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The Spread of COVID-19

The Spread of COVID-19

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic forces UPA campus closure

COVID-19 pandemic forces UPA campus closure

March 13, 2020

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) announced at 11:30 a.m. on March 13 that all public schools in Santa Clara County will be closed to...

Making History for the Wrong Reasons

Making History for the Wrong Reasons

January 25, 2020

First was Johnson, next was Clinton and now Trump. Though our country has initiated presidential impeachment proceedings fourteen times, according to the...

Just Grab and Go

Just Grab and Go

August 30, 2019

Editor’s note: The following article is a continuation of What’s in a Meal? published in Vol. VIII Issue III of Aquila’s newsmagazine. Free snacks...

A senior’s advice on applying to college

Betty Nguyen
May 20, 2020

While college is pushed as the ultimate end-goal at UPA, it can be a tough and rigorous journey to apply to one. As a graduating senior of the UPA class of 2020, I have come to the end of my college application journey, and soon it will be time to start the new (and admittedly daunting) journey of attending...

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Experiencing UPA: Teacher’s Edition

Joe Shem
April 1, 2020

From Monday to Friday in the packed and diminutive classrooms of UPA, teachers complete many feats both in front of the class and behind the scenes. Although the size of our school has been a key feature of UPA, social science teacher Katherine Poltorak also sees that it is also a drawback.  “The...

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COVID-19 from the Chinese Perspective

Jenna Mi
March 19, 2020

Driving down the desolate streets of Shanghai, few people linger by bus stops and closed storefronts. Only their eyes are visible, their mouths covered by thin films of paper. Chinese New Year seems different this year; maybe it is the lack of people in the temples or how the normally bustling streets...

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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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Katherine Nguyen and Pallavi Rajani
June 3, 2019

“Split.” “Psycho.” “Girl, Interrupted.” Hollywood movies tend to use mental health as a driving force through their characters. Often a defining characteristic of the villain, mental illnesses such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) leave a mark on the audience—crazy people have this. But this understanding stops here. Despite the...

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A Book Over a Cellphone

Desiree Pekar
April 8, 2019

You check the time on your phone and turn on a playlist to listen to as you walk towards the doors of the library. Once inside, you put down your phone and pick up the sequel to the book you just finished. You flip to the first page and begin to read. You read until you hear on the PA system that...

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The Last Night

The Last Night

November 9, 2019

UPA girls' varsity volleyball's last home game against Nueva on Oct. 22

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Misinterpretations?
A Vacation from Home

A Vacation from Home

May 15, 2020

Starbucks From Home

Starbucks From Home

May 14, 2020

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Reska: The Spine of Aquila
The Classic Rock Algorithm

The Classic Rock Algorithm

April 12, 2019

Young Adult Novel Characters Crossword Puzzle

April 12, 2019

Musical Mad Libs

April 12, 2019

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