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UC Applications Extended for Students Affected by Wildfires

UC Applications Extended for Students Affected by Wildfires

Shawyan Rooein, Back Page Editor

December 21, 2018

In light of the blazing fires across California over the past few months, the University of California system will extend its application deadline to undergraduate students for students impacted by the fires. If applicants are unable to complete the application by the traditional date of Nov. 30, th...

In Loving Memory of Simon Cabral

In Loving Memory of Simon Cabral

Julia Kim and Maryam Shama

December 20, 2018

On Dec. 10, a beloved friend and student in the Portola High community, junior Simon Cabral, died due to health complications. Many students and staff have expressed how much they will miss his presence on campus. “He was an amazing student who loved all of his peers. He was a large member in t...

Students Dodge Stress with ASB Dodgeball Tournament

Students Dodge Stress with ASB Dodgeball Tournament

Ki Joon Lee and Tiffany Wu

December 18, 2018

ASB held a dodgeball tournament from Dec. 10-14 the gym in an event that allowed students and teachers to collaborate through a fun lunchtime activity. After a week’s worth of tournaments, the final round will be held during the winter pep rally. “I think athletics events are always fun between teachers and ...

A Winter Wonderland Week: Dec. 17-21

William Hsieh, Director of Photography

December 17, 2018

NASA’s New Rover Getting ‘InSight’ on Mars

NASA’s New Rover Getting ‘InSight’ on Mars

William Hsieh, Director of Photography

December 14, 2018

NASA’s newest lander, InSight, touched down on the Martian surface on Nov. 26. It’s mission is to study the interior of Mars. At Vandenberg Air Force Base, InSight was launched on May 5. It has many navigation tools including a star tracker, a device that looks at other stars and calculates the ...

Scientists Redesign the Kilogram for Better Accuracy

Scientists Redesign the Kilogram for Better Accuracy

William Hsieh and Junhee Ryu

December 14, 2018

Scientists around the world met at the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures on Nov. 16 in Versailles, France to redefine some fundamental International System of Units (SI units). This change would reduce detrimental impacts on fields such as medicine where precise measurements are crucia...

Portolapp Wins Congressional App Challenge

Portolapp Wins Congressional App Challenge

Farhad Taraporevala, A&E Editor

December 14, 2018

Founding developers of Portolapp and juniors Patrick Cui, Brian Hawkins, Nikhil Jha and Matthew Kwon won the Congressional App Challenge for the 45th congressional district of California, awarded by Rep. Mimi Walters to the group on Nov. 30. They were among 30 apps selected as winners in California and ar...

North Korea’s Complicated Relationship with Nuclear Weapons

North Korea’s Complicated Relationship with Nuclear Weapons

Benjamin Kim, Business Team

December 10, 2018

North Korea threatened in early November to resume production of nuclear weapons if progress is not made between the communist state and the United States in lowering tensions or negotiating sanctions, according to the Daily Express. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in ha...

Aquaponics Evolves Throughout the Years

Aquaponics Evolves Throughout the Years

Aaron Sha and Tiffany Wu

November 30, 2018

Freshmen Living Earth classes at Portola High have changed their aim of the Aquaponics Genius Project from project completion and system transportation to a full focus on environmental sustainability for the 2018-19 school year. Honors students are working on larger projects, while CP students are working o...

Thousand Oaks Shooting Results in 13 Dead

Thousand Oaks Shooting Results in 13 Dead

Aaron Sha, Business Team

November 16, 2018

America mourned the news of a mass shooting on Nov. 7 in Thousand Oaks, California that resulted in the death of 13 individuals, including the perpetrator, and numerous injuries, according to CNN. The only suspect, 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran Ian David Long, armed with a handgun, appeared ou...

Suicide Prevention: What You Can Do

Suicide Prevention: What You Can Do

Helena Hu, Centerspread Editor

November 14, 2018

National Discussion Continues as Harvard Court Case Closes

National Discussion Continues as Harvard Court Case Closes

Helena Hu, Centerspread Editor

November 13, 2018

After three weeks of Harvard students and teachers taking the witness stand in the Boston federal court, the trial came to an end on Nov. 2. With the end of the trial comes the possibility of changes to the current affirmative action procedures in order to ensure equal opportunity for all in college ...

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