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Like many other clubs, the newly added Scientia Club had to adapt its interactive activities to be virtual and hosted weekly Zoom meetings during which club members collaborated to create their first magazine issue, pictured above.

Scientia Journal Club Explores Fusion of Science and Writing

Sidra Asif and Naila Talib
May 12, 2021

The Scientia Journal staff embraces a special merging of scientific research, words, design and graphics. The group of students have collaborated and dedicated their time weekly over the past school year...

Seniors passions have led them to a variety of colleges and universities — some across the country and others right at home.

Seniors Make Major Decisions for Future Success

Ava Caleca and Justin Tang
May 7, 2021

As the 2020-21 school year draws to a close, seniors are making plans to pursue their passions in a multitude of colleges. With hundreds of majors to choose from, settling on a single field of study for...

Moon works on uploading listings of his newest items, packs of collectible basketball cards, onto his computer. Each sale involves careful research and calculation of the market value, consumer demand and potential profit margin of the product, which Moon has perfected over the past two years.

Student Small Businesses: eCommerce Company Takes Senior to the Moon

Jenny Won, Opinion Editor
May 6, 2021

As you scroll through listings on eBay or Amazon, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of items to choose from. But if you look carefully enough, there is a chance you will stumble upon an item sold by...

While the specifics of next year’s in-person learning model remain unclear, it is likely to be closer to traditional school, as pictured above.

Deadline to Choose Irvine Virtual Academy or Traditional Model is May 5

Kate Hayashi and Aryan Mittal
May 5, 2021

Students have the opportunity to select between Irvine Virtual Academy and the traditional learning model for the upcoming school year; the deadline to make any adjustments to the decision is May 5. Here’s...

The effects of climate change will become irreversible by 2030 unless drastic measures are taken to protect the planet, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “I feel like every day should be Earth Day. It’s important to recognize just how precious the planet that we live on is,” science teacher Michael Tang said. “There’s nothing like it. As of now, we don’t know of any planet that’s habitable like ours, and so its very important for us to learn and to remember that we need to be good stewards of the Earth.”

Students and Staff Plant Awareness to Celebrate Earth Day

Emma Haag and Lauren Hsu
May 5, 2021

From the rapidly-worsening air quality in major cities to recent Silverado fires in Orange County, people across the globe have been impacted by the devastating effects of climate change. But on April...

April 2021: Volume 5 Issue 4

April 2021: Volume 5 Issue 4

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Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Grace Baek and Ryan Jung
April 16, 2021

With the national student loan debt reaching an all-time high of $1.7 trillion in 2020, prospective college students must find ways to cut costs of room and board, tuition and other education-related expenses.  “Especially...

S1 Episode 04: Musical Milestones: “What Does Music Mean to You?”

Ryne Dunman and Ryan Jung
April 13, 2021

  The Portola Pioneer is the official news and culture podcast of the Portola Pilot, aiming to foster a sense of community and provide a unique storytelling medium to its listeners. In the episode,...

 Junior Havanna Eleyadath natively speaks Malayalam, independently studies Egyptian, Icelandic, Gaelic, Welsh and Latin and is taking Spanish III this school year.

This Student Can Translate Hieroglyphics. And Speak Six Languages.

Ryne Dunman, Naila Talib, and Celine Lee
April 9, 2021

A pile of misaligned papers sits cluttered on the edge of a desk. From far away, it looks like nothing more than handwritten school notes. But at a closer glance, every blank space of the notebook...

At a James Madison Memorial Meeting, social studies department chair Jon Resendez speaks with the fellowship’s Board of Trustees. Resendez offers his thoughts about Constitutional teaching in American schools and discusses the possibilities of a new Constitutional Convention for the organization.

For Passion Civics Teacher, a 200-Year-Old Document Is the Key to Nuancing Today’s Politics

Ryan Jung and Krisha Konchadi
April 7, 2021

As a Passion Civics teacher who holds the mantle of educating the next generation of citizens, social studies department chair Jon Resendez must wrestle with the Constitution daily. To supplement his efforts...

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