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Students nominated homecoming nominees through a Google Form, in which the student body voted and three nominees from each grade level made it to the finals. Freshmen Josiah Lee, Taisho Shiono and Makena Wong; sophomores Arshia Sista, David Kim and Nathan Ji; juniors Cece Mou, Megan Sha and Celine Aoki; and seniors Zach Smay, Jun Kim and Shishir Ravipati were the homecoming finalists.

Introducing the 2021 Homecoming Royalty

Cara Chan, Business Team
February 16, 2021

While the traditional homecoming dance and game were not able to be held due to COVID-19, Portola High still awarded homecoming royalty on Feb. 4 and 5 to continue tradition, according to ASB adviser Sarah...

Junior and Mock Trial defendant Megan Sha prepares to perform throughout the first rounds of the competition.

Mock Trial Team is Ready for Action

Michelle Kim and Celine Lee
February 11, 2021

Mock Trial team members see their efforts from summer 2020 to now come together with virtual competitions held Feb. 2-11. The persistence and commitment of each member amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the...

In order to reduce cases, students must follow state and county guidelines while following safety procedures on-campus. Wearing a mask in public places and avoiding crowded areas while maintaining a six feet distance from others is essential.

COVID-19 Dashboard Serves as Accurate Communicator to Irvine Community Members

Aryan Mittal and Bia Shok
February 10, 2021

Irvine Unified School District’s COVID-19 dashboard has been updated accurately since its launch in October 2020 to its most recent update on Feb. 9. The dashboard’s purpose is to transparently communicate...

Founder and senior Kathryn Mann, pictured in the Off-White Cardigan Top, self-models for Blue Bears instagram @_bluebearapparel.

Student Small Businesses: Blue Bear Apparel, Made to Make You Feel Good

Charlotte Cao and Jaein Kim
February 8, 2021

Founder and senior Kathryn Mann’s business began in her Advanced Technical Theater class when drama teacher Samantha Sanford gave students a month to work on a project that would build upon their artistic...

Portola Pilot Staff Reflects on 2020

Ryne Dunman, Staff Writer
February 8, 2021

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Turning to a New Page: What will 2021 Bring?

Turning to a New Page: What will 2021 Bring?

Jaein Kim and Bia Shok
February 4, 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 this episode,...

Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for distribution, many myths are circulating about what vaccine, some  are going as far as to say that the COVID-19 vaccine could cause potential harm. In a world devastated by the pandemic, what information is accurate?

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Debunked

Sidra Asif, Staff Writer
February 3, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency vaccine distribution on Dec. 11, 2020. As of Feb. 1, 26.5 million Americans have received one or both doses of the current vaccines,...

Pictured in September 2010, Madeline and her husband Jason Greenwood eat sundubu-jjigae at her favorite restaurant in Wonju, South Korea. Greenwood keeps in touch with some of her Korean co-workers and students she worked with while she was an ESL teacher at a middle school. “Im Facebook friends with some of the students that were 13 when I taught them,” Greenwood said. “Its almost ten years ago now, and they’re 23, and they graduated college. It’s so fun to see them.”

Teachers who Lived Abroad: Madeline Greenwood’s Journey Travelling, Learning and Teaching in Italy and Korea

Celine Lee and Dheeksha Bhima Reddy
February 3, 2021

Whether she was surrounded by the medieval brick buildings and gothic 14th-century architecture of Italy or the modern skyscrapers and high-tech lifestyle of South Korea, literary and language arts teacher...

Alex and Ethan Zhang are in charge of the stock trading sect within the Finance and Stock Trading Club. Activities center around discussion of stock trading and new trends in the market.

Ethan and Alex Zhang Indulge in Stock Trading

Erin Choi, Managing Editor
February 1, 2021

Ethan and Alex huddle around a computer monitor, calculators and pencils in hand. A green graph is projected on screen, but it isn’t for math class: they’re actually tracking recent spikes in Gamestop’s...

 One of Youth Action Team’s first at-home projects was an online summer volunteer camp that allowed YAT members to hear from other non-profits like Big Brother Big Sister and Hearts2Heroes and to assist them with other projects, like making care packages.

Student Volunteers Lend a Helping Hand from Home

Clara Ferreira Lopes and Zara Shirwany
January 29, 2021

In the ongoing pandemic, traditional volunteering seems inaccessible with the implementation of social distancing. Several programs at Portola High have adjusted to fit the need for virtual volunteer opportunities. One...

Juniors Christopher Stocks, Anne Wu, Michelle Choi and Arun Malani met with Irvine Unified School District Trustee Cyril Yu to discuss their concerns about the safety of hybrid learning amid the pandemic.

Students Behind @iusdstudentstrike Find Their Voices

Ryan Jung, Staff Writer
January 26, 2021

Irvine Unified’s official Instagram account (@irvine_unified) posted a reminder regarding students’ return to school from winter break on Jan. 2. The post sparked considerable controversy, with more...

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