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Stories from Portola High School
Erin Choi Shoots for Success in Archery
Sports

Ajinkya Rane | May 30, 2019

Freshman Erin Choi lifts her carbon coated arrow and loads it into her bow as she eyes the target in front of her. She strenuously pulls back the braided string and rests her hand underneath her chin….

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Anthony Lu: A Story of Injuries, Recovery and More Injuries
Sports

Farhad Taraporevala | May 24, 2019

There have been many enduring sports curses, from the Madden cover curse of the NFL to the curse of the Bambino that plagued the Boston Red Sox. Now, Portola’s baseball team has its own: the Anthony…

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Junior Justin Tam is Soaring Beyond Expectations
Features

Jane Zou | April 19, 2019

Hours of jury-rigging planes and practicing maneuvers culminate with shattered pieces, but junior Justin Tam is not deterred. With the patience and expertise developed over the past five years, he is eager…

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Stephanie Zhang Turns Passion into First Student-Made Class
News

Kate Hayashi | February 12, 2019

After cultivating a philosophy club for a year, junior Stephanie Zhang and her devoted team of philosophy fanatics advanced from club founders to curriculum developers as they became the first students…

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Shining a Spotlight on Studio Music’s Student-Led Bands
Arts & Entertainment

Annie Qiao | January 17, 2019

The steady pulse of the drum permeates the air, providing a solid background that accompanies the harmonic blend of the acoustic guitar, bass guitar and piano. A melodious voice layers onto these complex…

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Returning to Irvine Talks with New Perspectives
News

Maya Sabbaghian | January 14, 2019

Eighteen performers shared moving stories on “Perspective” to students from all Irvine Unified School District high schools, who gathered in the Portola theater on Dec. 15 for “Chapter 2” of Irvine…

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Finding the Root of Freshman Sabreen Alam’s STEM Skills
Features

Julia Kim | November 27, 2018

Within the horde of frantic juniors cramming for upcoming tests in office hours sits doe-eyed and fresh-faced freshman Sabreen Alam. She carries a passion for the field of Science, Technology, Engineering…

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No Instruments Required: Portola High’s First A Cappella Group
Features

Helena Hu | November 1, 2018

With melodious voices rising and falling in beautiful phrases, the soprano, alto, tenor and bass lines blend in harmony for the musical arrangement. The members of Rising Dynamics, Portola High’s first…

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