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Sophomore Prisha Rapur shifts her weight to her left leg as she extends and rotates her arm to deliver a forehand groundstroke across the court.

Girls’ Tennis Wraps Up Pre-Season

Jaein Kim, Director of Photography
March 5, 2021

Girls’ tennis (1-3-0) lost 4-14 against Santa Margarita High at Portola High on Feb. 26. Three out of the four wins were made by junior and team captain Saachi Pavani and sophomore Prisha Rapur’s...

AP U.S. History teacher Wind Ralston prepares his students for their online AP exam by practicing analyzing a political cartoon. AP U.S. History is one of the classes that includes all units from the curriculum and will not exclude any units due to the pandemic.

Portola High Selects 2nd Testing Window for Upcoming AP Exams

Emma Haag
March 4, 2021

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses will participate in the second test administration window from May 18-28, according to assistant principal Amy Paulsen in an announcement on Feb. 22. The...

Student Small Businesses: Senior’s Dreams Are No Longer a Delusion Through Clothing Brand Delusional Matter

Student Small Businesses: Senior’s Dreams Are No Longer a Delusion Through Clothing Brand Delusional Matter

Kayla Moshayedi and Ariana Wu
March 1, 2021

As the time on the screen changes from 1:59 to 2:00 p.m., senior Youssef Yassin’s new website, delusionalmatter.com, makes its Feb. 22 online debut, releasing neutral colored sweatshirts and modern...

Club member and freshman Alexander Epps often practices signing to 
co-president and junior Julianna Epps in one-to-one conversations. Together, they work on basics by asking and answering questions in sign language like, “Do you have a sister?”

American Sign Language Club Motions for Inclusivity

Claudia Lin, Co-News Editor
February 26, 2021

Delicate fingers move swiftly across the body, each one switching through varying hand motions. Co-presidents and juniors Elyse Dudley and Julianna Epps briskly pull the palm of their hands up to the rim...

Activism is a marathon; make sure to watch your step.

Staff Editorial: Putting Action into Student Activism

The Editorial Board
February 25, 2021

From student walkouts over gun safety to protests advocating for racial justice in schools, students have long used activism to confront flaws within academic institutions. According to the Educational...

The James A. Musick Facility in Irvine was affected by the court’s order to release incarcerated people accused of low-level crimes. The order was a part of a larger effort to combat the jail outbreak of COVID-19 that spiked in January. The decline in cases came after several lengthy court hearings to urge releases. Several public activists as well as the judge involved with the case recently spoke out against Sheriff Don Barnes’ noncompliance with the order.

Sheriff’s Initial Response to COVID-19 Jail Outbreak Sparks Backlash

Nate Taylor
February 24, 2021

Over the past month, the initial 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19 within jails dropped down to 13 positives with about 27 pending tests, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Despite the...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Donald Trump, two of the most prominent politicians who have been idolized, regularly used social media sites like Twitter to communicate with their constituents, according to the Washington Post. These interactions lend themselves to the creation of online personas that attract Americans.

American Politicians should not be American Idols

Charlotte Cao and Claudia Lin
February 23, 2021

Scrolling through social media, it is not difficult to find video compilations of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing “Among Us” with famous Twitch streamers or memes featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders....

According to sophomore Ellie Lian, “I, Too” by Langston Hughes introduced her to the Black artistic world of the early 1900s, supplementing her study of “Their Eyes Were Watching God” By Zora Neale Hurston.

American Literature Introduces Black Poets to Curriculum

Kate Hayashi and Aidan Jayakumar
February 23, 2021

American Literature teachers launched their Black poetry unit, which focuses on the Harlem Renaissance, last week in a push to incorporate more Black voices into the Eurocentric curriculum. While the literary...

For those on a gluten-free diet, this crispy breaded shrimp from China Moon Restaurant is an excellent choice. With a light, starchy breading over a flavorful mini salad, this shrimp dish is popular for good reason. Although China Moon Restaurant does not offer delivery options, it is well worth the trip for takeout considering the array of gluten-free options and the many precautions they take to avoid gluten contamination.

Quarantine-Style Lunar New Year Calls for Home-Style Restaurant Food

Cara Chan, Dheeksha Bhima Reddy, and Naila Talib
February 19, 2021

Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar. 2021 is the Year of the Ox.  This traditionally 15-day holiday is...

New Performance Group Brings Fresh Pop and Rock

Clara Ferreira Lopes and Haruka Noda
February 19, 2021

Contemporary and Pop Performance Ensemble is a new music elective class that focuses on rock and pop music. Music teacher Kyle Traska instructs this advanced, audition-based class with four members who...

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