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  • Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

    Los Altos Pilots Challenge Day Program for Freshmen

    Javin Pombra and Yolanda Spura

    April 5, 2017

    “[Challenge Day] started off with us playing silly games, and there was nothing deep or emotional about it," a Challenge Day parent volunteer said at a PTSA meeting on Tuesday, March 7. "[A few hours later],we were all huddled in small groups listening to [students] talk. By the end of that, I used more Kleenex than the kids.” Challenge Day was a pilot day-long program designed to promote schoolwide empathy and acceptance through discussions and a...

    Photo by Emily Aronovitz.

  • Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

    Regionals Win Catapults Robotics to New Level

    Danny Vesurai and Justin Yu

    April 5, 2017

    For the first time since its inception in 1997, the Los Altos Robotics Team won a regional competition. By winning, they qualified to the international level. From Thursday to Saturday, March 16 to 18, the team took first place at a regional competition in Ventura. The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization hosted the regional, with 42 teams in attendance. “It’s pretty insane,” co-captain senior...

    Photo courtesy Vadim Kutsyy.

  • Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

    Los Altos to offer new engineering class next year

    Haley Ecker, Staff Writer

    April 1, 2017

    Starting next school year, Los Altos will pilot a new engineering course called Three Dimensional Design and Prototyping. The class, developed by math teacher Adam Anderson and physics teacher Stephen Hine, will teach students to use machinery to work together and design structures, buildings and other various projects. Unlike current science and engineering courses at LAHS, Anderson and Hine want to incorporate artistic elements. Three Dimensi...

    Students work in Project Lead the Way's aerospace engineering class. Three Dimensional Design and Protoyping, to be offered next year, will augment Project Lead the Way's offerings. Talon file photo.

  • Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

    Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

    Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

    March 30, 2017

    Walking into Sunnywich Cafe, a newly opened sandwich and boba tea shop on Maude Avenue in Sunnyvale, you’re welcomed by a slightly cluttered, homey feeling. The interior decorating is sparse, with charming watercolors of Pokémon and a Maneki Neko, or Japanese waving cat, adorning the top of the pastry case. At first glance, the menu appears to be standard American fare; however, all options are actually reminiscent of Banh-Mi Sandwiches, which ar...

    Adrienne Mitchel

Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

On Sunday, February 12, students from ISU joined over 150 marchers from across the Bay Area in front of Sunnyvale City Hall. Organized predominantly by Sean and Homestead...

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

When thinking of colleges in California, the big names usually come to mind: Stanford,...

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Inspired by a 1997 trip to see her son’s volunteer work in Africa, Los Altos resident...

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

“Worth” — something freshman Mahita Bobba has struggled to feel throughout...

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Looking Forward, Looking Back

  • Starting a Conversation on Male Body Image
  • Frayed Strings and Sibling Things
  • A Recipe for Perfect Happiness

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Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

Boys Swimming Dives Without Gwo

The atmosphere for the boys swim team has dramatically changed this season, with many new players and strategies for the year. The loss of past key teammates have been replaced by an influx of underclassmen to fill in the...

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Triple Threats on the Field, Court and Track

Junior Jamie Kesten’s year is a triathlon in itself; she spikes the volle...

What Makes a Good Coach

What Makes a Good Coach

In my experience, there are two types of coaches: manipulative and straightforwar...

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

Mr. & Mrs. Water Polo

On and off the pool deck, Katie Buzzetta and Seth Tasman have created a clos...

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Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Review: Sunnywich Cafe succeeds with the basics

Walking into Sunnywich Cafe, a newly opened sandwich and boba tea shop on Maude Avenue in Sunnyvale, y...

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The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California
The student news site of Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California