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Student Signing Day


 By: Alyssa Ruiz and Giselle Ortega,

The Plaid, Staff Writers and Photographers                                      

student athletes     As the school year progresses, seniors anticipate the arrival of acceptance letters from many colleges. Among these seniors, are the student athletes, who have been working towards the goal of receiving a athletic scholarships. With these aspirations in mind, the students have stressed over doing their best in their sports, in order to earn the opportunity to attend their dream schools. As a result, it is with “Signing Day,” that these future college athletes come together at one event and sign their acceptance letters to their intended colleges, and where they are cheered on by their family, friends, coaches and teachers.


     Thirteen students were chosen to represent their sports and display their acceptance letters for their intended colleges. Each student was asked to reveal which college they had chosen and what they were excited to see and do in their new colleges. The students chosen were: Andrew Vermillion, Amaya Smalls, Cameron Davis, Taj Davis, Simon Samarzich, Kyle Thornton , Zahron Manley, Eric Zambrono, Chase Bibbey, Chanel Cundy, Alyssa Duke, Peyton Dyer, and Brooke Mobeck.


   Amya Small Amaya Small, Oregon State: “I’m looking forward to a great education, competing in the PAC 12, and adapting to a new environment. I plan on majoring in Psychology. I plan on becoming a Sports Psychologist or a Psychiatrist.”


Andrew VermillionAndrew Vermillion, University in Walis: “Being able to play over in Europe. Being able to see more of the World. The game is faster, stronger and more competitive. I can get my BachelorBrooke Mobecks in three years.”


     Brooke Mobeck, Oregon State: “Playing for PAC 12 and meeting all the new teammates, as a second family. I’m looking forward to the new environment and being on my own, and not depending on others for Cam Davishelp.”


    Cameron Davis, University of Washington: “I will be attending the University of Washington and plan on majoring in Business. Upland has impacted me academically and has made me a

 better person.”


    Taj Davis, University of Washington: “I will major in Taj DavisPsychology and Sports Therapy. Upland has impacted me by letting me be apart of a program that pushes you to limits you never knew were there. I want to give thanks to the coaches, for Salter and Solorio, and for making me the receiver I am today.”


    Simon Samarzich, University of Simon SamarzichWashington: “I'm planning on majoring in Sports Management and I would like to do coaching. UHS has definitely impacted me in the sense that it’s given me life-long friends. I would like thank my brother, my mom and my dad, for always being there for me.”

    Kyle Thornton, Washington State: “I will be majoring in economics. My coaches, my teachers and my teammates have all made an impact on me. I would like to thank my parents and grandparents for showing up and supporting me.”

    Zahron Manley, Stanford University: “I will be majoring in Business. UHS has pushed me to limits I did not know I could reach and this has impacted me academically as well. I would like to thank my family and my coaches and God, for putting me in this position.”  

    Eric Zambrano, Montana State: “I'm going to major in Fire Science. Upland has impacted me in so many different ways, on the field and in the classroom. I would like to thank my mom up there. This is all for you.”


    Chase Bibbey, Point Loma University:

“I would like to major in Biology. Upland has impacted me by makingme a well-rounded person. I would like to give thanks to my parents because it would have not been possible if it wasn't for them. I would as like to give thanks to my family and friends for always being there for me.”


    Chanel Cundy, Christian College: “I am going to major in Psychology. UHS has made me a better person in the classroom and on the field as well. I would like to give thanks to my mom and dad for supporting me and always believing in me.”


    Alyssa Duke, University of Colorado:

“I will be majoring in Marketing and Consulting. UHS has granted me so many opportunities in the class and on the field. I want to thank my coaches and Jesus for blessing me with so many opportunities.”


    Peyton Dyer, Kansas West University: “Upland high school has helped me grow as a student and an athlete. I would like to thank everyone here at Upland, as well as my teachers, for molding not just my mind but my soul. I also would like to thank my teammates and last but not least, my family for being there for me through everything.”


    With their new schools on the horizon, students are hopeful for a new start and a new way to present themselves to society. The thirteen athletes are now signed into a college and are ready for whatever new adventures await them. They will take what they have learned at Upland and apply those lessons to their future endeavors. Congratulations to our student athletes.


Project Thirst Club Wins Big for Charity


Girls who won contestBy: Christopher Klostriech and Maximilian Newman; The Plaid, Staff Writers and Photographers

     For many students, they are just trying to make it through high school.  Some students are lost and don’t feel like they have a purpose or feel like they can make an impact on the world.  Yet, for the members of the Thirst Project Club on campus, their dream of making a difference became a reality, when they won $25,000.00 to help their charity.

    Every year, the author of A Fault In Our Stars, John Green, holds a competition for charities, called the “Project of Awesome.” Thousands of advocates around the world devote their time to making videos about charities that need to be represented.

    Two leaders of the Thirst Project, Gracie Hamdalla and Haya Amdelson, shared what the club means to them. Amdelson said, “We both have a really big heart for Africa. So, knowing that there are children in Africa and adults, who don’t have clean water and are getting water borne diseases, and mothers have to commute six-hour walks, just to get a gallon of clean drinking water, that really hit close to home for us, and we just wanted to somehow impact them and make it better for them.”

    The club submitted a video against over 1,000 applicants. Out of all the 1,000 applicants, they were one of the few winners. Ambdelson said, “This was our first year doing the Thirst Project with Upland and the video was really stressful to make.” But the club ended up winning $25,000 that will be delivered to the charity. The money is going towards building two wells in Swaziland, Africa that will allow for access to clean water. “The wells cost $12,000 each and each well will give access to clean water to up to 500 people,” Ambdelson said. “This was our first year doing the Thirst Project with Upland and the video was really stressful to make. It was a real journey,” said Hamdalla.

    If interested in helping out with a great cause, the club meets every Tuesday, in room C123.  Check it out for more information. To watch the club’s winning video go to the following site:


Homework Center: A Great Place to Study For Finals


  Katrina Chen does homeworkBy: Aaysha Memon;

  The Plaid, Staff Writer

  and Photographer

     The Homework Center is

  a  free   tutoring center,

 located in the upper library

  and is open to all students,   every school day, until 5 pm.

 The   Homework Center is a    resourceful   center for  students to study, catch up on their work, and ask questions on their homework.

     Every day, two student tutors are available to assist in homework, in subjects ranging from Spanish to Math and even to History. In addition, there is often a teacher supervising who can help students. The homework center is also equipped with tools, such as Chromebooks and a printer, to ensure accessibility to all students.

    Often, teachers may even offer extra credit and points for attending and working on homework. Students must check in with tutors and receive a receipt to verify their attendance.

    Junior, Jade Hollingsworth, a student visiting the Homework Jade does homeworkCenter, shared the importance of a resource like the Homework Center, when she said, “It could help certain students because sometimes, students are too shy to ask their teachers or students in class. So, coming here and talking to students their age that can help them, often makes them feel more comfortable.”

    Freshman, Katrina Chen, a frequent visitor of the Homework Center, showed her support for the Center, when she said, “The Homework Center is a very helpful location for students to come and get educational help.” When asked about the tutors, she said, “The tutors that are present to assist students are extremely knowledgeable in the subjects that students need help with.”

    Both Jade and Katrina have endorsed the Homework Center as, “an educational center that is beneficial to all students for all subjects.”

    Mr. Foglesong is the main supervisor of the Homework Center, along with Alicia Corona. Both Fogelsong and Corona work with tutors to organize the Homework Center and provide the most help they can for students.

    The Homework Center invites students to come in and study for finals.


Boys' Varsity Basketball Lose to Los Osos 45-55


UHS plays Los Osos  By: Auni Muhammad; The Plaid,         Staff Writer and Photographer

     On January 11 2019, Boys' Varsity Basketball faced off against the Los Osos Grizzlies for their second league game of the season and fell short. The Highlanders had a great momentum throughout the game but it wasn’t enough to pull off a win. The Highlanders ended the night with a score of 45-55 loss to Los Osos.

     Upland started the night strong as they worked for every rebound and fastbreak. But as time was ticking the score did not move. With this immediate consistency, the boys were able to hold the lead with a score of 9-8. The boys ended first period with two fouls that night.

     The start of the second period, with the time being 7:38 minutes, Devon Peterson scored an almost-game-tying-three pointer, which lead the score to 11-12. With 5:38 Josiah Moxham-Mendez received a foul, which resulted into two free throws. In period two, the Highlanders, after the four fouls, took the lead to 19-15.

    Starting of the third period, Upland continued to execute, at the same intensity, they did in the first half, but that started to fall short. With 9:58 left, Gjerard Wilson obtained a foul and also had to shoot two free throws. The first one was made and the second wasn't, which moved the score to 21-15. Jeremiah Castellano also helped that assist.

     During the final period the Highlanders resumed their executions within offense and defense, which truly paid off but not quite. Due to Upland’s lack of consistency, the Grizzlies could really only resort to their offence, in an attempt to score in the last quarter. At the end of the night, the Highlanders lost the game, ten points behind the Grizzlies.

     With the boys playing relentlessly all throughout the night, Upland finished off the game with an unremarkable loss. As the team all played cohesively, the leading offensive player of the night was Gjerard Wilson, who scored 20 points throughout the game. Jeremiah Castellano scored nine points and Devon Peterson scored seven points, which coincided with five assists.

    With next week’s away game, at Rancho Cucamonga Cougars, the team will be taking new precautions and completing skill trainings for this week's game. Monday night for this week, the Highlanders then took on Etiwanda high Eagles and the score came to 76-60. Friday’s game will be at Chino Hills Huskies’ gym at 6:30pm.

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


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


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


 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


FBLA members  By: Andre Zendejas;

  The Plaid, Staff Reporter

   Photos provided by

    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


     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


   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.


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