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12/11/17

   By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On December 8, 2017 the Hip Hop Dance Team dominated the stage with their amazing talent. The show was filled with colorful lights and music that made everyone want to dance with the team. The songs featured hits of today and also some throwbacks. The dances were precise, with excellent choreography that made each performance full of momentum. When asked how the team prepared for the show, senior, David Nguyen said, “Preparing for the show did require a lot of yelling, but the yelling helps the team work harder and focus more on the dances we work on for show. The team this year is very hardworking and dedicated, but also cheerful and loving.”

    The auditorium was packed with families and friends, all there supporting their favorite dancers. At a point in time, the coaches, Jan Carlo and An Le, called up volunteers to dance for a prize, which the crowd loved. The coaches have given their time and devotion to the Hip Hop team. Junior, Marissa Garza, said “ Jan and An have not only been good coaches to the team but good friends. They push us to work hard and shape us into better people at the same time.” The show was only achievable with not only the dancers, but the coaches who drive the team to exceed its potential. The team also showed their love to the advisor, Anna Jarrell, who was able to make this team possible from the beginning.

   “Family” is a word that was mentioned when each dancer from Hip Hop described the team. The dancers were not only dancing with friends, but had grown with each other, as a family. Junior, Logan Chacon said, “What makes us a team is the fact that we spend so much time together that now, we’re family and even though things get difficult or frustrating sometimes, we’re always there for each other and supporting each other.”The team made it known that they were a family, once it was time to dance because they were able to show off what they had practiced from the start of the year till now, together as a unit.

    As an ending came to the show, the dancers danced their last dance with such power that it would easily not be forgotten. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, junior, Skylir Dennis said, “My favorite part of the show was our final bow. We put hours upon hours of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into an amazing show that went by so fast. It was nice to share such a unique moment with my team.”

    For the Hip Hop team, the evening provided great memories for not only veteran performers, but the first-year teammates as well. Junior, Brandi Cervantes said, “Performing for the first time with Upland Hip Hop team felt amazing, as everyone was feeding off each other’s good vibes and it was just a once in a lifetime experience.”

 

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12/11/17

 

 By: Haley Seiberling and Rylee Johnson, The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

     On Thursday December 7th, Unity was held in the lower library, during periods three through five. The activity is hosted by the peer program, who also brings you the peer buddy meetings that are held at lunch. Unity is held at least once a month and students can only go by invite. If you are lucky, you can talk to one of the seven supervisors to have your name put on the list for the next meeting.

     Unity was made to help make our school become more of a bully-free zone. During the event, you play games, meet new friends and the deal breaker-a free lunch. You can skip three periods to play games and activities. Some of the games are more or less bonding exercises, which are meant to help you feel. Mr. Pish is one of the seven peer leaders and is also the teacher of the peer class. He mentioned that he loves his position as leader when he said, “I love doing this. I’ve done this for nearly twenty years.” When he was asked if more students should come and participate in the meetings, he said, “Definitely, I would love for more people to be involved.”  

      In Unity, not only do you have a chance to make friends, you can also learn things about your closest friends that you may not have ever known. The games you play, such as trust exercises and confidence-building games are designed to bring people closer together. Overall, it’s a great way to make our school bully-free and more like one big family, where everyone can come together and be friends.

  Senior, Hailey Castelan, is a member of the peer program and one of the leaders of unity. When asked how she felt about the program she said, “You feel like it’s another family. When you feel alone you have someone to lean on, someone to talk to. They won’t judge you.” Brielle Papavero, a freshman who attended the meeting for the first time said, “It’s really nice being able to talk to other kids going through similar things.”

    If you have never participated in a Unity session, you are going to want to take advantage of the opportunity. The chance to bond with students, who have similar interests and experiences as you do, should not be missed.

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12/11/17

By: Zach Triay & Hailey Hampton, The PlaidStaff Writers

    Once, every school year, our beloved choir program hosts a dazzling performance called the Elizabethan Dinner. From Thursday, December 7th to Sunday December 10th, the entire choir puts on a dinner show for over 200 guests each night.

    As soon as you walk into the building, you can automatically understand all of the hard work and dedication put into this event. There are rows of tables elegantly decorated to look like royalty would be present. Eleventh grader, Janna Cano, who played Cecily Smith, the poet's wife said,”The decorations are very traditional and well yeah, very nice. It took a whole day to put those decorations up.” There were ”Table Captains” at the end of each table, who tended to the guests and catered to their needs throughout the night.

    The guests each expressed different reactions to the show, when seeing it for the first time. When asked about here first time at the dinner, junior Maddie Thorn said, “My first experience was so amazing and it made me regret not going the years prior. And now, I totally understand the popularity of the event.” Thorn was also surprised at the scale of the production and said, “I was so surprised at how large this event was and it made me realize all the time and effort that each person gave in order to make the night perfect.”

    The students were dressed in different representations of the social classes. There were the servants, who served you food and drinks; the middle class, who walked around the room and interacted with different people sitting at the table; there was, of course, the royal courtiers who sang the majority of the songs. The queen, however, was easily the best dressed there. She had a elegant gown and a sparkling crown that seemed  to reach the sky.  It was quite surprising how seriously these students took their roles. Not once did they break character,e while speaking with the audience or performing. The townsfolk walked around the entire room and sparked conversation with anyone they could. It was very humorous and they made it all up as they went, entertaining you, as you waited for the show to start.

    Once again, it cannot be stressed enough about how much dedication went into this production. Janna Cano also said, “Overall, it was an experience that was tiring but it was inspiring. The whole thing. I loved it...It did get me tired because of all of the practices and rehearsing. But in the end, it was worth it. Everyone who put so much effort into it made it even better.”

    The whole show provided an experience that guests would find difficult to duplicate outside of Upland High School. The overall effort put in by all of the students showed what a dedicated and outstanding group of performers our choir program is.

 

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12/7/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid, Assistant Sports Editor

 

    On the last Wednesday of November, the Mock Trial team ended their season with their last competition. After competing with four other high schools, within the San Bernardino County, the team finished with two wins and two losses.

    At the beginning the season, the team was intensively preparing for the future competitions with a lot of new members. What some people may not understand is truly what Mock Trial is. Captain, Ayanna Hayes said, “Mock Trial is an academic team, where students have the opportunity to learn about courtroom jargon, whether it be actual cases or objections. We obtain a case to study the evidence, such as witness statements and basic information about the case, known as the fact situation and argue our side of the case, competing against other schools in front of real judges and attorneys, to win the verdict of either guilty or not guilty,as though it were a real criminal case. It is similar to debate but we are more oriented on actual court, which is super helpful for people who want to become lawyers.” Also, with a lot of new members and a loss of an experienced authority figure, the senior captains had to teach and guide the team through the entirety of Mock Trial on their own.

    Despite the challenges, the preparations for the season were much more intense and required a lot of hard work from the team. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “A lot of people don’t know about the Mock Trial team, so they aren’t aware of how much work each member has to put in. In the past years, our team would prepare for three to four hours, almost every day of the week. However, even though preparation takes a lot of time, every member has to have their energy and dedication to work their hardest for the team. A lot of the preparations include memorizing the case, being able to comprehend how to argue it, and learning how to defend your position.”

    Since the former coach of the Mock Trial team left, the captains struggled finding an advisor to even continue Mock Trial. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “As a captain and as a senior, it was really hard thinking about the future of Mock Trial at the start of this year. We were all unsure on whether or not we would be able to continue the team without a coach and without the numbers for a team. But we pulled through!” With the majority of experience residing within the seniors, the entire season relied upon the students. Moreover, the new coach Mrs. Boutros is now quickly learning and loving the program that she has gratefully agreed to advise. Boutros said,“It has been an amazing experience as the new coach for Mock Trial! At first, it was a little scary because I went in knowing nothing about the program. But the senior captains helped me along the way and I couldn’t have done it without them. I am so thankful I got the experience to be the coach; it’s been one of the coolest things I’ve done as a teacher.”

    After steadily going through the season, the team reflected upon this year´s experience. Hayes said, ¨I am so so proud of how the team competed this year. With a majority of team comprising of new members, it was rough starting off to teach everyone the lingo of mock trial. But, everyone far exceed my or any of the other captain’s expectations. One of our new members even earned a 29/30, which is an almost perfect score that I have rarely seen in returning members. Although we couldn't move on to finals, we placed higher than we have in two years and earned some of the highest scores I have seen since starting on the team. I am incredibly proud of how this season went.¨

    With this memorable season setting a new future for Mock Trial with a new coach and members, the team stresses that more people will be greatly needed for next year´s season. Captain, Jordan Haynes said, ¨I would definitely recommend Mock Trial to any student on campus, especially if they either genuinely love law, want to associate themselves with an amazing community on campus or want to have an amazing time with an amazing group of people and push themselves intellectually, to places they did not know they can go. In short, if you’re interested in a life changing experience, then you would probably be interested in Mock Trial.¨

    After a season of trials and tribulations, the Mock Trial team prepares for a new beginning and look forward to the best for its future.

    

 

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12/5/17

     

By: Devyn Holloway and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid, Staff Writers

      The first ever holiday Variety Show featured many different acts that all helped create a fun and unique evening. Held December 1 to December 2, there were interesting acts by the Theatre Department and other outstanding teens. The show was hosted by senior, Nia Bratton, who helped direct the show, alongside Michele Richardson. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, Mrs. Richardson said, “The performances, themselves, because the students are so excited to show off all their hard work to a live audience.” Averaging an audience of about  225 people per night, the show seemed quite a success.

   But when it came to the actual selection of the acts, Richardson said,“The auditions are open to the entire Upland Unified School District.” Mrs.Richison also explained that, “The amount of people who make the show depends entirely on talent; there is never a set number. The focus of the show is to celebrate the holiday season and there's no winner because all of the students are winners, since they have worked so hard and put up an amazing show.”

    Nia Bratton explained why she joined the variety show when she said, “Last year Mrs.Richison came to me and asked me to host the Best of Broadway...then she said I should host the rest of the shows in theater and I decided it would be fun hosting and doing the story, that's the best part.” When asked about her favorite part of the show Bratton said, “My favorite part is definitely the grunt work. The auditions and writing the show are my two favorite parts.”

    Freshman, Larissa Velasquez explained why she auditioned and said, “I'm auditioning for the Variety Show because I want to prove to everyone that I'm ready to show off my talent and give what I have to give, even if it's not good. My parents have been there to kind of help me, like always and to inspire me because my dad was a singer. He inspired me to sing and just give it a shot and just try something new.”  Velasquez, who sang Santa baby, said her favorite part of the Variety Show auditions was, “Just going up there and giving it your all and knowing that you tried, even if you don't get accepted.”

    Additionally, Iris Dallas, when asked about her act said, “I'm singing a song called Last Christmas. I choose this act because it was recommended to me.”

    Clearly, the Variety Show and its auditions proved to be quite a unique experience for all who participated.

 

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12/4/17

By: Selexs Muro and Caylee Park, The Plaid Staff Writers

    Every Tuesday after school, Video Club gathers and discusses essential information to prepare for the school year ahead and to plan events along the way, as well as pointers on how to improve their film productions.

    Senior and president of Video Club, Britney Liang said, “We go over our budget and we talk about upcoming events, like fundraisers for video club, different parties that we want to do or activities. For instance, we are having a Christmas party coming up and we also have movie nights for our fundraiser times.”

    A vast majority of the time, these meetings consist of general information, so that these members can have a better insight of what to expect and prepare beforehand, for future occasions. More specifically, during the club’s afternoon conversations, Liang said, “Basically, all our video leaders, T.V. leaders who are in television and leaders who are in advanced video production, organize stuff; also, we talk about what we are doing in video class like what upcoming projects for advanced video productions and what we want to do. We talk about senior videos, who we are going to assign to different events, budgets, and etc.” According to Liang, all video leaders are expected to, “pitch in ideas, what they think, or what we should be doing. They should be able to contribute to the conversation.”

    Besides their film-making talks, Video Club is also well-known for opening their movie fundraiser nights about twice a year, and usually around the holidays. As Liang said, “We did one for Halloween, and we showed Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas. We served pizza and had a raffle where people won gift cards, so that was are movie night for fundraisers. We earn money from food that we sell and overall just a good time.” In the behind-the-scenes of Video Club Liang said, “Right now, we are working on senior videos or the video of the year, a movie esque documentary.”

    Video Club surely looks to showcase the best of their abilities in film, with much preparation. Members share a glimpse of what is to come and expand their events to better the state of the club.

 

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11/30/17

By: Alasia Parra, The Plaid Staff Writer

     On Thursday, November 17, the staff of Upland High gathered in the teacher’s lounge to enjoy some healthy and delicious competition. Co-organizer, Mrs. Connor described how the competition came to be as she said, “It was Mrs. Salgado’s idea for team-building. To get the staff together and have a healthy competition.” In total, there were seven pots of chili competing in the second annual Chili Cook-Off. But it was Mrs. Connor’s chili rendition of beef, sausage, and jalepeños that took home first place. Second place was given to Jen Martinez, operator of the student store, whose chili used chicken to make its flavor pop. Finally, third place was awarded to Mr. Pish, the AP Psychology teacher who described his ingredients when he said “I grew tomatoes and peppers in my garden and [purchased] the other organic ingredients at Sprouts.”

    The Chili dishes were made with an assortment of meats, such as beef, sausage, and chicken. There were vegetarian options and a vegan special, by Ms. Kinsey as well. The rules were simple: Individuals sampled each pot and voted for his or her favorite. People were, of course, encouraged to go back for seconds and afterwards, desserts were provided for the guests.

    Laughter and stories filled the air, as staff and administration came together to enjoy the food. After about an hour, the votes were taken to the corner of the room and counted. The sound of hands slapping knees, provided a drumroll that set the mood for the tension, built around the announcement of the winner. When it finally came time for judging, Mrs. Connor had 10 out of the twenty-nine votes, winning the 2017 Upland High Staff Chili Competition.

    Typically, teachers are expected to be professional and cordial at all times, but to organize an event that simply encourages the enjoyment of good food and competition boosts morale and can improve the way teachers feel when it is time to go back to the classroom, and that is something truly award-winning. As Mr. Pish said, “This isn’t just a job. This is my family.”

 

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11/29/17

     By: Mikey Roccia, The Plaid Staff Writer

   
 The weekend of November 18 to November 19, our award-winning Regiment went to Fresno to compete in its yearly championship, the WBAś, where they placed fourth in the finals. Despite the loss of first-placed victory, students still enjoyed the competition and gained valuable experience.

     The competition, only two days long, was brutal to the competitors. Each school has approximately 15 minutes to travel on and off the field. Although Upland took fourth place, they were going up against stiff competition, such as James Logan, the previous year’s champion, and  Ayola marching band, who ended up winning the visual effects award. The first night of the competition, nine bands were scheduled to perform in the category “Five A,” the biggest group in fact. Freshman, Hayden Bixby said, “I was nervous about my first time performing on the big stage.” Upland ended up placing fourth at the end of the first night with room for improvement.   

      On the second night of competition, towards the end of the competition, it was still a close call between Upland, Homestead, Ayola, and James Logan. Ultimately, James Logan was the frontrunner; Ayola was in second; Homestead was in third, and Upland was in fourth.

      Despite the Regiment’s final placement, many of the students brought home great experiences that they will never forget. Many of the freshman were excited to go for their first time. Freshman, Trent Hanson said, ¨I was excited to room with my friends, and just perform.¨ Also, freshman, Emily Brooks said, “It was cool to perform on such a big stage. Many juniors, as well, were having a good time, as Julia Fernandez said, “It was fun but I’m sad next year is my last.” But the worst was for the seniors, as it was their last year in the program. Senior, Jonathan Gomez said, “I can’t believe it’s over. Time just flies by when you're having fun.”

      Even though band ended the year obtaining a fourth place win in Fresno, they are ready to work hard and hopefully, bring home the gold next year.

 

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11/27/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Sports Photographer

 

    The sport of football is everything a person wants; competition, challenge, and emotion. The sport forces its competitors to show heart, have strength, and use determination. Football will have you enjoying the highest of highs one moment, only to suffer the lowest of lows the next. Last Friday night, that rollercoaster of emotions is exactly what happened to the Upland Highlanders, as they lost in the semi-finals round of the 2017 CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs to the Oaks Christian Lions, by a score of 31 to 24. The Highlanders’ first loss of the season means the season has come to an end and with it, the quest for another CIF championship.

    After scoring 24 points in the first half of play, the Highlanders were bitten by extreme bad luck and misfortune, as quarterback, David Baldwin, suffered a shoulder injury on a play midway through the third quarter. As a result, the Upland offense never found paydirt again and was completely shut out in the final two quarters. The Highlanders did find themselves with an opportunity to win, however, with 23 seconds remaining, as they found themselves potentially in field goal range. Instead of opting to send standout kicker, Archie Green, onto the field to attempt what would have been about a 40-yard field goal, the Highlanders coaches decided to try a pass play. Any field goal attempts of 40 yards or more are always 50/50, but a field goal miss in this situation, would have most likely sent the game into overtime, as it was tied 24 to 24. Had Green made the kick, it potentially could have been the game winner. Instead, replacement quarterback, Evan Rowe, threw an intended pass for Bryce Parker. The pass was intercepted by Lions’ defensive back, Nate Lenthall, who returned it 95 yards, to score a touchdown and lock up an upset victory against the previously, undefeated Highlanders.

    The action began right off the bat for the Highlanders, as the first quarter featured nothing but Upland highlights. After electing to defer on the coin toss, the Highlanders quickly got the ball a couple minutes in, after an Oaks Christian three-and-out, and it didn’t take long for them to score. With 8:51 remaining in the first, running back, Cameron Davis, ran it in from two yards out, to get the go-ahead touchdown for Upland. Archie Green successfully knocked down his PAT kick, and gave Upland the 7 to 0 lead.

    The highly-appraised Upland defense continued its season long dominance on the next Oaks Christian drive, as defensive back, Caleb Roberson, intercepted a pass from Lions’ quarterback, Josh Calvert. With the interception, the Highlanders offense came back onto the field. The offense was able to find the endzone once more, as this time Kyle Jones, one of the Highlanders’ leading scorers this year, ran it in from two yards out to get his first (and only) touchdown of the night. Archie Green was able to knock down his second PAT of the night. With the first quarter coming to a close, the Highlanders had an early 14 to nothing lead.

    The last Upland touchdown of the night came next with 9:57 remaining in the second quarter, as Cameron Davis squeezed through a hole, right up the middle and broke through to score a 45-yard rushing touchdown. It was Davis’s second touchdown of the night. Green easily split the uprights for the third time of the night and suddenly, it was the scene of many games before, an Upland lead of 21 to 0.

    The momentum would start to swiftly shift however, as Oaks Christian decided to join in on the scoring. Once the Lions’ offense got the ball, after the aforementioned Highlanders’ score, it didn’t take long for quarterback, Josh Calvert, to find receiver, Bryce Farrell, open and score on a 60-yard touchdown play. Lions’ kicker, Ajay Culhane, was able to make his first PAT kick of the night, and dig into the Highlanders’ lead. The score was now 21 to 7.

    The momentum continued to increase for the Oaks Christian Lions, as the Lions’ defense was able to intercept a pass thrown by Upland wide receiver, Leshaun Potts, who was trying to throw the ball, as designed by the reverse play being attempted. The Lions’ offense quickly capitalized on the interception, as they scored on a double-reverse play, with 2:17 remaining in the second quarter. Bryce Farrell was the man who took it into the endzone once again. Culhane successfully kicked his second PAT of the night and just like that, it was 21 to 14. Notice the shift of momentum? Everyone at the game sure did, including the Fox Sports Prep Zone announcers, who began to notice the shift during their live stream.

    Upland’s final score of the entire game came with 10 short seconds left before halftime, as Archie Green attempted a 20-yard field goal. The kick was good and put three more points on the board for the Highlanders. With the first half coming to a close, the Highlanders remained in the lead, 24 to 14, but there was a noticeable shift in momentum and the ball game was far from over.

    Not only did momentum shift, but straight-up bad luck struck the Highlanders, when the second half of play began. Midway through the third quarter, Upland quarterback, David Baldwin, was injured on a play when he kept the ball and ran for a few yards. It was clear it was a fairly serious shoulder injury, and it would keep Baldwin out for the remainder of the game. It only helped Oaks Christian gain more momentum.

    The Lions worked their way into field goal range, with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Culhane attempted a 17-yard field goal, but the kick was no good. The score remained 24 to 14.

    The Lions scored their first touchdown of the second half, with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown run by junior, Zach Charbonnet, who was able to break through the middle and run it all the way to the end zone. Culhane kicked another PAT, and with the time ticking away, it was a three point game, 24 to 21, Upland still holding onto the lead.

    With the Highlanders’ offense not being able to find a way to score after the Baldwin injury, it was up to the Upland defense that has been appraised all season long to make sure Upland held onto the lead. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions were about to score again, but Highlanders’ linebacker, Leonard Leau, forced a fumble, which Jaden Dedman recovered. It stopped the Lions for a short while and provided a very much-needed defensive stop.

    The Highlanders’ defense was able to keep the Lions out of the endzone, but they were not able to stop them from getting in field goal range. With 4:38 remaining in the game, the Lions lined up for a 40-yard-field-goal attempt, to tie the game, and Ajay Culhane’s kick went straight through the uprights. With just four minutes left in the game, Oaks Christian had completed a comeback, and the game was tied, 24 to 24.

    The next sequence of plays all within the final minute were the final nails in the coffin for the Upland Highlanders. With just over a minute to go in the game, Oaks Christian lined up to attempt what very well could have been a game winning field goal. The kick was blocked by Fou Hoching, one of Upland’s best defensive linemen all season, and the ball was picked up by fellow Highlander, Malik Goss, who was able to run with the ball down to mid-field and set the Highlanders’ offense up for one last stand. Backup quarterback, Evan Rowe, and his offense, came onto the field and were able to move forward to the 24-yard line, thanks to a couple runs by Kyle Jones. The clock was quickly ticking away, and with 23.8 seconds remaining, head coach, Tim Salter, decided to call his final timeout, instead of choosing to let it run down to just a few seconds. After the timeout, the coaches decided to send the offense back onto the field, instead of the field goal unit. A field goal from here would have been about 39 yards. Archie Green’s longest kick this season, according to Fox Sports, was 38 yards. However, a miss in this situation quite possibly would have sent the game into overtime. A successful field goal would have meant Oaks Christian would be in a last-second hail mary situation. Nonetheless, Salter and his coaches elected to send the offense back onto the field.

    The playcall was a passing play, and Rowe threw the ball into heavy coverage against his intended receiver. The pass was picked off by Nate Lenthall and the Lions’ defensive back was able to run 95 yards, all the way back to the opposite end zone and score the game-winning pick-six touchdown. On the home side of the field, the crowd was going absolutely insane, as their team just locked up a spot in the Finals. On the away side of the field, a crowd that had become so accustomed to winning this season, quietly packed up and walked away in utter silence.

    The final score from Oaks Christian High School was 31 to 24, and the Highlanders endured their first loss of the season, which at this point of the year, means the season is over. It was an abrupt, crashing and harsh end to a good season.

    Not all is lost in this year’s football program though, as all three teams, Varsity, JV, and Freshmen all won their Baseline League championships. The varsity season saw a perfect 10-0 record, with a huge win over rival, Rancho Cucamonga, in a game that will be remembered for years to come. Players, such as Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Leshaun Potts scored loads of touchdowns this season. Quarterback, David Baldwin, showed drastic improvement in his game and skill. The defense, as a whole was fierce, all year long, accomplishing unthinkable stats. Justin Flowe averaged more than three sacks a game and the defense averaged about two interceptions every week.

    All in all, bad luck and bad games are just part of the deal in football. By no means did Upland perform badly on Friday night. They just encountered certain circumstances and didn’t capitalize on certain opportunities. At the end of the day, the team still went 12-0, beat Rancho Cucamonga, and won the Baseline League Championship. To keep you licking your chops, Baldwin, Cam Davis, and Taj Davis should all be back next season to keep the offense, which we’ve come accustomed to, going strong. Until next year, Upland fans. Until next year.

    

 

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11/14/17

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.

 

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12/11/17

   By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On December 8, 2017 the Hip Hop Dance Team dominated the stage with their amazing talent. The show was filled with colorful lights and music that made everyone want to dance with the team. The songs featured hits of today and also some throwbacks. The dances were precise, with excellent choreography that made each performance full of momentum. When asked how the team prepared for the show, senior, David Nguyen said, “Preparing for the show did require a lot of yelling, but the yelling helps the team work harder and focus more on the dances we work on for show. The team this year is very hardworking and dedicated, but also cheerful and loving.”

    The auditorium was packed with families and friends, all there supporting their favorite dancers. At a point in time, the coaches, Jan Carlo and An Le, called up volunteers to dance for a prize, which the crowd loved. The coaches have given their time and devotion to the Hip Hop team. Junior, Marissa Garza, said “ Jan and An have not only been good coaches to the team but good friends. They push us to work hard and shape us into better people at the same time.” The show was only achievable with not only the dancers, but the coaches who drive the team to exceed its potential. The team also showed their love to the advisor, Anna Jarrell, who was able to make this team possible from the beginning.

   “Family” is a word that was mentioned when each dancer from Hip Hop described the team. The dancers were not only dancing with friends, but had grown with each other, as a family. Junior, Logan Chacon said, “What makes us a team is the fact that we spend so much time together that now, we’re family and even though things get difficult or frustrating sometimes, we’re always there for each other and supporting each other.”The team made it known that they were a family, once it was time to dance because they were able to show off what they had practiced from the start of the year till now, together as a unit.

    As an ending came to the show, the dancers danced their last dance with such power that it would easily not be forgotten. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, junior, Skylir Dennis said, “My favorite part of the show was our final bow. We put hours upon hours of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into an amazing show that went by so fast. It was nice to share such a unique moment with my team.”

    For the Hip Hop team, the evening provided great memories for not only veteran performers, but the first-year teammates as well. Junior, Brandi Cervantes said, “Performing for the first time with Upland Hip Hop team felt amazing, as everyone was feeding off each other’s good vibes and it was just a once in a lifetime experience.”

 

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12/11/17

 

 By: Haley Seiberling and Rylee Johnson, The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

     On Thursday December 7th, Unity was held in the lower library, during periods three through five. The activity is hosted by the peer program, who also brings you the peer buddy meetings that are held at lunch. Unity is held at least once a month and students can only go by invite. If you are lucky, you can talk to one of the seven supervisors to have your name put on the list for the next meeting.

     Unity was made to help make our school become more of a bully-free zone. During the event, you play games, meet new friends and the deal breaker-a free lunch. You can skip three periods to play games and activities. Some of the games are more or less bonding exercises, which are meant to help you feel. Mr. Pish is one of the seven peer leaders and is also the teacher of the peer class. He mentioned that he loves his position as leader when he said, “I love doing this. I’ve done this for nearly twenty years.” When he was asked if more students should come and participate in the meetings, he said, “Definitely, I would love for more people to be involved.”  

      In Unity, not only do you have a chance to make friends, you can also learn things about your closest friends that you may not have ever known. The games you play, such as trust exercises and confidence-building games are designed to bring people closer together. Overall, it’s a great way to make our school bully-free and more like one big family, where everyone can come together and be friends.

  Senior, Hailey Castelan, is a member of the peer program and one of the leaders of unity. When asked how she felt about the program she said, “You feel like it’s another family. When you feel alone you have someone to lean on, someone to talk to. They won’t judge you.” Brielle Papavero, a freshman who attended the meeting for the first time said, “It’s really nice being able to talk to other kids going through similar things.”

    If you have never participated in a Unity session, you are going to want to take advantage of the opportunity. The chance to bond with students, who have similar interests and experiences as you do, should not be missed.

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12/11/17

By: Zach Triay & Hailey Hampton, The PlaidStaff Writers

    Once, every school year, our beloved choir program hosts a dazzling performance called the Elizabethan Dinner. From Thursday, December 7th to Sunday December 10th, the entire choir puts on a dinner show for over 200 guests each night.

    As soon as you walk into the building, you can automatically understand all of the hard work and dedication put into this event. There are rows of tables elegantly decorated to look like royalty would be present. Eleventh grader, Janna Cano, who played Cecily Smith, the poet's wife said,”The decorations are very traditional and well yeah, very nice. It took a whole day to put those decorations up.” There were ”Table Captains” at the end of each table, who tended to the guests and catered to their needs throughout the night.

    The guests each expressed different reactions to the show, when seeing it for the first time. When asked about here first time at the dinner, junior Maddie Thorn said, “My first experience was so amazing and it made me regret not going the years prior. And now, I totally understand the popularity of the event.” Thorn was also surprised at the scale of the production and said, “I was so surprised at how large this event was and it made me realize all the time and effort that each person gave in order to make the night perfect.”

    The students were dressed in different representations of the social classes. There were the servants, who served you food and drinks; the middle class, who walked around the room and interacted with different people sitting at the table; there was, of course, the royal courtiers who sang the majority of the songs. The queen, however, was easily the best dressed there. She had a elegant gown and a sparkling crown that seemed  to reach the sky.  It was quite surprising how seriously these students took their roles. Not once did they break character,e while speaking with the audience or performing. The townsfolk walked around the entire room and sparked conversation with anyone they could. It was very humorous and they made it all up as they went, entertaining you, as you waited for the show to start.

    Once again, it cannot be stressed enough about how much dedication went into this production. Janna Cano also said, “Overall, it was an experience that was tiring but it was inspiring. The whole thing. I loved it...It did get me tired because of all of the practices and rehearsing. But in the end, it was worth it. Everyone who put so much effort into it made it even better.”

    The whole show provided an experience that guests would find difficult to duplicate outside of Upland High School. The overall effort put in by all of the students showed what a dedicated and outstanding group of performers our choir program is.

 

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12/7/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid, Assistant Sports Editor

 

    On the last Wednesday of November, the Mock Trial team ended their season with their last competition. After competing with four other high schools, within the San Bernardino County, the team finished with two wins and two losses.

    At the beginning the season, the team was intensively preparing for the future competitions with a lot of new members. What some people may not understand is truly what Mock Trial is. Captain, Ayanna Hayes said, “Mock Trial is an academic team, where students have the opportunity to learn about courtroom jargon, whether it be actual cases or objections. We obtain a case to study the evidence, such as witness statements and basic information about the case, known as the fact situation and argue our side of the case, competing against other schools in front of real judges and attorneys, to win the verdict of either guilty or not guilty,as though it were a real criminal case. It is similar to debate but we are more oriented on actual court, which is super helpful for people who want to become lawyers.” Also, with a lot of new members and a loss of an experienced authority figure, the senior captains had to teach and guide the team through the entirety of Mock Trial on their own.

    Despite the challenges, the preparations for the season were much more intense and required a lot of hard work from the team. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “A lot of people don’t know about the Mock Trial team, so they aren’t aware of how much work each member has to put in. In the past years, our team would prepare for three to four hours, almost every day of the week. However, even though preparation takes a lot of time, every member has to have their energy and dedication to work their hardest for the team. A lot of the preparations include memorizing the case, being able to comprehend how to argue it, and learning how to defend your position.”

    Since the former coach of the Mock Trial team left, the captains struggled finding an advisor to even continue Mock Trial. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “As a captain and as a senior, it was really hard thinking about the future of Mock Trial at the start of this year. We were all unsure on whether or not we would be able to continue the team without a coach and without the numbers for a team. But we pulled through!” With the majority of experience residing within the seniors, the entire season relied upon the students. Moreover, the new coach Mrs. Boutros is now quickly learning and loving the program that she has gratefully agreed to advise. Boutros said,“It has been an amazing experience as the new coach for Mock Trial! At first, it was a little scary because I went in knowing nothing about the program. But the senior captains helped me along the way and I couldn’t have done it without them. I am so thankful I got the experience to be the coach; it’s been one of the coolest things I’ve done as a teacher.”

    After steadily going through the season, the team reflected upon this year´s experience. Hayes said, ¨I am so so proud of how the team competed this year. With a majority of team comprising of new members, it was rough starting off to teach everyone the lingo of mock trial. But, everyone far exceed my or any of the other captain’s expectations. One of our new members even earned a 29/30, which is an almost perfect score that I have rarely seen in returning members. Although we couldn't move on to finals, we placed higher than we have in two years and earned some of the highest scores I have seen since starting on the team. I am incredibly proud of how this season went.¨

    With this memorable season setting a new future for Mock Trial with a new coach and members, the team stresses that more people will be greatly needed for next year´s season. Captain, Jordan Haynes said, ¨I would definitely recommend Mock Trial to any student on campus, especially if they either genuinely love law, want to associate themselves with an amazing community on campus or want to have an amazing time with an amazing group of people and push themselves intellectually, to places they did not know they can go. In short, if you’re interested in a life changing experience, then you would probably be interested in Mock Trial.¨

    After a season of trials and tribulations, the Mock Trial team prepares for a new beginning and look forward to the best for its future.

    

 

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12/5/17

     

By: Devyn Holloway and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid, Staff Writers

      The first ever holiday Variety Show featured many different acts that all helped create a fun and unique evening. Held December 1 to December 2, there were interesting acts by the Theatre Department and other outstanding teens. The show was hosted by senior, Nia Bratton, who helped direct the show, alongside Michele Richardson. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, Mrs. Richardson said, “The performances, themselves, because the students are so excited to show off all their hard work to a live audience.” Averaging an audience of about  225 people per night, the show seemed quite a success.

   But when it came to the actual selection of the acts, Richardson said,“The auditions are open to the entire Upland Unified School District.” Mrs.Richison also explained that, “The amount of people who make the show depends entirely on talent; there is never a set number. The focus of the show is to celebrate the holiday season and there's no winner because all of the students are winners, since they have worked so hard and put up an amazing show.”

    Nia Bratton explained why she joined the variety show when she said, “Last year Mrs.Richison came to me and asked me to host the Best of Broadway...then she said I should host the rest of the shows in theater and I decided it would be fun hosting and doing the story, that's the best part.” When asked about her favorite part of the show Bratton said, “My favorite part is definitely the grunt work. The auditions and writing the show are my two favorite parts.”

    Freshman, Larissa Velasquez explained why she auditioned and said, “I'm auditioning for the Variety Show because I want to prove to everyone that I'm ready to show off my talent and give what I have to give, even if it's not good. My parents have been there to kind of help me, like always and to inspire me because my dad was a singer. He inspired me to sing and just give it a shot and just try something new.”  Velasquez, who sang Santa baby, said her favorite part of the Variety Show auditions was, “Just going up there and giving it your all and knowing that you tried, even if you don't get accepted.”

    Additionally, Iris Dallas, when asked about her act said, “I'm singing a song called Last Christmas. I choose this act because it was recommended to me.”

    Clearly, the Variety Show and its auditions proved to be quite a unique experience for all who participated.

 

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12/4/17

By: Selexs Muro and Caylee Park, The Plaid Staff Writers

    Every Tuesday after school, Video Club gathers and discusses essential information to prepare for the school year ahead and to plan events along the way, as well as pointers on how to improve their film productions.

    Senior and president of Video Club, Britney Liang said, “We go over our budget and we talk about upcoming events, like fundraisers for video club, different parties that we want to do or activities. For instance, we are having a Christmas party coming up and we also have movie nights for our fundraiser times.”

    A vast majority of the time, these meetings consist of general information, so that these members can have a better insight of what to expect and prepare beforehand, for future occasions. More specifically, during the club’s afternoon conversations, Liang said, “Basically, all our video leaders, T.V. leaders who are in television and leaders who are in advanced video production, organize stuff; also, we talk about what we are doing in video class like what upcoming projects for advanced video productions and what we want to do. We talk about senior videos, who we are going to assign to different events, budgets, and etc.” According to Liang, all video leaders are expected to, “pitch in ideas, what they think, or what we should be doing. They should be able to contribute to the conversation.”

    Besides their film-making talks, Video Club is also well-known for opening their movie fundraiser nights about twice a year, and usually around the holidays. As Liang said, “We did one for Halloween, and we showed Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas. We served pizza and had a raffle where people won gift cards, so that was are movie night for fundraisers. We earn money from food that we sell and overall just a good time.” In the behind-the-scenes of Video Club Liang said, “Right now, we are working on senior videos or the video of the year, a movie esque documentary.”

    Video Club surely looks to showcase the best of their abilities in film, with much preparation. Members share a glimpse of what is to come and expand their events to better the state of the club.

 

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11/30/17

By: Alasia Parra, The Plaid Staff Writer

     On Thursday, November 17, the staff of Upland High gathered in the teacher’s lounge to enjoy some healthy and delicious competition. Co-organizer, Mrs. Connor described how the competition came to be as she said, “It was Mrs. Salgado’s idea for team-building. To get the staff together and have a healthy competition.” In total, there were seven pots of chili competing in the second annual Chili Cook-Off. But it was Mrs. Connor’s chili rendition of beef, sausage, and jalepeños that took home first place. Second place was given to Jen Martinez, operator of the student store, whose chili used chicken to make its flavor pop. Finally, third place was awarded to Mr. Pish, the AP Psychology teacher who described his ingredients when he said “I grew tomatoes and peppers in my garden and [purchased] the other organic ingredients at Sprouts.”

    The Chili dishes were made with an assortment of meats, such as beef, sausage, and chicken. There were vegetarian options and a vegan special, by Ms. Kinsey as well. The rules were simple: Individuals sampled each pot and voted for his or her favorite. People were, of course, encouraged to go back for seconds and afterwards, desserts were provided for the guests.

    Laughter and stories filled the air, as staff and administration came together to enjoy the food. After about an hour, the votes were taken to the corner of the room and counted. The sound of hands slapping knees, provided a drumroll that set the mood for the tension, built around the announcement of the winner. When it finally came time for judging, Mrs. Connor had 10 out of the twenty-nine votes, winning the 2017 Upland High Staff Chili Competition.

    Typically, teachers are expected to be professional and cordial at all times, but to organize an event that simply encourages the enjoyment of good food and competition boosts morale and can improve the way teachers feel when it is time to go back to the classroom, and that is something truly award-winning. As Mr. Pish said, “This isn’t just a job. This is my family.”

 

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11/29/17

     By: Mikey Roccia, The Plaid Staff Writer

   
 The weekend of November 18 to November 19, our award-winning Regiment went to Fresno to compete in its yearly championship, the WBAś, where they placed fourth in the finals. Despite the loss of first-placed victory, students still enjoyed the competition and gained valuable experience.

     The competition, only two days long, was brutal to the competitors. Each school has approximately 15 minutes to travel on and off the field. Although Upland took fourth place, they were going up against stiff competition, such as James Logan, the previous year’s champion, and  Ayola marching band, who ended up winning the visual effects award. The first night of the competition, nine bands were scheduled to perform in the category “Five A,” the biggest group in fact. Freshman, Hayden Bixby said, “I was nervous about my first time performing on the big stage.” Upland ended up placing fourth at the end of the first night with room for improvement.   

      On the second night of competition, towards the end of the competition, it was still a close call between Upland, Homestead, Ayola, and James Logan. Ultimately, James Logan was the frontrunner; Ayola was in second; Homestead was in third, and Upland was in fourth.

      Despite the Regiment’s final placement, many of the students brought home great experiences that they will never forget. Many of the freshman were excited to go for their first time. Freshman, Trent Hanson said, ¨I was excited to room with my friends, and just perform.¨ Also, freshman, Emily Brooks said, “It was cool to perform on such a big stage. Many juniors, as well, were having a good time, as Julia Fernandez said, “It was fun but I’m sad next year is my last.” But the worst was for the seniors, as it was their last year in the program. Senior, Jonathan Gomez said, “I can’t believe it’s over. Time just flies by when you're having fun.”

      Even though band ended the year obtaining a fourth place win in Fresno, they are ready to work hard and hopefully, bring home the gold next year.

 

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11/27/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Sports Photographer

 

    The sport of football is everything a person wants; competition, challenge, and emotion. The sport forces its competitors to show heart, have strength, and use determination. Football will have you enjoying the highest of highs one moment, only to suffer the lowest of lows the next. Last Friday night, that rollercoaster of emotions is exactly what happened to the Upland Highlanders, as they lost in the semi-finals round of the 2017 CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs to the Oaks Christian Lions, by a score of 31 to 24. The Highlanders’ first loss of the season means the season has come to an end and with it, the quest for another CIF championship.

    After scoring 24 points in the first half of play, the Highlanders were bitten by extreme bad luck and misfortune, as quarterback, David Baldwin, suffered a shoulder injury on a play midway through the third quarter. As a result, the Upland offense never found paydirt again and was completely shut out in the final two quarters. The Highlanders did find themselves with an opportunity to win, however, with 23 seconds remaining, as they found themselves potentially in field goal range. Instead of opting to send standout kicker, Archie Green, onto the field to attempt what would have been about a 40-yard field goal, the Highlanders coaches decided to try a pass play. Any field goal attempts of 40 yards or more are always 50/50, but a field goal miss in this situation, would have most likely sent the game into overtime, as it was tied 24 to 24. Had Green made the kick, it potentially could have been the game winner. Instead, replacement quarterback, Evan Rowe, threw an intended pass for Bryce Parker. The pass was intercepted by Lions’ defensive back, Nate Lenthall, who returned it 95 yards, to score a touchdown and lock up an upset victory against the previously, undefeated Highlanders.

    The action began right off the bat for the Highlanders, as the first quarter featured nothing but Upland highlights. After electing to defer on the coin toss, the Highlanders quickly got the ball a couple minutes in, after an Oaks Christian three-and-out, and it didn’t take long for them to score. With 8:51 remaining in the first, running back, Cameron Davis, ran it in from two yards out, to get the go-ahead touchdown for Upland. Archie Green successfully knocked down his PAT kick, and gave Upland the 7 to 0 lead.

    The highly-appraised Upland defense continued its season long dominance on the next Oaks Christian drive, as defensive back, Caleb Roberson, intercepted a pass from Lions’ quarterback, Josh Calvert. With the interception, the Highlanders offense came back onto the field. The offense was able to find the endzone once more, as this time Kyle Jones, one of the Highlanders’ leading scorers this year, ran it in from two yards out to get his first (and only) touchdown of the night. Archie Green was able to knock down his second PAT of the night. With the first quarter coming to a close, the Highlanders had an early 14 to nothing lead.

    The last Upland touchdown of the night came next with 9:57 remaining in the second quarter, as Cameron Davis squeezed through a hole, right up the middle and broke through to score a 45-yard rushing touchdown. It was Davis’s second touchdown of the night. Green easily split the uprights for the third time of the night and suddenly, it was the scene of many games before, an Upland lead of 21 to 0.

    The momentum would start to swiftly shift however, as Oaks Christian decided to join in on the scoring. Once the Lions’ offense got the ball, after the aforementioned Highlanders’ score, it didn’t take long for quarterback, Josh Calvert, to find receiver, Bryce Farrell, open and score on a 60-yard touchdown play. Lions’ kicker, Ajay Culhane, was able to make his first PAT kick of the night, and dig into the Highlanders’ lead. The score was now 21 to 7.

    The momentum continued to increase for the Oaks Christian Lions, as the Lions’ defense was able to intercept a pass thrown by Upland wide receiver, Leshaun Potts, who was trying to throw the ball, as designed by the reverse play being attempted. The Lions’ offense quickly capitalized on the interception, as they scored on a double-reverse play, with 2:17 remaining in the second quarter. Bryce Farrell was the man who took it into the endzone once again. Culhane successfully kicked his second PAT of the night and just like that, it was 21 to 14. Notice the shift of momentum? Everyone at the game sure did, including the Fox Sports Prep Zone announcers, who began to notice the shift during their live stream.

    Upland’s final score of the entire game came with 10 short seconds left before halftime, as Archie Green attempted a 20-yard field goal. The kick was good and put three more points on the board for the Highlanders. With the first half coming to a close, the Highlanders remained in the lead, 24 to 14, but there was a noticeable shift in momentum and the ball game was far from over.

    Not only did momentum shift, but straight-up bad luck struck the Highlanders, when the second half of play began. Midway through the third quarter, Upland quarterback, David Baldwin, was injured on a play when he kept the ball and ran for a few yards. It was clear it was a fairly serious shoulder injury, and it would keep Baldwin out for the remainder of the game. It only helped Oaks Christian gain more momentum.

    The Lions worked their way into field goal range, with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Culhane attempted a 17-yard field goal, but the kick was no good. The score remained 24 to 14.

    The Lions scored their first touchdown of the second half, with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown run by junior, Zach Charbonnet, who was able to break through the middle and run it all the way to the end zone. Culhane kicked another PAT, and with the time ticking away, it was a three point game, 24 to 21, Upland still holding onto the lead.

    With the Highlanders’ offense not being able to find a way to score after the Baldwin injury, it was up to the Upland defense that has been appraised all season long to make sure Upland held onto the lead. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions were about to score again, but Highlanders’ linebacker, Leonard Leau, forced a fumble, which Jaden Dedman recovered. It stopped the Lions for a short while and provided a very much-needed defensive stop.

    The Highlanders’ defense was able to keep the Lions out of the endzone, but they were not able to stop them from getting in field goal range. With 4:38 remaining in the game, the Lions lined up for a 40-yard-field-goal attempt, to tie the game, and Ajay Culhane’s kick went straight through the uprights. With just four minutes left in the game, Oaks Christian had completed a comeback, and the game was tied, 24 to 24.

    The next sequence of plays all within the final minute were the final nails in the coffin for the Upland Highlanders. With just over a minute to go in the game, Oaks Christian lined up to attempt what very well could have been a game winning field goal. The kick was blocked by Fou Hoching, one of Upland’s best defensive linemen all season, and the ball was picked up by fellow Highlander, Malik Goss, who was able to run with the ball down to mid-field and set the Highlanders’ offense up for one last stand. Backup quarterback, Evan Rowe, and his offense, came onto the field and were able to move forward to the 24-yard line, thanks to a couple runs by Kyle Jones. The clock was quickly ticking away, and with 23.8 seconds remaining, head coach, Tim Salter, decided to call his final timeout, instead of choosing to let it run down to just a few seconds. After the timeout, the coaches decided to send the offense back onto the field, instead of the field goal unit. A field goal from here would have been about 39 yards. Archie Green’s longest kick this season, according to Fox Sports, was 38 yards. However, a miss in this situation quite possibly would have sent the game into overtime. A successful field goal would have meant Oaks Christian would be in a last-second hail mary situation. Nonetheless, Salter and his coaches elected to send the offense back onto the field.

    The playcall was a passing play, and Rowe threw the ball into heavy coverage against his intended receiver. The pass was picked off by Nate Lenthall and the Lions’ defensive back was able to run 95 yards, all the way back to the opposite end zone and score the game-winning pick-six touchdown. On the home side of the field, the crowd was going absolutely insane, as their team just locked up a spot in the Finals. On the away side of the field, a crowd that had become so accustomed to winning this season, quietly packed up and walked away in utter silence.

    The final score from Oaks Christian High School was 31 to 24, and the Highlanders endured their first loss of the season, which at this point of the year, means the season is over. It was an abrupt, crashing and harsh end to a good season.

    Not all is lost in this year’s football program though, as all three teams, Varsity, JV, and Freshmen all won their Baseline League championships. The varsity season saw a perfect 10-0 record, with a huge win over rival, Rancho Cucamonga, in a game that will be remembered for years to come. Players, such as Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Leshaun Potts scored loads of touchdowns this season. Quarterback, David Baldwin, showed drastic improvement in his game and skill. The defense, as a whole was fierce, all year long, accomplishing unthinkable stats. Justin Flowe averaged more than three sacks a game and the defense averaged about two interceptions every week.

    All in all, bad luck and bad games are just part of the deal in football. By no means did Upland perform badly on Friday night. They just encountered certain circumstances and didn’t capitalize on certain opportunities. At the end of the day, the team still went 12-0, beat Rancho Cucamonga, and won the Baseline League Championship. To keep you licking your chops, Baldwin, Cam Davis, and Taj Davis should all be back next season to keep the offense, which we’ve come accustomed to, going strong. Until next year, Upland fans. Until next year.

    

 

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11/14/17

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.

 

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Sports

12/11/17

   By: Nadia Castro, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    On December 8, 2017 the Hip Hop Dance Team dominated the stage with their amazing talent. The show was filled with colorful lights and music that made everyone want to dance with the team. The songs featured hits of today and also some throwbacks. The dances were precise, with excellent choreography that made each performance full of momentum. When asked how the team prepared for the show, senior, David Nguyen said, “Preparing for the show did require a lot of yelling, but the yelling helps the team work harder and focus more on the dances we work on for show. The team this year is very hardworking and dedicated, but also cheerful and loving.”

    The auditorium was packed with families and friends, all there supporting their favorite dancers. At a point in time, the coaches, Jan Carlo and An Le, called up volunteers to dance for a prize, which the crowd loved. The coaches have given their time and devotion to the Hip Hop team. Junior, Marissa Garza, said “ Jan and An have not only been good coaches to the team but good friends. They push us to work hard and shape us into better people at the same time.” The show was only achievable with not only the dancers, but the coaches who drive the team to exceed its potential. The team also showed their love to the advisor, Anna Jarrell, who was able to make this team possible from the beginning.

   “Family” is a word that was mentioned when each dancer from Hip Hop described the team. The dancers were not only dancing with friends, but had grown with each other, as a family. Junior, Logan Chacon said, “What makes us a team is the fact that we spend so much time together that now, we’re family and even though things get difficult or frustrating sometimes, we’re always there for each other and supporting each other.”The team made it known that they were a family, once it was time to dance because they were able to show off what they had practiced from the start of the year till now, together as a unit.

    As an ending came to the show, the dancers danced their last dance with such power that it would easily not be forgotten. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, junior, Skylir Dennis said, “My favorite part of the show was our final bow. We put hours upon hours of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into an amazing show that went by so fast. It was nice to share such a unique moment with my team.”

    For the Hip Hop team, the evening provided great memories for not only veteran performers, but the first-year teammates as well. Junior, Brandi Cervantes said, “Performing for the first time with Upland Hip Hop team felt amazing, as everyone was feeding off each other’s good vibes and it was just a once in a lifetime experience.”

 

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12/11/17

 

 By: Haley Seiberling and Rylee Johnson, The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

     On Thursday December 7th, Unity was held in the lower library, during periods three through five. The activity is hosted by the peer program, who also brings you the peer buddy meetings that are held at lunch. Unity is held at least once a month and students can only go by invite. If you are lucky, you can talk to one of the seven supervisors to have your name put on the list for the next meeting.

     Unity was made to help make our school become more of a bully-free zone. During the event, you play games, meet new friends and the deal breaker-a free lunch. You can skip three periods to play games and activities. Some of the games are more or less bonding exercises, which are meant to help you feel. Mr. Pish is one of the seven peer leaders and is also the teacher of the peer class. He mentioned that he loves his position as leader when he said, “I love doing this. I’ve done this for nearly twenty years.” When he was asked if more students should come and participate in the meetings, he said, “Definitely, I would love for more people to be involved.”  

      In Unity, not only do you have a chance to make friends, you can also learn things about your closest friends that you may not have ever known. The games you play, such as trust exercises and confidence-building games are designed to bring people closer together. Overall, it’s a great way to make our school bully-free and more like one big family, where everyone can come together and be friends.

  Senior, Hailey Castelan, is a member of the peer program and one of the leaders of unity. When asked how she felt about the program she said, “You feel like it’s another family. When you feel alone you have someone to lean on, someone to talk to. They won’t judge you.” Brielle Papavero, a freshman who attended the meeting for the first time said, “It’s really nice being able to talk to other kids going through similar things.”

    If you have never participated in a Unity session, you are going to want to take advantage of the opportunity. The chance to bond with students, who have similar interests and experiences as you do, should not be missed.

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12/11/17

By: Zach Triay & Hailey Hampton, The PlaidStaff Writers

    Once, every school year, our beloved choir program hosts a dazzling performance called the Elizabethan Dinner. From Thursday, December 7th to Sunday December 10th, the entire choir puts on a dinner show for over 200 guests each night.

    As soon as you walk into the building, you can automatically understand all of the hard work and dedication put into this event. There are rows of tables elegantly decorated to look like royalty would be present. Eleventh grader, Janna Cano, who played Cecily Smith, the poet's wife said,”The decorations are very traditional and well yeah, very nice. It took a whole day to put those decorations up.” There were ”Table Captains” at the end of each table, who tended to the guests and catered to their needs throughout the night.

    The guests each expressed different reactions to the show, when seeing it for the first time. When asked about here first time at the dinner, junior Maddie Thorn said, “My first experience was so amazing and it made me regret not going the years prior. And now, I totally understand the popularity of the event.” Thorn was also surprised at the scale of the production and said, “I was so surprised at how large this event was and it made me realize all the time and effort that each person gave in order to make the night perfect.”

    The students were dressed in different representations of the social classes. There were the servants, who served you food and drinks; the middle class, who walked around the room and interacted with different people sitting at the table; there was, of course, the royal courtiers who sang the majority of the songs. The queen, however, was easily the best dressed there. She had a elegant gown and a sparkling crown that seemed  to reach the sky.  It was quite surprising how seriously these students took their roles. Not once did they break character,e while speaking with the audience or performing. The townsfolk walked around the entire room and sparked conversation with anyone they could. It was very humorous and they made it all up as they went, entertaining you, as you waited for the show to start.

    Once again, it cannot be stressed enough about how much dedication went into this production. Janna Cano also said, “Overall, it was an experience that was tiring but it was inspiring. The whole thing. I loved it...It did get me tired because of all of the practices and rehearsing. But in the end, it was worth it. Everyone who put so much effort into it made it even better.”

    The whole show provided an experience that guests would find difficult to duplicate outside of Upland High School. The overall effort put in by all of the students showed what a dedicated and outstanding group of performers our choir program is.

 

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12/7/17

By: Rachelle Ignacio, The Plaid, Assistant Sports Editor

 

    On the last Wednesday of November, the Mock Trial team ended their season with their last competition. After competing with four other high schools, within the San Bernardino County, the team finished with two wins and two losses.

    At the beginning the season, the team was intensively preparing for the future competitions with a lot of new members. What some people may not understand is truly what Mock Trial is. Captain, Ayanna Hayes said, “Mock Trial is an academic team, where students have the opportunity to learn about courtroom jargon, whether it be actual cases or objections. We obtain a case to study the evidence, such as witness statements and basic information about the case, known as the fact situation and argue our side of the case, competing against other schools in front of real judges and attorneys, to win the verdict of either guilty or not guilty,as though it were a real criminal case. It is similar to debate but we are more oriented on actual court, which is super helpful for people who want to become lawyers.” Also, with a lot of new members and a loss of an experienced authority figure, the senior captains had to teach and guide the team through the entirety of Mock Trial on their own.

    Despite the challenges, the preparations for the season were much more intense and required a lot of hard work from the team. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “A lot of people don’t know about the Mock Trial team, so they aren’t aware of how much work each member has to put in. In the past years, our team would prepare for three to four hours, almost every day of the week. However, even though preparation takes a lot of time, every member has to have their energy and dedication to work their hardest for the team. A lot of the preparations include memorizing the case, being able to comprehend how to argue it, and learning how to defend your position.”

    Since the former coach of the Mock Trial team left, the captains struggled finding an advisor to even continue Mock Trial. Captain, Audrey Gonzales said, “As a captain and as a senior, it was really hard thinking about the future of Mock Trial at the start of this year. We were all unsure on whether or not we would be able to continue the team without a coach and without the numbers for a team. But we pulled through!” With the majority of experience residing within the seniors, the entire season relied upon the students. Moreover, the new coach Mrs. Boutros is now quickly learning and loving the program that she has gratefully agreed to advise. Boutros said,“It has been an amazing experience as the new coach for Mock Trial! At first, it was a little scary because I went in knowing nothing about the program. But the senior captains helped me along the way and I couldn’t have done it without them. I am so thankful I got the experience to be the coach; it’s been one of the coolest things I’ve done as a teacher.”

    After steadily going through the season, the team reflected upon this year´s experience. Hayes said, ¨I am so so proud of how the team competed this year. With a majority of team comprising of new members, it was rough starting off to teach everyone the lingo of mock trial. But, everyone far exceed my or any of the other captain’s expectations. One of our new members even earned a 29/30, which is an almost perfect score that I have rarely seen in returning members. Although we couldn't move on to finals, we placed higher than we have in two years and earned some of the highest scores I have seen since starting on the team. I am incredibly proud of how this season went.¨

    With this memorable season setting a new future for Mock Trial with a new coach and members, the team stresses that more people will be greatly needed for next year´s season. Captain, Jordan Haynes said, ¨I would definitely recommend Mock Trial to any student on campus, especially if they either genuinely love law, want to associate themselves with an amazing community on campus or want to have an amazing time with an amazing group of people and push themselves intellectually, to places they did not know they can go. In short, if you’re interested in a life changing experience, then you would probably be interested in Mock Trial.¨

    After a season of trials and tribulations, the Mock Trial team prepares for a new beginning and look forward to the best for its future.

    

 

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12/5/17

     

By: Devyn Holloway and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid, Staff Writers

      The first ever holiday Variety Show featured many different acts that all helped create a fun and unique evening. Held December 1 to December 2, there were interesting acts by the Theatre Department and other outstanding teens. The show was hosted by senior, Nia Bratton, who helped direct the show, alongside Michele Richardson. When asked what her favorite part of the show was, Mrs. Richardson said, “The performances, themselves, because the students are so excited to show off all their hard work to a live audience.” Averaging an audience of about  225 people per night, the show seemed quite a success.

   But when it came to the actual selection of the acts, Richardson said,“The auditions are open to the entire Upland Unified School District.” Mrs.Richison also explained that, “The amount of people who make the show depends entirely on talent; there is never a set number. The focus of the show is to celebrate the holiday season and there's no winner because all of the students are winners, since they have worked so hard and put up an amazing show.”

    Nia Bratton explained why she joined the variety show when she said, “Last year Mrs.Richison came to me and asked me to host the Best of Broadway...then she said I should host the rest of the shows in theater and I decided it would be fun hosting and doing the story, that's the best part.” When asked about her favorite part of the show Bratton said, “My favorite part is definitely the grunt work. The auditions and writing the show are my two favorite parts.”

    Freshman, Larissa Velasquez explained why she auditioned and said, “I'm auditioning for the Variety Show because I want to prove to everyone that I'm ready to show off my talent and give what I have to give, even if it's not good. My parents have been there to kind of help me, like always and to inspire me because my dad was a singer. He inspired me to sing and just give it a shot and just try something new.”  Velasquez, who sang Santa baby, said her favorite part of the Variety Show auditions was, “Just going up there and giving it your all and knowing that you tried, even if you don't get accepted.”

    Additionally, Iris Dallas, when asked about her act said, “I'm singing a song called Last Christmas. I choose this act because it was recommended to me.”

    Clearly, the Variety Show and its auditions proved to be quite a unique experience for all who participated.

 

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12/4/17

By: Selexs Muro and Caylee Park, The Plaid Staff Writers

    Every Tuesday after school, Video Club gathers and discusses essential information to prepare for the school year ahead and to plan events along the way, as well as pointers on how to improve their film productions.

    Senior and president of Video Club, Britney Liang said, “We go over our budget and we talk about upcoming events, like fundraisers for video club, different parties that we want to do or activities. For instance, we are having a Christmas party coming up and we also have movie nights for our fundraiser times.”

    A vast majority of the time, these meetings consist of general information, so that these members can have a better insight of what to expect and prepare beforehand, for future occasions. More specifically, during the club’s afternoon conversations, Liang said, “Basically, all our video leaders, T.V. leaders who are in television and leaders who are in advanced video production, organize stuff; also, we talk about what we are doing in video class like what upcoming projects for advanced video productions and what we want to do. We talk about senior videos, who we are going to assign to different events, budgets, and etc.” According to Liang, all video leaders are expected to, “pitch in ideas, what they think, or what we should be doing. They should be able to contribute to the conversation.”

    Besides their film-making talks, Video Club is also well-known for opening their movie fundraiser nights about twice a year, and usually around the holidays. As Liang said, “We did one for Halloween, and we showed Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas. We served pizza and had a raffle where people won gift cards, so that was are movie night for fundraisers. We earn money from food that we sell and overall just a good time.” In the behind-the-scenes of Video Club Liang said, “Right now, we are working on senior videos or the video of the year, a movie esque documentary.”

    Video Club surely looks to showcase the best of their abilities in film, with much preparation. Members share a glimpse of what is to come and expand their events to better the state of the club.

 

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11/30/17

By: Alasia Parra, The Plaid Staff Writer

     On Thursday, November 17, the staff of Upland High gathered in the teacher’s lounge to enjoy some healthy and delicious competition. Co-organizer, Mrs. Connor described how the competition came to be as she said, “It was Mrs. Salgado’s idea for team-building. To get the staff together and have a healthy competition.” In total, there were seven pots of chili competing in the second annual Chili Cook-Off. But it was Mrs. Connor’s chili rendition of beef, sausage, and jalepeños that took home first place. Second place was given to Jen Martinez, operator of the student store, whose chili used chicken to make its flavor pop. Finally, third place was awarded to Mr. Pish, the AP Psychology teacher who described his ingredients when he said “I grew tomatoes and peppers in my garden and [purchased] the other organic ingredients at Sprouts.”

    The Chili dishes were made with an assortment of meats, such as beef, sausage, and chicken. There were vegetarian options and a vegan special, by Ms. Kinsey as well. The rules were simple: Individuals sampled each pot and voted for his or her favorite. People were, of course, encouraged to go back for seconds and afterwards, desserts were provided for the guests.

    Laughter and stories filled the air, as staff and administration came together to enjoy the food. After about an hour, the votes were taken to the corner of the room and counted. The sound of hands slapping knees, provided a drumroll that set the mood for the tension, built around the announcement of the winner. When it finally came time for judging, Mrs. Connor had 10 out of the twenty-nine votes, winning the 2017 Upland High Staff Chili Competition.

    Typically, teachers are expected to be professional and cordial at all times, but to organize an event that simply encourages the enjoyment of good food and competition boosts morale and can improve the way teachers feel when it is time to go back to the classroom, and that is something truly award-winning. As Mr. Pish said, “This isn’t just a job. This is my family.”

 

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11/29/17

     By: Mikey Roccia, The Plaid Staff Writer

   
 The weekend of November 18 to November 19, our award-winning Regiment went to Fresno to compete in its yearly championship, the WBAś, where they placed fourth in the finals. Despite the loss of first-placed victory, students still enjoyed the competition and gained valuable experience.

     The competition, only two days long, was brutal to the competitors. Each school has approximately 15 minutes to travel on and off the field. Although Upland took fourth place, they were going up against stiff competition, such as James Logan, the previous year’s champion, and  Ayola marching band, who ended up winning the visual effects award. The first night of the competition, nine bands were scheduled to perform in the category “Five A,” the biggest group in fact. Freshman, Hayden Bixby said, “I was nervous about my first time performing on the big stage.” Upland ended up placing fourth at the end of the first night with room for improvement.   

      On the second night of competition, towards the end of the competition, it was still a close call between Upland, Homestead, Ayola, and James Logan. Ultimately, James Logan was the frontrunner; Ayola was in second; Homestead was in third, and Upland was in fourth.

      Despite the Regiment’s final placement, many of the students brought home great experiences that they will never forget. Many of the freshman were excited to go for their first time. Freshman, Trent Hanson said, ¨I was excited to room with my friends, and just perform.¨ Also, freshman, Emily Brooks said, “It was cool to perform on such a big stage. Many juniors, as well, were having a good time, as Julia Fernandez said, “It was fun but I’m sad next year is my last.” But the worst was for the seniors, as it was their last year in the program. Senior, Jonathan Gomez said, “I can’t believe it’s over. Time just flies by when you're having fun.”

      Even though band ended the year obtaining a fourth place win in Fresno, they are ready to work hard and hopefully, bring home the gold next year.

 

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11/27/17

Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, The Plaid Sports Photographer

 

    The sport of football is everything a person wants; competition, challenge, and emotion. The sport forces its competitors to show heart, have strength, and use determination. Football will have you enjoying the highest of highs one moment, only to suffer the lowest of lows the next. Last Friday night, that rollercoaster of emotions is exactly what happened to the Upland Highlanders, as they lost in the semi-finals round of the 2017 CIF-SS Division 2 Playoffs to the Oaks Christian Lions, by a score of 31 to 24. The Highlanders’ first loss of the season means the season has come to an end and with it, the quest for another CIF championship.

    After scoring 24 points in the first half of play, the Highlanders were bitten by extreme bad luck and misfortune, as quarterback, David Baldwin, suffered a shoulder injury on a play midway through the third quarter. As a result, the Upland offense never found paydirt again and was completely shut out in the final two quarters. The Highlanders did find themselves with an opportunity to win, however, with 23 seconds remaining, as they found themselves potentially in field goal range. Instead of opting to send standout kicker, Archie Green, onto the field to attempt what would have been about a 40-yard field goal, the Highlanders coaches decided to try a pass play. Any field goal attempts of 40 yards or more are always 50/50, but a field goal miss in this situation, would have most likely sent the game into overtime, as it was tied 24 to 24. Had Green made the kick, it potentially could have been the game winner. Instead, replacement quarterback, Evan Rowe, threw an intended pass for Bryce Parker. The pass was intercepted by Lions’ defensive back, Nate Lenthall, who returned it 95 yards, to score a touchdown and lock up an upset victory against the previously, undefeated Highlanders.

    The action began right off the bat for the Highlanders, as the first quarter featured nothing but Upland highlights. After electing to defer on the coin toss, the Highlanders quickly got the ball a couple minutes in, after an Oaks Christian three-and-out, and it didn’t take long for them to score. With 8:51 remaining in the first, running back, Cameron Davis, ran it in from two yards out, to get the go-ahead touchdown for Upland. Archie Green successfully knocked down his PAT kick, and gave Upland the 7 to 0 lead.

    The highly-appraised Upland defense continued its season long dominance on the next Oaks Christian drive, as defensive back, Caleb Roberson, intercepted a pass from Lions’ quarterback, Josh Calvert. With the interception, the Highlanders offense came back onto the field. The offense was able to find the endzone once more, as this time Kyle Jones, one of the Highlanders’ leading scorers this year, ran it in from two yards out to get his first (and only) touchdown of the night. Archie Green was able to knock down his second PAT of the night. With the first quarter coming to a close, the Highlanders had an early 14 to nothing lead.

    The last Upland touchdown of the night came next with 9:57 remaining in the second quarter, as Cameron Davis squeezed through a hole, right up the middle and broke through to score a 45-yard rushing touchdown. It was Davis’s second touchdown of the night. Green easily split the uprights for the third time of the night and suddenly, it was the scene of many games before, an Upland lead of 21 to 0.

    The momentum would start to swiftly shift however, as Oaks Christian decided to join in on the scoring. Once the Lions’ offense got the ball, after the aforementioned Highlanders’ score, it didn’t take long for quarterback, Josh Calvert, to find receiver, Bryce Farrell, open and score on a 60-yard touchdown play. Lions’ kicker, Ajay Culhane, was able to make his first PAT kick of the night, and dig into the Highlanders’ lead. The score was now 21 to 7.

    The momentum continued to increase for the Oaks Christian Lions, as the Lions’ defense was able to intercept a pass thrown by Upland wide receiver, Leshaun Potts, who was trying to throw the ball, as designed by the reverse play being attempted. The Lions’ offense quickly capitalized on the interception, as they scored on a double-reverse play, with 2:17 remaining in the second quarter. Bryce Farrell was the man who took it into the endzone once again. Culhane successfully kicked his second PAT of the night and just like that, it was 21 to 14. Notice the shift of momentum? Everyone at the game sure did, including the Fox Sports Prep Zone announcers, who began to notice the shift during their live stream.

    Upland’s final score of the entire game came with 10 short seconds left before halftime, as Archie Green attempted a 20-yard field goal. The kick was good and put three more points on the board for the Highlanders. With the first half coming to a close, the Highlanders remained in the lead, 24 to 14, but there was a noticeable shift in momentum and the ball game was far from over.

    Not only did momentum shift, but straight-up bad luck struck the Highlanders, when the second half of play began. Midway through the third quarter, Upland quarterback, David Baldwin, was injured on a play when he kept the ball and ran for a few yards. It was clear it was a fairly serious shoulder injury, and it would keep Baldwin out for the remainder of the game. It only helped Oaks Christian gain more momentum.

    The Lions worked their way into field goal range, with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Culhane attempted a 17-yard field goal, but the kick was no good. The score remained 24 to 14.

    The Lions scored their first touchdown of the second half, with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter, thanks to a 38-yard touchdown run by junior, Zach Charbonnet, who was able to break through the middle and run it all the way to the end zone. Culhane kicked another PAT, and with the time ticking away, it was a three point game, 24 to 21, Upland still holding onto the lead.

    With the Highlanders’ offense not being able to find a way to score after the Baldwin injury, it was up to the Upland defense that has been appraised all season long to make sure Upland held onto the lead. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions were about to score again, but Highlanders’ linebacker, Leonard Leau, forced a fumble, which Jaden Dedman recovered. It stopped the Lions for a short while and provided a very much-needed defensive stop.

    The Highlanders’ defense was able to keep the Lions out of the endzone, but they were not able to stop them from getting in field goal range. With 4:38 remaining in the game, the Lions lined up for a 40-yard-field-goal attempt, to tie the game, and Ajay Culhane’s kick went straight through the uprights. With just four minutes left in the game, Oaks Christian had completed a comeback, and the game was tied, 24 to 24.

    The next sequence of plays all within the final minute were the final nails in the coffin for the Upland Highlanders. With just over a minute to go in the game, Oaks Christian lined up to attempt what very well could have been a game winning field goal. The kick was blocked by Fou Hoching, one of Upland’s best defensive linemen all season, and the ball was picked up by fellow Highlander, Malik Goss, who was able to run with the ball down to mid-field and set the Highlanders’ offense up for one last stand. Backup quarterback, Evan Rowe, and his offense, came onto the field and were able to move forward to the 24-yard line, thanks to a couple runs by Kyle Jones. The clock was quickly ticking away, and with 23.8 seconds remaining, head coach, Tim Salter, decided to call his final timeout, instead of choosing to let it run down to just a few seconds. After the timeout, the coaches decided to send the offense back onto the field, instead of the field goal unit. A field goal from here would have been about 39 yards. Archie Green’s longest kick this season, according to Fox Sports, was 38 yards. However, a miss in this situation quite possibly would have sent the game into overtime. A successful field goal would have meant Oaks Christian would be in a last-second hail mary situation. Nonetheless, Salter and his coaches elected to send the offense back onto the field.

    The playcall was a passing play, and Rowe threw the ball into heavy coverage against his intended receiver. The pass was picked off by Nate Lenthall and the Lions’ defensive back was able to run 95 yards, all the way back to the opposite end zone and score the game-winning pick-six touchdown. On the home side of the field, the crowd was going absolutely insane, as their team just locked up a spot in the Finals. On the away side of the field, a crowd that had become so accustomed to winning this season, quietly packed up and walked away in utter silence.

    The final score from Oaks Christian High School was 31 to 24, and the Highlanders endured their first loss of the season, which at this point of the year, means the season is over. It was an abrupt, crashing and harsh end to a good season.

    Not all is lost in this year’s football program though, as all three teams, Varsity, JV, and Freshmen all won their Baseline League championships. The varsity season saw a perfect 10-0 record, with a huge win over rival, Rancho Cucamonga, in a game that will be remembered for years to come. Players, such as Kyle Jones, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, and Leshaun Potts scored loads of touchdowns this season. Quarterback, David Baldwin, showed drastic improvement in his game and skill. The defense, as a whole was fierce, all year long, accomplishing unthinkable stats. Justin Flowe averaged more than three sacks a game and the defense averaged about two interceptions every week.

    All in all, bad luck and bad games are just part of the deal in football. By no means did Upland perform badly on Friday night. They just encountered certain circumstances and didn’t capitalize on certain opportunities. At the end of the day, the team still went 12-0, beat Rancho Cucamonga, and won the Baseline League Championship. To keep you licking your chops, Baldwin, Cam Davis, and Taj Davis should all be back next season to keep the offense, which we’ve come accustomed to, going strong. Until next year, Upland fans. Until next year.

    

 

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11/14/17

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.

 

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