From Directing Choir to Directing College Bound Students

From Directing Choir to Directing College Bound Students

Vishaka Anand, Team Editor June 7, 2023

High school academic counselor and UPA founder Dorothy Westerhoff dreamt of pursuing a career in education since her childhood, but took a break from her academics to focus on her growing family. Fortunately,...

Summer School and Summer Bridge

Summer School and Summer Bridge

Samita Golla, Copy Editor June 5, 2023

UPA offers a Summer Bridge program for the new seventh graders and an online summer school program for students to make up any classes they failed.   English teacher Edward Voss teaches English...

Teachers don’t live at school?

Teachers don’t live at school?

Shreya Choudhury, Reporter May 25, 2023

Teachers at UPA have spent years getting to know each of their students, and now it’s time to get to know a little more about them. English 9 and current AP English Literature teacher Jessica...

Tumbling Into a New Sport

Tumbling Into a New Sport

Abhishek Mynam, Sports Photographer April 19, 2023

Eight-year-old Bea Davis tumbled into cheerleading while trying out new sports, little did she know, her new hobby would stick with her for the rest of her life.   Growing up, Davis tried out...

New Coach, New Rules

New Coach, New Rules

Matthew Tapia, Reporter January 31, 2023

When introduced to a new environment, many can be scared or intimidated by the unfamiliarity. This wasn’t exactly the case with Kevin Khuu, UPA’s former boys’ junior varsity (JV) coach  and former...

 Laura Gordon Reska brought bales of hay to campus as the set for the photo booth available to students during the Harvest Festival on Nov. 12. There have been several photo stations put up for students throughout the school year, including one for pictures with Santa during the December Spirit Week. (Photo courtesy of Laura Gordon Reska.)

Laura Gordon Reska joins administration as Director of Community Development

Daniella Alvarez, Reporter May 31, 2022

On a Tuesday morning, you can find Laura Gordon Reska in Johns Hopkins at 7 a.m.,  with the “Breakfast Club”, the ASB leadership who eat breakfast in the mornings together as they hold their meetings....

Junior Naomi Abtew poses in front of UPAs front office after school on Sept. 23 in her favorite pair of mom jeans and argyle-printed tank top. (Photo courtesy of Naomi Abtew.)

Teddy Bears and Spider-Man: The impact of social media influencers on UPA students

Mariah Myers, Reporter March 22, 2022

Junior Naomi Abtew enjoys spending her free time browsing social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram, gaining inspiration from influencers and finding new fashion trends that help her express...

Mia and Steve Guevara photographed at Concordia University Irvine, before Mias volleyball camp in Newport, Calif. on July 16. Steve actively supports and encourages his daughter on her volleyball journey. (Photo courtesy of Mia Guevara.)

An Inside Look at Father-Daughter Duo Mia and Steve

Aidan Beaver, Reporter March 13, 2022

Senior Mia Guevara has two words to describe her relationship with her father, history teacher Steve Guevara: best friends.   “We're very close,” Mia said. “If he's available, I'll go...

Nicole Sebek is crowned the victor of a wrestling match at a tournament. (Photo courtesy of Nicole Sebek.)

Engineering to Exponents!

Abenezer Fissha, Reporter March 10, 2022

Math and computer science teacher Nicole Sebek grew up struggling to read. During her senior year of high school, Sebek had an argument with her father over her near inability to read. This argument prompted...

Girls Varsity volleyball senior night ends in close loss against Nueva

Girls’ Varsity volleyball senior night ends in close loss against Nueva

Tyler Yuen and Alyssa Garcia March 4, 2022

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Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Killing Two Birds With One Stone

April Nguyen, Copy Editor February 24, 2022

As a small charter school, UPA’s limited course catalog is unable to fully cater to the wide variety of interests and goals of the 720 enrolled students. UPA has offered an array of around 50 courses...

Cayleigh Coester leads UPAs drama club in rehearsing their script for And Then There Were None after school in Princeton on Jan. 24. (Photo by Taylor Nguyen.)

Behind the Walkie Talkies

Taylor Nguyen, Publicity + Web Manager February 22, 2022

Campus supervisors Cayleigh Coester, Kayla Genio and Elliot Boesch work behind the scenes of the busy school life at UPA in order to create a safe environment for students. However, there is more than...

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