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Academic Decathlon Scholastic participants compete in the Super Quiz at Westminster High on Feb. 3. Students wave flags to signify they got the correct answer to their teams cheering on the bleachers. “This really forces you to celebrate when other people know things, and that should be exciting for everyone,” Academic Decathlon coach Eric Graham said.
Academic Decathlon Teams Up for County-Wide Competition
Camille Clement | February 12, 2024
Irvine High student and under-secretary-general Eshika Abbaraju, secretary-generals junior Ruhi Samudra and senior Kayleen Kim and Irvine High student and under-secretary-general Ishaan Gaikwad speak at the opening ceremony. “Kayleen, for example, shes been in MUN since freshman year,” Wi said. “Ive been with her every step of the way every single year. Its just it makes me really happy for her that she can leave Portola knowing that shes helped start this tradition. And ever since I met Ruhi in MUN, shes just the person who gets things done and gets things done really well, but she will take absolutely no credit for it and wants no attention for it, and I just love those types of people.”
MUN Hosts First Conference in Collaboration with Irvine High
Maya Tedini, Opinion Editor | February 8, 2024
Junior Yash Malani accepts the first-place award at the IUSD Science and Engineering Fair. “It feels like we accomplished a lot,” Malani said. “It got me looking into the possibility of robotics and the hardware part of computers.”
Portola High Students Win High Honors at 2024 IUSD Science Fair
Mary Lee and Aditi Salunkhe | February 5, 2024
Math teacher Samantha Zimmerle celebrates with her family. “My dad is a teacher, so I always saw him just being so in love with his job,” Zimmerle said. “So just seeing him love that and me being good at math it was kind of just always where I was going to go.”
Math Teacher Samantha Zimmerle Stands Out in the ‘Equation’ as IUSD Teacher of Promise
Tyler Kim and Ruhi Samudra | January 31, 2024
Tackling Chronic Conditions Club treasurer and sophomore Keerthana Pillai arranges mini raspberry cheesecakes for one of the club’s bake sales that lasted from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6. All proceeds go to Debra of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people diagnosed with the chronic condition Epidermolysis Bullosa Through programs and funding research, according to Pillai.
Tackling Chronic Conditions Club Brings Light to Patients’ Lives
Marianne Chan and Elizabeth Gao | March 1, 2024
Senior Kate Abalos and junior Bill Song take notes on prominent issues with Portola Highs learning environment after brainstorming with a group of students from Irvine Virtual Academy and Creekside High through engaging discussion.
IUSD Students Advocate For Change in Preparation for Sacramento Trip
Madeline Chung and Camille Clement | February 26, 2024
Junior Joanna Peng utilizes a MacBook and iPad after school to work on assignments. One of Peng’s most used products is her iPad due to its versatility. Peng uses it as a computer using a magic keyboard and also uses it to draw and make calls. “Ive bought iPads since the first generation when it came out, [I’ve bought the] minis, and then I crashed [the iPad 3] under my table,” Peng said. “Its something that I continue to buy and continue to use most often in my life.”
Junior Joanna Peng’s Room is Ripe with Apple Products from Seed to Macintosh
Kayleen Kim and Kelly Yeh | February 21, 2024
S4 Episode 03: Breaking the STEM Ceiling: Women Who Are Redefining Science
S4 Episode 03: Breaking the STEM Ceiling: Women Who Are Redefining Science
Kayleen Kim and Aditi Salunkhe | February 12, 2024
Tackling Chronic Conditions Club treasurer and sophomore Keerthana Pillai arranges mini raspberry cheesecakes for one of the club’s bake sales that lasted from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6. All proceeds go to Debra of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people diagnosed with the chronic condition Epidermolysis Bullosa Through programs and funding research, according to Pillai.
Tackling Chronic Conditions Club Brings Light to Patients’ Lives
Marianne Chan and Elizabeth Gao | March 1, 2024
Senior Kate Abalos and junior Bill Song take notes on prominent issues with Portola Highs learning environment after brainstorming with a group of students from Irvine Virtual Academy and Creekside High through engaging discussion.
IUSD Students Advocate For Change in Preparation for Sacramento Trip
Madeline Chung and Camille Clement | February 26, 2024
Recent movie musicals, including “Mean Girls” and “Wonka,” were not properly advertised as musicals, resulting in many audience members being surprised when the actors eventually broke out into song. “There was literally no singing in the trailer and I was very confused as a fan of the musical for Mean Girls,” senior Kody Lin said. “I have friends in theater that didnt know the movie itself was going to be a musical.”
Movie ‘Thespian-age’: Hollywood Should Not Hide Movie Musicals
Sonia Wang and Catherine Li | February 29, 2024
Many young Sephora shoppers spend money on expensive products in order to keep up with trends showcased online, according to math teacher Melanie Clark. “I dont really agree with young kids spending so much money on beauty products,” Clark said. “I feel like they should start at CVS and just learn how to take care of themselves. I feel like it creates an entitled generation where they think that they deserve certain things, when in reality theyre pretty expensive.”
Sephora 10-Year-Olds Are Getting Out of Hand — Here is What Should be Done
Kayley Winata and Sonia Wang | February 27, 2024
Though BookTok encases a wide range of genres and titles, novels are often recommended more for their aesthetic rather than their content, according to Varsity. Many readers do not approach these books critically and can fall into harmful patterns of romanticization that bleed into real life. “I think that some books are promoted as romances when in fact theyre promoting a lot of toxic relationships that people are now perceiving as commonly acceptable,” senior Zara Hommez said. “So I think its important to draw the line between what is constituted as fiction and what is constituted as reality.”
Novel Sensations: Booktok Fans Should ‘Read Between the Lines’
Mary Lee and Catherine Li | February 23, 2024
Portola High can implement a better rain protection system by opening up more space for students at school. “Because it’s a Southern California school, it’s an outdoor school, so there’s really not much to do to protect kids from the rain,” junior Lulu (Jingxin) Zhao said. “However, I think it would be good if we could open more classrooms during rainy days too, so kids don’t have to eat out in lunch or crowd in the gym.”
Rain, Rain Go Away: Advocating for School Protection
Maitri Allani and Claire Chan | February 20, 2024
Unleashing Potential: Senior Jason Liu’s ‘Leap’ of Resilience Brings Long Jump Success
Unleashing Potential: Senior Jason Liu’s ‘Leap’ of Resilience Brings Long Jump Success
Madeline Chung | February 21, 2024
Junior Bianca Morrell ‘Runs,’ ‘Pitches,’ ‘Shoots’ and ‘Swims’  to New Heights
Junior Bianca Morrell ‘Runs,’ ‘Pitches,’ ‘Shoots’ and ‘Swims’ to New Heights
Stephanie Hwang | February 6, 2024
January 2023: Volume 8 Issue 4
January 2023: Volume 8 Issue 4

 

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December 2023: Volume 8 Issue 3

 

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November 2023: Volume 8 Issue 2

 

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October 2023: Volume 8 Issue 1

 

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