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From College to Teaching College-Level Courses

Science teacher Vivien Chern smiles at the front desk in the classroom where she teaches AP Biology, Cal.

Jenna Plasschaert

September 20, 2019

Vivien Chern, one of the newest additions to UPA’s science department, will be affected by a spelling error for the rest of her life. When her great uncle came to the United States from Taiwan, his name was incorrectly documented and the mistake has been passed down through generations. The “R...

From High School to College to High School

#10 Gong-Guy tips a ball over the volleyball net in a 2011 home game. Photo courtesy of Steve Guevara.

Alexandra Rozmarin

September 6, 2019

One fateful day involved a total of 18 sushi rolls, eight orders of nigiri and too many handrolls to keep track of shared by two former high school classmates. Roughly two years ago, math teacher Kevin Khuu responded to history teacher Pablo Lopez’s post on social media about becoming a teacher,...

A Look Into the Teenage Mind

A Look Into the Teenage Mind

Isabella Bronner

May 26, 2019

She’s been having a really off day lately, and she feels like she’s going to scream. She decides to go to her counselor. She walks into Mrs. Ryan’s room, sighing loudly. She sits down and starts ranting. UPA’s mental health counselor Emily Ryan listens to the problems and concerns teens strugg...

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 3

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 3

Farah Noor and Rasleen Saran

May 1, 2019

In the third installment of "Mental Illness at UPA", Reporter Farah Noor, and Publicity Manager Rasleen Saran discuss with a UPA student about their battle with keeping their mental health stable and the steps they took to overcome their challenge. ...

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 2

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 2

Farah Noor and Rasleen Saran

April 27, 2019

In the second installment of "Mental Illness at UPA", Reporter Farah Noor and Publicity Manager Rasleen Saran discuss with UPA students about keeping their mental health stable and even battles students have had with mental illness. ...

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 1

Mental Illness at UPA | Episode 1

Farah Noor and Rasleen Saran

April 27, 2019

In our newest podcast series hosted by Reporter Farah Noor and Publicity Manager Rasleen Saran, the two interview different UPA students about keeping their mental health stable and even battles students have had with mental illness. ...

Not What They Seem

Not What They Seem

Luca Scarra

April 19, 2019

Instagram has grown in popularity since its inception in 2010, garnering more than 1 billion active users in 2018. These accounts take many forms. While the majority are personal accounts, others include humor and business accounts. A small part of Instagram accounts are impersonation accounts, and there are various motivat...

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...

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