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Arranging something as subjective as an album in a definitive list is borderline impossible. But there is one thing that music lovers seem to agree on, and Apple Music does not: “An album is a bit of everything,” sophomore Aditya Nair said. “The biggest thing you have to factor in is the impact the album had on people…This can’t be labeled the top 10 or 100 albums of all time.”

Does Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums Ranking “Skip” Too Many Great Ones?

Claire Liu, Staff Writer | June 7, 2024

Albums are the soundtrack to a generation, so it is no wonder that people cannot help but have elitist attitudes towards their favorites. Now, one streaming site is trying to end the debate. Apple Music...

Spider-Man, one of the most beloved superhero archetypes in Marvel Comics, has been brought to life in various adaptations. Read below to see which films truly did this character and his story justice.

Our ‘Spidey Senses’ Tell Us These Are the Best Spider-Man Films to Watch

Maya Tedini and Parmin Zamani | June 7, 2024

In light of the eight live-action Spider-Man films re-releasing in theaters between April and June to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Columbia Pictures, we have curated our picks for the top five adaptations...

Participants play a best-of-three game with a 60-card deck, and the winner moves on to the next round. Erlandsson said that he often uses Charizard in his strategy as a power card, being a well-rounded card that is effective against different Pokémon types.

Who is That Pokémon Pro? Neo Erlandsson Catches the Top Ranks

Olivia Ganes and Mia Jong | June 6, 2024

Gotta catch 'em all! For many, this iconic phrase from Pokémon cards is a staple of their childhood, but for junior Neo Erlandsson, it is a serious pursuit. With millions of players worldwide, Erlandsson...

Global Badminton Academy athlete and freshman Josh Xu lunges down to attack the shuttlecock at a tournament in Frisco, Texas on Jan 16. “I always want to do good in my tournaments and avoid falling down,” Xu said. “It’s really easy for a badminton player to fall down at some point. Sometimes when I lose, I become a little depressed, but I still try to be positive and go train.”

Freshman Josh Xu’s Badminton Journey is a ‘Smashing’ Success

Aditi Salunkhe and Alice Ahn | June 5, 2024

Whether it’s a sports game or a particular school subject, there is typically one activity that tops every student’s list as their absolute favorite. For Global Badminton Academy athlete and freshman...

Casting people of color in media is beneficial in providing representation and telling diverse stories, according to math teacher Jessica Torres. As a first-generation Mexican-American, she feels inspired by Hispanic influencers sharing their stories online and hopes to see future popular media reflect diverse experiences.

Swapping the Roles: Disney Should Continue Casting POC in Live-Action Remakes

Camille Clement and Catherine Li | June 4, 2024

A new trend in Disney’s filmmaking may cause beloved classic films to appear increasingly foreign to older generations. Instead of seeing familiar faces in the new live-action remakes of Disney’s older...

Mares demonstrates his lettering while patrolling the campus. “[Calligraphy] wasn’t like baseball or football,” Mares said. “I just liked it. It’s kind of just one of those things that you can relax with.”

Meet our Campus Control Calligraphy Connoisseur: George Mares

Mia Jong and Catherine Li | June 3, 2024

Whiteboards across campus have curly lines and feather-like strokes, culminating into elegantly shaped letters nestled neatly into their corners. However, these delicate strokes were not created by...

Many of head baseball coach Bryan Resnicks videos have received millions of views, being a platform to connect with people from different states. “I put out a video about how to hit a home run, and I just started seeing it getting shared and shared and shared and just snowballed,” Resnick said. “I’m really most proud of just being able to build something that people enjoy.”

Home Plate Humor: Baseball Coach Resnick Mixes Comedy and Content Creation

Mia Jong and Sonia Wang | May 30, 2024

Head baseball coach and PE teacher Bryan Resnick created his YouTube channel Domingo Ayala in 2009 as a casual hobby with friends in the dugout. Now, with over 223,000 subscribers and a total of 42 million...

S4 Episode 04: Turning Pages: Exploring Summer Reads with Three Portola High English Teachers

Tyler Kim, Catherine Li, and Claire Liu | May 29, 2024

As we approach the end of the school year, co-hosts Tyler Kim, Catherine Li and Claire Liu examine what books a few Portola High teachers will be reading over the summer.   Music credits: Piano...

Detective Roland (Jason Wu Chen) suffers a nervous breakdown after being thwarted by kleptomaniac Shalia (senior Sanika Nihalani) once again. In a Q&A after the play, Wu Chen said that he added an element of improvisation to the scene when he spontaneously hurled his cigar lighter into the airport wall.

Honors Ensemble Play “Gate F-10” Takes Off for the Last Time

Marianne Chan and Elizabeth Gao | May 29, 2024

Whistles and cheers greeted the cast of Honors Theater Ensemble during their last performance at the Black Box Theater on May 16. “Gate F-10,” self-written and performed by the all-senior class,...

Written with her brother FINNEAS, Billie Eilish’s third studio album “Hit Me Hard and Soft” delves into her perception of self, love and happiness, providing her audience a raw look into her thoughts and emotions.

Billie Eilish’s “Hit Me Hard and Soft” Dives Into Vulnerability and Reflection

Camille Clement and Kelly Yeh | May 28, 2024

Billie Eilish’s album “Hit Me Hard and Soft” released on May 17. The album is composed of 10 songs, including “LUNCH” and “CHIHIRO,” which were leaked before the release and captivated listeners...

Boys’ volleyball sibling duo Jayce and Jett Fukuda smile before a varsity game last year. “I think that was really cool because having so many people there to watch me and my brother because were so lucky to be on the same team at that time,” junior Jayce Fukuda said. “That was really special and important to me.”

Junior Jayce Fukuda Uses Sibling Inspiration to Fuel Volleyball Success

Elise Ngo and Madeline Chung | May 28, 2024

From Venus and Serena Williams to Steph and Seth Curry, sibling duos in sports are famously recognized. At Portola High, boys’ volleyball had one sibling duo dominating opponents on the courts: junior...

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