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IUSD Confirms Virtual Graduation Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

By CAITLYN L.J. KIM Staff Writer IUSD has confirmed a virtual commencement ceremony for seniors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines. On Thursday, Superintendent Terry Walker sent out an email stating, “Given our current reality, we are focusing on creating the best alternative we can… which is to design a...

University High School Prepares Coronavirus Response
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University High School Prepares Coronavirus Response

By TANVI BARGAJE and CAITLYN L.J. KIM Staff Writers IUSD officials are developing emergency measures to be implemented in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus in the local Irvine area. IUSD Superintendent Terry Walker raised the possibility of switching the district’s students to Emergency Distance Learning (EDL), or online learning if an emergency school...

UHS administration prepares for 50th anniversary
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UHS administration prepares for 50th anniversary

By DAVID LEE, KATIE LIU, CASEY STANFORD Executive Editors University High School (UHS) administration and staff are preparing to commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary. The celebration will include anniversary-themed additions to regular school events and a yearlong emphasis on UHS history and excellence. The 2009-2010 school year – UHS’s 40th anniversary – held the last...

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New Assistant Principal temporarily joins UHS administration

BY SOFIA BUITRAGO-YEPES Staff Writer Former Rancho Assistant Principal Mr. Jeffrey Morano joined the UHS administration as a district-appointed supplement for new programs around campus on October 30 . Morano, who also has previous experience as an educator at Northwood High School, will be primarily involved in specific educational programs.   He will be working...

Outdated Spaces at UHS Renovated for “21st Century Learning”
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Outdated Spaces at UHS Renovated for “21st Century Learning”

  By SOOJUNG KI, ANIKET MEHROTRA AND ANNIKA SIAL News Editors Renovations of several outdated spaces on campus which began in April of the 2017-18 school year are still underway, despite their original projected completion date of Friday, August 10. According to a July 19 interview with Principal Dr. Kevin Astor, construction was set to...

At least 500 students walk out in student-led protest
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At least 500 students walk out in student-led protest

By ANIKET MEHROTRA Staff Writer At least 500 students walked out of their first-period classes on Wednesday morning in protest of the lack of governmental gun reform in midst of the mass shooting at Marjory Steven Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. Students walked out 10 minutes before office hours began, congregating outside...

Administration announces policies for student-led walkout
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Administration announces policies for student-led walkout

UPDATED AS OF 3/11/2018, 1:18 PM By ANIKET MEHROTRA Staff Writer The administration has formally announced its guidelines for a student protest on campus in accordance with the Irvine Unified School District’s (IUSD) district-wide policies. According to an email sent by Principal Kevin Astor on March 6, students who walk out during the last 10...

Incidents of vaping and drug use on campus rise
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Incidents of vaping and drug use on campus rise

By ANIKET MEHROTRA and SABRINA HUANG Staff Writer and Copy Editor  The growing prevalence of e-cigarettes and vape pens within UHS raises questions on its impact on both the adolescent and the broader community. Vape pens are used to smoke a variety of drugs, including THC, nicotine and synthetic drugs. Currently in California, any form...

Coach Cunningham announces his retirement after 32 years at UHS
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Coach Cunningham announces his retirement after 32 years at UHS

By SOOJUNG KI Staff Writer Mr. Mark Cunningham, the head coach of the football team and Co-Chair of the Athletic Department, declared at the team’s annual banquet in late January that he will retire at the end of the school year after coaching for 32 years. “I realized that if I leave this year, there’ll...

Mr. Kough arrives in Poland for military training
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Mr. Kough arrives in Poland for military training

By ANIKET MEHROTRA Staff Writer Assistant Principal Kris Kough (Admin.) began his two-week leave of absence on Friday, December 4th to attend a military training course in Bydgoszcz, Poland. For Kough, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, this will be the first of the Army’s planned exercises he will attend to prepare for his...