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Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

Iranian Student Union’s Mission: Cultural Understanding

Jaclyn Saik, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-6, Showcase

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 High School senior Yasaman Hakami, the protest was focused on cultivating an environment of cultural understanding among the diverse...

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

CSU Channel Islands: Diverse and Accessible

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-6

When thinking of colleges in California, the big names usually come to mind: Stanford, UCLA, Cal and other well-known UCs and CSUs. When making the big decision on which college to attend, the lesser-known CSU Channel Islands presents an interesting option for a wide selection of students. For those...

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Zimbabwe Run Brings the Joy of Africa to Los Altos

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-6

Inspired by a 1997 trip to see her son’s volunteer work in Africa, Los Altos resident Ellen Clark began the Zimbabwe Run in 2000 to support AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe. Three years later, Clark also created the Sustainable Living Foundation, a nonprofit focused on organizing the Zimbabwe Run and other...

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

Mahita Bobba: Turning Poetry into Action

Priya Dixit and Yolanda Spura
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5, Issue-6

“Worth” — something freshman Mahita Bobba has struggled to feel throughout her life, and the name of the slam poem that she performed at the Freshman Poetry Slam in February, in which she won first place. “The basis of my poem was feminism ,” Mahita said. “[A woman] doesn’t need a male...

Artist Spread: Max Drummond

Artist Spread: Max Drummond

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Senior Max Drummond is a master showman — from singing in Main Street, to acting in Broken Box, to participating in musical theater, he thrives on the stage. While he has many talents, his one true passion is acting. “[Acting] is the one thing that for me really clicks,” Max said. “I really...

Artist Feature: Jerilyn Lee

Artist Feature: Jerilyn Lee

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Though sophomore Jerilyn Lee seeks to inspire others with her art, the work she produces tends to be dark. “I just want to create art that makes me happy and makes other people happy, even though most of my art is very dark,” Jerilyn said. “I don’t know why most of my art is dark. I’m just...

Artist Feature: Talia Gloster

Artist Feature: Talia Gloster

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Born, in New York, so close to Broadway, it’s no surprise that senior Talia Gloster found her spark on stage as the fiery young lead in the well-known musical “Annie.” Talia’s love for musical theater came to life and continued to grow when she moved to California and joined the Peninsula Youth...

Artist Feature: Anna Gerchanovsky

Artist Feature: Anna Gerchanovsky

Ross Avery, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

When sophomore Anna Gerchanovsky was creating her piece to submit for an art competition sponsored by The Museums of Los Gatos, she embraced the chosen topic of “Choice” in a unique way: She drew a picture of the judges, then wrote the words “Put this in your art show” on top in large red letters. “The...

Humans of Los Altos: Henry Wright

Humans of Los Altos: Henry Wright

Avery Luke, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Sophomore Henry Wright has always surrounded himself with people. Even as a kid, he often performed plays in his bedroom for others. Through his involvement in performing arts programs on and off campus, Henry finds the most value in the connections he forms with others. “I still love to sing but...

Humans of Los Altos: Richa Krishna

Humans of Los Altos: Richa Krishna

Madison Woo, Staff Writer
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

In December 2015, sophomore Richa Krishna was diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a rare condition that affects 200,000 people in the US today. The condition causes the heart muscles to abnormally thicken, making it difficult for the heart to pump blood. Through...

When Amy Met Alice

When Amy Met Alice

Ross Avery and Bobak Afshari
March 29, 2017
Filed under Features, Issue-5

Actors often speak of the “role of a lifetime,” a character that aligns so perfectly with their beliefs and experiences that it can’t be passed up. For senior Amy Meyerson, that role was Alice, a troubled teenager who struggles with drug addiction and mental illness in “Go Ask Alice,” the upcoming...

Ada Chung Crafts One-of-a-Kind Charms

Ada Chung Crafts One-of-a-Kind Charms

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer
February 11, 2017
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A miniature waffle cone topped with strawberry ice cream, a tiny smiling Pikachu, and a shiny pink turtle with an orange shell rest on sophomore Ada Chung’s fingertips on her business's Instagram. Ada sells intricate handmade jewelry and charms through her Etsy store Bunnyful Boutique. She carefull...

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