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Parent volunteers from the Portola High Indian Parent Group serve traditional dishes to staff members Julie Primero and student teacher Cole Kong. “I was very thankful to my community and the kids who participated for this event, because its because of them that staff and teachers were feeling appreciated,” luncheon co-organizer and Portola High Indian Parent Group member Dolly Malani said. “They felt that lively spirit around them, so for me, when they are happy, that means our event is going good. Im grateful for what they do for students at school.”
Spooning Food, Activities and Gratitude: Students and Parents Celebrate Staff Appreciation Week
Marianne Chan and Mary Lee | May 10, 2024
Senior Yunxin Tao and sophomore Aditya Nair manufacture t-shirts for Portola Printing, Portola Highs first ever business. “Sometimes after school, we have a little party with about five to 10 students, heat pressing and folding and quality checking,” business teacher Katherine Dillon. “The next day, we count the orders and make sure we have all the right sizes, all the right numbers [to] make sure theyre all good and then we just go deliver it to the classrooms.”
‘Pressing’ On: Portola Printing Makes Progress In Business Goals
Marianne Chan and Alice Ahn | May 6, 2024
The new temporary Great Park music venue Great Park Live will open this July and feature picnic seating near the stage, according to Great Park Board Director and City Councilmember Kathleen Treseder, Ph.D. “Its going to take several years for the permanent amphitheater to be finished,” said Treseder. “We heard from a lot of residents that didnt want to go so long without live music, so were putting up the temporary one to fill that gap.”
City of Irvine Plans to Open New Temporary Music Venue for Summer Festivities
Camille Clement and Madeline Chung | April 18, 2024
Juniors Jimin Han, Ruhi Samudra, Hailey Van, Viola Xie and Shriya Ravipadi pose between Morgan Hall and Li Ka Shing at the University of California, Berkeley, after presenting their biomedical solution presentation to a group of judges.
BMES Attends Annual BioEngineering Competition in Medical Research
Hannah Ko, Assistant Opinion Editor | April 17, 2024
Junior Luke Porter and senior Mathias Lee committed to the Naval Academy, and junior Abby Miller committed to the Air Force Academy to pursue their passions and desire to serve their country. “Im honestly super excited to work in the military after graduating,” Miller said. “I know that might be a weird thing to say, but that is something that kind of drew me to the military academies: it’s knowing that after I graduate, I have a job for at least five years. I honestly think that jobs in the military are just so incredible, and theyre so honorable. I dont really want an office job and being in the military is definitely kind of a way to find a job with a larger purpose.”
Answering the Call to Command: Meet Three Military Academy Commits
Hannah Ko and Maya Tedini | May 3, 2024
Hair has become a vessel for self-expression for many due to its versatility. “I just love my hair,” freshman Kate Song said. “Style is something that you could switch up. But my hair is kind of something that shows how I love this color, or I love this style.”
Bulldogs Express True ‘Colors’ Through Dyed Hair
Kayley Winata | April 12, 2024
Girls Who Code (GWO) co-President and senior Injila Adil hands a microphone over to Planet Protectors President and junior Sahana Ananth during their meeting on March 20. The two clubs plan on collaborating to code an app designed by Planet Protectors that promotes environmental consciousness, according to GWO co-President and sophomore Avnit Kaur.
Girls Who Code Club Celebrates STEM Field Trailblazers for Women’s History Month
Maya Tedini | March 28, 2024
Sophomore Avnit Kaur works to strengthen her case with her speech and debate teammates. “The thing I love about the Lincoln-Douglas style is that we have to debate on both the affirmative side and the negation side of the resolution,” Kaur said. “It really helps you think on both sides rather than being fixated on one idea.”
From Prep to Podium: Sophomore Avnit Kaur Lands a Spot at the State Debate Tournament
Alice Ahn and Maitri Allani | March 26, 2024
To add the final component of her look for prom, senior Rithu Madhyanam carefully applies lipstick while looking in the mirror.
Getting the Party Started Before Prom: Activities Bulldogs Planned Prior to the Dance
Kayley Winata and Kelly Yeh | May 9, 2024
Junior Luke Porter and senior Mathias Lee committed to the Naval Academy, and junior Abby Miller committed to the Air Force Academy to pursue their passions and desire to serve their country. “Im honestly super excited to work in the military after graduating,” Miller said. “I know that might be a weird thing to say, but that is something that kind of drew me to the military academies: it’s knowing that after I graduate, I have a job for at least five years. I honestly think that jobs in the military are just so incredible, and theyre so honorable. I dont really want an office job and being in the military is definitely kind of a way to find a job with a larger purpose.”
Answering the Call to Command: Meet Three Military Academy Commits
Hannah Ko and Maya Tedini | May 3, 2024
Local community colleges, including Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College, as well as the University of California system, use Canvas as their primary learning management system. Thus, in order to prepare students for higher education, Canvas should be implemented early on in students’ careers.
Full-Fledged Learning Management Systems Benefit Everyone: Why Canvas Triumphs Google Classroom
Michael Sun and Maitri Allani | May 22, 2024
As time progresses, the spotlight on mental health intensifies, illuminating the pervasive stigma that continues to cause difficulties for those in need. Its time to rewrite this narrative, to embrace empathy over stigma and to create a community where mental well-being is a shared priority.
It’s Time to Destigmatize the Meaning of Mental Health
Sky Nguyen and Elizabeth Gao | May 21, 2024
When Caitlin Clark, the No. 1 pick of the WNBA draft, was revealed to receive a significantly lower wage than Victor Wembanyama, last year’s NBA No. 1 pick, injustice towards female athletes became evident to sports viewers. “It needs to balance out a little bit more, especially now with Caitlin Clark and everything that shes done for womens college basketball,” prospective Wellesley college girls’ basketball player and senior Emaleena Elson said. “Shes brought in so many more viewers and so much more attention to the WNBA. So at the end of the day, if the wage gap is about viewers, then shouldnt it be more balanced now?”
A ‘Slam Flunk’ in Sports: Caitlin Clark Controversy Stirs up Gender Pay Gap Discussion
Kayley Winata and Sonia Wang | May 1, 2024
Taking sick days when you are not sick makes it unfair for students who are actually ill and harder for teachers to fairly create make-up tests. “Its getting harder for us to distinguish sick students because students are just saying theyre ill when in reality theyre not,” AP Physics and engineering teacher Anthony Pham said. “Were at a point where we should consider just always having a different, harder exam for students no matter what the scenario might be, which will really hurt students that are actually sick and who need the time to recover before they can study.”
A Doctor’s Note on Test Day Keeps the ‘Sick’ Students Away
Stephanie Hwang and Jordan Hata | April 29, 2024
Freshman Soho Lee performs her routine at the 2023 Toyota US Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, CA. “I love competing,” Lee said. “Its obviously very nerve-wracking, but I really enjoy it. The feeling you get after a good performance is unexpected; you cant explain it.”
Athletic Artistry: Freshman Soho Lee Soars to Greatness Through Cheer and Figure Skating
Camille Clement and Madeline Chung | May 20, 2024
Softball poses together after their senior night game, getting ready to eat out together per tradition. “I’m going to miss the people,” outfielder and senior Smira Sonthalia said. “I really love my teammates, and the only reason why I love softball so much is really because of the people that Im with every day, so Im really going to miss that team energy and that family. My second family, basically.”
Close-knit Softball Athletes ‘Team’ Together with Friendship
Stephanie Hwang and Mary Lee | May 20, 2024
April 2024: Volume 8 Issue 6
April 2024: Volume 8 Issue 6

 

February 2024: Volume 8 Issue 5
February 2024: Volume 8 Issue 5

 

January 2024: Volume 8 Issue 4
January 2024: Volume 8 Issue 4

 

December 2023: Volume 8 Issue 3
December 2023: Volume 8 Issue 3

 

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