The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California
  • Catch ‘Em All: Inside the World of Nationally Competitive Pokemon

    Catch ‘Em All: Inside the World of Nationally Competitive Pokemon

    Claire Bai, Copy/Content Editor

    May 19, 2016

    There are basketball pros, and there are fantasy football pros. But then there are also Pokémon pros. Welcome to the world of a favorite 2000s childhood video game, where people in real life play trading cards to “catch ‘em all.” Sisters senior Claire Cheng and freshman Emily Cheng have been playing in Pokémon trading card (TCG) tournaments for the majority of their lives and are currently nationally ranked. Emily drew her passion for playing Pokémon ... READ MORE »»

    Photo courtesy of Claire Cheng.

  • School Should Do More to Facilitate the Recruitment Process

    School Should Do More to Facilitate the Recruitment Process

    Ben Zaeske, Staff Writer

    May 19, 2016

    Excited and a little bit nervous that a college coach just sent him an email, a high school athlete quickly realizes there is one important question he doesn’t know the answer to: What next? The recruiting process is a journey full of NCAA regulations and eligibility requirements that can be quite the handful for high school athletes who don’t entirely understand what to do after initial contact. Los Altos High School should help students m... READ MORE »»

    Albert Gwo and Elizabeth Beutter celebrate their recruitments.

  • School Traffic Safety: Underlooked and Underappreciated

    School Traffic Safety: Underlooked and Underappreciated

    Keith Bohrer, Staff Writer

    May 17, 2016

    When I was 6 years old, my oldest brother was hit by a car as he biked home from Egan Junior High School. After being rushed to the emergency room, our family received news that he was going to be fine thanks to one special thing — a helmet. However, as my brother left campus that day, he wasn’t wearing his helmet, and he usually didn’t. Luckily, the Egan principal saw my brother and wouldn’t let him leave without buckling up his helmet. Afte... READ MORE »»

    Photo by Amanda Mell.

  • Local Students Plan Hackathon-style Event

    Local Students Plan Hackathon-style Event

    Emily Terada, Senior Writer

    May 15, 2016

    The words ‘coding’ and ‘hackathon’ are nothing new to Silicon Valley, but not every student is given the opportunity to learn about coding in the classroom. This is where StudentRND and CodeDay step in. On Saturday and Sunday May 21-22, the Silicon Valley sector of StudentRND will be hosting CodeDay at the Galvanize San Francisco space in the SOMA district. CodeDay is a hackathon-style event for students of all skill levels that has taken... READ MORE »»

    Students work during a previous Codeday event in February. Photo by Janet Fang, courtesy of Selynna Sun

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Robert “Bob” Fonda wasn’t a coach, an administrator or even a full-time teacher at LAHS. He was a substitute at Los Altos and Mountain View High School as well as at ...  Read More »

Photo courtesy of Claire Cheng.

Catch ‘Em All: Inside the World of Nationally Competitive Pokemon

There are basketball pros, and there are fantasy football pros. But then there a...  Read More »

Photo courtesy of Julia Khan

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Among her peers and teachers, senior Julia Khan is well-known for her passion for ...  Read More »

Photo courtesy of Hannah Klaassen

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Cancer is something that junior Hannah Klaassen knows a lot about. Hannah is using he...  Read More »

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On Disbelief, Ignorance and Rape Culture

On Disbelief, Ignorance and Rape Culture

Last month, a childhood hero of mine was accused of rape. His name is Toby Turner, a YouTube sensation who made his way into my eleven-year-old heart with a collection of vi...  Read More »

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What Does it Take to Win CCS?

What Does it Take to Win CCS?

When it comes to advancing in CCS, there are many factors that come into play. How prepared is the team? How prepared are the individual athletes? How does everything come together on that specific day? Often times, the ...  Read More »

Albert Gwo and Elizabeth Beutter celebrate their recruitments.

School Should Do More to Facilitate the Recruitment Process

Excited and a little bit nervous that a college coach just sent him an email, a...  Read More »

Matadors Defeat Eagles in Second Round of CCS Tournament

On Thursday, May 12, seventh seed Los Altos took on the second seed Monta V...  Read More »

Photo by Kunal Pandit

Eagles Win Big in First Round of CCS Tournament

With the game on the line on more than one occasion, seventh seed Eagles came up clu...  Read More »

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Behind the Scenes of Broken Box

Behind the Scenes of Broken Box

It’s easy to imagine the costumes for a high school play being thrown together by a director after a ...  Read More »

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In-Depth

  • Sanguine Fury

    the joke reddens our faces and we clutch, shaking, at our bellies, lips stretched tight across teeth as our heads swing lightheadedly skyward ...

  • The Influence

    Teaching young people about drugs is not precise: however individualized the curriculum, it will never be enough to account for the diversity of young...

  • Personal Column: The Morgue

    During the summers, I intern in a necropsy lab performing autopsies. Death is so often viewed with intense sadness and pessimism, however, dealing wit...

  • Personal Column: Curtains

    My aunt was shot by her husband when I was 9 years old. He shot her twice, once in the chest and once in the head, and then once in his own hand; he t...

  • Personal Column: War Face

    I remember learning about it when I was a kid. I remember when the existence of death was bad news. I think it was in Sunday School that I was told Mo...

  • Seeing Death

    The binary quality of death, like the binary quality of a light switch, isn’t too difficult to understand. The implication of the dark, though, is m...

  • What is Death?

    Teenagers don’t usually spend very much time contemplating death. We are dealing with the trials and stresses of growing up and becoming adults, so ...

  • Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

    Teen Health: Mind, Body & Birth Control

  • Motivation Required

    Motivation Required

  • The Pill

    The Pill