Upland High School

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6/1/17

   By: Zach Triay, The Plaid, Staff Writer 

     May 6th and 7th, Upland High School students participated in State History Day in Sacramento. National History Day is a competition in which students make projects pertaining to various fields in History, to win the top title in Nationals. Upland High School had the highest number of participants from a High School, with Tristen and Caitlin Huang being the only team from Upland High School to qualify to compete at the national level.  

    Madison McCarthy participated in the performance division, with her topic being on Emmeline Pankhurst. Inspired by Mr. Hynes to pick her topic, McCarthy said, “Mr. Hynes recommended Emmeline Pankhurst to me! After some quick research, I found her story fit the topic and ended up really enjoying portraying her.” One part of the duo that made it to Nationals, Tristen Huang, had said he took inspiration from, “The Chinese Cultural Revolution.” Ashley Fulton, who competed with Ashley Laurell in the video division, had found out that she wanted to do a strong women in history and said, “We wanted to research a strong woman in history or something related to war. Eventually we found something that had both with Edith Cavell.”

    When asked about the topic of what they took away from History Day, McCarthy said, “Yes. My performance was significantly stronger than last year! Using last year’s judging sheets, I made sure to include all the information they wanted.” Ashley Fulton, when asked about her topic, said, “The topic we choose was more interesting and we were more dedicated to the project and to advancing to state.” Tristen Huang, a member of the team who made it to Nationals, was extremely confident in his project and he felt he had very little to change for next year.

    Overall, the participants from Upland High School performed extremely well and represented the high school superbly. Good luck to the team on the way to compete in Nationals.    

 

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6/1/17

       By: Janae Aguirre, The Plaid, Staff Writer

     The annual Hypnosis show was held on Friday, May 26 and the senior class seemed eager to experience all that it had to offer. But what is Hypnosis? Psychology Today describes it as, “Not a magical act. Rather, it's a technique for putting someone (or yourself) into a state of concentration where you are more suggestible and thus more open to messages about breaking bad habits or changing in other positive ways.” It can be seen as similar to daydreaming. Nevertheless, here is what some of our Seniors thought.

    Senior, Sergio Anaya was asked what was his favorite part of the show and he said, “When they had to explain why they were speeding on the freeway.” When asked if he regretted not going up on stage he said, “No, because I think I would have made a fool of myself.”

   Senior, Daisy Perez was asked if she thought the volunteers were faking it or if they were really hypnotized and she said that she thought that, “Some people were faking it and others were not.” When asked if she regretted not going on stage, she said, “Yes. I do regret not going on stage.”

   Senior, Shelby Pecenka was asked if she remembered anything that happened on stage and she said, “I remembers some things and some not at all.” When asked if she was curious to find out what had happened on stage her response was, “Yes. But I do not want to be embarrassed after I find out.”

 Senior, Gabby Marlen was asked if she remembered anything that happened on stage and she said, “No. I do not remember anything that happened.” When asked if she had the opportunity to do it again, would she, she said, “Yes. I would love to do it again.”

  Most of Upland High Seniors had a blast at this annual activity. It helped seniors have a little fun, while still being at school. It was a terrific end of the year activity and one that will hopefully continue as a tradition, since so many students and staff enjoy the experience. It was an experience that most people have never done or seen in their lives till now.

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6/1/17

         By: Andrea Sosa, The Plaid, Staff Writer 

        With the 2016-2017 school year coming to an end, Upland High has made some changes in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. We have elected new ASB officers, as well as officers for each class. The 2017-2018 incoming Senior Class officers are Danika Hochberger as President; Sydney Jackson as Vice President; Corey Thomas as Treasurer, and Brianna Cota as Class Secretary. Then as president of the entire ASB, we have Nia Bratton. Also, helping Bratton with next year’s ASB are Gurleen Butar, as ASB Vice President; Jordan Haynes, as ASB Secretary; Melissa Vinluan, as ASB Treasurer; Izabell Rivera, as ASB Social Chairman; Fou Hoching and Rachel Kline, as ASB Athletic Commissioners; Juliana Salinas, as ASB Pep Commissioner; and finally, Sophie Armendariz, as Traditional Mascot.

    Bratton is very excited for this upcoming year as ASB President. She has some extremely large plans in store and said, “For this upcoming year it is going to be #ALLABOUTU! What that means is we are going to give the amazing students of Upland High school a voice. We are going to be sending out surveys asking for constant feedback on what they liked and what we could do better. We will also be asking their ideas, and for them to vote on things like dance themes and certain activities. We are also going to try to get more groups on campus to perform at lunch and in our rallies, because I really want to highlight all the amazing programs we have on our campus. I truly care about each and every one of the students at Upland High School and I want to make their year the best. I love talking to people and if anyone has ideas, they can always come and talk to me!”                                                   

     When asked if she had any worries for this upcoming school year, she revealed she did have one worry. She said, “My only worry for this year is making sure that all students at lunch have a place to go. Since we are going to have one lunch the space on campus will be limited, and I don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t have to a place to eat or be. Everyone has a place on our campus and I want to make sure that there is enough space provided for everyone.”

      There are also changes that she would like to make this school year, she is ready and determined to, “A big change I want to make is to our rallies. Right now we are in the process of looking for screens to add to our gym. This would change the landscape of the rallies forever. We would be able to have more crowd involvement and play videos. Another thing I want to change is just getting more groups on campus involved in activities. We have so many amazing programs and I feel like they all need to be highlighted in some way. I am also working on rearranging our website. I think that if we add an ASB page, with contact information, it would make us more available to the students and that is what we need to do because it is #ALLABOUTU! I also would like to put more of UTV’s videos on the front page, and also put all The Plaid news on the homepage as well, instead of it being a side bar. Moreover, I would like to put more advertisements of events on campus up there as well.” Bratton wants to make the year 2018 one of the best years Upland High students have ever seen and so do the other people of ASB.

    Along with Bratton, other candidates were elected, such as Sophie Armendariz. Elected as the Traditional Mascot, her main goal for this year is to, “Make the dog pound more school spirited.”

    As with Bratton, the other candidates have some worries. One of her biggest worries she says is that “We won´t have enough funds to support the dog pound.¨ Our ASB Secretary, Melissa Vinulan sa also expressed some worrries she says “I'm worried I may overstress and be worried too much to enjoy all of senior year, but I'm sure with all my friends everything will turn out okay” Now as you can see they all have there worries but they're also very excited for this upcoming school year. They have big plans and are very confident and ready to carry them out.

    Our Pep Commisioner Juliana Salinas has major plans for next year. She says       “ For this upcoming year, I plan on making lots of changes that will improve the spirit here at UHS and I hope to leave a lasting impression as Pep Commissioner. I want the school to look like a safe environment full of motivated students who will keep the level of spirit over the top.”

    Now along with these people previously mentioned we also have class officers. These are people who are in charge of each individual class and organize activities for each class. To be elected, each candidate had to campaign as much as possible and work very hard to show everyone why they were the perfect choice for the year 2017-2018 class officers. At the end of it all, they had to go on stage, in front of everyone at a school assembly. They needed to make an impact on the student body to try to persuade each and everyone of us to vote for them. In the end, these four students came out on top and all of their hard work paid off. They are very excited to be next year’s class officers and hope to make a difference at Upland High School. They are each prepared and ready for the challenges they may face coming into the next school year.

   Something that was different about this campaign is that we had one of our very own football players run for a position ASB. Corey Thomas said that Football helped push him to run for Class Secretary because, “Football gave me the extreme amount of pride I hold for our school, and I want to share that with my class.” He also has an idea of what he wants next year to look like. Thomas said, “I plan to help our senior class have the best year we can possibly have. And I will help us achieve that goal anyway I possibly can. I want our school to look like we are having the most fun in the Nation. I want other schools to look at us and wish they were us.”

    Sydney Jackson also has her own ideas about how she wants next year's school year to go and said,“ I want our school to have more spirit. I want Upland to be known as the most hyped school in the Inland Empire. I would also like to see more participation in spirit weeks, at football games, rallies, and other school events.” Based on both Thomas and Jackson’s words, it sounds like both officers have a very exciting year planned for ahead, with their main goals being to increase the spirits of the students. They also don't seem very concerned that they won't be able to achieve their goals.

    When asking both of them if they had any worries, they responded with confidence in our student body. Corey Thomas said, “I don't have any worries about last year. I am extremely confident in our class.” Sydney Jackson responded with the same kind of confidence and said, “ I don't have many worries for this upcoming year. We have a lot of new people coming into ASB next year who I think will contribute a lot of new ideas and will help make this upcoming year the best one yet.”

    There are quite a few changes that these two officers have in store for us. But when asking them if they wanted anything to stay the same for the next school year, they did have some things in mind. Corey Thomas said, “I want the pride and tradition that Upland holds to stay the same.” Sydney Jackson had a very similar response and said, “I think the unity we have for each other, as students, is something special at UHS. We look out for each other and have a close bond, which I hope will continue in this upcoming year.”

    Our future officers seem to be in sync with what they want for the upcoming school year.  Good luck to all of those elected. The student body is very excited for the upcoming school year.  

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6/1/17

By: Dora Myers and Keren Santamaria; The Plaid, Staff Writers

     On Thursday, May 25, Upland High School Seniors were given different awards to commemorate their achievements during their high school careers. Students were recognized for their biliteracy, academic and athletic excellence, as well as their success on AP exams. In addition, the winners of a range of scholarships were announced.

     The awards were presented by various members of the community, such as former Upland Mayor, Ray Musser, representatives from the US Marine Corps and Army, and staff members from the high school and the Upland Unified School District. There was a sense of prestige and accomplishment as each student received his or her honors, sometimes in the form of trophies or plaques. It was a proud moment for seniors and their families who have devoted so much of their time to the school. Kelly McClanahan, who received an award for three years of perfect attendance commented, “It was nice seeing everyone's accomplishments, and I'm happy with my award.” When asked if she would miss anything about high school, McClanahan replied, “I will miss my teachers who taught me about getting work done, and the breakfast burritos.”

   The air was thick with excitement and the audience regularly applauded when each name was announced. During categories, where several students were called up to be recognized for their achievement, the stage was lined with grinning, well dressed students. They all stood up there, drinking up the loud applause and waiting patiently for the photographer to take the group picture; The audience was filled with proud family members and friends of students, holding bouquets of flowers.

    Melissa Flores, recipient of many awards, including the President’s Educational Award said she felt, “really happy,”as she received each award and, “kind of nervous about going up on stage.” Another senior, Allison Singleton, who earned the award for outstanding achievement in fashion design said, “Senior Awards Night was disappointing because they spelled my name wrong on my certificate.” At the end of the night, programs were distributed by the doors that listed the winners of all of the awards and scholarships. Many families lingered around after the ceremony to take pictures to remember the special moment in their children’s lives. Overall, seniors and their families had a great time celebrating their achievements.  Congratulations to all the Seniors who were recognized for their achievements!

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6/1/17

    By: Michelle Mercado; The Plaid, Staff Writer

 On March 26, I went along with the Video Production and the UTV classes to Universal Studios, in order to understand the family values Mr. Miura tends to keep up throughout the years of teaching video. I’ve had Mr. Miura for UTV, so I am familiar with his teaching methods and his bond with his students. He goes above and beyond for not only his classes but other programs in Upland. He will film a segment for senior video, the student bulletin, sport games, rallies and even dances, so that students here can physically have that memory of their high school experience forever.

    Before we went off to Universal Studios, Mr. Miura congratulated his students on finishing the Senior video. He stated how happy and proud he was for all his students and how proud they should be of themselves. He then stated how he brought donuts and water for the whole class, so that they were ready for a fun-filled day at Universal Studios. The whole class enjoyed their donuts, while waiting for their bus to arrive.

    I realized the hypnotist show was the same day as the field trip, so I then asked Sydney Schneider if she was upset that she was missing out on the senior hypnotist show and she said, “No!! I’d much rather go on a field trip with my family than watch a two-hour show with people I barely know.” It made me extremely happy. Family. It amazed me how strong bonds could be in high school, just from spending 40 minutes with people, five days a week. You become best friends with these people because you share a similar passion with them. In Miura’s classes, it’s filming or editing. They all work extremely hard because they love their class and they’re passionate about what this class offers them.

    The bus ride was filled with laughter and everyone talking to one another. As soon as we got to Universal Studios, everyone walked as a group to the Studio Tram Tour. They made me feel as if I were part of their class; their family. They all talked to me, introduced themselves to me and made sure I didn’t feel left out. We enjoyed the crazy tram ride together and laughed endlessly, while enjoying the tour of the studios around Universal.

     I got to know so many people, just through this one field trip and even got on rides with people I’ve always seen around school, but never really talked to or bonded with. UTV and Video Production are perfect examples of endless opportunities high school electives offer to students. Even relationships with peers. It’s a shame that it’s the end of my high school experience here at Upland because I would’ve enjoyed a support system like Video Production or UTV.

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5/31/17

     By: Zach Lopez; The PlaidStaff Writer

     Fidget spinners have become way to keep people distracted and have something to play with. Now, students at schools and adults are buying the toys just to have fun or because they have become the latest trend among the citizens of America. Dr. Steven Shapiro, Chairman of Pediatrics at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health said, “The occupational therapists have long used these distractors to help people concentrate on what they’re doing.” Shapiro added that the spinner was intended, “For kids in the spectrum of Autism, basic developmental disorders, in the spectrum of severe ADHD, where there’s a severe distractible component.”

    The fidget spinner has been adopted by many people, from children to full-grown adults. Although the fidget spinners were supposed to help kids with disorders, recent studies showed it actually doesn't help them at all. According to a Scott Kollins, Clinical Psychologist and Professor at Duke University, Kollins said,"I know there's lots of similar toys, just like there's lots of other games and products marketed toward individuals who have ADHD, and there's basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board.”

   When asked about spinners, Senior, Nicholas Valdivez said, “I love them they keep me distracted and help me with presentations or public speaking.” At this point, they were not really known in the community as a toy because they were mostly being given to youth with disabilities.

   In addition to the fidget spinner, children have discovered the fidget cube. Both have became sparks within schools. Once children started purchasing them, they came up with a spinner, which just, “put gas on a small fire.” After the spinner hit the schools, students have been using them non-stop. Senior, Phillip Whitwam said, “I didn't choose the spinner life; the spinner life chose me.”

    As it stands, the youth across the country have ordered them online and purchased them in stores because it is a new trend that will eventually die, as all trends tend to do. But the toy’s original purpose still remains, despite the fact that the popularity of the spinner is a big fire that is spreading across the country. The youth and even adults are using them just for fun.when asked about spinners Tyler Kittrell said, “I bought a spinner for my son but they were so much fun I had to buy myself one!” Even though kids are buying them like crazy, the trend will die fast and companies that make them will have to make a new product to make kids buy their product again or else they will immediately go out of business. This fidget spinner has gotten into the hands of many kids and adults in school and at home, and this trend may become a big thing but as for now, it remains a small viral trend.


 

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5/31/17

       By: Zainab Aljalal and Andrea Sosa; The Plaid, Staff Writers

    On May 20th, the hip hop team had their very last show before the school year ends. They had many routines that they worked hard on and also had a few solos and singers, Senior, Amiyah Gardner spoke about the dancing and said, “My favorite dance from the hip hop show was Bo$$y.” Everyone worked on each dance, whether it involved singing, a solo performance or a group dance. Senior, Selene Bragagnini was also asked what her favorite dance was and said, “My favorite dance was Keep Me Young, which was Hip Hop 16-17’s last dance together.” Junior, David Nguyen also said, “My favorite dance was the Closer set.”

    All three dancers did an amazing job. If people were lucky enough to watch the show, then it was plain to see that the dancers put in a lot of work, to make sure everything was perfect. Bragagnini was asked who she thought the best dancer on the team was and she said, “In my opinion the best dancers on the team have to be David Macias and Ruby McAuliffe ” Amiyah also said she thought that David Macias was the best dancer. When watching David Macias dance people can see he puts a lot of time and effort into the routines, whether he has a small part or big part in the dance.

    David Nguyen spoke on how long it usually takes him to get the steps for the dance down and said, “It was actually a short period of time since I was busy with the Express Show.” Although David is on both the Express Team and the Hip Hop Team, his performances are always great. Amiyah said, “I learned all the dances in one week. ” Bragagini said, “It usually takes a few practices to fully learn and get the choreography down.” Selene and Amiyah have been on the Hip Hop team for three years now and although they won’t be dancing for the school any more, they will most likely continue to dance outside of school. As for David, this is only his second year on the team as he said, “This is my second year on the Hip Hop Team and hopefully, next year will be my third year on the team.” Selene and Amiyah are both amazing dancers, and even though we won’t be seeing them at rallies or personal shows, keep an eye out for them on television. As for David,  look for him at our school rallies or at the Hip Hop shows next year!

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5/24/17

By: Nailea Castillo;

The Plaid, Editor in Chief

    On Friday, May 19th, NHS (National Honor Society) hosted a charity event titled “Cupcakes for the Cure.” First year member, Hannah Ponce described how, “NHS has been planning Cupcakes for the Cure since late February, and countless hours have been put into setting up decorations, arranging gift baskets, asking for donations, etc. in order to make this event happen.”

    It is an annual event for NHS, and it continues to be a huge success. NHS President,  Alyssa Plese described how, “This event has been going on for as long as I can remember as a student at upland and member of NHS, and it is usually very well attended… This year, we are offering cupcakes from local businesses, and cinnamon rolls, which we have never done before. Also, we have the option of boxes for cupcakes instead of just plates, so you can take many cupcakes home.”  

    Two-year member, Jordan Haynes described how the event’s ultimate purpose was to benefit this year's selected charity. When asked to elaborate on the charity efforts that NHS is supporting, Haynes described how, “Red Star Riders is a charity dedicated to providing rehabilitation bikes to children. It’s a really fun way for these kids to get exercise and build confidence as each bike is designed to fit the needs of the child in question.”

    “Cupcakes for the Cure” allowed individuals to indulge in cupcake eating, live music, and raffle prizes, in order to assist a noble cause. “I would highly recommend that anyone who could not make it to cupcakes this year tries to attend next year,” said NHS member, Hannah Ponce. “Everyone needs a night full of friends, good music, and delicious cupcakes during the last, stressful weeks of school. Similarly, all of the proceeds go to an absolutely amazing cause,” Ponce said.

    Given it’s good nature and success, "Cupcakes for the Cure" will surely be an event that continues to rally together the Upland community for a greater purpose.

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5/24/17

 

By: Hailey Higley and Rylee Johnson; The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

    On September 3, 1998, Ms. Lapis, a sophomore English teacher started working at our beloved school. Lapis said, ¨[I] got my teaching certificate in June of 1969¨. Ms. Lapis also said before working here at Upland High she, ¨[W]orked at all Claremont schools.

    When asked about her best memories that she had, Ms. Lapis said, ¨[Getting] personal nice notes from students over the years.” Lapis was asked if she always wanted to be a teacher and she replied, ¨[A] tutor, sub, a Theater Director and the University of La Verne¨. What made her decide to be a teacher is that, ¨I wanted to be on Broadway but, Barbra Streisand was never sick, so I couldn't be her understudy.¨

    Looking to the future Ms. Lapis wants, ¨To attempt chores and projects, buy something in Laguna Woods, and to live by the beach.¨ When asked what she looks forward to the most is, ¨Not grading papers.¨ Lastly, she was asked to share some words of wisdom with the graduating Senior class and she said, ¨Make good choices but, have a lot of fun because these years go by way too fast¨. Then Ms. Lapis added, ¨[go] travel.”

    With her departure, Ms. Lapis will be missed by the staff and students. Farewell to Ms. Lapis. Both staff and students will surely miss her.

 

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5/23/17

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Hip Hop: More Than Just Dance

By: Kevyn Garcia, The PlaidStaff Writer 

     The Hip Hop team continues to be one of the most popular performances at school rallies. Students cheer with anticipation, as the Hip Hop Team walks out and begins to dance to today’s modern hits. The students have worked hard all semester, in order to perfect their smooth moves, which they certainly demonstrated at the December 2, “Hip Hop Show.”

     Many of the dancers have expressed the feeling of the team being a growing family. New members join every year and evolve into great dancers. Auditions were held last June and many students auditioned. However, only the best of the best made it on the team. Senior and first-year dancer, Precious Armendariz said, “Every family has their problems but at the end of the day, we still stick together and leave everything on the floor.”

     The Hip Hop team is mostly, a student-run club. The more experienced dancers lead the team and work to pull the team together as one unit. Officers are elected to distribute responsibilities, and to provide students leadership roles. For example, the two Hip Hop Team Captains Senior, Ruby McAuliffe and Senior, David Macias, were responsible for choreographing their own dance numbers. The 2016-2017 school year is “Going to be fun and full of so many memories,” said Hip Hop President and Senior, Aris Pangan. They hope to win many competitions and give the best shows they can.

     When asked about the Hip Hop Show and the work that went into it, Armendariz said, “We have some of the first rally pieces in there. We have been working on it all year. Even on Saturdays. Practice during the week is on Tuesday and Thursdays from five pm to 8:30 pm. On Saturdays, practice is from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon.”

      With a ticket count of over 500, the December 2 Show was a huge success. After the final bows, the dancers were in tears after presenting their coaches and advisor, Ms. Jay, with a bouquet of flowers. As guests were exiting the building, they complimented the dancers on their impressive performance. Some of the comments overheard by audience-goers were:“One of the best shows this year.” “Their dancing was in sync to each other and the music.” “My favorite part was how cool the music sounded and how the dancers looked in the lights.” Hip Hop Team Lieutenant, Senior Selene Barragini said she was, “So thankful for these people and their constant support and love,” when referring to her friends and family that came out to see the show.

      Overall, the Hip Hop team looks forward to another year full of dancing and fun. If you enjoyed the show, look out for the Winter Dance Concert on Friday, December 16th, when more great dancers and performances will be featured.

  

Students Escape From Alcatraz to Promote Health

By: Andrea SosaThe Plaid Staff Writer

    On October tenth, Juniors, Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo participated in the Alcatraz to San Francisco swim, the infamous prison in San Francisco, California. Known for its reputation as one of the hardest prisons to escape from, Alcatraz is  located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The swim was organized by PATHSTAR that helps educate about and encourage wholesome nutrition and a stay-active lifestyle among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of the swim event was to bring awareness to health issues in  Native American culture.

Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo flew to San Francisco together, without their family on October 2nd and were meant to swim October 10th. The normal age group of the race participants was from the late thirties to the fifties, which made the girls the youngest of the group.

    Sanaa and Savannah wanted to participate in this swim when Sanaa’s mom, a Native American, saw the ad for the race on tv. She told the girls and they immediately became very interested. The water was at a 50 degree temp but that didn't stop them. Savannah Trujillo said, “It was fun and a new experience. I would definitely go back.”  The race took a lot of preparation and both girls knew it would be long and tiring, but they were more than ready to participate. In order to prepare for this race, Sanaa Johnson said, “I went on a no carb diet. No sugar. Everything was proportioned and I had to eat a bag of salad with each meal.”  According to both girls, the diet was the hardest part of the preparations that went into readying them to do well in the swim.

    Sanaa said, “It was very scary and unexpected to see real-life animals in the ocean because I've never been in open water swimming. I was afraid I was going to get eaten by a shark.” On the day of the swim, Trujillo said, “I woke up at 4:00 to get ready and at 5:45 I started swimming.” Despite the difficulty of the challenge, the girls were eager to bring awareness to the cause that they came there for. So, getting up early and the very cold temperature of the waters did not stop them.

    Both girls want to go back and are also very interested in swimming the Golden Gate Bridge. It is not a funded race itself, but they know a someone who can take them out on a boat, in order to swim from one side to the other. Johnson and Trujillo are also interested in bringing along more people with them to participate in this (PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week) amazing experience.

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 Hasta La Bye Bye Barboni

 By: Hailey Higley, 

  The Plaid staff writer

     Many students know Spanish teacher, Mrs. Barboni. She has worked here at Upland High for 28 and a half years and she is retiring on December 22nd. After retirement, she is headed off to Barcelona, Spain! “I plan on a one way ticket to Barcelona, Spain to celebrate. I want to go back to the place that started my love for Spanish,” Barboni said.

    Surprisingly, Upland is not the only school she has worked at. “I have taught in Brawley, California, Yuma, Arizona and I taught for three years in South America,” Barboni said. Spanish is the only subject she has taught.

    Mrs. Barboni said her favorite part about teaching is, “I really like presenting a good lesson to kids who are curious and enthusiastic about learning. To be honest, I really like teenagers.” The weirdest thing to ever happen, while she was on campus, was after 9/11 happened. She said that she remembers how, “it was such a somber day. Nobody really spoke. It was probably one of the strangest feelings on campus.”

    Over the years, Mrs. Barboni has really enjoyed meeting some amazing colleagues. She has also enjoyed making friendships with some of her former students. Adults now, her former students have kept in contact with her through the years.

    Perhaps her favorite memories have come from working with her students and taking 28 tours abroad. She will miss teaching so much! She loves teaching itself. “There have been seven principals in my teaching time. But this year is the best year ever,” Barboni said. All of the students and staff at Upland High wish Mrs. Barboni a lovely and safe retirement. “Hasta La Bye Bye, Mrs. Barboni!”  

News

12/6/16

By: Zach Triay, The Plaid Staff Writer

       On November 17th, Upland High School hosted its first ever “Chili Cook-Off”for teachers and staff. As a bonding activity initiated by Principal Salgado, teachers and staff were invited to bring their chili submissions, as well as sample the various chilis. Voting took place after participants had a chance to taste all of the chili submissions. There were various types of chili, with many different levels of spiciness. In the end, the winner of the first “Upland High Chilli Cook-off” was Mrs. Vickers.

       Mrs. Connor, organizer of the event, explained why the chili cook-off was started when she said, “The idea came from Art McCain and Pam Salgado, the new principal, as a way to bring our staff together.” Due to the success of the first chili cook-off, when asked if there will be another one next year, Mrs. Connor said, “Yes. We plan on it being annual.” Mrs. Connor had also mentioned her favorite chili was Chili Con Carne.

       Mrs. Vickers, the winner of the cook-off, received a trophy, which resembled a chili bowl. When asked why she participated in the event, Mrs. Vickers said, “I wanted to use my mother’s chili recipe that she [my mother] had won with [too].” As the reigning champion of Upland High School’s chili cook-off, Vickers plans to participate next year as well.

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11/17/16

   
By: Hailey Higley, 

   The Plaid staff writer 

     As many of you may know, on Friday November 4, 2016, we had our tenth annual Trebuchet event. If you do not know what a trebuchet is, it is best explained by Mr. Geller, who said it is,  “like a seesaw with a weight on the short end and a sling on the long end.” To build a trebuchet, you need  wood, rope, metal, and bolts and screws. The event happens every year in November and the builders are roughly 500 Physics students.

    Students start making large trebuchets in late September and the smaller ones in early October. When it comes to the assembly Mr. Geller said, “most are made at home, but some are made at home.” Most students want to make a trebuchet, but you must be a Physics student to make one.
 Senior, Dayjon Jackson, said that the trebuchet his group made, “took about five days to build.” Seniors, Thatcher Vermillion and Denny Duhaime said that the  height of their trebuchet was, “with the arm on it, it was almost nineteen feet.”

    According to Mr. Geller, the farthest distance a pumpkin has ever been launched, “was roughly 600 feet. It could have been thrown well over Foothill Blvd. But we wouldn’t let it go that far, so we measured about 600 feet.” The launching of pumpkins started by accident one year. Students used to launch basketballs but decided to launch pumpkins instead. “My real favorite part about launching pumpkins is watching pumpkins splatter. But as a teacher,  my response is that I like watching students take on a challenging engineering project,” Geller said. Trebuchet is a good teaching tool for Physics because it is the best physical example of conservation of energy.

     When it came to how the day faired, Jackson said, “We had many hits and misses.” The tenth anniversary of the Trebuchet proved to be just as exciting as in previous years. There were many participants, lots of squashed pumpkins and extreme fun was had by all.

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Feature

By: Rylee Johnson, The Plaid Staff Writer 

     The Scottie Dog is what most people associate with Upland High. Although, most do not know that the masculine Highlander is our rightful mascot. Painstaking research was conducted to answer one simple question, “What is the origin of the Highlander?” Most people know that the Highlander is derived from Scottish tradition, which is what the school is based on. Apparently, our very first principal thought it was suiting. However, what we do not know are: Why the Highlander? Who actually thought of it? Why is it shadowed by an adorable dog?

     According to our history, the Scottie came up back in the fifties, when the school was undergoing construction for the soon-to-be students. Since, the school was just beginning we did not have much money. Of course our school needed sports uniforms for events like football, soccer, baseball, cheer, etc. With little to no funds, the school went for a cheaper route. The word ¨Highlander¨ is about nine letters and each letter costs money. Therefore, to afford the uniforms they put ¨Scots¨ instead.“The Highlander is the main mascot,¨ Wilson said. So, because Scots is on everything people can assume that we are the home of the Scots.  

      Ms. Wilson, head of ASB, was able to provide a little information about the origins of  the Highlander. When asked when the Highlander mascot made his first appearance [the costume], Wilson said, ¨Sometime back in the day.¨ In addition, when asked if she knew how old the costume was or who created it, she said, ¨Probably when the school started and no.¨  

      It was said that the principal in 1994 wanted a more powerful representation. Before 1994, the Highlander that was printed out on everything appeared as more meek, than the bold and strong figure we see today. It is a possible hypothesis that because of  a chain reaction, the principal might also have wanted to have a costume that demonstrated the strength of our school. But after countless hours spent researching past yearbooks and searching the internet, there was no real confirmation of any ideas.

     Luckily, in the quest to find the real answers, there was still one more possible avenue to pursue.  Our actual Highlander-wearing-mascot. The job is a volunteer position, which junior, Nia Bratton, has decided to undertake this year. ¨[I] love spirit. The mascot needs to be brought back,¨ Nia said about the strange reappearance of the Highlander at football games. Nia did not seem to know how old the costume was or where it came from. The date is not known although, she believes it is at least ten or more years old. But she did admit to the cheerleaders shaving off an orange beard that was originally on the mascot’s face.

     What has presented itself as a problem though is that many Highlanders are not too fond of this mascot. Some have described the Highlander as “scary”, “a troll”, or even “a caveman.” However, Nia said, ¨It is a ten year old costume. It is kinda scary.¨ With the way it looks, Bratton is brave and loves to put on the head. ¨People need to know it is original and it is cool to be spirited,¨ Bratton said.

     In order to wear to costume, Nia must observe some rules or regulations. Nia said she, ¨Can not take it off, like Disneyland in public. I can take off head in the bathroom and changing room.¨ Spirit is good but, it can be costly. Nia said, ¨[I] cannot see, only through the mouth. Inside is hot. It is hard to get on and off.¨

     A handful of students were interviewed as to their opinions of the Highlander costume. Senior: Penny Boyle, Junior: Lamar Quinn, and Sophomore: Ireland Rosa all said that they had never seen the costume before. Senior: Kylie Barefoot, Junior: Giovani Aguilar and Junior: Isaiah Cabrera all agreed that it was funny when they think of it. Most people believed that the Scottie is more of a representation of our school than the Highlander. Mrs. Spears, an art teacher on campus said, ¨[She] graduated in 2002 and the costume was not a thing. However, two Scotties were. A boy and girl.¨ When asked what she thought about the Highlander, when she sees it now, she said it,¨Represents strength and power.¨

     Although, there have been some rumors of a Highlander mascot, with an orange beard, making appearances back in 2009, there is no real conclusive proof. The costume is estimated to be from ten to thirty years old. Not even some of the alumni, who work here on campus, seemed to be able to shed some light on our mystery man. So, unless someone comes forward and provides some real proof, the Upland Highlander mascot will remain a mystery. 

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Sports

6/1/17

   By: Zach Triay, The Plaid, Staff Writer 

     May 6th and 7th, Upland High School students participated in State History Day in Sacramento. National History Day is a competition in which students make projects pertaining to various fields in History, to win the top title in Nationals. Upland High School had the highest number of participants from a High School, with Tristen and Caitlin Huang being the only team from Upland High School to qualify to compete at the national level.  

    Madison McCarthy participated in the performance division, with her topic being on Emmeline Pankhurst. Inspired by Mr. Hynes to pick her topic, McCarthy said, “Mr. Hynes recommended Emmeline Pankhurst to me! After some quick research, I found her story fit the topic and ended up really enjoying portraying her.” One part of the duo that made it to Nationals, Tristen Huang, had said he took inspiration from, “The Chinese Cultural Revolution.” Ashley Fulton, who competed with Ashley Laurell in the video division, had found out that she wanted to do a strong women in history and said, “We wanted to research a strong woman in history or something related to war. Eventually we found something that had both with Edith Cavell.”

    When asked about the topic of what they took away from History Day, McCarthy said, “Yes. My performance was significantly stronger than last year! Using last year’s judging sheets, I made sure to include all the information they wanted.” Ashley Fulton, when asked about her topic, said, “The topic we choose was more interesting and we were more dedicated to the project and to advancing to state.” Tristen Huang, a member of the team who made it to Nationals, was extremely confident in his project and he felt he had very little to change for next year.

    Overall, the participants from Upland High School performed extremely well and represented the high school superbly. Good luck to the team on the way to compete in Nationals.    

 

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6/1/17

       By: Janae Aguirre, The Plaid, Staff Writer

     The annual Hypnosis show was held on Friday, May 26 and the senior class seemed eager to experience all that it had to offer. But what is Hypnosis? Psychology Today describes it as, “Not a magical act. Rather, it's a technique for putting someone (or yourself) into a state of concentration where you are more suggestible and thus more open to messages about breaking bad habits or changing in other positive ways.” It can be seen as similar to daydreaming. Nevertheless, here is what some of our Seniors thought.

    Senior, Sergio Anaya was asked what was his favorite part of the show and he said, “When they had to explain why they were speeding on the freeway.” When asked if he regretted not going up on stage he said, “No, because I think I would have made a fool of myself.”

   Senior, Daisy Perez was asked if she thought the volunteers were faking it or if they were really hypnotized and she said that she thought that, “Some people were faking it and others were not.” When asked if she regretted not going on stage, she said, “Yes. I do regret not going on stage.”

   Senior, Shelby Pecenka was asked if she remembered anything that happened on stage and she said, “I remembers some things and some not at all.” When asked if she was curious to find out what had happened on stage her response was, “Yes. But I do not want to be embarrassed after I find out.”

 Senior, Gabby Marlen was asked if she remembered anything that happened on stage and she said, “No. I do not remember anything that happened.” When asked if she had the opportunity to do it again, would she, she said, “Yes. I would love to do it again.”

  Most of Upland High Seniors had a blast at this annual activity. It helped seniors have a little fun, while still being at school. It was a terrific end of the year activity and one that will hopefully continue as a tradition, since so many students and staff enjoy the experience. It was an experience that most people have never done or seen in their lives till now.

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6/1/17

         By: Andrea Sosa, The Plaid, Staff Writer 

        With the 2016-2017 school year coming to an end, Upland High has made some changes in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. We have elected new ASB officers, as well as officers for each class. The 2017-2018 incoming Senior Class officers are Danika Hochberger as President; Sydney Jackson as Vice President; Corey Thomas as Treasurer, and Brianna Cota as Class Secretary. Then as president of the entire ASB, we have Nia Bratton. Also, helping Bratton with next year’s ASB are Gurleen Butar, as ASB Vice President; Jordan Haynes, as ASB Secretary; Melissa Vinluan, as ASB Treasurer; Izabell Rivera, as ASB Social Chairman; Fou Hoching and Rachel Kline, as ASB Athletic Commissioners; Juliana Salinas, as ASB Pep Commissioner; and finally, Sophie Armendariz, as Traditional Mascot.

    Bratton is very excited for this upcoming year as ASB President. She has some extremely large plans in store and said, “For this upcoming year it is going to be #ALLABOUTU! What that means is we are going to give the amazing students of Upland High school a voice. We are going to be sending out surveys asking for constant feedback on what they liked and what we could do better. We will also be asking their ideas, and for them to vote on things like dance themes and certain activities. We are also going to try to get more groups on campus to perform at lunch and in our rallies, because I really want to highlight all the amazing programs we have on our campus. I truly care about each and every one of the students at Upland High School and I want to make their year the best. I love talking to people and if anyone has ideas, they can always come and talk to me!”                                                   

     When asked if she had any worries for this upcoming school year, she revealed she did have one worry. She said, “My only worry for this year is making sure that all students at lunch have a place to go. Since we are going to have one lunch the space on campus will be limited, and I don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t have to a place to eat or be. Everyone has a place on our campus and I want to make sure that there is enough space provided for everyone.”

      There are also changes that she would like to make this school year, she is ready and determined to, “A big change I want to make is to our rallies. Right now we are in the process of looking for screens to add to our gym. This would change the landscape of the rallies forever. We would be able to have more crowd involvement and play videos. Another thing I want to change is just getting more groups on campus involved in activities. We have so many amazing programs and I feel like they all need to be highlighted in some way. I am also working on rearranging our website. I think that if we add an ASB page, with contact information, it would make us more available to the students and that is what we need to do because it is #ALLABOUTU! I also would like to put more of UTV’s videos on the front page, and also put all The Plaid news on the homepage as well, instead of it being a side bar. Moreover, I would like to put more advertisements of events on campus up there as well.” Bratton wants to make the year 2018 one of the best years Upland High students have ever seen and so do the other people of ASB.

    Along with Bratton, other candidates were elected, such as Sophie Armendariz. Elected as the Traditional Mascot, her main goal for this year is to, “Make the dog pound more school spirited.”

    As with Bratton, the other candidates have some worries. One of her biggest worries she says is that “We won´t have enough funds to support the dog pound.¨ Our ASB Secretary, Melissa Vinulan sa also expressed some worrries she says “I'm worried I may overstress and be worried too much to enjoy all of senior year, but I'm sure with all my friends everything will turn out okay” Now as you can see they all have there worries but they're also very excited for this upcoming school year. They have big plans and are very confident and ready to carry them out.

    Our Pep Commisioner Juliana Salinas has major plans for next year. She says       “ For this upcoming year, I plan on making lots of changes that will improve the spirit here at UHS and I hope to leave a lasting impression as Pep Commissioner. I want the school to look like a safe environment full of motivated students who will keep the level of spirit over the top.”

    Now along with these people previously mentioned we also have class officers. These are people who are in charge of each individual class and organize activities for each class. To be elected, each candidate had to campaign as much as possible and work very hard to show everyone why they were the perfect choice for the year 2017-2018 class officers. At the end of it all, they had to go on stage, in front of everyone at a school assembly. They needed to make an impact on the student body to try to persuade each and everyone of us to vote for them. In the end, these four students came out on top and all of their hard work paid off. They are very excited to be next year’s class officers and hope to make a difference at Upland High School. They are each prepared and ready for the challenges they may face coming into the next school year.

   Something that was different about this campaign is that we had one of our very own football players run for a position ASB. Corey Thomas said that Football helped push him to run for Class Secretary because, “Football gave me the extreme amount of pride I hold for our school, and I want to share that with my class.” He also has an idea of what he wants next year to look like. Thomas said, “I plan to help our senior class have the best year we can possibly have. And I will help us achieve that goal anyway I possibly can. I want our school to look like we are having the most fun in the Nation. I want other schools to look at us and wish they were us.”

    Sydney Jackson also has her own ideas about how she wants next year's school year to go and said,“ I want our school to have more spirit. I want Upland to be known as the most hyped school in the Inland Empire. I would also like to see more participation in spirit weeks, at football games, rallies, and other school events.” Based on both Thomas and Jackson’s words, it sounds like both officers have a very exciting year planned for ahead, with their main goals being to increase the spirits of the students. They also don't seem very concerned that they won't be able to achieve their goals.

    When asking both of them if they had any worries, they responded with confidence in our student body. Corey Thomas said, “I don't have any worries about last year. I am extremely confident in our class.” Sydney Jackson responded with the same kind of confidence and said, “ I don't have many worries for this upcoming year. We have a lot of new people coming into ASB next year who I think will contribute a lot of new ideas and will help make this upcoming year the best one yet.”

    There are quite a few changes that these two officers have in store for us. But when asking them if they wanted anything to stay the same for the next school year, they did have some things in mind. Corey Thomas said, “I want the pride and tradition that Upland holds to stay the same.” Sydney Jackson had a very similar response and said, “I think the unity we have for each other, as students, is something special at UHS. We look out for each other and have a close bond, which I hope will continue in this upcoming year.”

    Our future officers seem to be in sync with what they want for the upcoming school year.  Good luck to all of those elected. The student body is very excited for the upcoming school year.  

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6/1/17

By: Dora Myers and Keren Santamaria; The Plaid, Staff Writers

     On Thursday, May 25, Upland High School Seniors were given different awards to commemorate their achievements during their high school careers. Students were recognized for their biliteracy, academic and athletic excellence, as well as their success on AP exams. In addition, the winners of a range of scholarships were announced.

     The awards were presented by various members of the community, such as former Upland Mayor, Ray Musser, representatives from the US Marine Corps and Army, and staff members from the high school and the Upland Unified School District. There was a sense of prestige and accomplishment as each student received his or her honors, sometimes in the form of trophies or plaques. It was a proud moment for seniors and their families who have devoted so much of their time to the school. Kelly McClanahan, who received an award for three years of perfect attendance commented, “It was nice seeing everyone's accomplishments, and I'm happy with my award.” When asked if she would miss anything about high school, McClanahan replied, “I will miss my teachers who taught me about getting work done, and the breakfast burritos.”

   The air was thick with excitement and the audience regularly applauded when each name was announced. During categories, where several students were called up to be recognized for their achievement, the stage was lined with grinning, well dressed students. They all stood up there, drinking up the loud applause and waiting patiently for the photographer to take the group picture; The audience was filled with proud family members and friends of students, holding bouquets of flowers.

    Melissa Flores, recipient of many awards, including the President’s Educational Award said she felt, “really happy,”as she received each award and, “kind of nervous about going up on stage.” Another senior, Allison Singleton, who earned the award for outstanding achievement in fashion design said, “Senior Awards Night was disappointing because they spelled my name wrong on my certificate.” At the end of the night, programs were distributed by the doors that listed the winners of all of the awards and scholarships. Many families lingered around after the ceremony to take pictures to remember the special moment in their children’s lives. Overall, seniors and their families had a great time celebrating their achievements.  Congratulations to all the Seniors who were recognized for their achievements!

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6/1/17

    By: Michelle Mercado; The Plaid, Staff Writer

 On March 26, I went along with the Video Production and the UTV classes to Universal Studios, in order to understand the family values Mr. Miura tends to keep up throughout the years of teaching video. I’ve had Mr. Miura for UTV, so I am familiar with his teaching methods and his bond with his students. He goes above and beyond for not only his classes but other programs in Upland. He will film a segment for senior video, the student bulletin, sport games, rallies and even dances, so that students here can physically have that memory of their high school experience forever.

    Before we went off to Universal Studios, Mr. Miura congratulated his students on finishing the Senior video. He stated how happy and proud he was for all his students and how proud they should be of themselves. He then stated how he brought donuts and water for the whole class, so that they were ready for a fun-filled day at Universal Studios. The whole class enjoyed their donuts, while waiting for their bus to arrive.

    I realized the hypnotist show was the same day as the field trip, so I then asked Sydney Schneider if she was upset that she was missing out on the senior hypnotist show and she said, “No!! I’d much rather go on a field trip with my family than watch a two-hour show with people I barely know.” It made me extremely happy. Family. It amazed me how strong bonds could be in high school, just from spending 40 minutes with people, five days a week. You become best friends with these people because you share a similar passion with them. In Miura’s classes, it’s filming or editing. They all work extremely hard because they love their class and they’re passionate about what this class offers them.

    The bus ride was filled with laughter and everyone talking to one another. As soon as we got to Universal Studios, everyone walked as a group to the Studio Tram Tour. They made me feel as if I were part of their class; their family. They all talked to me, introduced themselves to me and made sure I didn’t feel left out. We enjoyed the crazy tram ride together and laughed endlessly, while enjoying the tour of the studios around Universal.

     I got to know so many people, just through this one field trip and even got on rides with people I’ve always seen around school, but never really talked to or bonded with. UTV and Video Production are perfect examples of endless opportunities high school electives offer to students. Even relationships with peers. It’s a shame that it’s the end of my high school experience here at Upland because I would’ve enjoyed a support system like Video Production or UTV.

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5/31/17

     By: Zach Lopez; The PlaidStaff Writer

     Fidget spinners have become way to keep people distracted and have something to play with. Now, students at schools and adults are buying the toys just to have fun or because they have become the latest trend among the citizens of America. Dr. Steven Shapiro, Chairman of Pediatrics at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health said, “The occupational therapists have long used these distractors to help people concentrate on what they’re doing.” Shapiro added that the spinner was intended, “For kids in the spectrum of Autism, basic developmental disorders, in the spectrum of severe ADHD, where there’s a severe distractible component.”

    The fidget spinner has been adopted by many people, from children to full-grown adults. Although the fidget spinners were supposed to help kids with disorders, recent studies showed it actually doesn't help them at all. According to a Scott Kollins, Clinical Psychologist and Professor at Duke University, Kollins said,"I know there's lots of similar toys, just like there's lots of other games and products marketed toward individuals who have ADHD, and there's basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board.”

   When asked about spinners, Senior, Nicholas Valdivez said, “I love them they keep me distracted and help me with presentations or public speaking.” At this point, they were not really known in the community as a toy because they were mostly being given to youth with disabilities.

   In addition to the fidget spinner, children have discovered the fidget cube. Both have became sparks within schools. Once children started purchasing them, they came up with a spinner, which just, “put gas on a small fire.” After the spinner hit the schools, students have been using them non-stop. Senior, Phillip Whitwam said, “I didn't choose the spinner life; the spinner life chose me.”

    As it stands, the youth across the country have ordered them online and purchased them in stores because it is a new trend that will eventually die, as all trends tend to do. But the toy’s original purpose still remains, despite the fact that the popularity of the spinner is a big fire that is spreading across the country. The youth and even adults are using them just for fun.when asked about spinners Tyler Kittrell said, “I bought a spinner for my son but they were so much fun I had to buy myself one!” Even though kids are buying them like crazy, the trend will die fast and companies that make them will have to make a new product to make kids buy their product again or else they will immediately go out of business. This fidget spinner has gotten into the hands of many kids and adults in school and at home, and this trend may become a big thing but as for now, it remains a small viral trend.


 

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5/31/17

       By: Zainab Aljalal and Andrea Sosa; The Plaid, Staff Writers

    On May 20th, the hip hop team had their very last show before the school year ends. They had many routines that they worked hard on and also had a few solos and singers, Senior, Amiyah Gardner spoke about the dancing and said, “My favorite dance from the hip hop show was Bo$$y.” Everyone worked on each dance, whether it involved singing, a solo performance or a group dance. Senior, Selene Bragagnini was also asked what her favorite dance was and said, “My favorite dance was Keep Me Young, which was Hip Hop 16-17’s last dance together.” Junior, David Nguyen also said, “My favorite dance was the Closer set.”

    All three dancers did an amazing job. If people were lucky enough to watch the show, then it was plain to see that the dancers put in a lot of work, to make sure everything was perfect. Bragagnini was asked who she thought the best dancer on the team was and she said, “In my opinion the best dancers on the team have to be David Macias and Ruby McAuliffe ” Amiyah also said she thought that David Macias was the best dancer. When watching David Macias dance people can see he puts a lot of time and effort into the routines, whether he has a small part or big part in the dance.

    David Nguyen spoke on how long it usually takes him to get the steps for the dance down and said, “It was actually a short period of time since I was busy with the Express Show.” Although David is on both the Express Team and the Hip Hop Team, his performances are always great. Amiyah said, “I learned all the dances in one week. ” Bragagini said, “It usually takes a few practices to fully learn and get the choreography down.” Selene and Amiyah have been on the Hip Hop team for three years now and although they won’t be dancing for the school any more, they will most likely continue to dance outside of school. As for David, this is only his second year on the team as he said, “This is my second year on the Hip Hop Team and hopefully, next year will be my third year on the team.” Selene and Amiyah are both amazing dancers, and even though we won’t be seeing them at rallies or personal shows, keep an eye out for them on television. As for David,  look for him at our school rallies or at the Hip Hop shows next year!

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5/24/17

By: Nailea Castillo;

The Plaid, Editor in Chief

    On Friday, May 19th, NHS (National Honor Society) hosted a charity event titled “Cupcakes for the Cure.” First year member, Hannah Ponce described how, “NHS has been planning Cupcakes for the Cure since late February, and countless hours have been put into setting up decorations, arranging gift baskets, asking for donations, etc. in order to make this event happen.”

    It is an annual event for NHS, and it continues to be a huge success. NHS President,  Alyssa Plese described how, “This event has been going on for as long as I can remember as a student at upland and member of NHS, and it is usually very well attended… This year, we are offering cupcakes from local businesses, and cinnamon rolls, which we have never done before. Also, we have the option of boxes for cupcakes instead of just plates, so you can take many cupcakes home.”  

    Two-year member, Jordan Haynes described how the event’s ultimate purpose was to benefit this year's selected charity. When asked to elaborate on the charity efforts that NHS is supporting, Haynes described how, “Red Star Riders is a charity dedicated to providing rehabilitation bikes to children. It’s a really fun way for these kids to get exercise and build confidence as each bike is designed to fit the needs of the child in question.”

    “Cupcakes for the Cure” allowed individuals to indulge in cupcake eating, live music, and raffle prizes, in order to assist a noble cause. “I would highly recommend that anyone who could not make it to cupcakes this year tries to attend next year,” said NHS member, Hannah Ponce. “Everyone needs a night full of friends, good music, and delicious cupcakes during the last, stressful weeks of school. Similarly, all of the proceeds go to an absolutely amazing cause,” Ponce said.

    Given it’s good nature and success, "Cupcakes for the Cure" will surely be an event that continues to rally together the Upland community for a greater purpose.

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5/24/17

 

By: Hailey Higley and Rylee Johnson; The Plaid, Staff Writers

 

    On September 3, 1998, Ms. Lapis, a sophomore English teacher started working at our beloved school. Lapis said, ¨[I] got my teaching certificate in June of 1969¨. Ms. Lapis also said before working here at Upland High she, ¨[W]orked at all Claremont schools.

    When asked about her best memories that she had, Ms. Lapis said, ¨[Getting] personal nice notes from students over the years.” Lapis was asked if she always wanted to be a teacher and she replied, ¨[A] tutor, sub, a Theater Director and the University of La Verne¨. What made her decide to be a teacher is that, ¨I wanted to be on Broadway but, Barbra Streisand was never sick, so I couldn't be her understudy.¨

    Looking to the future Ms. Lapis wants, ¨To attempt chores and projects, buy something in Laguna Woods, and to live by the beach.¨ When asked what she looks forward to the most is, ¨Not grading papers.¨ Lastly, she was asked to share some words of wisdom with the graduating Senior class and she said, ¨Make good choices but, have a lot of fun because these years go by way too fast¨. Then Ms. Lapis added, ¨[go] travel.”

    With her departure, Ms. Lapis will be missed by the staff and students. Farewell to Ms. Lapis. Both staff and students will surely miss her.

 

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5/23/17

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

 

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

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

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

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

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12/6/16

By: Zach Triay, The Plaid Staff Writer

       On November 17th, Upland High School hosted its first ever “Chili Cook-Off”for teachers and staff. As a bonding activity initiated by Principal Salgado, teachers and staff were invited to bring their chili submissions, as well as sample the various chilis. Voting took place after participants had a chance to taste all of the chili submissions. There were various types of chili, with many different levels of spiciness. In the end, the winner of the first “Upland High Chilli Cook-off” was Mrs. Vickers.

       Mrs. Connor, organizer of the event, explained why the chili cook-off was started when she said, “The idea came from Art McCain and Pam Salgado, the new principal, as a way to bring our staff together.” Due to the success of the first chili cook-off, when asked if there will be another one next year, Mrs. Connor said, “Yes. We plan on it being annual.” Mrs. Connor had also mentioned her favorite chili was Chili Con Carne.

       Mrs. Vickers, the winner of the cook-off, received a trophy, which resembled a chili bowl. When asked why she participated in the event, Mrs. Vickers said, “I wanted to use my mother’s chili recipe that she [my mother] had won with [too].” As the reigning champion of Upland High School’s chili cook-off, Vickers plans to participate next year as well.

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11/17/16

   
By: Hailey Higley, 

   The Plaid staff writer 

     As many of you may know, on Friday November 4, 2016, we had our tenth annual Trebuchet event. If you do not know what a trebuchet is, it is best explained by Mr. Geller, who said it is,  “like a seesaw with a weight on the short end and a sling on the long end.” To build a trebuchet, you need  wood, rope, metal, and bolts and screws. The event happens every year in November and the builders are roughly 500 Physics students.

    Students start making large trebuchets in late September and the smaller ones in early October. When it comes to the assembly Mr. Geller said, “most are made at home, but some are made at home.” Most students want to make a trebuchet, but you must be a Physics student to make one.
 Senior, Dayjon Jackson, said that the trebuchet his group made, “took about five days to build.” Seniors, Thatcher Vermillion and Denny Duhaime said that the  height of their trebuchet was, “with the arm on it, it was almost nineteen feet.”

    According to Mr. Geller, the farthest distance a pumpkin has ever been launched, “was roughly 600 feet. It could have been thrown well over Foothill Blvd. But we wouldn’t let it go that far, so we measured about 600 feet.” The launching of pumpkins started by accident one year. Students used to launch basketballs but decided to launch pumpkins instead. “My real favorite part about launching pumpkins is watching pumpkins splatter. But as a teacher,  my response is that I like watching students take on a challenging engineering project,” Geller said. Trebuchet is a good teaching tool for Physics because it is the best physical example of conservation of energy.

     When it came to how the day faired, Jackson said, “We had many hits and misses.” The tenth anniversary of the Trebuchet proved to be just as exciting as in previous years. There were many participants, lots of squashed pumpkins and extreme fun was had by all.

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