Portola Pilot

Road Safety Concerns on Campus Pile Up

Road Safety Concerns on Campus Pile Up

Akshay Raj and Manan Mendiratta

December 5, 2019

As a result of the increase of new student drivers on campus this school year, the risk of hit-and-runs, car accidents and other incidents have raised numerous concerns regarding student transportation safety. Of these concerns, issues such as traffic safety, potential theft and abuse of provisional ...

Cigarettes and Vapes go Up in Smoke in Irvine

Cigarettes and Vapes go Up in Smoke in Irvine

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

December 4, 2019

Irvine will implement a ban on smoking in all areas of Irvine except for single-unit private residence areas starting Dec. 12. Councilwoman Farrah Khan and Mayor Pro Tempore Anthony Kuo proposed the ordinance to the city council after Irvine received a rating of “F” from the American Lung Associat...

Hope Squad Brings Peer Support to Campus

Hope Squad Brings Peer Support to Campus

Bia Shok and Claudia Lin

December 3, 2019

In Janurary, the counseling department is expected to launch Portola’s first Hope Squad, a peer-led suicide prevention program equpping students with the skills to recognize and support others experiencing mental health issues. Throughout November, potential members will undergo an interview proce...

Rabbi Stephen Einstein Commences Religion Lecture Series

Rabbi Stephen Einstein Commences Religion Lecture Series

Ki Joon Lee and Junhee Ryu

December 2, 2019

Students of the Religion and Society class taught by social studies department chair Jon Resendez listened to Rabbi Stephen Einstein lecture about the fundamental principles of Judaism and answer questions about his religion on Nov. 21 in Resendez’s classroom. The period-long lecture was the first part of a...

IUSD Plans to Update Academic Honesty Policy

IUSD Plans to Update Academic Honesty Policy

Akshay Raj and Helena Hu

December 2, 2019

Forty-six years since establishment, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is working on revising its policy on academic honesty for the 2020-21 school year. Executive director of secondary education Keith Tuominen is leading the committee of teachers, administrators and district board members that...

California Fires Plague Residents

California Fires Plague Residents

Nicholas Hung and Simrat Singh

November 26, 2019

This year’s wildfire season has produced some of the largest and most destructive fires the state has seen yet, with over 6,000 individual fires ignited in 2019, burning over 190,000 acres and destroying over 700 structures. Over the past several years, California’s fire seasons have continuously ...

Record Number of Portola High Students Will Perform in Irvine Talks for an Evening of ‘Movement’

Record Number of Portola High Students Will Perform in Irvine Talks for an Evening of ‘Movement’

Maya Sabbaghian and Kate Hayashi

November 21, 2019

Irvine Talks board has entered the final stages of preparation for its third annual event with a record number of performers from Portola High, including juniors Kailyn Pham and Eric Hao and seniors Dheitshaa Bala and Jude Chau.  Through the audition process, the board found a set of fifteen performances th...

Online Movement Nears Goal to Plant 20 Million Trees

Online Movement Nears Goal to Plant 20 Million Trees

Nicholas Hung, Business Team

November 19, 2019

A trending movement spearheaded by YouTube creators to plant 20 million trees by Jan. 1, 2020 launched on Oct. 25 and has amassed support from millions of donors, raising over $15,674,058 as of Nov. 19, according to teamtrees.org.  Known online as teamtrees and backed by the Arbor Day Foundation...

Passion Day Planning Committee Recruits Student Voices

Passion Day Planning Committee Recruits Student Voices

Claudia Lin, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Every year, staff members have been tasked with the responsibility for planning the annual Passion Day event, but in order to address crucial issues regarding student involvement, staff members turned to amplify student voices, assembling a new Passion Day planning committee. “As the school has gotten larger, this is ...

John Wayne Airport Could Be Renamed

John Wayne Airport Could Be Renamed

Aaron Sha, Features Editor

November 7, 2019

John Wayne Airport (SNA), the commercial service airport named after Western film legend John Wayne, may not be able to remain under the same name due to multiple petitions and media outlets advocating for the Orange County airport to be renamed on account of the rediscovery of the late actor’s racist an...

AirPods Pro Set the Tempo with New Wireless Earbuds

AirPods Pro Set the Tempo with New Wireless Earbuds

William Hsieh, Front Page Editor

November 6, 2019

Apple announced the new AirPods Pro via a press release Oct. 28. The main changes from the second-generation AirPods are the upgraded audio quality and the introduction of noise-cancellation. AirPods Pro costs $249, so it competes with other high-end earbuds such as the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Audio qu...

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