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Staff versus Scotts; Highlander Pride


By: Tallisse Gaston & Devyn Holloway

The Plaid; Staff Writers

   Team photo Last Thursday, Girls’ Basketball and a few chosen teachers participated in the first annual Staff versus Scotts Game. Each team played hard but the score was in favor of the staff, with a final score of 41-37. The proceeds went to the team, to help fund new equipment and uniforms. Head Coach Butler said, “Fundraising is going to go towards things like new uniforms, paying for tournaments, getting the girl practice gear. Just regular, everyday equipment that we need to run the program.” The intent behind the event is to have it continue in future years, as a fun way to raise funds and increase school spirit.

     Both teams worked equally hard to make the game worth watching. The teachers, even with less experience, held their own against the Girls’ Basketball team. The game started with a substantial lead on part of the Girls’ basketball team. Defense was At the rebound linestrong and teamwork was obvious. The ball flew back and forth across the court, briefly crossing into the territory of the spectator here and there. Both teams played aggressively, pushing and shoving, with a couple of times successfully, knocking players off their feet.

     The coaches did an amazing job of not only coaching the girls but also guiding and encouraging them in the midst of everything that was going on for them. Both teams demonstrated impeccable team spirit and communication. The game saw a couple of falls, stumbles and missteps, but nobody was badly hurt. The passion and aggression added to the already competitive atmosphere. No player held back, especially the teachers.

    The score came close numerous times and kept spectators on the edge of their seats. However, in the end, the teachers were able to maintain their lead. None of the players could have expected this outcome. Senior spectator, Alyssa Marino said, “It was cool. It was interesting to watch.”

    Players running in the gameThough left sweaty and tired, the teachers were surprised to hear of their win. When asked to reflect on their performance and the future of the event, both sides had nothing negative to say. Both sides maintained hope and sportsmanship. Coach Morin Said, “No. It was good. Hopefully, in future years, as this becomes a regular event, we will be even better.”

    Even despite the outcome, the Girls’ Basketball team took it in stride. Junior, Amari Jackson said, “They were pretty good. They were really athletic and I didn’t think they were going to be that good. They got a seven foot giant but thats okay.”

    The game also had a duel meaning for the seniors on the team, as the game meant one last time playing for their team and against their teachers. The game was a fun way to round off the year and usher in a new stage of life. Senior, Asia Campbell, upon being asked why she played in this event said, “I wanted to play because this would be my last time playing because I’m a senior.”

    Overall, this game was a success. Not only did it help to raise some crucial funds for the Girls’ Basketball team, it was also a fun way for the student body to be involved and show school spirit. In addition, a precedent for future years was set and a new tradition was born.


Cabaret: A Night Singing Under The Stars


By: Zach Triay, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    Picture of Choir singingMay 19 the Upland High School Choir program had its annual Cabaret performance. Incorporating pop pieces into the performance, as well as solos, Cabaret strove to move away from previous choir concerts. Each four choirs performed, as well as a set of eighteen solo and duet acts, which each included different genres of music.

    Many choir members took the stage for the first time this year, singing either a solo or duet. Junior, Tyler Chute participated in a duet with junior, Audrey Rice, for the first time this school year. His first time performing in an individual act for Cabaret, Tyler Chute had some fears as he said, “Even though the actual audition process is nerve-wracking, performing in front of tons of people really began to stress me out.” Chute’s duet partner, audience at showAudrey Rice, performed for the second year in a row for Cabaret. Having already performed as a sophomore last year, Rice had a different mentality performing this year and said, “From this year to last year, I learned to overall be more confident when I perform, since when performing, the audience is mostly made up of my peers.”

    All four choirs also performed a non-traditional choir song as their last performance of the year. Senior member of Madrigals, Rudy Varo, was a part of the closing act that performed the 80’s smash hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” His first year in Madrigals, Varo embraced his last choir performance of his high school career when he said, “Performing in Cabaret was definitely bittersweet, as I got to perform one last time with Madrigals. But it was the last performance of the year.” Junior, Oxala Garcia, also got to perform for the first time with Chorale to their rendition of “Footloose.” Oxala Garcia said she “loved” performing with Chorale, as she believed it largely pthe large choirrovided a different experience from Aria, which she had been in for two years.

    Cabaret largely represented the end of the 2017-2018 year for the choir program. Starting in October with their Fall Concert and continuing to the Elizabethan Dinner and later, the Spring Concert, the choir program’s dedication to the arts was shown throughout the year. Cabaret does not only represent the end of the school year for choir but also the new beginning of its 2018-2019 year.


Fusion Fest


By: Rylee Johnson & Alasia Parra;The Plaid, Staff Writers

    On Friday May 11th, the annual Fusion Fest was held, which celebrated the arts and what our talented students can do. The groups involved were Jewelry, Art, Ceramics, Auto Shop, Theater and Dance. In addition to student demonstrations, there was a face painting station and a free chalkzone for anyone. There was also The Kona Ice Truck and food from other vendors.

    Ms. Stirratt, who teaches Jewelry, Art One and Globa
l Art was just one of the teachers who put this event together. Stirratt said, “Mrs. Spears, she is kind of in charge of the whole thing…. We all work together to do this, she [Mrs. Spears] does the most organizing. She is like the leader.” When asked about the importance of showing off the arts, Stirratt said, “I think that our high school- we have such a diverse student population, with so many different talents. We have athletes; we have dancers; we’ve got really smart kids. There are so many differences to the high school and this is just one part- the arts, the dance kids, the visual artists and the musicians. It is just a way for us to showcase our students and so everyone can see the talent they have and what they do.”

    Mrs. Spears, who teaches Art, more specifically the Foundations of Art One and Two, explained how Fusion Fest began, when she said, “So this started eight years ago, when I came to Upland High School. We wanted to bring together all of the different arts, so it’s performing arts and visual arts. So, we decided to have this collaboration. It started very small and every year it’s getting bigger and bigger and we are just trying to really make it a big, awesome, fun event.”

    When asked about the importance of showing off art she said, “I feel it is super important for this event to occur because I feel like a lot of these students they don’t get their pieces shown. They are shown in the classroom and they don’t get an event to actually show. They are fine art pieces and this is an event where the arts get to come together to just celebrate the arts and what our students can do.” Mrs. Spears’ last words were that, “It is just a really fun event.”

    One of the featured artists in the show was senior, Katie Melara. When asked how she felt about her art being in Fusion Fest she said, “It feels good I like it. I like how people can look at my artwork and smile and stuff.” When asked about her portraits that were hung up, Melara said, “I’ve been drawing portraits like that since sophomore year. I’m a senior now.” As for what Melara plans on doing next year, she admitted to wanting to pursue her after after she graduates.

    All in all, Fusion Fest was a hit. It provided a safe space for students to show their creative talents to their peers and people had a great time.

Girls' Softball Going Strong


     Photo of Softball team

By: Lauren Johnson;

   The Plaid, Staff Writer 

     On Monday, May 7, the Girl’s Varsity Softball team faced Etiwanda for the second time in League. Unfortunately, Upland lost to Etiwanda a couple of weeks ago but on this night, they came out on the field ready to play some ball. Upland kept the lead throughout the whole game and finished the night off with a victory of 11-8.

    At the bottom of the first inning, Upland had its first up at bat and they could not have started out stronger. Freshman, Marissa Caballero, the first hitter of the lineup, hit a line drive out towards right field, firing up the rest of the lineup. Hit after hit and run after run, these girls kept up with the heat vibing off of one another. Freshmen, Sarah Haendiges and freshmen, Madison Souza both brought in two runners, with one line drive down the third base line and a ball hit deep into right field. Upland cleared the inning with a lead of 5-0.Softball player catching ball

    Continuing into the second inning, senior, Tyani Lowe really showed Etiwanda the skills that she would be taking to Bethune-Cookman University in the Fall. In the top of the second, Lowe made a quick double play at third and first, closing out the first half of the inning. With her next up at bat, Lowe swung right through the ball and scored a homerun for Upland. The team was ecstatic, as Upland was up 6-1.

    Going into the bottom of the third, Souza had another stellar hit into center field, scoring another two runs for the team, which left Upland with the lead of 8-1. As the top of the fifth inning approached, Etiwanda seemed to pull out the fire that they had been hiding in the first half of the game. Due to a few minor errors, Upland gave up a few runs and a two-run home run, which  tied the game up with a score of 8-8.

     At this time, everybody was glad that sophomore, Allison Beck, was back on the field. after being injured for about three months. Beck said, “I am so excited to finally get to play with my team and be on the diamond again. It’s been the longest three months not Softball player hits ballbeing able to play.” Not only has she made wonderful defensive plays, but her constant cheering and encouragement brought the team back into the game.

    At the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman, Natalia Lira, saved the team with a three-run home run. Lira’s teammates ran out of the dugout to congratulate Lira on the play. With a large smile on her face, Lira said, “I’m glad that I was able to clutch up for my team that I love.” Being one of the five freshmen on Varsity this year, she has continued to show hard work and dedication to Upland’s softball program. With their heads held high, the girls were able to hold Etiwanda in the seventh inning, and celebrate their victory.

     Upland faces Los Osos on Wednesday night, at Greenbelt Park, to celebrate Senior Night and their last game of League.


2018 Prom: Students Share On Last Dance


  By: Nailea Castillo; The Plaid Editor-In-Chief

Photos By: Kate Palomino; The Plaid Staff Writer   

     This year’s prom took students to Neverland. Taking place at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, students enjoyed a venue that encompassed a variety of fun activities, such as dancing, karaoke, carriage rides, and taking pictures inside a photo booth.

     The event began at 7:30 pm and ended at 11:30 pm. Students could enjoy themselves either inside on the dance floor, or outside amongst the available activities. On the dance floor, students, and even some teachers, danced to classic prom anthems, underneath the flashing purple lights. “It was a beautiful venue,” said Jesus Tovar. Also joking a bit about the ventilation in the venue, where hundreds of students were jumping and cheering to their favorite songs, Tovar said, “Due to the dance floor being too hot, people were forced to go outside for air.”

     However, senior, Brianna Martinez assures that the dance floor was still fun, and having to step outside and away from the dance floor was no disappointment. “The outside area was definitely cute with all the little activities they had out there,” Martinez said. Students had the options of karaoke, taking pictures in the photo booth, going on a quick carriage ride, and getting caricatures drawn of themselves.

     “I participated in the caricature and the carriage ride,” said senior, Caden Castillo. “The outside activities were surprising, but it was fun. I loved the outdoor because it allowed you to cool down after you dance,” said Castillo.

     One of the biggest moments of the night was the crowning of Prom King and Prom Queen. All members of the Prom court were invited on stage for the announcement. In the end, Taylor Hanzy was crowned Prom Queen and Foe Hutching was crowned Prom King.

     As the night came to a close, it was apparent that ASB presented an iconic high school memory for students to share with their peers. In addition, the seniors celebrated their final high school dance and the beginning of the swift countdown to graduation.


"Sweets to the Sweet:" Students raise funds for Charity at "Cupcakes for the Cure"


By: Lauren Phillips and Kate PalominoThe Plaid Staff Writers

Photos by: Kate Palomino 

     On Friday, April 13, the smell of cupcakes filled the air, as the National Honor Society hosted the annual “Cupcakes for the Cure.” Students and staff alike, brought their best cupcakes forward. Despite the friendly competition, all proceeds from the baked goods went towards the non-profit organization, Red Star Riders. Lasting from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., raffle winners were awarded with various prizes, such as body care products and even a gaming basket. Among the many winners, Mr. Darrow won the gaming prize.

    Over the years, Upland High school’s “Cupcakes for the Cure” has been held for various organizations, from breast cancer awareness to pediatric cancer care research. However, this year all purchased cupcakes went to a unique organization that focuses its resources on children who are affected by disabilities. According to senior NHS member, David Tran, “The proceeds from all of the cupcakes goes to an organization called Red Star Riders. The money is used to customize bikes and athletic equipment for disabled children. 

     Furthermore, some NHS members used the event as a way to help additional causes. Senior, Anan Hafez said, “I am going to the Middle East for the summer, and for every cupcake we sell, I am going to donate one to a Syrian orphanage as well. On top of what Upland High school is already doing, we are also able to do some other really cool humanitarian actions too. ”

    Although the fundraising was the main event on Friday night, the array of delicious cupcakes came as a close second. Ranging from cookies and cream to vanilla lemon, all cupcakes were donated by staff and students, who wished to help the cause and have fun. Math Teacher, Mr. Darrow said, “As a former NHS advisor, I first participated because I like to bake and people like my cupcakes. I’ve done it every year since”

   Recognising the importance of the event, students from all grade levels were the majority of the participants. Sophomore, Alana McKinnon said,“I think this cause is important because everyone same opportunities in life, regardless of any obstacles they may face. I also believe that it is a good chance for people to feel good about helping others” Holding similar views, Freshman Adhithi Anjali said, “After the event, I felt extremely thankful that I 

was able to help people who benefit from the cause. It was a great feeling to know that I may have impacted someone’s life, just by making cupcakes.”

    Along with giving back to the community in a fun and delicious way, Friday night’s event stood as an example of what can be accomplished by staff and students. In the words of David Tran, “‘Cupcakes for the Cure’ is important because it brings a sense of community between the bakers, students and individuals, who are going to be helped by this. It makes people feel proud to be helping others as an Upland High school student.”


Key Club Goes DCON


By: Isabella Demetz, The Plaid Staff Writer

Photo by: Christina Zimmerman

    Photo of DECON convention
      April 13th to April 15th, twenty members from the Upland High Key club attended Kiwanis District National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Key Club DCON aims at bringing together district members, from all over the nation, to elect the new district board, partake in a variety of workshops and celebrate the success of the past year. President Danny Del-Cid was awarded a $1750 Scholarship from the Kiwanians of Palo-Alto, for his outstanding 2017-2018 term.

    After weeks of initial meetings, payments, and forms, Key Club traveled on SouthWest Airlines to the Grand Sierra Resort, where over 2,000 members joined to participate in the convention. Districts from all over California, Nevada and Hawaii made new friends, shared stories from their individual experiences and showed spirit to convey their club pride.

    Upon completing his very last convention, senior and Key Club President Del-Cid said,“DCON serves as a goodbye and hello to those who have mentored us from the beginning, and are now stepping aside to allow us to continue the legacy of serving alongside your ohana. We all know that our time serving is limited and we all know it comes to an end. Yet it's always a surprise, not necessarily when it happens to us, but when it happens to the people around us.” DCON strives to join students with the passion for Key Club and a will to serve their community.

    During the three days, Key clubbers partook in a multitude of activities and workshops that strengthened their role as a member or as an elect for the upcoming board. Currently being trained for his position, freshmen and President Elect Andrew Doan said,“The workshops at DCON were incredibly useful. Not only did I obtain ideas that I wouldn't think of by myself, but I also learned how we can make Key Club feel like a family instead of just a club.”

    Officer workshops catered to teaching newly elected officials and training them in their responsibilities. The most qualified positions in the district lead each session, giving members the best and most helpful instruction. Regular members attended workshops that built character and developed their ideas for their club. They learned aspects from ideas for service projects to public speaking 101. There was an array of options during a certain time frame, so key clubbers choose to go to whichever event best suited them.

    District executives who will serve on the 2018-2019 board were also chosen during the span of DCON. After a caucus session, where each candidate was given seven minutes to give his or her speech and open the floor to any questions, two delegates from each Key Club were allowed to cast their vote for the new term. Key Club Editor, Zyrone Beltran, spoke to why this portion of convention was so crucial and said, “Dcon is the final key club event in each term and the most important, as the old board is relieved and the new is installed.” The officer elects will serve as next year’s board and will be in charge of completing their tasks in their position on the CNH District level.

    Not only were members educated about the works of Key Club, but they had fun during other activities. Aj Rafael, a famous singer and songwriter from Riverside California, performed at the convention as a special guest. Between sessions, Key clubbers explored the hotel within its limits, including a game room, pool, bowling, and go-karting. Members also attended a Governor’s ball, where students dressed up and have a night of dancing.

    Through three days of gaining skills that would help students on their future paths, Key Club members had the experience of a lifetime. Whether it was spirit battles or lectures, Key clubbers had an incredibly memorable weekend. Saying goodbye to Key Club, senior, Beltran said,“This single event can be summarized in 2 words, tears and smiles. Tears for seniors as their key club adventure ends but marks the beginning for many. And smiles as they reminisce the unforgettable memories and friends they made along this term and throughout high school.” Key Club District convention creates everlasting bonds that students will take with them forever.

A Trip To The Tropics



   By: Gabby Campo-Poe and Mikey Roccia;

          The Plaid, Staff Writers

     Friday, March 16 was the annual Sadies Rally, where the court of junior, Kyle Whetsel, junior Harry Hyun , senior, Fou Hoching , sophomore, Joaquin Enriquez , and senior, David Tran were announced as possible candidates for “Mr.Highlander.” The annual Sadie Hawkins dance, “A Trip To The Tropics,” was held in the Old gym later that night. The festivities started at 8pm and went until 11pm, with the school providing Kona ice, as well as other snacks to keep the dancers moving.

     The idea of the Sadie’s dance has traditionally been for the girls to ask the guys, a switch that seems enjoyable, but a different experience from Homecoming, Prom or any other dance held at Upland High. The dance itself, was vibrant, colorful and the students who attended seemed to really enjoy the upbeat atmosphere. Freshman, Blake Dover said, “It was fun hanging with my friends and dancing to some cool music.” Later that night, “Mr. Highlander,”was announced with senior, David Tran as the winner. Everyone seemed to have a great time, even those who believed that past Sadie Hawkins’ dances have been better. Junior, Brianna Incontro shared her insights, when she said, “I don't think it was as great as last year's but nonetheless, it was still really fun, as I was with some of my closest friends.”

     Another element that made this Sadies dance an unforgettable experience was everybody's unique dance moves. People would often dance in small groups with friends but in the middle of the gym there was a “mosh pit” of dancers, which became pretty intense each time the beat dropped in a song. Freshman Samantha Simons said, “It got really intense, really fun, really fast when that mosh pit formed.” Between the dancing, the music and the Kona Ice, people had a great time.  Freshman, Jenna Henson said, “I loved how they offered a nice treat as a way of cooling off, because it could get pretty warm in there.”

      Dances are a great way for a group of friends to get together and hang out or for a couple to spend quality time, and and Sadie’s was no exception. Despite that it might be nerve racking for the ladies to take initiative and ask out the guys, it seemed to be worth in the end, especially once the music started going.


Seniors Take Powder Puff for 2018


By: Hailey Hampton and Nadia Castro; The Plaid Staff Writer

Photography By: Nadia Castro


     Thursday, March 15, 2018 marked the annual powerpuff game for the seniors v.s juniors. The game started at four in the afternoon, with the sky cloudy and a chill in the air. The team captions from each team met at the fifty yard line, with the referee for the coin toss. Senior powerpuff player, Sarah Carichner said,” It's a cool experience because normally, football is all about boys, so it's cool that it switched and be able to play against your friends.” The seniors won the coin toss and the game began.

     The juniors began their attack on the seniors, with Kennedy Smith, as their first target. Before Kennedy was able to begin her kick return, she was tackled by a number of junior players. The senior class quickly lined up on the ball, at the twenty-yard-line to begin their offensive plays.      

     The senior quarterback hiked the ball and senior, Diamond Bishop took off running towards the end zone The ball flew through the air and Bishop jumped up to grab it.  Everyone in the audience was already celebrating, when the referee blew the whistle and called the play an incomplete pass. With the seniors not able to make a first down, they were forced to punt the ball to the juniors.

     The juniors and seniors battled back and forth, with each team, unable to convert on fourth down, which caused numerous punt kicks. Junior Powder Puff player, Janna Cano, said,”We’re having fun playing a game against the seniors We all just get to have fun, instead of just fighting.” Junior, Autumn Lindartood made an amazing catch, however it did not seem to be enough.  Finally, senior quarterback was able to make the first touchdown of the game. The touch down, by the Seniors, seemed to fire up the junior team especially, junior, Brooke Mobeck,who stopped the senior class from making two additional touchdowns. On the last play of the quarter, seniors Jasmine Jimenez and Melissa Alvarez, stopped the juniors from scoring.

     Halftime was lively to say the least. The all-boy cheerleaders entertained the audience, while the two teams rested and talked strategy plays. The seniors’ cheerleaders supported their team by wearing red, the color of their flags. On the other hand, the junior cheerleaders wore blue, for their team’s flag colors. Senior, Michael Iniquez, a cheerleader for the senior players said, “It was really fun! It was cool hyping up the crowd and cheering on the seniors. When I played football, getting a lot of support really hyped me up, so it was cool doing that for the Power Puff players.” They battled it out by having dab contests and the occasional cheer. By the end of halftime, the cheerleaders had the audience screaming and dying from laughter.

     The second half of the game started with senior special teams kicking the ball to the junior receivers.  Junior, Autumn Lindartood broke free from the defensive line and caught the football in the wide-open back field.  From out of nowhere, senior, Emily Williams tackled the junior, just shy of the first down. The Junior class lined up again; the quarterback hiked the ball and junior, number seventeen, Chase Bibbey, ran the ball into the endzone for a touchdown.  The Junior male cheerleaders made a pyramid and the crowd went wild. The Juniors were ready for a comeback.

     As the clock wound down, suspense filled the air, and both sides knew it was their final minutes to secure the win and take bragging rights for rest of the year.  The Juniors and Seniors battled it out, going back and forth and trying to score a touchdown. Finally, the referee blew his whistle and the scoreboard read 14-12. The Seniors won! Senior Power Puff player, Diamond Bishop said, “I’m really excited because last year we lost...The juniors played really hard.” The senior team rushed to the middle of the field, screaming and cheering for their new-found victory.  Seniors rule for another year!




National "Walk-Out" Day Moves Students


     By: Selexs Muro, The Plaid Staff Writer

     Photos by: Selexs Muro


     Students walking out of classOn Wednesday, March 14, 2018. at ten in the morning, Upland students participated in walking out of their third period classes, for seventeen minutes to honor the seventeen victims from last month’s Florida high school shooting. Students on campus were voicing their thoughts at the walk out. Junior, Grace Vazquez, said, “I do know why I'm coming out. The reason why I came out here today was because I'm not okay with nineteen school shootings in three months. Something, about so many people dying in such a short time, when is that ever okay? I don't think that this is really about ‘Yes. I'm for gun control laws’ or ‘I'm against gun control.’ Gun control, is gun control. Let them argue. But when that many people are dying so rapidly, that's you. That's me! That's us! Something needs to be done. And with politicians going off and saying, ‘Oh, we’ll talk about it later,’ enough is enough! We need to stand up and we need to do something.”Student with sign about NRA

      It was a movement that was planned by the students in Florida and was repeated across the country for high school students. While students were paying their respect, groups were spread out, giving flyers to students on how to contact their local representatives. Senior, Carlos Flores, said, “I feel as if the representatives need to take more action. We shouldn't be having a lot of school shootings, not just school shootings, but shootings in general.”

      The walk-out became a reality check for some students, as they were proud to help and spread the word. Many conversations consisted of making changes, using social media as an outlet to be heard, and how important it is to be in the movement. Junior, Laryssa Lahn, said, “It's important to be in the movement because other people can be aware that we need some kind of change, rather than there being no change.”

      Students weren't the only ones who had thoughts about gun control. Teachers were voicing out their views as well. Head Coach for Girls Varsity Basketball and teacher, Cristine Butler, said, “I think the laws are a step into the right direction, in terms of keeping guns Student on cell phoneand high power weapons out of the hands of the general public, especially automatic weapons, weapons that are designed to kill as many people as possible. These weapons really have nothing to do with our second amendment right to protect ourselves and I'm definitely against teachers being armed on school grounds. I think it's dangerous and irresponsible.”

       Following the recent shootings, not only students, but teachers as well, are thinking of a way to escape and keep safe. A sad commentary on the state of affairs is the fact that some students have been caring extra food and clothing, just to be safe. Mrs. Butler continued to explain, “I think since Columbine, which happened when I was a freshman in high school, I think ever since that moment, it's been in the back of my mind. When we are in large assemblies together, as a school, I am thinking about where the exits are. I'm thinking about how we can get the kids to safety quickly as possible. It's definitely on my mind.”

       Out of all the students protesting gun violence and standing for the seventeen victims, one group of students stood out with their own stance on the situation. Sophomore, Nathan Smith, brought Student protesterstwo flags that represented his view on gun control laws. He said, “I brought them just in case something political was going to happen and I decided to voice my own opinion.” One flag had the saying, “Don’t Tread On Me” with a rattlesnake coiled above the saying. The motto explains patriotism and freedom and suggests that one won’t have their rights taken away from them. The other flag was held by two other students, both seniors, Richard Heard and Kevin Hinds. The second flag had a gun in the middle of the flag and under it displayed, “COME AND TAKE IT.” Smith continued to explain the meaning behind the flag when he said, “It’s our constitutional right. We can own it if we want to. And it’s kind of like a challenge to everyone else, like you want our guns, come and take them then.”

      Both seniors explained their reasoning behind why they chose to stand out and to be heard. The picture of the three students was shared on Twitter and Instagram, where it received comments from both viewpoints on their action. Kevin Hinds said, “To be honest, it doesn't matter which side you choose. It's either going to happen or not. If it does, it does. I understand it's their right to say stuff, but if we say anything, we get called out. But when we call out other Student protestorspeople, we get into more trouble.” Richard Heard later said, “Well, I came out because I don't necessarily like the idea of people trying to take my rights to defend myself, because I feel like the majority of those kids that talk about gun control, don't even know why they're out there or what they're talking about. I mean, if you think about it, if everyone on that campus in Florida had a gun, it wouldn't even have happened. There might have been two casualties, instead of seventeen. So, it's like I'm not going to be the one to bend over. I'm going to defend myself. There's a lot of kids out there that might think the same thing as me, but don't want to say it because they're scared or they don't know how to say it or don't have the social skills. But if you need to be the change you want to be, you can't just wish for something to happen. You can't pray for it, you have to go out and do it.”

      Students felt remorse for the victims families and did prayers to honor them. They were also giving each other hugs to show appreciation for one another. At 10:17 a.m., the walk out was officially over and at 10:20, students had to go to their fourth periods. The walk-out made a very large impact on not only the students, but in history as well.


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First Swim Invitational Proves Success



By: Camille Sipple, The PlaidStaff Writer

         Photography by: Camille Sipple

     On Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th, the Upland Aquatics program hosted its very first annual swim invitational. An invitational is similar to a normal swim meet but on a much larger scale because it generally involves multiple schools competing, rather than just two. On, Friday, March 9th, the Varsity swim team went head to head with other schools in preliminary competition; each swimmer competing to obtain the fastest time, in order to participate in finals the next day.

     Early on the morning of Saturday, March 10th, the Junior Varsity team competed in their preliminary races in the hopes of attending finals that afternoon. The schools that attended this specific invitational were Upland, Chino Hills, Alta Loma, Chino Hills Open and Charter Oak.     

     Though there were not many in attendance this year, Coach Bell said that they, “hope to be able to attract 24 teams to come to this event in upcoming years.” In previous years, the UHS swim team has competed in several invitationals at aquatic centers, such as Mt. SAC and Chino Hills. When asked why they decided to host this year, Coach Bell said, “We were looking for an invitational that allowed us to enter the number of swimmers we have, as well as allow for as many to come back for a finals appearance. This finals appearance is what we want for our swimmers, to gain that experience.” It was achieved, since many Upland swimmers were able to make an appearance in the finals competition, Saturday afternoon.

    By attending or, in this case, hosting your own invitationals, more athletes were able to compete and gain the experience of true competition, which in turn, inspires them to work harder and swim faster. Junior, Brendan McMillan said that he believed this event, “was an overall success” and that it, “ran smoothly.” The success of this invitational was largely attributed to the immense support that this program has, which Coach Stump commented on, when he said they had, “great support from school admin.”

    Coach Bell explained how it all, “ran smoothly because of the parent support.” Coach Stump’s excitement over how it went was evident when he said that, “teams that participated complimented us [...] and people seemed to really enjoy our facility.  The pool, the deck space, and the newly redone stands make Upland the perfect place to host an Invitational!”

    All around, Upland Aquatics’ first annual invitational turned out to be a success because according to junior, Jaselle Garibay, even though they didn’t, “Get the overall win, each swimmer did their best”. Garibay also said, “Although, it’s a lot of work to put on, it’s something we all enjoy” and she, along with many of the other members and coaches of the UHS swim team, hope to see this new opportunity turn into a yearly event.


Boys’ Basketball Bitten by Upland’s Semi-Finals Curse


Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Kesler Graves, Contributing Photographer

         The Upland Boys’ Varsity Basketball team lost to Brentwood High School last Friday night, 70 to 59, as the two teams faced off in the semi-finals round of the 2018 CIF-SS Division 2AA Playoff Tournament. Upland shooting guard, Frankie Alvarez, was the leading scorer for the Highlanders with 21 points, 12 of which came from three-pointers.

         Call it coincidence or a curse that simply cannot be broken, but yet another Upland High School sports team has lost its semi-finals playoff match. It is not a new trend though, as football has lost in the semi-finals round a handful of times in the last decade, along with a few other teams on campus. Not all was bad for the Highlanders basketball team though, as this was the first time, since 2001 that the team was able to make this deep of a playoff run. By virtue of making the final four, the Highlanders have also now qualified for a state tournament, featuring many of SoCal’s best high school basketball teams.

          There were definitely opportunities for Upland to win this game, however, as Brentwood often found itself in a slump quite a few minutes, from time to time. In those mini slumps, the Highlanders were not able to capitalize. For one instance, there was a period of about four whole minutes where Brentwood did not score any points as they were stuck at 41. In that time, Upland was only able to score seven points and not take the lead.

          A lot of points were also missed in the fouling category for Upland. For starters, the team had over ten fouls in the second half, giving Brentwood double bonuses, allowing them to score point after point. Sure, a lot of these fouls came in the waning moments of the game, as a last-ditch effort to claw themselves back in the game, but Upland had set themselves up with too many team fouls to be able to successfully pull off that late-game strategy. In addition, when Upland was able to go to the free throw line themselves, the ball struggled finding the net. The Highlanders went 11 for 23 on free throws, which is 12 missed points, and Upland only lost by 11. Sometimes, that’s just how basketball goes and we’ll never know if the missed free throws would have any effect on the final score.

          At the end of the first quarter, it was Upland, with the small lead of 17 to 16. The game had featured many of the same characteristics of the last playoff match against Campbell Hall. Defense on both teams was prominent, back and forth momentum was evident, and neither team had an advantage.

          In the second quarter, Brentwood was able to put up 21 points, while Upland only scored 15. It was Brentwood’s best quarter of the game and the solid quarter also established Brentwood’s lead for the remainder of the night. Heading into halftime, Brentwood had the lead, by a score of 37 to 32.

          The third quarter is where the game began to slide downhill for the Highlanders. The offense began to struggle to find the net and the defense was having a hard time stopping some of Brentwood’s point guards and shooting guards who were very capable of draining threes. The quarter featured the Brentwood slump, where they failed to score any points for about four minutes. When the slump started, the score was 41 to 31. By the time Brentwood score again, Upland had only chipped into the lead by seven more points.

          The final quarter of play saw Frankie Alvarez fouled out, late in the going. It was not for lack of effort though, as Alvarez scored a game high 21 points for Upland. The Highlanders were not able to close in on the lead in the final eight minutes. Bryce Parker did manage to get a big-time, slam dunk in the waning seconds, for Upland to score the final two points of the game. The final score from Upland High School was 70 to 59. Whether it was missed opportunities or Brentwood’s solid defense, the Highlanders could not survive the semi-finals round, a phrase we’ve heard one too many times.

          Since Upland made it all the way to the Final Four, the team has now qualified for a state tournament. Be sure to check the MaxPreps’ Upland High Sports’ Calendar for more details on that in the days to come.


Boys Basketball Defeats Campbell Hall; Moving onto Final Four


Written by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor

Photography by: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor


    The Upland Boys’ Varsity Basketball team was able to continue its playoff run as it beat Campbell Hall, 68 to 64, on Tuesday night. The latest win came in round three of the 2018 CIF Division 2AA Playoffs and ensures the Highlanders will now move onto the semi-finals for the first time since 2001.

    Heading into Tuesday night’s game, the Highlanders had already been exceeding expectations and establishing themselves as the best underdog story in 2018. Coming off wins against Colony in round one and Aliso Niguel in round two, both of which were against the odds, the Highlanders came into Tuesday night with newfound confidence and immense momentum.

    The first quarter began sort of slow for both teams, as both teams played well on defense. Upland’s big man up front, Bryce Parker, and stand-out point guard, Gjerard Wilson were the leading scorers throughout the course of the game. Neither team scored above 15 points in the first quarter, however, there were back and forth lead changes, keeping everybody on their toes.

    The second quarter featured much of what the previous ten minutes did. Back and forth lead changes, good defense, and momentum swings for both teams. Parker and Wilson continued to lead in points for Upland. Throughout the quarter, and for the entire game, neither team could gain a huge advantage. No lead exceeded 10 points throughout the game.

    Many Upland fans will tell you the second half featured a score of questionable calls from the referees. Indeed, there were some controversial calls made. Fo Hoching was called for four fouls in the latter parts of the second half, and the Upland team overall, was called for ten team fouls, just in the second half. The controversy was that many of these fouls looked very questionable. High school sports does not have the luxury of instant replay, but if it did, there would be a lot of upset fans talking about this game for a long time. The third quarter featured more of the same, as Upland put up 18 points and Campbell Hall put up 14 points, at the end of the third. The Highlanders held a slight lead heading into the final quarter.

    The final quarter literally came down to the final seconds, as the game was tied most of the final ten minutes. With 3:20 remaining, the score was all tied up 55 to 55 and that’s when it began to sink in that the game was going to come down to whomever had the last possession. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. The Highlanders had the ball after a Campbell Hall score, with just 13 seconds remaining and the score 64 to 64. Wilson took the pass, ran up the court, zigged and zagged through the defense and scored a layup, to put Upland up by two, as time ran out. BUT WAIT! The refs called another foul! This time on Campbell Hall’s defense, which meant the clock had to be reset to 1.3 seconds. Wilson knocked down the final two shots and increased the score to 68 to 64. With the four points put up by Wilson, Campbell Hall only had under a second to try and make something happen, but it was simply not enough time. With the final buzzer finally ringing, the Highlanders won 68 to 64 and ensured a spot in the CIF Semi Finals, a.k.a, the Final Four. Wilson ended the game with 26 points and Parker ended with 24 points. The two combined for 50 points.

    The next game for the Highlanders is TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday night) at 7:00 pm, right here at Upland High School against Brentwood High. It is round four of the playoffs. The winner moves on to the championship, and the loser goes home till next year. Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $10 for adults.


Signing Day


By: Nailea Castillo, Andrea Sosa and Jessica Carlton, The Plaid, Staff Writers

 On February 7th, 2018, seniors participated in the annual signing day event, where they were commemorated for their achievement in both athletics and academics, and publicly committed to full-ride college offers. Each athlete was given time to express their thanks and future endeavors.

    Senior, Tyani Lowe was the first athlete to be introduced to the large, enthusiastic crowd of friends, family, coaches, and fellow teammates. “Tyani has all sorts of power when she hits. She can hit home runs that are rockets right over the top of the fence,” said the announcer. Tyani will be committing to Bethune-Cookman University, which is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. She thanked her family and friends and said that she plans on majoring in Child Psychology.

    Seniors, Rachel Kline and Madison “Maddie” Soto, from the Girl’s Soccer team, which is ranked fourth in the nation, both committed to schools at this event.

    Senior. Rachel Kline has committed to the University of South Dakota, the Coyotes. ¨My major is going to be biology,” said Kline. “I´m going to study pre-med and hopefully, go to medical school to become a surgeon.” She thanked her family, friends, and team for their continuous support these past four years through both athletics and academics.

    Senior, Madison Soto committed to Green Mountain College to also study pre-med. “She throws up a shutout every game,” said the announcer. “She says,‘Soccer team you guys are the best team I’ve ever had. You make me proud every day.’”

    Next up was senior, Taylor Juline, a member of the Boy’s Baseball team. “Taylor is a pitcher, a catcher, and an outstanding hitter,” said the announcer. Taylor has decided to commit to the University of California Riverside, where he plans on studying Sociology. “I'd like to thank my mom, brother and grandpa for always pushing me to do my best and never missing a game. I'm so grateful for you guys.”

    Five seniors from the football team committed to colleges at this event: Devin Chandler, Jaden Dedman, Elijah Klein, Corey Thomas, and Bryce Walker. Conspicuously absent from the line-up were Seniors, Leshaun Potts and Kyle Jones who, after a successful season, have both both received offers.

    Senior, Leshaun Potts has decided to commit to Arizona Western College. He would like to thank Coach Salter, Coach Travis and Coach Chavez for their support these past four years. His message to young freshmen and sophomore football players, who struggle with academics is, “To fix everything now and not quit because it is not over.” He said he would also like to thank his father and grandfather for being his number one supporters.

    Senior, Kyle Jones has decided to commit to Utah State. Jones said, “First, I want to thank God. If it weren’t for Him, my talents wouldn’t have been recognized. Thank you also to my family members, who believed in me when nobody thought I’d be here. Thank you to the Upland Community for shaping me into the man I am today. Lastly, to all of my teachers, thank you for being there for me when I needed someone to talk to.

    Senior, Jaden Dedman committed to the University of Nevada, Reno, to become a member of the Wolf Pack. “He has so much energy and enthusiasm,” said the announcer. “He is a real team leader... He mixed in well and bonded with the team immediately.” Jaden thanked his mother and father, also his teammates for being there for him throughout all four years of high school.

    Senior, Elijah Klein committed to the University of Texas, El Paso. When being introduced, he was acknowledged for his improvement and hard work. When thanking people, he thanked his parents, grandma and ceramics teacher, Mr.Bruce. Klein said, “UHS has taught me to dig deeper and push myself harder than I ever could.”

    Senior, Corey Thomas committed to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The announcer introduced him as, “He has the speed of a mustang and he has the power and strength of a mustang.” In college Corey said, “I plan on majoring in construction management and pursuing a career within that.” He thanked his grandma, Nana Sydney, and his father, the Assistant Principal, Mr.Thomas, “For always pushing him to do his best and to never give up.”

    Senior, Bryce Parker committed to Fresno State University. When the announcer introduced him he said, “He has all the attributes that a coach wants, that a team wants.” In college, Parker wants to major in communication. Bryce thanked his brother, cousin, aunts, mom and dad, who were all sitting in the crowd cheering him. On top of that, he thanked Coach Chavez. Walker said,“Mr. Chavez told me basically that he was going to make sure I improve academically and on the field. He always had my back.”

    In the end, the hard work of each and every one of these students’ has finally paid off. “For the past four years, we’ve gone through it all. It’s been four hard years living up to this moment and the dream is finally becoming a reality. We just gotta pursue it.” (Senior, Devin Chandler) The students and staff at Upland High School would like to wish the best of luck to all of our college-bound athletes.  

Lady Scots: Two Blow-Out Games


     By: Rachelle IgnacioThe Plaid, Assist. Sports Editor

    Lady Scotts play basketball Last Tuesday night, the Upland Lady Scots took on the St. Lucy’s Regents during the second round of league. With a consistent aggressiveness on both offense and defense throughout all four quarters, the girls ended the night victorious with a whopping score of 58-17.

    Upland started the night strong as they worked for every rebound and fastbreak. Diamond Bishop held up their  With this immediate consistency, the girls were able to hold the lead with a score of 15-2. The Lady Scots ended the first quarter clean without any team fouls.

    Going into the second quarter, the Highlanders turned up the offense with freshman, Jada Pigoni, scoring 2 three’s within the span of two minutes. Along with this fresh energy, Alexis Sanchez passed several fastbreak assists to her teammates, leaving the Regents stunned by the score of 18-7 at the end of the first half.

    Jumping into the second half, Upland continued to execute at the same intensity as they did in the first half, with constant shots being made. The Lady Scots maintained their defensive plays throughout the third quarter. As a result, the Highlanders held their lead with a score of .

    During the final quarter, the Lady Scots resumed their executions within offense and defense, which truly paid off. Due to Upland’s consistency, the Regents could really only resort to their defense, in an attempt to survive the last quarter. At the end of the night, the Highlanders won the game with a 41-point lead against the St. Lucy’s Regents.

    With the girls playing relentlessly all throughout the night, Upland finished off the game with an exceptional win. As the team all played cohesively, the leading offensive player of the night was Jada Pigoni, scoring 14 points throughout the game. Alexis Sanchez and Diamond Bishop also had significant stats, as Sanchez scored ten points and seven assists. Bishop scored nine points, with ten rebounds. Upland averaged around 14 points each quarter, while St. Lucy’s averaged 4 points per quarter. The following day, the head coach, Coach Butler said, “I thought we played well; we did what we needed to do. They’re not the most talented team so it was a good win for us.”

    In anticipation for their following game against the Chino Hills Huskies, Coach Butler discussed what preparations the ladies will be taking. Butler said, “We play Chino Hills next and they are very good. We need to make sure that defensively that we bring a lot of energy and that we know where their better players are. Offensively, we just have to knock down some open shots.”

    Last Friday night, the Highlanders then took on the Chino Hills Huskies and was victorious in the incredibly close game. The ladies ended the night with a final score of 43-41.

    The Lady Scots’ next game is tonight at 4:45, where they will take on the Etiwanda Eagles, here at UHS.


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