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Half of student body attends first-ever virtual rally

Half of student body attends first-ever virtual rally

September 22, 2020

UPA’s Associated Student Body (ASB) held its first rally since January via Zoom on Sept. 4, the first virtual rally in school history. ASB also hosted...

Senior seminar looks different after counselor Sandra Trotch’s retirement

Senior seminar looks different after counselor Sandra Trotch’s retirement

September 17, 2020

Sandra Trotch, UPA’s junior and senior counselor and AP English Language and Composition teacher since 2008, retired July 1. When seniors learned of...

‘Swimming has been my whole entire life’: Senior Kenneth Thien verbally commits to swim at Boston College

‘Swimming has been my whole entire life’: Senior Kenneth Thien verbally commits to swim at Boston College

September 11, 2020

The senior class is usually in the same lane when applying to colleges, but senior Kenneth Thien has chosen to swim in a separate lane: college recruiting. Thien...

Lessons Online: UPA teachers prepared to begin the 2020-2021 school year via distance learning

Lessons Online: UPA teachers prepared to begin the 2020-2021 school year via distance learning

September 10, 2020

Five months after the first day of distance learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year began digitally, with the hope of introducing...

Jump into a fantasy world with art teacher Cameron Seibly

Julia Wong
November 14, 2020

Art teacher Cameron Seibly has been “world building” since he was a child, first with Legos and 3D modeling kits and then with digital art. Inspired by the creative process behind “Lord of the Rings” and “Blade Runner,” Seibly wants to share his love of fantasy worlds through teaching...

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Lights, Chemistry, Physics!: New teacher Matthew Bourbeau joins the science department

Janessa Ulug, Co-Editor-in-Chief
November 10, 2020

It is 2013. High school senior Matthew Bourbeau stands hunched over on a stage at Atascadero High School, donning an uncomfortable glued-on beard as he plays the wise old rabbi in Atascadero High School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Little did he know, he would be putting on another...

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From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie: Why Meredith March became an English teacher

Akhila Ayyadevara
October 6, 2020

New English teacher Meredith March—who teaches seventh grade English and AP Language and Composition—has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was five years old. “I've always loved the idea of school itself,” March said. “When I was little, I used to make my siblings sit around...

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Why Indians should stand with the Black Lives Matter movement

Akshara Kollu, Copy Editor
September 8, 2020

The Gandhi Mahal, a Bangladeshi-Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, was set aflame on May 9 amid the protests and riots regarding Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the unjust treatment of George Floyd, amid crimes against other Black citizens. Yet Ruhel Islam, the owner of the restaurant, continued to stand...

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The Great Debate

Desiree Pekar
May 29, 2020

Music blasts in the gym. Students cheer on the Guzaarish dancers. After Guzaarish ends, students clap for the cheer team as they watch them create a variety of formations. Then, a flyer is lifted up into the air, supported by two girls at the base. But what the audience cannot see is the sweat that...

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Under Pressure

Kristian Crowther
September 6, 2019

On the three orange and blue plaques hung up in every UPA classroom, students are told to be honest, accountable and to persevere in all of their academic endeavors; however, there comes a point when students may feel that breaking these very values is the only option to achieve success. “The idea...

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Pick & Roll Podcast Quarantine Edition ft. Jason Plasschaert
Pick & Roll Podcast | Season Conclusion 2020

Pick & Roll Podcast | Season Conclusion 2020

July 26, 2020

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All is fair in love and ‘1917’

All is fair in love and ‘1917’

June 5, 2020

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Misinterpretations?

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Misinterpretations?

May 23, 2020

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The Classic Rock Algorithm

April 12, 2019

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April 12, 2019

Musical Mad Libs

April 12, 2019

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