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UHS Film Awards 2017

Come support your UHS Film Students

 

The 2017 UHS Film Awards and Student film festival will be held Tuesday May 30th at 6pm in the Highlander Auditorium with a red carpet meet and greet at 5:15.

Come see Amazing silent films in homage to the great directors, romantic films, dramatic films, scary films, documentaries, comedies, and other surprises. Come see an awards ceremony that will make you weep with joy. All films are hand-made with love by UHS students. Food and drink will be provided at the red carpet event.

 

 

 

 

UHS News

5/24/17

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The 2017 UHS Film Awards and Student film festival will be held Tuesday May 30th at 6pm in the Highlander Auditorium with a red carpet meet and greet at 5:15.

Come see Amazing silent films in homage to the great directors, romantic films, dramatic films, scary films, documentaries, comedies, and other surprises. Come see an awards ceremony that will make you weep with joy. All films are hand-made with love by UHS students. Food and drink will be provided at the red carpet event.

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5/22/17
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5/22/17

Congratulations go out to Joseph Anderson and Jada Hicks on their CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championships.

 

Joseph is now a 3x CIF champion in the 110 meter Hurdles in a time 13,85, currently the top time going into Masters. Joseph also won the 300mh in a US #4 and CA #1 time of 36.36. His time improves his existing San Bernardino County record in the event.

 

Jada Hicks won the 100m Hurdles in a time of 14.21 and took 4th in the 100m (12.05). Jada was also part of the 4x100m relay team with Destiny Curley, Kennedy Smith, and Amya Small. They ran 47.14 to take 2nd and advance to Masters.

 

Other qualifiers to the Masters meet include:

 

Amya Small - 3rd in High Jump (5' 5")

Caleb Roberson - 4th in Long Jump  (22-07.25)

 

Other action included the boys 4x100m Relay team of Artis Seymore, Caleb Roberson, Joseph Anderson, and Isaiah Banks who ran 42.75 and finished 5th.

 

Caleb Roberson - 8th place 300m Hurdles (39.06)

 

DeMia January - 9th 300m Hurdles (47.90)

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5/19/17

architecture awards banquet
Upland High School/Baldy View ROP Students Jorge Padilla and Kevin Reed placed 2nd and 3rd respectively at the NAWIC Awards banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fontana Wednesday night.  The annual architectural design competition sponsored by NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) attracted 19 entrants from 3 different high schools. In this year’s design problem the students were given a piece of property, and had to design and develop a Dental Center. The students not only designed the building itself, but also the entire property which included parking and landscaping.
Placing 1st in the competition was Jordan Teeter from Santiago High School. Jordan went on to place 3rd in the Western Region. Last year, UHS senior John Acayan placed first in the nation for his design of a Dollar Tree store.

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5/18/17

It's not too late to register, DEADLINE: June 8, 2017

 

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5/15/17

Over the weekend several athletes competed at CIF Prelims. The following athletes will be moving on to CIF Finals being held this weekend at Cerritos College. 

 

Jada Hicks - 100m, 200m, 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay

DeMia January - 300m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay

Amya Small - High Jump, 4x100m Relay

Destiny Curley - 4x100m Relay

Kennedy Smith - 4x100m Relay

Jordyn Everett - 4x100m Relay

Caleb Roberson - 300m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay

Joseph Anderson - 110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay

Artis Seymore - 4x100m Relay

Devin Chandler - 4x100m Relay

Isaiah Banks - 4x100m Relay

Namir Hemphill - 4x100m Relay

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5/10/17

If you a senior who has ALREADY earned Life membership, beginning May 23rd at the CSF meeting, you can pick up your tassel and pin. You need to bring a photo ID. Otherwise, you will have to pick up your pin and tassel in the mornings in N248, OR after school on May 31st, from 1:45 - 2:30 only.

 

If you are waiting on your grades for this semester to earn Life OR 100%, you will need to stop by N248 the morning of June 8th to see if you have earned your tassel and pin (Life) or your stole (100%), at which point, you will be given the appropriate accessory. 

 

Life and 100% qualifications are set by the state's CSF chapter and cannot be altered in any way. 

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5/10/17

Attention CSF Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen,

 

You can earn summer hours helping out in the administration office. Volunteers will be taken on a first come, first serve basis as needed. If you have questions, see Mrs. Vickers in the Administration Office. She will give you more details on dates and responsibilities and will keep track of your hours on a sign in/sign out sheet. They will be given to me at the beginning of the school year. You do not need to turn in a permission slip for this activity. 

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5/9/17

"Attention Seniors:

If you have purchased a GradNite ticket, it’s time to sign up for your bus and pick up your permission slip!  Please come to the tables in front of the office, May 19th and May 26th, during lunch or after school until 3:15.  This is your ONLY chance to choose your bus and pick up your paperwork.   If you do not sign up for a bus, one will be chosen for you. 

Please email questions to:

tanderson@acumenstudios.com

 

Thanks so much!!!!

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5/3/17

Key Club
Members attend DCon. Club wins membership  awards. 
Jenny Ho wins $2,000 scholarship & Distinguished President
Allie Price installed as Lieutenant Governor for Division 15

 

Upland Key Club  attended the CNH District Convention, held Friday, April 7th to Sunday, April 9th at the Anaheim Convention Center. 29 Upland High Key Club  students were able to attend the leadership conference. Over 2,500 Key Clubbers from all over California, Nevada, and Hawaii attended the convention. At DCON, students attended Leadership workshops that will not only help them achieve great things in Key Club, but also at school and at home.

 

Upland High won membership awards for growth and retention of members.  UHS Senior and Key Club President, Jenny Ho, was recognized for her outstanding service throughout the 2016- 2017 term.  Jenny received a $2,000 scholarship from the Kiwanis Cali-Nev-Ha Foundation of Kenneth C Forror and received the Distinguished President award, given to only 20 out of 600 Key Club Presidents.  

 

On April 9th the officers of the 2016-2017 term were retired, and the newly elected 2017-2018 officers were installed. Allie Price will be serving as Lieutenant Governor for the upcoming term for Division 15 North. This is the first time Upland has had someone hold that position in 11 years!  Allie will be in charge of the nine high schools in our division.

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4/26/17

Chevron Design Challenge
Freshman Engineering students Tiffany Fierros, Lily Saunier, and Andre Zendejas were selected from their peers to represent Upland High School in the annual Project Lead the Way Chevron Design Challenge at Hawthorne High School. In one day, the students were given a “Design Challenge” in which they had to brainstorm, design, and present a commercial product. They also had to create a 3D model of the product using Autodesk Inventor software and prepare manufacturing drawings. All of this was done in the span of a few hours. The competition culminated with the students presenting their designs to a group of professional engineers in a style similar to the “Shark Tank” TV show. Fifteen teams representing high school engineering pathways were present. While Team Highlander did not place in the top three, they did an amazing job working together under pressure. Tiffany, Lili, and Andre are members of the Academy of Engineering and Architecture pathway here at Upland High School.

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4/21/17

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

MADD Display
 

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4/21/17

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

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4/17/17

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

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4/13/17

Scholarship awards

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

 

Congratulations 

Franco Chaij - $500 Scholarship

Kevin Reed – Distinguished Student

Miguel Nunez - $750 Scholarship

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News From The Plaid

5/23/17

     By: Nicoletta Domicolo and Destinee Mondragon; The Plaid Staff Writers

 

     As the year comes to an end, all the seniors are plagued with Senioritis and ready for the year to end. However, the annual Senior Rally was the icing on the cake, as a bittersweet ending for the Class of 2017. The anticipation in finding out who the Salutatorian and Valedictorian were, had the rally filled with excitement and suspense to see whose hard work throughout the past four years really paid off. The senior class spirit was through the roof and the rally was definitely what the seniors needed at this point in the year.

    There were some great performances by Hip Hop, Express, and Cheer. The Hip Hop team did many pop and locks, with some amazing moves, to the variety of music that was chosen. Some tears were understandably shed by some Hip Hop members during their final performances. In first rally, we got to hear the first Senior song, which was “Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield. The seniors loved it and were dancing and singing along to it the entire time. The second Senior song was “I’ll Always Remember You,” by Hannah Montana. This one was less upbeat, so everybody was more calm for it. The outstanding seniors of the year, Zareen Ahmed, Sarah Maung, and Alyssa Plese were also recognized. Jennifer Bui was announced as Valedictorian and Gareema Agarwal was announced as this year’s Salutatorian.

     The Teachers of the Year, William McGee, Wendy Marquez, Frank Nilon, and Josh Wish were also recognized and awarded. When asked how he felt about winning Teacher of the Year, Nilon said, “Well, I won when I was nominated. That's simply it. My students thought I was good enough to be Teacher of the Year and that's all that really mattered to me.” In response to the same question, Wish said, “It is a huge honor to win Teacher of the Year. This is my 19th year as a teacher and I have never been awarded Teacher of the Year before. It's always been kind of a goal of mine,  so I am hugely honored and hugely flattered to have pursued it.” Finally, a game was played during first rally, in which the seniors emerged victorious.

    Overall, the senior rally was full of fun, tears, excitement, and lots and lots of singing and dancing. The seniors really got to let loose and enjoy themselves. It was a great way to celebrate the seniors and give them a little break from everything.  

 

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5/8/17

       By: Zachary McConnell; The Plaid, Staff Writer

        Fusion Fest, the first student art show of its kind, was held on April 28th, and provided a perfect opportunity to give the creative work of artists around campus recognition. This year’s festival proved to be a successful addition to the art shows of previous years, with live performances, artist interactions and the ever-popular food trucks.

       Primarily, Fusion Fest served as a showcase for the many artists who chose to submit their work. Senior, Paula Tepet, winner of the “Best In Show” award for the ceramics category said, “I participated in Fusion Fest by entering a ‘Día de los Muertos’-style ceramic horse-head.” Her project, among many other ceramic entries, was displayed alongside the other art genres, throughout the library.

       Senior and featured artist, Angelina Nunez said, “[my entrees] were a part of the AP Studio Art curriculum, and I was graded on presentation.” Among these submissions were many more examples of how students expressed themselves artistically. Photography, Theater, Engineering and many more genres all had representation throughout the show. Various artists offered copies of their art for sale, and nearly all were present to meet with. Live music from Upland’s Jazz band and various performances, accompanied the evening’s events as well.

       Senior, Rian Morrow who attended the event said, “I loved the music exposure they had … it’s important to the artists and anyone who is involved.” While the food and entertainment of the evening produced an overall lively event, it was the artists, themselves, who received the most out of the festival.

       “I think it is important to those who not only create the presented art, but to those who enjoy looking at it,” said Tepet. Fusion Fest was positively received as a way to bring exposure to the presence and relevance of the arts on campus. “I … feel that the arts aren’t as appreciated as sports, … not in … really any school,” Tepet continued. Artists and attendees, alike, agreed. However, many felt the concept of art appreciation should be more accepted across campus, beyond what we currently have. “The art to these students are their lives,” said Morrow. “It makes me happy to see them enjoying the festivities and seeing what other classmates … create,” she continued. The influence of others’ work around campus has a positive effect on students who are able to see these artists’ accomplishments. “I don’t consider myself a good artist, but with the other students’ encouragement, I was able to make something I was proud of,” said Tepet.

       Overall, this year’s festival was a huge success, spotlighting the artistic side of campus and serving as a way to encourage future Upland artists. Fusion Fest gave everyone, artists and attendees alike, something to participate in, and a way to recognize and celebrate the importance of art and self-expression.

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5/4/17

By: Gabriella Campo-Poe; The Plaid, Staff Writer

     Last Thursday and Friday, “The Best of Broadway” was playing in the UHS Theater. Although the audience was pleased with the outcome, we're still not sure how the cast felt about it. Sophomore, Anna Logan, one of the soloist in the High School Musical skit said it was, "a little nerve wracking, considering I've never sung in front of anyone before and been in front of the stage the whole performance, especially that many people.” She said, “We started only a week or two after Variety show. It took a while to set it up because our student directors had to come up a lot of the choreography, especially for ‘Getcha Head in the Game’, that was a struggle. Then we had to audition for solos and put that together; it was definitely a process.” When asked what she enjoyed most about performing at “The Best of Broadway” she said, “I enjoyed ‘The Best of Broadway’ because I'm not only a big Broadway fan, but I grew up on High School Musical, so being able to perform and portray one of my childhood fantasies was really cool and fun.” When asked about the most grueling part of practicing and performing, Logan said, “Just the repetition, honestly. Once we started practicing for ‘The Best of Broadway,’ we practiced every single day. I partly enjoyed it because I thought it was pretty fun and it brought kind of a more laid back hour into my school day. But for the most part it was just memorizing the choreography and the repetition.”

    Senior, Gia Mion was also one of the soloist in the High School Musical skit and when she was asked about her favorite experience she said,  “Going onstage was an exciting experience for me.” She said, “A month and a half I practiced for ‘The Best Of Broadway’” Gia said her favorite part was, “Getting to do one of my favorite musicals and share a solo with my friend, Anna Logan. And being able to share what I like to do which is sing.” Gia said there was not anything difficult for her but she did say, “It was difficult to get the class to go and be all at the same time with the dance moves and singing.

    Freshman, Devon Hernandez said his favorite part was, “It was just really fun and I got to interact with my fellow classmates.” Gia, Anna and Devon have all said the cast practiced for about a month. Devon said he enjoyed, “The experience, and liked interacting with my friends.”     

    Overall, “The Best of Broadway” was great experience for the audience and the talented cast. If you missed out on the show this year, be sure to check it out next year, as it is an annual event.

 

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5/3/17

    By: Belle WatkinsThe Plaid, Staff Writer

     Prom this year was such a success. The theme for this year’s prom was A Roaring Good Time. It took place at The House Of Blues Venue, in Anaheim. The venue had a couple of restaurants right outside that you could eat at, before entering prom. It also had a very spacious dance floor that became packed with attending students by the end of the night.

     The whole night was filled with fun and dancing, from beginning to end. When you walked through the doors to the venue, they had a background that you could take pictures at with a professional photographer.  Past the photo booth, you could choose whether to go upstairs or downstairs, which had seating in both sections.    

     Throughout the hours, the venue provided a variety of treats such as cookies and brownies along with water, sprite and coke. Senior, Devyn Leonardo, said, “The snacks were very delicious and convenient. There was a double stack chocolate thing that I thought was really good.”

     When asked how he liked prom, Senior, Ryanna Curtis said,“I liked it a lot. It was really fun and the music was good.” Senior, Vanessa Sinaga, said “Everyone seemed to enjoy it.” The DJ played a variety of songs that everyone could dance to. He also played some throwbacks and would shout out the seniors to make it more memorable for them, which was super cool.

 
   About an hour into prom, they started to get ready to announce Prom King and Queen. All the nominees filed onto stage, anxiously waiting for their named to be called. Finally, they announced that Gary Theard and Anu Sarode had won Prom King and Queen of the 2017 Prom. Everyone screamed with excitement as prom king and queen names were announced. After it was announced they won, they had the traditional slow dance right after.

     The rest of the night continued, the fun and excitement of the event continuing until the very end. Most would say that it was definitely: A Roaring Good Time.

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3/23/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2/16/17

By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid, Sports Editor

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2/14/17

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

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

France

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

Denmark

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

  South Africa

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

                                               Saudi Arabia

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

Finland

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

Italy

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

South Korea

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

England

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

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

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             By: Hailey Higley; The Plaid Staff Writer

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

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

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

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2/3/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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