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M.E.Ch. A. Club: Por mi raza hablará el espíritu

01/15/19

Mecha DancersBy Helen Pineda and Venecia Jacobo Martinez; The Plaid, Staff Writers. Photo Provided by M.ECh.A.

    On Thursday, December 20th, the UHS M.E.Ch.A Club held its meeting in C110, where they held a cultural potluck, containing a variety of homemade Mexican food. Supervised by Gov & Econ teacher, Mr. Carrasco, the club is hosted every third Thursday of the month, with a new activity. Junior, Josh Pinedo, vice president of the club, said, “The UHS M.E.Ch.A club meets to express the culture and spirit of Latino heritage. There are many students in high school who are not able to express their culture that their family has taught them. To satisfy this burden, students are able to represent their ancestors, traditions, and culture through this club.”

    Junior, Izabella Griffith, a current M.E.Ch.A Club member, shared her reasons for joining the club, when she said, “I was inspired to join the M.E.Ch.A Club because I have always enjoyed embracing culture, I feel as if now we should cherish culture and traditions even more because most things similar are being forgotten in this modern world.” In addition, Griffith explained what she has gained by joining the club, when she said, “My ethnicity is not of a latin range, and while I have already established this in the club, I know M.E.Ch.A club can open my eyes too different culture

    Junior, Jade Vidal, president of M.E.Ch.A, has been involved in the club for four years and said, “I want to be more involved with my culture because as I was growing up, I didn't find an interest in it, and I thought getting into a club, I could discover the significance in it and maybe get more submerged into my culture.” Out of all the aspects of this club, what Vidal likes the most is, “The interaction we get with other club members and the memories we share. I feel like I really get a good experience when teaching the dances because I get to know a lot about the club members, rather than just meeting for thirty minutes. When we practice and when we get stressed out, we work it out and that's the way we bond.” Vidal’s said that M.E.Ch.A is, “really embracing the Latino culture [and that] some pros are teaching teens to dance, [and] getting to meet new people. In a way, it's an escape for me because of all this school work. Cons are the how much stress there is when coming up with the dances.”

   Anyone who is interested in learning more about Latino culture is welcomed to join M.E.Ch.A. The club specifically expresses the Latino culture by partaking in fun activities, eating, and dancing. During the second semester, M.E.Ch.A comes together to participate in dances choreographed by officers, to perform at the end of the year.

 


Guitar Club: A Meeting of Music

01/09/19

By: Leilani Sanchez and Alyssa Ruiz; The Plaid Staff Writers

    Valdez playing guitarMusic is often a source of a salvation in their lives for many people. Guitar Club  does just the same. Every Tuesday, Guitar Club meets in G 175, where students can play stringed instruments, including the ukulele and meet people with similar interests.       

    Freshman, Matt Valdez has been playing guitar for around five years. He joined Guitar Club because members seemed to have a mutual talent. Valdez said, “I like to share my talent with other students and help them out, so they can share their talent with others as well.” Through the club, Valdez is able to connect with other students and make new bonds.

    Club members are able to learn something new from each other and they are able to integrate these new skills into their lives as well. When asked what interested him in playing the guitar, Valdez said, “Billy Joe Armstrong, from Green Day, inspired me because I saw how amazing he was and that inspired me to be like him.”   

    Freshman, Armieta Nabati, also a member of the Guitar Club, has been playing guitar for about three years. Coming from her previous club at her junior high, she was inspired to continue her passion and join the Guitar Club here at UHS. She believes joining the club, “Is wonderful and there are a lot of people to learn from and connect with.”Armieta playing guitar

     Armieta has met new friends and strengthened the bond with old friends, by inviting them to join her in playing guitar. When asked what interested Armieta in playing guitar, she said, “Taylor Swift. She is a big inspiration and when I saw her playing guitar, I was like, ‘heck yeah.’” Inspirations helps people to thrive and accomplish their goals, while at the same time, inspiring and making people want to continue with their dreams. Armieta also said, “Guitar Club is like a family. But you find people with the same passion as you and it’s great to talk to them about that.” In sharing the same passion as another person, one can put the creativity together and create amazing work.

      Guitar Club is just one of the many clubs campus has to offer. It is never too late to join in or learn something new. In fact, joining a club helps people look beyond the ordinary and connect with people just like themselves.

 


UHS Book Club: More Than Just A Page Turner

12/20/18

 By: Hailey Hampton and Sara Neally; The Plaid, Staff Reporters

Photos By: Zach Triay, The Plaid, Editor-in-Chief    

     Students with booksOn Tuesday, December 18th, UHS Book Club held its meeting in the school library, where they discussed this month’s book, My True Love Gave to Me, by Laini Taylor. Supervised by the school’s librarian, Mr. Fogelsong, the club is hosted every third Tuesday of the month, with a new book selection to discuss. Mr. Fogelsong said, “The UHS book club is a partnership between the Upland Public Library and students at UHS. The club meets to choose popular YA titles that are of interest to the members and the Upland Public Library provides books for the students to read. It is a great partnership. The club is for anyone that is interested in YA fiction and wants to join in the social aspect of discussing literature.”

    The title for this month’s book was chosen to go along with the spirit of the holiday season. It is a book made of twelve, short-romance stories, intended for the twelve days of Christmas. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books’ said of Taylor’s book, “Satisfying and just sweet enough, like a good Christmas cookie, this will obviously appeal to those readers who get out the holiday decorations the day after Halloween, and it may even convert a Scrooge or two. There’s no shortage of cozy setups for holiday romance in this captivating collection of short stories...a rare seasonal treat.”

    Freshman, Neeka Zamani, a current Book Club member, shared her reasons for joining the club, when she said, “I was inspired to join the Book Club because I have always enjoyed reading, so it is personally, an ideal club for me to take part in.”Book Club Flyer In addition, Zamani explained what she has gained by joining the club, when she said, “While I have already established a preference in the genres I choose to read, I know Book Club can possibly widen this range, and I am open to exploring these new novels that Book Club introduces to me.”

    Freshman, Anna Letherer, and fellow Book Club member said, “My English teacher, Mrs. Gillespie, told me about Book Club.” Letherer added that she joined Book Club because, “In the past, I had such a fun time in Book Club [at Pioneer Jr.High], I thought it would be fun to join one this year.”

    Both Zamani and Letherer felt joining Book Club has been a positive experience for them. Zamani said, “I came to Book Club because it is an opportunity for me to become more involved in the school. It also provides me a chance to meet new people while also reading new novels.”

   Book Club has given students a space to be themselves and interact with other people in the reading community. The next meeting will be discussing the book, “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas. For more information or for copies of the books, drop by the library and talk to Mr. Fogelsong.

 


FBLA Club: Looking To The Future

12/20/18

FBLA members  By: Andre Zendejas;

  The Plaid, Staff Reporter

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    FBLA Club

     Networking, public speaking, and seeking creative ways to solve problems, throughout one’s life, are all vital skills to the success of a person in the modern workforce. Although stress may be placed more upon other aspects of education, such as memorizing formulas or writing a flawless essay, other skills, which deal with basic interaction and cooperation among peers is nevertheless a determining factor in the ability for a person to thrive, once he exits the gates of high school. The Future Business Leaders of America, a new and rising club on campus, wishes to prepare students for their futures, by combining and implementing a variety of these essential skills.

    While the Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, has existed on campus for sometime, it was not up until this year that the club began making new efforts to reinstate itself in student life. Currently led by president, Kimberlin Huang, and vice president, Romeo Zendejas, the club is a chapter of a Club meetingnationwide organization, where students are given the opportunity to attend competitions and conventions to learn key skills for future careers and meet people from across the state and country. Students should be interested in joining FBLA as president, Kimberlin Huang said, “Other students should join FBLA because it would help them advance in business and leadership or lead them to something that they are truly passionate about.”

    An example of the many events that students are able to attend was the annual FBLA Leadership Development Institute, or LDI, held in Anaheim, on October 27th and 28th. Three of Upland’s FBLA members attended this two-day convention, where FBLA chapters from all across Southern California gathered to learn about key skills in leadership and business. Ranging from computer science, to using social media for business campaigns, a wide variety of workshops and presentations were available for students to attend. Such events are only one component of FBLA, as members are also given the opportunity to compete in competitions, where they can advance from the section level, to the state and national level, with the possibility of winning awards and scholarships for their accomplishments.

  FBLA Club Logo  Despite FBLA being a business-focused organization, it should not stray students, interested in other careers, from joining. Vice President Romeo Zendejas said, “Many of the members in our chapter and many that we met from other schools’ chapters are not necessarily interested in pursuing a career in business. While FBLA is a very good club to be in for potential business students, any student, no matter what area of work they are focused on, should join. They can all benefit greatly from the amazing skills and opportunities provided by FBLA.”

    Now in the process of preparing for their section conference in February, Upland’s FBLA chapter still welcomes all students to attend a meeting, if interested, on Thursdays, in F158. Even if a student is not sure if it is the right fit for him, students, interested in developing skills for their future and making memorable experiences, should nevertheless attend a meeting and potentially become a member of such a rising and beneficial club on campus.

 


Club Spotlight: For The Love Of Poetry

12/20/18

     By: Gavin Flynn; The Plaid, Staff Reporter

     Within the walls of the school exists a club dedicated to the promotion and expression of an art, known as poetry. The club is called “For the Love of Poetry Club.”  Founded three years ago,by the club's current president, Larissa Velasquez, she said, “I had a Love for poetry, that's why the name is ‘For the love of Poetry.’” The club is a group of six current students who come together, once a week, to share their love of poetry with each other. The Vice President, Devin Perez, said the club’s six members are, “Small, but mighty.” According to Perez, they are always looking for new members and offer a place where a person can, “make new friends and express yourself with other people,” said Velasquez.    Meeting on Fridays, from three to four, in room G170, these six members write poems with each other and encourage their fellow club members, as well as anybody who may happen to be interested in poetry, to give it a try and express themselves through the art of poetry.

    On Friday, December 14th, 2018, the “For the Love of Poetry Club” had its weekly meeting. The club opened the meeting by having members introduce themselves to the rest of the group and by giving everyone the opportunity to read any poems they had written throughout the week. There was also time given to writing and reading poems, with the theme of “memories and sunrises” provided as inspiration. The club meeting also discussed the club’s plan to make a book. The club intends to put together the poetry, which they have written, in a book and sell it to share their poetry with other people. Perez said that the book was, “Kind of about a giving back and selling poetry.”

    What this club offers is a rare find in high school life. The chance to have a safe place for students to share their passion for poetry, as well as their personal and emotional works, with the support of their fellow peers, is a wonderful opportunity that should not be missed.

 


2018-2019 "Mr. Highlander" announced

12/20/18

   Mr. Highlander winnerStory and Photos By: Brianna Incontro; The Plaid, Staff Reporter

    The air was still with anticipation, as the Court gathered in a straight line beneath the luminous white lights, awaiting the moment of truth. A few moments passed before the folded paper, sealed with the name of the winner of the official title of “Mr. Highlander” was opened. The crowd was filled with contemplation and nervous wonder. A few moments passed before the winner is announced and then, heard from the loudspeaker was, “Your 2018-2019 Mr. Highlander is Joahan Fonseca!”

     For the past month, the social media feeds of many Upland High students have seen campaign pictures prompting viewers to vote for various “Mr. Highlander” nominees, as each one attempted to be crowned as the next “Mr. Highlander” for the 2018-2019 school year. Every year, multiple guys from each grade level are nominated to run in the election for “Mr. Highlander” Court, which typically consists of two guys from each class.
    After being unexpectedly nominated by one of his friends, senior, Joahan Fonseca ran for “Mr. Highlander” as an opportunity to push his boundaries. Fonseca said, “I really wanted to do something different in my life and push myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve never been the type of person to really put myself out there so it Contestantswas something different for me.”

    On Friday, December 7th, six of the nominees were crowned at lunch, as official members of the Court. They were then required to create a one-minute performance. to be performed at the rally, which Fonseca used to make up for the chance he missed out on, by joining Hip-Hop.

    Led by Fonseca, as the first performance, each “Mr. Highlander” candidate performed periodically, throughout last Friday’s first and second rallies. Despite the excitement he felt from being able to dance and have fun with his friends, being the first performer filled Fonseca with anxiety, which was quickly washed away by the relief of finishing his performance. Fonseca said, “My friends and I prayed and had a little hype circle, to shake all the nerves away.”

    Both rallies featured song covers, by freshman, Christopher Cummings and sophomore, Christopher Cummings, as well as dance numbers by junior, Laith Haddad, sophomore, Raymond Hutajulu and seniors, Joahan Fonseca and Kyle Whetsel. At the end of the second rally, cheers erupted throughout the bleachers, as Marissa Zendejas, captain of the Cheer Squad, announced Fonseca as the official 2018-2019 “Mr. Highlander.”

    Fonseca said, “After it was announced that I won, I was really Dancers performhappy and proud of myself for being able to get out of my comfort zone. I also felt very grateful for everyone who had voted for me and supported me throughout the whole experience.” His close friends and dance partners, including senior, Kendra Rodriguez, shared in the exhilarating thrill of knowing how much Fonseca’s performance meant to him. Rodriguez said, “When they announced Joahan, as ‘Mr. Highlander,’ I was so excited and happy because I’ve known him for so long. I’ve seen how far the both of us have come, since freshman year.”

    However, even though Fonseca and his friends had fun working on his performance, with the jokes and laughs that they had together, the group experienced a few stressful obstacles during rehearsals, due in part to the limited amount of time there was to choreograph and practice. Fonseca said, “I would probably have done even better, if I were given more than a week to know the dance but, working with the time given, I gave it my best.”

    Despite the stress that the group experienced, none of them would have changed anything about the routine, as they enjoyed the time they spent making priceless memories.

 


For the Love of Poetry Club

12/20/18

     Poetry Club MembersStory and Photos By: Gavin Flynn; The Plaid Reporter

     Within the walls of the school exists a club dedicated to the promotion and expression of an art, known as poetry. The club is called “For the Love of Poetry Club.”  Founded three years ago,by the club's current president, Larissa Velasquez, she said, “I had a Love for poetry, that's why the name is ‘For the love of Poetry.’” The club is a group of six current students who come together, once a week, to share their love of poetry with each other. The Vice President, Devin Perez, said the club’s six members are, “Small, but mighty.” According to Perez, they are always looking for new members and offer a place where a person can, “make new friends and express yourself with other people,” said Velasquez.   

    Meeting on Fridays, from three to four, in room G170, these six members write poems with each other and encourage their fellow club members, as well as anybody who may happen to be interested in poetry, to give it a try and express themselves through the art of poetry.

    On Friday, December 14th, 2018, the “For the Love of Poetry Poetry Club membersClub” had its weekly meeting. The club opened the meeting by having members introduce themselves to the rest of the group and by giving everyone the opportunity to read any poems they had written throughout the week. There was also time given to writing and reading poems, with the theme of “memories and sunrises” provided as inspiration. The club meeting also discussed the club’s plan to make a book. The club intends to put together the poetry, which they have written, in a book and sell it to share their poetry with other people. Perez said that the book was, “Kind of about a giving back and selling poetry.”

    What this club offers is a rare find in high school life. The chance to have a safe place for students to share their passion for poetry, as well as their personal and emotional works, with the support of their fellow peers, is a wonderful opportunity that should not be missed.

 


Choir Presents Elizabethan Dinner and Yuletide Cheer

12/20/18

     Merry Maids singingStory and Photos By: Caylee Park; The Plaid Copy Editor

     On December 13th to 16th, the 32nd annual Elizabethan Dinner was held at the Pacific Christian Center, by the Choral Music Department. All levels of choirs joined to present a glimpse of the Medieval time period through numerous performances, up-close tableside carols, and engaging conversations. Through the dinner show, the guests were able to see the level of precision and practice the choir students inputted from their etiquette and speech all the way to their walking positions.

    Senior and soprano section leader, Kylie Hogue shares her immense love for the whole program, reminiscing her four years, as Hogue said, “My choir experience has been very impactful in my life. As the last performance comes up, it puts into perspective how much ED has meant to my high school experience as a whole. I’m McKenna Silva Singingalso sad that it’s going to be over because of how much it means to me.” As much as the Elizabethan Dinner is exciting to put on, in front of an audience full of friends and family members cheering, it is a demanding, hands-on show through the four days. Hogue said, “It requires every student in choir and also a lot of parents. They ask for parent volunteers and even hire people to help with sound and managing all this, so it requires a lot of people to manage every little detail from decorating to sound.” As Hogue’s last ED experience comes to an end, she advises the underclassmen to, “Cherish every ED and take a lot of pictures to look back on the years so that it’ll be much more special your senior year.”

    The Elizabethan Dinner is an avenue for guests to enjoy themselves during the holiday season, watching their loved ones in hand-made costumes and speaking in accents. Choir students of all high school years contribute on stage and never fail to create a unified, applause-worthy performance year after year.  

 


Heroes and Legends

12/12/18

 

    By: Genesis Chacon, The Plaid Staff Writer

    Photography by:

        Mr. Chacon

     The Dance department and Express Dance Company performed their annual winter recital, on December 7th and 8th. The major theme of the show was entitled, “To be Inspired… Heroes and Legends.” Almost all of the sets corresponded with the theme, from a ballet piece of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” to an astonishing lyrical set to Mariah Carey’s “ Hero,” which moved the entire audience.

    The winter recital was directed by dance teacher, Angelique Tahajian, and Express Dance Company coach and manager, Anna Jarrell. Although Tahajian and Jarrell directed the show, students made the show come to life. Many students choreographed pieces that coordinated with the theme, side by side with Tahajian and Jarrell. Student director, Angeline Uribe had choreographed a dance that was showcased during the recital and said, “By teaching the students, I am learning from them as well… It felt really good having an original choreographed piece in the show… there were aDancers lot of original dances, but it just felt different because it was mine.” Not only was she given the opportunity to make her idea a reality, but Uribe also gained knowledge from this experience.

    From dances about heartbreak to gun control, dancers had their voices heard through their movement. The recital had a variety of dance styles. This year was the first time in a couple of years that there has been a Varsity and Junior Varsity Express team. Varsity Express Member, Paulina Rivera said, “The fact that we had two different teams this year added variety and made the team bigger … it was just a fun experience.” The winter recital was truly different from the others performed in past years. Not only was there two teams but there was also a purpose to the show. Tahajian dedicated the recital and a dance, which she choreographed, to her ill godmother. Tahajian said, “My advance jazz piece was about a personal hero of mine. It was about my godmother… It was a last minute decision, but I re-evaluated my work… My original concept was going to be a video and have a lot of solos, but I changed it and made it more about dancersher.” Tahajian also went into depth about the title of the show, “To be Inspired … Heroes and Legends¨ and said that she wanted the show to have a universal theme that all of her dancers could relate to in a way. Tahajian said, “It was the personal stories of the students in their choreography… It had a personal connection to them, whether it was bullying, high school shootings, and basically the everyday heroes that arise through those tragedies. I think this is what made this show different.” Many dancers had their voices heard on topics that have a meaning to them. This year’s winter recital was truly unlike the rest.

    So many variations of dance were performed and showcased at the Dance department’s and Express Dance Company’s winter show this year. The hard work all the dancers had put in was shown, and the show was an overall success. The performers left the audience with a story they told through their movement. “To be Inspired… Heroes and Legends” was an amazing show.

 


Upland's Highlights the Holidays in Parade

12/12/18

 By: Gabriela Munoz and Maya Arredondo:

              The PlaidStaff Members

     Upland Color GuardSaturday, December 8, 2018, the city of Upland and the Cooper Museum hosted the 42nd annual Holiday parade for the holidays. It was an amazing parade as the State Senator, the Mayor, Upland High School’s Color Guard and city residents were in attendance. The fair went on from 9:30 am to 3 pm and the parade started at 11 am.

    There were many people who joined the parade, such as Upland High School’s cheer squad. Freshman Cheerleader, Lucy Green said, “I think this parade will be a great thing for the community as its bringing lots of people together to come and enjoy the holidays.” Green helped to pass out programs to people at the event.

     Another important member of Upland’s community is State Senator, Anthony Portantino, who said, “It's a great kick-off into the holiday season and I like how the community comes out and supports it. It's wonderful.” Portantino also mentioned he was Upland s Bandworking on pushing the time high school started to later in the day, which is an interesting idea.  

    The Grand Marshall, Dr. Thomas Kepic said, “I’ve always aspired to not only be in the parade, but represent the community.” Kepic, a local resident and business owner for forty years, felt very humbled by everyone's presence. Dr. Kepic believed the meaning of the parade has been to continue to bring together the community to celebrate the holiday.

    At the end of the parade, everybody got together and clapped for the people who participated in the parade. It was something that Upland’s community is really good at doing, hosting parades and fairs for its residents.


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