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2017 CAASP Block Schedule

 

Mondays & Thursdays

4/24, 4/27, 5/15, 5/18

 

07:45-09:42 Period 1 117 mins
09:42-09:57 Break  
 
BLDGS A, G, H, I, J, K, N - Unless Testing
10:04-10:59 Period 2 - Part 1 55 mins
10:59-11:34 1st Lunch 35 mins
11:41--12:36 Period 2 - Part 2 55 mins
 
BLDGS C, D, E, F, V, GYM
10:04-12:01 Period 2 117 mins
12:01-12:36 2nd Lunch 35 mins
 
12:43-02:40 Period 3 117 mins

 

Notes:

1. If you are testing in Period 2 you will follow the 2nd lunch schedule

2. Lunch is determined by your 2nd period.
BLDGS A, G, H, I, J, K, N = 1st Lunch.
BLDGS C, D, E, F, V, GYM = 2nd Lunch

3. Juniors: April testing takes place in the period you have English

 

 

Tuesdays & Fridays

4/25, 4/28, 5/16, 5/19

 

07:45-09:42 Period 4 117 mins
09:42-09:57 Break  
 
BLDGS A, G, H, I, J, K, N - Unless Testing
10:04-10:59 Period 5 - Part 1 55 mins
10:59-11:34 1st Lunch 35 mins
11:41--12:36 Period 5 - Part 2 55 mins
 
BLDGS C, D, E, F, V, GYM
10:04-12:01 Period 5 117 mins
12:01-12:36 2nd Lunch 35 mins
 
12:43-02:40 Period 6 117 mins

 

Notes:

1. If you are testing in Period 5 you will follow the 2nd lunch schedule

2. Lunch is determined by your 5th period.
BLDGS A, G, H, I, J, K, N = 1st Lunch.
BLDGS C, D, E, F, V, GYM = 2nd Lunch

3. Juniors: April testing takes place in the period you have English

4. Juniors: May testing takes place in the period you have US History

Presenting your 2017 Prom Court

Prom court

Top- John Tran, Dillon Atkins, Jake Gomez, Gary Theard, Dean Rogan, Lucas Maher

Bottom- Jasmine Zulaikha, Anu Sarode, Aris Pangan, Jessica Wakefiled, Isabella Zendejas, Savannah Haro

2017 SIMS County Science and Engineering Fair

Fusion Fest 2017

Fusion Fest 2017

Global Aid Benefit Dinner

 

The Global Aid Benefit Dinner is this Friday, April 21st from 5 to 8pm in the Lower Library. 

Admission is $5 and includes dinner, dessert, and 2 raffle tickets. 

There are many raffle prizes available to win. 

All money raised will benefit global organizations such as GreenPeace.

Global Aid Flyer

Global Aid Flyer

Spring Concert Flyer

Spring Concert Flyer
Final Final Final Live Up Luau - Katherine Gonzales.jpg
Best of Broadway
2017 SPRING FLYER - Angelique Tahajian.jpg

UHS News

4/21/17

Students at MADD Display
Upland PD in conjunction with the MADD organization, worked with our ASB Director, Judy Wilson to provide an assembly for our students to help raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving. There was also on display in the quad, a car that had been involved in an accident. Students were able to interact with UPD officers during lunch to get information about the campaign against drunk driving and how to make responsible decisions.

MADD Display
 

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4/21/17

Live Up Luau
Sample foods, compete in contests, learn self-defense techniques, and more at Upland Live Up Luau!

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4/17/17

Wish Award
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I am excited to announce that this past Saturday, four students from Upland Unified School District placed 1st and 2nd in the Universal Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge. The winning team of Jake Moyer (UHS) and Kevin Boymoushakian (Hillside) received a $10,000 scholarship each, along with a toolbox and tools for the school. The 2nd place team of Cameron Parker (UHS) and Pachara Sangthongkum (UHS) received a $7500 scholarship each, along with a tool cart and tools for the school. They defeated 12 other teams from around Southern California. The contest consisted of several automotive and STEM type work stations including electrical testing and measurement, precision measurement (students were required to measure down to .001"), parts identification, and a test of their automotive knowledge.

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4/17/17

Come out to see beautiful pieces of art, hear amazing bands, and eat awesome food at Fusion Fest 2017. The event starts as soon as school is out and goes until 6pm. This free event is sponsored by the UHS Visual and Performing Arts Department.Fusion Fest 2017

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4/15/17

Best of Broadway
Come and see songs from your favorite musicals, past and present, at Best of Broadway 2017. The show will be April 27 and 28 at 7pm in the Highlander Auditorium. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door. There will also be pre-sale priced tickets sold at Fusion Fest a couple of hours before the Friday show. And yes....we do have a song from Hamilton!

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4/15/17

Portillo
UHS welcomes Ms. Portillo at our new staff member for April. She has been a member of our family for a while but has recently transitioned into a new position.

"I am truly thankful to continue my future here at Upland High School.  After, working in the Counseling Department for over 7 years and making great friends,  I am excited to make the Career Center my new home"

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4/13/17

Scholarship awards

(Mr. Brooks, Franco Chaij, Kevin Reed, Miguel Nunez - from left to right)

 

Congratulations 

Franco Chaij - $500 Scholarship

Kevin Reed – Distinguished Student

Miguel Nunez - $750 Scholarship

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4/12/17

Thank you to all students who came out to audition for the UHS Dance Courses.  We had a record number of students auditioning for the courses and are so excited about all the amazing talent we have here at Upland High School.  We have attached the list along with the waitlist for each class we offer at the high school.  Every student who auditioned should be listed on at least one list.  If you auditioned and your name is missing please contact Mrs. Tahajian via school loop.  

 

All students will be expected to wear all black for classes next year and as we launch our new Arts, Media and Entertainment Academy. 

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4/11/17

Robotics teamRoboticsStudents from across the US have six weeks to design, fabricate, and test a robot that does very specific tasks.  This year, the robot had to collect giant wiffle balls and throw them into a hoop 10 feet above the ground, collect giant gears and deliver them to a collection station, and at the end of each round the robot had to lift itself up off the ground 4 feet by climbing a rope.  Not an easy task, but one that was accepted by an incredible group of students at UHS.  I am proud to have coached this group of students and even more proud of how well they did at their regional competition.


 

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4/11/17

Rube Goldberg Team
Upland High School competed in the Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Competition in the High School Division.  Upland High School won First Place and continued to the National Finals.  The Rube Goldberg Machine Competition is an Engineering Based competition.  Students must design, fabricate, and test a machine to meet the criteria of the event.  This year's competition was to Apply a Band Aid.

Rube Goldberg project
 

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4/10/17

Winterguard Group
Varsity placed first in the Scholastic Open division with their show titled 'Once' at the WGASC Ramona HS, Riverside competition this weekend.  JV Winterguard placed third in the HS A division, and Pioneer Jr High, under the direction of the UHS Winterguard Instructional staff, placed first in the JH AAA division.  If you would like to see these three exceptional groups, along with the UHS Drumline and Jazz Bands perform, come to the UHRB Spring Revue in the UHS Gym, April 12th at 7pm.  $5.00 entry fee.  Next competition for UHS Varsity Winterguard is April 15th at Arcadia HS at 8:48pm.  

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4/7/17

Boys tennis
Their grade point average of 3.82 was the highest in the enrollment category of 1500 or more.
The UHS Boys Tennis team will be honored at the Academic Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim where they will be awarded a championship banner during a 6:45 p.m. ceremony prior to the baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Oakland Athletics.

What a great accomplishment for our UHS tennis team. Congratulations on the Championship and the outstanding GPAs!

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4/5/17

Taking the AP Bio or APUSH exam?  Join Kaplan for a free AP Prepathon online Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 10 AM - 2 PM PT to help you get ready for Test Day.  Register today at www.kaptest.com/apprepathon.

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4/3/17

Tim SinkTim Sink, Quality Control Engineer with JPL, discusses his involvement with NASA’s Deep Space Network and his maintenance of the 70 meter dish at Goldstone, CA. Mr. Sink was here to speak to students who are in Mr. Brooks’ Introduction to Engineering Design classes (the first course in the Academy of Engineering & Architecture). His work with JPL was featured in an episode of the National Geographic Channel’s World’s Toughest Fixes. Mr. Sink shared about the educational path that took him to JPL, and also fielded questions from students about his work and experiences.

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News From The Plaid

3/23/17

By: Tallise Gaston & Caylee Park, The Plaid Staff Writers

     Alyssa Mendoza’s submission into the Barnes and Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher of the Year” has earned, ninth and tenth grade English teacher, Marc Alzamora, the title for 2017. He is greatly admired by his students for his dedication to his academic career.

    Mr. Alzamora has been teaching for 21 years. Mr. Alzamora got his first start in a classroom, when he had the opportunity to take an elective program that provided students the chance to gain experience in fields they wanted to pursue after they graduated. His first lesson was taught at his old elementary school in his former teacher’s classroom. Alzamora visited Frick Middle School in Pennsylvania. “I went every Tuesday and Thursday. One day in particular, the teacher asked if I wanted to teach The Lord of the Flies lesson. I watched her first; then, I went up, and taught the second lesson. After I was done with the lesson, she came up to me and said she was very impressed.” Alzamora said about the experience, “I found [teaching] intriguing.” From there, he went to become a teacher assistant and watch other educators conduct their lessons. His experiences as an assistant teacher established his passion for teaching.

    Mendoza’s submission caught more than Barnes and Noble’s attention. Alzamora said, “I wasn’t aware I was even nominated. When they came in my classroom and told me I had won, I was shocked. I didn’t know what to say.” It is no surprise that he was nominated. Many students and teachers would agree that Alzamora does his job very well. He does everything from volunteering at school events to helping his students one on one. “I think I contribute to the school by doing my job to the best of my ability,” Alzamora said.

     In addition to his devotion to academics, he also has a strong devotion to each of his students. “My students understand that I am firm but also fair and friendly. I treat them with class, dignity, and respect. My students also know how much I value education and want them to succeed.”

    Upon winning this award, one might expect his attitude and drive towards his job affected. However, Alzamora thinks otherwise and said, “I am beyond honored to receive the recognition, but it will not affect my capability to do my job. It won’t change the way I treat my students or the effort I put into my job. I work my butt off, and that will not change.”

    His continual efforts to improve the lives and education of his students shines through in all he does. He has a special place in the hearts of the students and faculty who he has impacted. He will continue to be honored and remembered for his dedication to his job and the effort put forth in doing so.

     

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2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

    Isaac Balderrama has been playing soccer for over a decade. However, this Friday night’s game will be what he calls the biggest game of his career thus far. On this Friday night, the Varsity Boy’s Soccer team will play its round one CIF Playoff game. A loss means automatic elimination. A win moves the team onto round two. Nevertheless, the season has been a success as the Highlanders ended as Baseline League champions, with an overall league record of ten wins and two losses.

    Isaac Balderrama, the junior center back and center defensive mid, has been playing soccer since he was four years old. It’s been a long road and he believes his success came from great coaching. “Coaches have pushed me hard to become a great soccer player, and they still do,” said Balderrama. Nothing compares to this year, however, as Balderrama explains that varsity head coach, Coach Diaz, has really created the opportunities that he needed to become a better player. “The atmosphere Coach Diaz has created this year has also made me work harder to be a part of varsity. This year has also been very different because of the coaching style we have, and I’m learning a style of soccer that I grew up idolizing,” said Balderrama.

    Besides a great staff, Balderrama has also enjoyed having valuable relationships with his fellow teammates. When asked why he loves soccer so much, Balderrama said, “The game of soccer has allowed me to make relationships and memories that I’ll have forever. The camaraderie it creates is amazing to me.” Obviously, the entire soccer team, as a whole, has developed a strong amount of chemistry and great relationships, as the team has had a memorable season. “The goal, just like every other team, is to win CIF. I’m very confident in the team that we can do it. We’ve grown a lot together. Tough losses and unforgettable victories have allowed us to become a team that fights for each other” said Balderrama, who believes if the team continues to hold their heads high, the year will be a success.

    Balderrama’s main focus right now is not on a CIF championship. He is solely focused on what will happen Friday night. Balderrama said, “We’re capable of winning CIF. We have the dedication and the right leaders. But, that’s the future and the focus right now is on La Mirada at 5pm on Friday.” He went on to say, “I believe the team is capable of delivering a championship worthy performance, but nothing in life is guaranteed, much less a title.” Regardless what the results of this year’s CIF playoffs will bring, Balderrama just wants to see his team hold their heads high. “I expect nothing more than what my team is willing to offer, so long as they can hold their heads high at the end,” said the MVP of games against Damien and Rancho Cucamonga.

    Considering Balderrama is only a junior, the success can only come in greater volumes next year. But, nothing has come easy for him, as he stressed that becoming a great player takes a lot of dedication and effort. To anyone who wants to follow a career in soccer, Balderrama said, “Stick to it because soccer is a sport where you only get better as long as you keep practicing consistently and putting in an honest effort.” All of Balderrama’s hard work, practice, and efforts will culminate into one big showdown on Friday evening.

    The Highlander team, which is coming off a co-championship in the Baseline league with Chino Hills, will be playing at home (Highlander Stadium) against La Mirada, this Friday night at 5:00pm. Balderrama and company will be looking for the victory that will carry them one step further. The team has the capability to achieve great success this season, and only time will tell.

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2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

 

    Isaac Balderrama has been playing soccer for over a decade. However, this Friday night’s game will be what he calls the biggest game of his career thus far. On this Friday night, the Varsity Boy’s Soccer team will play its round one CIF Playoff game. A loss means automatic elimination. A win moves the team onto round two. Nevertheless, the season has been a success as the Highlanders ended as Baseline League champions, with an overall league record of ten wins and two losses.

    Isaac Balderrama, the junior center back and center defensive mid, has been playing soccer since he was four years old. It’s been a long road and he believes his success came from great coaching. “Coaches have pushed me hard to become a great soccer player, and they still do,” said Balderrama. Nothing compares to this year, however, as Balderrama explains that varsity head coach, Coach Diaz, has really created the opportunities that he needed to become a better player. “The atmosphere Coach Diaz has created this year has also made me work harder to be a part of varsity. This year has also been very different because of the coaching style we have, and I’m learning a style of soccer that I grew up idolizing,” said Balderrama.

    Besides a great staff, Balderrama has also enjoyed having valuable relationships with his fellow teammates. When asked why he loves soccer so much, Balderrama said, “The game of soccer has allowed me to make relationships and memories that I’ll have forever. The camaraderie it creates is amazing to me.” Obviously, the entire soccer team, as a whole, has developed a strong amount of chemistry and great relationships, as the team has had a memorable season. “The goal, just like every other team, is to win CIF. I’m very confident in the team that we can do it. We’ve grown a lot together. Tough losses and unforgettable victories have allowed us to become a team that fights for each other” said Balderrama, who believes if the team continues to hold their heads high, the year will be a success.

    Balderrama’s main focus right now is not on a CIF championship. He is solely focused on what will happen Friday night. Balderrama said, “We’re capable of winning CIF. We have the dedication and the right leaders. But, that’s the future and the focus right now is on La Mirada at 5pm on Friday.” He went on to say, “I believe the team is capable of delivering a championship worthy performance, but nothing in life is guaranteed, much less a title.” Regardless what the results of this year’s CIF playoffs will bring, Balderrama just wants to see his team hold their heads high. “I expect nothing more than what my team is willing to offer, so long as they can hold their heads high at the end,” said the MVP of games against Damien and Rancho Cucamonga.

    Considering Balderrama is only a junior, the success can only come in greater volumes next year. But, nothing has come easy for him, as he stressed that becoming a great player takes a lot of dedication and effort. To anyone who wants to follow a career in soccer, Balderrama said, “Stick to it because soccer is a sport where you only get better as long as you keep practicing consistently and putting in an honest effort.” All of Balderrama’s hard work, practice, and efforts will culminate into one big showdown on Friday evening.

    The Highlander team, which is coming off a co-championship in the Baseline league with Chino Hills, will be playing at home (Highlander Stadium) against La Mirada, this Friday night at 5:00pm. Balderrama and company will be looking for the victory that will carry them one step further. The team has the capability to achieve great success this season, and only time will tell.

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2/14/17

By: Rylee Johnson and Caylee Park; The Plaid Staff Writers

   Each holiday is celebrated differently around the world, especially widely-known ones, such as Valentine's Day. Celebrations and traditions are different than here in America; although, some could be similar, varying on the countries. For example, the French women like to diabolically burn old pictures of men from past relationships. People from Denmark like to be jokesters by sending off joke letters to friends and family. In some countries, women use the day to find their one true loves or even future spouses. No matter the place, each country seems to have its own spin on how to spend Valentine’s Day.

France

   Fondly nicknamed “The City of Love,” in France we might just want to say, “Hate” instead. It seems that this day is when the French women choose to show loathing. Traditionally, the women gather around a bonfire and burn pictures of the men who did them wrong. When asked if this was correct for them to do, Mrs. Grages said, “It depends on the person. Was it really that bad [the relationship]? Just let it go.” When asked if she felt it was right or wrong, Grages said, “If it helps with issues- yes. It could be a kind of therapy.” As for what she would do if she lived in France, on Valentine's Day, Grages said, “[I] would go out and get chocolate crepes and go to the Eiffel Tower and eat it in the grassy area.” We have to admit that it sounds like a pleasant day.

Denmark

    Taking a different approach in what is the appropriate way to spend the day, Denmark seems to be more about the laughs. One idea the Danes have is to give girls joke letters. Danes actually send funny letters or cards to loved ones, family, and friends. The man is not supposed to sign it, leaving it as a secret admirer, if it is sent to his lover. Instead of using roses, people buy white flowers, known as Snowdrops. Ms. Landmesser said, “[I would like] Snowdrops. It’s different.” When asked what she would think about receiving a joke letter, Landmesser said, “[I] would love it. I think It would be funny.” It is good to know that people have a sense of humor.

  South Africa

    A person might find South Africa to be a scary place to live, but not because of crime. Instead, on Valentine’s Day, tradition has it that people have to wear the name of the persons they like on their arm all day. Yes. Women do that. Ms. Waldo believed in upholding the idea and said she would, “Follow the tradition of the country.” So, if she lived there, she would put a heart on her arm with the name of her love interest. When asked about how she would celebrate, Waldo said, “Spend it with my loved ones. Express my love. [You] should express love to everyone.”

                                               Saudi Arabia

     Celebrating a bit differently, Saudi Arabia has banned everything Valentine-related. A case in the earlier 2000’s occurred, where people were arrested for celebrating. When asked about how he would feel, if he could not observe this day, Mr Mason said, ¨[I] would be perfectly okay with that.” Since celebrating the day is illegal, when asked if he would break the law to honor the day, Mason laughed and said it was, ¨Not worth breaking the law.¨ Lastly, when asked if it would affect him at all, his answer was a stern, “No. I don't think it would.”

Finland

  Unlike the typical Valentine’s Day in the U.S., Finland breaks traditions with friends appreciating one another, as the focal point of  “Friendship Day.” The celebration, held July 30th every year, consists of friends exchanging common Valentine’s Day gifts, such as chocolates, flower bouquets, perfumes, and gift baskets, to showcase their gratitude for each other. Upon her thoughts on Friendship Day, Junior, Taylor Alejandre said, “I think it’s better because not everyone is in a relationship. Unfortunately, most of the people around me are in relationships, so I don’t know anyone who base their Valentine’s Day on friends.” In addition, Sophomore, Hannah Gewaid said, “This is more inclusive of everyone because the majority of people have friends, whereas a lot of people don’t have relationships. However, I also feel that this isn’t necessarily Valentine’s Day because a lot of the advertisement for Valentine’s Day is ‘you’re in love’ or ‘heart-shaped chocolates.’”

Italy

    On February 14th, many scope out on Valentine’s Day to find their future spouse. In keeping with that idea, Italian parents of unmarried daughters wake the girls up before sunrise and force them to set out to find their future husbands. It is said that the first man a girl sees will become her future husband within a year. So, women stand by their front windows, on the lookout for their significant others. Laughingly, Junior, Nicole Klingensmith said, “I think it’s very interesting and cool because here, we don’t really have traditions and beliefs on Valentine’s Day, like those in Italy, with the culture. But I wouldn’t say this method is very effective.”

South Korea

    South Korea has three different holidays available for everyone. February 14th is Valentine’s Day, March 14th is “White Day”, and April 14th is “Black Day.” On Valentine’s Day, girls give candies and other gifts to guys, mostly their boyfriends. On “White Day,” guys give presents to their girlfriends in return, for what they received the month before, especially white chocolate, which explains the name of the day. “Black Day” is an alternative day for single people. They come together and wear black, eat black food, such as jajangmyeon (a Korean Chinese noodle dish, topped with a thick, dark sauce), and complain about their lack of intimate relationships and chocolate gifts. Sophomore, Hannah Gewaid said, “I like it because individuals don’t feel left out, so it’s not solely focused on people in relationships. Also, I like white chocolate, but I find it weird the holidays are represented by colors, instead of emotional symbols.” When asked about her thoughts on the similarities of the holidays compared to the U.S., Gewaid said, “I think it’s similar in the aspect that we give each other gifts to show our affection towards one another, and it’s also similar, how a person who doesn’t have a relationship or isn’t in love would complain on that day, especially since Valentine’s Day signifies love in general” In addition, Gewaid added, “In comparison to the traditions we have here, it doesn’t focus on relationships as much because they have a specific day for those who aren’t in relationships. Whereas, here in America, it’s just solely relationship-based and if you aren’t in a relationship, you’re just there.”

England

    Similar to the beliefs of Italy, single women in England wake up early to find their life partner on their February 14th. However, one difference is that English women, before they sleep, take five Bay Leaves and wet them in Rosewater. Then, they put the leaves on their pillows, with one at each corner and the last one in the center. Junior, Rudy Varo said, “It just provides hope to find someone to love. The person who places the bay leaves can not only gain hope but also confidence because could’ve dreamt of someone, and if they see them, it will give them the extra motivation to engage in a conversation.” Varo’s final thought was, “I believe if that helps them believe in love better or provides hope to women, then by all means, they can do that. Finding the ‘one’ is an emotional roller coaster, so that effort put into finding their true love will eventually pay off and be highly rewarding to women.”

    We now have a taste of Valentine's Day from around the world, and how people celebrate. If they can, at least.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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2/14/17

 

             By: Hailey Higley; The Plaid Staff Writer

    What is love? Love can be classified as an emotion, a color, or anything a person wants it to be. There are many chemicals in a person’s brain that trigger different emotions. According to Science Daily,  “Dopamine creates feelings of euphoria while adrenaline and norepinephrine are responsible for the pitter-patter of the heart.” The Law of Attraction is best explained by mindbodygreen.com, which believes that, “You attract what you are.” So, it is important to focus on the message being sent out to the universe or as mindbodygreen.com states, “You create a reality that is a reflection of you.”

     When it comes to people, they have certain actions when they’re in love. “You can tell someone is in love by the sparkle in their eyes and how they light up, when they talk about the person they love,” said Sophomore, Haley Robley-Plant. Many people say that they believe in love at first sight, while others do not. “Most believe that they have to get to know the person before they can say that they love them. The same holds for whether complete opposites attract or not. Most would not agree and feel that they have to have something in common with their partner to keep a lasting relationship,” said Robley-Plant.

    When asked what a soulmate is, people have various ideas. Sophomore, Haley Robley-Plant expressed her idea of a soulmate as being, “Someone you always have a connection with.” There are also many key tips to keeping a long, healthy relationship. Senior, McKayla Starnes said, “Trust, communication, loyalty, support and love. The keys are what keep a long, healthy relationship, as well as believing in each other. A soulmate is not always someone they are in a relationship with either. A soulmate can also be someone they are best friends with.”

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2/3/17

By: Nailea Castillo, The Plaid Editor-in-Chief

     On February 1, 2017, five Upland High School athletes gathered with their families and friends to participate in “National Signing Day.” Peyton Angulo, Kylie Bruce, Natalie Copenhaver, Tyler Sweet, and Gary Theard have made commitments to various colleges that will further their athletic careers after high school.

     Peyton Angulo, who has committed to Utah Valley University for softball, informed the audience that she plans on majoring in Political Science, with an emphasis on Public Law. Angulo, despite the upset in tearing her ACL during this past year, has assured her friends, family, coaches, and teammates that she is ready to get back on the field and continue her career in softball for many years to come. “Upland has given me a lot of memories,” she said, “I feel like I’ve really grown in my four years of high school and I’ve learned a lot so I’m excited for the future.”

     Soccer teammates Kylie Bruce and Natalie Copenhaver also participated in “Signing Day.” Kylie Bruce, who has played soccer since she could walk, has committed to Roanoke College. There, she hopes to pursue Veterinary Science in college. “Upland has been great for me; it really has,” she said. “I’m going to miss this team more than any other team I’ve ever been on.”

    Also, a soccer player signing today, Natalie Copenhaver, signed with the University of San Diego. Copenhaver discussed all of the overwhelming love and support she received from her teammates, friends, family, and coaches alike. “My team was always there to help me and support me through hard times.” She said. Copenhaver is still considering her major, deciding between either Nursing or Kinesthesiology, but, nevertheless said, “I’m really excited just to get to college and know that all my hard work has finally paid off.”

    Aside from these students, were Tyler Sweet and Gary Theard, both signing for football. Tyler Sweet has played football since he was seven, has become a key member within his team, and has been taught to strive for greatness, both on and off the field. Sweet discussed the tremendous amount of support he has received from his friends and family, especially his coaches and teammates at Upland High. “I felt the love when I came here,” he said.

    Football player, Gary Theard, has committed to the Naval Academy. “This is what’s going to set me up to be the man I want to be,” Theard said. With his loved ones alongside him, dressed in Navy gear, Gary Theard shared his experiences as a student athlete. “Coming to UHS my freshman year, my second semester, was probably the best decision I’ve ever made- hands down.” Theard said. “The love and support that you guys provide me, ever since I was a little kid, it’s really going to push me and help me through this whole process, so I want to thank you guys for that.” Theard particularly paid thanks to his father. “You’ve suffered,” He said. “Dad, you’ve done a lot for me. You’ve sacrificed a lot. I’ll never forget when, at the barbershop, you quit your job, just to take me to practice. I’ll never forget that. It means a lot to me.” In addition, Theard thanked his teacher Mrs. Waldo and his fellow teammates.

     It’s clear that these students have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. “I’ll never forget my dad told me that, ‘Would you rather have fun for four years and struggle later in life or go through the hard, for the next four years and be set for life,’" Theard said in reference to the hardship student-athletes face on the road to success. However, with the love and support of their loved ones, each and every one of these athletes found the strength and determination to persevere through their athletic endeavors, allowing them to confidently sign on the dotted line, and take the leap into a prosperous future.

 

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2/2/17

By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid, Staff Writer and 

Nicoletta Domicolo The Plaid, Staff Photographer

 

The Girls’ Varsity Soccer team proved to be the best when playing against Saint Lucy's on Tuesday, winning with the score of two to zero. The Highlanders demonstrated an excellent game in keeping possession of the ball the majority of the game and having an unstoppable defense. The Saint Lucy’s girls were witness to the fact that the Highlanders can take the heat at anytime of the game and return an attack ten times stronger.

    The Highlanders were not fully attacking in the beginning of the quarter because they were sizing up Saint Lucy’s play. The game began to pick up with the Highlander offense by pressing the Saint Lucy’s players and maintaining ball possession, as demonstrated by Senior, Lupita Cabanillas, forward. Senior Captain, Natalie Copenhaver played an outstanding forward game, by attacking the Lucy’s goal and dribbling back in forth, for a clear shot, in the effort to make a goal.

    There was a near-shot, play-by-play, between Senior midfielder, Maya Cornejo and forward Cabanillas, which left the crowd at the edge of their seats and cheering the girls on more.  There was an outstanding goal that was first attempted by Captain Copenhaver but was quickly recovered and made by Senior, Brenda Maldonado, at minute nineteen, in the first quarter. The Saint Lucy’s players tried their hardest to break into the hard defense of the Highlanders but couldn’t find a clear shot by defender, Senior Captain, Alyssa Pigoni and blocks, by Junior keeper, Maddie Soto.  

    For the second quarter, the game for Saint Lucy’s was a desperate charge to the goal, in effort to score, but the Highlanders proved strong and determined to defend their territory on the field. Sophomore, Alyssa Duke chipped the ball up, far to the left, in a nice effort but was quickly recovered by freshman, Marin Whieldon. As the game progressed, Saint Lucy’s began to play more and more dirty with whistles and warnings being called at players. There was a yellow flag against Saint Lucy’s, with an opportunity for the Highlanders, which was not wasted. Sophomore, Chase Bibbey passed the ball to Captain, Copenhaver, who made the shot. Freshman, Marin Whieldon had a underdog moment in the game, with Freshman, Kaya Pigoni recovering the ball and making a perfect pass to Whieldon, who attempted a cross-cage shot but barely missed it. During the last ten minutes of the game, everything was intensified because Saint Lucy’s was trying everything in its arsenal to make at least one goal but the game finished with the Highlanders winning, with a score of two to one.

    Senior Captain, Natalie Coppenhaver commented on what her expectations of this season, when she said, “I knew we were going to be hardworking team with a lot of talented new players because we had something to prove compared to last season.” When comparing this season with the past four seasons she said, “We are a lot younger team compared to past seasons and we have the same goal which is win baseline league and just give it your all on the field.” Since it is Captain Copenhaver’s last season she said, “I am really honored to be captain and to lead the team on and off the field.” The message she wants to leave for the team is that, “I would like to say that hard work prevails over anything else and go on the field and have fun and do what you love.”

 

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1/24/17

    By: Anthony LopezThe Plaid Sports Editor

Photography By: Morgan Price, The Plaid Sports Photographer

    It was yet another disappointing night for the Upland Highlanders boys varsity basketball team last Friday night, as they lost to the Etiwanda Eagles, 74 to 47. The loss moved the Highlanders to a league record of 0-4, while the Eagles now have a 2-2 regular season record.

    Right from the get go, the Eagles played well on defense. Etiwanda’s basketball team has long been known for its defense and it proved to be the Highlanders Achilles heel on Friday night. The first quarter was full of defensive action from both teams, as a matter of fact, as the score ending the opening quarter was only nine to six, with Etiwanda in front. Oz Stokes, Bryce Parker, and Michael Flynn led the way for Upland in the opening quarter with the three players each making a basket.

    Etiwanda was shot out of a cannon in the second quarter, as they quickly began to make baskets and pull away with the lead. The Eagles offense was rolling the entire quarter, while the Highlanders defense began to struggle. Too many players were left open around the court, which ended up hurting the Highlanders all night long. While the Eagles offense was powering its way past Upland, Etiwanda’s defense was also coming up big, during the second quarter. The defensive front held the Highlanders to only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Eagles were able to score 26 points. It seemed the Highlanders were just struggling on both sides of the ball in the opening half. Heading into the locker room at halftime, the score was 35 to 19, and Etiwanda was quickly pulling away.

    The long night for the Highlanders continued in the second half. The third quarter included many turnovers, fouls, and struggling defense for the home team. This led to another big offensive run from the Eagles. There was just something about the entire game that made it seem no matter what the Highlanders did, the Eagles were always ten steps ahead. Offense, defense, and anything in between, the Eagles were simply outplaying the Highlanders. And to make matters worse for Upland, Etiwanda’s defense really got strong during the third quarter. Heading into the final quarter, Etiwanda had a 19 point lead, as the score was 53 to 34. Kessler Edwards, one of the Eagle’s best players, had 25 points, nearly 50% of his teams total score. Oz Stokes was leading the way offensively for the Highlanders at this point, as he had 15 total points.

    There was one point in the fourth quarter where it seemed like the Highlanders would have a chance, as they got within 12 points of catching back up to the Eagles. However, the glimmer of hope was short lived. Etiwanda had a late, explosive offensive run in the quarter to finish it off. Multiple fans in the stands were calling on Upland for its lack of passing the ball on offense, and its defense that repeatedly struggled time and time again throughout the entire game. After a very disappointing game, and certainly one that the Highlanders did not need, the final score from the Highlanders old gym was 74 to 47. Etiwanda won by nearly 30 points.

    Kessler Edwards scored 30 total points for the Eagles, while his teammate Miles Oliver scored 18 points. The two combined had a total of 48 points, more than 60% of the total 74 points the team scored. Oz Stokes was Upland’s highest scorer of the night with 20 points. Michael Flynn also turned in 8 points with a few rebounds. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlander’s head coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Etiwanda is a good team. I think we came out a little sluggish and then we found our stride a little bit later. I was happy with the way my guys competed in the second half though, but, Etiwanda is a good team and they ran their stuff tonight.”

    The Highlanders next game is tonight, Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30pm. It is another home game for the team. Their opponent is the Los Osos Grizzlies, who have one win in this regular season. The game is almost a must-win situation for Upland, as the team is desperately looking for momentum as they sit dead last in the Baseline league standings with only a handful of games left.

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1/19/17

 Destinee Mondragon & Haley Seiberling The Plaid Staff Writers and Nicolletta Domicolo The Plaid Staff Photographer   

     Despite the best efforts of the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team, they lost to the Chino Hills Huskies on Tuesday, by a score of 2-1. The Varsity team demonstrated strong defense and offensive skills; however, it was not enough to take down the Huskies.

    In the first quarter, the Highlanders showed great defensive backbone, with players such as Senior, Chase Hargrove and saves made by Sophomore, Cameron Walker. Senior Captain, Tyler Schrock dribbled and pressured the Huskies all throughout the quarter. Schrock’s multiple attempts at goals, however, only resulted in crossbar shots. Senior player, Joaquin Jaime was fouled multiple times throughout the game, playing both offence and defense. After many close calls, the Huskies received a yellow card and the Highlanders gained a free shot. It was a close shot but did not result in a goal.

    There was a lot of body banging between both teams. However, the Huskies played a tactical offense. Coach Diaz called for his players to put up a more aggressive defense and a precise offense.  The first quarter ended with no scores by either team.

    The Highlanders seemed determined to bring their A-game for the second quarter. However, the Huskies’ aggression on the field was hard to miss. There were some questionable plays, which seemed to be missed or ignored by the referee. However, the crowd did not miss them and called out, protesting their frustration.  Players, like Schrock and Jaime, tried desperately to make a goal, only to have their attempts end with whistles being blown and re-positioning for the Highlanders.  Senior goalie, Jose Salgado did an outstanding job at blocking crossbar shots. In the middle of the second quarter, the team barely missed a goal attempt by the Huskies.

     After a couple of turnovers of the ball, the Huskies made their second goal, which forced the Highlanders to try to pick up their pace. But it was not until near the end of the game that the Highlanders finally scored. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to pull out a win against the Huskies. The final score for the game was 2-1. Despite the loss, the Boys’ Varsity team is not discouraged and eagerly looks forward to taking on their next opponent.  

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1/18/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid sports writer

    Last Friday night, the Upland Lady Scots took on the St. Lucy’s Regents, for the second week of league. After a rocky start offensively, in the first quarter, the Highlanders bounced back and ended the night with a victory of 62-32.

    The night started off shaky, as both teams had a good defensive start. Consequently, the first quarter consisted of many fouls and free throws. With these constant interruptions, the Scots were not able to attack the basket, as they usually do. Finishing off the first quarter, the girls held the lead with a score of 9-6.

    Going into the second quarter, the Lady Scots turned up the aggression with an offensive comeback. With 15 points, Essence Carrington got the Lady Scots back on, with the help of several assists by Alexis Sanchez. The Highlanders held their ground on defense, rewarding them with turnovers and fast breaks. At the very end of the quarter, newly joined, Aysia Campbell, finished up the quarter with a quick layup, with milliseconds to spare. After an offensive change in gears, the Lady Scots ended the first half with a score of 33-14.

    At the start of the second half, St. Lucy’s had the starting possession. Upland then continued to play at a fast pace, with constant shots being made. The Lady Scots maintained their defensive plays throughout the third quarter. As a result, the Highlanders held their lead with a score of 49-26.

    During the final quarter, the Lady Scots resumed their executions within offense and defense, which truly payed off. Due to Upland’s consistency, the Regents could really only resort to their defense, in an attempt to survive the last quarter. At the end of the night, the Highlanders won the game with a 30-point lead against the St. Lucy’s Regents 62-32.

    With a well-needed comeback, within the second quarter, Upland finished off the game with an exceptional win. The leading offensive player of the night was Essence Carrington, scoring 26 points throughout the game. Alexis Sanchez and Mina Guevara-Goss also had significant stats, as Sanchez scored nine points, as well as five assists. Guevara-Goss scored eight points, with several assists as well. Upland averaged around 15.5 points each quarter, while St. Lucy’s averaged eight points per quarter. The following day, basketball player, Reina Solarez, commented, “Essence was shooting well and getting back on defense great. All of them were just running up and down the court, doing their best and trying to defend the offense from scoring.” Due to our ladies’ outstanding dedication, they were able to finish off the night with a significant lead.

The Lady Scots’ next game is Friday night, where they will take on the Etiwanda Eagles, here at UHS.

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