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Stories from Portola High School
A Review of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Testaments:’ What Ending Would You Like to Have?
Arts & Entertainment

Kate Hayashi | October 29, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985 when my mother was a teenager. It’s sequel “The Testaments” came out last month. A generation later, the story seamlessly reopens…

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Food for the Soul: Special Education and United Sound Bring Music to Campus
Features

Kate Hayashi | October 24, 2019

From the Clean-Up Crew to its mail delivery system and gardening program, the Special Education department is constantly finding ways for its students to get involved in the school community. As of this…

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Clean-Up Crew Expands
Features

Ajinkya Rane | October 18, 2019

Special education expanded its program in the 2019-20 school year, ushering in a slew of community projects designed to foster its students’ social development skills and to build community relationships. 

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For the Students, By the Students: Portola News Network
Features

Simrat Singh | October 3, 2019

Sophomore Andrew Harriger adjusts the camera. With a smile on her face, sophomore Elena Kim declares “PNN 10/1 take five.” Junior Skye Lee and sophomore Tiffany Park take a deep breath and began.

“What’s…

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Katherine Hung’s Characters Shine at the Pageant of the Masters Arts Festival
Features

Nicholas Hung | September 30, 2019

While the art studio on campus is filled with buckets of worn brushes and pungent paints, senior Katherine Hung needs only the elegant glide of her pen over her tablet screen to make her characters come…

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VAPA Sets Stage for New Cappies Program
Features

Claudia Lin | September 25, 2019

Established by new drama teacher Samantha Sanford, Portola High’s first Cappies program invites all artists who possess a passion deeply rooted in theater to take their understanding of the performing…

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Staff Members Welcome the Bulldog Baby Boom
Features

Jenny Won | September 20, 2019

As the Bulldogs fall into stride with the new school year and mature alongside their school, it is easy to forget that many staff members have been growing and reaching major milestones in their personal…

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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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