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Portola Pilot

The student news site of Portola High School

Portola Pilot

The student news site of Portola High School

Portola Pilot

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PSAT Testing: Tips And Tricks

Ali Elmalky, Staff Writer
October 12, 2017

As the education system has grown, so has a topic students have grown to loathe: standardized tests. Students dread the days they have to sit, bubble in answers on a scantron and wring their hands until...

Sugita, Kim, Chung and Tabayoyong sport their tacky-tourist-themed outfits on the first day of Spirit Week.

Get to Know your Freshmen Vice Presidents

Maya Sabbaghian
October 4, 2017

Freshmen elected their house vice presidents after watching a series of speeches in advisement on Sept. 12. The following candidates were elected: Orion Vice President: Allyson Tabayoyong Pegasus...

What are you going to be doing over Spring Break?

What are you going to be doing over Spring Break?

March 29, 2017

We asked students across campus what they were going to be doing over Spring Break. Here are some of the responses:   

Special education department chair Desiree Shaffer teaches her students during advisement.

Uniting Special and General Education Outside the Classroom

Julia Kim and Dylan Gates
March 16, 2017

The special education buddy system club will launch next year with leadership roles filled by April. The club provides general education students a chance to interact with special education students....

ASB president Antony Lu signs a social contract with his thumbprint dipped in orange paint, promising to never get in an abusive relationship.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Maya Sabbaghian, Features Editor
March 14, 2017

About 1.5 million high school students nationwide confess to having been a victim of intentional harm caused by their partner, according to In order to bring awareness of and prevent...

 Freshman Kaylee Seo pins a boutonniere on her formal date, Bryan Choi.

Students Shoot for the Stars at Hollywood-Themed Winter Formal

Annie Qiao and Stephanie Zhang
March 9, 2017

ASB hosted the Hollywood-themed inaugural winter formal on Mar. 4. Students gathered at the Discovery Science Center and danced in the newly-opened ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m. “When [ASB] was choosing...

Anthony Lu dresses up for spirit week.

Get To Know Your President

Farhad Taraporevala, Co-News Editor
February 14, 2017

Have you met the President? Well, Anthony Lu, the head of ASB, is a funny and spirited guy. He participates in countless after-school activities and has a summer job at Camp Emerald Bay. “I am hoping...

George Mares laughs with student Allison Shi during break.

Campus Control and Calligraphy-Capable: George Mares

Dylan Gates and Annie Qiao
February 7, 2017

Campus control assistant George Mares is recognized by students as a senior-like figure on campus. Many students look up to him for his joking personality and capability as a wrestling coach. He is also...

Students gather around chess boards at lunch to play chess with their friends.


Dylan Vanek, Opinions Editor
February 2, 2017

The chess club is up and running, and many students are excited about the new way that they can compete and have fun with their friends. Considering that many students have been showing great interest...

Key Club holds a member meeting after passing out the Clubs shirts.

The Key to Community Service

Priscilla Baek, Co-Editor-in-Chief
December 9, 2016

Key Club offers students a plethora of services and opportunities to gain at least 25 hours of community service. “The purpose of the Key Club is to volunteer and help others in the community. By...

Students gather for a night of dancing and celebration.

Not Homecoming, Forthcoming

Ajinkya Rane and Bryan Choi
November 17, 2016

Students gathered in the student union for the inaugural Forthcoming dance on Oct. 1, planned by ASB Director Sarah Dean. ASB sold tickets during Spirit Week leading up to Forthcoming. Many students...

Freshman Piper Porter checked out the first book from the Learning Commons.

The Commons is Calling

Dylan Vanek, Opinion Editor
October 11, 2016

With about a month of school already finished, many students have increased their use of the Learning Commons as they realize how to utilize this space for each of their individual academic needs. The...

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