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Bittersweet Farewells: Our 2019 Retiring Teachers


By: Rachelle Ignacio; The Plaid, Assistant Editor and Carina MacLaughlin; The Plaid; Staff Member


    As another year comes to a close, we say goodbye to four teachers whose contributions to our school are monumental to our students’ successes. We wish a farewell to these teachers and thank them for all they have done for our campus:  Mr. Vic Miller, Coach Tim Salter, Ms. Marie Sliney, and Ms. Kim Stirratt. With their combined 42 years of teaching here on this campus, there is no question that they will be deeply missed for their impacted on students.

   Vic Miller With 35 years worth of impacting students’ lives, Mr. Vic Miller is settling down for retirement. Having grown up in Upland, Miller has always had a history at our school. Upon coming to teach here, it was only natural for him to come here. Miller said, “In 1984 I was finishing my master's degree in geology.  My wife and I were expecting our first child, the oil industry was on a major down cycle and I needed a job. Since I grew up in Upland and my mom taught at Chaffey High School, it was a natural to seek out employment here. It just so happened that Upland High School needed an Oceanography/Geology teacher and a Water Polo/Swim Coach, which I did for the first 10 years I was here.  After that, I taught Integrated Science, Earth Science, Physics, and Chemistry.” Whether it be through teaching or coaching, it is very clear that Miller’s contributions are plentiful to our school and students’ successes. When asked about his plans for retirement, Miller said, “I am going to surf more, ride my bike, travel (first trip is to Iceland), and be with family and friends.” We wish the best for Miller and a fulfilling retirement.

    After coaching football, as Head Coach for 25 years, Coach Tim Coach SalterSalter reflects upon his time at our school. When asked about one of his favorite memories from coaching here, Salter said, “I think one of the best was my second year. I got here in ‘94 and in ‘95 we won a CIF championship. The football program had not known much success, so to go from an obscurity to a championship, was a real big deal. I think another thing is that we’ve had so many great players throughout the years. To see them go on to play major college football, to seeing some of them play in the NFL, those have all been really exciting.” There is no question that Salter has been an incredible coach, since the beginning of his career here, as during his time here, the school has appeared in six CIF championship games and won four of them. We wish safe travels to Salter, as he plans to kick off his retirement by traveling with his wife, visiting his former players, and watching them play.

    With her 11 years of teaching at our school, Ms. Marie Sliney is ready for her next big step in her life. As a health occupations and Ms. Slineymedical assisting teacher, Sliney has always shown compassion and dedication in providing her students with the best education. Sliney said, “I’ve been a nurse since 1972, so I just decided that I needed to start trying to prepare people for the future, in hopes that some of the knowledge and experiences that I have will help students in the future.” With this ultimate goal, it is very clear that Sliney has been able to create a trusting and supportive environment for her students. Sliney said, “Each year, I think, ‘This is the best class and I’m never going to forget these kids’ and I don’t forget them but then the next year, it’s another really great group of kids and I’ve seen so many successes. Some of my students have gone on to get their doctorate and they’re nurses and some are in research so I still have students that keep in touch with me and I love hearing about their successes. I’m gonna miss the relationships that I have with the students because I really care about each and every one of my students and I’m really going to miss seeing them everyday and finding out how they’re doing.”

    After teaching at our school for 26 years, Ms. Kim Stirratt is now looking forward to this new point in her life. As an Art, Global Art, and Jewelry Making teacher, Stirratt has made many lasting Mrs. Stirritrelationships and memories with her coworkers and students. When asked about what she will miss most, she said, “What I will miss most- Mrs. Spears, my next door neighbor teacher and UHS BFF.  And the other teachers in the most awesome building on campus - the N building! Also, I will miss getting to know my students and interacting with them. So, I guess you could say the personal relationships that one develops, and sharing my love of ART with students.” The bonds have often then turned into some of her favorite memories of teaching here. Stirratt said, “There are so many memories - but one of the things I will miss, and it might sound weird, is that bittersweet feeling that happens at graduation each year, when you are so happy to be done, yet at the same time sad to see people you love move on and out of your life, sometimes forever.”

     Every one of them has put great effort into making sure that all of their students have been taken care of, no matter the circumstances, which is a debt none of us can repay. Being at UHS for so long, they have had the chace to know how students are and find certain techniques that can help us even more, which makes them play an even more important role here on campus. Even though they will be missing from UHS, the advice and all of the life lessons, which they have given over the years, will not be.


The 2019 Live Up Luau


By: Chris Klostriech; The Plaid, Staff Writer and 

Gabriela Munoz; The Plaid Staff Photographer

As the 2018-2019 school year is coming to a quick close, some events have happened to end  the year on a strong note. The Live Up Luau event started on May 30, with all types of different food, provided for students and teachers to enjoy. It was a savory experience for the tastebuds, taken to the next level.

    With Luau being known as a language, it is actually a piece to the puzzle famous name for the event here in Upland. Going into its a second year in a row, Live Up Luua has had a goal of bringing everybody together to experience the different tastes of food diversity. There were the ordinary foods favorites, which consisted of revolutionized hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and even processed foods that are found at nearby stores. One of the many individuals, familiar with this event, was Jack Young, who has always been a supporter and a part of tasting the foods for the last couple years. When asked about the quality of the foods, he said, “I have only tried the hamburger so far but it tastes good and is impressive. It is cooked a little medium well but it is good.” Young was also asked about how he felt about the event and he said, “It is a great show and upcoming tradition. All the live Up Luaudifferent foods are just impressive and I look forward to upcoming events.”

    The Live Up Luau is currently scheduled for more events around the Upland Unified School District. They are also scheduled for a familiar return next year, for the third time, as the new freshman come on in to explore more about these intriguing foods and snacks. To experience this splendid event in the future, The Live Up Luau Festival usually occurs on the campus quad, in front of the library and has another entrance through the lower part of the library. On the inside, there are volunteers who can guide throughout the inside, due to many people inside at once. After the indoor part has been experienced, the quad has many other samples, free for everybody. The festival hopes to become a yearly tradition at Upland High School for many more years to come.






Educator and Staff Members of the Year


By: Venecia Jacobo-Martinez; Maya Arredondo and Gabriela Munoz; The Plaid, Staff Writers

    At the recent “Senior Rally,” the 2018-2019 “Educators of the Year” were announced. Our winners this year were Marc Alzamora, Susan Coffee, Ross Moen and Marie Sliney. For the educators to earn this place of recognition, they must set a great example for both students and staff around campus, which is also known as being responsible, respectful, and having integrity.

   Educator for English I and English IV-ERWC, Marc Alzamora, Alzamorawas able to convey what it felt like to be “Educator of the Year,” when he said, “I am proud because students respect and appreciate what I do for them.” Just as students learn from Alzamora, he oftentimes learns from them. Alzamora said, “I have learned to be more compassionate and empathetic because of them. They have taught me about perseverance and hard work.” Although this is Alzamora’s first time winning, he said he would, “Continue to do my job the best I can.” Alzamora said he believed he was nominated because, “I respect my students and I treat them with class, dignity, and respect. I also try to always do what is in the best interest of each, individual student.” Winning this award reminded Alzamora that, “We have a lot to be proud of here in Upland.”

    The next educator was Marie Sliney, a health teacher for Health Occupations, an introductory course to all different careers in healthcare. Sliney has also taught medical assisting classes. Originally starting Upland with only nine students in her classes, over her eleven years of teaching, she has come to now having her classes as large as 35 students. When asked how she felt about being chosen as an “Educator of the Year,” Sliney said, “It's probably the greatest honor I’ve ever had because it was voted on by students and my coworkers.” When asked if she had any advice for students or teachers, Sliney said, “I’ve had a list of experiences in health care and I just wanted to impart that experience to my students to help them in their future. For teachers, to not only put yourself in the student’s place, but put the students in your place because it makes you a more understanding and helpful teacher.” Sliney will be missed next year but will be forever loved by staff and students for herRoss efforts.

    The next staff member to win was one of the many people who help keep our school a clean and working environment. Our custodian Ross was honored and surprised for being chosen as
“Staff Member of the Year” and said, “I will continue to smile, and be nice, no matter my mood because it’s all about the kids.” Ross is an amazing member of the Upland High School staff.

    The last “Educator of the Year” was Susan Coffee, who Mrs. Coffeehas taught World History. She was shocked and very honored to have won this year. Mrs.Coffee has never won or been nominated for this award before, which made it even more special and exciting for her. Coffee said that her students have impacted her life by becoming, “Her kids.” She said, “It feels amazing in a word; it was never expected and it feels really nice.” Her win makes it obvious that students and others appreciate and respect her. For Mrs.Coffee it was very humbling to be nominated and voted to win this award.

    To all of this year’s winners, it was a well-deserved recognition of all of their hard work and dedication to Upland High School. Congratulations!  


The New Wave


By: Caylee Park, The Plaid, Copy Editor and Aaysha Memon, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    With a scarcely mentioned topic, such as religion amongst high school students, Treasurer, Hannah Gewaid; SNew Wave membersecretary, Ethan Soto, Vice-President, Armando Espinoza Jr.; and President, Nick Monfreda, hold a Christian club, the “New Wave,” every Tuesday, during lunch, in F151. The leaders strive to instill a safe environment for both Christian and non-Christian students, to share their testimonies of faith or hear a sermon from a local pastor, in the midst of a jam-packed week. Monfreda said, “As a club, we want to make sure to make everyone who walks through the door to feel welcome and loved. Our goal is to share our faith with others through teaching and fellowship, and ultimately make everyone experience the love of God.”

    Upon taking up the leadership position of president, Monfreda said, “I felt like I was being called to make a difference my senior year and the president of last year’s club, Lauren Webber, believed I would be a good fit.” Furthermore, Monfreda dwelled upon the position by praying about it, ultimately having confidence that, “This is something I felt compelled to do because of my love for other students.”

    Throughout his time and growth at “New Wave,” Monfreda took away to break out of his comfort zone and spread the love of God within every meeting. Looking at the bigger picture, the club seeks to leave an impression as a, “Safe haven for broken people so that way people can come with the mindset that we can pray for them and help them through whatever they are going through, while expressing God’s love all throughout,” said Monfreda. Planning ahead for next year, Monfreda hopes that the club continues, “The vision of sharing Christianity with others and expressing that same love for one another.”

    With the nearing end of this year, Secretary, Ethan Soto reflected on his year with “New Wave,” and mentioned that in the incoming year, the club anticipates a growth in their club and to see more student leaders in the community. He emphasized that community is, “One of the most important parts of life,” and continued to say that connecting through faith is, “Something we all should chase after.”

    The “New Wave” club hopes to lead a strong year in 2020 and overall, seeks to continue providing a safe haven for students interested in connecting with others of the Christian faith or those interested in learning about the Christian faith.

Focus on UTV


By: Gavin Flynn; The Plaid, Staff Writer

UTV staff at workWhen thinking of how the people get their daily, local, and worldly news. One item that should come to mind is an newspaper. Weather it be physically or digitally many news outlets such as The New York Times, La Times, or Upland High schools very own Plaid these outlets work hard to bring the community they serve factual and entertaining news. However a newspaper is not the only way to receive daily news. Broadcasting studios such as NBC, CBS, and BBC are explains of networks that deliver steam line news in an entertaining fashion on TV. This way of presenting the news is not just a practice done by mainstream media. It is also a practice that can be taught and used by high schoolers willing to learn something that entertains the masses. Upland High School Broadcasting team is one such program that represents these aspect with a twist that grabs the viewers attention and keeps it.

    The Upland High School broadcasting team or for short UTV, is a class of Upland High students who work and bring the students of UHS news each week, on Thursday, during fourth period classes. Broadcasting is taught by Mr. Miura and consist of a class of twenty dedicated students working hard, to shell out quality content each week. The team is under a strict schedule, having just two days to come up with an idea, three days to film, and put together the finalized bulletin to air on Thursday. Senior, Hussein Harb said, “We usually start filming Tuesdays and Wednesday and edit on Wednesday, and at home.”

    The UTV’s process of making the bulletin starts with them selecting a producer. Harb said, “A producer is a student, with an idea for the bulletin, who steps up and wants to do something Harb workingdifferent.” Producers work hard to portray their vision of the bulletin for the week, having only five days to plan it out. With such little time, it is incredible with what they have accomplished. As senior member, Jonathan Park said, “We did the ‘Hot Pepper’ special, the ‘Game Show’ Special, and ‘The Genius’ parody.”  The ideas all came from student producers, who each have the want to. “Express themself artistically and use broadcasting as a creative output,” said Park. For those students who are looking for a creativite output and have a passion for camera work, the UTV Broadcasting team just might be the right fit. In order to apply, students just need to talk to their counselor. The staff is always looking for dedicated students, who are ready to work hard and dedicate themselves to providing entertainment for the campus.  

    The Upland High Schools Broadcasting team is dedicated and willing to put in the hard work.  needed to bring UHS viewers the experiences of a news program that both represents everything a broadcasting network should, as well as shines a light on student creativity. The next time fourth period rolls around on a Thursday, remind the teacher to play the student bulletin.


BSU: A Night At The Movies


   By: Helen Pineda; The Plaid, Staff Writer  

 On Friday, May 10th, The Black Student Union (BSU) club held an event in the lower library, where they screened the film, “The Hate U Give,” and served snacks. Supervised by a selection of people, the club hosts every other Thursday of the month, a new event or activity. Senior, Jordyn Everett, and Vice President of the club said, “The UHS Black Student Union club meets to get all the black cultural students on campus together, united, in an all-understanding, so that we could all come into one accord. Normally on the days we do come together, we discuss upcoming events, whether it's a fundraiser, volunteering, or events, such as these, to come together and watch a movie. We also try to discuss important political topics that can affect our culture or world wide."

    As a last tribute to the school year, the club made sure to try and gather up as many people as possible for the movie event, to show unification and to become better acquainted before the school year ended. For many, it was a farewell memory for senior classmates; those who will no longer be a part of the club anymore. As a three-year member, Jordan truly believes that overall, each moment of her being a part of the club was memorable for her.  

 Inia Brooks  The movie specifically chosen to present was, “The Hate U Give.” As Everett explained, "Politically speaking, gun violence is a major issue in America and not only worldwide but mainly focused on minority groups—black kids, adults—always being targeted by the police, mainly. So, that is why we chose, ‘The Hate U Give,’ so that it can teach young, black kids how to act and prepare....if it ever came down to a moment like that. Being that the movie chosen shows the story of Starr Carter, a young black teenager, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, at the hands of a police officer, this not only provides awareness, but also teaches the right of being able to express your beliefs in what you know is wrong and right.”

    Anyone who is interested in learning more about Black culture is welcomed to join the Black Student Union club. The club specifically expresses the Black culture, by partaking in events and activities that enforce a unity between others.








Hip Hop Show Hits Its Mark


 By: Auni Muhammad and Meriah Yoakum; The Plaid, Staff Writership hop

     On May 11th, Upland High School had their annual, end of the year, Hip Hop Show.

There were numerous acts performed by the JV and Varsity team, Express, ROP, as well as guest performers. The show started off with a bang, as the first song, Drake’s “Going Bad,” opened the show with the varsity team.

     Hip Hop presented a joyful and captivating performances, which brought smiles and tears. Many of the members had a chance to present their own choreography, in officer groups, to the audience. The group officers each had the chance to choose which dancers were in their groups. Once the dancers were chosen, they began the process of bringing their visions to life.

     Hip Hop spent the season competing in several competitions and when they finished, the teams went Hip hop competesstraight into “show mode” and practiced almost every day, non-stop. The “All-Female team,” which was undefeated in all categories, was able to demonstrate its award-winning dance one last time. Senior Captain, Marissa Ragaza, said, “After our comp season, we had to work really hard every week, spending countless hours in the dance room. Our amazing coaches and members put their hearts into this show and did their best to make it the best it can be.”

    Every dancer’s dedication and hard work showed throughout the night’s performances. The members wanted to connect with the audience through the music, which was very up-to-date and seemed enjoyable to everyone. Junior team member, Niccolo Cagnolatti, said, “Closing off the year with our last Hip Hop Show was one of the best moments I've had with my team. I genuinely felt the love and support that streams throughout my teammates and the audience, whether or not they were on stage or off. I felt my hip hopteammates excelled in their performance and did their possible best. I can't wait to continue to strive and push for more success next year.”

    As the show came to an end, Advisor, Anna Jarrell, gave out white roses to each senior on the team and asked them to dedicate it to someone who supported them throughout their years on the team. Each senior expressed his or her love and offered thanks for the support during the year. The gesture made several of the audience members emotional. For several parents, the moment was bittersweet, since they received appreciation from their child, but also realized that it was their student’s final year on the team. When the show concluded, curtains were drawn on the 2018-2019 Hip Hop season.

Best of Broadway Concludes The 2018-2019 Theatre Year


                            By: Maximilian Newman, The Plaid, Staff Writer

    Friday, May third, Upland’s Theatre performed its end-of-the-year Best of broadway act“Best of Broadway” and it was one to remember.  There were starring acts, such as Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock,” performed by Period Three Theatre, Mary Poppins’ “Chimney Sweep,” from Valencia Elementary, and present-day performances, with the likes of Hamilton and Be More Chill, and even tap dancing, all adding to the delights of the night.

    Theatre presented a joyful and captivating performance that brought smiles and laughs the entire way. Many students also displayed their vocals, in numerous songs, which garnered much applause. The students prepared their theatrical skillDancers on stages throughout the entire year and displayed them with one final show. Freshman, Rowan Bratton said, “We practiced Best of Broadway in class everyday for a month and a half, and we also had to be at rehearsals after school Monday-Wednesday, the week of the show, for a few hours.  We all worked very hard and tried our best to make the greatest of our pieces.”

    The hard work and dedication was obvious, as each period’s performances were charming and delightful, with many comedic and upbeat plays that left the audience in glee. They expressed their views on the play and how much Theatre means to them.  “I love Theatre so much,” said Bratton. You truly grow a bond with our teacher, Ms. Rich and everybody in the class. It pushed me to not only be a better actor, but a better person as well.”

    For Theatre I actress, Isabela Antuna,  Theatre has been an opportunity to express herself as she said, “Theatre makes me pretty happy.  It’s a great way to express different parts of myself, and it’s a lot of fun with other people around.”

    “Best of Broadway” was the final show of the 2018-2019 year. Students wiperformersll have to wait till the fall, when new goups will be looking to pursue and perfect their skills. For the Seniors, the night was bittersweet and they were sad to see the year end, after coming so far.  Bratton best summed up the qualities of what Theatre has meant, with the following words, “With [this year’s] Theatre ending, I think the biggest thing I learned is that it’s okay to be yourself. Being in a family, where everybody accepts you, is so beautiful. I can honestly say that Theatre is the reason that I accept and love myself, and I am so thankful for that.”


Meet the 2019 Prom Queen & Prom King


  By: Caridad Perez and Destinee Wisby; The Plaid, Staff Writers

    The 2019 Prom was a special moment for both this year’s Prom King and Queen. Prom King, Jacob Evans, and Prom Queen, Esmeralda Olivar, both had a lot to say about their special night and just how surprised they were to win.

     Eighteen-year-old senior, Jacob Evens was asked about how he felt when he found out he was nominated for prom king and said, “I Jacob Evansfound out when I was on stage and they announced my name. It makes me very happy and makes me feel really good.” Jacob also said that he received a lot of votes, after a fashion show he had on Wednesday, where people helped to vote for Evens.  

     When Jacob was asked to reminisce about prom night, he had some happy memories. With a huge smile on his face, Evans said, “I seen a lot of people from school, some people from my hip-hop team, some people from my choir and my prom date was there too.” Evans obvious enthusiasm indicated just how much he enjoyed his special night’s festivities.

     When seventeen-year-old, Esmerelda Olivar, was asked how she felt about being nominated for prom queen, she said, “I was really excited because being a part of prom court was something I knew I really wanted to be in and I felt special that someone was Esmeraldawilling to see me as their favorite senior.” Olivar was also asked if she had any clue she was going to win or what her reaction was, when her name was called and she said, “I truly had no idea I was going to win. But I knew if I wanted a chance at winning, I would have to give it all I got and go full-out on campaigning to earn it.” She also said that she felt as if she wasn’t popular enough and that in the end, it was up to the students to decide who was going to be the next queen. Olivar said, “Since I didn’t think I was going to win, it made me try harder in spreading the word that I was running, but towards the end and on prom night I came to a realization I did not care if I won or not.”  Olivar said that being on prom court was such a huge achievement for her and that winning queen would be like, “the icing on the cake.”

     Olivar had an amazing night at prom but what she remembered the most was how happy Jacob was at winning King. She said that by the look on his face, she could tell that Jacob realized how much he was loved by his fellow students. Olivar also said, “I will remember prom as a day where I got to see so many of my old friends and in a way, got to be reunited and reflect back on memories we had together.” Olivar’s final thought was that she was, “so ever grateful for the outcome of it all.”

"City of Stars" Proves Prom Success


Prom VenueBy Zach Triay, The Plaid, Editor-In-Chief

     On Saturday, May 4th, Upland High School students walked into a “City of Stars,” to celebrate the 2019 prom. Occuring at the Santa Anita Race Track, students walked into an immense venue, greeted by two horse drawn carriages, as well as flashing lights coming from the stage.

    Beginning at eight, students began to dance immediately, as they walked into the venue. The dance floor, being centered outside, was consistently filled with prom-goers, who were moving to the myriad of songs played by the D.J.. The flashing purple, blue, and yellow lights, projected across the floor, fit in well with the hallucinogenic-type videos playing on the multiple screens around the venue.

    As Upland High School hires different D.J.’s for each dance, the type of music, as well as the renditions of each song. are typically different. Senior, Suzanna Miller was overall content with the selection of music played at the 2019 prom as she said, “I actually enjoyed the music at prom this year. Usually every year there are songs that are hits or misses, so I wouldn’t say it was any better or worse than previous dances.”

    A major hindrance noticed at the prom this year was simply the size of the dance floor. Noticeably smaller than what seemed like previous dances, many of the dancers were squished on the Prom dance floordance floor. Yet, the dancers seemed to enjoy themselves nonetheless.

    Towards the third quarter of the event, the 2019 prom king and queen were announced. A highly anticipated part of the night, the prom court consisted of six prom “princesses” and “princes.” At the announcement, Esmeralda Olivar was announced as Prom Queen and Jacob Evans was announced as Prom King. Olivar, who campaigned heavily for two weeks, was shocked at her winning the crown and said, “I was genuinely surprised when they called my name. I am just so grateful to have experienced this journey and to have been chosen from those in my school”

    Prom is every high schooler’s dream; dressing up and having a viable reason to hang out with friends until the early hours of the morning seems almost a rite of passage for most high school students. Overall, Upland High School’s prom did not disappoint. For the students who attended the “City of Stars” Prom, all seemed to have had a great time and will have memories that last a lifetime.  


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