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STEM speaker Jill Tarter Hunts Aliens

STEM speaker Jill Tarter Hunts Aliens

Miranda Li, In-Depth Editor
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2

Jill Tarter is, to be extremely colloquial, an alien hunter. She is also one of Time Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential People in Space, recipient of two public service medals from NASA (among an impressive array of other honors) and a retired astrobiologist who has devoted her career to the search...

STEM Speaker Roger Stoller Molds his Career

STEM Speaker Roger Stoller Molds his Career

Justin Yu, Staff Writer
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2, Showcase

Roger Stoller has always been fascinated by the principles that shape the natural world. When Stoller was younger, he would often picks up crab shells on the beach, observing their physical qualities and how they were created. Starting out as an industrial designer in the early ’80s, Stoller is now...

STEM Speaker Sara Knox Explores Biometeorology

STEM Speaker Sara Knox Explores Biometeorology

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2

Even when Sara Knox was in high school, she knew she was interested in several areas in science and that she was drawn to the world outdoors. Her career journey reflects both of these interests, dynamically combining several science fields into a profession that melds data collection and interpretation...

Deep Springs College: Secluded and Exemplary

Deep Springs College: Secluded and Exemplary

Akhil Jakatdar, Opinions Editor
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2

In the deep valleys surrounded by the vast White and Inyo Mountain ranges, a small and secluded institution, Deep Springs College, lies far away from the civilization of the bustling inner city of Bishop, California. However, the isolated location of the college is not the only unique part about Deep...

Amy Goymerac: Aspiring Opera Singer

Amy Goymerac: Aspiring Opera Singer

Sana Khader, Staff Writer
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2, Showcase

In the already jovial atmosphere cultivated by College and Career Center coordinator Andrea Gorman, new assistant Amy Goymerac has come to make her mark. Most, however, do not know that Goymerac has been training in classical singing for the past six years and is currently auditioning for opera companies....

Manresa Bread: Side Project Turned Bakery

Manresa Bread: Side Project Turned Bakery

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
October 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-2, Showcase

When you enter Manresa Bread, you will immediately smell the sweet aroma of pastries and coffee offered by this small town store while being greeted by the employees. Manresa Bread, located in Los Altos downtown, offers a variety of different pastries, breads and coffee. Before the small town store became...

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Leadership Class Promotes Wellness

Maddie Chu, Staff Writer
October 16, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of the nation’s top-performing high schools, Los Altos is home to hundreds of talented, diverse individuals. As a result, the increasingly broad spectrum of students promotes an inherent sense of pressure and stress from environmental catalysts, such as parents and peers. Students often feel...

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Nicolas Betancur’s Journey to Psychology

Savita Govind and Javin Pombra
October 16, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

As mental health continues to pose a problem for millions of teenagers across the nation, school psychologist Nicolas Betancur hopes to help students at Los Altos during his first year by reaching out to as many people as possible. “I think my goal this year as someone who is new to the school is...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Yoga)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer
October 16, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

It’s no secret: yoga, an ancient discipline dating back to the 5th Century, is seeing a resurgence. Yoga studios are plentiful, with multiple in Los Altos alone. But to experience its myriad benefits, you’ll likely have to pay for the privilege. To give students access to yoga without the costs usually...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (Outdoor Exploration)

Ross Avery, Staff Writer
October 16, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

When seniors Angela Chen and Megana Bobba started the Outdoor Exploration Club, they had one main goal in mind: to provide a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for its members. “We want it to be a fun and kind of low-key club that just gave people the outlet and the opportunity to take that time out...

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Breaking the Mold: Clubs on Campus (TeenzTalk)

Anisha Desai, Senior Writer
October 14, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

As one of Los Altos’ most diverse clubs, TeenzTalk works to connect teenagers from around the world with one goal in mind: “create a global teen community where we share our experiences, inspire each other to chase our unique ambitions, and embrace the valuable growth that comes from failures.” Club...

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

New Math Teacher Stephen Stefanini : Community in Class

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
October 12, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-1

Some people know what they want to do at an early age. But in the case of new math teacher Stephen Stefanini, his interests have led him down a slightly varied career path. As one of the newest additions to the Los Altos math department, Stefanini is already helping improve his students’ abilities...

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