC’s Great Park

Benji Kim, Business Team

May 20, 2019

Since the original Wild Rivers waterpark closed in 2011, the Irvine City Council has proposed many plans to redevelop the park, the latest of which has passed “Phase One” in 2017 and is moving forward, with a planned opening in May 2020, according to the Wild Rivers page. “I was so bummed whe...

Unfolding the Galaxy Fold

Unfolding the Galaxy Fold

Benjamin Kim and Junhee Ryu

May 17, 2019

Samsung chose to delay the launch of its highly-anticipated new smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, after early reviewers reported screen failures associated with flaws in hardware design. The Fold, originally expected to launch on April 26, has no current release date. In a statement on April 23, Samsung said “...

Measles Cases Rise in Southern California

Measles Cases Rise in Southern California

Nicholas Hung and Benjamin Kim

May 16, 2019

Orange County health officials confirmed two cases of measles on May 4, bringing the number of confirmed cases this year to three in OC, including a UCI graduate student and an infant. Measles cases in 2019 have reached a record high in 25 years since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Th...

Portola Pilot Participates in National Journalism Convention

Portola Pilot Participates in National Journalism Convention

Maya Sabbaghian, Opinion Editor

May 14, 2019

Eight Portola Pilot staffers and ten Yearbook students attended the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Convention on April 26-27 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel, attending various sessions and competing in write-offs. Portola Pilot staffers and Juniors Helena Hu, Ajinkya Rane and Maya Sabbaghi...

Disney Expands Film and Park Properties

Disney Expands Film and Park Properties

Ava Caleca, Social Media Specialist

May 10, 2019

Disney has progressively purchased large companies such as ABC, ESPN, Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment, which has expanded the business into a larger company. On March 20, Disney announced its latest purchase of Fox’s assets, owning franchises such as The Simpsons. The Walt Disney Company has also flourished ...

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