Democratic Primaries Timeline

Democratic Primaries Timeline

Nate Taylor, Photo Editor

March 26, 2020

UCI Receives Over 70,000 In-State Applications

UCI Receives Over 70,000 In-State Applications

Maya Sabbaghian, Co-Managing Editor

March 26, 2020

University of California, Irvine received a record 72,391 in-state freshman applicants for the 2020 fall application season, making it the most popular UC campus for California applicants, according to the Los Angeles Times. This year marks a 38% increase in popularity since 2015, according to UCI Ne...

Engineering Class Added to Course Offerings

Engineering Class Added to Course Offerings

Ajinkya Rane and Shawyan Rooein

March 25, 2020

Anthony Pham has been working this entire year on developing an engineering design class focusing on technology, design and mechanics. He will pilot the course in the 2020-21 school year. The class will be an introduction to the engineering design process, design reports and career development, acc...

Virtual Spirit Week Series

Virtual Spirit Week Series

Julia Kim, Opinion Editor

March 23, 2020

Portola Makes Transition to Class System

Portola Makes Transition to Class System

Lauren Hsu and Bia Shok

March 23, 2020

Administration and ASB will shift the house system into a class system by electing class presidents and vice presidents for the 2020-21 school year. To create a more unified school atmosphere, the class structure will group students of the same grade level together, unlike the house structure, which grouped...

Gifting the Class of 2020 the Opportunity to Be Remembered

Gifting the Class of 2020 the Opportunity to Be Remembered

Ava Caleca and Helena Hu

March 19, 2020

With the first class of Portola High scheduled to graduate in a few months, ASB is currently planning a senior class gift. A Google Form linked at @portola.asb on Instagram allowed seniors to suggest potential ideas for what the class gift should be. The project is currently on hold due to IUSD’s c...

Development for a Covid-19 Vaccine Steadily Progresses

Charlotte Cao, Social Media and Marketing Team

March 18, 2020

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread, approximately 35 companies or academic organizations are attempting to create a vaccine, as reported by the Guardian. According to the Associated Press, the first clinical trial began on Monday; the vaccine was given to four individuals, and they will return...

Gallery: Spring Pep Rally

Gallery: Spring Pep Rally

Jordan Lee, Visuals Director

March 16, 2020

All Irvine Unified Schools to Tentatively Close Until April 6

All Irvine Unified Schools to Tentatively Close Until April 6

Jenny Won, Assistant A&E Editor

March 13, 2020

Irvine Unified superintendent Terry Walker announced in an email the closure of all public schools in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, effective March 16 with an expected end date of April 6. Following careful deliberation under guidance from the California Public Department of Health and...

IUSD Begins Emergency Distance Learning Preparations due to Coronavirus Concerns

IUSD Begins Emergency Distance Learning Preparations due to Coronavirus Concerns

Jenny Won, Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

March 12, 2020

UPDATE (03/13/20) 12:50 p.m.: President Trump declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national emergency earlier today. At 12:45 p.m. on March 13, the Orange County superintendent recommended the closure of all public schools. The Portola Pilot will continue to update on the situation as district officia...

Portola Pilot Secures Super Sweepstakes Award at Orange County Write-Offs

Portola Pilot Secures Super Sweepstakes Award at Orange County Write-Offs

Akshay Raj and Erin Choi

March 12, 2020

Twenty-three Portola Pilot journalists won 17 individual awards at the Orange County Write-Offs on Feb. 22 at Fullerton College. The publication won Best of Show for online news, Best of Show Division 2 for its print edition and the super sweepstakes award, marking the greatest of its achievements in...

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