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BSU: A Night At The Movies

05/14/19

   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

05/14/19

 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

05/10/19

                            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

05/09/19

  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

05/09/19

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.  

 


A Look At Career Day

05/08/19

Career DayBy: Tallise Gaston and Genesis Chacon; The Plaid, Copy Editor and Staff Writer    

    Our annual Career Day was coordinated and organized by Mrs. Garza, and it included one-on-one groups led by speakers, in the fields of  Nursing, Dentistry, various branches of the armed forces, teaching, and others. The students who participated in the event gained insight into fields they were interested in already or gained a new fascination for new fields. For those who were not wholly sure what they were interested in doing, a job coordinator was available to provide general advice and guidance. Also in attendance were the guidance counselors, who were there to further guide and support U-High students in discovering a career path that was most suited to them.

    The event took place during fourth period, in several classrooms around campus, including the career center and the lower library. After the main event, the speakers set up spots at tables, in front of the front office, to further answer questions and reach out to other interested students. Annette May, the outreach and admissions coordinator for Job Corps, said, “I do have an activity that students do because one of the focuses of Job Corps is getting people employment ready and so one of my activities is helping them to recognize their strengths and their significance so they know when they go talk to an employer, they know they can make a positive contribution.” May exemplified the core goal of this event by her statement, which was the reason Mrs. Garza planned the event, inspiring and helping students be more prepared to be a part of the workforce.

    Nurse, Dede Stark, gave advice to aspiring nursing students, when shePresenter at Career day said, “You have to have the heart for it, You’ll be standing a lot of the day and more importantly working with people all day.” May also shared her advice when she said, “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Try new things, or learn who you are… if you make a mistake and fall down, get back up.” The various speakers from career day all shared helpful advice and shed light on different work aspects that some students have never been exposed to before.

    Career day was not specifically geared towards finding a student’s set career path in one day, but rather more like researching a person's qualities and faults for a certain job. The main focus of career day was looking into different work areas and putting out information for certain jobs. May said, “I am responsible for recruiting students and so when I came here… it was to help and present but also get my information out there… the program may not always be for a student but the goal is that they share it with someone else.”

    Career day gives students insight on various career paths and allowed the student to contemplate the qualities they would bring to a particular workforce. Stark said, “I always found myself caring for others and decided to make it a career.” Career Day provided students with a unique opportunity to meet with professionals in fields of interest and gain insight into what life in these careers was really like.

    

 


National College Decision Day 2019

05/03/19

Poster of class of 2019By: Camille Sipple and Brianna Incontro; The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

    The day has finally come for high school seniors, across the nation, to make the decision that will determine the course of their futures. May 1st was National College Decision Day and Upland High School had its fair share of seniors, who officially committed to their college, be it a four-year university or a community college. With a multitude of factors playing into the decision-making process, each college-bound senior compiled his or her own list of reasons for choosing his or her desired school.

    Upland football player, Robert Mitchell, decided to attend Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in the fall. Mitchell explained that he chose Mt. SAC after conferring with his “counselors,” “family” and “friends,” on what school would be the best fit for him. Jose Cevallos, a four-year player on the Upland baseball team, also mentioned how important his family’s advice was in his decision, when he said, “My parents were the biggest help in making my decision to commit. They were very reassuring that it would be a great experience.” Cevallos chose to attend Concordia University, in Nebraska this fall and plans to play baseball there, since the, “coach contacted [him] and wanted [him] to play for the team.” He also said that his parents, “were very reassuring that it would be a great experience.” According to Cevallos, his parents’ support truly changed his, “mindset about going halfway across the country for most of the next four years.”

     Benjamin Newberry, who is also an Upland baseball player, has decided to attend Ventura College, after receiving advice from his, “family and friends, along with the baseball coach at Ventura College.” All three seniors clearly emphasized that making this life-changing decision would not have been possible if it weren’t for their support systems of advisors, coaches and family members.

    Jeff Reed, a U-High tennis player, will be attending Chaffey College in the fall, a two-year community college, located in Rancho Cucamonga. With expenses and programs in mind, Reed made his decision to go to Chaffey, based on the fact that, ¨it is much more affordable than going straight into a four-year college,¨ as well as the fact that, ¨out of the other local JC's,¨ Chaffey fit his wants the best. Looking to his relatives and friends who are currently taking college courses, Reed received advice balloonsand recommendations on which school that ultimately swayed him towards Chaffey in the end.

    Similar to Reed, Serena Balderas decided to attend a two-year community college, rather than going straight into a four-year university, which in her case, was the Glendora-based Citrus College. Feeling that she would have a better educational opportunity, by paying less to attend a two-year college, Balderas, after weighing the pros and cons, decided that she was not ready for a four-year university. Besides saving on the cost, Balderas knew that Citrus would allow her to focus on her general education first. Furthermore, as she would, ¨have a job through the school district, to be a aid for special education classes,¨ Balderas realized that her opportunities at Citrus College surpassed any other university, since she would work in an area that she loves, while going to school simultaneously.

 Senior students   Yet for some seniors, the advice from families and friends, as well as other opportunities, are not every seniors’ deciding factors in their college decisions. Brenda Bellaver, who will be attending Cal State San Bernardino this fall, looked at the school’ś renowned status, as one of the top nursing schools in California, as well as the scholarships that she was offered to justify her decision.

    Making life-altering decisions have never been easy. Yet, it is clear that this year’s graduating class had quite a few factors to consider, before making their final choices. Whether deciding on a two-year or a four-year experience, students certainly showed integrity and responsibility when giving careful consideration to their future pathways.


 

    

 


The Last Debate for Senior Class

04/30/19

 By: Andre Zendejas; The Plaid, Staff Writer 

     On Sunday, April 28, the Upland High School Speech and Debate team competed at their last tournament of the year, at the International School of Los Angeles in Burbank, California. The last tournament of this year’s debate season, the day marked the very last time that the ten seniors of the debate team would compete, as part of the group representing UHS. Placing both individually and as a team, throughout the year, the debate team and its seniors have had a successful season, but they must now look back on their cherished experiences, preparing to move on to the next chapter of their lives.

    Throughout the year, students in debate are tasked with working cohesively to prepare for an array of controversial and intricate topics for tournaments. While preparation for tournaments may take place last minute, given the procrastination of the average highschooler, the experiences of working together and putting in the effort, necessary to bring home trophies, have helped to establish strong connections between teammates. Senior, Hannah Gewaid said, “I'll miss the community of people who pushed me to challenge my way of thinking. My teammates taught me so much with their vast knowledge of the world and all of their unique backgrounds and perspectives. It was awesome being around a bunch of people who enjoyed discussing important issues as much as I do. I'll miss the community of people who pushed me to challenge my way of thinking.”

    Aside from friendship and interpersonal connections, the seniors of Debate have also witnessed their gain of more tangible attributes, transpirable to a wide range of future tasks and careers. Senior, David Wade said, “Something that I’ve gained from the debate team is the ability to publicly speak with confidence and eloquence. I have learned how to debate complex concepts on the fly and rationally dissect topics and find their root arguments. All of these experiences, I think, are essential for your adult life.”

    While Debate competitions can be intensive and demanding, the benefits received from such experiences are ones that can be carried throughout one's lifetime. As for now, the seniors can now look back upon their memories of the debate team, and prepare to pass down the reigns to the next generation of seniors, regarding Debate as a memory of the past, as they progress onto the rest of their lives.
 

    

    

 


Blood Drive: Giving Others The Gift of Life

04/29/19

    By: Hailey Hampton; The Plaid, Staff Writer

     On WGive Blood adednesday, April 24th, the Blood Drive was held in the west gym. Throughout the school day, students, aged seventeen and older, had the chance to donate blood. The charity event was put on by the American National Red Cross, a humanitarian organization that gives support during times of need, such as disasters and supplies other forms of community service (American Red Cross).

     Twice a year, the Red Cross reaches out to the ASB advisor and conducts a meeting with the students volunteering. At the meeting, the goal for the year is addressed, as well as why students should donate. They also discuss the health requirements and the logistics of the procedure. To further motivate the students, there is a scholarship involved. If a student hits a certain unit mark of blood donated, a certain amount of money is given to his or her chosen college, in the form of a scholarship.

     Ashley Freeman, the account manager for the Red Cross said, “Basically we just try and get the students excited for the blood drive by letting them know about the scholarships and what not so that they come in and donate blood.” They also provide a free Game of Thrones poster, pizza or a sandwich, and beverages. Although it’s a common theory that students donate, just so that they can miss class. Freeman said, “If I'm being honest, so many high school students donate because they know they are able to miss classes for a couple of hours and to hang out with their friends.”

    The goal for donations was 170 units of blood and each unit could save up to three lives Meaning, if the goal was reached, up to 510 lives could potentially be saved and even more, if the students decide to use the power red machine, which can save up to six lives. According to Freeman, the donated blood is distributed to nearby hospitals, such as San Antonio, Pomona Valley, Kaiser and more. Freeman said, “I believe that since the blood is distributed to places so close to home, the students feel like they're giving back to their community. Which they are because its your friends and families lives that can be saved by you.” There is also a statistic that students who donate blood in high school are more likely to donate for the rest of their lives.

    High Schools are the Red Cross’ number one suppliers for blood. During summer, units of blood donated is less than half the amount donated during the school year. It's called critical times, and the goal of donated blood is between twelve and thirty units compared to the 170 units collected at schools. Amanda Mandarich, a regular volunteer at the Red Cross said, “From a volunteers viewpoint, it gives you the opportunity to give back to the community, lend a helping hand, and save lives in need.” To donate blood, contact any local Red Cross organizations for further instructions. A donor can donate blood everyday, saving countless lives.  

 


A Look At Track And Field

04/15/19

By: Gabriella Campo-Poe & Sunny Martin; The Plaid Staff Writers

Photography by: Sunny Martin

 

     At 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 9, the Scots track team took on the Chino Hills Huskies, in the Highlander stadium. The track meet was the second to last league meet before the Scots headed off to CIF.

      This season’s Track and Field team spends a lot of time training, to prepare for meets and invitationals. Even with the rigorous training, the team manages to have a good time, as well as better its skills. Training is a lot of work, as Senior Jordyn Everett said, “Training is intense. The majority of it is conditioning and building strength and then later, it’s all about building speed.” Senior, Cameron Caliboso said that for the sprinters, “Workouts take place from Monday’s to Thursday’s.” Even with all the training, the athletes still have some difficulties. Jordyn said, “The hardest thing is to believe Girls  track runningin yourself and not psych yourself out.” On the other hand, Cameron said, “The hardest thing about track is probably going to practice and maintaining a good diet on meet days.”

     Track and Field takes a lot of dedication and time. Even with injuries, the athletes manage to compete, as Cameron said, “With my hamstring injury, I compete by stretching and taking pain meds, along with having on kt tape and a leg sleeve.” Even with the injuries and training the Track and Field team is pulling through the season. Cameron, who competes in the 100, 200, and 300 hurdles, said, “The hurdles are the hardest to compete in because you need to use a lot of your leg to get yourself over the hurdle.” With his team and coaches behind him every step of his recovery, one of Cameron’s accomplishments is a varsity 300 hurdle time of 49.26a and coming in fourth place. With competition times in the 100, 200, 400, 4x100, and the 4x400, Jordyn said, “My favorite thing is improving on any race and setting a personal record; it’s one of the best feeUpland Boy s track runninglings.”

     One of the advantages of being on the team is the strong bonds members forge with each other, whether at a meet or at practice. In each meet or invitational, there are chances to communicate and bond with other athletes from different schools. As Cameron said, “My favorite thing about track is probably the bond you make with people from other schools, along with your own team.”

     Many people believe that Track and Field is only running. However, there is also the the field aspect, such as discus and shotput. Senior athlete, Jacob Teague, said, “The every-day-training process starts with some stretches and some easy, just-going-through-the-motion throws. Then, I start to progress throughout my spin, till I’m fully comfortable. Once loosened up, I start to fine- tune all my motions.” For throwing, specifically, athletes need to focus on upper body strength, to be able to launch the disc and shot put ball. Shot put throwingTo be able to throw, there is preparation that athletes must do. Jacob said, “My mental preparation, right before I am about to throw, is pretty simple but it can easily go wrong and I psych myself out. I get everything that isn’t throwing out of my head, and just think the motions in my head; drop, turn, drive and whip that hip.”

     The Track and Field team continues to provide its members with many opportunities. As Jacob said, “My favorite thing about throwing is probably the friends and experiences that I get to make these last two years of high school. Throwing has also opened many doors for me, such as scholarships and acceptances.”

 

    

 


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