Portola Pilot

S1 Episode 05: Cultural Touchstones: How Do You Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage?

Cara Chan, Celine Lee, and Nate Taylor
June 2, 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. For...

Senior Ashley Presnell currently plays attacking positions on the field. Starting as a midfielder her sophomore year, she built her skills over her junior and senior years to be well-suited for the position. “As someone who plays on attack, I wasn’t a high-scoring player in previous years, so for me, my personal battle was taking more shots on goal, and that’s something that I’ve worked towards improving all four years and I finally feel confident about it this year,” Presnell said.

Senior Ashley Presnell Sticks to the Sport She Loves

Claudia Lin and Bia Shok
June 1, 2021

With sturdy goggles masking her face, senior Ashley Presnell clutches her lacrosse stick as she sprints across the field, cradling the ball and weaving her way through the opposition’s defense players....

At John Wayne airport, sophomore Klara Parang stands next to the 2001 Challenger 605 after successfully navigating her first solo take-off on the runway.

The Portola Pilots: Sibling Duo Soars The Sky

Arshia Sista, Contributing Writer
June 1, 2021

Sophomore Klara Parang sees life from a breathtaking perspective.  Not many 16-year-olds are out flying planes or controlling the sky, yet Parang is one teenager who was lucky enough to experience...

“Prom?”: Seniors Find the One for Their Last Dance

“Prom?”: Seniors Find the One for Their Last Dance

Kate Hayashi and Ariana Wu
May 28, 2021

One of the most iconic symbols of high school is the practice of asking out a date to prom, or “promposal.” As the prom on May 29 rapidly approaches, Instagram feeds have become saturated with creative...

In adolescence, Michelle Zauner often clashed with her mother over nearly everything: clothes, studies, hair. The only common ground between them was their love for Korean food, ingredients that can be found in H Mart, a Korean-American supermarket chain. “Crying in H Mart” is dedicated to Zauner’s relationship with her mother.

Author Michelle Zauner Cries in H Mart: A Uniquely Korean Remembrance of Her Mother

Erin Choi, Managing Editor
May 27, 2021

In life, Michelle Zauner’s mother, Chongmi, would show love by remembering.  At her dinner table, crowded with banchan side dishes, she would silently observe which ones you didn’t touch, which...

How to Get a Work Permit

How to Get a Work Permit

Dheeksha Bhima Reddy and Ryan Jung
May 25, 2021

  More individuals ages 16-24 look for work during the summer than any other season, according to historical trends in nationwide employment data. To secure employment, students must first obtain...

After winning their league titles, junior AJ Moore and sophomore Bella Chhiv posed in front of the net at Heritage Park with their head coach, Natasha Schottland. While league finals are typically held over the span of two days, Moore and Chhiv played on a compressed schedule, winning in their respective brackets on May 10.

Bulldogs Clinch Pacific Coast League Titles in Singles Tennis

Ryan Jung, Staff Writer
May 24, 2021

Junior AJ Moore and sophomore Bella Chhiv won titles for singles league champion on May 10, securing their spots to represent Portola High at the CIF Southern Section singles tournaments from June 9-17. Chhiv...

Senior Allison Kramer swims the breaststroke at a summer Irvine Swim League meet in 2019.

Senior Allison Kramer Takes Cleats and Goggles with Her in College Commitment

Ryan Jung and Justin Tang
May 24, 2021

With the immense time commitment that each high school sport requires, taking on two sports over the course of one school year is a daunting achievement that sets athletes’ dedication and drive apart....

Special education students and staff members dress up for the Hawaii CBI event by wearing leis and hawaiian shirts. During the CBI activity, they answer like, “What would you eat in Hawaii?”

Special Education Travels the World with Community Based Instruction

Grace Baek and
May 21, 2021

Windowless walls, desks 6-feet apart and a presentation projected on the whiteboard may appear like a typical classroom, but not for Room 703 if you look closer. Whether it is Nintendo World in Osaka or...

Alumnus and UCSD freshman Farhad Taraporevala lays down meat on the grill, one of the most important roles to ensure that each bowl or burrito has the authentic Chipotle taste. As the most experienced worker of the trio, Taraporevala introduced his former bandmates to work at the Woodbury Town Center Chipotle.

Iconic Trio Goes from Trumpet Lovers to Master Meat Handlers

Bia Shok and Jenny Won
May 20, 2021

The vibrant colors of fresh vegetables, the sounds of sizzling meat and the scent of Mexican spices accompanied with sour cilantro immediately catch our attention upon entering Chipotle Mexican Grill.  At...

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