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Portola Pilot

Seniors Danae Dang and Katherine Martinez write positive expressions on sticky notes on Sept. 8 for students struggling with mental health. The post-it notes will be put up in the counseling building to collectively form a heart, with the hope that they will help someone in need, according to Hope Squad co-adviser Maureen Muir.
Hope Squad Invites The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to Raise Mental Health Awareness On Campus for Suicide Prevention Week
Arnav Chandan
September 14, 2022
Students walking or biking home from school often had the sun directly on their faces, and temperatures regularly exceeded one hundred degrees throughout the school day, according to CNN. In the future, there are many actions students can take to reduce the frequency of heat waves and stay cool. Taking initiative by voting for climate policies and ensuring that one is hydrated are two easy steps for students, according to science teacher Leanne Lupone.
Record-Setting California Heatwave Disrupts School Activities
Mia Jong and Tara Vatandoust
September 12, 2022
Girls’ athletics commissioner and senior Alex Richmond and junior class president Michael Shen lead juniors and sophomores in the Bulldog Rumble, one of the new school cheers introduced at the rally.
First Indoor Pep Rally Since 2020 Starts the School Year Off Strong
Kayleen Kim
September 3, 2022
Parts of Great Park Boulevard are closed due to waterpark construction, which began last July. Though the park includes replicas of old rides at the original Wild Rivers such as Bombay Blasters and Switzer Falls, most attractions will be new, according to the Orange County Register.
Wild Rivers Waterpark Set to Open in the Heart of Irvine
Grace Baek
May 31, 2022
Pioneer Podcast
Junior Sarika Menon works on measuring out the length of her boat in preparation for the race. The size of the boat will be a crucial factor in determining which group will ultimately win the race, according to junior Sharon Chen.
AP Physics Classes Splashes Into Summer with Final Project of the Year
Tara Vatandoust, Staff Writer
May 27, 2022
Senior Send-off: Seniors of the Portola Pilot Reflect on the Year
Senior Send-off: Seniors of the Portola Pilot Reflect on the Year
Emma Haag and Nate Taylor
May 26, 2022
Biden’s loan forgiveness plan, introduced August 24, provides benefits that will undoubtedly benefit struggling workers. However, the funds required to pay for this action are greatly overlooked — a potential $1 trillion will come from taxpayer’s wallets, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Budget Model, a nonpartisan research initiative that analyzes the economic impact of fiscal policy.
Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Fails to Meet Even Liberal Criterion
Many school libraries exclude banned books in their availability of books, specifically books featuring minority groups like POC and LGBTQ+ communities according to PEN America.
Banned Books Negatively Impact Representation
Whereas freshmen acceptance rates to UCLA hover around 12 to 16 percent, members of IVC’s Transfer Alliance Program are accepted to UCLA at rates between 70 to 85 percent, according to the IVC website.
Community College–a Stepping Stone to Greater Opportunities
Toxic Asian-beauty standards have made many South Asians use face-whitening products like Fair and Lovely to have a more Eurocentric look.
Toxicity in Asian-American Standards: South-Asian Underrepresentation
May 2022: Volume 6 Issue 8
May 2022: Volume 6 Issue 8
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March 2022: Volume 6 Issue 6
March 2022: Volume 6 Issue 6
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February 2022: Volume 6 Issue 5
February 2022: Volume 6 Issue 5
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