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Miley Cyrus released her eighth studio album, ‘Endless Summer Vacation’ on March 10. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 103,000 equivalent album units, according to Billboard.

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Endless Summer Vacation’ Sounds Like an ‘Island’ Paradise

Maitri Allani, Photo Editor
March 24, 2023

Summer cannot come quickly enough. Miley Cyrus released her eighth album, “Endless Summer Vacation,” on March 10, preceded by her first song to reach number 1 on the Billboard, “Flowers” in nine...

Senior Adna Parva worked with her family to create this Haftsin from scratch by obtaining all of the necessary materials. Parva’s family likes to employ a theme for their Haftsin each year, with white and gold being the preferred color scheme this time around, according to Parva.

Nowruz Celebrations Connect Persian Students to Culture in a Historic Year for Iranians

Tara Vatandoust and Parmin Zamani
March 23, 2023

Many cultures celebrate their new years in the wintertime, following lunar-based or Gregorian calendars. But one culture’s annual festivities align with the first day of spring: the Persian New Year. Persian...

Muslim Student Association co-vice president and sophomore Shifa Harsolia and MSA board member Eshal Khoso led a club meeting on March 21 in room 602 to discuss potential locations to host an iftar, a gathering where Muslims break their fast together. The iftar will take place on April 4, alongside nearby MSAs at Beckman, Irvine and Northwood high schools.

Ramadan: A Month of Detoxification for Muslims

Jana Malek, Staff Writer
March 22, 2023

For Muslims worldwide, the appearance of the bright crescent moon amid the starry dark sky marks the beginning of a month of improvement and discipline: the month of Ramadan. Expected to begin on March...

Juniors Jasmine Davis and Haniya Hassan and senior Jana Malek celebrate their win on qualifying for the International conference with their project about pure water filtration in Pakistan.

Virtual Enterprise and Empowering Entrepreneurship Compete at State Career Development Conference

Aditi Salunkhe and Arshia Sista
March 20, 2023

Seniors Jana Malek, Jenny Zhang, Yan Dong and juniors Jasmine Davis and Haniya Hassan from Virtual Enterprise and Empowering Entrepreneurship qualified for the International Career Development Conference...

Student resource officer Melissa Porter watches as students during Office Hours attend an informational meeting held by the Irvine Police Department to learn about e-vehicle rules and safety. Sophomore Justin Hwang said that the information was mostly a reminder of established rules. “Most of these rules are common sense, but I get why they would give us a review,” Hwang said. “I’ve seen a lot of students riding without helmets and double-riding.”

Administration Implements New E-Vehicle Registration System

Sonia Wang, Staff Writer
March 17, 2023

Students will have the following two weeks from March 13 to register their e-bike, e-scooter or e-skateboard by completing a form after attending an Office Hours meeting held on March 9 or 16 taught by...

Chess tournaments are competitive and demand a high level of physical strength from the player as they can last upwards of nine hours. Chess should be categorized as a sport due to its intensity and the stamina players must have.

Settling the Debate: Chess Should Be Considered a Legitimate Sport

Aditi Salunkhe, Staff Writer
March 17, 2023

Several of society’s debates are destined to continue forever. Among these is the controversial debate of whether or not chess should be categorized as a sport. Chess is undoubtedly a sport as it requires...

Middle attacker and senior Jacob Lee reaches to spike the ball, while a Sage Hill player leaps up to block the incoming hit. The Bulldogs took a more aggressive approach during the third set after the narrow win in the second set.

Boys’ Volleyball Shuts out Sage Hill in First League Match

Elise Ngo
March 16, 2023

Boys’ volleyball (7-10) won its league game 3-0 against Sage Hill High on March 7 in the gym. The Bulldogs will compete in a tournament on March 17-18, facing La Mirada High for the first round at...

Junior Terry You speedruns a level of “Plants vs Zombies” with the aid of his notes that he took on speedrunning from watching YouTube tutorials. “Since a child, like really young, Im really interested in computer and especially in gaming,” You said. “But the thing is, I dont really play team fighting games because I feel like you rely on your team too much. I like to explore on my own, and especially in speedrun, you are learning about how each game is programmed.”

The Rise of a ‘Plants vs. Zombies’ Prodigy: Junior Terry You Speedruns His Way to the Top

Mia Jong, Celine Lee, and Annette Van Wyk
March 15, 2023

After we curiously ask junior Terry You about how he mastered the game of “Plants vs Zombies,” he eagerly pulls out his laptop and opens a mysterious Google Doc file. As we lean over to get a closer...

Here Are Your 2023-24 ASB Election Convention Candidates

Here Are Your 2023-24 ASB Election Convention Candidates

Celine Lee
March 14, 2023

  ASB president  Arjit Singh    ASB vice president Alex Lingerfelt Michael Shen   Girls’ athletic commissioner Arden Sundaram Lily Nesland   Spirit...

S3 Episode 05: Invest Your 97 Cents in a Notebook and Profit From Self-Growth

S3 Episode 05: Invest Your 97 Cents in a Notebook and Profit From Self-Growth

Celine Lee, Co-Editor-in-Chief
March 13, 2023

In this episode of the Portola Pioneer, host, co-editor-in-chief and senior Celine Lee explains how a 97-cent investment in a notebook can lead to an endless journey of self-growth, self-exploration...

Senior David Kim, alumna Abby Kwon, social studies department chair Jon Resendez, and alumni Amar Malik and Anne Wu gather at the Department of Education in Sacramento on March 10, 2022.

Senior David Kim Leads Policy-Influencing Student Advocates to Sacramento

Sidra Asif, Back Page Editor
March 7, 2023

After being the ASB freshman representative during his freshman year, senior David Kim went on to be ASB vice president during junior year and is currently ASB president. Kim will continue his legacy of...

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