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Trebuchet Day 2017


UHS Physics students competed in the 12th Annual Trebuchet Day and launched pumpkins in the practice fields at UHS. Students have been studying the physics behind the launches and smashed countless pumpkins in their educational pursuits on November 3rd.  The physics: The gravitational potential energy of the counterweight turns into the kinetic energy of the projectile.  It is a great example of conservation of energy

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Over the past two weeks, Mr. Craig's Wood 1 & 2 students along with Mrs. Spears art students have collaborated to build over 2000 toys to be donated to local charities.  These charities include Wings of Faith (an Airplane Pilots organization), Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan's Purse), Inland Empire Scroll Saw Association (working with Fontana Police Department and Fontana Unified School District), Spark of Love (ABC Channel 7).  The students met their goal of 2000 toys on Tuesday, November 14th.  The first beneficiary of the toys, Tom Leedom of Wings of Faith, accepted the hand made toys on Wednesday, November 15th.  He will be sending pictures of these student made toys as they get distributed this holiday season.


Toys for Charity

Art students with toys


variety show
Come enjoy the spirit of the holidays as the UHS Theatre Department presents Happy Holidays! on December 1 and 2 at 7pm in the Highlander Auditorium. Tickets are $8 pre-sale in the student store and $10 at the door. See Ms. Richardson in D138 for more details.


Congratulations to Jeremiah on his qualifying run. He runs on Saturday at 8:45 to qualify for the state championship. 


Over the weekend, Upland High School Rube Goldberg Team won first place for the second year in a row and earned their way to the Rube Goldberg Machine Competition National Finals in Chicago.  Congratulations to the Team members and all of the teachers who have inspired, encouraged, and taught these students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Rube Goldberg awards

First Place Award

Rube Goldberg team

Pictured are: Dr. Ted Alejandre (County Superintendent), Abby Nelson, Breonna Navarro, Ian Wewards, Haylee Withee, Julianne Minter, Matthew Locke, Isabelle LaPolla, Michael Cho, Amber Allam, Joshua Norgaard, Mr. Craig (Coach)


Congratulations!  The students with the following Identification numbers have been accepted into the Upland High School chapter of National Honor Society.  You will be receiving information in the very near future from the National Honor Society Board of Directors.  With so many deserving candidates, our decision was difficult and we could not accept everyone.  If you are a sophomore or junior, please re-apply again next year.

































Girl s golf
Team- 2nd Place in Baseline League


Baseline League Individual FInishers-


Gabrielle Lawrence (10)

Advanced to CIF SS Northern Regional Tournament

3rd place Baseline League FInish

1st Team All Baseline League


Alexis Johnson (9)

CIF SS Northern Regional Tournament Alternate

2nd Team All Baseline League


Amelia Castro (12)

All Baseline League Honorable Mention


Julie SIlva (10)

All Baseline League Honorable Mention


Attached picture taken after Baseline League Finals Round  of 18 holes on Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Do you need to fulfill your senior volunteer hours or interested in learning how to grow organic produce? Here is your chance to get involved this school year at UHS in partnership with students from Cal Poly Pomona's Environmental Design College. Our goal is to help supply the cafeteria with fresh organic produce. To get involved fill out our interest survey at the link below:






For all girls who played a fall sport and would like to tryout for basketball, tryouts will be Tuesday 11/6 and Wednesday 11/7 from 3-5 in the new gym. Must have physical and be cleared through athletics website.



General meeting for anyone interested in playing golf this spring. The meeting will be November 29 in the PE classroom at 2:00.

You will need to begin the Athletic clearance process available online through the school's website. Tryouts will begin the week of December 4th. If you have any questions, you may contact Coach Kim by email.


"Hello Seniors! 

We are eager to share with you our plans for Grad Bash 2018!  We are excited to announce that we will be attending Universal Studios Hollywood Grad Bash this year!  As you know, we have previously attended Disneyland’s GradNite.  Disneyland raised their prices (our cost would have been $195/ticket) and eliminated a few weeks worth of  dates leaving our date unavailable.   Our hope is that this new location and lower price (our cost will be under $100) will allow for so many more of our seniors to attend!   Please save this important info in your calendars:


Universal Studios Grad Bash 2018

Friday, June 8th

We will leave school early afternoon on the 8th and return home at approx 4:30am on the 9th

Tickets will go on sale Spring 2018


We are so excited to celebrate together at Universal!  Be looking for more info following Winter Break!


Tammy Anderson

Grad Bash Chairperson



The Plaid


By: Tallise Gaston & Serrina Rock; The Plaid Staff Writers


    Early Saturday morning, the 11th of November, the Debate team, along with numerous other schools, met in a battle of wit and composure, to bring home a second place overall award. The team had been preparing for weeks and hopes, as well as tensions, were high. When asked of the competition junior, Rebecca Norden Bright said, “Some of them [teams] are really really good... St. Margret’s are our main rivals.” Each member of the team would have to turn hours of research into a coherent and persuasive argument.

    The teams started their day in the library, with opening announcements and other such formalities. They then had an opportunity to gather their thoughts and converse amongst themselves. Pages upon pages of notes were written and sorted, until the time of the first round of debates began. The teams were paired up and shuffled to classrooms, where the debates would be held. They marched, in their best attire, to their assigned room and confidently took their seats. “Wear the part, you are the part. Appearance is the first thing the judge notices before the debate actually happens, “ said junior, Jack McKinnon. A judge was positioned in the center of the room prepared to take notes on the eloquence of the speaker as well as the effectiveness of the information being shared.

    Each debate began with opening statements and a presentation of their points of topic. The debates themselves were captivating displays of passion and speed as the speakers rushed to not only address their own points but also the information presented by the opposing sides. Once the debates were over, the teams were sent outside to await their scores. It was in this time we were able to reflect with the teams on their performances. We hoped to uncover the meaning of debate for each person. “I really wanted to expand my public speaking ability and to be more confident speaking in front of people, “ said junior, Melissa Gallop. Furthermore, Gallop
said, “[a good debate] when people are listening to each other so they can accurately  refute back to each other … overall participation and everyone is engaged.” Most everyone we talked with felt the same way. Debate wasn’t just about the competition, it was about growing and developing skills as a speaker, person and most importantly, creating a work ethic. To be in debate, a person must be hard-working, dedicated, and adaptable, all traits that make a successful debater.

    As the day came to a close, it was time for the awards ceremony. No matter the outcome, the debate team was confident in its performance. Upland ended up placing second overall, with numerous individual speaker awards. The weeks of hard work had led the team to success. Debate is a club with heart and it is this passion that makes the school everything it is.



Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Photographer


    It was yet another crushing performance for the Upland Highlanders last Friday night, as they beat the Tesoro Titans, at home, in a dominating 59 to 12 game. Right from the get-go, the Highlanders showed excellence on offense, defense, and special teams. The win guarantees the Highlanders’ advancement into round two of the CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs.

    Heading into the night, it was already known that the Tesoro Titans were going to have their work cut out for them. The Titans’ normally fast-paced offense, couldn’t get much going throughout the game. Meanwhile, the Highlanders continued what we already knew. Upland scored 21 points in the first quarter alone, in addition to outlasting and being faster than the opponent throughout the entire 48 minutes of the game.

    The action started off with Upland kicking off to the Titans. After a couple first downs and some movement up the field, the Titans eventually had to punt the ball away, giving possession to the Highlanders. It didn’t take long for the Highlanders to find their way into the endzone. With 8:52 remaining in the first quarter, Highlanders’ running back, Cameron Davis, found daylight and ran it 76 yards, all the way to the house, for the Upland touchdown. Archie Green, who had a perfect night of kicking, put up the PAT, giving the Highlanders the early seven to zero lead.

    Although Tesoro had the ball next, it did not matter. The Upland defense, which has been attracting attention all season, came out strong and executed in the first quarter. The Titans’ next drive featured a solo sack in the backfield, from Upland linebacker, Justin Flowe, who missed a few games recently, due to injury. Following the sack, Upland defensive back, Shamar Whestone, picked off a pass from Titans’ quarterback, Chase Peterson. Whestone was able to work his way up the field and score a 70-yard pick-six. With still 6:50 remaining in the first quarter, the score was already 14 to nothing. The Highlanders were taking flight on both offense and defense.

    Another defensive stop from the Highlanders came just a couple minutes later in the first, when Highlanders’ standout, Kyle Jones, blocked a Titans’ punt. The blocked punt gave the Highlanders excellent field position to begin their next offensive drive. Speaking of the next offensive drive, it only took one play! It was Kyle Jones AGAIN making another big play. Jones took the handoff from Baldwin, found an open lane, and ran it into the endzone, from 26 yards out. Another successful PAT from Archie Green meant the Highlanders were up 21 to 0 and it was still the first quarter. Upland’s momentum was established early.

    The Titans were able to make a deep drive, late in the first quarter, moving deep into Upland territory, but the Tesoro offense ultimately was unable to close the deal with a score. The Titans drew a couple untimely penalties on themselves, which set up a 3rd and long, down near the 20-yard line. Fear not Upland fans! The Highlanders’ defense came up strong once again, as Fou Hoching broke through the Tesoro O-line and sacked Peterson in the backfield. The sack forced Tesoro into a fourth-down situation. The Titans attempted a 34-yard field goal, with under a minute left in the first, but the kick was no good. At the end of the first quarter, the Highlanders already had a commanding 21 to 0 lead.

    The Highlanders showed they could score on special teams too, as Archie Green nailed a 28-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Green went a perfect 8 for 8 on PAT attempts and made his one field goal attempt in the game, ensuring a perfect night of kicking.

    Soon, it was back to partying in the endzone for Upland. The Highlanders had already scored on offense, defense, and special teams, and hadn’t shown any signs of slowing down. With 7:42 left in the second, Upland running back, Kyle Jones, found his way into the endzone for the second time of the night. Jones was able to garner an 11-yard-touchdown run. It increased Upland’s lead to 31 to nothing. Then, with 5:38 remaining in the second quarter, Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, had his first touchdown pass of the night. Baldwin’s pass connected with receiver, Taj Davis, who sealed the deal on the 35-yard-passing play. The score put up seven more points on the scoreboard, increasing Upland’s lead to 38 to nothing. Davis, who would go on to gain one more touchdown and 160 yards receiving, continued to show why he is a vital piece to the Highlanders’ offense. Baldwin and Davis seem to be playing like the duos of Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, or Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Their connections this season have been that good.

    Meanwhile, Tesoro found their way into the endzone, late in the second quarter, as quarterback, Chase Peterson, found an open Cameron Lambi. Lambi ran it 20+ yards, after the catch, to score the touchdown and finally put points on the board for the Titans. The PAT kick was blocked, however, by Justin Flowe, making the score 38 to 6.

    The Titans scored again, before the end of the first half, as Peterson threw another touchdown pass to Lambi, this time from two yards out, with 1:46 left on the clock. Tesoro lined up for a two-point conversion, which was no good. Heading into halftime, the score was 38 to 12 and Upland was obviously continuing much of 2017’s usual storylines. The offense was fast-paced and lethal, while the defense held their own and made huge stops and plays, when it counted.

    The second half of play was dominated by the Highlanders. The domination began with 4:47 left in the third quarter, when Baldwin connected with receiver, Isaiah Banks, for a 41-yard-touchdown pass. Paired with another successful PAT from Green, the score was 45 to 12. The domination continued, with another Highlanders’ offensive touchdown and 3:13 remaining in the third. On this touchdown, Taj Davis ran it in from 19 yards out, to score his second touchdown of the night. Green knocked down his sixth PAT, and give Upland the 52 to 12 lead, which meant a running clock for the remainder of the game.

    Even with a 52 to 12 lead and the closing minutes of the game nearing, the Highlanders defense still made huge stops. Fou Hoching, who had two solo sacks during the game, made a big stop in the backfield, late in the third, as he sacked Peterson for the second time of the night.

    The Highlanders’ final scoring play of the night came, with 11:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, as Kyle Jones had a four-yard-touchdown run. Jones was a little shaken up on this play, mostly his ankle, but indications are that he will be fine for Friday night’s upcoming matchup against Cathedral. Archie Green split the uprights for the 8th and final time of the night, and the final score from the Upland Highlanders Stadium was 59 to 12, with the Highlanders remaining undefeated at 11-0.

    When asked of the 21 points put up in the first quarter and if that was the gameplan or not, head coach, Tim Salter said, “Well, the early momentum came from the early scoring. We had big plays on defense and we scored on the fourth offensive play of the night.” Salter continued when he said, “We were faster than them [Tesoro] tonight.”

    Some notable stats from the matchup against Tesoro include Highlanders’ quarterback, David Baldwin, who would go 18 for 23 on pass attempts, for 314 yards, and two touchdowns-- an incredibly consistent night for a quarterback. Highlanders’ wide receiver, Taj Davis, would catch the ball seven times, for 160 yards and one touchdown, while also earning a rushing touchdown. In addition, Kyle Jones added three more rushing touchdowns to his resume Friday night. As mentioned before, kicker, Archie Green, had a perfect night of kicking. All eight of his PAT kicks were good, while his lone field goal attempt, from 28 yards out was good.

    For Tesoro, their season is now over, as they have been eliminated from the 2017 CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs. For the Highlanders, the perfect season continues. Attention now turns towards this upcoming Friday night’s, round two playoff matchup, against the Cathedral Phantoms. Cathedral, located in Los Angeles, will be entering this game with a record of 10-1, coming off of a win against Redlands East Valley, in round one of the playoffs. The game, between Cathedral and Redlands East Valley was relatively close throughout the majority of the game, as REV was able to get within three points of the lead. Regardless, Cathedral has only lost one game this season, meaning we’re in store for an exciting matchup this Friday night.

    Upland will enter this Friday night’s matchup undefeated; a perfect 11-0, coming off a blowout win against Tesoro. The Highlanders’ defense has been incredible this season and seemingly has only grown better. In addition to strong defense, the Highlanders have scored just about every time its offense has touched the ball. Coupled with the ability to outlast opponents through the entire 48 minutes, the Highlanders would have the upper hand, if you were looking at the odds entering this game.

    All in all, this Friday night will feature a battle between a 10-1 team and an 11-0 team, with elimination on the line. Winner takes all. The Highlanders will have home field advantage against Cathedral, as they won the CIF coin toss that determines home or away status in playoff games. Round 2 of playoffs will kick off at 7:00 p.m. at Upland High School. When asked how they will prepare for the game Coach Salter said, “We just have to keep working. We have to keep grinding.”


 Written By: Lotus Vu, The PlaidStaff Writer 

     On November 11, 2017, Key Club visited Six Flags Magic Mountain for Fall Rally, which is an annual event held for Key Clubs from schools in Southern California. The clubs come to celebrate the plethora of community service hours they have accumulated over the year. In addition to celebrating their love for key club, members also raised money for the Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP). Junior Kelly Vu said that one of the main reasons why she enjoys coming to fall rally is to, “Make new friends, as well as raise money for PTP.” Fall Rally is the biggest fundraiser for the Pediatric Trauma Program, which is why it is looked forward to across the entire Kiwanis organization. In the end, Fall Rally benefits everyone involved in the experience.  

     However, the ultimate goal of the event was to obtain the spirit stick, which is obtainable by competing against other divisions, during the rally, in order to determine who had the best series of spirit cheers. For weeks, members from Upland’s Key Club practiced a series of cheers in an attempt to win the spirit stick. Senior, Cindy Nguyen explained that for weeks she, “...studied all of the cheers, in order to fulfill my responsibility as an active member of Key Club.” In order to further express their love and spirit for their club, some individuals made spirit sticks, dressed up in giraffe onesies, wore giraffe ears, and so much more. Junior, Denny Nguyen wore a giraffe onesie to Fall Rally because he, “...thought it would be a unique way to represent my division.” In addition to spirit gear, Key Club members also competed in battles known as spirit battles. The spirit battles occurred throughout the day amongst numerous groups of individual members. During these battles, a division would battle a fellow division, to see who had the best spirit. In order to battle, Key Club members memorized an additional set of battle cheers, in order to achieve victory. Through these spirit battles, members were easily able to meet key club members from other divisions, which further allowed them to create friendships, with individuals who shared the same passion as themselves.

    This year was a very special year for Upland’s Key Club because Division 15 North’s Lieutenant Governor was our very own senior, Allie Price! As Lieutenant Governor, Price was auctioned off, along with other Lieutenant Governors to other divisions, in order to raise even more money for PTP. Right before her turn on the stage, Price said, “Hearing D15N [Upland’s division] chant while I was backstage brought me to tears because I was so overcome by pride and joy!” Because of her priceless smile and excitement she displayed towards the audience, Price was able to raise over a thousand dollars, solely for PTP.

    Allie Price said that she enjoys Fall Rally because, “Seeing people share their passion and love for Key Club and its impact on the community genuinely makes me so happy.” Additionally, junior Alexis Rivera, a three-year attendee of Fall Rally, enjoys this event and said,  “The entire experience and the happiness I get to see from other key club members.” Likewise, Junior Harry Hyun said that he enjoys coming to Fall Rally every year because of the fact that he can, “Meet new people that enjoy the same thing as me: community service.” Although D15N did not come home with a win, they succeeded in making Fall Rally a memory that that will be unforgettable.



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