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Portola Pilot

The student news site of Portola High School

Portola Pilot

England’s cricket team celebrates joyously as they win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final against Pakistan at Melbourne Stadium on Nov. 17.

England Bats Their Way to ‘Six’ess in the T20 Cricket Final

Maitri Allani and Claire Chan
November 30, 2022

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup held its match finals on Nov. 17 at Melbourne Ground. In their entrance to the T20 finals, England defeated India in the semifinals by a landslide of 10 wickets. “Since...

Mock trial visited Santa Anas Central Justice Center on Nov. 2, 9, 14 and 16 for the first four rounds of the competition. “With mock trial, youre going to a real courthouse. Youre talking to a real judge. Its insane,” senior Amelia Luong said.

Mock Trial Qualifies For Play-offs, Making it to Top 16 in the County

Jana Malek, Staff Writer
November 30, 2022

Mock trial will advance to the county-level playoffs on Nov. 30 for the second year in a row after defeating  Tarbut V'Torah K-12 on Nov. 16 in the fourth round of the "People v. Franks" case. The trial...

Junior girls’ basketball player Kira Watanabe aims to shoot for the basket, as the Tillers attempt to block her from making the hoop, while sophomore Nanami Jackson and junior Kalynne Abraham Mendez try to help.

Girls’ Basketball ‘Shoots’ Ahead Against Tustin at the Start of the Winter Season

Maitri Allani and Claire Chan
November 29, 2022

Girl’s basketball started its season strong, winning 81-19 against Tustin High on Nov. 15 in the gym. Their next game is on Dec. 8 against Anaheim in Portola's gym.  “I think going down the stretch...

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has grossed global sales of $331 million with the first day of its release, making it the seventh largest blockbuster movie from Marvel Studios, according to CBS News. Its new and unique heroine brings a fresh aspect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and represents a great victory in the film-making industry for women.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ ‘Claws’ Its Way into Viewers’ Hearts

Hannah Ko, Staff Writer
November 21, 2022

Marvel Studios released “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on Nov. 11, once again using its wide-scale influence to create a masterpiece. The film is unlike many previous Marvel movies as it diverges...

President and junior Injila Adil helps members during a workshop on coding with consideration of syntax. “Its my first year doing this club, and so far I think its a great experience,”  sophomore Shriya Ravipati said. “I dont know coding that well, so the others are helping me learn. I feel like coding is just a good skill to have.”

Girls Who Code Club Get in the ‘Algo-rhythm’ of Inspiring and Teaching

Sidra Asif, Backpage Editor
November 18, 2022

Discussions and instructions of coding principles can be heard among an orchestra of clacking keyboards in room 802. The center of it all? The Girls Who Code club.  The Girls Who Code club is a...

A careless student riding his e-bike streaks past the speed limit. The uncontrollable speed causes him to fall hard on the ground, unmoving.

E-Bikes Race Over the Speed Limit of School Safety

Elise Ngo and Aditi Salunkhe
November 17, 2022

Junior Ethan Chan was riding his bike to school when he heard the dreaded, whirring buzz of an electric bike behind him. The rider swerved around him, startling him so much that he was knocked off his...

Although listening to music while studying is popular among many students, others may be able to achieve success better through natural sounds such as those presented through “white noise.”

Ranking The Best Study Music Genres For Upcoming Finals Season

Arnav Chandan, Sports Editor
November 16, 2022

With finals season just around the corner, students are beginning to resort to all-nighters and weekend-long cram sessions in an attempt to ace their exams (I’m looking at you, juniors). Listening to...

Utility player and sophomore Ryder Tonkovich prepares to score in a league game against Northwood. The majority of varsity players such as goalie and team captain Grant Kramer are seniors, which motivates the team to work harder. “My mindset is that because I’m a senior, it could be any game or any practice could be our last practice,” Kramer said. “Because if you lose, you’re done.”

(Photo Courtesy of Grant Kramer)

Boys’ Water Polo Makes Bulldog History as League Champions and CIF Runner-up

Mia Jong and Sonia Wang
November 15, 2022

A barrage of synchronized arms glide through the water as they kick up a wake of bubbles. An arm waits, cocked and loaded, wrestling a player on the right and preparing for the perfect opening. Blur. Splash....

Polly Benish (junior Kody Lin), Henry Benish (junior Jason Wu Chen), Violet Imbry (junior Niki Abbaszadeh) and Billy Carewe (junior David Sloan) watch in astonishment as they witness Dr. Rex Forbes (junior Ethan Chan) faint from the curse of the Darjeeling Diamond necklace, crumpling to the ground.

Advanced Theater ‘Plays On’ in Fall Show

Elise Ngo and Gwyneth Yung
November 9, 2022

As the lights dim and the set grows quiet, the audience tenses with anticipation, eager for the talented students to bring the play to life before their eyes. From witty humor to romantic betrayal,...

Media platforms such as Netflix and Hulu often weaponize and manipulate the trauma of real people for financial gain, failing to provide accurate consideration for these real people’s lives. “I feel like it is impossible to only want to inform. You need people who finance these shows and documentaries, and they want to see certain things,” science teacher Michael Tang said. “I don’t think we can ever achieve objectivity or completely good intentions. It’s so tied to money; it’s so tied to fame.”

Trauma Voyeurism: An Unethical Means of Gaining ‘Clicks’ in the Modern Age

Hannah Ko and Tara Vatandoust
November 7, 2022

Viral content is a cornerstone of modern media — shocking, dramatic and scandalous news gains millions of views, regardless of whether it contains the entire truth. Many projects present allegedly true...

All fourteen teachers in the math department, styled as Mario Kart characters, drive themselves to a second consecutive victory in the costume contest after last year’s success. The Halloween costume contest is an important competition for the math department and takes many months to plan, according to math teacher Shelley Godett. “We started talking about it the first week of school,” Godett said. “Because everyone wants dibs on a good costume.”

Staff Goes All Out for the Annual Department Costume Contest

Hannah Ko and Elise Ngo
November 4, 2022

From Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” album cover to “Among Us” characters, the teachers of Portola High are famous for their annual costume contest. Each department presents a unified theme...

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