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Behind a Mask of Insults

Behind a Mask of Insults
June 7, 2020

During their one year of playing lacrosse together, junior Adam Lawson finally got the chance to play against their biggest rival: Josh, their older brother by two years. Josh was extremely experienced,...

Making a Mask

Taran Kollu (5), Alta Vista Elementary, wears a mask made with a sewing machine.
June 2, 2020

Student by week, YouTuber by weekend

The cover art for Kate Feng's original song
May 30, 2020

Thoughts ran through her head and were then transferred to a pen scribbling down words that eventually became song lyrics.  Since June 2019, freshman Kate Feng has streamed two original songs across...

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life
Junior Diego Garcia's typical day in quarantine
May 28, 2020

A senior’s advice on applying to college

As I embark on my own adventure to Santa Clara University as a marketing major and communications minor, I wish you all the best on your own college journey.
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...

Experiencing UPA: Teacher’s Edition

English teachers Kathryn Gong-Guy, Kristin Moore and Claire Ballard discuss possible summer reading options during an English department meeting on Feb. 13.
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...

COVID-19 from the Chinese Perspective

Sanitation officers are stationed at the doorway to a vegetable market in Shanghai, China.
Courtesy of Wang Xiu Ying (name changed)
How Chinese families are affected by the world's first pandemic after 10 years
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...

All Homework, No Play

Photo illustration of Susannah Jakkula (10).
February 25, 2020

In eighth grade, I stayed up until almost 1 a.m. for three days straight. I had an English project assigned and due that week. There was research to be done and a poster to be made, all the while trying...

Changing Tides

Buchanan fishes on a riffle in Pit River.
A new teacher brings his enthusiasm to the science department
February 24, 2020

“When you see the surface of the water,” science teacher Matt Buchanan said while glancing over the empty stools in his classroom, “or if you were floating on the surface and you think, ‘Oh my...

2020 Vision of Rallies

2020 Vision of Rallies
A deeper dive into 2020's first UPA rally on Jan. 31.
February 14, 2020

A Race to the Top

A student applies to college in this photo illustration.
The factors that affect college acceptance.
January 27, 2020

The C word. The most commonly used word at UPA. The most straightforward yet complex word. College. For some, it is a dream, and for others, it is an expectation. Either way, its impact is life changing....

Christmas: The Eastern Translation

Vibrant decorations light the malls and trees in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan during December.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Mi.
December 25, 2019

A classic American Christmas brings to mind images of shimmering red, gold, green and blue lights lining neighborhood roofs, candy canes and inflatable decorations spotting front yards and paper snowflakes...

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