Academic Competition Leads To Stress

Desiree Pekar

April 16, 2019

UCLA. Stanford. UC Berkeley. Northwestern. Harvard. Yale. Attending distinguished colleges such as these is most students’ main goal that may motivate them to be academically competitive. From stacking on as many AP classes as possible to taking accelerated math and science courses, students strive to...

A New Taste in AP’s

A New Taste in AP's

Akhil Vemuri

April 12, 2019

The AP Capstone program, released in the fall of 2014, was officially approved as a class for UPA’s course load in the 2017-18 school year, making UPA one of the 1,500 out of 27,000 high schools in the United States to adopt the course, according to CollegeBoard. The course is currently only offere...

Leading the Blind

Cindy, a four month old Labrador Retriever, sunbathes while her raiser, Karen Brown, watches. Cindy is training to be a guide dog.

Isabella Bronner

April 12, 2019

I look toward my raiser, eyes shining. I wag my tail with excitement. She gives me treats from her pocket for good behavior. I’m training to be a guide dog. “The job of puppy raisers is to teach [potential guide dogs] correct house behavior,” Karen Brown, raiser of guide dog in training, Cindy...

Course Ahead | Episode 1: Jovita Mi

Course Ahead | Episode 1: Jovita Mi

Greg Haessner and Akhil Vemuri

April 9, 2019

In our newest podcast series, Greg Haessner and Akhil Vemuri tackle the UPA courseload and the effect it has on its students. In this episode, Haessner and Vemuri interview UPA junior Jovita Mi about her AP classes; how they differ from last year and her strategies for this year to stay ahead of the...

It’s Not About the Name

It’s Not About the Name

Alexandra Rozmarin

March 11, 2019

Science teacher Christopher Lucas drank his first alcoholic beverage at a Stanford party in 1997. The then-16-year-old college freshman downed the Jägermeister given to him by a fraternity boy and immediately clutched his chest in pain. College is about exploring, and whether referring to a...

Getting That Good Grade

Getting That Good Grade

Desiree Pekar, Reporter

February 15, 2019

Study Tips: Breathe in a specific scent through your nose, as it is actually scientifically proven by Mark Moss from Northumbria University to help you remember content better. They used the scent of rosemary to help strengthen the pupils’ memory. While studying for finals, spray a certain pe...

Coding Clubs Spark Interest Among Boys and Girls Alike

Tiffany Tran (9, left) and Kyla Ulug (7) attempt to run Tran's Python program, The Gay Agenda.

Ishan Madan, Web Manager

February 13, 2019

Prior to the 2018-19 school year, UPA was a notable exception to the long list of Silicon Valley high schools with computer science clubs. That changed starting this school year, as UPA has doubled its computer science learning opportunities. In addition to the existing Intro to Computer Scien...

Anxiety From a Teacher’s Perspective

Anxiety From a Teacher's Perspective

Rasleen Saran, Publicity Manager

February 12, 2019

Anxiety, a prominent issue among teenagers, has negatively impacted school and personal lives. English teacher Andrea Aquino has personally dealt with anxiety and hopes to help teenagers cope with their concerns. “Over the years I have been teaching, I have been more open about my struggles wi...

Navigating Through Difficulties

Navigating Through Difficulties

Rafael Castillo, Managing Editor

January 29, 2019

 It is Wednesday, and AP Biology has a zero period. Only one student lives 30 minutes away, but with traffic, it takes her an hour. She wakes up at 5 a.m., and she walks drearily into her zero period class just on time. She has the whole school day ahead of her and is running on fumes. This was the routine for ...

Then and Now: Sheila Billy

In her first year at UPA, English teacher Sheila Billy is impressed by the desire of her students to learn as well as the professionalism of the staff. In the past, she worked at Miramonte High School as an English teacher.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018

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Delving Into the World of Science and Anime

Reo Sato participated in a photoshoot last June for professional photos to use for his job applications. He used this photo when applying for a teaching position at UPA.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2018

His eyes dart around behind his black-rimmed glasses, with his dark hair pulled back in a bun. Reo Sato sits on the four-legged stool in front of his chemistry class, sharing his knowledge of the subject with his students. Little do they know that he was almost five years old when he moved from Japa...

From Training Dogs to Teaching Students

Aislinn Reid (middle) and her clients hike and practice leading while walking their dogs in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in January 2017. Reid walks her dog, Ayr, accompanied by dogs Ernie and Darby (left and right).

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2018

When Aislinn Reid received a job offer as a world geography teacher at UPA, she decided to leave behind her border collies — Skye and Ayr — at her home in Long Beach. She recently moved into a room in Campbell to begin her teaching career here.   Reid had applied to 52 jobs located as far as the Oregon border ...

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