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The Talon

Vol. 6: The Last One

Eli Colbert, Staff Writer
June 3, 2016
Filed under Columns, Features, Issue-8

War Stories | By Eli Colbert Her pearl earrings are the only holy thing in the driveway. Add decadence to the new wounds he said, before bolting Onto the interstate. The last warning is a vase inside of a trunk, In a flatbed truck, in a storage locker in Fresno. He can talk About man’s pity for...

Eduardo D. Cuellar: a Hidden Rockstar

Eduardo D. Cuellar: a Hidden Rockstar

Sofia Guo, Editor-in-Chief
June 3, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-8

With his calm demeanor and quiet personality, senior Eduardo D. Cuellar is one of the last people one expects to fit the stereotype of a rock enthusiast. But for the past eight years, Eduardo has self-built all the musical skills and expertise needed to produce one-of-a-kind instrumental covers, such...

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Bob Fonda Leaves Behind Cherished Legacy

Josh Kirshenbaum, Sports Editor
May 23, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-8

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 the elementary and middle schools in the Los Altos School District. He touched the lives of thousands of students and coworkers. When...

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
Filed under Features, Showcase, Web Exclusive

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 ...

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Senior Pulls Off “Kay-sick” Promposal

Katherine Yen, Print Managing Editor
May 18, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Among her peers and teachers, senior Julia Khan is well-known for her passion for politics and her active presence on social media. It came as no surprise to many then, when two weeks ago, Julia posted a selfie video on Twitter of former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (who was still in t...

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Girl Scout Connects Cancer-affected Families for Project

Olivia Jerram, In-Depth Editor
May 13, 2016
Filed under Features, Web Exclusive

Cancer is something that junior Hannah Klaassen knows a lot about. Hannah is using her Gold Award Girl Scouts project, the project Girl Scout members complete before they receive the award for leadership and community projects, to connect families affected by cancer. She’s teamed up with Bay Area Cancer ...

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Flashback to the ’50s: Life as a Los Altos Teenager

Anisha Desai, Staff Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Centered in the heart of Silicon Valley, Los Altos combines the elements of small-town living, via its quaint downtown and countryside landscapes, with an innovative and technology-based atmosphere, making this town a unique place — but it hasn’t always been this way. Sixty years ago, aspects of...

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Students for Haiti Solidarity Travel to Make Change

Tino Tugwete, Staff Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Haiti has faced many challenges in the past few years, with the largest being the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook the country in 2010. This earthquake destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and the continued political interference from the U.S. only exacerbated the issue. To this day, the country...

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Vickie Christensen’s Musical History

Francesca Fallow, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

Music is the passion that feeds health teacher Vickie Christensen’s soul. It is simply a part of who she is. Christensen has conquered the world of music throughout her career: She has learned to play over 20 musical instruments (her favorite being the bassoon), worked with multiple genres and played...

Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Douglas Curtis: New ASB President

Hanna Khosravi, Opinions Editor
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

When speaking with junior Douglas Curtis, one eminent factor is consistently and undeniably evident: his unwavering ambition. Douglas is known on campus for his wide array of interests: he dances, is fluent in Spanish, spent his summer studying human anatomy while working at a morgue and is extremely...

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Student Pursues Nursing Through Adult Ed

Paola Campos, Staff Writer
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7

On the corner of Mountain View’s Moffett Street is the Adult Education Center, which has been home to numerous Los Altos students and alumni throughout its existence. The center is a gateway for many students hoping to continue, advance and complete their educational careers in the wide range of courses...

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Bookstore Owner Shares Unconventional Past

Katherine Yen and Michael Sieffert
April 27, 2016
Filed under Features, Issue-7, Showcase

Book Buyers owner Hotranatha Ajaya is 73 years old and still spends 15 hours a day working in his used bookstore. He loves chatting with customers and radiates a quiet, gentle presence wherever he goes. But before he became the owner of a used bookstore, Ajaya led (and still leads) a most unconventional...

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