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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...

Stanford Student Walks a Fine Line

Stanford Student Walks a Fine Line

Avery Luke, Staff Writer
October 10, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Though most college students stay grounded through competitive sports or socializing amidst intense studying, for Stanford student Lucas Güniat, most of his free time is spent approximately 50 cm off of the ground. As a new student from Switzerland, Lucas has been practicing slacklining for the pas...

Anna Garverick: A Leader with Purpose

Anna Garverick: A Leader with Purpose

Alex Luna, Staff Writer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

What does it mean to be a student leader? If you really want to know what it takes, look no further than Los Altos’ very own Senior Class President, Anna Garverick. Anna was recently voted student of the month by her peers in ASB in order to highlight her contributions. Along with being Senior Class P...

Chris Yip: Science Savant

Chris Yip: Science Savant

Julia Santos, Sports Editor
October 5, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

In one of his first ever Instagram posts, junior Chris Yip shares a picture of a No. 11 blade scalpel with the caption, “Monday Medical Trivia - What type of scalpel blade is this? What is it used for?” Most students wouldn’t know that the blade is used for stab incisions, and most students wo...

Behind the Scenes of Marching Band

Behind the Scenes of Marching Band

Haley Ecker, Staff Writer
October 4, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

During the fall, it’s not uncommon to hear the sonorous rhythms and fanfare provided by the Los Altos Marching Band and Color Guard early in the morning. This group of 80 students perform at several athletic events, pep rallies, competitions and community parades throughout the first semester. This season...

Stellina Sweets: Counselor Operates Baking Blog

Stellina Sweets: Counselor Operates Baking Blog

Priya Dixit, Staff Writer
September 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A sumptuous array of baked treats, in all of their chocolatey, gooey and powdered-sugar glory, glimmer enticingly from a computer screen. Images are accompanied by blurbs describing the featured treats. This is the elegant homepage of Stellina Sweets, a blog run by Los Altos counselor Dafna Adler. Ev...

Kristin Castillo: Finding a Balance

Kristin Castillo: Finding a Balance

Javin Pombra, Staff Writer
September 20, 2016
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

A new addition to Los Altos, Kristin Castillo serves a different type of administrative role: Student Services Coordinator. Instead of focusing her attention on discipline or operations, Castillo’s main mission is to promote student health and wellness. “I’m just another adult on campus who’...

Soulforce Revolutionizes Summer Break

Soulforce Revolutionizes Summer Break

Haley Ecker, Sana Khader, and Emma Kwan
August 19, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue 0

The directors and mentors at Soulforce provide an in-depth experience for fellows to connect with others of different races, socioeconomic classes and gender identities. Through several weeks of workshops, presentations and meetings with other fellows, Soulforce aims to transform the high school students...

Gorman Completes Year as College and Career Center Coordinator

Gorman Completes Year as College and Career Center Coordinator

Sana Khader, Staff Writer
August 19, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue 0

During College and Career Center Coordinator Andrea Gorman’s first year, the college and career center was a lunchtime hub packed with students waiting to talk to Gorman about everything from summer jobs to the SAT. Gorman, with her constant cheer and wealth of experience, has proven herself to be...

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