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Board of Trustees discuss reopening plans, a teacher stipend and academic support at meeting on Feb. 25

Board of Trustees discuss reopening plans, a teacher stipend and academic support at meeting on Feb. 25

March 25, 2021

The UPA Board of Trustees met on Feb. 25 to discuss reopening plans, renew the budget, approve a one-time teacher stipend and share new ways staff...

Cathedral of Faith considers in-person sermons after canceling them in 2020

Cathedral of Faith considers in-person sermons after canceling them in 2020

February 26, 2021

Cathedral of Faith (CoF), UPA’s campus provider and a church with campuses in San Jose, East San Jose, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Gilroy and the Philippines,...

Science Alliance holds first virtual Science Fair

Science Alliance holds first virtual Science Fair

February 24, 2021

From engineering an artificial blood stream to programming an app that detects skin moisture levels to avoid dehydration, students researched and presented...

Finals look different after first full semester of distance learning

Finals look different after first full semester of distance learning

February 4, 2021

Capping off the first full semester of distance learning, finals were held on the week of Dec. 14. Even though students at UPA have learned remotely...

“I want to be the support system I wish I had”: Why Makenna Welch decided to take on working with youth

Shayna Tran, Social Media Manager
June 10, 2021

Makenna Welch started working as UPA’s Support Services Specialist in January 2021. She helps students who are struggling mentally and academically by connecting students with school counselors and holding meetings with their teachers to find the best way to support them through the end of the...

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Vegetarianism: Why some UPA students follow a “no-meat” diet

Christopher Alvarez, Reporter
June 9, 2021

Around 16.4 million Americans identify as vegetarian. Vegetarianism is a nutritional lifestyle in which meat, fish and, in some cases, the consumption of animal products are not eaten. People become vegetarian for various reasons including religion, health benefits and environmental impact.   Junior...

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Extracurriculars: A crucial part in the college admissions race

Dakota Pekar, Reporter
June 4, 2021

Finally, your mouse hovers over the submit button and you click. Days later, you receive an email from your college of choice confirming the completion of your application. UPA’s Seminar curriculum prompts students to begin contemplating college options as early as seventh grade. Due to COVID-19,...

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Backpacking: Not nearly as hard as you may think

Matthew Wallace, Reporter
June 7, 2021

When some people picture backpacking, they think of people lugging heavy bags up and down mountains all day non-stop for weeks on end, resulting in sore backs and aching feet, yet the portrayals shown in popular movies and other media are rarely true in recreational backpacking. The problem occurs...

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Why Indians should stand with the Black Lives Matter movement

Akshara Kollu, Copy Editor
September 9, 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, Editor
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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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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The Alisa and Cindy Podcast ft. Maryann Huynh
Connecting Worlds Through a Screen: K-pop group ENHYPEN hosts first in-person and online fanmeet

Connecting Worlds Through a Screen: K-pop group ENHYPEN hosts first in-person and online fanmeet

March 9, 2021

Saving people. Hunting things. The family business.

Saving people. Hunting things. The family business.

March 1, 2021

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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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