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Portola Pilot

Junior and Science Olympiad captain Andrew Chen created cheat sheets to help study and prepare for competitions. His study session typically consisted of taking practice tests, browsing through online resources and reviewing information from his cheat sheets.

Science Olympiad Heads to State After Competing in Virtual Regional Tournament

Cara Chan, Business Manager
March 19, 2021

Science Olympiad placed third at the Orange County Regional Tournament on March 7 and is advancing to the Southern California State Tournament on April 3. To accommodate COVID-19 safety restrictions, invitational...

Junior Yunseong Jung tests out the flute that he and partner junior Stephanie Zhang built to compete in the event Sounds of Music. In the event, team members play the twelve tone scale on the flute they constructed, with pitch frequency being tested for accuracy.

Science Olympiad Advances to State From Regionals

Annie Qiao and Tiffany Wu
February 25, 2019

Science Olympiad placed fourth at the regional competition at University of California, Irvine on Feb. 9, advancing to the state competition on Apr. 6. The team competed against 35 other high schools in...

The Science Olympiad team gathers for a pep talk before the competition.

It is All About Team Chemistry on Science Olympiad

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein
April 18, 2018

Science Olympiad placed 18th at the Southern California Scioly State Competition which was hosted at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena on April 7. The team competed against 30 of Southern...

Science Olympiad students celebrate after finishing all of their events.

Science Olympiad Keeps its Ion the Prize

Jordan Lee and Shawyan Rooein
March 9, 2018

Science Olympiad will advance to the state competition in April after placing fifth at its regional competition on Feb. 10. But trophies and medals aside, what goes on behind the scenes of this highly...

William Hsieh, Sai Kuppili, Shishir Ravipati, Elena Kim, and Joanna Fan participated in the National Science Bowl at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in La Cañada Flintridge, California. The team placed 13 out of 24 teams and had the opportunity to meet people working at JPL.

The Science Bowl: Cooperate to Compete

Manan Mendiratta, Contributing Writer
February 15, 2019

Science Bowl, an extremely selective club co-led by sophomore Joanna Fan and junior William Hsieh, pushed its limits to train and compete at one of the most prestigious Science Bowl competitions in the...

During the Science Fair, Aamina shows her project to the audience. She explains how her project breaks down the image of a brain tumor into parts that are easy to read.

Freshman Wins First Place at IUSD Science Fair

Chloe Ma and Maya Sabbaghian
April 11, 2018

Standing beside a display of extensive scientific research, freshman Aamina Khaleel won first place in the Irvine Unified School District science fair with her project called  “The Detection of Brain...

Sabreen studies for her AP Physics 1 class in the Student Union, working hard to maintain her demanding workload. In her free time, she also manages a Scratch program intended for third and sixth graders at Ardent Academy.

Finding the Root of Freshman Sabreen Alam’s STEM Skills

Julia Kim and Tiffany Wu
November 9, 2018

Within the horde of frantic juniors cramming for upcoming tests in office hours sits doe-eyed and fresh-faced freshman Sabreen Alam. She carries a passion for the field of Science, Technology, Engineering...

Staff Editorial: Cutting Out Club Redundancy

Staff Editorial: Cutting Out Club Redundancy

October 12, 2018

Whether students are searching for volunteer opportunities in Key Club, progressing toward a competition with Science Olympiad or simply having fun with indoor soccer, clubs are an essential aspect of...

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